A top Indian government official has said that India has been endeavouring to create an enabling framework for safe and legal migration and mobility for both Indian workers and professionals through bilateral agreements with destination countries, and has successfully concluded 12 such agreements.
Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (CPV&OIA) Sanjay Bhattacharyya said on Thursday that the Indian government is in negotiations with several other countries and is updating the Labour Mobility Agreements (LMAs) with Gulf countries and concluding Migration Mobility Partnership Agreements (MMPAs) with developed countries in East Asia and Europe.
Mr Bhattacharyya was speaking at the 7th CII National Conference on Skill Development & Livelihood – ‘Reimaging & Reinventing Skill Development Ecosystem for Productivity, Livelihood & Sustainable Growth’.
He said the government is working closely with GCC countries for harmonisation of the migration platforms to facilitate transparent and legal mobility of the Indian workforce.
“The eMigrate portal, a flagship project of the MEA, has already completed testing procedures for integrating with the portals of UAE and Saudi Arabia, and is in discussions with other GCC countries. This process will make it simpler for our workers to migrate to these countries,” he added.
“Our collaboration on the India-EU Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility improved understanding and led to several bilateral agreements that provided better opportunities for Indians in Europe. The EU’s program European Cross-Border Skills Framework (ECBS), on a dedicated ECBS platform, could be a template for our efforts at certification mutual recognition and lifelong learning,” he added.