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    The Colombo Process Senior Officials' Meeting on Nov.4, 5

    November 02, 2015

    The third Senior Officials' Meeting of the Colombo Process will be held in Colombo on November 4 and 5.  

    The Chairmanship of the Colombo Process was transferred from the Government of Bangladesh to the Government of Sri Lanka during a meeting held at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva on 21 October 2013.
    The Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia. 
    According to best estimates, over 2.5 million Asian workers leave their countries every year under contract to work abroad. A large proportion of workers from South and Southeast Asia head for the Gulf States to perform various types of service, trade and construction jobs, while others move to North America, Europe and Asian countries 
    As the Asian overseas worker populations grow in numbers and diversify in terms of destination and source, their impact is increasingly felt. It is estimated that overall numbers of Asian overseas workers will increase, due to declining working populations in many parts of the world, combined with a continued need for skilled workers and service personnel.
    According to the Colombo Process Chairperson and Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorale, emphasis will be made at the meeting to seek new and immediate implementable measures to achieve a well managed labour migration process.
    Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Employment, G. S. Withanage said though it is true that significant progress has been made in managing migration in the last decade, we are still faced with issues and challenges of exploitation and malpractices in labour migration process, high migration cost, major share of the low skilled sector, vulnerability of labour migrants, which are common in many of our countries. This means that we all have an unfinished agenda in achieving the ideal scenario for labour migration, he added.
    "It is my hope that this meeting will bring us a step closer to developing an effective migration management system for the labour sending countries in Asia, and also allow for the introduction o finnovative ideas for promoting and protecting our labour migrants abroad", he emphasised.

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