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Tuesday 9 January 2018

Ministerial Conference for African Agenda on Migration, Occasion to Solve African Challenges, South African FM

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Ministerial Conference for African Agenda on Migration, Occasion to Solve African Challenges, South African FM

 The Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration, which opened Tuesday in Rabat, is an occasion to find African solutions to African challenges, said South African minister for international relations and cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Speaking at a press briefing after meeting, on Tuesday in Rabat, with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane welcomed the holding of this Ministerial Conference in Morocco, saying that this is an initiative that reflects the will of the African continent to take responsibility for itself.

Highlighting Africa's rich natural wealth, the South African minister, who attended the Ministerial Conference on an African Agenda on Migration, said that the best resource is "our young, promising human capital", hence the need to pool efforts to encourage its active participation in the Continent's development.

By strengthening our human capital, we will not only achieve peace, security and development in Africa, but also make a significant contribution at the international level, she said, noting that it is also important to fight illegal immigration and human trafficking.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane also said she is honoured to convey a message of friendship to HM King Mohammed VI from South African President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of Morocco's holding of the Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration.

This conference, in which twenty African ministers and government officials took part, is a continuation of consultations with African partners to develop an African agenda for migration, in preparation for the upcoming AU Summit in Addis Ababa (January 2018). 

Morocco to Share its Experience in Migration with African Countries, Minister Says

Morocco is ready to share its experience in the area of migration with African countries and to help the continent to have a common vision on this issue, Minister Delegate for Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq, said Tuesday in Rabat.

Speaking at the closing session of the Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration, the minister said that the Kingdom is ready to share its experience so that Africa can have a common vision on migration that it will be able to defend at the international level.

Benatiq reaffirmed in this regard Morocco’s readiness to collaborate with African brotherly countries in this area, noting that the Kingdom is convinced of the importance of coordination at the local, national, continental and international levels in order to better manage migratory flows.

The management of migratory flows is an international responsibility that must be shared between all the countries in the world, he pointed out, adding that the management of these flows must take in consideration respect for the dignity of migrants.

Thanks to HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco adopted a migration policy in 2013 that has enabled the regularization of the situation of migrants, he said.

The closing session of the ministerial conference for an African Agenda on Migration was attended by several African ministers and government officials.

The conference is a continuation of consultations with African partners to develop an African agenda for migration, in preparation for the upcoming AU Summit in Addis Ababa (January 2018).

African Agenda on Migration Aims to Make Migration Issue Lever for Co-development (FM)

The African agenda on migration is meant to make migration issue a lever for co-development, a pillar of South-South cooperation and a vector of solidarity, said, Tuesday in Rabat, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

This agenda presupposes a paradigm shift, a redefinition of migration, which is based on an introspective and positive approach and a real political will on the part of States, which have a vested interest in ensuring that migration is carried out in a safe, legal, regular, orderly and humane manner, said Bourita, who was speaking at the opening of the ministerial conference for an African agenda on migration.

The equitable recruitment of migrant workers, the recognition and development of skills, the economic, social and civic integration of migrants, as well as the sharing of responsibilities for border management, are some of the major components of the African agenda on migration, the minister noted.

In the spirit of the Preliminary Note presented by HM King Mohammed VI, at the 29th African Union Summit, the African agenda on migration will focus on three main aspects. It is about making migration in Africa a choice and not a necessity, breaking free from stereotypes associated with migrants and forging a global, integrated and holistic vision of migration, centered on migration-development nexus and based on migrants' human rights, he noted.

The ministerial conference for an African agenda on Migration is a continuation of a process begun at the 28th AU Summit, when HM King Mohammed VI accepted, at the request of president of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé, coordinating AU action on migration, said Bourita, recalling that last July, and in accordance with this pan-African mandate, the Sovereign laid the first steps of an African agenda on migration, by presenting a Preliminary Note defining a "Vision for an African Agenda on Migration" at the 29th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Furthermore, he said, a Regional Retreat on Migration was held in Morocco in November 2017, with the aim of being an inclusive, consensual and participative forum for reflection, which made it possible to capitalize on the contributions of some 120 participants (ministers, senior officials, leaders of international organizations, researchers and other civil society actors).

The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution in which Morocco was designated to host, on December 10-11, 2018, the adoption conference of the Global Compact for Safe, Ordained and Regular Migration, the minister recalled.

This designation, Bourita went on, is a recognition of the effectiveness of the national immigration and asylum policy, launched in 2013.

The minister noted that this humane and global policy has allowed the implementation of two phases of the regularization of the situation of migrants, adding that the first phase, launched in 2014, benefited 25,000 migrants out of 28,000 requests, and more than 25,000 applications have been filed since the launch of the new campaign in 2016.

IOM DG hails Morocco's Migration Policy

Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing welcomed, Tuesday in Rabat, the scope and positive results of the migration policy adopted over the past years by Morocco.

"I commend and express my appreciation for HM King Mohammed VI's initiative on migration," Swing said in a speech read out by IOM's Senior Advisor for MENA Hassan Abdelmoneim Mostafa, at the opening of the Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration.

In this regard, IOM chief stressed efforts made by the Moroccan Government to set up all the necessary mechanisms to ensure the success of this policy.

Swing also said that African countries have an important role to play in eradicating the direct causes of illegal migration, calling for establishing partnerships to overcome common challenges arising from the movement of people.

The IOM director general expressed his organization's readiness to help African countries secure their borders while protecting migrants and respecting human rights.

Speaking in the same context, South African Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, expressed her "gratitude" to HM the King and the Moroccan government for organizing this ministerial conference.

Nkoana-Mashabane seized this opportunity to congratulate Morocco for returning to the AU, its institutional family.

The South African official noted that the African continent's well-being is based on the eradication of poverty and the restoration of peace and security, noting that migration to other countries must be a choice and not out of despair, all the more so because Africa is a rich continent.

(MAP 09/01/2018)