“Decent work and economic growth” is the eighth sustainable development goal of the United Nations. But this seemingly simple and reasonable ambition is under threat from a range of disruptive elements.
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Pre-pandemic, the rapid pace of change and concomitant job losses were already proving to be significant challenges to employers and employees. But Covid-19 massively accelerated many companies’ investments in their digital capabilities, which are only likely to exacerbate these trends.
In the 1997 film The Fifth Element—set in the 23rd century—Bruce Willis plays a flying taxi driver. Just over 20 years after the film’s release, flying cars are on the verge of becoming an everyday reality . Experts have been working on the technology for decades, and prototypes have already appeared in some air shows.
The 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall, signalling the end of the Cold War and bringing those on the side of the wall into the global economy, ushered in an era of enhanced globalisation that Thomas Friedman described in his book The World is Flat.
The ECN in Dubai continued its series of CEO roundtables this week with a session on the regional talent landscape.
Consumer activity is a significant driver of South Africa’s GDP. Last year, in particular, restrictions to control and contain the spread of Covid-19 and the knock-on effects to employment and retail sales were stark.
How seriously should businesses take Saudi Arabia’s threats to exclude non-KSA-headquartered foreign companies from doing business with its state entities?
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