IOM lauds Sri Lanka's global migration governance
The new Director- General of the International Organisation for Migration ( IOM) Antonio Vitorino, this week, welcomed Sri Lanka's active contribution to the common cause of global migration governance, particularly through leadership of the Colombo Process. As the present Chair-in-Office of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue ( ADD), he stated that, "Through vibrant Regional Consultative Processes ( RCPs), the Colombo Process and ADD had enriched the content of the final outcome of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).
He hoped Sri Lanka would continue this role, building upon the achievements made, to be a strong advocate for effective implementation of the GCM during the Marrakesh High Level Meeting in December 2018. He also invited Sri Lanka to announce joint projects and proposals that could be supported by donor funding. He emphasized the importance of high- level participation at the Marrakesh Meeting.
He made these comments during a meeting with Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez.
Ambassador Azeez said the IOM enjoyed wide recognition in Sri Lanka as a UN Related Agency and that, the IOM country office has been closely working with the relevant Sri Lankan agencies. He requested the IOM’s support to enhance Sri Lanka's labour mobility options, particularly through Capacity and Skills Development, noting the need for Economic and Social Empowerment of youth and women.