On 12-14 November 2019, National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM) with support from Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya Country Office held its quarterly consultative meeting in Naivasha. The meeting was a follow up of the National Migration Conference held in July this year whose theme was “Towards the Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration”. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
The consultations were attended by 78 participants (57 male, 21 female) from 41 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Government of Kenya, The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and IOM. “The Government appreciates and is committed to work with IOM and other partners to address Migration challenges,” cited Mr. Alexander Muteshi, Director General, Immigration and Citizen Services. “I am particularly impressed seeing so many agencies coming together to discuss, learn from each other’s experience identify bottlenecks, and find solutions, and have a common understanding not only of the issues but also of the strategies and approaches in addressing those migration challenges,” noted Ms. Sharon Dimanche, Chief of Mission, IOM Kenya.
The meeting was a platform for sharing of NCM successes in migration governance in the country, tackling recommendations for migration issues from the NCM conference, establishing NCM’s future activities as well as an opportunity for stakeholders to share, update and inform on their institution’s achievements on addressing migration issues. The NCM members were taken through the Development Response to Displacement Impacts, the IGAD Regional Migration Framework and The Regional Response to GCM by IGAD. The NCM Secretariat also shared its strategy. In addition, the participants mapped the way forward for the national priorities on the Global Compact for Migration.
Participants recommended for the development of a National Plan of Action for the implementation of the GCM taking into consideration the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kenya’s blue print Vision 2030, Third Medium Plan 2018-2020 (MTP 111) and the Government of Kenya Big 4 Agenda.