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UNWTO conf. underlines SDG 8 on economic growth, jobs

The United National World Trade Organization (UNWTO) Conference on "Human Capital Development in Tourism: New Perspectives" opened in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheik.

The two-day event brings together high-level policymakers, industry leaders and prominent academicians to lay the policy and strategic groundwork and identify innovative solutions for the development of human capital in tourism in the Middle East and North Africa region and advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 8 on economic growth and jobs, in the region.

Building on the roadmap set by the UNWTO Study ‘Tourism Labor Market in the Middle East and North Africa Region’, the conference  features an update on the region´s tourism labor market performance. It is evident that up-to-date reliable data is needed for monitoring impact of existing interventions, tracking progress and for informing policy-making. For this reason, a key objective of the conference is to set the framework for a comprehensive and regular monitoring mechanism of tourism labor market performance in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The gathering addresses key issues in the region such as the creation of quality jobs and closing the decent work deficit, skills development, the stimulation of youth employment and women participation in the tourism labor market and supporting tourism MSMEs for economic growth and job creation. The conference shares ample good practices that can be implemented across the region.

The conference also provides a high level platform for discussions on joint projects and transnational cooperation.

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