The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is set to host the Ghana-European Union Migration Dialogue on Wednesday, 16th January, 2019. To this end, a delegation from the European Union led by Mrs. Diana Acconcia, the European Union Ambassador met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey(MP) to discuss the objective of the impending Dialogue.
The dialogue seeks to examine, among other things, the root causes of migration, owing to the fact that both parties have been bedeviled with the looming challenge migration poses to their respective countries, and find ways to improve the overall well-being of citizens.
Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey in her submission acknowledged the challenge migration posed to every country, stating that the Government had taken measurable steps to ensure that the economic indicators in the country are improved to curb issues that emanate from migration, especially economic migrants. She hoped that the dialogue would intensify co-operation with Ghana and consequently, key outcomes of the dialogue would largely address the root causes of migration. Thus, a common ground should be reached for the benefit of both parties at the end of the dialogue.
The EU side in concurrence with Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey stated Migration as the centre of the EU-Africa Alliance, therefore, it was anticipated that the dialogue would tackle migration from all points of view as enumerated in the five pillars of the Joint Valetta Action Plan on Migration management actions, taking into account the national specificities of Ghana.