Annual Diaspora Forum

09.00 – 10.00 REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS AND COFFEE

10.00 - 10.45 OPENING ADRESSES

H.E. Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Mr Tomáš Boček, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Council of Europe

Ms Doris Fiala, Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Mr Andrea Rigoni, Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies

10.45 - 11.45 PLENARY SESSION I

“ROLE OF DIASPORAS IN GLOBAL MIGRATION GOVERNANCE”

This panel will discuss latest developments in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as it proceeds through its negotiation phase. This session will reflect on how diasporas are recognised as important development actors, and the role that diaspora communities can play in migration governance.

MODERATOR: Ms Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, MP, European Parliament

Key note speech

H.E. Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM
Mr Gibril Faal, Interim Executive Director of the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development

Platform

Dr Eduard Gnesa, Chair of the Expert group to the Global Forum on Migration and Development

OPEN DISCUSSION

11.45 – 13.00 PLENARY SESSION II
“MIGRATION AS AN ENABLER OF DEVELOPMENT – UNPACKING THE ECONOMIC LINKAGES”

This session will analyse the contributions of migrants and diasporas to sustainable development in their countries of origin and residence by considering some of the existing evidence that documents these contributions. It will also look at some of the limiting factors on migrant / diaspora contributions to countries of origin and destination.

MODERATOR: Mr Carlos Alberto Gonçalves, MP Portugal, PACE

The economic contributions of migrants to the countries they live in

Mr Lars Hartenstein, Associate Partner, McKinsey Geneva Office Mr Pierre Maudet, State Counsellor

Contribution of Diaspora to support migrant economic integration
Ms Mariah Levin, World Economic Forum Global Council for the Future of Migration

The need for policy coherence on migration across government 

Mr. Markus Reisle, Migration Expert, Head of Global Programme Migration and Development, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

OPEN DISCUSSION

13.00 - 15.00 LUNCH BREAK

15.00 - 16.15 PLENARY SESSION III
“DIASPORA SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT – PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES”

This session will consider practical examples from diaspora individuals and associations concerning their contribution to economic development focusing on entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Examples of economic contributions and employment generation in both countries of origin and destination will be highlighted.

MODERATOR: Mr Paulo Pisco, MP Portugal, PACE

Diaspora finance initiatives to promote diasporas as facilitators of new employment opportunities in countries of origin; through investment and entrepreneurship
Mr. Onyekachi Wambu, Executive Director, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Diaspora as catalysts for philanthropy, and innovation to support displaced persons and refugees
Mr. Nasser Youssef, Board Member, Syrian International Business Association

NGO Experiences supporting Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Ms. Marguerite Welly Lottin, President of the GRIOT Association

OPEN DISCUSSION

16.15 - 17.30 PLENARY SESSION IV

“CREATING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR MAXIMISING DIASPORA CONTRIBUTIONS TO DEVELOPMENT”

This session will outline the types of policies and initiatives that create an enabling environment to maximise diaspora contributions to development. It will outline how diaspora as transnational communities can be engaged, and focus on policies that will encourage diaspora contributions related to entrepreneurship, trade, remittances, and innovation.

MODERATOR: Mr Egidijus Vareikis, MP Lithuania, PACE

Realising the potential of transnational communities – building alliances

Mr Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, MBE; Director, Up!-Africa Ltd

The role of diasporas in promoting entrepreneurship and developing trade with countries of origin / migrants’ entrepreneurship encouraging innovation in host countries / strong diasporas role in the creation of new markets, new products and strengthening bilateral trade flows
Mr Gilles Spielvogel, Economist, International Migration Division, OECD

Maximising the productive impact of remittances through increased affordability or remittance transfers and mobilising diaspora remittances to productive sectors of the economy in their country of origin
Mr Leon Isaacs, CEO, Developing Market Associates 

Brain Gain, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth – return of knowledge and technology (migrants and diasporas contributing to reducing poverty, private sector development and technological progress in countries of origin)
Ms Stephanie Deubler, Senior Planning Officer Migration and Forced Displacement, Department Economic and Social Development, Employment (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) (GIZ) 

OPEN DISCUSSION

17.30 - 18.00 CONCLUSIONS

Ms Marina Manke, Head, Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, IOM

Mr Andrea Rigoni, Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies