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Lack of ICT talent can be solved with mobility

Vice chair of Global Migration Council discussed talent in industry at World Economic Forum

Lack of ICT talent can be solved with mobility
Cox: "There has been a long history of talent shortages in the ICT sector."

The World Economic Forum's Council of Global Migration is looking to solve ICT skills shortages in Africa through deploying mobile workforces to tackle specific projects, according to Karl Cox, vice chair of the Global Migration Council.

Cox told ITP.net's sister site, CommsMEA that companies are facing some challenges when hiring people with the right skills in the ICT sector, and in order to improve this shortage of knowledge, the Council of Global Migration is developing solutions to offer talents when needed.

"There has been a long history of talent shortages in the ICT sector. There are two ways to face it. The first one is by trying to build the skills in individual countries where the shortages have been felt. The other approach is what the Migration Council is doing by saying that skills can be mobile. If skills are needed in a country where they are not available, we can bring people in on a short term basis to meet the immediate needs that the country requires," said Cox.

Cox explains that the council is focusing on Africa to solve this lack of knowledge in the ICT sector, although he notes that it is a global issue. "What we have tried to do is work on specific projects globally. It seems to be a core of individuals that are very interested in working in Africa because it is a high growth area right now. There is a lack of skills in many areas in Africa so we are trying to work with governments and we are hoping that what we are doing by facilitating mobility will help different regions," he added.

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