Skill Gap Analysis for Tripoli Special Economic Zone
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Most importantly, Agenda 2030 seeks to strengthen partnerships amongst governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to support the realization of the SDGs.
Building on the importance on partnership building in the achievement of the SDGs, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lebanon established a flagship programme “Together Towards Sustainable Development” to strengthen private sector engagement and participation. In 2017, for the first year of implementation, a priority focus was given to Quality Education (Goal 4), given that this remains an important challenge in Lebanon, particularly in areas that are most impoverished across Lebanon.
The Skills Gap Analysis is therefore the product of engaging the private sector in addressing the challenges to the attainment of SDGs through a holistic and multi-stakeholder approach, while building on opportunities which the establishment of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone adjacent to the Tripoli port presents. The analysis focuses on potential employment opportunities, in the Northern region. It provides an overview of existing programs, and suggests the introduction of educational programs and trainings that involve Vocational Training Education (VTE), the provision of new types of necessary trainings that target and benefit labor demand, and means to implement them.
While assuring quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities to all remain a longterm endeavor, we believe that this is one step towards this objective, and that achieving this goal in Tripoli will be the result of collaboration between local businesses, formal and informal academic entities, and support from national and international entities.