GFMD Business Thematic Meeting 2017

April 3, 2017 – April 4, 2017 all-day
JTI, Geneva
Rue Kazem-Radjavi 8
1202 Genève
Stephanie Winet
+41 22 929 00 00

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The Business Advisory Group, in collaboration with its partner Japan Tobacco International (JTI), hosted a Business Meeting on 3-4 April 2017 to discuss four business priorities in migration debates:

  • The need for skills mobility    – Concept note
  • Responsible recruitment         – Concept note
  • Innovation for migrants and refugee access to labour markets    – Concept Note
  • The role of entrepreneurship and circular migration   – Concept note

The meeting in April was held in two parts:

  • 3 April: Business Workshop : Define the business contribution to the international migration debates
  • 4 April: Dialogue with all GFMD stakeholders (Governments, International Organizations and civil society)

Agenda GFMD Business meeting, 3-4 April 2017, Geneva

Concept Note GFMD Business thematic meeting

Speakers biographies

Logistics note


Why is the private sector engagement important?

Migration is in the news everywhere. Governments recognize that we need a multi-stakeholder solution to the governance of migration. The private sector is the main jobs and services provider for migrants. Join us to strengthen our role in advocating for a regulatory environment in which labour migration policies support business and development to create jobs and economic growth.


  1. Advise Governments how to Decrease the Difficulty and Cost of Recruitment

The meeting will help shape policy that would ease recruitment efforts, decrease costs, and help scale your business. Improvement in migration policies and frameworks will allow your company to attract and retain top talent. The dissemination of evidence-based regional and global data indicating benefits from talent flow is necessary. Your expertise and experience are invaluable as we refine migration policy recommendation


  1. Share Strategies for Integrating Immigrants into Your Workforce

The demographic challenges will make it harder to fill positions in your company. The economic case for migration is well proven. The private sector is a key actor in integrating immigrants into the workforce and thereby contributing to closing the skills gap.


  1. Help to Shape the Rules of the Game

The United Nations member states are negotiating a historic compact that aims to establish a global framework for managing migration. We are giving business a voice in the negotiations. We offer an avenue to contribute to the solutions of one of the largest current global challenges: the vast number of migrants moving around the globe.


  1. Network with Peers and Engage Policymakers

We bring together business representatives from around the world and from a variety of industries. Our events convene representatives from national governments and international institutions, giving you a chance to hear from policymakers and share your perspectives.


  1. Acquire Tools to Navigate the Complex World of Migration Policy and Regulation

Business and migration intersect in many ways. The Business covers a wide range of migration issues, giving you a fuller understanding as to the complexities of migration policy.


About the GFMD

The Business Mechanism, coordinated by the IOE, is the ideal platform to enhance public-private dialogue and deepen the engagement of international companies in the development of migration policy. Endorsed as a permanent feature of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the Business Mechanism articulates the priorities of the private sector and brings its expertise in promoting more transparent, effective and humane migration policies, taking into account labour market needs and economic perspectives. The GFMD is a government-led process that discuss the links between migration and development. In 2017-2018 the GFMD is co-chaired by Germany and Morocco.

GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship Concept Paper