Visa facilitation at the core of the next Thematic Meeting of the “Rabat Process”, on 30 November and 1 December 2016.

The next thematic meeting of the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development, also known as “Rabat Process”, will discuss visa facilitation. The meeting will take place in Cidade Velha, Cabo Verde, under the co-presidency of Cabo Verde and Portugal. Members of the Khartoum Process (EU Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative), are also invited to participate.

The Rabat Process, an intergovernmental migration dialogue, will gather around 60 African and European countries in the framework of its next Thematic Meeting on Visa Facilitation. The main objective of this meeting is to discuss existing legal frameworks in the area and to reflect on visa delivery procedures. Indeed, well-managed mobility creates added value for the development of millions of people every day, raises competitiveness of concerned countries and enriches their societies. The meeting will be the occasion to identify a list of shared political and operational objectives.

This important meeting is in line with one of the sixteen priority areas of the Valletta Action Plan for 2016, adopted by the Heads of State Summit on Migration, held in Malta in 2015. More specifically, the Action Plan recommends to the partners of the Rabat Process and the Khartoum Process to “engage, in a spirit of partnership, in the creation of positive synergies between negotiations on visa facilitation and discussions in other areas such as readmission, as an element of the comprehensive logic of the Action Plan.

For more information, please contact the Rabat Process Secretariat:

Tel: +32 479977238
Fax: +32 (2) 2311430 

The Rabat Process Secretariat, which supports the organisation of this meeting, is funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

ICMPD, established in 1993 by Austria and Switzerland, is an international organisation that works in migration-related fields. Although ICMPD has a European basis, it carries out its activities throughout the world, including in Europe, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Through its six Competence Centres, ICMPD provides its 15 Member States and numerous partners with in-depth knowledge and expertise in dealing with the phenomena of migration. It does so through using a holistic 3-pillar approach: research, capacity building and migration dialogues.