The Conference which was held between 20th and 21st January 2020 and was organized by the Ministry of Labour & Social Protection in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM)/UN Migration Agency.The Forum brought together Ministries in-charge of labour migration and social protection in the States in the East and Horn of Africa, namely Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The forum offered an opportunity to the Heads of the ministries and their delegations to strengthen regional cooperation on pressing issues concerning labour migration management including:The need to promote safe and orderly labour mobility in order to address irregular migration flows;
Human trafficking and smuggling of migrant workers;Abuses of migrant workers rights;
Labour Market Information System on Migration and Diaspora Engagement and Bilateral Labour Arrangements.
The forum was specifically expected to enable the Members States to among other things discuss: Regional strategy on the negotiation of Bilateral Labour Agreements and to be able to present a unified front and hence gain stronger bargaining power for the protection of labour migrants;
Share data and Information on trends; priorities; needs, and interests of Member States in order to foster safe and orderly labour mobility within Africa;
enhance the knowledge and skills of government stakeholders on ways in which to put effective mechanisms (BLAs, MoUs; Agreements, others) in place to prepare migrant workers and ensure that their fundamental human; labour; and social rights are upheld in all stages of the migration process.