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Governing the Future of Work – World Government Summit

Experts from various fields discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing nature of work in the digital age.

The World Government Summit recently hosted a keynote panel discussion on ‘Governing the Future of Work’.

The panel brought together experts from various fields to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing nature of work in the digital age.

  • H.E. Gilbert Houngbo | Director General, International Labour Organization.
  • Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir | Director, OECD Development Centre.
  • Ferid Belhaj | Vice President, MENA, World Bank.

Challenges

The panel highlighted several challenges that governments and policymakers need to address:

  • Rapid technological advancements leading to job displacement.
  • Increasing income inequality.
  • Skills gap and the need for upskilling and reskilling.
  • Ensuring social protection for workers in the gig economy.

Opportunities

Despite the challenges, the panel also discussed the opportunities that arise from the future of work:

  • Increased productivity and efficiency through automation.
  • New job creation in emerging industries.
  • Flexible work arrangements and remote work options.
  • Enhanced collaboration and innovation through digital platforms.

Policy Recommendations

The panel concluded with several policy recommendations for governing the future of work:

  • Investing in education and lifelong learning programs to equip individuals with the necessary skills.
  • Establishing social safety nets to protect workers in the gig economy.
  • Encouraging public-private partnerships to foster innovation and job creation.
  • Developing agile regulatory frameworks to adapt to the changing nature of work.

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