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Skills for the Future in MENA's Changing Workforce

Date & Time

Oct. 22, 2020
12:00pm – 1:30pm
This event will be webcast live

Skills for the Future in MENA's Changing Workforce

At anytime during the webcast, you may submit a question by tagging @WilsonCenterMEP via Twitter, or by submitting an email to The moderator will address questions from the audience in the Q&A portion of the discussion.

The MENA region is suffering from an acute employment crisis caused by converging forces of slow, asymmetrical economic growth and outdated education and skills development systems. The crisis, affecting the region's youth most heavily, is a major factor driving unrest and protests. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to amplify the problem by driving unemployment even higher, pushing people toward informal employment, and slamming the door shut on women in the workforce. However, despite deep social and economic challenges, the region is a growing investment hub, ripe with opportunities for new firms specializing in emerging technologies. Around the world, countries are facing high demand for new skills to take advantage of the rise of new industries. Will MENA be able to capitalize on digitization and the skill's transformation in order to bounce back from the pandemic? How can the private sector play a role in re-skilling and up-skilling the workforce? Our panel, co-hosted with Localized, will explore the issues of investment, emerging technology, education networks, and skills that are key to understanding the economic transformation in MENA. 

Hosted By

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more