Abu Dhabi Dialogue a milestone in regional cooperation on contractual labour mobility
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Member Asian states acclaimed the active role Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) portrays in developing economic services and human competence intents through key partnerships between countries of origin and destination in Asia.
Members confirmed the dialogue’s contentment in supporting the governance of temporary contractual relations and approves regional cooperation on contractual labour mobility.
This came during the opening session of the fourth Ministerial Consultation meeting, held (Tuesday Jan,24) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, hosting many labour ministers and senior government representatives involved in the ADD, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
H.E Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation stressed UAE’s keenness in supporting the path’s objectives, which became one of the most important regional dialogues concerned to highlight the potential of contractual labour mobility to benefit overseas workers as well as the development of both countries of origin and destination in Asia.
For his part, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Republic of Sri Lanka, praised during his speech, the course that Abu Dhabi Dialogue had been following, stressing the importance hosting such consultative meetings to promote cooperation among member states to serve common interests.
In 2008, The United Arab Emirates had taken the groundbreaking step of hosting an inaugural Ministerial Consultation in Abu Dhabi of Asian destination countries with the Colombo Process states on the theme “Contractual Labour Mobility in Asia: Key Partnerships for Development between Countries of Origin and Destination.” The meeting was meant to highlight the potential of contractual labour mobility to benefit overseas workers as well as the development of both countries of origin and destination in Asia.
This Ministerial Meeting brought together for the first time the Colombo Process states with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, plus Yemen and two additional Asian countries of destination, namely Malaysia and Singapore, in the first meeting of the “Abu Dhabi Dialogue”.