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Myanmar – ManpowerGroup calls for more gender equality

05 June 2013

ManpowerGroup will lead discussions on job creation and economic gender parity at the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2013 in Myanmar, titled "Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration."

The 22nd WEF on East Asia is the first leading international gathering of senior decision-makers from industry, government, academia and civil society to be held in Myanmar after a series of bold economic and political reforms.

Simon Matthews, ManpowerGroup Managing Director, Thailand, Vietnam and Middle East, will today examine how Myanmar can achieve inclusive growth and job creation. He will discuss how gender equality can be achieved, including increasing women's economic participation.

“As industries such as travel and tourism mature within developing markets, it is clear that the growth potential of these industries is entirely dependent on harnessing the available talent and fostering new talent,” said Mr Matthews.

“Only through improved collaboration between all stakeholders — business, education, governments and individuals — can nations forecast future needs and ensure a successful balance between talent supply and talent demand.”

The recruiter argues that there needs to be a greater focus on inclusivity of women, especially as talent shortages are ripe in the region. “In this environment, it is crucial to nurture the creative potential of individuals, including new approaches to better engage women — the greatest untapped source of labor in the world,” Mr Matthews said. 

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