The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Kaifala Marah has joined other African Foreign Ministers in Rabat, Morocco to participate in a meeting convened to discuss issues affecting Africa with regards to Migration within and out of the continent.
The Committee on Migration Issues in Africa was set up during the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in June 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Heads of State and Government Committee on Migration is headed by the King of Morocco, His Majesty Mohammed VI.
The meeting of all African Ministers of Foreign Affairs started on Monday 8 January and would end on Tuesday 9 January 2018. The African Foreign Ministers are expected to make meaningful contributions or input to enrich the preliminary draft of the African Agenda on Migration, which will be presented to the Assembly of the AU during the January, 2018 Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Kaifala Marah, his decision to participate in this all important meeting is to contribute to the ongoing discussions on migration with a view to reaching sustainable solutions to the issue, which has been making its way steadily to the top of the continental and international agenda. This agenda, he maintained, calls for the urgent attention of governments, whatever the nature of their involvement or interest, in the management of the migratory processes. ‘‘There is need for a comprehensive and balanced approach to migration taking into account migration realities and trends as well as linkages between migration and other key economic, social, political and humanitarian issues-Sierra Leone not being an exemption’’, he concluded.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was accompanied by the Director of the Economic and Technical Cooperation Division of the Ministry, Mr. Obai Taylor-Kamara.