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The UAE stresses the importance of anticipating the future of Arab work


During its participation in the 48th session of the Arab Labor Conference, which will be hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt from September 18 to 25, the UAE stressed the importance of anticipating the future of Arab work in light of the rapid development of the digital economy, especially after recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and the health effects. The economic and social impact that it left behind and the lessons learned from it, especially with regard to the development of plans that provide protection for labor markets, employers and workers alike, as this has an important impact on the recovery of Arab economies.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Abdul Manan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, who is heading the UAE delegation participating in the conference, which discusses the report of the Director-General of the Arab Labor Organization entitled “The Digital Economy and Employment Issues”, in addition to digital technologies that aim to achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals, artificial intelligence and patterns The new work and other related topics, on the importance of rehabilitating and training the Arab workforce and enabling them to possess the skills of the future, “Young people are the fastest group that can adopt information and communication technologies and keep pace with disruptive and change technologies that create new business models that change our lives and our view of the world,” calling for The necessity of facing global changes by developing integrated strategies that ensure the availability of qualified manpower to contribute to building knowledge economies characterized by diversity, competitiveness and flexibility.
In his speech to the delegations participating in the conference, Dr. Abdul Rahman Abdul Manan Al Awar indicated that the UAE is preparing for the next fifty years by mobilizing energies to build capacities in new future fields that create job opportunities for young people and enhance their contribution to achieving digital economy policies and plans, noting that His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, drew in his historic speech to the citizens and residents of the UAE a clear road map for the future of the country, based on accelerating the pace to encourage new priority sectors, foremost of which are advanced technology and artificial intelligence, and upgrading With the competitiveness and attractiveness of the national economy to be among the strongest and most active in the world.”
In his speech, he added, “The UAE has always been a pioneer in the region in developing digital transformation steps. For more than two decades, specifically in 2000, that is, more than 22 years ago, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, announced in his speech that The Ruler of Dubai, may God preserve him, on the “e-government” program, which formed the cornerstone of all subsequent digital transformation initiatives, which constitute one of the most important tributaries of the national economy. and initiatives based on creating an advanced infrastructure, and setting an agenda aimed at attracting distinguished human competencies.”
He continued, “The UAE government also approved the “Emirates Digital Economy Strategy”, which aims to make the contribution of this sector to 20% of the total national non-oil economy in the coming years, and for the UAE to become the most prosperous and attractive digital economic center in the world. The Emirates Digital Economy Council, which seeks to support the country’s efforts to double the contribution of the digital economy to the GDP in 2031.
He called for providing incentives to invest in future markets and jobs, amid rapid changes that require the preparation of an integrated legislative and legal structure to transfer innovations to the commercial space, “which is what the UAE has taken the initiative to achieve through packages of legislation aimed at advancing the process of sustainable economic and social development during the next stage, based on knowledge, innovation, technology and talent, enhancing the potential for economic diversification and the flexibility and attractiveness of the business environment and its global competitiveness.
He pointed to the qualitative leap and strategic shifts that the new legislative packages bring in the labor market in the UAE, pointing out that “digital development has been taken into account and invested in a way that supports the work relationship, especially by creating new patterns of work, including remote work, benefiting from the digital infrastructure. developed by the state for the labor market, in light of controls that guarantee the parties to the contractual relationship their rights in a balanced manner.
The Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation indicated that “this was one of the strategic methodologies adopted by the state during the Covid-19 pandemic stage, which has proven its success and effectiveness in business continuity and maintaining the strength of the national economy, which quickly recovered from the impact and repercussions of this pandemic until the UAE became one of the fastest recovering countries from the pandemic.” the pandemic.”
At the conclusion of his speech, he stressed the importance of the permanent and continuous updating of legislation and laws to take into account the best models and studies, and the need for the cooperation of various concerned government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions and global partners, to enhance the economic environment, investment and commercial infrastructure, support the security and stability of societies and keep pace with future aspirations by making fundamental developments in the economic model to be More flexible, sustainable and versatile.
It is worth noting that the Arab Labor Conference is held annually with the participation of governments, business owners and workers in the belief in the importance of the three parties to production joining hands in building a labor market that guarantees human rights in a dignified life.
The UAE delegation, headed by Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, included a group of senior officials in the ministry, in addition to representatives of the business owners and workers categories.
The UAE delegation attended the opening session, in which Hassan Mohamed Hassan Shehata, Minister of Manpower of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Ambassador Al Hussein Al Hindawi, Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, represented by Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General, and President of the Conference in its current session Younis Al Skouri, Minister of Integration Economic, micro-enterprise, employment and competencies in the Kingdom of Morocco, and their Excellencies Arab Ministers of Labor, heads of employers’ organizations and Arab federations in Arab countries, and representatives of Arab and international organizations.