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Zimbabwe Studies Findings and Recommendations of ECA Report on Migration Statistics

6 June, 2023
Zimbabwe Studies Findings and Recommendations of ECA Report on Migration Statistics

Harare, 6 June 2023 (ECA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) initiated today, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare a two-day, joint workshop on Migration Statistics and the Recognition of Migrants’ Skills in Zimbabwe.

This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the findings and recommendations of the ECA Report on enhancing and coordinating migration statistics in Zimbabwe. The workshop will provide participants with training, focusing on the recent UN recommendations for migration statistics, supporting the production of evidence-based, national migration strategies in the country.

Participants will include representatives of Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), the Public Service Commission, and ministerial departments in charge of Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Finance and Economic Development, Higher Education, Mining. Private sector, NGOs, and international organisations representatives as well as academia are also taking part in the event.

“The workshop is an opportunity for six African countries to share their experiences and draw lessons on building migration statistics databases taking into account the most recent development in methodologies related to the collecting and monitoring of migration statistics” say Khaled Hussein, Chief of the Sub-Regional Initiatives Section at the ECA office for North Africa.

According to Clifford Matorera, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare, “As a government we have taken a proactive approach to ensure that migration continues to be a driver for our socio-economic transformation. The government of Zimbabwe in 2019 adopted the National Labour Migration policy to improve Zimbabwe’s governance of labour migration and implement the Global Compact for Safe and Orderly migration”.

Zimbabwe currently has a Draft National Migration Policy which is awaiting adoption by the government.

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) national capacity building programme supports African countries’ efforts to achieve the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) objectives 1 (Collect and use accurate and disaggregated data, serving as the basis for evidence-based policies) and 8 (Facilitate mutual recognition of skills, qualifications and competences). Zimbabwe is among the six countries that have committed to take part in this programme to improve their migration policies and migrant skills recognition (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe).

This ECA program seeks to strengthen capacity of Zimbabwe to collect, analyse and disseminate regionally harmonized labour migration statistics and enhance the mutual recognition of skills and qualifications of African workers for implementing the migration-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Migration.

The Southern Africa Migration Management (SAMM) project is a UN initiative carried out by ILO, IOM, UNODC and UNHCRto help improve migration management in the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region with a focus on South-South migration flows, positive spill-over effects of international migration on regional integration and regional economic development.”

Issued by:
Communications Section
Economic Commission for Africa
PO Box 3001
Addis Ababa
Tel: +251 11 551 5826


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