African migration summit held in Uganda

TMP – 10/06/2017

A call to enhance investment and free movement within the African continent in order decrease migration from Africa was made at the Third Pan-African Forum on Migration held in Uganda earlier in May.

The forum brought together 250 delegates and experts from across the continent to discuss the global challenge of migration and refugees.

In a statement to the forum, Ugandan President Yuweri Museveni said: “Africa has abundant resources and, therefore, its people should not be dying on dangerous journeys on the Mediterranean Sea in hope of better opportunities in Europe.”

Museveni also called on African countries to stop closing their borders to migrants. Museveni said migration policies in Africa should seek to maximize the positive impacts of migration, especially in the areas of investment, manufacturing, education and trade.

Ugandan Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda stressed the need to focus on programmes that provide jobs to young people. She highlighted science and technology as areas African governments should focus on in order to create additional job opportunities.

Explaining how free movement across the continent would benefit African youth, Saja Jallow, an advisor to the African Union Commission, called on the international community to support efforts to promote the African Union’s passport as an official travel document within the continent.

The main objective of the forum was to provide a platform for dialogue among government partners, international organizations, civil society and the private sector and create a common African position on migration and refugees.