29 May 2017
Reminder - Invitation to business meeting during the 10th GFMD Summit (Berlin, 29 June 2017)

The GFMD Business Mechanism is organising a business meeting during the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit on 29 June from 14.30 to 18.00 at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin.

This high-level conference will discuss pressing issues related to migration, including:

  • The need for skills mobility
  • The business case for responsible recruitment
  • Innovations for migrant and refugee access to labour markets
  • Entrepreneurship and circular migration  

A report will be presented at the conference, which builds upon "The Business Case for Migration" launched at the 2016 GFMD Summit.  The paper was based on a survey of more than 210 companies and employers' federations worldwide and serves to define the business needs and priorities in terms of labour mobility. The paper may be downloaded via the link in the side panel.

This conference is aimed at company practitioners (HR or CSR) and business federation representatives. It will provide participants with a safe space to share experiences, learn about new trends and developments, network with peers and governments, and influence the business position on important dossiers. The outcome of the meeting will input the United Nations global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration that members states will start negotiating in 2018.

Further details, including the draft agenda with speakers, are available in the side panel. We invite you to share the agenda with your business partners and networks.

The business meeting will be followed by a networking reception, hosted by the Government of Morocco, co-chair of the 2017-2018 GFMD.

The Government-led GFMD Summit will take place from 28 to 30 June. Business representatives are also invited to attend the Common Space programme of the Summit on 30 June (whole day). This platform serves as a multi-stakeholder dialogue on migration. Please refer to the Common Space Programme in the side panel.

Online registration is open here. The GFMD Business Mechanism has been assigned the following registration credentials: Username: gfmdbm. Password: VVNSTG

You can also register your participation by writing to Paola Cubillos: cubillos@ioe-emp.com before Friday, 9 June 2017.

Practical information:

  • The conference is free of charge
  • Funding for travel and accommodation expenses may be available upon request
  • Hotel with negotiated group price: Park Inn By Radisson

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin and engaging in a constructive dialogue with Governments.

Yours sincerely,

Linda Kromjong



The GFMD is a State-led forum co-chaired by Germany and Morocco in 2017-2018. Through the Business Mechanism, the private sector is invited to join nearly 200 Governments as they define international migration governance. For more information on the GFMD, please visit their website: www.gfmd.org. For more information about the Business Mechanism please visit: www.GFMDBusinessMechanism.org

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