The 5th ADD Ministerial Consultation was held from 16-17 October 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The ADD was established in 2008 as a forum for dialogue and cooperation between Asian countries of labour origin and destination. The ADD consists of the twelve Member States of the Colombo Process (CP), namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam; and six Gulf countries of destination: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Malaysia. Regular observers include the IOM, ILO, private sector and civil society representatives. The permanent secretariat is provided by the United Arab Emirates, and the current chair-in-office is Sri Lanka.

Among the themes of themes of the ADD is labour recruitment and specific to the fifth Ministerial Consultation, the discussion focused on:  “The Use of Technology in Managing the Recruitment and Deployment of Workers”.

Technology has an increasingly important role to play in the governance of human mobility. In  particular, it enables the creation of low cost and effective solutions   to current challenges, including increasing transparency in the recruitment process, creating platforms for worker orientation, and facilitating information flow between governments to improve oversight throughout the migration cycle.

In 2018, the governments of the UAE and India agreed to cooperate on an IT linkage system designed to strengthen oversight over the recruitment process for Emigration Check Required (ECR) passport-holding Indian nationals being recruited to work in the UAE. The discussion focused on the implementation of the pilot project between the UAE and India.

We are sharing with you the presentation from the 5th ADD Ministerial Meeting on The Use of Technology in Managing the Recruitment and Deployment of Workers. Please also find attached the report of the 5th ADD Ministerial Meeting.

All documents concerning the ADD 5th Ministerial Meeting can be found here:


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