Abu Dhabi Dialogue

In 2008, The United Arab Emirates had taken the groundbreaking step of hosting an inaugural Ministerial Consultation in Abu Dhabi of Asian destination countries with the Colombo Process states on the theme “Contractual Labour Mobility in Asia: Key Partnerships for Development between Countries of Origin and Destination.” The meeting was meant to highlight the potential of contractual labour mobility to benefit overseas workers as well as the development of both countries of origin and destination in Asia. This Ministerial Meeting brought together for the first time the Colombo Process states with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, plus Yemen and two additional Asian countries of destination, namely Malaysia and Singapore, in the first meeting of the “Abu Dhabi Dialogue.” The Abu Dhabi Dialogue constituted a milestone in regional cooperation on contractual labour mobility.