The sixth GCC HR & Labour Market Conference centred on the digital economy the need to develop a "comprehensive transformation strategy" that caters to the demand of all members of the GCC.
State-held news agency Wam reports that Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of Sharjah’s Department of Government Relations, and Chairman of the Higher Committee of Digital Transformation of Sharjah, attended the session.
Entitled ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Gulf Job Localisation in the Digital Economy Environment’, the session was also attended by Mansour Al-Shathri, deputy chairman of the Riyadh Chamber and chairman of the human resources and labour market committee; Dr Abdulla Bader Al Sada, deputy CEO of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry; and Hamad Jarrah Al-Omar deputy director-general of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
During the dialogue session, Sheikh Fahim said: "The GCC governments need to double their efforts in co-ordination with relevant bodies to restructure educational systems to make them adaptable to changes and digital-based future jobs.
“Building a joint GCC digital economy would entail creative ideas, visions and innovations, in addition to a unified work system capable of keeping abreast with the latest economic developments."
Al-Shathri anticipated that the digital economy will bring about “some significant challenges”.
He asked: “Will it provide new job opportunities for young people or lead to a decline? Will it lead to controlling the market without the need for manpower?
“The digital economy is not only a challenge for governments, but also for young people."
The two-day event concluded on 15 October.