GFMD 2013-2014 Shows Ways to Promote Inclusive Development in Labour Migration and Diaspora Engagement
- Published on 17 October 2013
Geneva – 14 October 2013. On 11 September 2013, the Government of Sweden, current GFMD 2013-2014 Chair-in-Office, joined by the Governments of Morocco and Netherlands, convened a thematic meeting on “Labour Migration and Diaspora: Improving Labour Market Complementarities and Economic Development Outcomes, attended by over 130 policy-makers, government officials and representatives from international organizations and civil society.
The second GFMD 2013-2014 thematic meeting was structured around three panels. Panel I on Scene setters on labour migration and diaspora was chaired by Ambassador Jan Knutsson, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN in Geneva, who underlined that the overall objective of the meeting was to identify adequate mechanisms and measures whereby labour migration and circular forms of mobility, diaspora entrepreneurship and investments can lead to more inclusive economic development outcomes for the migrants, employers and communities of both source and destination countries.
The keynote speaker, Mr. Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) believed that migration has the potential to strengthen and enhance the distribution of the economic benefits of globalization through two main channels -- better allocation of labour and leveraging the positive impacts of migration on trade. To make this happen, he underscored the need for good and reliable information on jobs and skills and cooperation of governments at the regional level. He mentioned the different initiatives that the OECD has been doing in assisting countries with their challenges in matching labour with actual demand, building databases especially for migrants going to the OECD countries, and helping countries engage with their diaspora more effectively. Hon. Abdelouahed Souhail, Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Morocco, shared his country’s experiences in labour migration as a sending, receiving and transit country. He also cited various programs and policies that the Moroccan Government has implemented to support its diaspora abroad. Ambassador Roderick van Schreven, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN in Geneva underscored the important role that entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises play in the national economy. In order to harness the positive impact of the diaspora, it is important for countries of origin and destination to cooperate and create favourable conditions for investment and diaspora empowerment.
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