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Union Minister for Labour and Employment Shri Bhupender Yadav announced that G20’s first employment working group meeting will be held in Jodhpur on February 2-4, 2023.

The prestigious G20 summit, the most important platform for global economic cooperation, is being held in India this year. Given that the G20 countries account for about two-thirds of the world’s population, 3/4 of the world’s trade, and close to 85% of the world’s GDP, this event is significant. Shri Yadav explained the events, saying, “The Employment Working Group under the Indian presidency of G20 has a mandate to address priority labor, employment, and social issues for strong, sustainable, balanced, and job-rich growth for all.”

The meetings will take place as follows

  • 1st EWG Meet Jodhpur, 2nd – 4th Feb ‘23
  • 2nd EWG Guwahati 3rd – 5th Apr ’23
  • 3rd EWG Geneva 1rd – 2nd Jun ’23
  • 4th EWG Indore 19th – 20th July ‘23
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The three thematic areas on which the deliberations will take place will be

  • Addressing Global Skill Gaps
  • Gig and Platform Economy and Social Protection &
  • Sustainable Financing for Social Security
  • The expected outcomes of the deliberations would include an international skill gap mapping portal for assessment of skill demand, a framework for skills and qualifications harmonization with common taxonomies.

The following areas must be prioritized based on available financial resources in order to provide social protection to gig and platform workers: improved national statistical capabilities to track gig and platform work and facilitate effective data collection; policy options for long-term social security and pension financing based on social insurance and taxation; and policy recommendations on welfare entitlements.

At the G20, India is hosting more than 70 delegates from 19 countries, including the European Union, as well as 9 guest nations and 9 regional and international organizations. On the first day, in addition to the key discussions, a panel discussion on Global Skills and Qualifications Harmonization, Frameworks for Common Skill Taxonomies will be organized on the sidelines. International organizations such as the ILO, OECD, and ISA, as well as Indian institutions such as NITI Aayog, MSDE, and EPFO, will provide their perspectives on the issues. Members of the G20 are also being invited to contribute to the discussion.

Sourced from India G20 official website