India chairs its first meeting as Chair of Colombo Process

Jun 29: India chaired its first meeting as Chair of the Colombo Process at the Permanent Representative Level Meeting in Geneva on 28 June 2024, at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Headquarters. The Secretariat of the Colombo Process is hosted by IOM with its headquarters in Geneva.

Shri Muktesh Pardeshi, Secretary (CPV and OIA), Ministry of External Affairs, delivered the special address as the incoming Chair-in-Office. He emphasized India’s commitment to advancing the objectives of the Colombo Process and enhancing collaboration among member states. India presented an outline of an action plan for the next two years, focusing on key priorities and initiatives to further strengthen the Colombo Process. India’s priorities for Colombo Process (2024-26) include (a) Reviewing the financial sustainability of the Colombo Process, (b) Broadening the membership by including new member states and observers,(c) Reconfiguring technical-level collaborations,(d) Implementing a structured rotation for the chairmanship,(e) Conducting a regional review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) and (f) Engaging in dialogues with the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and other regional processes.

The Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process comprising 12 Member States from Asia, which primarily serve as countries of origin for migrant workers. The forum facilitates the exchange of best practices for managing overseas employment.

The meeting was marked by a spirit of cooperation and a shared vision towards the goals of the Colombo Process.

In May 2024, India assumed the chair of the Colombo Process for the first time since its inception. The Process continues to play a pivotal role in enhancing regional cooperation on migration issues, and with India’s leading role, there is a renewed commitment to engaging all member states actively, improving migration governance, and fostering safe, orderly, and regular migration for organized overseas employment.

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