L20 Summit

On the 7th and 8th of September, the Labor 20 engagement group launched its Saudi L​​​20 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 deliberat​ed 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.​​

L20 Summit Agenda

A New Social Contract for Recovery and Resilience

 Monday, 07 September 2020
Session I 14.00 – 14.25Opening of the L20 Summit
Welcome remarks by:

  • Nasser Aljaryad, President, Saudi National Committee of Workers’ Committees (SNC), Saudi Arabia
  • Representing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and the leader of G20 Saudi Arabia H.E ENG .Ahmed al-Rajhi, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Mustapha Tlili, Executive Secretary, Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC)
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Session II 14.25 – 14.40The Outcomes of G20 meetings and mechanisms for implementing past commitments – a way to equality and sustainability
  • Chaired by Nasser Aljaryad, President, SNC, Saudi Arabia
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC
  • Gerardo Alberto Martinez, Secretary for International Relations, Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina (CGT-RA)

Followed by discussion

Session III 14.50 – 15.15The role of technical and vocational training in the labor market – Saudi perspective
  • Chaired by Nasser Aljaryad, President, SNC, Saudi Arabia
  • H.E Dr. Ahmad Al-Fuhaid, Governor of Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC

Followed by discussion

Session IV 15.25 – 15.40Judicial services and labor rights; a Saudi labor court perspective
  • Chaired by Nasser Aljaryad, President, SNC, Saudi Arabia
  • H.E Sheikh. Saad bin Muhammad AlSaif, Vice Minister of Justice

Followed by discussion

Session V 15.50 – 16.30The role of international organizations in supporting and developing trade unions in the Arab region
  • Chaired by Nasser Aljaryad, President, SNC, Saudi Arabia
  • Speech by Fayez Al-Mutairi , General Manager of the Arab Labor Organization (ALO).
  • Mustapha Tlili, Executive Secretary, Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC)
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC

Followed by discussion (by Arab Trade Unions Federations)

Session VI 16.35 – 17.05Dynamic reforms on Labour markets, Saudi prospective
  • Chaired by Nasser Aljaryad, President, SNC, Saudi Arabia
  • H.E Dr. Abdullah N. Abuthnain, Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC
 Tuesday, 08 September 2020
Session VI1 14.00 – 14.45The State of the Arab World, trade union rights and labour standards
  • Chaired by Nasser Aljaryad, President, SNC, Saudi Arabia
  • Speech by Mustapha Tlili, Executive Secretary, Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC)
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC

Followed by discussion (by Arab Trade Unions Federations)

Session VII1 14.55 – 15.50The G20 Agenda on Inclusion of Women and Youth
  • Chaired by SNC Dr. Raneem Alselaimi
  • H.H Nouf bint Muhammad, C20 Chair
  • Dr. Thoraya Obaid, W20 Chair
  • Ms. Hanan Alnuwaiser, L20 Women and Youth Empowerment Taskforce Leader
  • Mr. Othman Almoammar, Y20 Chair

Followed by discussion

Session IX 16.00 – 16.50Recovery with resilience, social protection and labour market policies
  • Chaired by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC
  • Nasser Aljaryad, President, SNC, Saudi Arabia
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Pierre Habbard, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD

Followed by discussion

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