* According to Rachid Mohammed Rachid, the Arab region should progressively turn to a new form of economic development, one that is based around creative economy. This type of economy is based off people's creativity and their way of utilizing them in an efficient, value-adding way. During the 74th session of UNGA, it was said that 2021 would be the year for creative economy. According to Rachid, creative economy in the Arab region has become a "necessity to accelerate growth and to achieve a better future in general". The Middle East seems to have all the necessary components for the development of a successful creative economy: a young, dynamic population, as well as a long history and rich culture.
* As part of its Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration, INJAZ Al-Arab, a member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, the world's biggest non-profit business education organization, has announced the beginning of the 2021 edition of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. The 2021 Entrepreneurship Ecosystem edition will be hosted digitally, with courses geared to prepare students from all around the area for the employment market of today. The program seeks to provide them with the tools they need to grow and sustain their businesses while also planting the seeds for future enterprises. This year, industry leaders from Boeing, FedEx, Mastercard, Investcorp, and the Citi Foundation will coach 21 student teams through various sessions across a five-week period. These online sessions will be available to participants from 14 countries, throughout the month of November, and will reach their conclusion on December 5th, with the Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration.
* According to a 2019 study, Iran is the country who is suffering from the second largest brain drain in the world. Indeed, it is estimated that around 180 thousand educated individuals left the country, usually in favor of Europe. As for the youth that has remained in the country, it is reported that substance abuse has become more prominent over the past years, due to the disillusion with the governance.
* Iraqi Kurdish youth has been progressively leaving the region, for North America or Europe, with hopes of a better future. According to non-official sources, an estimated 27 thousand people fled to Europe in 2020, and the numbers are said to increase over time. This diminishing young population in Iraqi Kurdistan has already had several demographic and economic consequences on the region.
* A new poll published by the International Republican Institute in Jordan shows that many young people in Jordan have decided to leave the country with hopes of bettering their future and improve their living conditions. This poll also demonstrated a lack of confidence among Jordanian youth in political parties and their preference for municipal elections over parliamentary elections. The survey targeted young Jordanians between the ages of 18-35 and reported that 45 percent of young people are seriously considering emigrating abroad, and only 35 percent believe that young people can have a good future in Jordan.
* The Human Resources Development Fund of Saudi Arabia (HDF) has revealed that it has supported the recruitment of more than 200,000 young men and women who have joined work in private sector facilities since the beginning of this year (2021) until the end of the third quarter, through employment support services and programs targeted to national cadres, according to data from the National Labor Observatory. UNFPA indicated that around 81 thousand of the beneficiaries of employment support services were men, while 120 thousand were women.
* On Wednesday, November 3rd, Saudi Arabia and Oman signed a memorandum of understanding with the objective of “strengthening cooperation in the IT and postal sectors”. This MoU is meant to improve bilateral communication in the fields of IT and communication. The Saudi Minister of Communications and information technology, as well as the Omani minister of transport, who signed the MoU, also launched the Saudi-Omani Digital Skills Initiative. This will help launch training programs in the disciplines of data and artificial intelligence, software design and development, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and finance. By 2025, the training programs will have benefited 1,000 people. It will also work with the Omani side to raise digital awareness and provide online technical training.
* Bahraini deputy Dr Abdullah Al Thawadi stated that eradicating unemployment and diversifying the sources income are the top priorities for economic recovery, and that young people must enter their field of work as soon as they graduate university. He has praised the economic recovery plan, which should employ 20 thousand Bahrainis and train 10 thousand of them annually until 2024.
* There are several vocational training programs in the Egyptian governorate of Qalyubia to fight unemployment. These training programs are for young people to acquire skills for professions ranging from programming and artificial intelligence to the food and beverages industry. For example, Rami Shaaban, Community Development Officer at Qalyubiya Projects Agency, said that 130 young men and girls in the village of Qanatar have been trained in the assembly and maintenance of LED bulbs and mobile devices and 170 others in the packaging and leather industries will be provided for the establishment of their small projects.
* Ahmed El Sobky, the former Vice President of the IT Development Agency in Egypt, has stated that the youth is connected: around 24.5% of people between the ages of 18 and 30 use the Internet for more than 6 hours a day. He added that this high usage of the internet can be linked to the increase of remote work following the pandemic.
* EgyptAir served as the official carrier of the twenty-fourth session of the Arab-African investment and International Cooperation conference "Arab-African youth", chaired by Dr. Huda Yasi, president of the Union of Arab and Maqam investors, from November 2 to 5 in Hurghada, where the conference is co-sponsored and organized by several ministries, including trade and industry, social solidarity, youth and sports, finance, education and agriculture. The conference aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the State Plan 2030, and highlights the responsibility of Egyptian and African women, both businesswomen, investors and civil society representatives within the public and private sector to implement investment projects, create jobs and reduce unemployment and labor exploitation.