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Zim holds dialogue to Address Migration and Development Challenges?

As the economic situation remains instable, migration has become a common strategy for youth and skilled Zimbabweans to seek better economic opportunities, as well as opportunities for growth and development abroad.

In recognition of this fact the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in liaison with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Youth, Indigenization and Empowerment (MYIE) are hosting a National Youth Dialogue on Migration and Development Challenges in Kariba Bay, in the western part of that country, commencing 27th and 28th of July 2010.

Zuzana Jankechova, Communications Officer at the IOM Office in Harare, Zimbabwe has told The Sunday Standard that the aim of the dialogue is to facilitate participation of Youth in national efforts directed at addressing challenges presented by migration and development. “And it should be noted that this particular National Youth Dialogue, is the third in series after the ones that took place in 2007 and 2008 respectively,” said Jankechova, adding that the exchange will go under the theme, “Towards National Development Through Managed Migration”.

Minister Savior Kasukuwere, who heads MIYE, was set to officially open the two day event whose participation list features delegates drawn from the government key line ministries, youth associations, and youth focused NGO’s with interest in addressing migration and development related challenges.

The discourse comes in the wake of concerns by the United Nations through its latest annual report, which featured Migration policy as its key theme. The report sought to impress upon countries the need to develop policies on how to promote migration as a positive phenomenon by creating suitable conditions for the realization of its fullest benefits.

In the same context, the World Bank has said in its 2009 Annual Report that remittance flows represent the largest source of foreign exchange in many countries, and accounts for more than a third of national income in some economies.

For poor people in developing countries, the remittances provide a lifeline, and poor Zimbabweans have inevitably been placed in this category. Thus, “The Bank’s migration and development work program includes efforts to improve data, understand the impacts of migration and remittances on poverty and economic growth,” read part of the report.

It was further stated that the Bank is designing migration policies for recommendation to both countries of origin and the receiving countries as part of its migration and development work program.

“The workshop will address the main migration issues affecting Zimbabwe such as brain drain, migration management and Diasporas engagement in national development among others,” intimated Jankechova.

Moreover, it is was expected that the forum would also help the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, as one of the critical stakeholders to be able to identify issues worth including into the broader Labour Migration Policy that IOM in conjunction with ILO is helping to promulgate


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