Ping travels to Libya to address an Arab‐African conference on African migrants in Europe

AU The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Jean Ping has left for Tripoli, Libya where he will deliver a Keynote address to the General Forum of Arab-African Non-Governmental Organisation’s Conference on African Migrants in Europe, scheduled to take place on 15-17 January 2011, under the auspices of Leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi, Leader of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Honorary President of the Forum.

Under the theme: A Decent Life in Europe or Welcome Return to Africa, the conference will appraise the circumstances of the African migrant population in Europe, their conditions of life and the prospects of their welcome back home when they return to Africa. These are important elements of the African Union Diaspora Programme and Africa’s Strategic relationship with its Global Partners, particularly in Europe.

The conference will explore the factors that facilitate the processes of migration and its consequences, with a view to finding potentially beneficial solutions to Africa and its Diaspora population, within the context of concerted efforts to promote African development.

The proceedings of the Conference are also expected to support the objectives of the African Union in ensuring that migration positively contributes to African integration.

Considering the importance of the African Diaspora as the Continent’s 6th sub-region which can make a significant contribution to Africa’s development, the African Union has designed a robust and dynamic Diaspora policy, which the Chairperson is expected to articulate in his Keynote address.

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