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The Middle East and North Africa need the gig economy

The region needs jobs—new technologies can help provide them

By Claire Spencer  

Casablanca, Morocco. The economies of North Africa and the Middle East would get a boost from the gig economy

A region in which two-thirds of the population are under 30 should be dynamic and ready to embrace the technological changes reshaping the world’s economy. Yet, despite increasing global interconnectedness, the Middle East and North Africa have the world’s highest levels of youth unemployment. Only around one in five of the region’s women are employed, far behind the global average. The UN’s latest Arab Human Development Report estimates that the region needs…

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