©AfreePress-(Lomé, 23rd July 2019)-Lomé is hosting a regional workshop on methodological guide of indicators relating to international migration workforce and tools of collection of statistics. Organized by the International Centre for the development of Migration Policies in collaboration with the ECOWAS committee of finance and technical support; it gathers experts from nine countries of West Africa.
The opening ceremony was presided over, on this 22nd July 2019, by the General Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Labor, Administrative Reform and Social Protection, Assih Atissim; the representative of the ECOWAS Commission, Aleves Georges, was present as well.
The Lomé workshop, according to the organizers, is part of the Support of the free movement of people and goods project, as well as the migration in West Africa project launched in 2013 by ECOWAS, with the support of the European Union. The aim of this meeting is to maximize the potential of the development of free movement by supporting the effective implementation of the free movement of people’s protocol and ECOWAS’ common approach of migration.
During the five days of work, the participants from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo will have to test their developed skills in order to agree on the next steps to be taken for the implementation of their information system on the labor market and the migration in the ECOWAS area and Mauritania market.
According to Lamine Daffe, project manager at the (ICMPD), it will be a matter of carrying on the promotion of economic integration, which will benefit the whole of the community’s member states.
« One of the characteristics of this integration is the facilitation of the community’s citizens’ movement, included in the protocol on the free movement of people, the right of residence and establishment which will be celebrated this year by the way”, he implied.
As a reminder, the ICMPD is an intergovernmental organization that promotes innovative, competent and tenable migratory policies.
Translated by O. Yao Afle