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02 May 2019, Tadjourah, Djibouti: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior of Djibouti, this morning inaugurated a country-level consultations workshop on the establishment of a National Coordination Mechanism (NCM) on Migration the coastal town of Tadjourah.

This three-day workshop is also an opportunity to operationalise the Global Compact for Migration and to introduce the Development Approach to Displacement.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Mr. Siraj Omar Abdoulkader, presided over the opening ceremony in the presence of the Prefects of Tadjourah, Dikhil and Arta Regions of Djibouti, the Director of IGAD Health & Social Development Division, Ms Fathia A. Alwan, and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) country representative.

Participants are drawn from the Office of the prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Environment, National Office in Assistance of Refugees and Disaster Victims (ONARS), the National Police, the prefectures of the 5 regions, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Gender and Women, the National Assembly, National Security, UNHCR and IOM to Djibouti.

This national dialogue is be used to introduce and familiarize stakeholders with the national, regional and global initiatives towards durable solutions efforts in general, and the roles of the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) in Djibouti in particular. The workshop is also to provide a starting point for a common development approach for working together within government structures to inform solutions strategies and response, and for building comprehensive responses.

In her opening remarks, Ms Alwan, recalled that IGAD, similarly to other regional economic communities, put in place a regional migration framework in line with the African Union continental one. She highlighted the necessity of a multi-sectoral and human rights based approach to tackle the phenomenon considering its amplitude in recent years.

Mr Abdoulkader took the floor to stress the need for a coordination mechanism in Djibouti as in other IGAD Member countries that will contribute the regional debate on the matter. The Prefect of Tadourah, Mr Abdoulmalik Mohamed Banoita, officially opened the workshop.

Among the specific objectives to achieve by the end of these three days are:

  • To encourage the implementation of international, continental and regional policies and initiatives related to migration at the national level
  • Discuss to domesticate the Global Compact for migration and refugees (CRRF) and how to implement the Nairobi, Djibouti and Kampala Declarations and plan of actions at national level;
  • Establish a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for national migration issues; and
  • Facilitate a coordinated resource mobilization at national level.

The National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM) is a multi-sectoral coordination mechanism under the auspice of the government coordinating different stakeholders working in migration issues. This mechanism will strengthen national leadership in migration management, optimize the implementation of migration activities and facilitate the mobilization of resources for the management and care of migration.

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