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ICMPD Around the Globe: Michael Spindelegger opens the Mobility Partnership Conference while on mission in Baku

27 June 2019

From 26–27 June, ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger was on a mission to Baku. On his agenda was the ICMPD-led “Mobility Partnership Conference”, held in Baku. He further took the opportunity to meet with numerous high-level partners in Azerbaijan.

ICMPD’s Director General met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov, the Chief of State Migration Service Mr. Vusal Huseynov and took part in a Bilateral Meeting with with the Head of EU Delegation H.E.Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas. 

The Mobility Partnership Conference has been organised in the framework of the EU-funded project “Support to the Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan” (MOBILAZE) together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Conference, which traditionally serves as a regional platform to discuss the Mobility Partnership priorities in different areas of migration and mobility, marks this year the final phase of the MOBILAZE project implementation.

In this regard, Michael Spindelegger thanked the numerous partner institutions in Azerbaijan, that has a cooperation agreement with ICMPD for 13 years: “I would like to mention that Azerbaijan is a long-standing partner and an old friend of my organisation; therefore, when we learned at the end of 2015 about opportunity to develop and implement this multi-disciplinary and all-encompassing project, we could not miss it.” 

ICMPD and the Director General are looking forward to future cooperation with Azerbaijan. 

Download the opening speech delivered by Michael Spindelegger at the Mobility Partnership Conference here