State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dr Markos Tekle delivered statement at the intergovernmental Conference for the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration, at Marakesh, Morocco on 11th of 2018. He said, Ethiopia is firmly convinced that migration is best addressed through enhanced international cooperation underpinned by the principle of shared responsibility that takes into consideration national and regional realities, priorities and capacities; and that the strong dimensions of migration must also be recognized. He furthur underlined that Ethiopia believes that migration is fundamentally a development issue and migration should be managed in a manner that responds to labor needs of destination countries through such programs as Global Skills Partnership. We believe that these programs enable destination and origin countries to cooperate in providing relevant skills to potential migrants in origin coun. Third, he noted that Ethiopia is a strong advocate of a rights-based approach is crucial to ensure that human rights and dignity of migrants form the centerpiece of the Global Compact. Citing Ethiopia’s own experience as nation that have firsthand experience of thousands of own migrant workers working under poor working condition, exploitation, forced labor and modern-day slavery, we he emphasized that the Global Compact implementation should focus on the need to respect and protect human rights of migrants irrespective of their status is a singular achievement.
He also underlined that Ethiopia wishes to see the need speedy establishment of the capacity building mechanisms envisaged in the Global Compact and provide support to developing countries. He highlighted the need for UN Network on Migration be placed in firm footing to ensure the UN support to these countries is streamlined, coherent and coordinated. Ethiopia also highlighted the need for complimentaity In and the importance of ensuring synergy in the implementation of the Global Compact that with the efforts of the Khartoum Process, IGAD and the African Union programs