‘In­dia-EU Peo­ple Mo­bil­ity’ launched: Book will help ad­dress mo­bil­ity and HR mi­gra­tion is­sues: Sec­re­tary MOIA

'In­dia-EU Peo­ple Mo­bil­ity' launched

FICCI Business Digest - - In Focus -

AK Agar­wal, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Over­seas In­dian Af­fairs, launched the book 'In­dia-EU Peo­ple Mo­bil­ity: His­tor­i­cal, Eco­nomic and Reg­u­la­tory Di­men­sions', which con­sists of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive col­lec­tion of re­search stud­ies car­ried out un­der a Euro­pean Com­mis­sion funded project ti­tled, 'De­vel­op­ing a Knowl­edge Base for Pol­icy Mak­ing on In­dia-EU Mi­gra­tion (2011-13)' in New Delhi on Au­gust 19, 2015.

On the oc­ca­sion, a dis­cus­sion ses­sion was or­gan­ised by FICCI in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press to un­der­score the need for a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial pol­icy frame­work, one which ben­e­fits In­dia from the de­vel­op­ment per­spec­tive and the EU from an em­ploy­ment per­spec­tive.

In his key­note ad­dress, Agar­wal said that the book would be a great help to ad­dress the is­sues re­lated to mo­bil­ity and mi­gra­tion of hu­man re­source and added that there is a need to re­search more in this area to reach at a con­sen­sus which would ben­e­fit both In­dia and the EU.

Speak­ing on the is­sue of so­cial se­cu­rity for mi­grants, Agar­wal said that In­dia al­ready has in place so­cial se­cu­rity agree­ment with many EU na­tions and some other are in the off­ing and added that the need was to op­er­a­tionalise th­ese agree­ments in right earnest.

In his spe­cial ad­dress, Mau­r­izio Cellini, First Coun­sel­lor and Head of Trade and Eco­nomic Af­fairs, Del­e­ga­tion of the Euro­pean Union to In­dia, said that the EU at­taches great im­por­tance to mo­bil­ity and mi­gra­tion and ad­vo­cates a frame­work which safe­guards mi­grant rights as well as ad­dresses eco­nomic and so­cial con­cerns of re­ceiv­ing coun­tries and re­al­i­sa­tion of the nu­mer­ous po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment ben­e­fits.

Giv­ing an over­view of the book, Dr. Rupa Chanda, Co-editor of the book and Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nom­ics, IIM Ban­ga­lore, said that the book fo­cuses on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween In­dia and the EU and the need for pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory in­ter­ven­tion to en­hance mo­bil­ity of peo­ple. She added that the book also fea­tures chap­ters on Di­as­pora, Sec­toral Mi­gra­tion and Stu­dent Mo­bil­ity, which brings to light the var­i­ous hur­dles that ham­per mo­bil­ity of peo­ple.

Dr. A Di­dar Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI, who also con­trib­uted to the book by way of a chap­ter on Di­as­pora, said that de­mog­ra­phy and mo­bil­ity are in­ter­linked in to­day's glob­al­ized world. He added that the gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced a scheme for skill de­vel­op­ment for over­seas em­ploy­ment known as the 'Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yo­jana'. Also, 'Global Al­liance on Tal­ent, En­trepreneur­ship and Skills (GATES)' has been ini­ti­ated by FICCI's In­ter­na­tional Mi­gra­tion and Di­as­pora Divi­sion which aims to bring to­gether se­lect industry bod­ies from across the world to rep­re­sent im­por­tant ge­ogra­phies that cur­rently share de­mo­graphic and eco­nomic growth chal­lenges – de­clin­ing work­force, skills short­ages, low pro­duc­tiv­ity, low de­mand – and can ben­e­fit sig­nif­i­cantly from the mo­bil­ity of tal­ent, the porta­bil­ity of skills and en­tre­pre­neur­ial col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Rat­nesh Ku­mar Jha, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press, In­dia, said, “In­dia is open­ing up fresh av­enues for in­creased EU-In­dia syn­er­gies which go be­yond the 'trade agenda'. Both sides have much to gain from deep­en­ing their re­la­tion­ships. The book has many in­sight­ful facts on mo­bil­ity, its as­so­ci­ated chal­lenges and ways to fa­cil­i­tate it, which would def­i­nitely ben­e­fit pro­fes­sion­als as well as var­i­ous sec­toral stake­hold­ers. As a high qual­ity pub­lisher, our aim is to strengthen this bond through our re­search and con­tent along­side analysing the scope of con­tin­ued progress.”

Preeti Hin­go­rani, Head Brand and PR, Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press, In­dia, said that the book is a first in its genre as peo­ple mo­bil­ity has never been writ­ten and dis­cussed about in such depth.

A K Agar­wal, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Over­seas In­dian Af­fairs (3rd from right), launch­ing the book 'In­dia-EU Peo­ple Mo­bil­ity: His­tor­i­cal, Eco­nomic and Reg­u­la­tory Di­men­sions'.

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