Businesses must facilitate framing of migration policy to spur growth
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.
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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.