Overview of Colombo Process
The Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia. It is a member state-driven, non-binding and informal forum to facilitate dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest and concern relating to labour mobility.
The Colombo Process was established in 2003 in response to calls from several Asian labour sending countries who increasingly recognized the need for optimizing the benefits of organized labour migration whilst protecting their migrants from exploitative practices in recruitment and employment.
The current membership of the Colombo Process consists of 12 Member States and 8 Observer Countries. Under the leadership of the Chairing country, the Member States regularly meet for Senior Officials Meetings and Ministerial Meetings to advance their commitments to the four principal objectives and thematic foci. The Member States also implement programmes and projects both at the national and regional levels in partnership with IOM, UN agencies, development partners and countries of destination in pursuit of the thematic priorities.