CAIRO, Sept 18 (KUNA) -- Director General of the Arab Labor Organization (ALO) Fayz Al-Mutairi called on the Arab countries to exert more concerted efforts to address the negative socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, notably the food crisis and inflation.
It is premature to suggest that impacts of the pandemic on the Arab labor markets and economies are over, he said in a speech to the 48th ALO session, referring to the discrepant rates of economic recovery in the Arab countries.
Al-Mutairi said the Russian military operation worsened the food security situation, disrupted the energy supply chains and pushed up the inflation rates, which risk triggering a global economic recession. He suggested working out new development models for the Arab region that could be more resilient to global shocks, and drawing multi-party policies for sustainable economic recovery based on digital transformation.
Al-Mutairi renewed the call for supporting the Palestinian workers' rights, lifting the unfair embargo on Gaza Strip and releasing the Palestinian detainees from the Israeli jails.
On his part, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League Hussein Hendawi echoed Al-Mutairi's call for joint action to mitigate the socio-economic crises on the Arab peoples.
In a speech on behalf of the League's Secretary General, he urged the Arab financing institutions to work with ALO for implementing the integrated employment program, endorsed by the 2009 Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Kuwait.
Hendawi specified the combat against unemployment, poverty and food insecurity as the biggest challenge facing the Arab countries in the years ahead. (end) msh.aff.gb