Friday, 14 October 2016

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.

She said “the CP will soon agree on the role it can play in supporting the overall implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to migration with a specific focus on contractual labour migrants”, “benefitting from the experience of having worked on issues such as ethical labour recruitment, migrant health and remittances over the past 2 years.” The Hon. Minister said “in the forthcoming negotiations on developing the ‘Global Compact on Migration by 2018’ the CP should be ready to engage constructively, building on the SDGs framework.”

The Hon. Minister made these observations when she addressed the 6th Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretaries of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration, held in Geneva, Switzerland, on the Thursday of 13 October 2016. The delegation to the Meeting included Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva H.E. Ravinatha Aryasinha, Deputy Permanent Representative Ms. Samantha Jayasuriya, Counsellor Ms. Shashika Somaratne, and Acting Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Mr. D.G.G.S. Yapa.


Full statement made by the Hon. Thalatha Atukorale, Minister of Foreign Employment