4 December, 2013, Brussels, Belgium – On 3 and 4 December 2013, participants and experts from around the world gathered in Brussels for the Course on "Fostering Economic Development and Migrant Entrepreneurship" organised in the context of UNITAR's Learning Platform on Human Mobility (LPHM), in partnership with the Government of Flanders.
During a series of presentations and practical exercises with top experts from IOM, UNDP, ACP Observatory, UNITAR, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce, the University of Antwerp and the Hague University of Applied Sciences, participants representing regional, municipal and local governments from Belgium, Ecuador and the Republic of Korea strategised on diaspora engagement; support for migrant entrepreneurs; and the role of the private sector. They exchanged good practices and experiences from their localities and institutions, and developed personal action plans, which UNITAR will monitor and support through its global network of CIFAL Centres.
- The Agenda of the Course
- The Action Items & Summary of the Course
- The Preparatory Reading Materials of the Course
The Powerpoint Presentations of the Course:
- Ms. Anna Platonova, Regional Labour Migration/Migration and Development Specialist, Regional Officer for the EEA, EU & NATO, International Organization for Migration (IOM): Introductory Remarks: Labour Mobility in Different Regions, the Connections between Migration and Economic Development
- Ms. Jette Christiansen, Capacity Building Officer of the ACP Observatory on Migration: Diaspora Contributions and Social Remittances: Applicable Lessons Drawn from South-South Migration
- Ms. Cécile Riallant, Programme Manager, Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): How Local and Regional Government Facilitate Diaspora Contributions
- Professor Klaas Molenaar, Lector in Financial Inclusion and New Entrepreneurship at The Hague University of Applied Sciences: The Nexus between Diaspora, (M)SM-Entrepreneurs & Emerging Economies
- Dr. Joris Michielsen, CeMIS, Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp: Migrant Entrepreneurs in Flanders
- Mr. Antonio Georgopalis, Voka, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Working with the Private Sector: Matching Skills with Demand
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