On 10 and 11 March 2016 DECP special advisor Rogier CHORUS attended the 5th meeting of the South Asian Forum of Employers (SAFE), hosted by the Sri Lankan EO in Colombo. Representatives of the six co-operating employers’ organisations participated: we exchanged information on lobbying activities, mainly on social policy matters, and discussed ways to strengthen their regional structure e.g. by using ‘ambassadors’ from regional member firms. The updated SAFE website www.safe.org.lk was presented by its webmaster. We approved a working programme with five important topics for the future. The first topic SAFE will discuss is ‘vocational training & competence’: it will be discussed at the next SAFE meeting in February 2017 in Kathmandu, hosted by the Nepalese EO.