The Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit took place from 10-12 December 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh under the chairmanship of the Government of Bangladesh. Please find the report of the 2016 GFMD Chair here. In Dhaka, the Business Mechanism was endorsed as a permanent feature of the GFMD. For the first time, the private sector was invited to participate as an independent GFMD stakeholder. Ms. Linda Kromjong, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), delivered the report on the work of the GFMD Business Mechanism at the GFMD Opening Ceremony. Find her full statement below.
The speakers on the panel represented governments, private companies, business associations, as well as the civil society. They highlighted the need for international skills mobility and for fair and ethical recruitment practices. Programmes for matching skills to labour market needs were also presented. See below for all documents related to the event. In addition, read the IOE’s communication, as well as CFGI’s press release.
The Business Mechanism launched a position paper during a well-attended business meeting. Entitled The Business Case for Migration the paper addresses the recommendations and roles of the private sector in promoting a coherent and comprehensive migration strategy and toward meeting the global compact on migration.
The Business Case for Migration paper highlights six key policy issues:
(1) the global need for workforce mobility;
(2) the matching of skills to labour market needs;
(3) fair recruitment and decent work opportunities;
(4) integration and social welfare of migrants;
(5) the role of entrepreneurship and circular migration for development; and
(6) engagement in public discourse to promote positive perceptions of migrants.
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