Addis Ababa, November 19, 2018 (ECA) – Members of the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa (HLPM) met in Addis Ababa on November 19 to review a report aimed at the policy of migration policy mobile and human mobility in Africa.
The report was commissioned by heads of state and African government and drafted by the HLPM technical team.
It focuses on the status of migration in Africa and its implications for the development of Africa; mitigating and empowering African migration; human rights of African emigrants and the rule of law; and perceptions of African migration against realities. The report also makes definite recommendations to be considered by African countries.
Opening the two-day meeting, the former president of Liberia and the HLPM Chairman, Ellen Johnson, the United States, congratulated his team for making a "significant increase" over the past year of the existence of the Panel, adding "we have now reported a long way ago in terms of its content and quality. We are here to review and determine whether it meets expectations in terms of terms of reference. "
The report, which is presented to the Heads of State Summit and the African Union Government in February 2019, will deal with migration as the enabler and beneficiary of regional integration and regional economic development in Africa with a specific reference to the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) and & Moving Protocol for People.
ECA's Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, urged the team to deliberately discuss how to get more countries to sign the African Union Free Movement Protocol that will improve the movement of people within Africa, stating "My sense is to move People are free one of those notable decisions that need to bring fruit in Africa. "
As the Panel concludes its report as determined by Heads of State and African Government, the team also considers strategies for advocacy and stakeholder engagement on migration issues.
Against this background, the African Union Commission representative at the meeting, Sabelo Mbokazi, drew attention to the need to "develop and strengthen existing partnerships and frameworks on migration in Africa." He said there was a need to reflect and advocate for "transformational actions" for migrants who return Africa. "
The HLPM was established in 2017 and was tasked to profile migration issues and push it to the top of the policy agenda by engaging with stakeholders and major partners at national, regional and global levels.
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