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Thursday, 9 December 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Upskilling Egypt’s job market + the latest on the SFE’s projects

SMART POLICY- Leading coverage on last night’s talk shows: The government wants to upskill the labor market to stop robots stealing our jobs. Egypt wants to tackle the issue of jobs at risk due to automation, Planning Minister Hala El Said said on the opening day of the Global Forum for Higher Education and Scientific Research (GFHS). Technical developments in production are changing the jobs market, while new skills like big data, robotics and artificial intelligence are now in demand, El Said said (watch, runtime: 3:56). She’s looking at ways the country can close the skills gap in the labor market, citing a January OECD report (pdf), which said that automation will put 14% of jobs at high risk. A similar study from Nexford University found that at least half of white collar employers believe their employees need upskilling, with the majority of respondents pointing to digital skills as the most lacking.

Also during the forum: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi decided to offer 100 scholarships at Egyptian universities to talented students from around the world (watch, runtime: 1:39). The forum earned coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 3:47), Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 1:24), and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 3:07).

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