Increased regional mobility for business sector discussed

22 June 2017

The role of immigration on labour is the focus of a Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (P.I.F.S) workshop at this week’s Secretariat of the Pacific Immigration Directors Conference (P.I.D.C) in Samoa.

The conference theme is “Our Waka: Advancing Approaches to Regional Migration Challenges for a Safe and Prosperous Pacific”. 

The workshop will be an information-sharing opportunity for both the Forum Secretariat and P.I.D.C delegates.

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In 2016 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders called for greater coordination of regional efforts to improve the mobility of businesses and skilled personnel across the region.

Delegates will have the opportunity to share views on their respective roles on labour mobility, the proposed Forum-wide business travel card, and identify how they can work with other key facilitators of labour mobility in the region to streamline visa and permit applications and approval processes, to facilitate a seamless movement of skilled personnel for extended temporary stays across the region.

The conference, held at Taumeasina Island Resort, is being attended by heads of immigration departments of P.I.D.C member countries.

The workshop on ‘Immigration’s Role on Labour’ will address issues around supportive policies, regulations and procedures to facilitate the seamless movement of businesspersons and professionals across the region.

Experiences of participating immigration departments related to mobility for labour, particularly in terms of challenges and lessons learnt, will inform policy development processes and the development of regional-based solutions.

The meeting was opened by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. 

22 June 2017

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