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Latin America stands to gain from the shift in the global balance of power from developed to emerging markets. Multinational companies, particularly those from North America, are increasingly looking South for their next opportunity. The region's demographics are powerful, with young, growing populations in countries such as Mexico and Brazil, and the economies themselves are growing.

However, with unemployment—particularly among the young—elevated and the region's employers struggling to find candidates with the right skills to fill mission-critical jobs, Latin America faces pivotal challenges as well as opportunities. How can governments and organizations leverage growing and youthful populations to improve talent pools, as access to talent threatens to become an acute problem which jeopardizes future growth?

Jeff Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO, is co-chair of the summit. Joerres was interviewed by the World Economic Forum about what makes the forum relevant, which issues will be addressed at the forum and what ManpowerGroup will contribute to the forum.

You can view highlights from the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2012 here

 

Joerres will be participating in the following sessions:


Implementing innovative models for employment creation Monday 16 April 09:00 – 11:00 (Private)

This workshop is designed to build on the B20 Taskforce on Employment recommendations, highlighting opportunities for multi-stakeholder implementation and ways to maximize impact in terms of job creation. In an innovative workshop format, senior representatives from across business, government and civil society will discuss and test tangible investment proposals based around the Taskforce recommendations to the G20 leaders.

An Insight, An Idea with Jeffrey Joerres Wednesday 18 April 10:00 – 10:30

A conversation with Jeffrey Joerres, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, on why talentism is becoming the new capitalism of the 21st century.

The session will include:

  • Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ManpowerGroup, USA; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Latin America

Interviewed by

  • Jim Frederick, Editor, Time International, USA

G20 Leadership Wednesday 18 April 10:45 – 12:00

Under Mexico's leadership, how can the G20 address through coordinated action the immediate challenges faced by the global economy?

Dimensions to be addressed:

- Enhancing economic growth via green investment
- Facilitating fiscal consolidation and financial resilience
- Tackling employment and food security challenges
- Defining next steps

The session will include:

  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris; Global Agenda Council on Water Security

  • Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ManpowerGroup, USA; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Latin America

  • José Antonio Meade, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico

  • Alejandro Ramírez, Chief Executive Officer, Cinepolis, Mexico

  • Martin Senn, Group Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Latin America

  • Daniel Servitje, Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Bimbo, Mexico; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Latin America

Chaired by

  • Sergio Sarmiento, Editor-in-Chief and Vice-President, Editorial Board, TV Azteca, Mexico

This session was webcast live and can be viewed here: http://wef.ch/live


Joerres will be joined at WEF LATAM by:

Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup President of the Americas

Prising will be participating in the following session:


Implementing innovative models for employment creation Monday 16 April 09:00 – 11:00 (Private)

This workshop is designed to build on the B20 Taskforce on Employment recommendations, highlighting opportunities for multi-stakeholder implementation and ways to maximize impact in terms of job creation. In an innovative workshop format, senior representatives from across business, government and civil society will discuss and test tangible investment proposals based around the Taskforce recommendations to the G20 leaders.


Monica Flores, ManpowerGroup MeCA Managing Director

Flores will be participating in the following session:


Architecting Action: Closing Mexico's Gender Gap Tuesday 17 April 08:00 – 10:00

Women make up one half of the human capital available to any economy. Under the patronage of Margarita Zavala, First Lady of Mexico, the World Economic Forum's Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme will support the launch of the Mexico Gender Parity Taskforce, an initiative that aims to close the economic gender gap in Mexico by 10% in 3 years. This session will:

  • Explore the most effective interventions to close the economic gender gap.
  • Define a strategy for action for integrating more women into the Mexican economy.
  • Implications and potential implementation across Latin America.


Youth, Jobs and Dignity, Tuesday 17th April: 14:15-15:15

Joerres, Prising and Flores will attend the session Youth, Jobs and Dignity discussing what concrete steps should be taken to stimulate youth employment in the region. It will focus on several areas including the skills mismatch, youth disenchantment with the labor market, and whether encouraging entrepreneurship and better collaboration between governments, schools and businesses can provide the solution.