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The OECD Forum 2018 organised in Paris picked up from the last years forum and reflected on what brings us together, moving from diagnosis to action, and shaping solutions to build these much-needed bridges. The Forum, an interesting congregation of the most high profile decision makers and thought leaders also opened house for researchers, academicians and practitioners. Naturally, I was delighted to be invited and be part of the deliberations.

Organised as a highly interactive conference, with the intention of listening, every participant was given an opportunity to post their views, participate in live surveys and asks questions to the panelists. The #OECDForum18 covered several topics of contemporary interest, as THE SKILLS PUNDIT, i was focused on 2 key sessions :

(a) Reskilling: How Difficult Is It? In the spirit of “Become who you are. Reskill and find your next job!” the session discussed how 60 million to 375 million individuals around the world may need to transition to new occupational categories by 2030, in the event of midpoint or early automation adoption. The panelists discussed about the changes in traditional jobs and where the new employment is being generated. In this context, the challenges for those without the basic literacy and numeracy skills to remain relevant and employed are much larger. All panelists seem to agree that addressing this is a economic priority and requires a close knit tripartite arrangement – government, employer and learner – to create market relevant yet moderated training (apprenticeship programmes). Check out the webcast for the full discussion –

(b) The Future of Work: How? The brand new “OECD Risks that Matter Survey” found that 47% of self-employed and short-term contractors said that losing their job or income is one of their top concerns for the next year or two. With inequality at its highest level in decades and still rising in many countries, we need to address policy issues associated with new forms of work as they test the strength of existing economic and social models.

My biggest take away was that fight for talent will only intensify as more and more specialized skills will be in demand. The other area which will require, especially the social organisations’ involvement, is engaging the workers in gig-economy to the right skills and right jobs. Check out the panel discussion, my questions / comments made via beekast to the panelists here :

On the side of this massive event, the Chair of the OECD Ministerial Council reaffirmed the OECD’s faith and interest in “reshaping of the foundations of multilateralism”. The OECD members (in line with the OECD Convention) express collective determination to promote the highest sustainable growth and improve the economic and social well-being of their people by cooperation and consultation. This council has called for OECD to step up its engagement to: (i) produce evidence-based policy recommendations; (ii) promote a level playing field including through high quality standards and spreading best practices; and (iii) support multilateral fora to deliver practical results.

As the Forum opening states,  the #OECDFORUM2018 is all about “moving from diagnosis to action, and shaping solutions to build these much-needed bridges; i hop the focus is on Action & Solutions beyond policy talk.

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Pooja Gianchandani 

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