Summary Report of the Fourth Senior Officials’ Meeting and the Fifth Ministerial Consultation of the Colombo ProcessSaturday, 18 February 2017
The Fourth Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) and the Fifth Ministerial Consultation of the Colombo Process (CP) were convened on 24 - 25 August 2016. Preceded by the Fourth SOM where thematic discussions took place, the Fifth Ministerial Consultation was the culmination of the last three years of Sri Lanka’s second term as Chair of the CP.
During this time, a number of tangible achievements were made by the Member States as collective efforts at thematic, institutional and inter-regional levels. The meetings also served as a platform for the CP Member States to review and affirm the concrete accomplishments reached under Sri Lanka’s Chairmanship.
The Fifth Ministerial Consultation concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Process Ministerial Declaration, which laid down a number of key recommendations and decisions to further advance the collaborative actions of the CP to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration of workers. It was also marked by the official entry of Cambodia into the CP as the twelfth Member State.