17 Apr 2014
UNDP-IOM joint project on migration has just started it's second phase. Photo: IOM.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, organised the launch of the 2nd phase of the ‘Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies' at the Hotel Purbani in Dhaka. The programme is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and jointly implemented by IOM-UNDP globally.
The launch of the project was attended by Special guests, Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Dr. Khondaker Shawkat Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Dr. Derek Mueller, Head of Cooperation, Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation, Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director UNDP and Mr. Sarat Dash, Chief of Mission IOM, amongst others.
In her speech, the country director of UNDP Bangladesh said, ‘Both internal and external migrations are instrumental for the countries development and should be given equal importance to be addressed.’
The head of cooperation for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Dr. Mueller highlighted on the importance of the first phase of the project in determining the role of various stakeholders. He expressed his hope that the second phase will be successful in achieving the programme objective.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sarat Dash gave an overview of the Mainstreaming Migration Project highlighting its achievement during the pilot phase in the four countries it was implemented (Bangladesh, Jamaica, Moldova and Tunisia).
The formation of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration and Development and various Technical Groups and the endorsement of a national action plan to incorporate migration into the national development agenda were acknowledged as some of the major achievements of the project's pilot phase.
He also highlighted some of the key activities that would be implemented in the second phase of the programme.
Speaking on the way forward the Honorable Foreign Secretary Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque and Honorable Secretary for Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Dr. Khondaker Showkat Hossain, highlighted some of the upcoming challenges in implementation of the project and elucidated on some of the key steps from the Government of Bangladesh to support the project implementation.
In his address Dr. Khondokar Hossain highlighted the need for a forum which brings together the expertise from both the government and non-governmental sector to address the ever changing nature of challenges in the field of migration.
Dr. Hossain also stressed the importance of focusing on both internal and external migrations which may be voluntary or involuntary in nature to effectively address the emerging challenges in the field.