The African Union Commission’s Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS), Labour, Employment and Migration (LEM) Division is organizing an “Inaugural Workshop for Stakeholders of the Center operational continental in Sudan” (the Center of Khartoum) of 3 days. , September 28-30, 2022 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The objective of the Center is to improve the overall migration governance regime in Africa, focusing on combating irregular migration and other transnational organized crimes.
The Center has the following objectives:
- Provide a platform for sharing information on transnational organized crime, in particular human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
- Strengthen the capacities of Member States in the areas of border management/governance and the fight against transnational organized crime, with particular emphasis on irregular migration.
In his remarks at the official opening of the workshop, Mr. Peter Mudungwe, Senior Technical Advisor – Migration Governance and HHS Liaison on behalf of the Director of Social Development, Culture and Sport of the AU Commission, Mrs. Cisse Mariama Mohamed, highlighted the importance of the workshop in operationalizing the centre. “This workshop marks a critical step in the process of preparing the Khartoum Centre’s five-year strategic plan. With your support as key stakeholders of the Centre, we can together develop a Center that will become a continental leader in its mandated area of work,” said Mr. Peter Mudungwe. He further noted that the AU Commission and Member States are committed to manage migration coherently and work towards improving the migration governance architecture on the continent.
In conclusion, Mr. Peter Mudungwe reiterated the Commission’s commitment to addressing migration issues on the continent in a holistic and systematic manner. He underlined the importance of the workshop in the operationalization of the center. “Given that the Khartoum Center has a continental mandate, your task in this meeting is of immense continental importance, and we at the AU Commission welcome your taking the time to participate in our combined efforts. to address one of the issues of national, continental and global significance,” said Peter Mudungwe.
During the opening ceremony, the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage of the Government of Zimbabwe, Mr. ADT Nhepera, expressed his gratitude to the AU Commission for choosing Zimbabwe to host the workshop. and underscored Zimbabwe’s support for the efforts of the AU to make the Center in Khartoum fully operational. . He noted that the Malabo Summit on Terrorism and Violent Extremism in May 2022 called for renewed partnership, including intelligence sharing and institutional capacity building, which is in line with the mandate of the Center for Khartoum. He added that “human trafficking and migrant smuggling are real and there is a need for cooperation at regional and continental levels.”
The workshop brought together major countries of origin, transit and destination of irregular migrants, members of the Bureau of the AU Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, regional bodies Chiefs of Police Coordinating Committee, Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa. , AFRIPOL, INTERPOL and technical experts from the African Union Commission.
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