In the context of the implementation of recommendations from the Rabat Process, Togo has made visible improvements to the management of migration and development issues.
The implementation by joint order of the Ministry for Panning and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, of the Committee for Coordination and Follow-up of Migration and Development activities is a major step forward in the management of migration and development issues in Togo. Placed under the chairmanship of the Ministry for Planning, Development and Land Management and the deputy chairmanship assured by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the committee is comprised of representatives from several ministerial departments, civil society and union organisations in addition to representatives of technical and financial partners including the EU, UNDP, UNFPA, ECOWAS, IOM and the ADB which attended as observers.
The principal mission of this committee was to create synergies necessary to effectively implement migration and development programmes and ensure effective coordination of interventions of different actors in the field, whilst at the same time strengthening the partnership with technical and financial partners.
In accordance with its mission the committee now supervises the process to draw up the National Migration and Development Strategy that the Government of Togo is implementing with the support of the MiEUX project which is funded by the European Union. This novel strategy aims to develop recommendations that will contribute to making migration a true development factor.
In the context of the implementation of the Plan for mobilisation of Togolese diaspora for development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, by means of the Foreign Directorate of Togo, is leading a series of activities aiming first and foremost to strengthen trust between the diaspora and the country, and, second, to mobilise competencies and financing of the diaspora for development. This process has been marked by meetings organised in Europe, North America and Togo in 2014 with a view to exchanging views with members of the Toga diaspora on their concerns and encouraging them to play a role in the country's development process.
Moreover, to favour the return of skills from the diaspora to the country, a programme for insertion of Togolese diaspora individuals into international organisations and within diplomatic representations of Togo abroad has been implemented. To this end, a tender for the diaspora by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation with a view to providing jobs in Togo's diplomatic and consular representations abroad has been launched.
In regard to management of border movements and to collate data on these movements, the Ministry of Safety and Civil Protection is spearheading the project "Support for Coordination of Joint Border Actions" with the assistance of the ECOWAS-Spain Migration Fund. This project deals with computerising the follow-up of migratory border movements and training security agents for effective management of this new tool. This computerised follow-up will contribute to better operate the juxtaposed posts built at the country's northern and western borders.
The process of drawing up the country's migration profile, financed by the International Organisation for Migration, will enable having reliable data available with a view to drawing up the National Migration and Development Policy.