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Interview with Daniel Funes de Rioja, designated B20 Argentina Chair and former President of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

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Daniel Funes de Rioja, former President of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and Co-Chair of the B20 Employment & Education Taskforce, discusses how the Argentinian B20 Presidency can build on the work of B20 Germany.

You will be Chair of the B20 during the Argentinian G20 Presidency next year. Which topics addressed by B20 Germany do you think will be continued by B20 Argentina?
Our thought is that the continuity of the agenda, in order to follow up on the effective implementation and the adaptation to the new realities, is key for the work of the G20. Having said that, the main effort of the B20 is to elaborate recommendations that impact the outcome of the G20 and that reflect the main concerns of the business community in those fields of action where the governments focused their common work.

During the German Presidency, social partnership played an important role and both the B20 and the L20 were invited to participate in the G20 Employment Working Group’s sessions. How will Argentina shape the notion of social partnership?
We strongly believe in social dialogue, and social partnership is not only convenient but also a masterpiece in the construction of the new paradigm of “growth and jobs” that appeared as a flagship of the international community after the 2008 crisis.

In your personal opinion: what has been the most important success of the B20 Employment & Education Taskforce this year?
First, to recognize the clear links between education and employment. Second, to confirm that adaptation of the legal framework and to reduce labor tax pressure, jointly with the development of a strategy to overcome the skills mismatch, are central objectives to promote quality and productive employment.

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