Migration can contribute immensely towards Africa’s economic growth, says Hamdok

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 27, 2017–Migration has the potential of bringing significant contribution to economic growth and human development in Africa, says Mr. Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Economist of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Speaking Thursday at the official opening of the African Regional Consultative Meeting on the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Addis Ababa, Mr. Hamdok said it was crucial that Africa generated its own evidence, robust data and statistics to effectively implement, accurately measure, monitor, evaluate and report on activities and progress under the global compact.
He said around the world there’s a rise in anti-migrant sentiment and a prevalence of restrictive policies based on negative perceptions that are not factually correct.
As a result, he said, Africa must work to ensure that its narratives and priorities are adequately reflected in the six thematic areas of the global compact for migration, which will be the first, inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

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