Upon request of the Rabat Process partner countries, expressed at the 2019 Senior Officials Meeting in Ouagadougou, an assessment of anti-trafficking gaps, needs and transferrable practices in the member states of ECOWAS and Mauritania was conducted in the course of 2019-2020. On 16 September 2020, 14:00 to 15:00 (CEST), the assessment report will be presented to the dialogue partners and discussed at a virtual meeting.

Since 2019, the Rabat Process collaborates with the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC). In October 2019 a Scenario-building workshop was organized in the margins of a Rabat Process meeting in Abidjan which analysed future mixed migration in West Africa in 2030. In addition, the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the MMC and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), who ensures the Rabat Process Secretariat, is underway. Now a new publication highlights the work of the MMC, including its collaboration with the Rabat Process.

This workshop will open a three-day sequence planned for Paris in October which will bring together the member countries of the Rabat Process for several meetings.

Entitled "International Migration and Development: Integration of the Migration Dimension into Development and Development Cooperation Policies", the general objective of this workshop is to improve the understanding and knowledge of policies and strategies integrating the link between migration and development as well as their monitoring and implementation in the region of the Rabat Process.

The Senior Officials Meeting of the member States of the Rabat Process will be held on 20-21 October 2020 in Paris, France. It will be the occasion to close the year of the French presidency of the dialogue and will allow to take stock. The event will mark the handover of the French presidency to Equatorial Guinea, a member of the Steering Committee who has expressed the desire to assume this role.

As a dialogue building on face-to-face meetings, the Rabat Process has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020 which has resulted in the rescheduling of meetings. Nevertheless, the rest of the year is marked by several events of great importance for the Rabat Process partners, ranging from technical discussion fora to high-level political conferences. Consult the full calendar of dialogue activities and milestones of the Rabat Process in 2020.

Abuja, 5-6 November 2019, hosted by Nigeria and co-chaired by France and Belgium.

On 5-6 November 2019 a technical workshop entitled "Diaspora remittances and sustainable development" was held in Abuja. This workshop, opened by the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and co-chaired by France and Belgium, was structured into 5 working groups, all aimed at presenting good practices (a dozen in total) in the field of the mobilisation of remittances for productive investments in countries of origin.

Abidjan, 24 October 2019, hosted by Côte d'Ivoire and co-chaired by France.

The Rabat Process organized a Regional Workshop on "Fighting migrant smuggling" in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 24 October 2019. The meeting, co-chaired by France and Côte d'Ivoire, brought together 68 participants representing 25 partner countries of the dialogue (including 10 European and 15 African countries), the European Union, ECOWAS, UNODC, Frontex, UNHCR, Interpol, MMC, SEEFAR and ICMPD experts. This meeting was the opportunity for a first encounter between the Rabat Process and the Niamey Dialogue which brings together 17 European and West African countries to combat migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

Abidjan, 24 October 2019, organised by the Mixed Migration Centre
The Rabat Process Secretariat, in collaboration with the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC), organised a side event in the margins of the Rabat Process workshop on migrant smuggling held on the 24th October 2019. This pilot scenario building exercise on future mixed migration in 2030 was for the first time tested in the framework of the Rabat Process and later under the Khartoum Process during the Senior Officials' Meeting organised on the 6th March 2020.

The report of the study “Social Immobility versus - Social Mobility the Root Causes of International Emigration” was written by Nelly Robin (French National Research Institute for Development/IRD) within the framework of the Rabat Process. The study was initially carried out at the request of France, in order to inform discussions at the Rabat Process Thematic Meeting on Root Causes (held in Paris, in October 2018) and aims to inform scientific and political debates on recent international migration.

Madrid, 1-2 July 2019, hosted by Spain and co-chaired by Morocco.
The Rabat Process organised a Technical Meeting on “Cooperation between Countries of Origin, Transit and Destination in the Field of Border Management” in Madrid, Spain between 1st and 2nd July 2019. The meeting, held under the co-chairmanship of the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of Morocco, gathered 80 participants representing 33 partner countries of the Dialogue, the EU Delegation and ICMPD experts. For the first time Lebanon – a country that is not partner of the Dialogue – was invited to join the discussions in order to share its knowledge of and experience in border management in its very specific context.