The Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, Gilbert Houngbo, has called on G20 labour and employment ministers and other world leaders to address skill gaps.

Speaking recently during the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting in Indore, India, Houngbo urged leaders to invest in social protection and adopt sustainable financing for employment and social policies to reduce inequalities in the global labour market.

According to ILO, the meeting highlighted the need to sustainably finance social protection, extend social security to more workers, including gig and platform economy, and address the global skills gap.

The ministers’ meeting centred on addressing the global skills gaps, extending social protection to platform and gig workers, and sustainably financing national social protection systems.

The ILO said ministers agreed on specific policy priorities to accelerate progress on the first two challenges and a set of policy options regarding the third.

“At present, the global employment divide is deepening in the face of global shocks and risks, with low-income countries being left further and further behind.

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