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3rd Pan African Forum on Migration, Kampala: Closing Speech by the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Hon. Obiga Kania

Date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Director General, IOM - Amb. William Lacy Swing
Representative of the Chairperson of African Union Commission
Honorable Ministers
Distinguished Representatives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs),
Your Excellencies, The Ambassadors, and High Commissioners
Facilitators for this Forum
Distinguished Delegates
Ladies and Gentlemen.

I take this opportunity to thank all delegates for participating in the third Pan African Forum on Migration, hosted by the Government of Uganda. I would like to specifically thank the IOM Director General for having been able to make it to this meeting.
I know it has been an absorbing and interesting three days of pleasant discussions. I hope the issues at hand have been exhaustively handled. I am glad to note that the issue of Migration has not been left to Government officials alone and International bodies, but has tapped into a wide resource of scholars, Policy, experts on migration and other Non State actors.

During the opening ceremony, the Rt. Hon Prime Minister noted that the African Continent has abundant resources which we need to harness for the good of our growing population especially the youths so that they don’t die while crossing Sahara Desert and the sea to go for what they think are green pastures.
It is therefore incumbent upon all of us Government and Non State actors to develop policies and programs to make home countries attractive for the young generation.
Among other things, we also need to focus on empowering youths with practical skills, create enabling environment for investment and also foster Intra African Co-operation in all aspects of development. We need to restore hope and confidence amongst the youths so that our continent does not lose this productive human resource.
The presentations and ensuing discussions have captured salient issues that can form part of proposals to the Global Compact in Migration. The issue of free movement of persons has been extensively discussed in this Forum and it is gratifying to note that all Regional groupings have adopted various measures to achieve this. Let us therefore encourage free movement bearing in mind the benefits associated with lawful and orderly migration and discourage irregular movements that culminate into undesirable consequences.

Distinguished delegates, this has been a very important consultative process and the spirit of this Forum has been frank and candid in identifying migration issues affecting this continent as well as proposals for sustainable solutions. I take note of the fact that issues of common concern to all of us especially in the area of human rights for migrants in the continent and in the diaspora, gradual relaxation on visa requirements and international cooperation and Governance of migration.

We all agree that the voice of Africa needs to be heard in the negotiations towards the Global Compact.
The objective of this Forum was to come up with common position that reflects our aspirations and concerns for input to the Global compact on Migration, to be adopted at the Inter-Governmental conference in 2018.

I wish to thank you for your valuable contributions that will enrich future discussions, which we hope will eventually lead to a common African position on Global Compact for Migration.
As I conclude, let us put emphasis on strengthening our co-operation and re-affirm our commitment to implement the agreed recommendations at local, national, regional and Global levels. The Government of the Republic of Uganda pledges to play its part in the implementation of the agreed undertakings.
Dear distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the invaluable contributions you have made to this Forum.
In the same spirit, I would like to thank the organizers and sponsors of this conference with special recognition to IOM.
I urge all of you to spare some time, tour and enjoy the hospitality of the Pearl of Africa.
I wish you safe journey back home

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY’