Founding Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor welcomed Her Excellency Amal Mohammed Al-Koos, Secretary General of the UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and Science at the Al Habtoor Group headquarters on Thursday 3 May 2018.
Her Excellency and Al Habtoor discussed the latest projects and international partnerships supported by the UAE National Commission, including significant progress on coordinating with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on several initiatives locally. Operating under the UAE Ministry of Education, the Commission plays a key role in linking international organizations and local institutions in the fields of education, culture, economy, social and economic sciences.
Al Habtoor highlighted that the Commission, and the Ministry of Education, need to focus on the threats of job automation, and ensure UAE educators and educational institutes are equipped to teach our youth for the changing job markets. He also encouraged the public sector to provide training for the current task force to help professionals transition into jobs, which will survive automation.
Al Habtoor said, “I urge the governments and educators in the UAE and around the world to take serious measures to reduce the impact of automation in key sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing. A changing job market and people losing jobs will lead to poverty, which will eventually lead to terrorism and abuse. We need to focus on developing our educational system to assist our people of all ages to adapt to our evolving world’s new requirements.”
The Chairman reiterated that the UAE is a regional and global leader in generating new ideas and innovation.
“With the support of our government and leaders, we are able to build robust international economic and business ties to support a competitive business environment. I am also proud of the female ministers in the UAE, and that their accomplishments across all levels which is on par or even sometimes better with their male counterparts.”