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14 March 2019, KAMPALA (Uganda): Following successful consultations towards the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons at national level in each of the seven Member States, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today kick started a “Regional Experts Review Meeting of the Draft Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and its Road Map for Implementation” in Kampala.

 This four-day meeting has drawn high level experts from the African Union, the International Labour Organisation, the UNHCR, the International Organisation for Migration, the Platform for Disaster Displacement, the East African Community,  ECOWAS and International Trade Union Confederation, the German Agency for Development GIZ, the European Union, Switzerland and the United States, as well as Universities of Makerere (Uganda) and Bristol (United kingdom) to deliberate on the final draft provisions of the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in IGAD Region.

 The aim of the meeting is to undertake a thorough technical review of the Draft Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in IGAD Region and review the Draft Road Map for the Implementation of the said Protocol.

 The Director of Health and Social Development at IGAD, Ms Fathia Alwan, recalled that it has been a year since “IGAD commenced the National Consultative Meetings (NCMs) to deliberate with Member States on the zero draft Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, and seek their inputs for the barriers to free movement and benefits from free movement regime". “These consultations and study form the basis for the substantive provisions of the draft Protocol and its Roadmap that are tabled for your meticulous scrutiny”, she added.

 The ILO Chief Technical Advisor for the Project Free movement of persons and transhumance in the IGAD region, Mr. Richard Lavallée, acknowledged outstanding achievement by IGAD “in setting normative and policy frameworks and migration governance architectures which are operational at national and regional levels”.

 He highlighted that “the ILO is closely working with IGAD on a project called, “Free Movement of Persons and Transhumance in the IGAD Region: Improving Opportunities for Regular Labour Mobility” thanks to the financial support of the European Union”.

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12-02-2018, Mogadishu (Somalia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) yesterday launched the National Consultation Workshop towards the development of the IGAD Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region in Mogadishu during an inauguration session with Mr. Ali Mohamed Ali, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia, as the Guest of Honour.

This four-day workshop is aimed at getting inputs from national stakeholders and Experts on benefits and barriers to free movement of persons; deriving National Recommendations towards the Provisions of the Protocol and Developing a Road Map for the Negotiation and adoption of the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region.

This National Consultative Workshop is bringing in experts on migration and related themes as well as all national stakeholders from each of the Ministries and Authorities of Government, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, Private Sector and Media to contribute to effective migration governance.

Speaking for IGAD Executive Secretary, Dr Ahmed Hassan-HIV & Health Senior Advisor at the Health & Social Development Division, recalled that the creation of a Regime of Free Movement of Persons in the region was an aspiration in the Agreement Establishing IGAD of 1986. He continued that the IGAD Secretariat mandate therefore was to “facilitate Member States to develop a common understanding of benefits and barriers of this Regime of Free Movement of Persons in the Region”.

“The Federal Republic of Somalia is also expected to provide to the IGAD Secretariat information on critical measures and requirements to be acted upon that can fast track the effective conclusion and adoption of this Protocol,” he concluded his opening remarks.

The Ambassador of Ethiopia to Somalia, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, representatives from the European Union, UNHCR, IOM, as well as high level dignitaries from Somalia including the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia and the Director General of Internal Security gave keynote speeches in support of the process while highlighting the benefits of a Protocol for the free movement of persons in the region.

Specific Objectives of the National Consultative Workshop:
a) To gather information on Benefits and Barriers to Free Movement of Persons in IGAD Region;
b) To generate national recommendations towards the Provisions of the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region.
IGAD has received a grant from the European Union Emergency Trust Fund with the intention of facilitating the establishment of a free movement regime within the IGAD region. This is aimed at promoting the regularization of the high volume of informal movement that currently takes place, and increase the opportunities for legal mobility.

13-10-2017, Khartoum (Sudan): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning inaugurated a National Consultative Workshop towards the development of the IGAD Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region during a short ceremony presided over by the Minister of Interior of Sudan, Lieutenant-General Dr Hamid Hassan, in Khartoum.

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