Thursday September 22, 2011
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

South Asia has enjoyed high economic growth and poverty reduction over the past two decades, yet South Asia is still home to more than 0.5 billion poor people. It has the worst nutrition indicators when compared to other regions. Most of the countries are recently out of conflict or remain under conflict and it faces difficult gender and social issues. In addition, even under conservative assumptions, the region will have to generate more than 1 million jobs every month for the next two decades equivalent to about 40% of the additions to the labor force worldwide. According to the flagship report, South Asia is, and will continue to be for decades to come, the largest contributor to the global labor force.

Key questions addressed included:
  • Has South Asia been creating an increasing number of jobs and better jobs?
  • What are the determinants of the quality of job creation and what is the employment challenge going forward?
  • What demand and supply-side bottlenecks need to be eased to meet South Asia's employment challenge in the face of intensifying demographic pressure?

Panelist(s):Isabel Guerrero , Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank Group
Sri Mulyani Indrawati , Managing Director, World Bank Group
Wahiduddin Mahmud , Professor, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
Martin Rama , Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank Group
Arvind Subramanian , Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development, United States
Omar Zakhilwal , Minister of Finance, Afghanistan
Moderator(s):Kalpana Kochhar , Chief Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank Group

Organized by:Angela Walker, South Asia Region External Affairs and Pablo Gottret, South Asia Human Development Unit

Last modified on: 09/25/2011 01:24:10 PM