On Friday 15 September 2017, the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), the University of Nairobi and the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers (KAM) were hosting the final conference for the INCLUDE & NWO-WOTRO research programme Dutch Multinational Businesses, Dutch Government and the Promotion of Productive Employment in Sub-Sahara Africa: A Comparative Study of Kenya and Nigeria.
The main objective of the meeting was to share and discuss research findings and policy recommendations on how the business activities and investments of Dutch Multinationals (MNCs) have been contributing to productive employment in Africa. Evidence was drawn from research conducted in the agricultural, horticultural, and energy sectors in Nigeria and Kenya by the African Studies Centre Leiden, in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers as well as the Enugu Chamber of Mines, Commerce and Agriculture, and the African Heritage Institute of Nigeria.
The event was well attended by stakeholders from academia, the Dutch government, and the business community. This report summarises the key messages presented during the conference, as well as the points raised during the lively debates after each session.
J Ssekandi, Z Zigiti, D Joloba, B Kachero, S Galiwango