Hosted by IOE- International Organisation of Employers
January 21, 2020 – January 25, 2020 all-day
Centro de Convenciones Metropolitano de Quito

12th GFMD Summit, Quito, Ecuador 21-24 January 2020

All Day

Event Details

GFMD 12th Summit, Quito, Ecuador.

Under the Chairmanship of Ecuador, the 12th GFMD Summit, Quito, Ecuador was held on the 21-24 January 2020 at the Centro de Convenciones Metropolitano de Quito. The theme for the 2019 Summit was, “Sustainable approaches to human mobility: Upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action”.

The GFMD Summit is an annual multi-stakeholder international conference led by member states that bring together business representatives, government officials, civil society and international organisations. More than 1000 delegates attended the 12th GFMD Summit.

The Business Advisory Group on Migration scheduled an ambitious programme with the view of influencing the outcome on consistent and transparent migration policies that reflect sound business practices. Speakers from global businesses, government representatives and academics led the discussions in the scheduled events.

The program for the 12th GFMD summit: 21-24 January :

Tech Garden: Tech and innovation start-ups showcasing their businesses in HR, Fintech, Edtech. Leveraging technology solutions for migration governance.

Tuesday 21 January:
08.30-12.30 hrs:        Mentoring for Start-ups (Swissotel).
11.00-12.30 hrs:        The Global business meeting (Swissotel)
12.30-13.30 hrs:        Business Luncheon (Swissotel, Quito)
14.00-15.00 hrs:        Registration/accreditation
15.00-17.00 hrs:        Opening ceremony
17.00-17.30 hrs:        Launch of the Tech Garden
Wednesday 22 January:
08.30-09.30 hrs:      Regional Roundtable Middle East (Looking forward).
09.30-10.30 hrs:      Regional Roundtable Africa (Stock-taking and Looking forward).
11.00-12.30 hrs:      Flagship Business event on “The impact of migration policies on the ability for businesses to recruit or retain skills”
14.00-15.00 hrs:      Regional Roundtable Latin America (Stock-taking and looking forward).
15.00-16.00 hrs:      Regional Roundtable for Asia (Looking forward).
Thursday 23 January:
09.00-13.00 hrs:       Common space. Private sector led sessions
13.30-14.30 hrs:       Start-up pitching sessions. Judging.
14.30-16.30 hrs:       Common space cont.
17.00-18.00 hrs:       Presentation of Tech Award.
18.00 hrs:                Closing Ceremony
The Business program was well received by business delegates who shared their experiences, disseminated information and re-invigorated discussions relating to skills mobility, skills development and re-development, skills recognition and skills equivalence. The findings and lessons learnt from the regional activities in 2019 of the Business Advisory Group steered the discussions. The topics addressed business realities in skills gaps, regular migration paths and the legal framework on migration.
The Business Advisory Group on Migration registered over 60 private sector delegates.


Quito, Ecuador


©Pierre Albouy
Roberto Suarez-Santos
International Organization of Employers
Ms Ellen Yost
Ms Ellen Yost
represented Mr. Austin Fragomen,
Chairman of the Business Advisory Group on Migration
Ms Yanira Caraza
Events & Analyst Co-ordinator, Latam, Seedstars
1. Stephan Cryne
Stephan Cryne
President & CEO of Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC)
Alberto Echavarria Saldarriaga
Alberto Echavarria Saldarriaga
Vice President National Employers Association of Colombia (ANDI)
Ronnie Goldberg_1
Ms. Ronnie Goldberg
Senior Counsel, United States Council of International Business (USCIB)
Santiago Gomez
Santiago Gomez
Community Events Manger LATAM, Seedstars
Neveen El-Husseiny
Ambassador Neveen El-Husseiny, Minister Plenipotentiary
Director for Refugees, Migration and Combating Human Trafficking, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cairo, Egypt
natalia hofmann
Natalia Hofmann
Director on Social and Labor Relations
Murtaza Khan
Murtaza Khan
Managing Partner, Fragomen Middle East and Africa
Manuel Terán Moscoso
Manuel Terán Moscoso
External Advisor, Federación Nacional de Cámaras de Industrias, Ecuador
Ana Polanco
Ms Ana Polanco
Expert in Technical Cooperation in the Migration Program,
Enabel Morocco (Belgium).
Lindiwe Sephomolo
Ms. Lindiwe Sephomolo
Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Lesotho Employers and Business (ALEB)
Mohammed Touzani
Mohammed Touzani
Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM)
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