Geingob says African nations must create conditions to retain citizens

28 Jun 2019 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has called on African nations to create conditions that will keep their people on the continent and entice those who have left, to return.
Addressing the opening of the 2019 Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) here on Friday, the Head of State explained that the continent continues to battle with irregular migration and displacement of citizens due to conflict and the search for better economic conditions.
He expressed concern that Africans lose their lives while crossing the Mediterranean Sea to seek refuge in Europe, saying there is therefore a need to create conditions that will keep people in Africa.
“There is a need to promote the readmission and reintegration of the diaspora back to Africa as such effort will ensure that Africans can return to their countries of origin with dignity and contribute to the development of the continent,” he said.
He called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat to help member states in the development of appropriate policies for smoother management of migration.
The president further told the meeting that Namibia is working on drafting a national migration policy which will bring about greater clarity on matters of migration management once it is adopted.
Namibia ratified the SADC Protocol on the Facilitation of Movement of Persons, and Namibia has exempted diplomatic and official passports of 53 African countries from visa requirements, he noted.
“Such a move will ease state to state engagements and bolster intra-Africa business and investment,” Geingob said.
The meeting is taking place under the theme ‘Regional Migration Governance and Sustainable Development: Priorities for the Southern Africa Region’ and will discuss issues related to migration, refugees, asylum seekers, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.