The workshop has two objectives:
- Provide tools to employers in Asia to support their outreach to governments on migration related issues of priority to business
- Foster and improve the dialogue and understanding between employers and governments on key migration topics
The workshop is organized in two parts: Employers will share best practices and challenges on accessing and recruiting foreign skills and agree on a set of key policy messages to share with the governments. These messages will be
carried over to the dialogue session for discussion between businesses and governments on May 20.
Part I: Employers-only sessions on
- Skills mobility frameworks that respond to labour market needs (18 May)
- Regulatory frameworks that promote and ensure responsible recruitment of foreign workers (19 May)
- Improved systems for identification, recognition and development of skills to promote skills mobility (19 May)
Part II: Dialogue between employers and governments (20 May) – Consult the agenda here
Employers in Asia have agreed to a common position through a declaration published in 2020 calling for a stronger engagement of employers on migration related issues.
The topics are aligned with the 2018 Global Compact for Migration (GCM) Objectives 5, 6 and 18, adopted by United Nations members States.
Ultimately, this workshop should provide a platform for exchange between the private sector and governments towards the implementation of the GCM and the Sustainable Development Goals.