MECC stakeholders have noted that the region’s education system does not respond to market needs. While job-seekers have diplomas, they do not possess the skills companies need in order to invest in the region and create employment opportunities.
Some action ideas have been raised, among which:
- Educational institutions need to be more involved in training students to the job requirements. They should be encouraged to focus more on science, engineering, law, and accounting.
- A form of information infrastructure between government, companies, and educational institutions would allow new graduates access information independently.
- Creating a coalition with international companies, universities, and the government to discuss how to provide programs that will meet the demand, and also to help create and provide skills that are required.
The MECC has begun to look at promoting cooperation on tourism and marketing within the region in a manner that would also boost investment in the industry. The task force will promote joint marketing exercises between tourist industries in the region. It will also seed an institutional framework to facilitate broader cooperation through such avenues as a regional tourism board.