Fifth Ministerial Consultation of Colombo Process held in Colombo

Fifth Ministerial Consultation of Colombo Process held in Colombo

Fifth Ministerial Consultation of Colombo Process held in Colombo

Written by Tharushan Fernando

25 Aug, 2016 | 9:41 pm

The fifth ministerial consultation of the Colombo Process under the theme Migration for Prosperity: Adding value by working together was held in Colombo on Thursday morning.

The event saw the attendance of representatives from eleven members states including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera stated that the notable progress that has been achieved in the past thirteen years within this regional consultant process demonstrates solidarity and the achievements of the regions collective endeavours.

He explained that migration should be made in to a considerable choice for potential migrants and their families and there will be further engravement by member states to develop a process, to develop a global compact for safe regular and orderly migration by year 2018.

He further noted that Sri Lanka fully supports these multilateral efforts to reach productive culminations within the relevant international legal frameworks.

Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Atukorale explained that migration today is a multi-dimensional process with potential benefits and challenges for the labour-sending and receiving countries. Therefore a well-governed migration process which can bring profound benefits to both receiving and sending countries is more urgent than ever

He went on to explain that the all member states of the Colombo Process face the complex responsibility of ensuring the benefits of the labour migration systems applied to the labour migrants and their families while contributing to long term economic growth and development in both sending and receiving countries.

“We do not recall a time in which we’ve had so many simultaneous protracted complex humanitarian emergencies”, said the Director General of International Organisation for Migration, William Lacy Swing

She explained that various kinds of conflicts are pushing people to leave their country involuntarily and so it is a moment of great opportunity – amoment also of great challenge. Aorganisations and alliances like the Colombo Process are absolutely essential if this human mobility is to be managed in the humane manner that people deserve.

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