Samoa to Host Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting (PLMAM) 2022

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2018 2018 PLMAM participants. (Credit: DFAT/Twitter)

Samoa will host the sixth Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting (PLMAM) at the Taumeasina Island Resort next week, 7-10 November 2022.

The foundation for the PLMAM is the Arrangement on Labour Mobility, which itself is a side agreement to the Pacer Plus regional trade pact.

The PLMAM is a commitment by Australia and New Zealand to fund an annual meeting for reviewing progress against the Arrangement’s objectives, the most important of which is to “enhance labour mobility schemes” in Australia and New Zealand for the Pacific.

The Arrangement requires that PLMAM should produce “a consensus report on the discussions and any recommendations.”

The theme for PLMAM 2022 is “Reinvigorating Labour Mobility Cooperation for Development”.

This year’s PLMAM is uniquely significant as it is the first opportunity to meet in person since the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2019.

It is an opportunity for Pacific labour mobility stakeholders to re-engage, reset and re-commit to advancing an effective level of cooperation that can enhance mutual development gains from labour mobility.

More than 100 participants are expected to attend the annual meeting from around the region to discuss regional labour mobility priorities.

The PLMAM is funded by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand and facilitated by the PACER Plus Implementation Unit which exists as the Labour Mobility Secretariat to support the implementation of the PACER Plus Arrangement on Labour Mobility.