- Zimbabwe today launched the migration Statistics and Recognition of Migrants In Zimbabwe at Crowne Plaza Monomotapa Hotel in Harare.
Addressing delegates, Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima said It is common cause that migration has become a global phenomenon driven by the global village ecosystem and is affecting all countries worldwide. It is against this backdrop that an effective migration governance system informed by reliable, up to date and adequate data and statistics, underpinned by global partnerships and both a Whole of Government and a Whole of –Society approach has become imperative to make the most of its benefits.
Minister Professor Mavima said, “The varied representation drawn from all key diverse stakeholders reflected in the participation of this gathering is a clear testimony of the synergetic approach required to manage migration effectively.
Let me from the onset express my appreciation and applaud the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), for this noble initiative which will go a long way in helping to build Zimbabwe national migration data platforms and the implementation of evidence based national migration strategies for socio-economic development for Zimbabwe, “if we cannot measure migration through statistics ,we cannot manage it.”
Professor Mavima added that, “Suffice to say that this initiative is in sync with the fourth pillar of our National Labour Migration Policy which seeks to strengthen labour migration data to enhance evidence based programming for effective labour migration governance.
“This event is remarkable in its timing, given recent developments signalling that this is truly a new era for migration – a “mega-trend” of our time. Migration has played a pivotal role in shaping the world as we know it today. Migrants have been essential in the development of many modern states, shaped labour dynamics across countries, including Zimbabwe and are a cornerstone for the global economic development discourse.
“Let me, highlight that the Second Republic is taking migration issues seriously and this is explicitly demonstrated by the prioritization of migration in the National Development Strategy 1.
“The launch of the National Labour Migration Policy, by His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in 2019 marked a historic milestone in the systematic, inclusive and holistic approach to the implementation of the UN’s Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs number 10.7) on migration. The policy matrix is human rights based , gender sensitive and constitutionally grounded, aimed at putting in place measures that mitigate the exigencies of the phenomenon of migration that their negative inputs are avoided.”
The global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (GCM), adopted in Morocco in 2018 mandates the regional commissions to support member States in the review, monitoring and implementation of the Migration Compact. It is for this reason that Zimbabwe is being supported to build migration data platforms as well as designing and implementing national migration strategies.
Present at the launch was the UN resident co-ordinator, Mr Edward Kallon
Honourable Ministers ;
Chief of Mission of the IOM to Zimbabwe, Mr. Mario Lito Malanca;
ILO Country Director for Namibia and Zimbabwe, Ms. Hopolang Phororo;
Senior Government Officials;
Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe Representatives (EMCOZ)
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU)
Representatives from Various Private Employment Agencies;
Invited Guests and
Members of the Press.