Colombo Process gathered to discuss Remittance issues and initiatives at the Fourth Meeting of Thematic Area Working Group on Remittances chaired by Pakistan

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Pakistan as the Chair of the Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group (TAWG) on Remittances convened the Fourth Meeting of the TAWG on 25 July 2018 in Manila, Philippines.The meeting followed the Fourth Meeting of the TAWG on Pre-Departure Orientation and Empowerment (PDOE), which was hosted by the Philippines on the previous day, with the participation of the same representatives from all twelve Member States of the Colombo Process so as to build synergies between the two thematic areas.


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Philippines hosted the Fourth Meeting of the Thematic Area Working Group on Pre-Departure Orientation and Empowerment in Manila

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Philippines as Chair of the Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group (TAWG) on Pre-Departure Orientation and Empowerment (PDOE) hosted the Fourth Meeting of the TAWG on 24 July 2018 in Manila, Philippines. The meeting was convened back-to-back with the Fourth Meeting of the TAWG on Remittances recognizing the important linkages between the two thematic areas, particularly in relation to financial education for migrant workers.


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Pakistan, as the Chair of Thematic Area Working Group on Remittances, took part in the panel discussion on Remittances as a lever for the SDGs at the Global Remittances Forum

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Pakistan, as the Chair of Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group (TAWG) on Remittances, was invited as a guest speaker to the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development (GFRID) 2018, which was convened from 8 – 10 May 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The forum was hosted by Bank Negara Malaysia in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Bank Group.


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Colombo Process Member States gathered to discuss good practices as well as possible obstacles to migrant workers’ access to Complaints Mechanisms

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Enhancing migrant workers’ access to Complaints Mechanisms is an integral part of the Colombo Process’ efforts for promoting Ethical Recruitment. Complaints lodged by migrant workers enable the Member States to detect violation in the recruitment process and identify areas for improvement within their recruitment monitoring systems whilst facilitating the workers’ access to necessary support and remedies.


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Colombo Process Member States agreed on Action Points to take forward collectively to advance Regulatory Harmonization of Recruitment Intermediaries

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Colombo Process recognizes that ensuring safe and transparent recruitment remains one of the challenges within overseas employment from the Colombo Process countries and strives to address the challenges through harmonizing policies and regulations throughout the Member States and enhanced cooperation with countries of destination and various key stakeholders.


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Colombo Process convened the first joint Thematic Area Working Group meeting on Skills and Qualification Recognition and Labour Market Analysis

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Sri Lanka as the Chair of the Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group (TAWG) on Skills and Qualification Recognition and Thailand as the Chair of the TAWG on Labour Market Analysis co-hosted a joint TAWG meeting on 23-24 January 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


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Colombo Process Member States Consultation on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which was adopted by Member States of the UN on 19 September 2016, initiated a process of intergovernmental consultations and negotiations to develop a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).


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The 9th Ambassadorial-Level Meeting of the Geneva-based Colombo Process Representatives

Friday, 04 August 2017

The 9th Ambassadorial-Level Meeting of the Geneva-based Colombo Process representatives took place on 4 August 2017 at IOM Headquarters. This was the first official meeting convened by the Government of Nepal as the new Chair of the Colombo Process. 


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Colombo Process Member States identified concrete collaborative actions for advancing ethical recruitment

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Fostering ethical recruitment is one of the thematic areas of the Colombo Process, and the Member States particularly recognize the importance of harmonizing policies and regulations in line with international standards.


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Ambassadors of the Colombo Process Member States in Sri Lanka gather for the latest update on the progress and achievements of the Colombo Process under the Sri Lanka’s Chairmanship

Thursday, 05 January 2017

Under the auspices of Honourable Thalatha Atukorale, the Minister of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka, and the Chair-in-Office of the Colombo Process (CP), the Colombo Process Ambassadors’ Meeting in Colombo was convened by the Ministry of Foreign Employment (MFE), Sri Lanka, on 5 January 2017.


