Arab World

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The Future of Work – The Middle East and North Africa

Education and work in the Middle East and North Africa region will determine the livelihoods of over 300 million people and drive growth and development for generations to come. As one of the youngest populations in the world, it is imperative that the region make adequate investments in education and learning that hold value in … Continue reading

Employment in the Arab World – The demographic “youth bulge” represents one of the greatest opportunities, as well as one of the greatest challenges

The demographic “youth bulge” represents one of the greatest opportunities, as well as one of the greatest challenges, faced by the Arab World. With more than half of its population under 25 years old and the world’s highest regional youth unemployment rate, the Middle East and North Africa region stands at a critical juncture. This … Continue reading

Middle East – A growing gap between education and market demand

Educational challenges across the Middle East vary from country to country, but one thing remains the same – the growing gap between education and market demand.  The urgent need for educators to produce graduates who possess skills sought after by employers took centre stage on Monday at a panel discussion during the second day of … Continue reading

After the Arab Spring / Youth unemployment still the most urgent challenge

Across the region, economic growth has fallen since 2011. In Egypt, Syria and Tunisia, and to a lesser extent, Lebanon, it happened mainly as a result of political instability. Since young people occupied Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt’s economy, the region’s largest, has shrunk by 7% and exports have fallen by around 40%, while the … Continue reading

Gulf Arabs states / One-Million Jobs Gap IMF says

One million nationals of oil-rich Gulf Arabs states may be jobless or seeking careers in a bloated public sector by 2018 unless measures are taken to create more private sector jobs, the International Monetary Fund said Continue reading

Arab World / Job seeker numbers soar to 95 million by 2030 from the current 55 million

The number of job seekers in the Arab world is projected to soar to 95 million by 2030 from the current 55 million, said a report Continue reading

Unemployment in the Arab World

“For decades, these countries actually did a pretty good job of getting education for younger people, of advancing them into secondary education. Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, these are places where people were able to get college degrees, and now they’re facing two problems. “One is just the overall economic backdrop is miserable. When you have this … Continue reading

Arab countries should embrace knowledge economy says the World Bank

The report: Transforming Arab Economies: Travelling the Knowledge and Innovation Road, published by the World Bank, Centre for Mediterrannean Integration (CMI) and European Investment Bank, shows how an economy based on innovation and knowledge can help promote greater economic growth and spur competitiveness. Inger Andersen, Vice-President for the Middle East and North Africa at the … Continue reading

Algeria / Thousands protest against unemployment

Thousands of protesters have rallied in central Algeria over a lack of jobs and corruption by government officials, local media has reported. Nearly 10,000 people gathered in the central square of the desert town of Ouargla on Thursday, chanting “the people want the downfall of corruption” and anti-government slogans. The demonstrators claim the government is … Continue reading

Arab region / Youth unemployment highest in the world

Youth unemployment in the Arab region is the highest in the world, according to a report by the U.N. International Labour Organization (ILO) released on Tuesday. The investigative body stated that the Arab uprisings have exposed skewed development policies, social justice deficits and over twenty years of poorly managed economic liberalization. “As a region, youth … Continue reading

Gulf Cooperation Council – Bridging the skills gap: a priority

In spite of high economic growth and investment in education, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries find it hard to fill jobs with suitably qualified nationals while thousands of young men and women remain unemployed or underemployed and their potential barely used. The latest youth unemployment rates in GCC region (2011) show a high of 23.3 … Continue reading

Gulf hit by high youth unemployment: Saudi Arabia unemployment among the 15-19 age group is 27.3%

Gulf oil producers have one of the lowest joblessness rates in the world but unemployment among nationals, mainly the youth, remain a problem because of their heavy reliance on expatriates, according to Saudi bank study. Unemployment among native citizens in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the richest in the Arab world, has remained far … Continue reading

Arab world | Unemployment ‘at least 16 pct’ after uprisings

Unemployment in the Arab World will be at least 16 per cent in the wake of last year’s uprisings, according to a top official in the Arab Labor Organization (ALO). Mohamed Sherif Dawood was speaking at the opening session of a two-day conference on labour issues that started in Cairo on Wednesday, titled ‘Employment for … Continue reading

Microsoft, Silatech launch Egypt job portal

Qatar-based Silatech has partnered with Microsoft to launch, an online employability portal for Egypt that supports workforce development for the country’s youth. MasrWorks is available in both Arabic and English, and provides resources ranging from online career guidance, employability and entrepreneurship training, to specific work experience and job opportunities. MasrWorks represents the first stage of … Continue reading

Tunisia | Poll Shows Impatience with Employment Policy

Public discontent over the issue of unemployment appears to be growing despite the efforts of the interim government to address the deteriorating job situation in Tunisia. According to a poll released by SIGMA Conseil, 61.5 % of Tunisians are dissatisfied with the employment policy of the government and 56% of Tunisians are dissatisfied with the policy … Continue reading

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