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The research group on ‘Dutch Multinational Businesses, Dutch Government and the Promotion of Productive Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Study of Kenya and Nigeria’ held a start-up workshop in Nairobi from 13–14 November 2014. Dr Kenneth Amaeshi of the University of Edinburgh Business School gave a keynote address on investing for productive employment in weak institutional contexts, which was followed by presentations on government policy and foreign investment in Kenya and Nigeria and an overview of Dutch multinational investments in these countries. David Ong’olo, senior policy advisor at the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi, explained that more than 150 Dutch businesses are active in Kenya, many of which have local representation. Prominent, but traditional, examples are KLM and Heineken, while emerging sectors include renewable energy, financial services and medical equipment. An important question is how effective these emerging sectors are in generating productive employment.
The workshop confirmed both the academic and policy relevance of this research project and enabled the research group members to discuss its operational phases. The country sessions were useful in defining which economic sectors will be considered for the purpose of case studies and identifying national stakeholders accordingly.
Read the full report of the kick-off meeting here.
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