Migration: ECA Counts on Morocco to Share its Expertise with African Countries

We count on Morocco to share its experience and expertise with other African countries in the field of migration, Interim Director at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Office for North Africa Khaled Hussein said Thursday in Rabat. Speaking at the opening of a meeting on the presentation of a report on migration statistics in Morocco, Hussein said that “we count on Morocco to share its experience and expertise with other African countries involved in the project to strengthen African national policies and programs for migration.” “We intend to organize a meeting in Tangier between the Moroccan working group and representatives of five member countries concerned by the project,” he added. “We aim to facilitate the setting up by Morocco, pilot country, of a harmonized national system of migration statistics. To achieve this, our team started by drawing up a diagnosis of existing migration statistics in the country,” he noted. “We also evaluated the systems used by the various Moroccan ministerial departments for the collection and analysis of these data,” Hussein added, noting that this approach will enable, in the long run, to identify areas for improvement and to suggest a capacity building plan tailored to national needs. The report on migration statistics in Morocco is being organized within the framework of ECA’s collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Similar studies were carried out in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe, to facilitate a dialogue and exchanges of experiences between the countries covered by the program. The report, in Morocco, is carried out with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Integration and the High Commission for Planning.