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Project News:Crisis Preparedness and Consular Contingency Planning Seminar in Pretoria
On 1-2 December, consular officials from nine African countries met in Pretoria for a Seminar on Crisis Preparedness and Consular Contingency Planning organised by the EU-funded MICIC project.
The Seminar is part of the global peer-to-peer training initiative focused on strengthening consular contingency planning skills, within the framework of the EU-funded project “MICIC”, implemented by ICMPD.
Consular officials from the embassies of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe came together in Pretoria. The seminar addressed key components of contingency planning, including: registering migrants, establishing alert levels, and developing evacuation plans. It also included open forums wherein delegates shared their experiences and good practices, identifying common challenges and approaches to assisting migrants throughout each phase of a crisis. Reflecting the regional context, a session was dedicated to xenophobic violence.
As highlighted throughout the MICIC consultation process and guidelines, when a disaster or a conflict strikes, consular services are among the first responders. In cooperation with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), ICMPD’s hands-on training is providing capacity building for foreign posts to develop and strengthen plans to facilitate migrants’ access to assistance and movement to safety when services may be disrupted due to crisis.
This series of seminars was kicked-off in Beirut in October 2016. In the coming months, similar seminars on Consular Contingency Planning will be held in West Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America.
Guidelines to protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster.
More information on the EU-funded MICIC project here.