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Ministers and high officials from the 11 Asian Member States of the Colombo Process met in Dhaka, Bangladesh 20th and 21st April, to discuss ways to promote Asian migrant workers’ rights and welfare.
The theme of the ministerial meeting – the 4th of its kind – was “Migration with Dignity” – a challenge that lies at the heart the regional consultative process, which addresses the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origin in Asia.
Senior officials from the Colombo Member States, which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, also met for a working session on April 19th.
The meeting, which was hosted by Bangladesh, the current Chair of the Process, with Secretariat support from IOM, focused on migrant rights, challenges and best practices among mostly labour sending Asian countries.
The ministerial meeting was opened by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Other speakers included Bangladesh’s Finance Minister, Foreign Minister and Expatriates’ Welfare Minister. The Indonesian Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Abdul MuhaiminIskandar also spoke as the immediate past Chair of the Process, as did IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
Organizers adopted joint recommendations – a Dhaka Declaration - and finalised the operational modality of the Process, which was launched in 2004. IOM will share the findings of a stock-taking study on labour migration in Colombo Member States.
Prior to the meeting, two side events were organised - one by IOM on Migration and Health and another by regional civil society networks Migrant Forum in Asia and CARAM Asia.
Civil society organisations, international organizations and Observer States, which include eight migrant labour receiving countries - Bahrain, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – were also present in parts of the meeting to put forward their recommendations.
“IOM remains committed to supporting the Colombo Process and assisting in the implementation of some of the recommendations with governments in Asia. There are good ideas here that can be replicated. We hope that the recommendations of this event will be an inspirational document for the Member States and IOM to further advance the rights, welfare and dignity of the millions of migrants in Asia,” said IOM Director General Swing.