Qatar Hosted High Level Forum on Migration

Qatari Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Yousef bin Mohamed al-Othman Fakhro has said that his country embarked on an ambitious programme to reform labour laws and legislation in order to improve workers’ rights and ensure economy movement.

He stressed that many reforms have been adopted so far and many are under development, reflecting the country’s commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, according to report of The Qatar Times.

He made the remarks while opening of the high-level forum entitled, ‘Business and Migration: Strengthening dialogue between the private sector and governments’ in Doha on October 2.

The dialogue was organised in co-operation with the partners of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation of Employers, under the auspices of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

The minister noted that the GFMD had been established in 2015 with the aim to strengthen research, discussion and dialogue mechanisms with governments on the management of labour migration.

The minister expressed pride in hosting the event in Doha for the first time, and hoped that discussions of the one-day forum would provide useful messages to be shared during the Global Forum on Migration and Development meeting to be held in Ecuador in November this year.

The minister concluded by expressing his hope that the participants in the forum will discuss recent experiences and good practices in the field of labour migration management developed in the State of Qatar, as well as learning from experiences around the world to understand how they can support national efforts under this framework.

Since there are no one-size-fits-all solutions in labour migration policies, “we must collectively think about the best way to achieve our common goals,” he added.

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