06/07/10
“GCC’s Employment Policies Not Effective: Study Shows”
In the June 7, 2010 issue of Zawya, Hatem Samman, the Chief Economist in Booz & Company’s Ideation Center (Middle East) said the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC (Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar , the UAE and Oman) must make major changes to tackle the growing dependence on the public sector as the main job creator. “The influx of expatriates to the region since the 1970’s has helped keep some critical industries running, but it has also created problems that cannot be resolved easily, such as threats to cultural identity and heritage,” said Samman, a co-author of the study. Overall, the study recommended taking a holistic approach to tackle various labor challenges, from expanding the economic base and creating additional jobs in strategic sectors in which GCC countries have a competitive advantage and can provide sufficient income for nationals to developing the workforce by reforming the education system and upgrading labor skills to create a generation of skilled nationals to match economic requirements.