Abu Dhabi Dialogue
Type: Inter-regional forum on migration (regions covered: Asia and the Middle East)
Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: none
The Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia or Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) launched a collaborative approach to address development in temporary labour mobility in Asia. It was initiated to broaden the base for common understanding of issues and to influence practices and policies in the area of contractual labour for the region.
Current Thematic Focus
The Abu Dhabi Dialogue focuses on developing four key, action-oriented partnerships between countries of origin and destination for development around the subject of temporary contractual labour, based on a notion of partnership and shared responsibility:
- Developing and sharing knowledge on labour market trends, skills profiles, workers and remittances policies and flows, and the relationship to development;
- Building capacity for more effective matching of labour supply and demand;
- Preventing irregular recruitment and promoting welfare and protection measures for contractual workers; and
- Developing a framework for a comprehensive approach to managing the entire cycle of temporary contractual work that fosters the mutual interest of countries of origin and destination.
Members States (18 States, including 7 States in the Middle East and 11 Colombo Process Member States from Asia)
|United Arab Emirates|
Current Chair: Sri Lanka
Past Chair: Kuwait
|Republic of Korea|
Observer organizations (3 organizations)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Other International Organizations and Civil Society Organizations are invited to participate in thematic ADD meetings on an ad hoc basis as observers and thematic experts.
UAE Ministry of Labour serves as ADD Secretariat.
UAE Ministry of Labour
Tel: +971 4 702 3407
Fax: +971 4 206 2912
January 23, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Senior Officials’ Meeting
January 24, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 4th Ministerial Meeting
November 26-27, 2014, Kuwait, Senior Officials’ Meeting and 3rd ADD Ministerial Consultation
May 22, 2014, Senior Officials’ Meeting
May 14-15, 2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Labour Mobility: Enabler for Sustainable Development
April 19, 2012, Manila, Philippines, Second Ministerial Consultations of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue
April 17, 2012, Second Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue
January 25, 2012, Dubai, UAE, Senior Officials’ Meeting to prepare for Abu Dhabi Dialogue Ministerial Consultation
January 21-22, 2008, Abu Dhabi, Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia
More events are available at http://abudhabidialogue.org.ae/en/regional-ministerial-consultations.aspx
Cooperating to Improve Temporary Labour Mobility Governance among Asian Countries of Origin and Destination: Inputs from the Abu Dhabi Dialogue to Inform the Development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
A Report on Proceedings - Abu Dhabi Dialogue Special Workshop on Operationalising the Four Collaborative Programs approved by ADD Ministers, 5th - 6th July 2017