Informality in Latin America: What is it all about and what can we do?

  • Date: Friday, 27 June 2008
  • Venue: TIPS/ The Commark Trust Office, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers: Victor Tokman


Victor Tokman is an economic advisor to the President of Chile, based in Santiago. He has a doctorate degree in economics from Oxford University, an MA in Development Studies from the University of Chile and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) degree from the University of Rosario in Argentina. He has also received Doctorates Honoris Causa from the University of Rosario and from the Pontifical Catholic University in Peru. He also obtained the Rector Medal from the University of Chile.

Victor Tokman served, until June 2005, as the Assistant Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and as the ILO's Regional Director for the Americas. He has worked with the ILO for 28 years, previously as Director of the Employment Development Department in Geneva and Director of the Regional Employment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (PREALC) in Santiago.

Victor has taught at the University of Chile and the Catholic University of Chile. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Sussex and at the Economic Growth Center of Yale University.

He is recognised worldwide as one of the leading experts on informal sector issues. He has written numerous papers and books on this subject as well as on poverty and employment issues.