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Mauritius: Mauritius Hosts Technical Meeting on Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa
Source: SADC Contritibution
Source Date: Monday, October 22, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Mauritius
Created: Oct 22, 2012

The meeting brings together local and foreign delegates from the government, private sector, regional economic commissions and the civil society groups working to advance labour mobility and skills development. Permanent Secretaries responsible for issues of migration and their counterparts responsible for labour mobility are also attending the meeting. The event is jointly organised by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for East and Southern Africa in Pretoria, IOM Mauritius, the SADC Secretariat and the Government of Mauritius.
Discussions will focus on the broader view on labour migration management that takes into account development needs, the management of human mobility and the broader contribution of labour migration within the overall context of regional development. The meeting is also serving as platform for the participants to look at the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders involved in efforts to harness the development potential of labour mobility for the benefit of the people in the SADC region.
The meeting is a preparatory platform for the main Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) summit to be chaired by Mauritius in November this year, the first for an African country to host such event. The main objective is to outline the role that the GFMD can play to further promote, within a broader developmental context, the dimension of cross-border cooperation around key aspects of migration and development.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed, underlined that labour mobility is a very important aspect within the African continent owing to a rise in unemployment, which compels people to migrate and seek employment in foreign countries. According to him, labour mobility, which is a pressing issue, should be high on the agenda of any government, adding that people should change their mindset regarding migration. All barriers should be removed to enable the free movement of labour, he said.
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