The UAE highlighted the significance of complying with international work standards and developing partnerships that empower countries to overcome the future challenges of the labour markets across the globe and their ever-changing landscape, stressing that it is key to guaranteeng the rights of employers and employees alike.
His Excellency Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said providing training to advance the skills of employees is crtitical to enhance their contribution to the efforts of sustainable development and create more job opportunities.
The comments were made during Al Awar’s address at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting that took place recently in Bali, Indonesia. During the meeting, participants discussed priority employment-related policies and social issues to develop policies to create more job opportunities, reduce unemployment and empower women.
Al Awar, who led the UAE delegation at the meeting, said fortifying international cooperation is an urgent necessity to protecting employees across the globe and safeguarding their health and safety, as well as addressing unemployment and reducing unbalanced employment relations, inequality and discrimination that employees may be exposed to.
He called on establishing a modern and flexible regulatory and legislative environment for the job market, which “would enable business owners to adapt to global economic changes.”
Al Awar thanked the Republic of Indonesia for inviting the UAE to participate at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting, adding that he is looking forward to studying member countries’ policies of developing global, comprehensive and fair employment policies that focus on the human element. He also thanked the Republic of India that will hold 2023’s presidency of G20 for inviting the UAE to participate in the upcoming meeting.
“The G20 helps refine those policies, to benchmark the work that we do and identify others with whom we can build constructive and mutually beneficial partnerships,” he said.
Al Awar highlighted the speed of the UAE’s recovery and its overcoming of the COVID-19 repercussions, which “stems from the clear and insightful vision of the wise leadership of our country in dealing with it, as well as the effective health, preventive, economic and social programmes, the presence of a young workforce and an advanced digital infrastructure.”
“The UAE has recently introduced several new policies focused on addressing the rapidly changing challenges facing the labour market, including the Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021, regulating employment relationships for all establishments, employers and employees in the private sector,” he said.
“We have leveraged the power of technology to ensure that People of Determination (people with disabilities) can participate effectively in the economy. We have built online platforms to encourage lifelong learning and implemented a new insurance-based unemployment scheme that is coming into force as of early January 2023, which is designed to protect those most vulnerable to economic shock, while maintaining the talent pool available to our private sector.”
The G20 is a key forum, including leaders from all continents, for international economic cooperation. It plays a strategic role in promoting global economic growth and future prosperity, as G20 members represent more than 80 percent of global GDP and 75 percent of international trade, with approximately 60 percent of the world’s population living in the member countries.
The G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting discusses matters related to general policy for the member countries and the world, such as promoting women’s employment, gender equality in the labour market, work patterns in the age of digitalisation, social security systems, facilitating the transition and preparation of youth from education to the employment.
This year, Indonesia held the presidency of the G20 under the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger,” addressing priority issues, such as global health, digital transformation and sustainable energy transition with the aim to encourage a balanced recovery of the global economy, a stable and resilient monetary and fiscal ecosystem and create an inclusive and sustainable foundation for growth.