Are businesses fit to compete in the global competition for skills?

On 15-16 May 2015, the Turkish Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), represented by Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, and the Government of Switzerland, represented by Ambassador Eduard Gnesa, co-hosted a GFMD Private Sector meeting in Istanbul, bringing together a select number of business decision makers from the ICT and Food, Beverage and hospitality sectors, relevant government policy makers, and other key stakeholders. The meeting looked at the challenges and opportunities of innovative policy-making on skills matching, recruitment mechanisms and facilitating labour mobility. It also discussed a proposal to establish a future public-private sector regular interaction mechanism in the framework of the GFMD.

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Opening Session Mr. Ahmet C. Bozer, Executive Vice President and President of Coca-Cola International (3rd from left) delivered a scene-setting key note speech on “Why and how the global competition for skills will reshape labor migration in the 21stcentury.” Dr Khalid Koser, Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration (5th from left), moderated the different sessions. Panelists included IOM Deputy Director General Ambassador Laura Thompson (2nd from left), Mr. Félix Alleman, Market Head Turkey Nestle (3rd from right), Mr. Jaap Buis, Public Affairs Manager, Randstad Holding International (2nd from right) and Mr. Frederick Muia, Senior Adviser, International Organization of Employers, IOE (1st on the right).