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Thematic Area Working Group on Skills and Qualification Recognition met for its Second Meeting via Bluejeans

Thursday, 01 December 2016

The Chair of the Thematic Area Working Group (TAWG) on Skills and Qualification Recognition, Sri Lanka, convened the Second Meeting for the TAWG on 1 December 2016. This was the very first meeting for the CP Member States (CPMS) to exclusively meet online by using the video conference tool, Bluejeans.


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Hon. Minister Thalatha Atukorale says “Colombo Process will seek to be a bridge between labour sending and receiving countries in Asia”

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.


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The Member States reaffirmed their concerted efforts for safe, orderly and regular migration of workers through the adoption of the Colombo Ministerial Declaration

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The 5th Ministerial Consultation of the Colombo Process was convened in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 25 August 2016 with the participation of Ministerial-level delegations from all 11 Member States.


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Senior Officials of the Colombo Process Member States gathered in Colombo to discuss ways to harmonize the regulatory frameworks for recruitment agencies

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Across the Colombo Process Member States, regulating private recruitment agencies attract policy attention and efforts, given their predominance in international recruitment of migrant workers in Asia.


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The 1st Meetings of Thematic Area Working Groups and the Regional Workshop on Labour Market Research

Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Delegates from the Colombo Process countries met for the Thematic Area Working Group Meetings on ‘Skills and Qualification Recognition’ and ‘Promoting Ethical Recruitment’ and the Regional Workshop on Labour Market Research in Colombo.


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The 5th Ambassadorial-Level Meeting of the Geneva-based Colombo Process Representatives

Monday, 11 April 2016

The 5th Ambassadorial-Level Meeting of the Geneva-based Colombo Process representatives took place on 15 March 2016 at IOM Headquarters, and was pleased to have IOM’s Director General participate as well. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss amendments to the Operating Modalities as mandated by the 3rd Colombo Process SOM on 4-5 November 2015 to be worked on at the Geneva level. The Ambassadors along with their experts have come together numerous times over....


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Colombo Process meeting concludes with far reaching decisions aimed at ensuring skilled and safe labour migration from Asia

Friday, 06 November 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka – A two-day Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Colombo Process (CP) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 4-5 November 2015 has resulted in far reaching concrete decisions and recommendations aimed at advancing collective efforts for safe and skilled labour migration management by sending countries in Asia. These include the setting up of a Colombo Process Technical Support Unit (CP TSU) in Colombo, to provide support to all the CP countries in pursuing the goals and actions set in the current thematic priorities of the CP and any other areas that the CP would agree to in the future. 


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Sri Lanka joins in measures to protect migrant workers at the Abu Dhabi Dialogue

Saturday, 29 November 2014

A series of initiatives aimed at boosting protection and improving conditions of employment for millions of foreign workers in the Gulf have been agreed upon at the Third Ministerial Consultative Meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) comprising Asian countries sending and receiving labour, which concluded in Kuwait last week. The 'Kuwait Declaration' noted that "recognizing that individual government's efforts may fall short, we resolve to work together to prevent and sanction exploitative recruitment practices that place workers at great risk and undermine fundamental rights".


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Sri Lanka emphasizes commitment to address the issue of ‘ethical labour recruitment practices’ during its tenure as Colombo Process Chair

Saturday, 01 November 2014

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, has said Sri Lanka which took over the chair of the Colombo Process (CP) one year ago was of the view that if it were to make a difference and ensure that some real benefits would accrue to the people of the member countries, it was important that they address the tough issues, including 'Ethical Labour Recruitment Practices'. He noted that in ongoing deliberations the CP is seeking to harmonize existing national regulatory....


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Second Senior Officials’ Meeting

Friday, 17 October 2014

Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia. Sri Lanka as the current Chair of Colombo Process, invited the Member States namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for the 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Colombo Process which was held on 14th October, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This was the 6th round of the Colombo Process Member States Meeting since its inception in 2003.


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