By Ousman A. Marong
The Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia Dr. Isatou Touray has said that The Gambia is amongst 12 West African countries to meet the objectives of Global Compact for Migration (GCM).
“We are among 12 of 22 West and Central African countries to achieve Global Compact for Migration. In taking stock of our progress through two national consultation, we had the opportunity to gather as a group and reflect on our key achievements and implementing the GCM in Gambia’s unique context,” she said.
She said that in recent months, the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM) has initiated The Gambia’s voluntary national review process in meeting the 23rd objectives of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM). She made these remarks at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Conference Hall during a high-level meeting on National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM).
“Though migration has existed since the beginning of mankind, it is without a doubt one of the defining phenomena of the 21st century. It poses an extremely large opportunity for growth and development but also poses challenges we must address”, she also said. She stated that tackling the menace requires concerted efforts among multi stakeholders.
According to the country’s number two, the NCM’s work is aimed at timely addressing migration issues; mainstreaming migration into national development plans as well as ensuring policy coherence.
Fumiko Nagano, IOM Chief of Mission said when they (IOM) the NCM vision’s a strong, coherent, and coordinated approach to governing migration.
She added that her office has facilitated the return and reintegration of thousands of returnee from Libya, protected Gambians from falling prey to traffickers as well as maximized knowledge, skills and capital of Gambian migrants.
Dr. Desta Tiruneh, WHO County Representative and UN Resident Coordinator representative said UN prioritizes the rights and well-being of migrants. He said IOM and ITC are working closely with the Department of Community Development to establish community-based reintegration projects aimed at bringing returnees and their communities together for mutually beneficial joint business ventures.
Meanwhile, the NCM was launched in November 2019 as a government-led inter-agency
platform for all migration actors. It is chaired by the Office of the Vice President (OVP).