Sheikh Nahyan attends panel discussion to address Arab youth unemployment


Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development, has attended a panel discussion organised by Education for Employment (EFE) held under the heading The Future of Arab Youth Employment, Why some of the region’s top businesses see opportunity amid the challenge. Its purpose was to highlight opportunities and initiatives geared towards getting young Arab men and women into employment and to offer networking opportunities to organisations associated with this aim. 

Sheikh Nahyan quoted His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, who said, “We believe that our youth are the backbone of the nation and the foundation on which to develop this noblecivilization.” Sheikh Nahyan added, “In many ways the valuable work of EFE is even more important today since we live in a world that is characterized by rapid technological change, where jobs that existed ten years ago are no longer available andnew jobs with new skill sets are emerging at an increasingly rapid pace. It is important that our young people be empowered to become life-long learners and are able to embrace new opportunities in the knowledge economy.”

Ron Bruder, Founder and Chair of EFE said in his opening remarks “Education For Employment (EFE) was established with a simple idea: market-driven training linked to real job opportunities can transform the lives of unemployed youth and their families, and help businesses to succeed. From placing thousands of youth in jobs, we know that the impact extends far beyond improving individual lives and strengthening companies: when young people have the opportunity and dignity of employment, they contribute to their societies and economies in dynamic, positive ways.”

Bruder welcomed the distinguished guests who included Her Excellency Ameera BinKaram, Chairperson of Sharjah Business Women’s Council (SBWC) and board member of EFE, who took part in a panel discussion moderated by Fred Sicre,Managing Director, The Abraaj Group with Karim Seifeddine, Head of Public Affairs and Government Relations, MENAP, Citi; Samer Khoury, President, Engineering & Construction, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), and Dalel Samti, EFE Alumnaand Civil Engineer. With the presence and first remarks from EFE board member Raza Jafar CEO, ENSHAA PSC, and attracted guests such as EFE board members Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises; Najla Al Midfa, an SBWC and EFE board member;Waleed Al Banawi, Founder & Chairman at JISR Partners; and Aziz Al-Yaquot, Senior Partner at Meysan Partners.BinKaram pointed out that SBWC and EFE are exploring a collaboration to promote entrepreneurship by empowering young entrepreneurs in Diba Al Hisn to launch their businesses that will help in advancing SBWC’s vision to create SMEs across Eastern Sharjah in the next several years. The program includes training modules and topics,coaching and mentoring support.

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