Dakar (UNA-OIC) – The 6th edition of the Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) kicked off in Senegal’s capital Dakar on Saturday, with the participation of experts and representatives of African countries and international organizations.
The two-day event is organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) Department of Health Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS) in cooperation with the Senegalese Government. It is held under the theme: ‘’Strengthening Labor Migration Governance in Africa in the context of a pandemic, for accelerated socio-economic development and continental integration”.
The forum aims to stimulate vibrant dialogue and discussion among participants that will provide necessary policy and operational guidance on how to improve labor migration governance at national, regional and continental levels for socio-economic development and faster integration of the continent as per the aspirations of AU Agenda 2063.
The program of the main event includes a discussion on promoting decent work in Africa through the protection of migrant workers and members of their families, which is at the center of effective labor migration governance in the continent. It also explores ways to ensure that African migrant workers are protected from unfair and unethical recruitment practices, guaranteed social protection, and are empowered to contribute to the host country’s socio-economic development.
Participants are set to discuss proactive prospects that are found in the Declaration on the Rights of Migrant Workers, Migrant Welfare Program, and Bilateral Labor Agreement.