Busi­nesses must fa­cil­i­tate fram­ing of mi­gra­tion pol­icy to spur growth

FICCI Business Digest - - Special Features -

L to R: Tulsi Gab­bard, Vice-Chair of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and United States Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Hawaii's Sec­ond con­gres­sional dis­trict; Sunil Soni, Spe­cial Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Over­seas In­dian Af­fairs; Karl Cox, Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Pub­lic Af­fairs, Oracle; Chair, AmCham EU; and Vice Chair, Global Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on Mi­gra­tion, World Eco­nomic Fo­rum and Dr. A. Di­dar Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI & Chair, FICCI Task­force on In­ter­na­tional Mi­gra­tion and Di­as­pora.

Gpos­si­ble lob­al­i­sa­tion has made

free flow of goods, ser­vice and ideas pos­si­ble but hu­man mo­bil­ity has re­mained an un­fin­ished busi­ness. To make mi­gra­tion of peo­ple easy, busi­nesses need to play the dual role of a com­mu­ni­ca­tor as well as that of a fa­cil­i­ta­tor. Busi­ness need to present to the Gov­ern­ment the chal­lenges faced by the source and host coun­tries when it comes to mi­gra­tion of peo­ple .

This was stated by Sunil Soni, Spe­cial Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Over­seas In­dian Af­fairs (MOIA), while ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence on 'Mo­bil­ity and The Busi­ness Case for Mi­gra­tion' in New Delhi on De­cem­ber 18, 2014. This was a first of its kind ini­tia­tive un­der­taken by FICCI in as­so­ci­a­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILO) and Oracle, to high­light the im­por­tance of mo­bil­ity to busi­nesses.

Soni said that tem­po­rary mi­gra­tion would help peo­ple in gar­ner­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a for­eign land and im­prove their skill sets. How­ever, he added that any pol­icy of mi­gra­tion or free move­ment of peo­ple must also take into ac­count the is­sues of source and host coun­tries, busi­ness and mi­grants to cre­ate a win-win sit­u­a­tion for all.

He stated that po­ten­tial work­ers for mi­gra­tion must pos­sess in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised and cer­ti­fied skill set. This would make it eas­ier for the host coun­try to for­mu­late poli­cies as they too have to deal with lo­cal, so­cial and po­lit­i­cal is­sues.

In his ad­dress, Karl Cox, Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Pub­lic Af­fairs, Oracle; Chair, AmCham EU; and Vice Chair, Global Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (GAC) on Mi­gra­tion, World Eco­nomic Fo­rum (WEF), said that mi­grants are known for their tal­ent, skills, vi­tal­ity and am­bi­tion which are es­sen­tial for any busi­ness to grow. Hence, fa­cil­i­tat­ing mi­grants would help in the growth of busi­ness. The pol­icy mak­ers need to look at lead­er­ship, fore­sight and sta­bil­ity while de­vel­op­ing a pol­icy for mi­grants. Sim­i­larly, busi­nesses must fo­cus on bring­ing to the fore the is­sues re­lated to move­ment of peo­ple to build a co­he­sive pol­icy.

Tulsi Gab­bard, Vice-Chair of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and United States Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Hawaii's Sec­ond Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, un­der­lined that the US Gov­ern­ment too felt a need to boost eco­nomic growth re­forms which are needed in the for­mu­la­tion of mi­gra­tion poli­cies. A mi­gra­tion pol­icy is bound to deeply im­pact busi­ness there­fore it was nec­es­sary to en­gage in two-way dis­cus­sions to un­der­stand the con­se­quences of such a pol­icy.

Y K Modi, Past Pres­i­dent, FICCI, sug­gested that tem­po­rary mi­gra­tion could be good for busi­ness as it would fa­cil­i­tate the re­quired value add to them. He said that it has of­ten been ob­served that mi­grants are hard work­ing and com­mit­ted to qual­ity work and bring new skill set and ex­pe­ri­ence with them. Modi cau­tioned that if to­day mo­bil­ity of peo­ple is not prop­erly fa­cil­i­tated by de­vel­oped coun­tries then a sit­u­a­tion may arise where busi­nesses may shift their op­er­a­tions to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in search of apt tal­ent.

Dr. A. Di­dar Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI & Chair, FICCI Task­force on In­ter­na­tional Mi­gra­tion and Di­as­pora, said that stake­hold­ers must come for­ward and voice their opin­ion to bring out a for­ward-look­ing mi­gra­tion pol­icy.

In his con­clud­ing re­marks, Som Mit­tal, Former Pres­i­dent and Chair­man, NASS­COM, said that In­dia may have the de­mo­graphic div­i­dend on its side and can send skilled work­ers to other coun­tries but it also needs skilled peo­ple in di­verse sec­tors. Hence, a pol­icy needs to be drafted keep­ing in mind both the as­pects of mi­gra­tion.

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