President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will host and chair the inaugural meeting of the High-Level Panel on Migration (HLPM) in Monrovia on January 15.
The Panel on Migration was established at the Ninth Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, which took place in Addis Ababa in April 2016.
The overall objective of the Panel is to affirm Africa’s commitment to global objectives and values on migration, and harness migration for Africa’s development in the context of international cooperation.
The Panel is composed of fifteen eminent persons, all appointed in their own capacity and includes representatives of government, the private sector, academia and civil society. Members are drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
Participants at the HLPM meeting will include the UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the ECA, Dr. Vera Songwe; the Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok;the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway, Knut Vollebaek; Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede Chairman, Coronation Capital Ltd, Nigeria; the founder of the African Diaspora Network in the USA, Ms. Almaz Negash; Ms. Danisa E. Baloyi, Black Business Counsel, South Africa; and Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa, International Labor Organization, Ms. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjowon.
President Sirleaf will continue to chair the HLPM until July 2018 when the Panel will submit its report to the Assembly of African Union Heads of State, an Executive Mansion press release stated.
The meeting is being held in Monrovia since the President wants to avoid any foreign travel during this transitional period, the release added.