• Hon. Minister Thalatha Atukorale says “Colombo Process will seek to be a bridge between labour sending and receiving countries in Asia”

    The Minister of Foreign Employment, Hon. Thalatha Atukorale, who is also the Chair–in-Office of the Colombo Process (CP) has said, Sri Lanka is providing leadership for the CP to be a bridge between labour sending and receiving countries fostering strong partnership for the Asian region.

  • The Member States reaffirmed their concerted efforts for safe, orderly and regular migration of workers through the adoption of the Colombo Ministerial Declaration

    The 5th Ministerial Consultation of the Colombo Process was convened in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 25 August 2016 with the participation of Ministerial-level delegations from all 11 Member States.

  • Senior Officials of the Colombo Process Member States gathered in Colombo to discuss ways to harmonize the regulatory frameworks for recruitment agencies

    Across the Colombo Process Member States, regulating private recruitment agencies attract policy attention and efforts, given their predominance in international recruitment of migrant workers in Asia.

  • The 1st Meetings of Thematic Area Working Groups and the Regional Workshop on Labour Market Research

    Colombo, Sri Lanka – The first meetings of the Thematic Area Working Groups (TAWG) of the Colombo Process (CP) on ‘Skills and Qualification Recognition’ and ‘Promoting Ethical Recruitment’ were held on 31 May 2016 in Colombo

  • The 5th Ambassadorial-Level Meeting of the Geneva-based Colombo Process Representatives

    The 5th Ambassadorial-Level Meeting of the Geneva-based Colombo Process representatives took place on 15 March 2016 at IOM Headquarters, and was pleased to have IOM’s Director General participate as well.


What’s Colombo Process

The Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia. According to best estimates, over 2.5 million Asian workers leave their countries every year under contract to work abroad. A large proportion of workers from South and Southeast Asia head for the Gulf States to perform various types of service, trade and construction jobs, while others move to North America, Europe and Asian countries. As the Asian overseas worker populations grow in numbers and diversify in terms of destination and source, their impact is increasingly felt.

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Ambassadors of the Colombo Process Member States in Sri Lanka gather for the latest update on the progress and achievements of the Colombo Process under the Sri Lanka’s Chairmanship

Under the auspices of Honourable Thalatha Atukorale, the Minister of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka, and the Chair-in-Office of the Colombo Process (CP), the Colombo Process Ambassadors’ Meeting in Colombo was convened by the Ministry of Foreign Employment (MFE), Sri Lanka, on 5 January 2017.

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