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UN, MoHRE seek private sector input for streamlining labour policies
BY MATOVU ABDALLAH TWAHA November 21, 2017
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DUBAI: Orderly and regulated migration, decent working environment, refugee-specific solutions, recruitment and skill identification were some of the issues deliberated on during an international consultative meeting on governance of temporary labour migration in the Gulf held at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, on Nov 20.

The one-day event was organised by the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) and the International Organisation for Migration, in partnership with the International Organisation of Employers and the GFMD Business Mechanism.

Held under the theme “Governance of Temporary Labor Migration in the Gulf States,” the meet was opened by the Minister of Human Resource and Emiratisation, Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli.

It was attended by several representatives of international and multilateral organisations, international and regional employers.

The Minister explained that the consultative meeting “comes in the light of the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016, in which 193 United Nations Member States, including the United Arab Emirates, endorsed the need for a comprehensive and evolving global migration governance methodology and committed itself to the formulation of a set of non-binding principles on the management of cross-border movement.”

He said the UAE, as one of the main host countries for expatriate workers worldwide, “has recognised early on the importance of the New York Declaration.

“It has taken a responsible decision to participate actively in the drafting of the Global Compact not only as a Member State of the United Nations but also as an active member of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue.”

Launched under an initiative from the UAE in 2008, the Abu Dhabi Dialogue meant to form a regional consultation mechanism led by the governments of Asian countries on issues of temporary migration for the purpose of work between the countries of the region.

The Secretary General of International Organisation of Employers, Linda Kromjong said that yesterday’s meet was playing a precursor for the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) meet due in the first week of December in Mexico where all the views gathered so far shall be discussed.

In a televised speech, the UN’s Co-Facilitator of the GCM, Juan Jose Camacho, said: “This meet is meant to primary give an opportunity for employers in the region to understand what the GCM is and what its potential impacts are likely to be so as to enable you contribute your perspectives on the key priorities for business.”

OPPORTUNITIES

The Chairman of the Fujairah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khalifa Matar Al Kaabi, also a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Labor Organization (ILO), hailed the contribution of migration workers to the economic and social development of the countries of the region and their communities alike.

“The private sector in the GCC countries provides millions of decent work opportunities annually to the global citizens.”

“In the belief that the governance of temporary migration for work requires clear principles and guidelines, we as the government together with the private sector institutions and relevant international organizations, are looking forward to participate in the formulation of these guidelines and ready to comply with these principles and guidelines to be adopted.”
 

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