After more than a decade of fruitful cooperation in matters of migration and development under the Rabat Process, Ministers and high-level representatives of the European Union and North, West and Central Africa came together in the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development to define a new strategic framework for governing the dialogue in the 2018-2020 period.

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.

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As the implementation period of the Rome Programme draws to a close, a wide consultation process was launched to develop the new multi-annual programme for the dialogue 2018-2020. Upon Belgium’s initiative as soon-to-be Chair and with support from the Steering Committee, the traditional consultation process was extended this year to include representatives of European and African civil society, international organisations, members of the diaspora and academics in an informal or “parallel” consultation process. This informal consultation process comprised two phases, gathering different groups of external observers. Firstly, the Rabat four thematic roundtables in Brussels in April, followed by a workshop with mainly African participants in July, in Dakar.

Developing the new multi-annual cooperation program 2017-2020

As agreed by all Rabat Process partner countries, drafting committees will be organised in Brussels between June and July 2017 in view of the Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference, to be held in early 2018. 

In view of the Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development, set to take place in early 2018, an informal consultation process was launched to gather input from a wide-range of relevant stakeholders and observers Four roundtables were organised in April 2017 in Brussels focusing on key thematic pillars of the dialogue, namely migration and development, legal migration and mobility, the fight against trafficking in human beings and international protection and asylum; and brought together selected observers, including civil society, academics and international organisations.