The B20 Task Force on Job Creation, Employment and Investment in Human Capital meets in Geneva

28.03.2013 08:30 Age: 5 yrs
Category: G20, Employment, SMEs, Skills and Education, Youth Employment, Women's Entrepreneurship, Economic and Jobs Crisis, Informal Economy, media release, Europe

The B20 Task Force on Job Creation, Employment and Investment in Human Capital met at the ILO in Geneva on 26 March 2013 to discuss draft Recommendations to the G20 Heads of State and Government. The Recommendations are a joint effort of the members of the B20 Task Force, co-chaired by the IOE and IOE Member – the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

Participants in the discussions included: Alexander Shokhin, President of RSPP; Bülent Pirler, Secretary-General of the Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (TISK); Renate Hornung-Draus, IOE Vice-President for Europe and Managing Director, Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA); Kamran Rahman, IOE Vice-President for Asia and President, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF); Ronnie Goldberg, IOE Vice-President for North America and Executive Vice-President, Senior Policy Officer, United States Council for International Business (USCIB); Brent Wilton, IOE Secretary-General; Jamal Belahrach, President, Manpower Maghreb and French Territories; among others.

Comments made during the meeting re-emphasised the importance of entrepreneurship in creating jobs and addressing employment challenges, but that while recognising its centrality, to be wary of viewing entrepreneurship as a ‘magic bullet’ to tackling employment challenges. In addition, sustainable business being the key to creating sustainable jobs was also highlighted.