The Inter-Regional Expert Forum On Skills And Migration In The South Asia – Middle East Corridor has taken place in New Delhi on 24-25 July 2017.
The Inter-Regional Expert Forum On Skills And Migration In The South Asia – Middle East Corridor is one response to the series of challenges related to skills and migration that the ILO has long been working on, and namely:
- Cost and time required to undertake skills training and certification may not necessarily result in improved wages or working conditions.
- Demand is not always driven by employer needs.
- Need to assess skills acquired (particularly informally) in the country of origin as well as to ascertain skills requirements from the country of destination.
- Lack of timely information on labour market demands and skills requirements from employers.
- Limited evidence of monitoring and evaluation systems being put in place.
- Skills eco-systems need to balance both domestic and international skills needs and not only the needs of countries of origin.
To continue its work on these challenges at the global, regional and national levels, the ILO has organized an The Inter-Regional Expert Forum On Skills And Migration In The South Asia – Middle East Corridor to facilitate the sharing of research and practical experiences in the area of skills and migration, and identify interventions that can be carried forward through ILO technical cooperation assistance. The outcomes of the discussions will also feed into deliberations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
The Inter-Regional Expert Forum On Skills And Migration In The South Asia – Middle East Corridor has collected perspectives from the global and regional levels, presenting ILO analysis on skills recognition systems and reflecting on how the global picture applies to the skills and migration practice and discourse in the South Asia – GCC corridor.
Special sessions for sharing experience and perspectives from South Asia and from the Middle East were also included, to share information about relevant programmes, identify common challenges and responses and develop a set of interventions to consider at country level, and set of recommendations for the other region to consider.
The ITCILO has sponsored the participation of two representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with funds from the project: Promoting Rural Youth Employment in Afghanistan Through Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Education.