IOM and China Launch Historic Capacity Building Activity

Date Publish: 
Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 16:00
© IOM 2008

On March 20th, 2008 in Beijing, the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's
Republic of China (PRC) formally launched the ‘Capacity
Building for Migration Management in China' Project.

Speaking at the Launch, H.E. Brunson McKinley, IOM
Director-General remarked "The launch of this Capacity Building
Project heralds a new stage in IOM and China cooperation. This
Project is a historic collaborative partnership, and as the first
of its kind it will promote technical level exchanges and dialogues
between China and the European Union Member States."

"This exciting Project is a continuation of IOM's partnership
with China, and IOM warmly welcomes China's willingness to
collaborate on the globally important issue of international
migration" said Mr McKinley.

Senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Labour
and Social Security, and Public Security participated in the
launch, along with representatives of the European Union Member
States, the European Presidency as well as the European
Commission.

The Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister H.E. LIU Jieyi stated
that China recognises the importance of this activity and will make
efforts in implementing this Project which will contribute to
strengthening the positive IOM and China bilateral
relationship.

This twenty four month project is principally financed by the
European Commission, and also has co-funding from Italy and the
United Kingdom. It will be co-implemented by IOM and the
International Labour Organization (ILO) in close partnership with
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social
Security, and the Ministry of Public Security of the People's
Republic of China.

The project seeks to promote cooperation between China and the
EU in the field of migration through the exchange of expertise,
information and personnel. The components of the project include
raising awareness of the risks associated with irregular
migration.

For more information, please contact:

Kieran Best

IOM Beijing

Tel: +86 10 8532 5303

E-mail: "mailto:kgormanbest@iom.int">kgormanbest@iom.int