Second Ministerial Consultation

The Second Ministerial Consultation was preceded by a meeting of Senior Officials on September 22, 2004. The Second Consultation aimed to provide a forum for Asian labour sending countries to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices on labour migration policies and practices, consult on issues faced by labour migrants and sending States, propose practical solutions to protect migrants as well as optimize development benefits, and review and monitor implementation of recommendation of the Colombo Consultations while identifying ways forward.

Participants from the main sending countries in Asia, namely Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, participated in this event. Afghanistan joined as an observer. Furthermore, the International Labour Organization (ILO), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Department for International Development (DFID), U.K. and regional experts were invited to participate in this Consultation.

The participating states identified several key areas as being conducive for the effective management of labour migration programmes including the protection and provision of support services to migrant workers; optimizing the benefits of organized labour migration through measures such as enhancing accessibility expanding infrastructural capabilities and widening outreach of formal financial institutions; and enhancing capacity building, data collection and inter-state cooperation.