Government of Senegal to host the 6th Pan-African Forum on Migration of the African Union

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The African Union Commission (ASC) Ministry of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS) organizes the 6th edition of the Pan-African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Senegal in Dakar, from September 11 to 12, 2021.

The Forum will be held under the theme: “Strengthening the governance of labor migration in Africa in the context of a pandemic, for accelerated socio-economic development and continental integration”.

It is expected that this Forum will stimulate a dynamic dialogue and discussion among participants who will provide the necessary policy and operational guidance on how to improve the governance of labor migration at national, regional and continental levels for the socio-economic development and faster integration of the continent in line with the aspirations of the AU’s Agenda 2063.

On September 10, 2021, two events will take place on the sidelines of the PAFOM. The first will address the data gaps on labor migration in previous editions of the Labor Migration Statistical Reports, for better policy development in Africa. The second side event is the African Union Advisory Committee on Labor Migration (AU-LMAC) Annual meeting, where participants will strategize on how to accomplish its work plan, given the challenges of the pandemic.

The main event program (i.e. PAFOM6) will include a discussion on promoting decent work in Africa through the protection of migrant workers and members of their families, which is central to effective governance of labor migration on the continent. It will also explore ways to ensure that African migrant workers are protected against unfair and unethical recruitment practices, guaranteed social protection and are empowered to contribute to the socio-economic development of the host country. Participants will discuss the proactive perspectives found in the Declaration on the Rights of Migrant Workers, the Migrant Protection Agenda and the Bilateral Labor Agreement.

Because of COVID-19, the PAFOM forum will be a hybrid meeting, some participants will attend through a dedicated online platform, while others will attend in person, in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines to be provided by the host country.

The meeting will be chaired by the PAFOM Chair (Senegal) and will be organized in different sessions, depending on the themes as indicated in the program @ https://bit.ly/2X274mZ.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the African Union (AU).

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