Kabul: Afghanistan on Tuesday took over the chairmanship of the Colombo Process from Nepal for a period of two years.
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The Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), António Vitorino, congratulated Nepal for its successful leadership over the last two years.
The Colombo Process – also known as the Regional Consultative Process on the Management of Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia – was established in 2003, to bring together 12 South and Southeast Asian labour-sending countries in a member state-driven, non-binding regional consultative process on migration to facilitate dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest and concerns relating to labour mobility.
Afghanistan is likely to pursue an ambitious program of priorities to guide its mandate and advance its achievements. Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, Afghanistan’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, said that the Afghan Chairmanship will focus on how to ensure that labour mobility governance responds to the socioeconomic recovery from COVID-19, protecting workers throughout the labour migration process and ensuring safe and regular pathways for migration.
The chairmanship was handed over in a virtual ceremony during which Nepal was commended for its achievements, notably the work of the five Colombo Process Thematic Areas Working Groups towards greater understanding of labour migration governance across and beyond the region, and the contribution of the Colombo Process Member States to the Global Compact for the Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).