Fifth Pan-African Forum
The 5th Pan-African Forum (PAFOM) under the theme “Strengthening Migration Data and Research for evidence-based policy development and implementation towards effective migration governance in Africa” took place in Cairo, Egypt, from 14–16 September 2019.
Frank Laczko (IOM’s GMDAC Director) presented on the upcoming International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS), which will take place on 19–21 January 2020 in Cairo, and GMDAC’s ongoing work in Africa.
Several important African migration data initiatives and recommendation were announced during PAFOM. These included the establishment of working groups in migration statistics and data collection at the national, regional and continental levels to promote better coordination on migration data management as well as assessment missions to the Kingdom of Morocco and Mali to discuss readiness and modalities of hosting the Migration Observatory and the Centre of Research and Study respectively.
The PAFOM aims to deepen and sustain interstate and inter-regional dialogue, to provide a forum for sharing context specific issues on migration and human mobility and to share progress related to the implementation of the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) and other migration plans, including the Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration in Africa.
The membership to the PAFOM is comprised of African Union Member States, along with international organizations, and observers. The secretariat of PAFOM is led by the African Union Department of Social Affairs, supported by IOM and UNECA.