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PRESS RELEASE December 18, 2018

Media Advisory: Investing in People to Prepare for the Future

Children entering primary school today in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will one day work at jobs that have not yet been invented. Digital technologies are moving at breakneck speed and rapidly transforming the nature of work. The challenge for countries around the world is to adapt to the new digital economy and ensure that each new generation is equipped to seize the opportunities it creates. This challenge is especially acute for MENA, which will have to create 300 million jobs by 2050 to meet the needs of its large youth populations. 

This event will focus on how countries in the region can meet that challenge by preparing their workforces for the future and unlocking the potential of the large youth population as a driver of growth. The event will present findings of the 2018 World Development Report, which analyzes how technology is shaping the future of work and the skills needed to take advantage of these changes. The event will also present the recent MENA Education Flagship Report that provides a roadmap for transforming the region’s education systems to match the future demands of labor markets.

Join us for a lively discussion that will gather decision makers, experts and civil society from across the region for a debate on meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities of the future.

The event will be livestreamed. Please share your views and questions here ahead of the event! 

Watch the live event here.



  • Youssef Chahed, Head of Government of Tunisia
  • Ferid Belhaj, World Bank MENA Vice President


  • World Development Report 2019, The Changing Nature of Work 
  • MENA Education Flagship Report, Expectations and Aspirations: A New Framework for Education in MENA


  • Senior Government Officials.
  • Private Sector, civil society.
  • Youth from Morocco, Algeria, Tunis and Egypt.

LOCATION: Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, Tunisia

DATE: Friday, December 21, 2018

TIME: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

RSVP: Press registration is advisable. Please call +216 58 58 02 33  or e-mail sayari@worldbank.org to RSVP.



Sadok Ayari
(+216 58 580 233)