Morocco, African Union to establish African migration observatory in Rabat

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The decision by Morocco and the African Union (AU) to set up the headquarters of the African Observatory for Migration and Development (OAMD) in Morocco’s capital, Rabat was reached during the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Dec 11, 2018. Xinhua

RABAT (NNN-MAP) – Morocco and the African Union (AU) have signed an agreement to set up the headquarters of the African Observatory for Migration and Development (OAMD) in Morocco’s capital, Rabat.

The agreement was signed by Moroccan Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita, and chairman of AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on the sidelines of a UN Intergovernmental Conference on Migration held in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.

At the 31st AU Summit in July, in Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, the AU heads of states endorsed the proposal by Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, in his capacity as the AU leader, to set up an African migration observatory in the kingdom.

The OAMD will undertake the task of collecting information and developing its exchange, as well as, facilitating coordination between African countries on migration issues.

The Observatory offers an important tool for analysing the phenomenon of migration and obtaining reliable statistics that are specifically African, Faki told the press.

For Bourita, the OAMD is the beginning of the implementation of Global Compact for Migration, which emphasises that better knowledge of this phenomenon will lead to better management.

More than 150 countries around the world adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, at the UN intergovernmental conference in Marrakech.

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