The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission organized a brainstorming workshop for migration experts and stakeholders from ECOWAS member states.

The event which was held in Dakar, Senegal, provided the basis for the development of a common regional migration policy.

The common migration policy, when developed, will provide critical materials for the review and modernization of the ECOWAS Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons and the Rights of Residency and Establishment, a press release issued on June 25, 2013, has said.

The advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Senegal, Mamadou Seck said at the opening ceremony that, ?with its mutual and human riches, economic potential, historical and cultural affinities of its people, ECOWAS constitutes a homogeneous entity.

Adding that a common migration policy elaborated and implemented in such a geographic space can only promote growth and development. That is why the Government of Senegal strongly supports this great initiative.?

By Dorcas Appiah

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