UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs (MoSEEA) train Egyptian Officials on Migration and Development

Cairo, 28 September 2017 - On 25, 26 and 27 September 2017 the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a training workshop under the auspices of the Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs (MoSEEA) for senior government officials from over 22 ministries and government institutions on engaging Egyptian expatriates for Egypt’s development. This was landmark training adopting a whole-of-government approach to expatriate engagement and the outcome document will reflect the contributions each governmental agency can play to capitalize on the estimated 10 Million Egyptian expatriates throughout the world.

H.E. Minister Nabila Makram Abdel Shahid stated that “the Ministry will dedicate a team to develop a unified strategy for governing emigration and Egyptian expatriate affairs. This training, as well as the valuable consultations from our esteemed partners, will be an important stepping stone towards our goal for a unified and whole-of-government approach to expatriate engagement for development.”

Mr Amr Taha, Head of Office of IOM Egypt, added that “this training comes as part of a wider and comprehensive support provided by IOM to MoSEEA, and will inform priorities related to expatriate engagement. IOM’s extensive expertise in this field culminated in a Global Inter-Ministerial Conference on Expatriate Engagement in Geneva in 2013, and the lessons stemming therefrom will be valuable for Egypt’s strategy. With 10 Million Egyptians, remitting some $17-20 Billion USD, financial remittances should be complemented with trade and investments opportunities. IOM is pleased to have drawn on its national and international experts to support the Ministry with this momentous event and looks forward to jointly implementing the proprieties as identified by our Egyptian counterparts.”

Mr Felice Longobardi, Head of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC) in Egypt added that “IADC has always given special attention to engaging diasporas in light of the role they play in developing communities of origin. This training constitutes an integral part of our project that aims at creating a strong nexus between Migration and Development and is in line with our strategic vision to widen the spectrum of actions of the MoSEEA in engaging the expatriate community. The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation is always at the forefront when it comes to developing capacities of our counterparts.”

The initiative is part of the Initiatives for Local Development of Egypt through the support of Egyptians Abroad project, supported by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, to promote institutional mechanisms for engaging Egyptian expatriates in local economic development in Egypt.

It supports the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10 Reduced Inequalities, and 17 Partnership for the Goals. It also supports the realization of Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030, particularly with regards to its economic and education pillars.

For further information, please contact Teuta Grazhdani at IOM Egypt. Tel: +202-27365140, Email: iomegypt@iom.int­­.