A four-day training workshop on International Migration and Development ended at Ho in the Volta Region on Friday.
The training, organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM,) was attended by about 30 participants made up of policy makers from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Integration, the Interior and Finance and Economic Planning, the Inter-ministerial committee members on migration and development, academia, development partners and the media
Addressing the closing ceremony, Mr. Samuel Aman-kwah, Director of Research, Statistics and Information Management of the Ministry of the Interior, observed that issues of migration had assumed serious global dimension as particularly evident in Europe in recent time.
He said this was why governments, civil society and non-governmental organisations had taken up the challenge of ensuring that migration was well managed, to ensure a “win/win situation for stakeholders sending, transiting and receiving countries”.
Mr. Amankwah said there was the need to close the gap between the strategy and the implementation of migration, to maximise the gains and minimise the costs associated with relocation.
Mr. Daniel Kweku Sam, IOM’s National Project Officer of Migration and Development, said that migration and development were highly interdependent processes.
He pointed out that although migration could not be a substitute for development, the latter was necessarily dependent on migration, and each of those processes could profoundly influence the other.
Mr. Sam indicated that maximising the positive relationship between migration and development was principally important in an era of globalisation and unprecedented mobility.
From Alberto Mario-Noretti, Ho