The Kingdom of Morocco will host the upcoming Ministerial Conference of the Euro-African Dialogue for Migration and Development, targeting the adoption of the new strategic framework for the political dialogue, with the aim of confronting shared migration challenges for Africa and Europe.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Mohammed Basri, the Moroccan National Focal Point for the Rabat Process, about the Moroccan Government’s priorities regarding migration, at national and international level, the Sharifian kingdom’s request for membership of the Economic Community of West African States, and Morocco’s role as the host country for the Ministerial Conference.

There are some complementarities and synergies between the priorities of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) and those of the Rabat Process. An interview with the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa takes a closer look at these potential synergies.

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The Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development, also known as Rabat Process, relies on active participation by all partner countries and organisations. Hence, inputs and collaboration are crucial determinants of the Dialogue`s success. In this sense, National Focal Points play a key role in the Rabat Process as they act as intermediaries between the dialogue and the national administrations of the partner countries.

Civil society, international organisations, members of the diaspora and academics have all had a crucial role in the efforts to craft a new Rabat Process Declaration and Action Plan for 2018-2020. Their inputs have helped to enrich the drafting process: consultations in Brussels and Dakar clearly echoed the need for a multi-stakeholder approach to migration matters and the importance of local authorities.

The dialogue seen through the lens of civil society, with a special focus on the new Multiannual Cooperation Programme:  In 1:1 talks, Agnès Bertrand from ICMC reflected with us on 2017`s lessons learnt.

Luxor, 8-9 November 2017, hosted and chaired by Egypt.
The trilateral thematic meeting brought together the representatives of the AU-Horn of Africa Initiative, the Khartoum Process, and the Rabat Process. For the first time, the partner countries and organisations taking part in these three processes, as well as thematic experts, came together for a trilateral meeting, chaired by the presiding countries of each process.

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Rabat Process Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) 24th -25th October 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

In view of the Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development, the Rabat Process convened a Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) in Accra to validate the new draft multi-annual cooperation programme 2018-2020, which will subsequently be adopted at ministerial level in 2018. The SOM, which was hosted by the Republic of Ghana and Chaired by the Kingdom of Belgium, marked a milestone in the consultation process that was launched earlier this year to support the development of the new strategic framework, which will replace the Rome Programme in 2018.

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The Rabat Process Secretariat elaborated a 5-point plan to improve and structure the monitoring and evaluation of the dialogue activities, with the overall aim to make migration cooperation better.

At the Senior Officials Meeting held on 2-3 May in Brussels, the Rabat Process Secretariat presented a paper on its pursuit of a high-quality dialogue, including concrete suggestions to strengthen monitoring and evaluation processes. These suggestions, targeting five different areas, aim at ensuring quality, impact and relevance of the dialogue: