WINDHOEK, June 29 — Namibian President Hage Geingob opened on Friday the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) ministerial conference here.
Geingob said the MIDSA platform has played a pivotal role in shaping policy development on migration in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, as well as raising awareness on the importance to mainstream migration in the countries’ development agendas.
“This conference therefore grants us another opportunity to further deepen cooperation in areas of mutual concern and develop new areas of focus,” he added.
Geingob said the gradual recognition of migration as an important element of the development discourse has taken place through various global processes in the recent past, including those that focus on related issues, although without a direct implication on migration.
“Notably the integration of migration in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015, constituted a major milestone in advancing a holistic view on migration and migrants,” said the president.
“Under the mantra of ‘leaving no one behind’, the 2030 Agenda made inclusivity a central principle of the process,” he said.
“Hence, a number of targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be fully achieved if migrants and migration are not adequately considered in our development policies,” – XINHUA