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Public Policy
Global Issues in 2021:
A Conversation With
Forum Chair Nino Nelissen
Nino Nelissen, SGMS-T,
founder and managing
director of the Netherlandsbased
Executive Mobility
Group, is chair of the
Worldwide ERCĀ®
Global
Forum, which tracks non-U.S.
government-related public
policy issues that impact the cross-border transfer
of employees. Nelissen recently shared his views on
signifi cant issues of priority to the forum.
Mobility: Tell us about the priorities you
and your forum have been focusing on so
far in 2021.
One element we focus on a lot is talent displacement
and the consequences it has on the supply
chain. I come from a time when everything was
pretty straightforward, everybody could train for
a certain profession, and that would be something
you could do until retirement. Th e accelerated
pace of change in business and industry
today is creating shortages of talent and skills
gaps. When I look at the speed of the energy
transition, for example, that will aff ect the need
for certain skills for certain jobs, and that will
have a big impact.
A second focus is changes in the world order.
Th e current world order was established after
World War II by the countries that won the war.
Now other economies such as China are emerging
that are not part of that world order. China, for
example, is not part of the OECD, which has a
major role in developing tax policy. In the long
run, a lot of ways of thinking that we're used to
today will change, and the relative importance of
players on the world stage will continue to evolve.
Th at's also something that we often focus on in
our updates.
Of course, COVID-19 is something you can't
get around. It's there, it's huge, it aff ects every little
fi ber of the mobility industry, and what makes it
particularly complicated-and I'm just focusing on
Europe now-is how fast the regulations change
and impact the fl exibility of what you can do.
Mobility: What do you view as the lasting
impact or legacy of COVID-19 on the mobility
industry?
I don't think we ever realized how vulnerable
the world is. COVID-19 has made us more
sensitive to that vulnerability. Th e reaction to
the supply chain disruption caused by the ship
stuck in the Suez Canal is a small example of
this increased awareness. Th e disruption caused
by COVID will also have a psychological eff ect,
to some extent comparable to what people who
have been in a war zone experience: realizing
that many freedoms we took for granted all of
a sudden disappear for an undefi ned period of
time. I don't think we will take our freedoms for
granted the way we used to.
Regarding our industry, I don't see business
travel returning to pre-pandemic levels for the next
fi ve to seven years. On the other hand, with so
many people now able to work remotely and who
may choose where they want to live, the decline
in business travel will be at least partially off set by
employees who choose to live remotely but will
need to return to their offi ces when face-to-face
meetings are necessary.
Th e other lasting impact is that we learned to
work together with technology tools. Th at will
take away some of the barriers to collaborating
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