Labour Migration

ILO and IOM join forces to improve labour migration governance in Africa

ILO and IOM sign a Memorandum of Understanding on effective labour migration governance in Africa.

Media advisory | 23 August 2018
ADDIS ABABA/ABIDJAN (ILO News)– The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will officially sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement key actions of a joint programme on effective labour migration governance in Africa, on 24 August 2018, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa and Maureen Achieng, IOM Ethiopia Chief of Mission and Representative tothe African Union (AU), UNECA and IGAD, will sign the document entitled: “Priority Implementation Actions on the AU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration in Africa” at 10:00 am in the IOM Office.

This MoU defines a clear roadmap for “Priority Joint Labour Migration Program” with the implementation of a USD 9 million grant from the Swedish “International Development Agency (SIDA) to:
  • support the development of labour migration policies for African Union (AU) Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs);
  • build the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC) and labour institutions;
  • promote skills development and skills mobility, and
  • enhance overall labour migration governance in Africa.
The Joint Labour Migration Program (JLMP) for Africa was formally adopted in January 2015 by African Heads of State and Government as a comprehensive programme on labour migration governance for the region. The program will be implemented by IOM and ILO in collaboration with the AUC.

The AU-led initiative supported by the ILO and the IOM is the first global initiative focused on supporting effective implementation of human mobility rules as key to development and integration in the increasingly significant Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

The JLMP is also a creative work to safeguard the protection of the rights of migrant workers; portability of skills; portability of social security benefits; and fair recruitment practices.

Journalists are invited to attend the signing ceremony scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 24 August 2018, IOM Conference Room.

Press materials will be available to the media. For more detailed information and/or interview requests, please contact:

ILO CO Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Rahel Kebede |+251 911218113 |

ILO CO Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hermela Solomon |+251 912 632913 |

ILO Regional Office for Africa, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Guebray Berhane |+225 87905779 |