The Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) was held on 8-9 May 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.The ADD was established in 2008 as a forum for dialogue and cooperation between Asian countries of labour origin and destination. The ADD consists of the twelve Member States of the Colombo Process (CP), namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam; and six Gulf countries of destination: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Malaysia. Regular observers include the IOM, ILO, private sector and civil society representatives. The permanent secretariat is provided by the United Arab Emirates, and the current chair-in-office is Sri Lanka.
Among the key issues for discussion in this year’s program is fair recruitment. Migrant Forum in Asia was invited to speak in the thematic session two: Strengthening Joint COO and COD Government Oversight and Monitoring of Recruitment Practices.
Please find more information on the program in the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Website: http://abudhabidialogue.org.ae/consultations/senior-officials-meeting-colombo-sri-lanka