Morocco is undeniably a Champion country in the implementation of the Global Pact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (PMM / Pacte de Marrakech), underlined the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Antonio Vitorino .
“It is undeniable that Morocco is and remains a Champion country in the implementation of the PMM, starting with the launch of the Pact in 2018 during the so-called Marrakech Conference”, noted Antonio Vitorino in an interview with the MAP , on the sidelines of the first intergovernmental meeting for the Regional Review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
It was also in Marrakech, he recalled, that the concept of the global partnership for skills mobility was launched with the International Labor Organization, IOM, UNESCO, the International Trade Union Confederation, and the International Organization of Employers (IOE). This is a key concept for the mobility of labor and skills on and from the continent, noted the director general of the United Nations agency responsible for migration.
Antonio Vitorino also highlighted Morocco’s leadership on the migration issue at regional and continental level, noting that the Kingdom was the first country in North Africa to adopt a policy of regularization and integration of its migrants and refugees. from sub-Saharan Africa and it is a very strong development partner for its southern neighbors.
He recalled, in this sense, that during the 28th Summit of the African Union, His Majesty King Mohammed VI was appointed leader on migration issues.
From 2018, Morocco has also supported and participated in the work on the governance of labor migration, he said, stressing that the Kingdom was selected as one of the 5 Member States to participate in the last strategic framework. of the joint program on migration, implemented by the African Union Commission, ILO and IOM.
In this interview, the Director General of IOM also welcomed the significant participation of more than 700 representatives of governments, civil society and stakeholders from across the continent, in the first review of the implementation. implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (PMM).
Noting that migration, whether at the national, regional or continental level, has become an increasingly complex phenomenon, he noted that the African continent recognizes the paramount importance of human mobility for its development and has taken a series of measures and initiatives to accelerate the implementation of the Pact so far.
In this regard, he praised the initiative of countries called “Champions” of the PMM which have agreed to take full responsibility for the implementation of the Pact, by sharing information, lessons and promising practices that contribute to the achievement of the 23 objectives of the Pact.
It is certain that despite notable progress in the implementation of the Compact on the continent, the pandemic threatens this momentum and can have devastating consequences for the fundamental rights of migrants, he also warned, noting however , that the pandemic has led some African states to take measures in favor of migrants, and to extend them, for example, access to basic services, including health services.
Regarding the means capable of promoting the sharing of good practices and data which could contribute to renewing the necessary approach between the countries, Antonio Vitorino welcomed in particular the creation of the Union Institute of Statistics Africa (STATAFRIC) and the African Migration Observatory (based in Morocco) which mark the commitment of the African Union to work to strengthen the capacities of its Member States in the production and harmonization of statistics in Africa and the sharing of data and best practices.
And to underline that “the reinforcement of the coordination and the collaboration at regional and continental level in migratory matter is fundamental and that an approach mobilizing all the public powers is urgent”.