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Project News: “Strengthening Migration Dialogues between the EU and Africa” panel moderated by Ralph Genetzke

17 June 2019

On June 6th, Mr. Ralph Genetzke, ICMPD Director and Head of Mission in Brussels, moderated a panel on “Strengthening Migration Dialogues between the EU and Africa” during a seminar entitled “EU-Africa Cooperation: Looking Forward” hosted by the Romanian Presidency of the Council.

The event featured keynote speeches by Ms. Carmen Daniela Dan, Romanian Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and H. E. Ambassador Ahmat Awad Sakine, Permanent Representative of the African Union to the EU and ACP Group of States.

The panel discussion on “Strengthening Migration Dialogues between the EU and Africa” highlighted the progress achieved by the EU and Africa cooperating on migration since the Valetta Summit in 2015. The panellists were Mr. Giulio di Blasi, Member of the Cabinet of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the Commission, the Ambassador of Rwanda to the EU, the French Ambassador for Migration H.E. Pascal Texeira da Silva, H.E Amandin Rugira and a representative from the Embassy of Senegal to the EU. 

In his opening remarks, Mr. Genetzke noted the active role that ICMPD plays in dialogues and cooperation frameworks between the EU and Africa. In addition to a number of capacity-building projects, the organisation implements the EU-funded Africa-Europe Migration and Mobility Dialogue (MMD)part of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, which supports the Rabat and Khartoum Processes that were mandated in 2015 to monitor and report on the implementation of the JVAP. ICMPD also supports the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT), which strengthens the dialogue between the EU and Africa by building the capacity of African diaspora organisations involved in development activities in Africa.