The United Nations International Labor Organization warned today, Monday, that the labor market recovery from the repercussions of the “Covid 19” pandemic appears to slow in 2022.
In its report on World Employment Trends and Social Prospects for 2022, published today, the International Labor Organization (ILO) forecast that the number of working hours globally this year will be 1.8% lower than it was in the last quarter of 2019, just before the outbreak of the pandemic.
The International Labor Organization has predicted that there will be a larger shortfall in working hours in 2022 than previously estimated, CNBC reported.
And it forecast that the drop in global working hours this year will now be equivalent to the loss of 52 million full-time jobs, nearly twice the previous forecast in May 2021 of 26 million.
“The downside adjustment is very large,” Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labor Organization, said in a press briefing before the report was released on Monday, adding that there were a number of reasons behind the expected slowdown in the labor market recovery, including the spread of the “Covid 19” mutant. new.
The International Labor Organization has estimated that global unemployment is expected to reach 207 million in 2022, compared to 186 million in 2019.
For this recovery to be sustainable, Ryder said, “it must be based on the principles of decent work, job creation, labor rights, social protection and social dialogue.”
He referred to guidelines proposed by the International Labor Organization, such as that states provide incentives to employers to retain workers, such as working for shorter periods.
Iran and Oman agree to jointly develop shared oilfield
Iran and Oman have agreed to form a committee to jointly develop the Hengam oilfield, which straddles both countries’ sea border, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported its oil minister Javad Owji as saying on Monday.
In 2005, both countries signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop the Hengam oil field but the agreement did not materialize and Iran decided to develop the field independently in 2012.
“As the first basis of my talks with Omani Oil Minister Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Rumhi, it was agreed to form a joint technical committee to develop the next phases of the Hengam oil field in a seamless manner between Iran and Oman,” Owji said.
“Joint exploitation, in contrast to competitive exploitation, will be mutually beneficial to both countries as this method leads to less damage to the reservoir and allows for more extraction,” the oil minister added.
Last week, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported that Owji had agreed to revive a long-stalled project to lay an undersea pipeline to carry gas to Oman.
Gold edges up; Wheat falls, soybean firm; UK to impose duties of up to 29% on Chinese aluminum extrusions
Gold edged up on Friday, heading for its first week of gains in five on persistent worries over economic growth and a weekly decline in the dollar.
A slide in US Treasury yields supported the safe-haven metal on the day, sending spot gold up 0.1 percent to $1,843.29 per ounce. Prices hit a one-week high earlier in the session.
US gold futures settled up 0.1 percent at $1,842.10.
Silver fell 0.1 percent to $21.69 per ounce, but was up about 2.9 percent for the week.
Platinum fell 1.4 percent to $948.77, while palladium eased 2.4 percent to $1,958.81.
Wheat, corn ease
Chicago wheat fell for a third straight session on Friday, retreating further from a two-month high it hit earlier this week as technical selling pressured the market, traders said.
Corn also eased, as accelerated US planting and news that Argentina may expand an export volume cap weighed.
Soybeans gained on strong export demand, amid tight supplies.
The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade lost 31-3/4 cents at $11.68-3/4 a bushel, a 0.7 percent weekly decline.
CBOT corn ended 4-1/2 cents lower at $7.78-3/4 a bushel, ending lower for a third consecutive week.
Soybeans firmed 14-3/4 cents to $17.05-1/4 a bushel, logging a weekly gain of 58-3/4 cents, a 3.6 percent increase.
UK to impose duties on Chinese aluminum extrusions
Britain may impose anti-dumping duties of up to 29 percent on aluminum extrusions from China to protect domestic producers, a trade agency said on Friday.
Aluminium extrusions — widely used in the transport, construction and electronics industries — are being dumped in Britain at lower prices than they are sold in China, the Trade Remedies Authority said in an interim report.
“The TRA determined that there is already damage to the UK industry, having found clear evidence of price undercutting, indicating that UK businesses are struggling to compete with the dumped imports,” a statement said.
Provisional measures will be imposed as the TRA completes its investigation, requiring Chinese companies exporting to Britain to provide a bank guarantee beginning on May 28, it added.
Duties ranging from 7.3 percent to 29.1 percent were recommended, depending on the company and the level of dumping margin, the interim report said.
“Artful Putin”… The rise in the ruble price to a record level against the dollar is causing an uproar on the communication sites
On Friday, the Russian currency recorded significant gains against its American and European counterparts, despite Western sanctions imposed on Moscow, causing an uproar on social media.
On Friday, the Russian currency hit two record levels in about an hour against the American and European currencies, and the dollar exchange rate fell, during trading, to below the level of 57 rubles, for the first time since April 2018, while the euro exchange rate fell below the level 60 rubles for the first time since April 2017.
In this context, social media sites were abuzz with this news, in reference to the reverse course of the sanctions imposed on Russia, while Russian measures prove their strength in the face of the West.
A number of social media pioneers and media professionals circulated this news, as the Egyptian media, Amr Adib, described the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, as “shitty”, as a result of the measures he took.
And one of the accounts commented, saying: “Putin is currently surrounded by a man against a man, and he is laughing at the whole West… and frankly… his right.”
سعر صرف الروبل الروسي يسجل أعلى قيمة له مقابل الدولار منذ شهر ابريل ٢٠١٨ عند ٥٩.٨ روبل مقابل الدولار
تعليق: هل تعتقد أن على بوتين أن يشكر امريكا والإتحاد الأوروبي على فرض عقوبات على روسيا https://t.co/kF3K3elq4Z
— أحمد الفراج (@amhfarraj) May 20, 2022
The rise of the Russian currency comes after it had fallen in the second half of last March to historical levels, as it exceeded the level of 140 rubles to the dollar.
At the beginning of last March, the Russian Central Bank announced a set of measures to achieve financial and economic stability in Russia, the most prominent of which is obligating exporters in Russia to sell 80% of foreign exchange earnings on the Moscow Stock Exchange.
Experts believe that the Russian ruble is receiving support from the surplus in the trade balance, as imports in Russia fell by about 50%, which reduced the demand for the US currency.
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