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Project News: MMD Support Project - Conclusions and Recommendations of the Joint Valletta Action Plan SOM

13 December 2018

On the 14th and 15th of November 2018, around 280 Senior Officials from across Europe and Africa met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The discussions focused on the follow-up on the Joint Conclusions established during the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) in Malta last year, and the progress made under the five domains of the Joint Valletta Action Plan (JVAP), adopted at the Migration Summit in Malta in 2015. The Rabat and Khartoum Processes members’ recommendations and Joint Conclusions of the JVAP SOM 2018 are available for download as of now.

The SOM gave an opportunity to all partners to reiterate the core principles of solidarity, partnership, and shared responsibility. The participants also expressed their commitment to respond decisively and to jointly manage migration flows in all their aspects. The meeting focused on the state of play of the JVAP, including analysis and suggestions for a way forward. The state of play was carried under the Khartoum and Rabat Processes which, as key dialogues, are mandated to monitor and report on the implementation and progress of the Joint Valletta Action Plan. Both regional dialogues have drafted analysis reports to report on the progress at regional level, including analysis of the current situation of the different bilateral and European instruments contributing to the JVAP objectives. The meeting concluded with Joint Conclusions for the way forward for the JVAP.

With regards to the implementation of initiatives and policies both regional dialogues recognise the achievements registered under the 5 domains of the JVAP. But despite these advances, challenges related to migration and mobility persists. According to the Rabat Process Individual Analysis Report 2018 “, since 2017, the rhythm of implementation of initiatives and policies by the Rabat Process members has significantly accelerated.” Facing the challenges ahead “the Valletta Framework must remain a pragmatic, operational and flexible framework in order to adapt to various contexts, while being able to strengthen and articulate with other Frameworks and Dialogues.” 

According to the Khartoum Process Individual Analysis Report 2018 “since the Valletta Summit and the First JVAP SOM in 2015, the Khartoum Process has continued to deliver as a regional dialogue providing a platform for the exchange of good practices on polices and cooperation, promotion of innovative approaches, and fostering multi-stakeholder partnership around specific policy issues.” Although much has been achieved in the delivery of the JVAP objectives -both through the impetus of individual actions of its member countries and through joint actions- much remains to be done, according to the Khartoum Process members.

The role of The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in the cooperation on migration between African and European states is one of a neutral broker. ICMPD’s support to the EU funded MMD Project represents a key element of ICMPD’s operational portfolio in Africa. “Most of all, this project supports the cooperation between all the members involved. It builds on existing commitments and brings policy change delivering actions respectful of human rights and human dignity. I believe this SOM and its preparations show how fruitful this cooperation can be” stated Martijn Pluim, Director Migration Dialogues & Cooperation (MDC), International Centre for Migration Policy Development, at the JVAP SOM in Addis Ababa.

On the occasion of the SOM in Addis Ababa, an infographic was created to highlight the progress that has been achieved by the involved stakeholders since the JVAP was adopted. The infographic also provides up-to-date insights on the JVAP Database, which contains information about projects, programmes, legislations and policies in Africa and Europe, addressing the five thematic domains of the JVAP.

A series of documents related to the event can be downloaded below:
Agenda JVAP SOM 2018
FR and EN
RP Individual Analysis Report 2018
FR and EN
KP Individual Analysis Report 2018
Joint Conclusions
FR and EN
JVAP Database Infographic
FR and EN


For additional information about the JVAP SOM 2018 please visit the Rabat Process website in FR and EN and the Khartoum Process website in EN.

More information about the MMD Support Project can be found here