GFMD meeting in Dhaka this year

newsimageBangladesh will host the 9th meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) this year. The date of the event is yet to be announced. The 8th GFMD meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2015. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Khandker Mohammad Iftekhar Haider will jointly brief the media on Monday, highlighting various features of the event, according to Foreign Ministry in Dhaka. Earlier, the group unanimously accepted Bangladesh’s bid to chair the GFMD in 2016 and Bangladesh pledged to uphold the trust bestowed upon it by taking the forum to a new height during its chairmanship. The GFMD is an initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development, according to UNB. -Mithun