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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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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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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Thursday, 08 May 2014

The first Senior Officials' Meeting of the Colombo Process under Sri Lanka's chairmanship reached a successful conclusion on Wednesday 7 May in Colombo with discussion and agreement on key labour migration principles, including the promotion of cheaper, faster and safer transfer of remittances, standard employment contracts, ethical labour recruitment, and cooperation and dialogue with the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD). 


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Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera met with his counterpart,Secretary Labour and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the Philippines on Monday 6 January in Manila. The areas for collaboration discussed at the meeting included pre-departure orientation, qualification recognition process, comprehensive information orientation programmes and recruitment standards.


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