Since its inception in 2003, the Colombo Process has made a number of tangible achievements at thematic level and institutional level as well as in the cooperation with other dialogue forums through concerted efforts of the Member States. The enlisted herein are the latest achievements of the Colombo Process.

Thematic Level

  • The adoption of the Strategic Vision of the Colombo Process at the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) in 2014 under the current Sri Lankan Chairmanship. The Strategic Vision set out the five thrusts and five thematic priorities to be pursued by the Colombo Process.
  • Progress in the five thematic priorities. Thematic Area Working Groups (TAWGs) have been activated for the respective thematic priorities in order to lead the discussions and actions of the assigned thematic areas. While the CP Member States are pursuing the advancement in the thematic priorities through TAWGs collectively, they have been also making tangible progress at the national level through national policies and programmes (please see the respective Member Country’s page for the national level progress).
  • Establishment of CP Technical Support Unit (CP TSU) in Colombo in support of the CP thematic priorities. The CP TSU has been established upon the decision at the 3rd SOM in 2015.
  • The publication of a CP-endorsed regional study on recruitment monitoring in support of Ethical Recruitment. The study report was published in 2015.

Institutional Level

  • The continued expansion of the Membership. Afghanistan joined the Colombo Process at the Third Ministerial Consultation. Cambodia is expected to be a new member upon the adoption of decision at the Fifth Ministerial Consultation.
  • The development and adoption of the Operating Modalities. The first version of the Operating Modalities was adopted at the Fourth Ministerial Consultation in Dhaka. The revised version of the Operating Modalities is expected to be adopted at the Fifth Ministerial Consultation in Colombo.
  • The establishment of ambassadorial and expert level group in Geneva. This initiative was started under the current Sri Lankan Chairmanship, and they discuss and make recommendations for addressing institutional matters of the Colombo Process.

Cooperation with other dialogue forums

  • The growing engagement of countries of destination in the CP and the inception of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and the Asia-EU Dialogue in 2008, which were inspired by the CP.
  • The enhanced cooperation with the ADD through the CP’s support for ADD-endorsed programmes, which include: the Comprehensive Information & Orientation Programme for Migrant Workers; and, the Pilot Project on Skill Development, Documentation and Recognition.
  • The convening of the Third Asia-EU Dialogue in Colombo in 2014 to advance cooperation and discuss common issues of concerns with EU countries.

Upcoming Meetings...

  • Second Meeting of the TAWG on Labour Market Analysis (via Bluejeans)

    30 March 2017