The Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration, which opened Tuesday in Rabat, is an occasion to find African solutions to African challenges, said South African minister for international relations and cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
09 January 2018
Speaking at a press briefing after meeting, on Tuesday in Rabat, with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane welcomed the holding of this Ministerial Conference in Morocco, saying that this is an initiative that reflects the will of the African continent to take responsibility for itself.
Highlighting Africa’s rich natural wealth, the South African minister, who attended the Ministerial Conference on an African Agenda on Migration, said that the best resource is “our young, promising human capital”, hence the need to pool efforts to encourage its active participation in the Continent’s development.
By strengthening our human capital, we will not only achieve peace, security and development in Africa, but also make a significant contribution at the international level, she said, noting that it is also important to fight illegal immigration and human trafficking.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane also said she is honoured to convey a message of friendship to HM King Mohammed VI from South African President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of Morocco’s holding of the Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration.
This conference, in which twenty African ministers and government officials took part, is a continuation of consultations with African partners to develop an African agenda for migration, in preparation for the upcoming AU Summit in Addis Ababa (January 2018).