Sunday, October 23, 2011

  • Arab youth possesses the power and potential to change its fate, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Tackling crippling unemployment will require a change in mindset: many youths still believe the public sector is the best route to employment.
  • Educational reform is key: from teaching young people problem-solving and entrepreneurship to mentoring, training and apprenticeships.
  • Governments must support small businesses and cut red tape, while the private sector must offer apprenticeships and invest in organizations that train young people.
Dead Sea, Jordan, 23 October 2011 - "Fulfilling the employment potential of Arab youth will need educational reforms, support for small businesses and private sector engagement," said H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World at the Dead Sea in Jordan today.

"Partnering with academia, NGOs and the private sector could reposition the Arab world as a hub of creativity and innovation. We have within our people all the potential and power to change our fate," she told participants in a plenary session on Addressing the Employment Challenge. 

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