Skill diversification in the Arab region: A pathway for economic prosperity

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2023/4

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Flagship publications

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Financing for development, Natural resource sustainability, Technology & innovation

Initiatives: Artificial intelligence & big data, Arab Forum for Sustainable Development

SDGs: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Keywords: Know-how, Artificial intelligence, Sustainable development, Economic growth, Labour market, Training programmes, Arab countries

Skill diversification in the Arab region: A pathway for economic prosperity

June 2024

With the rapid integration of technologies like artificial intelligence in the labour market, the Arab region is at a critical turning point that requires a shift towards economic diversification. At the heart of this shift is the need for a diversified skill set that sets the foundation for economic resilience, competitiveness and inclusive growth.

The present report addresses the issues hindering economic diversification in the Arab region and the challenges that the region faces in the process of skills diversification. It showcases the most recent findings of the ESCWA Skills Monitor, highlighting the skills that are most in demand and those that are becoming obsolete while analysing whether the type of skills and jobs demanded in the region address the needs of the fourth industrial revolution and the new era. The report also introduces the Skill Demand Diversity Scores, which consist of four components that are used to assess the diversity of skill demand.

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