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Middle East & North Africa Talent Competitiveness Index 2015



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Re-dynamizing the Job Machine
Technology-driven transformation of labor markets in MENA

Report sponsored by SAP, and produced in collaboration with the Center for Economic Growth (CEG):



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Youth unemployment is particularly high in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region, a serious problem considering that more than half of the population of this region is under the age of 25.

There is, however, a window of opportunity: the 'Milennials' (i.e. young people under 25) are digitally connected as never before. This report identifies how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be used as a "game changer" to assist job seekers in finding jobs that match their skills, get the relevant up-skilling (in case of shortages of certain skills) and engage in entrepreneurship (particularly Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs).

This requires also identifying how ICTs shape the type of skills demanded by companies and the economy. The report proposes policy recommendations in the areas of digitization, education, labor markets and entrepreneurship in order to help match the demand for skills with the talent pool (i.e. the supply of skills) in a more agile way.