Specialists meet to develop Labour Migration Policy Framework for East Africa

Partner States to smoothen movement of labour and harmonize labour policies, programmes and legislation as required by the EAC’s Common Market Protocol (CMP)

Media advisory | 15 June 2017

The East African Community (EAC) secretariat is convening a sub-regional meeting of specialists from partner States from 13 to 16 June 2017, in Kigali, Rwanda, to articulate an East African labour migration policy framework. 

The meeting is hinged upon the EAC’s drive to implement its Common Market Protocol (CMP), that requires partner States to, amongst other things, remove restrictions to the movement of labour and harmonize labour policies, programmes and legislation.  A common approach to labour migration management has been mooted and this meeting is aiming at forging a consensus on the principles that will be incorporated into a sub regional  policy framework upon which labour migration policies and management practices will be based. 

The ILO is providing technical support in articulating the framework and will share international good practices and experiences in integrating labour standards into the sub-regional and national labour migration management. 

The meeting is also attended by representatives of the East African employers’ and workers’ organizations, East African Employers’ Organization (EAEO) and the East African Trade Union Congress (EATUC) respectively.