A regional inter-state meeting was held in Cairo last week in order to advance cooperation among Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in addressing the challenges and opportunities of migration governance.
The meeting was held by the International Organization for Migration within the scope of its ongoing EU-funded project on “Stabilizing at-risk communities and enhancing migration management to enable smooth transitions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya” (START).
The two-day interstate meeting, which took place at the Ministry of Manpower and Emigration, was hosted by the Egyptian Minister of Manpower and Emigration (MoME), Dr. Nahed Hassan Ashry, and was attended by delegations of high-ranking officials from Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
The main objective of START is to support the governments of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya to stabilize at-risk communities and enhance migration management – helping to establish preconditions to smooth transition processes and sustainable recoveries in the three target countries.
IOM works in cooperation with government counterparts to deliver activities aimed at alleviating economic pressures on at-risk-communities throughout Egypt, Libya and Tunisia by strengthening migration management, providing support services to migrants and by enhancing the capacities of relevant government bodies to further enable them to anticipate and address emerging migration trends.
The two-day interstate meeting was the first of a series of multilateral dialogues to be carried out within the scope of the START programme.
The first session aimed to advance dialogue on common challenges of migration governance facing each of the countries across the region as well as to enhance cooperation among Libya, Tunisia and Egypt in developing complementary strategies and actions to address such challenges.
START is a three-year programme that has received €9.9 million of funding from the EU and is being implemented by IOM in cooperation with the Governments of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
(Source: EU Neighbourhood Info)