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Mauritania 2019

16.04.2019 to 17.04.2019




Programme and practicalities





Working languages:the conference will be held in French, with simultaneous interpreting into Arabic and English.




14 & 15 April 2019

Participants’ arrival at the airport in Nouakchott. Transfer to the hotels.

16 April 2019


Arrival of guests and officials


Official opening ceremony of the conference:

v  Welcome address from Beyte Allah AHMED LESWED, Director General of ANAPEJ

v  Abdelmonnime EL MADANI, President of WAPES

v  Opening speech from Seyedna Ali Ould MOHAMED KHOUNA, Minister of Public Service, Labour, Employment and Modernisation of Administration


v  General information on the organisation of the conference;

v  Presentation of the conference proceedings.

10h30-11h00 Opening cocktail break



Context, situation and perspectives on migration:

Moderator :Mr. Brahim MESSOUD, General Secretary ad interim of the Ministry of Public Service, Labor, Employment and Modernisation of Administration

v  José Luis PARDO CUERDO, Special Ambassador for Migration Affairs/Spain, AECID Nouakchott : “Migration in Africa-Europe: a Spanish view”


v  Laura LUNGAROTTI, Chief of Mission, IOM Nouakchott


v  Aurelia SEGATTI, Representative of Mr. Mohamed Ali DEYAHI, Director, ILO Office in Algiers for the Maghreb countries


v  Kenza YAMOUNI, Protection Officer, UNHCR: “Synergies between asylum and employment”


v  Adam JANSSEN, Chargé d'affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union to Mauritania


Q & R




13h00-14h30 Lunch break

1st Panel


How to make a success of one’s professional mobility project? What services do PES offer in terms of pre-departure assistance and orientation? 

Debate & discussion

Moderator:Marieme Sidi MOHAMED NAFA, Legal Advisor ANAPEJ, Mauritania


v  Yves Thomas LUNDY, Coordinator of the project Migr’ACTIONS Pôle emploi, France


v  Taoufik OULED ALI, Head of the International Placement Unit, ANETI, Tunisia


v  Igor AGUEH, Deputy Director General / Expert in professional migration, ANPE, Benin


v  Mohamed BELARBI, Senior Technical Officer, AMEM Project, ILO : “Roles and duties of PES in cross-border intermediation”


Q & R





End of the first day


Official dinner offered by ANAPEJ

17 April 2019

2nd Panel


What services do PES offer for the integration of individuals with a labour migration background or from the diaspora? How to make one’s return a success?

Debate & discussion

Moderator: Edmond Comlan AMOUSSOU, Director General, ANPE, Togo


v  Hedayat SELIM, Junior Professional Officer, Labour Migration Programme, ITCILO: “Challenges in the professional reintegration of returning migrants: What is the role of PESs?”

v  Mohamed Abderrahmane LEITOU, Reintegration Assistant, IOM Nouakchott

v  Jean-Louis KOUADIO, Director, AEJ, Ivory Coast


v  Bréhima Noumbary SIDIBE, Head of Migration Cooperation Department, ANPE Mali


v  Oumar DIOP, Coordinator of theAU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration& Evelyne NKENG PEH, Migration Advisor, Department of Social Affairs, African Union Commission



Q & R





11h00-11h45Coffee break

3rd Panel


Innovative experiences of PES in managing migratory flows

Moderator:  Igor AGUEH, Deputy Director General / Expert in professional migration, ANPE, Benin 


v  Aurelia SEGATTI, Labour Migration and Mobility Specialist for North Africa, ILO Office in Algiers for the Maghreb countries


v  Oualid CHOURAK, National Technical Assistant - Expert in Migration & Economic Integration, Belgian Development Agency (Enabel), Morocco


v  Kamal REHIOUI, Director of the local Agency of Salé, ANAPEC, Morocco


v  Méria DIABIRA, PMD Representative, Senegal, GIZ GmbH


v  Khouredia NDIAYE, Coordinator of the Migration Information Centre, ANPEJ, Senegal



Q & R





13h00-14h30 Lunch break


Debate, discussion and recommendations


Closing ceremony: formal address and reading of the report

v  Eve-Marie MOSSERAY, Executive Secretary of WAPES

v  Beyte Allah AHMED LESWED, Director General of ANAPEJ

v  Seyedna Ali Ould MOHAMED KHOUNA,Minister of Public Service, Labour, Employment and Modernisation of Administration


Tour around the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean

Departure of participants according to their flight schedule










The National Agency for the Promotion of Youth Employment (the Mauritanian PES, ANAPEJ, in French) will organize, with the support of the Executive Secretariat of the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES), an international conference on the 16th and 17th of April 2019, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on the theme:


“The role of PES in implementing migration policies in their countries”


International mobility and migration are among the greatest challenges of the 21st century; human mobility has never thrived so much as in recent years, empowered by transportation and communication, and promoted by different factors.




Over the past few years, governments have shown growing interest and willingness in tackling the challenges presented by migrations, as well as in exploiting their full potential in regard to development.




In this particular context, it is the duty of Public Employment Services to play a part in implementing migration policies at national level. To that end, they must continuously modernise and improve their service offer to adapt to the recent mutations in regional and international mobility.




The service offer of PES in relation to migration is commonly built upon two essential pillars: I) the preparation of professional mobility projects, II) the success of returns (or reintegration). However, each of these two pillars rests upon a series of principles and actions such as a legal framework, access to information, norms for the inclusion of migrants, the labour market … that need to be re-examined and developed so as to help PES play a significant part in implementing migration policies at national level.




The conference in Nouakchott on “The role of PES in implementing migration policies in their countries” will look into the role and position of PES on the matter of migration, and will encourage debates on the following topics:



  • How to guide potential migrants in their professional mobility project?
  • What measures, services and incentives for the integration of migrants?
  • What are the most recent innovative experiences of PES? 




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