On november 16, the Sofitel de l'Amitié Hotel in Bamako was the venue for the launching ceremony of the "European Return and Reintegration Network for Migrants" (ERRIN) project.
Chaired by the Minister of Malians Abroad and African Integration and the European Union (EU) delegation in Mali, the project under its pilot phase mainly aims to promote a dignified and humane voluntary return and reintegration of Malian migrants living in one of the 15 EU Member States participating in the programme.
This pilot stage, whose duration has been extended until June 2021, aims to facilitate the return and reintegration of some 100 beneficiaries through the employment and business creation assistance and support mechanism already implemented in Mali and several other countries by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII).
The Director of the OFII Representation in Mali, Mr Vincent Cramard, the EU Delegation representative in Mali, Mr Moustafa ZLAF, and the Technical Adviser of the Ministry of Malians Abroad and African Integration, Mr Broulaye Keita, all praised this EU initiative, which they believe will contribute to the social, economic and professional development of many compatriots living abroad, but which will also participate in the development of Mali, their home country.
This is the reason why, as said Mr. Broulaye Keita, the government of Mali intends to do everything in its power to support and promote the efficient implementation of the project.
It should be highlighted that the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training was represented at this opening ceremony by the Director General of the ANPE (National Employment Agency), Mr. Ibrahim Ag Nock.
The General Delegate of Malians Abroad, Mr Youssouf Sogodogo, and several other personalities including representatives of diplomatic missions of European countries involved in the ERRIN project were also present.
Mr Vincent Cramard, Director of the OFII Representation in Mali, confirmed to all those involved in migration in Mali that his organisation intends to ensure the full involvement of everyone in the completion of this project, paving the way for its success.
A dialogue and consultation framework will soon be set up in this respect.
Bréhima Sidibe, ANPE MALI