Face New Challenges
In his publication entitled “Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, Report of the Secretary-General”(1), Antonio Guterres - Secretary General, United Nations – reminds: “Even before the current crisis, the global economy was growing at a slower rate than in previous years not withstanding improvements in labor productivity and unemployment. The pandemic has abruptly and profoundly disrupted it, pushing the world into a recession. The unprecedented shock to the world’s labor markets is expected to result in a decrease of around 10.5 per cent in aggregate working hours in the second quarter of 2020, equivalent to 305 million full-time workers. Small and medium enterprises, workers in informal employment, the self-employed, daily wage earners and workers in sectors at the highest risk of disruption have been hit the hardest.”
Both developed and under development countries are suffering from the sanitary, social and economic shocks of this pandemic, but the poorest will inevitably be the most impacted, experiencing food insecurity, and already suffering from unemployment, weak health systems and insufficient infrastructures or services.
Adopt the Strategy
This unprecedented situation can nevertheless be seen as a booster to engage deep transformations to build healthier, more resilient and sustainable countries. This supposes being able to: understand and anticipate the risks, define what are the critical goods that form the pillars of a resilient economy, manage stock, simulate crisis scenario impact on supply chain, plan for alternative supply sources and pivoting of production facilities and finally deliver the goods to the people, even in the event of disrupted logistic routes.
This implies the integration of innovation and technical challenges. In this domain, the ability to ensure the data sovereignty will be key. It is an essential asset to protect and work with in order to be able to analyze situations and their root causes, the impacts of public or private decisions, relationships between ecosystems and monitor deployment of selected projects whatever we are talking about national industry competitiveness, crisis management efficiency, education effectiveness, critical infrastructures development etc.
Finally yet importantly, the education system resilience will also be critical. Around the globe, top elected leaders, education ministries and agencies, research institutions and partner companies know that a resilient higher education system produces highly qualified technical and scientific graduates prepared to maintain and develop the competitiveness of manufacturing, infrastructure, energy and health industries.
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