The ILO, the Chinese Government and other international organisations called for action to address challenges of the digital transformation

6 Nov 2018

China's State Council Premier Li Keqiang, together with World Bank Group (WBG) President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Financial Stability Board (FSB) Chairman Mark Carney, and International Labor Organization (ILO) Deputy Director-General Deborah Greenfield released a public statement calling for the promotion of an inclusive global development, at the third 1+6 Roundtable Meeting held in Beijing. They reached a common understanding that digital transformation is the new growth driver for the world economy. Among other issues, governments were called to advance and co-operate on artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of things, and cloud computing. The need to direct more efforts towards the impacts of digital transformation, such as employment and income distribution was stressed.

 

 

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It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.

 

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