MIDWA STRATEGY



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SL STRATEGY DESCRIPTION
1. Establishment of and Strengthening a fully operational MIDWA Regional Secretariat The Secretariat would be well established like other Regional Consultative Process (RCPs) with Personnel as well as budget to run its administrative and operational activities.
2. Conduct Annual MIDWA Steering Committee Meetings The Steering Committee will be presided by the Chair. The Chair shall be representative of the ECOWAS Commission. The Steering Committee will comprise of the ECOWAS Commission, three (3) representatives of ECOWAS Member States as may be appointed by Member States, representative of the donor funding agency, and any observer upon invitation.
3. Establishment of National MIDWA Secretariat in all Member Countries In line with recommendations by MIDWA Ministers The ECOWAS National Office (ENO) in Member States will be engaged to facilitate the process in Member States, while the Secretariat will directly engage Member States, in line with recommendations by MIDWA Ministers, to establish collaborative relationship with existing National Committee on Migration or assist in establishing one where necessary to ensure representation of MIDWA Secretariat in national migration or related activities / projects.
4. Capacity building workshop for Migration Data (MD) Thematic Working Group (TWG) on new tools/software to enhance harmonized approach  in the use of the data collection tool as well as Identify flaws  and proposed solutions Hold workshops for the MD TWG to build their capacity on the deployment of the new data collection and analysis software/tool to enhanced data collection and analysis. The workshop shall also be used to assess the tool for possible shortcomings and offer possible solutions.
5. Meeting of Chairpersons and Co-Chairs of established MIDWA TWGs (Mixed Migration [MM], Border Management [BM], Labour Migration [LM], Migration Data [MD], and Return and Reintegration [R&R]). Most TWGs have actionable tasks with due dates. The MIDWA Secretariat would continue to assess the level of progress, identify and share best practices, find possible solutions to implementation challenges and possibly adjust/amend Work Plans to realistically accommodate implementation of the Action Plans. Being proactive will aid smooth and effective execution for desired impact.
6. Produce MIDWA Roller Banners for Regional Secretariat, National offices/desks plus more for display at each National Airport, Sea ports and land borders Deciding on an advertising campaign is a tough thing for the MIDWA Secretariat. Displaying any form of banner either inside the office or outside at the airports, seaports or land borders would enable everyone passing through any of these entry points of visit to the MIDWA Secretariat take a look at the banner to read through it to get an idea or information pertaining to migration.
7. MIDWA in collaboration with the Directorate of Free Movement and other stakeholders in Migration issues in the ECOWAS Commission and Member States (MS)  to conduct advocacy and sensitization programs at borders The campaign’s overall objective is to raise awareness among ECOWAS Community Citizens, Stakeholders and Non-State actors in the target locations to enhance their understanding of free movement and migration within ECOWAS region as well as identifying the benefits and opportunities of the ECOWAS integration agenda.
8. MIDWA Regional Secretariat to participate in identified and critical  Regional  Consultative Processes and other International Meetings/ Workshops RCPs are Inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration (ISCMs) at the regional level and are state-led, ongoing, regional information-sharing and policy dialogues dedicated to discussing specific migration issue(s) in a cooperative manner among States from an agreed (usually geographical) region, and may either be officially associated with formal regional institutions, or be informal and non-binding.
9. Conduct an evaluation of  level of compliance of the ECOWAS Protocols on Free Movement in accordance with the ECOWAS Evaluation Guide on Free Movement This is a mechanism for facilitation of intra-regional dialogue process to ensure that MS are in full compliance with the free movement protocol and the issuance of the ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card (ENBIC) regime in the ECOWAS sub-region, which has direct impact on ordinary citizens of ECOWAS Member States
10. Conduct quarterly monitoring and evaluation of the activities in the MIDWA M&E framework The M&E system not only provides essential information for monitoring the activities implemented, it also helps in guiding the planning, coordination and identification of areas for development. Continuous monitoring and evaluation will enable ECOWAS and Member States in assessing its performance and identifying those aspects which contribute to its expected outcomes. It provides an evidence base for resource allocation and policy decisions and helps coordinate on how challenges should be addressed and successes replicated.
11. Conduct Training and organize Workshops for MS migration stakeholders in line with the  ECOWAS harmonized training curriculum and other policy instruments Conducting Training and organizing workshops enhances the skills, capabilities and knowledge of border law enforcement agencies in the performance of their job. These processes guides the thinking of law enforcement agents and leads to quality performance of the border agents.
12. Conduct regular updating of the MIDWA website MIDWA website would inform stakeholders on migration dialogues, conferences and other activities through the website
13. Produce bi-monthly (Quarterly ) MIDWA Newsletters on migration activities conducted by the secretariat and the Directorate of Free Movement The Newsletters would form means of communication to keep in contact with stakeholders in the migration industry as well as potential migrants. The production and distribution of newsletters is a great way to give these stakeholders and migrants “added value” in the form of migration content, information, and valuable tips in migration, as well as keeping them informed of trends and potential dangers in irregular migration.
14. Organize quarterly or annual MIDWA Thematic Working Group (TWG) Meetings MIDWA TWGs shall meet to review the extent of implementation of the various Action Plans as MIDWA is the highest level of discussion on migration in West Africa as it serves as a regional non-binding consultative framework for dialogue, and for generating political engagement and capacity building on migration, in addition to the yearly ECOWAS Head of Immigration meeting.
15. Organize annual MIDWA Ministerial Meeting. The Ministerial meetings would strengthen the platform for the sectoral Ministers in charge of Security/Interior and Migration Management that would provide an opportunity for ministers of the region to discuss their most pressing migration related priorities
16. Assist in the organization of Annual Heads of Immigration Conference The meeting would ensure a harmonized deployment of the adopted regional migration legal instruments in a securitized manner. This will be done by the assessment of the status of implementation of the ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card (ENBIC) in Member States within the context of the Protocol of Free Movement of Persons.
17. Assist in border management technical meetings on the operationalization of the ECOWAS Joint Border Posts (JBP) Under the ECOWAS-NTU Infrastructure Transport Facilitation Project II in border management, the Joint Border Posts (JBPs) would bring together the border agencies of an adjoining state into one facility or even in the same offices, with a view to:

