According to the statement made by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Minister Işıkhan addressed the participants at the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers Meeting held in Indore, India. Minister Işıkhan thanked India, the G20 Chairperson-in-Office, for hosting the meeting and congratulated all G20 members who contributed to the Employment Working Group throughout the year for their dedication.
Minister Vedat Işıkhan emphasized that the recent rapid developments in production methods and the basic dynamics of workplaces have changed the world of work in an unprecedented way.
Stating that not all regions of the world have benefited equally from this transformation, Mr. Işıkhan said: "While some countries have adapted to this new era by developing new technologies, skills and production models, unfortunately, many regions of the world are still struggling to keep up with the pace of this process. One of the main consequences of this trend is the deepening of the global skills gap."
Referring to the work carried out by his Ministry in this field, Işıkhan said that in the last 5 years, they have provided vocational training focused on the jobs of the future to approximately 2 million people through vocational training courses and on-the-job training programs.
Pointing out that the Republic of Turkey is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its foundation, Işıkhan stated that they want to make a strong start to the new century. Işıkhan said, "For this purpose, we aim to further strengthen our country through investment, employment, production, export and growth in line with the vision of the 'Century of Turkey' put forward by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was democratically elected once again for the next 5 years."
"Millions of people were saved from the risk of hunger with the grain corridor agreement"
Pointing out the importance of diplomacy and dialogue in solving global problems, Minister Işıkhan said that the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement was made possible by the personal efforts of President Erdoğan and added: "As each of us will appreciate, millions of people, especially in the poorest regions of the world, have been saved from the risk of hunger thanks to this agreement."
In his speech, Minister Işıkhan thanked all the countries and international organizations that helped Turkey during and after the earthquakes in February.