International attention is increasingly focused on the opportunities of migration – for national and international growth, development and stability – if effectively managed. While the need for policy coherence is relevant to most disciplines, it is particularly acute for migration in view of the multidisciplinary and transnational character of migration. There must be coherence between policies on different aspects of migration; for example, policies to control migration and policies to facilitate migration should be complementary rather than contradictory. In addition, there must be coherence between migration policies and the policies of other domains that address, touch upon or are affected by migration, to prevent actions in one domain from inadvertently prejudicing priorities in other domains. More than simply avoiding inconsistency, coherence involves the seeking of synergies between distinct but related policies, while furthering the specific aims of each.

Without policy coherence, either within governments, between states, among other stakeholders such as international organizations, the private business sector, trade unions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and across migration and related policy domains, migration’s promise cannot be fully realized.

*Taken from the International Dialogue on Migration 2005 - Theme: Towards Policy Coherence on Migration


29 November 2005

11:00 - 12:00 Special Panel: Launching the IOM Business Advisory Board

12:00 - 13:00 International Dialogue on Migration - Towards Policy Coherence on Migration
  • Opening Presentation by Mr. Gervais Appave
    Director, Migration Policy, Research and Communications

15:00 - 18:00 Towards Policy Coherence on Migration - High-level plenary presentations and discussion
  • Fahmi Idris, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, Republic of Indonesia
  • Giuseppe Drago, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy
  • Danny Leipziger, Vice President and Network Head, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank
  • Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under Secretary General of the UN for Economic and Social Affairs

Discussant: Philip Bowring, International Herald Tribune

30 November 2005

10:00 - 13:00 The Year in Review: presentations and discussion of selected migration developments in 2005  
  • Fahmi Idris, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, Republic of Indonesia, on the third Ministerial Consultations on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of origin in Asia that took place in Bali, with particular reference to the inclusion of countries of destination
  • Abdou Hamdi, Chief of Staff to the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Charge of Moroccans Resident Abroad, Morocco, on the Migration and Religion in a Globalized World conference, Rabat
  • Shen Guofang, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China, on Regional Conference on Migration and Development in Asia, Lanzhou
  • Jan Karlsson, Co-Chairperson, Global Commission on International Migration, on the work and report of the GCIM
  • Prasad Kariyawasam, Chairperson, United Nations Committee on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, on the work of the committee and the role of capacity building in ensuring the protection of migrant’s rights


15:00 - 17:30

Migration and Development: lessons learned and policy approaches - High-level plenary presentations and discussion

Policy coherence between migration and development

  • Régine De Clercq, Ambassadeur pour l’Immigration et la Politique d’Asile, Service Public Fédéral des Affaires Etrangères, Commerce Extérieur et Coopération au Développement, Belgium

Migration and the Millenium Development Goals

  • Papa Owusu-Ankomah, M.P., Minister of Interior, Ghana

Diaspora support to migration and development

  • N.K. Singh, Commissioner, Global Commission on International Migration; Chairman, Management Development Institute, India


  • Margarita Escobar, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, El Salvador

Discussant: Alan Winters, Director, Development Research Group, World Bank

17:30 - 18:00

Update on GATS Mode 4 Negotiations

  • Carlo Gamberale, Counsellor, Trade in Services Division, World Trade Organization

17:30 - 18:00

Wrap Up of the International Dialogue on Migration


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