Migration data was viewed as a key ingredient for better government planning at the launch of the consultaton in Harare.
The project dubbed, ‘Migration statistics and recognition of Migrants skills project launch’s will seek to introspect the state of affairs and possible shifts within migration statistics in Zimbabwe and recommend on the potential shifts that stand necessary.
Speaking at the launch, government noted the important role migration statistics have on the broader planning process.
“It is against this backdrop that an effective migration governance system informed by reliable, up to date and adequate data and statistics, underpinned by global partnerships and both a Whole of Government and a Whole of –Society approach has become imperative if we want to make the most of its benefits.” The Minister of Labor Public Service and Social Welfare, Paul Mavima said.
Government commended the development partners, ECA, ILO, UNDESA for this project as it would help government plan accurately owing the availability of statistics.
“Let me from the onset express my appreciation and applaud the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), for this noble initiative which will go a long way in helping to build Zimbabwe national migration data platforms and the implementation of evidence based national migration strategies for socio-economic development for Zimbabwe, “if we cannot measure migration through statistics ,we cannot manage it.” Minister Paul Mavima also said.
Infrastructure gaps, training were viewed as major impediments in the potential of fully harnessing statistics.
“It is not that migration is incapable of generating statistical data but rather it is the collection, interpretation; sharing and eventual utilization of migration data that has had considerable challenges. This is basically because systems that are in place to harness migration data might either be incapacitated in terms of infrastructure, handicapped technically or falling short in terms of training of practitioners.” The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Ruth Mavhunga Maboyi said.
Synergies and cross sectoral representation were viewed as key to addressing the systematic challenges in migration statistics handling.
“The varied representation drawn from all key diverse stakeholders reflected in the participation of this gathering is a clear testimony of the synergetic approach required to manage migration effectively.” Mavima also said.
The program is expected to strengthen gvt efforts in availing a more efficient and transparent migratory environment.
“International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has come at the very opportune time when the Government of Zimbabwe is almost wrapping up its process of crafting the Zimbabwe Migration policy.” Mavhunga Maboyi also said.
The project is part of a United Nations statistical strengthening exercise for Africa in the wake of varied shifts in migration globally.
“We have implemented this project in five African countries including South Africa, Senegal among others and we anticipate that Zimbabwe will not only learn from it’s proces but the other consultations we have done before and better position itself for coming up with a more informed position. Mr Khaled Hussein, The Chief of Subregional Initiative’s of ECA said.
The project will mainly assume consultations with key stakeholders on the state of affairs of the country’s migration statistics and proffer solutions for the better implementation of migration statistics handling.