·   standardize cross-border procedures;

·   simplify and speed up trade between border states;

·   reduce border crossing time

·   sharing of data

·   fight effectively against fraud and make a significant contribution to improving customs revenue;

·   Preserve road infrastructure through the application of the regulations on axle load.

18. Consultation with   National Committee in charge of Migration in MS. National Committees would be key stakeholders to the migration dialogue process in the region and therefore would be fully involved in any drafting of policies and strategies to tackle issues of migration.
19. Organizing an Annual Regional Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA) Forum aimed at strengthening the migration dialogue among all stakeholders in the migration industry in West Africa and other international partners. With a Forum theme of:

Building Trust and Co-operation in the fight against irregular migration, human trafficking, and transnational crimes through Discussions and Dialogue in a regional context.

The MIDWA Regional Forum would be a high level 3-day event that will bring together all Academicians, Professionals, Statisticians, National Security experts, National Law Enforcement Agencies, Labour experts, refugee managers and other migration stakeholders.

The MIDWA Forum would be the platform where the border management, Data Migration, Labour Migration, Mixed Migration and Return and Reintegration professionals would convene annually to discuss: the regional challenges faced in protecting the vulnerable migrants migrating irregularly

The MIDWA Website would be the electronic platform through which migration professionals would access detail information about this Forum.




MEMBER STATES

Benin

Benin

The Gambia

Benin

Liberia

Benin

Senegal

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Mali

Mali

Niger

Niger

Ghana

Ghana

Cote D’Ivoire

Cote D’Ivoire

Togo

Togo

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde


Guinea

Guinea


Nigeria

Nigeria



NON-MEMBER STATE

Mauritania

Mauritania





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