On the 7th and 8th of September, the Labor 20 engagement group launched its Saudi L20 Summit, titled “A New Social Contract for Recovery and Resilience”, which was held in the Saudi capital Riyadh in accordance with COVID-19 safety measures, and was streamed online to allow the participation of international speakers and audience.
The summit hosted a number of prominent officials, such as ministers, trade union leaders, representatives of the other G20 Engagement groups, and other stakeholders from the labor markets, such as the Saudi executive and judicial branches of government, labor and unions representatives, and labor training institutes.
The summit started with a speech from the custodian of the two holy mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, which was delivered by his representative, the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, His Excellency engineer Ahemd Alrajhi. The participants later deliberated on some of the most prominent challenges that were brought out by COVID19, and reviewed public and private efforts and initiatives to address them, aiming to provide labors with resilience and social protection during the recovery process.
The speakers also examined the state of the labor standards. As for the Saudi market, the panelists discussed the ongoing dynamic reforms of the Saudi labor market, and explored the role of reskilling and regulations in building a workforce that is ready for the future, while also ensuring the inclusion of women and youth in the workforce.