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ON THE GLOBAL FRONT: SA MAKES KEY ‘’SKILLS GAP’’ ANNOUNCEMENT AT WEF SUMMIT

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ON THE GLOBAL FRONT: SA MAKES KEY ‘’SKILLS GAP’’ ANNOUNCEMENT AT WEF SUMMIT
Correlating with the theme for Tourism Month, the big talking point this week was the World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact Summit, held in New York. The Summit aims to provide a platform to advance both the acceleration of public-private cooperation and the deployment of new technological solutions; that will deliver on the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A key outcome from the Summit was the announcement from Jeff Radebe – National Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation – on the collaboration with WEF to launch a Task Force for Closing the Skills Gap in South Africa. The Task Force will bring together leaders from business, government, civil society, and the education and training sectors to accelerate the future-proofing of education and training systems in the country. Other notable discussion session take outs from the Summit include:

  • Accelerating Inclusive Growth and Development
    Weak productivity and subdued trade, investment and growth are exacerbating inequalities in many economies. The aim of this session is to explore how to shape and apply inclusive growth models in a national and regional context. View the full session HERE
  • Answering the call for Business Leadership
    Today’s global challenges impact multiple systems and therefore require leadership that can drive systemic change. The panel discusses how business can adapt to increasing complexities, and lead the way as a force for the good of people, the planet and prosperity. View the full session HERE
  • Boosting private enterprise for public good – launch of the 4th Sector Development Initiative
    In collaboration with WEF, a group of public, private, and philanthropic institutions are launching a global effort to scale the emerging 4th sector of the economy – for the benefit of enterprises that harness the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Among initial collaborators are Unilever and African Development Bank. View the full session HERE

Click here to view more sessions from the WEF Sustainable Development Impact Summit

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