Third Ministerial Consultation

The Third Ministerial Consultation was held in Bali, Indonesia from September 20 - 21, 2005. The Consultation was chaired by H.E. Mr. Fahmi Idris, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration of the Republic of Indonesia. The Ministerial Consultation was organized with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The Ministers agreed that close and continuing attention should be given to the management of overseas worker flows, that it is essential to pursue bilateral and regional consultations, and that orderly labour movement and employment policies consistent with the welfare of workers are possible provided there is cooperation between countries of origin and destination.

The Third Ministerial Consultation at Bali was greatly enriched by the participation of countries of destination, namely delegations from Bahrain, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Afghanistan was welcomed as a new member to the Colombo Process after participating in the Manila Consultation 2004 as an Observer. International and regional organizations participating in the Consultations included ASEAN, European Commission, GCC, ILO, UNIFEM and the World Bank.