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The 3rd Roundtable on Labor Migration: Assessing Labor Market Requirements for Foreign Workers and Policies for Regional Skills Mobility
Agenda


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

09:00 - 09:30

Registration

09:30 - 10:00

Opening Remarks:
Phadermchai Sasomsub, Minister of Labour, Thailand
Thetis Mangahas, Deputy Regional Director, ILO
John Martin, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
Yuqing Xing, Director, Capacity Building and Training, ADB Institute

10:00 - 10:45

Session 1: Trends and Outlook for Labour Migration, Remittances and Labour Demand in Asia

This session will focus on the trends in migration from, to and within the region. Remittances will be covered in this session as well as the labour market outlook and demand for migrant workers in Asia. Questions addressed include: how has migration been affected by the global crises? What are the recent trends in migration and policies? How have remittance flows been affected by changing labour markets and opportunities in destination countries?

Session Chair: Yuqing Xing, Director, Capacity Building and Training, ADB Institute

Speakers:

Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head, International Migration Division, OECD

Nilim Baruah, Senior Migration Specialist, Regional Office for AP, ILO

Guntur Sugiyarto, Senior Economist, Economics and Research Department, Asian Development Bank

10:45 - 11:15

Open Discussion

11:15 - 11:45

Group Photo and Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:15

Country Presentations:

Muhammad Sarwar Zahid, Chief, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, Pakistan

Erlinda M. Capones, Director IV, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines

12:15 - 12:45

Open Discussion

12:45 - 14:15

Lunch

14:15 - 14:45

Session 2: Building a Mobility Area for Skills

In both the EU/EFTA and in the Trans-Tasman Agreement (Australia/New Zealand), skill recognition; transitional measures, portability of social benefits, equal treatment, service provision, self-employment emerge are identified as key issues. To which extent can the lessons learnt from these mobility areas help to reach the ASEAN objective of "free flow of skilled labour" from 2015?

Session Chair: John Martin, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

Speakers:

Giovanni Capannelli, Special Adviser to Dean, ADBI

Sankar Ramasamy, Manager - Migration Research Labour & Immigration Research Centre Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand

14:45 - 15:15

Open Discussion

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:15

Country Presentations:

Chirapun Gullaprawit, Director, Social Development Strategy and Planning Office, National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand

Van Thanh Le, Deputy Director General, Department of Overseas Labour, Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Viet Nam

Stefan Daepp, Deputy Head of Section, Free Mobility of Persons, Federal Office for Migration, Switzerland

16:15 - 16:45

Open Discussion

17:00 - 19:30

Reception Dinner

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

09:30- 10:15

Session 3: Identifying Skills Needs and Matching Them Through Labour Migration

This session will look at assessing labour market requirements, identifying shortages in the labour market, and the link between shortages and migration. How can specific skill shortages be identified? How can the identification of shortage occupations be linked to labour migration policy? What qualifications can be required of workers to enter the international labour market? How can bilateral agreements help to select workers for specific shortages and ensure that skills are used?

Related policy issues include the use of shortage lists and the setting of educational and occupational criteria.

Session Chair: Sukti Dasgupta, Senior Economist and Head of Regional Economic and Social Analysis, International Labour Organization

Speakers:

Wako Asato, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, Japan

Vanna Aldin, Head of Economics and Research, Migration Advisory Committee Secretariat, United Kingdom

Manolo Abella, Former Director of ILO's International Migration Branch

10:15 - 10:45

Open Discussion

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45

Country Presentations:

Dong-Hoon Seol, Professor of Chonbuk National University, Korea

Ruolkhumlien Buhril, Protector General of Emigrants and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India

Ceppie K. Sumadilaga, Deputy Minister for Poverty, Manpower and Small Medium Enterprises, Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Indonesia

11:45 - 12:15

Open discussion

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch

13:45 - 14:15

Session 4: Gaining from Skills Portability and Links Between Education and Migration

This session will discuss how education and recognition systems are linked with migration for employment (including pre-certification and recognition of qualifications, designing curricula around emigration job opportunities, and destination-country language training). What is the link between pre-migration assessment and certification and preparatory training?

An additional issue in this session is international study and its link with labour migration and skills mobility, as foreign students remain for employment, return home, or go on to third countries. What policies are in place to attract international students and to bring students back home?

Some questions include: What role should emigration labour markets play in planning education, and how should this be supported? How can recognition and skills assessment be designed to support mobility? What kind of policies are demanded to support foreign students, including conditional grants and access to part-time and post-graduation employment?

Session Chair: Francis Cissna, Director for Immigration Policy, Department of Homeland Security, USA, acting chair of the OECD Working Party on Migration

Speakers:

Yuichiro Yoshida, Associate Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan

Ronald Skeldon, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, UK

14:15 - 14:45

Open Discussion

14:45 - 15:30

Country Presentations:

Zhao-Xiang Liu, Section Chief, Bureau of employment and Vocational Training, Council of Labor Affairs, Taipei,China

Janice Wykes, Chief Economist of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia

Yu Korekawa, Expert, Japanese National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

15:30 - 16:00

Open discussion

16:00 - 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 - 16:45

Session 5: Reintegration and Investment by Returning Labour Migrants

Labour migrants returning from both short and long periods of employment abroad face specific difficulties in reintegrating. Local opportunities may not appear attractive, and it may be difficult for them to use skills and capital acquired abroad. This session will focus on how to ensure that they have opportunities for employment and investment.

Session Chair: Manuel Imson, Senior Program Coordinator, ASEAN TRIANGLE Project, ILO

Speakers:

Binod Khadria, Professor of Economics & Education, JNU, New Delhi

Yu Ping, Vice Director of Chongqing Employment Bureau, PR, China

16:45 - 17:15

Open discussion

17:15 - 17:45

Country Presentations:

Wishawanath Aponsu, Assistant Director, Consular Affairs Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka

Vanny Chanthavong, Head of Employment Promotion Division, department of Skill Development and Employment, Ministry of labor and Social Welfare, Lao PDR

17:45 - 18:15

Open discussion

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Friday, 25 January 2013

09:30 - 10:00

Session 6: Managing Low Skilled Migration and Promoting Decent Work Opportunities for Labour Migrants

This session will discuss the management of low skilled migration in and from Asia, migrants' labour rights, mechanisms for ensuring labour protection, and how to reduce the risk of illegal employment of foreign workers.

Session Chair: Yuqing Xing, Director of Capacity Building and Training, ADB Institute

Speakers:

Max Tunon, Senior Programme Officer, GMS TRIANGLE Project, ILO

Thomas Liebig, International Migration Division, OECD

10:00 - 10:30

Open discussion

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:15

Country Presentations:

Badiar Rahman, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka

Chuop Narath, Deputy Director for Employment and Manpower, Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, Cambodia

11:15 - 11:45

Open discussion

11:45 - 12:10

Closing Remarks:
Nilim Baruah, Senior Migration Specialist, Regional Office for AP, ILO
John Martin, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

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