4th Pan African Forum on Migration

The Pan-African Forum on migration (PAFoM) aims to promote and deepen inter-state dialogue and intra/inter-regional cooperation on migration. It is a platform to inform, inspire and motivate the African Union Regional Economic Communities (AU RECs), RCPs and other inter-state consultation mechanisms on migration in Africa at both the national and regional levels for cross-fertilization and to bring each other up to speed, as each of the current five RCPs in Africa (IGAD-RCP, MIDSA, MIDWA, MIDCOM and MIDCAS) are at varying ages and stages of evolution.

PAFoM provides a platform for African regional institutions and partners to share information on current migration trends, patterns and dynamics, newly emerging issues and reliable migration data at the national, regional and continental level in order to find durable solutions to the migration challenges in Africa. Its objective is to enhance capacities of the Africa regional frameworks on migration to facilitate intra-regional migration and human mobility, free movement of persons and integrated border management through sharing of knowledge, information, good practices, experiences and lessons learnt.





Palais du Peuple
Rue Palais du Peuple
BP 109



THEME: “Harnessing the benefits of Free Movement of persons regime for sustainable development in Africa”
19-21, November, 2018; Palais du Peuple, Djibouti Ville, Djibouti

DAY ONE (Monday – 19 November 2018)

08:00 - 9:00

Registration of participants

09:00 - 10:00

OPENING: H.E the President of the Republic of Djibouti

Master of Ceremony:  Dr. Matlosa Khabele, Director, Political Affairs, AUC

  • Chairperson, Bureau of the STC on Migration, Refugees and IDPs.
  • HE Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim, Executive Secretary; IGAD
  • Dr. Vera Songwe,  Executive Secretary; UNECA
  • H.E Minata Samate Cessouma, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs
  • Mr. Antonio Vitorino, Director General;  International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • H.E Moussa Faki, Chairperson; African Union Commission(tbc)
  • H.E Johnson Sirleaf, Chair of the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa (tbc)
  • Official Opening: Minister of Interior Djibouti
Government of Djibouti
10:00 - 10:15 Press Briefing  
10:15 - 10:30 COFFEE / TEA BREAK - GROUP PHOTO  
10:30- 11:30

SESSION 1:   Towards a coordinated Human Mobility  Agenda in Africa: Updates on the AU Continental and Regional Migration Initiatives and Consultative Processes and the future of PAFOM

This session will seek to provide updates of migration and human mobility initiatives by the Regional Economic Activities and the AUC to ensure that there is synergy between RECs and the AUC and also promote sharing of good practises.

Moderator:  Ms Mariama Cisse, Ag. Director, Social Affairs Department, AUC


  • IGAD
  • EAC
  • SADC
  • UMMA
Kingdom of Morocco
11:30 - 13:00 Discussions   
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH  

14:00 - 15:00

Session 2: Sharing Experiences: Benefits and Challenges of Free Movement in Africa

This session will present the findings of the study commissioned by the AUC and IOM. We will then have representatives from various countries share the challenges and/or the benefits of free movement of people in their respective regions or countries.

Moderator: Maureen Achieng, Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to AU/UNECA/IGAD


  • Government of Rwanda
  • Government of Namibia
  • Government of Egypt
  • Government of Seychelles
  • Government of Burkina Faso
  • Government of Norway
Republic of Kenya
15:00 - 16:00 Discussions  
16:00 -16:20 HEALTH BREAK  
16:20 - 17:20

SESSION 3: Labor mobility, Intra Africa skills transfer and Social Security benefits Portability : Promoting Labor migration within the context of Free Movement

This session will present the Joint Labour Migration Programme for Africa, which is being implemented by the African Union Commission, IOM, the International Labour Organization, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. In addition, a discussion from relevant stakeholders will focus on how this Programme can be successful and effective in the implementation of human mobility rules as key to development and integration in the regional economic communities.

Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Samuel -Olunjowon: ILO Regional Director for Africa


  • Dr Marina Manke, Labour Mobility and Human Development , head, IOM
  • AU Labor Migration Advisory committee (AU-LMAC) Chair
  • Mr. Arezki Mezhoud, General Secretary, Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) organisation in Africa
  • Government of Djibouti

                                  Republic of South Africa

17:20 - 18:00 Discussions   
19:00 - 20:30

Master of Ceremony: Govt. of Djibouti

Government of Djibouti