The AU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Program on the Governance of Labor Migration for Development and Integration in Africa (JLMP) organized on March 30 its fourth meeting of the Program Steering Committee (PSC) which was hosted by the Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs of the African Union Commission and Social Development (HHS) (https://au.int/en/sa).
The online meeting reviewed the status of ongoing projects, with Social Affairs Commissioner HE Amira El-fadil in her opening remarks read on her behalf, saying: “We have seen partners constantly making sacrifices for the long term vision of JLMP and we are starting to see the fruits of it.
It has been observed that although COVID-19 is causing travel restrictions and reduced activities, partners have continued to work hard to ensure projects stay on track.
The work plan for 2021 was reassessed, with several delegates stressing the importance of creating synergies in labor migration initiatives on the continent.
Significantly, a strategic framework and a monitoring and evaluation framework were developed and launched in 2020. This will help to streamline the implementation of labor migration governance activities on the continent, with clear roles and responsibilities for partners, under the leadership of the AUC.
As it enters its third year, the program is also attracting interest from potential financial partners, with the meeting recognizing the new $ 8 million partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and the continued support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). who, so far, has used $ 8.8 million to support JLMP.
The Steering Committee leads the continental agenda by providing strategic guidance and ensuring that projects are implemented effectively, in line with the African Union (AU) migration strategy and economic community frameworks. regions (RECs) and common approaches to migration.
Three PSC meetings were held in January and August 2019 and May 2020, serving to launch key initiatives such as the JLMP priority project, as well as discuss program progress and challenges.
This week’s online meeting was attended by representatives of the partners who jointly manage the program. These include the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Representatives of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of Africa, as well as one of Africa’s regional social partners, Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OUSA) was also present.
In addition, financial partners such as the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) / Swedish Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) / Swiss Embassy were represented.
Officials from the East African Community (EAC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) updated meeting on Labor Migration Programs in their region.
Mr. Rabii Sakhi from the Bureau of Statistics of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) acknowledged the support they were receiving from the JLMP and said, “We sincerely hope that we will continue to get help to develop a policy of labor migration and to strengthen governance of labor migration. important and sensitive subject in the region ”.
Mr. Peter Van Rooij, Deputy Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Africa said: “… even in this time of crisis, the objectives of the JLMP remain particularly relevant for the governance of labor migration in Africa. The JLMP project will allow our partnership to build on the efforts already made and allow us to respond to areas of growing demand in the region.
Ms Maureen Achieng, IOM Chief of Mission in Ethiopia and Representative to the AU and ECA, for her part noted the progress made and called for greater private sector involvement in the JLMP to contribute to operationalization of the AfCFTA and economic reconstruction after COVID-19. for the program to have a greater impact on migrants and businesses in Africa.
“For the sustainability of the program, we believe it is important to invite international development institutions, including the African Development Bank, the World Bank and others, to expand the scale of the JLMP in terms of funding, of thematic coverage and geographic reach across the continent, ”she added.
The program’s website was also launched during the meeting.
JLMP is a key instrument dedicated to the implementation of the 5e Key priority area of the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development which was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in January 2015 in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia.
Its strategy focuses on intra-African labor migration and supports the achievements of the first ten-year plan 2023 of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). and the AU Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) and Plan of Action (2018-2030).
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