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ManpowerGroup Leads World of Work Discussions

ManpowerGroup Leads World of Work Discussions

Job Creation, Gender Parity High on Agenda at Myanmar's First Leading International Gathering of Decision-makers

ManpowerGroup  will lead discussions on job creation and economic gender parity at the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2013 in Myanmar, titled "Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration."

The 22nd WEF on East Asia is the first leading international gathering of senior decision-makers from industry, government, academia and civil society to be held in Myanmar after a series of bold economic and political reforms. The country assumes the chairmanship of geopolitical and economic organization the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2014, with the region becoming a pillar of the global economy.

Simon Matthews, ManpowerGroup Managing Director, Thailand, Vietnam and Middle East, will today examine how Myanmar can achieve inclusive growth during the session, "Building Myanmar's Travel and Tourism Industry: Driving Growth and Job Creation" and tomorrow will discuss how gender equality can be achieved by empowering women and girls, including increasing women's economic participation and opportunities during the session "Mainstreaming Gender."

"As industries such as travel and tourism mature within developing markets, it is clear that the growth potential of these industries is entirely dependent on harnessing the available talent and fostering new talent in the Human Age — an era defined by the ingenuity of individuals," said Matthews. "Only through improved collaboration between all stakeholders — business, education, governments and individuals — can nations forecast future needs and ensure a successful balance between talent supply and talent demand."

With talent increasingly becoming the competitive differentiator for companies and countries, there needs to be a greater focus on inclusivity  of women — who comprise half of potential labor pools — at a time of acute skills shortages. ManpowerGroup's 2013 Talent Shortage Survey, released last month, found that 35 percent of employers globally are having difficulty filling key positions. In the Asia-Pacific region, that total rises to 51 percent.

"In this environment, it is crucial to nurture the creative potential of individuals, including new approaches to better engage women — the greatest untapped source of labor in the world," added Matthews. "Revisiting work models and people practices to be more inclusive to women workers can give companies a significant advantage over competitors at a time of acute talent shortages."

Other prominent leaders joining Matthews on his panel discussions include Simon F. Cooper, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Marriott International Inc. Klaus Lengefeld, Sector Leader, Tourism and Sustainable Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft f&uumlr Internationale Zusammenarbeit Andrea Valentin, Director, Tourism Transparency Yoko Ishikura, Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University and Shelly Esque, President, Intel Foundation.

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