Jamaica Hosts Global Migration Project Board Meeting

Nov 11, 2015

UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Bruno Pouezat welcomes participants to the Migration Project's Global Board Meeting in Jamaica while State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown and Manager of the Planning Institute of Jamaica's Population and Development Unit, Ms. Toni Shae Freckleton listen closely. Photo Credit: UNDP Jamaica

Migration has been a central feature of Jamaica’s social and economic development and so it was fitting that the country was the venue for the third Global Project Board Meeting for the Mainstreaming Migration into National Development and Planning project. This project is implemented by UNDP and the International Organization on Migration (IOM), with support from the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC).

The meeting, held November 11-12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, was attended by participants from the pilot countries for the project – Jamaica, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Serbia and Tunisia. The meeting focused on reviewing the progress of programme implementation at both country and global levels and facilitating the exchange of experience among participants and assessing the outcomes and implications of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals on the programme.

Jamaica’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown, in his remarks at the meeting’s opening session, noted both the positive and negative effects of migration. He said the multi-dimensional nature of migration demands a comprehensive and integrated management approach and pointed to the programme’s role in helping countries work towards this.

The Minister pointed out Jamaica’s achievements under the programme, including the development of the National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development, the drafting of a national Diaspora Policy and capacity assessments and capacity building in relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

“In summary, the Mainstreaming project has played a key role in strengthening the mechanisms available for integrating migration into development planning, and facilitating greater engagement among key stakeholders,” Minister Brown stated.

In his remarks, Bruno Pouezat, UNDP’s Resident Representative a.i. said that the UNDP Jamaica Country Office was privileged to participate in implementing the first phase of this project in Jamaica and remains proud and supportive of Jamaica’s achievements under the programme.

“We are pleased to note Jamaica’s continued progress in this project, the interest, dedication and commitment shown to its continued implementation by national stakeholders and the meaningful support provided by the IOM mission.

We congratulate Jamaica for following through on the capacity assessment and initiating a training programme in results based management for government stakeholders,” Mr. Pouezat stated.

The aim of the SDC-funded global joint programme of IOM and UNDP on “Mainstreaming migration into national development strategies” is to enable governments and their partners to better measure and make more visible the human development impacts of migration; and to govern the migration phenomenon so as to increase the human development outcomes and mitigate the risks for migrants, their families and communities.

The programme began in 2011 and is currently in its second phase of implementation. Jamaica is one of eight countries participating in this phase. Countries were selected based on expressions of interest from governments, successful participation in the pilot project, location in priority regions and country fact sheets prepared for the purpose of the joint programme.

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