Launch of the report “Productivity growth, diversification and structural change in the Arab States''.

The aim of this event is to discuss and share insights on timely issues such as:

  • Why productivity growth is stalled in the Arab States
  • What set of national development plans should prioritize to bring about productivity growth, diversification, and structural change across the Arab region of the Gulf and Middle East.

The ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work emphasizes the need “to shape a future of work with full, productive and freely chosen employment,” and identifies productivity as a cornerstone of achieving a human centered approach to the future of work.

In its new report, the ILO Regional Office for Arab States has produced the most extensive analysis of labor productivity and multi-factor productivity trends in the Arab States from 1950s to date. The report analyses the main barriers to productivity growth in the region and includes a set of policy recommendations to bring productivity growth, diversification, and structural change to the forefront of national development plans.