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Danish Minister for Employment in China to discuss tech and employment

September 18th-20th 2018, the Danish Minister for Employment, Mr. Troels Lund Poulsen, visited Tianjin and Beijing to discuss the technological transformation of labour markets in China and Denmark. During his visit, the minister joined World Economic Forum’s summit and met with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Chinese Tech-giants, and Danish tech-innovators based in China.

At the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting New Champions in Tianjin, the minister took part in a panel debate on how to secure employment in the futures labour markets and participated in meetings debating the influences of the Forth Industrial Revolution on society and labour.

In Beijing, the minister met with some of China’s biggest tech-giants: TusHoldings who invest and develop technological eco-systems, and Face++, one of the biggest tech-companies developing facial recognition software. China's tech scene is growing rapidly. Due to the Chinese government's ambitious 'Made in China 2025' plan and its strategic investments, China has in brief time become one of the world's technological epicentres. The meetings with TusHoldings and Face++ allowed for an insight to how rapidly technology is transforming our societies and the labour market.

The meeting with Danish tech-innovators from, among others, Wikifactory and Tradeshift, allowed for a Danish perspective. Technological innovation and its effects on the labour market is a focus area of the Danish government. In 2017, the government established the Disruption Council, whose primary focus is on how technology is transforming Danish labour market and businesses. The same year, Denmark appointed the world's first tech ambassador, promoting technological diplomacy as a central part of the Foreign and Security Policy Strategy 2017-18.

Moreover, the minister met with Mrs. Zhang Yizhen Vice minister of Human Resources and Social Security in Beijing. Here, the two ministries shared knowledge and experiences on securing and promoting employment in a labour market, where artificial intelligence, vocational training, preparation for the future of skill supply and effects of the ‘highest possible’ labour market activity rates are becoming increasingly important. The meeting also allowed to the ministries to discuss future collaboration on issues related to the labour market and innovation.

24.09.2018  04:49