Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The Colombo Process (CP) Member States are engaged in regular dialogues and cooperation to make important strides in improving labour mobility and migration governance to ensure the economic well-being, social protection and fundamental rights of the migrant workers.

The operational thematic areas of CP have contributed to the process by setting common goals, thematic priorities and practical measures. The joint efforts of the CP Member States in improving cross-border management of labour migration are getting appreciated in the global context. A recent example is the incorporation of almost all points of the joint recommendations of the CP Member States into the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).  

Nepal, as the chair of the CP is organizing a Senior Officials Meeting followed by a Ministerial Consultation on 15 and 16 of November this year. This provides a unique opportunity for the member states to come together and plan ahead for desirable reforms in migration governance and, thereby contribute achieving the goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. The opportunity provided by the GCM in implementing international migration governance reforms is unprecedented and the CP Member States should utilize it to the full extent.

We hope the meetings will be fruitful in advancing the CP objectives in the emerging global scenario.

I look forward to welcoming the representatives of the CP Member States in Kathmandu.

Mahesh Prasad Dahal
Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security,