The Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa, PIDA, comprises of more than 400 cross-border projects in the sectors of energy, transport, water management, and information and communication technology. In response to this need the innovative PIDA Job Creation Toolkit allows infrastructure developers and policymakers to forecast how many direct, indirect, induced and secondary jobs can be created by their infrastructure projects annually or over their life cycle. The Toolkit uses an econometric estimation methodology that rests on input-output tables created for all African countries. The Toolkit uses methods that governments, development institutions, and international organizations worldwide recognize as best practice. Using the Toolkit we can estimate jobs, access job projections, maximize jobs as well as telescope into case studies. The job estimations produced by the PIDA Toolkit will help to raise the political and financial commitments necessary for PIDA project implementation.
A media breakfast session was held on PIDA Continental Business Network (CBN) during the 3rd PIDA Week 2017 in Swakopmund, Namibia, from 10 to 14 December 2017. The session focused on relating to the media fraternity how PIDA remains the key to unlocking Africa’s infrastructure potential, showcase PIDA’s achievements and to acknowledge the advocacy role of media in promoting PIDA and CBN.
High Level Round-table took place during PIDA Week 2017 in Sawkopmund, Namibia, in December 2017, on Job Creation, Trade Facilitation and Economic Transformation through Regional Infrastructure. Infrastructure development in conjunction with job creation and trade facilitation is a key component of the African Union’s call to action formulated within the Agenda 2063 . To contribute to this cause, the overarching focus of this session is to map and discuss actionable interventions to increase jobs (e.g. via the PIDA Job Creation Toolkit) and intra-African trade (e.g. via Move Africa) to therewith trigger economic transformation.