7th ADD Ministerial Consultation

From: 10 Feb. 2024 To: 11 Feb. 2024
Dubai, UAE




Day 1

10 February 2024

Abu Dhabi Dialogue Senior Officials Meeting

9.00 – 10.00 OPENING SESSION 

9:00: Welcome Note by Chair -in-office

9:04: Adoption of the SOM Agenda

9:05: Presentation of the Chair’s Report

9:35: Business Meeting:

  • Agenda for the 7th Ministerial Consultation
  • Next Chair of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue
  • ADD Chairing Arrangements

10.00 – 12.00 Theme 1: Leveraging technology to strengthen Member States’ capacity for labour market administration and promoting migrant workers’ welfare:


10:00 – 10:30: Towards effective electronic dispute resolution in the ADD corridors

  • Speaker: Prof. Gibril Faal, Director of GK Partners and LSE Visiting Professor in Practice
  • Q&A

10:30 – 11:00: Extending Member States’ Wage Protection Systems to cover domestic service workers: assessing available options and potential impacts.

  • Speaker: Ahmed Alarabi, Deputy CEO, Operations & Services, Labour Market Regulatory Authority, Bahrain.
  • Q&A

11:00 – 11:30: Promoting safe, affordable and migrant-oriented remittance and banking services to temporary contractual workers, including domestic service workers, in ADD corridors.

  • Speaker: Dilip Ratha, Lead Economist, World Bank and Chair, KNOMAD Thematic Group on Remittances.
  • Q&A

11:30 – 12:00: Improving migrant workers’ accessibility to health information in ADD Member States.

  • Speaker: Sulaiman Aldakheel - General Manager of the Gulf Health Council
  • Q&A


12.00 – 13.00 LUNCH


13.30 – 14.30 Theme 2: Facilitating and enhancing skills mobility between and among countries of origin and destination in response to the future of work

13:30 – 14:00: Guidelines for designing successful skills partnerships.

  • Speaker: Jason Gagnon, Head of Unit - Migration and Skills, OECD Development Centre
  • Q&A

14:00 – 14:30: Matching labour mobility with labour market needs in ADD corridors.

  • Speaker: Kishore Kumar Singh, Senior Skills Development Specialist, Decent Work Technical Support Team, ILO Regional Ofice for Arab States
  • Q&A

14.30 – 15.30 Theme 3: Integrating a focus on gender equality into the recruitment promotion policies of the ADD Member States

 14:30 – 15:00: Current and potential demand for female workers in technology-related, technology-facilitated and other relevant sectors of the ADD’s labour markets.

  • Speaker: Dr. Jean D'Cunha, Senior Global Advisor on International Migration, Decent Work and Entrepreneurship, UN Women
  • Q&A

15:00 – 15:30: Assessments of best practices relating to enhancing recruitment, mobility and the participation of women in the labour markets, with a focus on the health sector.

  • Speaker: Tanja Dedovic, Senior Regional Thematic Specialist for Labor Mobility and Social Inclusion, IOM.
  • Q&A
End of Day 1 



11 FEBRUARY 2024

Abu Dhabi Dialogue Ministerial Consultation

9.00 – 10.15 OPENING SESSION

9:00: Statement by H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Permanent Secretariat of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, UAE

9:05: Group photo for Ministers and Heads of Delegation

9:15: Opening Remarks by Chair-in-Office, Government of Pakistan

9:20: Statement by H.E. Nalin Manusha Maligaspe Koralege Nanayakkara, Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka, Member of Troika

9:25: Innovations from the Region: Government of Sultanate Oman

9:35: Innovations from the Region: Government of Sri Lanka

9.45: Innovations from the Region: Government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

9.55: Innovations from the Region: Government of Philippines

10:05: Innovations from the Region: Government of the United Arab Emirates


10.15 – 10.35 COFFEE BREAK



10:35 – 10:55: Panel 1: Leveraging technology to promote workers’ access: Dispute resolution and banking services

  • Speakers: Dilip Ratha and Gibril Faal

10:55 – 11:15: Panel 2: Leveraging technology to enhance Member States’ capacities: Wage protection systems and health information

  • Speakers: Ahmed Alarabi and Sulaiman Aldakheel

11:20 – 11:40: Panel 3: Facilitating and enhancing skills mobility between and among countries of origin and destination

  • Speakers: Jason Gagnon and Kishore Singh

11:40 – 12:00: Panel 4: Integrating a focus on gender equality into the recruitment promotion policies of the ADD Member States.

  • Speakers: Jean D’Cunha and Tanja Dedovic


12.00 – 13.10 LUNCH 



  • Priority will be given to Ministers of Member State Delegations
  • Statements must be limited 4 minutes per delegation
  • If time is available, the floor will be opened to interventions from Observers Delegates

Delegates are encouraged to pre-register their Ministers' interest to intervene during the session via the online form circulated by the Secretariat.

14.35 – 15.05 CLOSING SESSION

  • Discussion and Adoption of Joint Ministerial Declaration (Interventions can be made only by Member States)
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Chairmanship Handover to Incoming Chair
  • Keynote Address by Incoming Chair - Government of Sultanate of Oman 
  • Closing Remarks by Host
End of Day 2 



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