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

Established: 2008

Objectives
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
Members States (18 States, including 7 States in the Middle East and 11 Colombo Process Member States from Asia)

Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
China
India
Indonesia
Kuwait
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka
Thailand
The Philippines
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam
Yemen

Chairing Country
Current Chair: Sri Lanka
Past Chair: Kuwait

Observers
Observer States
Japan                           
Republic of Korea
Singapore

Observer organizations ​(3 organizations)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
UN Women

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. 

Secretariat
UAE Ministry of Labour serves as ADD Secretariat.
IOM served as the ADD Secretariat from its inception in January 2008 to April 2012. In the 2nd ADD Ministerial meeting in April 2012 a set of Interim Operating Modalities were established that called for the Outgoing Chair, Current Chair, and Incoming Chair to act as the ADD Secretariat and IOM’s role transitioned to one of Observer and Thematic Expert.

Contact Information
UAE Ministry of Labour
Tel: +971 4 702 3407
Fax: +971 4 206 2912
Email: ad.dialogue@mohre.gov.ae

Website
http://abudhabidialogue.org.ae

Meetings
January 23, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Senior Officials’ Meeting
January 24, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 4th Ministerial Meeting
May 11-12, 2016, Dubai, UAE, Senior Officials’ 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