Are businesses fit to compete in the global competition for skills? – GFMD Business Meeting

Opening of the GFMD Business Meeting, Istanbul

On 15-16 May 2015, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) took part in the GFMD Business meeting in Istanbul, hosted by the Turkish Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), represented by Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, and the Government of Switzerland, represented by Ambassador Eduard Gnesa. The meeting was moderated by Khalid Koser, Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration.

Nava Hinrichs

Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration

The meeting brought together business leaders from various sectors, government policy makers, and a number of (international) organisations, to discuss labour migration policies and international skills mobility in the framework of the GFMD.

Issues covered at the various sessions included:

– How global competition for skills will reshape labor migration in the 21st century.
– The need for international skills mobility.
– What companies expect of labor migration policies.
– Public-private sector interaction on migration policy.
– Matching skills supply and labor demand through public-private action.

There were also two roundtable meetings:
– ICT Sector Roundtable moderated by Dr. Howard Duncan, Executive Head, Metropolis.
– Food/Beverage Industry and Hospitality Roundtable moderated by Ms. Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration.

The meeting closed with a proposal to establish a future public-private sector regular interaction mechanism in the framework of the GFMD.

Background documents from the meeting are available on the GFMD website.

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