Hosted by IOE- International Organisation of Employers
When:
January 18, 2021 – January 26, 2021 all-day
2021-01-18T00:00:00+01:00
2021-01-27T00:00:00+01:00
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bouchra MARCLAY

13th GFMD Summit, United Arab Emirates (on-line)

January 18-26, 2020 - All Day

Event Details

Business participants to the GFMD can now register here to take part in this international event. Registration is open until 11 January.

IMPORTANT: The dates of the meeting have changed due to it becoming a virtual meeting.  Do not forget to adjust your calendars to the new dates.

The Summit programme is available here. Please note that the schedule for activities is indicated in CET time zone. The Chair has organised principal activities during a “prime time” to accommodate participants in all time zones to the greatest degree possible.  You will see that other activities may be timed or even tailored for participants in certain time zones.

 

 

Backround

The private sector is a major actor in the Summit, one of the four GFMD member groups participating in Global Forum activities together with governments, mayors and local authorities and civil society leaders from around the world.

This year’s Summit programme has a special focus on labour migration, the participation of business and mayors, regional perspectives, and dialogue. 

The Business Advisory Group on Migration, hosted at the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), has been organising opportunities for leaders of employer federations and business to dialogue with governments during this global event. In general, there are two types of such opportunities for business participants within the formal Summit programme this year.  You will see that the design of one of the opportunities—under # 2, “Networking” is, at our request, entirely new this year. 

 

1. Summit activities organized by the UAE Chair open to all Summit participants. Among them:

  • Monday 18 January: Opening ceremony. Before prime time. Pre-recorded.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 19 – 21 January, 6 government roundtables:

Two each concurrently during prime time, with interventions from participants possible, if time permits, for those who indicate on their registration forms that they wish to speak.

 

  • Tuesday, 26 January: Closing ceremony, prime time; plus, session on International Migration Review Forum of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM/ IMRF Reporting)

 

 

2. Specific business activities organized by the Business Mechanism. In particular:

  • Thursday, 21 January: Business “Networking”

This is completely new. 2 two-hour sessions, just before and after prime time, primarily for regional dialogues between regional employer federations and national governments, by invitation only. Details will follow. These are focused expressly on informal dialogue directly with national governments. Some of the regional dialogues, e.g., for Asia and the Middle East, will be introduced with highlights of new research we have completed with employer federations and business partners on business perspectives and migration policy, or a consolidation of more global such research in other sessions.

 

Friday, 22 January: Business meeting and IOE-SEEDSTARS. 3 prime time hours open to all:

  • Two 45-min Davos-style plenary sessions of business. Details will follow.
  • Two 40-min rounds of IOE-SEEDSTARS pitching of start-up businesses focused on migration related issues. Having received enormous positive feedback on this part of the GFMD programme last year, this competition will showcase how technology and entrepreneurship can contribute to better migration management.
 

There are other activities to which participants are invited in the current Summit programme. Further information will be shared as soon as available, both by email and at this website address (GFMD Business Mechanism website), for the overall Summit programme and for the specific business activities.

 

We welcome and look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bouchra Marclay at marclay@ioe-emp.com

The Business Advisory Group on Migration registered over 60 private sector delegates.

Location

United Arab Emirates

Speakers

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Austin T. Fragomen, Jr.
Chairman, Executive Committee
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Roberto Suarez Santos
Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Matthias Thorns
Matthias Thorns
Deputy Secretary General of IOE
Abdulla Al Nuaimi
Abdulla Al Nuaimi
Assistant Undersecretary, International Relations and Communications, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
Murtaza Khan
Murtaza Khan
Regional Managing Partner at Fragomen for the ME and Africa
John Bingham
John Bingham
interim Head of Stakeholder Engagement at the IOE
Maria Paz Anzoregguy
Maria Paz Anzoregguy
Director of ILO coordination
Amadou Sako
Amadou Sako
External Adviser for the Africa Region IOE
Gayatri Kanth
Gayatri Kanth
Project Manager, International Organisation of Employers, IOE
Alberto Echavarría
Alberto Echavarría
Vice President Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI)
Farooq Ahmed
Farooq Ahmed
Secretary General, Bangladesh Employers Federation
Ambet Yuson
Ambet Yuson
BWI General Secretary
El-Mahfoud Megateli
El-Mahfoud Megateli
Regional Vice-President (Africa) Confédération Générale des Entreprises Algériennes (CGEA)
Renate Hornung-Draus
Renate Hornung-Draus
Managing Director Confederation of German Employers Associations (BDA)
Kanishka Weerasinghe
Kanishka Weerasinghe
Director General, Employers' Federation of Ceylon Employers' Federation of Ceylon
Jacqueline Mugo
Jacqueline Mugo
Executive Director/CEO of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE)
Stephen Yee
Stephen Yee
Assistant Executive Director Singapore National Employers Federation
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Gary Slaiman
Managing member Slaiman Consulting LLC
Menno Bart
Menno Bart
Public Affairs Manager, The Adecco Group
Ronnie L Goldberg
Ronnie L Goldberg
Senior Counsel USCIB
Jochem de Boer
Jochem de Boer
Global Public Affairs Manager World Employment Confederation
Lynn Shotwell
Lynn Shotwell
President and CEO GMS, JD, SHRM-SCP
23. Simone Giger
Simone Giger
Head, Global Programme Migration and Development, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign, Switzerland
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Girlie Grace J. Casimiro-Igtiben
OIC Director, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), The Philippines
Khalifa Mattar
Khalifa Mattar
UAE
Veronique Lamontagne
Veronique Lamontagne
Policy officer, strategic planning, general management and Migration file manager, International Relations Office City of Montreal, Canada
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Bringing Business to the GFMD

Watch this video to learn more about bringing business to the GFMD. The GFMD Business Mechanism was endorsed at the 2015 GFMD Summit in Istanbul as a platform for businesses to engage with Governments and other stakeholders on migration. We address issues of workforce mobility, skills and labour market needs matching, fair recruitment and decent work conditions, social welfare and public perception.