Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia

Consultative Dialogue
Organised by
GK Partners & Office of the President
(Government of The Gambia)

REPORT OF THE
SECOND STAKE IN THE NATION FORUM

SNF2 Keynote Address:
His Excellency President Adama Barrow

VENUE: Coco Ocean Resort & Spa, Bijilo, The Gambia
DATE: Saturday, 12 January 2019
TIME: 9am to 7pm

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SNF2 RECORDING

RECORDING OF THE SECOND STAKE IN THE NATION FORUM

SNF2 Keynote Address: His Excellency President Adama Barrow,
Delivered by the Vice President, H.E. Ousainu A.N.M. Darboe

Saturday, 12 January 2019, 9am to 7pm

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“Some of you are regular visitors to The Gambia, and others have suffered the pain and isolation of exile, caused by 22 years of dictatorship. Yet, all of you, through different ways,
have maintained your emotional and
developmental ties with our great country”

H.E. President Adama Barrow – 23 September 2017

Gambian Diaspora Strategy Booklet

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GAMBIAN DIASPORA
EIGHTH REGION OF THE GAMBIA

DIASPORA STRATEGY

Phase 2 of the MSDG project focuses on:

Accredited training and CPD on Consular Services and Diaspora Diplomacy (CSDD), and Public Sector Management (PSM);
Diaspora engagement and the annual Stake in the Nation Forum (SNF);
Facilitation of diaspora voting and participation in municipal, national, regional and international policy processes;
Support the development of the Gambia Diaspora Directorate (GDD);
Reducing the cost of remittances and issuance of Diaspora Bonds;
Gambian Diaspora Technical Support (GDTS) and diaspora investment

Partnership between GK Partners, Swiss Government & Gambia Government

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Diaspora Strategy
(Research & Surveys)
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Gambia Diaspora
Directorate
Gambia Diaspora Month
(15 Dec to 14 Jan)
Remittances
& Investment
Stake in the Nation Forum
(Annual Event)
Capacity Development
(Training & Support)
Gambia House Model
(Diaspora Diplomacy)
Diaspora Networks
(Organisations & Groups)
Rabat Process
(Euro-African Dialogue)
Global & Bi-Lateral Engagement

Rabat Process (Euro-African Dialogue)

Also known as the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development, the Rabat Process brings together more than 60 countries from West, Central, North Africa and Europe, as well as the European Commission (EC) and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), for open discussions on key migration and mobility issues.

The Rabat Process as a platform for dialogue and policymaking on mobility, migration and development. The platform emerged in 2006 both African and European countries recognised the linkages between, under-development and irregular migration. The dialogue takes the form of Thematic Meetings, Senior Officers’ Meetings, and Ministerial Conferences.

The current strategic focus (2015-2017) is based on four pillars: organising mobility and legal migration; improving border management and combating irregular migration; strengthening the synergies between migration and development; and promoting international protection. These priorities were agreed at the Fourth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Rome in 2014. (The Rabat Process is also mandated to monitor the implementation of the Joint Valletta Action Plan for the period 2016-18).

As a proportion of population, The Gambia has the highest level of irregular migrants using the western Saharan-Mediterranean route to Europe. This was caused by the economic stagnation and political repression of two decades of dictatorship. The Rabat Process is embarking on developing its next multi-annual cooperation programme, to be adopted at the Ministerial Conference of 2018. At the same time, the democratically elected coalition government of The Gambia seeks to reduce irregular migration and optimise linkages between migration and sustainable development.

Given this background, in February 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs set as a priority: “active participation in the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development (Rabat Process), with offer to take up role as chair. The Gambia shall also participate in the implementation of the Joint Valletta Action Plan”. In June 2017, The Gambia formally expressed its interest and communicated its offer to host the 2018 Ministerial Conference.

The next Senior Officers’ Meetings of the rabat Process takes place on 24-25 October 2017 in Accra, Ghana.