Fourth Ministerial Consultation

Bangladesh took over the rotational chairmanship of the Colombo Process on 14 December 2009. After three successful Ministerial Consultations, the ‘Fourth Ministerial Consultation for Asian Labour Sending Countries’ was hosted by the Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka in April 2011.

The Fourth Ministerial Consultation held under the theme, Migration with Dignity, provided an opportunity to reinvigorate dialogue with Colombo Process Member States, plus relevant destination countries and observers, by reviewing past activities of the Colombo Process, taking stock of the contemporary situation regarding the implementation of primary objectives of setting up such a process, and charting future directions for the Colombo Process.

The Consultation Meeting culminated in the finalization of two outcome documents, the Dhaka Declaration and the Operating Modalities. The Operating Modalities outline operational guidelines and structure in order to enhance the regularity, sustainability and productivity of the Colombo Process meetings, delineating more clearly the roles of the various stakeholders. The Dhaka Declaration contained the final recommendations of the Colombo Process member states in areas of promotion of rights, welfare and dignity of migrant workers; capacity building of Colombo Process countries; emergency response to crisis situations and emerging issues, and the need for enhanced dialogue and cooperation between Colombo Process members, countries of transit and countries of destination–all with the aim of ensuring Migration with Dignity.

Senior Officials' Meeting