Message from the Chair-in-office

Migration has become a global phenomenon of paramount importance to the entire human kind. With tremendous potentials of contributing to the development of both the origin and destination countries, communities and the migrants themselves, it has shown vast rays of hopes in the ever globalizing world.Safe, regular and managed migration fills the gaps in the supply and demand of labour in various parts of the world. It is, therefore, a distinct reality to realize the Agenda 2030 pledge of ‘leaving no one behind’ for sustainable development that contributes to the world peace and progress, prosperity and happiness to the entire human kind.

Today, one in every seven people is on the move, of which, 150 million are international labour migrants. The Colombo Process (CP) Member States contribute to about 30 percent of the total international migrant workers. Improving the governance and management of overseas contractual labour originating from the region is an issue of immense interest and concern for the CP Member States. We believe in dialogue, cooperation and partnership within the member countries and other regional consultative processes and entities, including the destination countries, for concrete outcomes in this regard.

Since the inception of Colombo Process in 2003, the Member States are engaged in exploring and realizing the opportunities for mutual benefits and responding to the emerging challenges in labour migration. To this end, we have been able to enhance our individual capacities and also contribute to the global dialogue on migration governance through our collective efforts.

With the inclusion of migration in a number of multilateral forums since 2015, international migration has been receiving major attention from almost all countries globally. For the first time, migration was subsequently included in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. It may be recalled that the work of the Global Forum on Migration and Development played an important role in advancing positive narrative on the inalienable nexus between development and migration.

Following the adoption of New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016, a comprehensive Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) has been finalized by the intergovernmental process in July this year. As the CP Member States have made distinct contribution to the contour of the GCM, the intergovernmental conference scheduled to be held in Marrakech in December this year for the adoption of it, is going to be a landmark occasion for all of us.

To continue the conversation further and plan ahead, the Government of Nepal, in coordination with the CP Member States, has scheduled to hold the Colombo Process Senior Officials Meeting and Ministerial Consultation on 15 and 16 of November 2018, respectively. As a Chair-in-Office, I look forward to meeting the representatives of the member states and observers in Kathmandu.


Hon. Gokarna Bista
Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security,
Government of Nepal.

Upcoming Meetings...

  • Sixth Meeting of the TAWG on Fostering Ethical Recruitment - 30 October 2018 (Online)

  • Fifth Senior Officials' Meeting and Sixth Ministerial Consultation, Kathmandu, Nepal - 15 - 16 November 2018

  • Colombo Process Consultations for Labour Attachés, Bangkok, Thailand - 3 - 4 December 2018