The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, last week attended the Annual Conference of the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Pacific, Africa and Caribbean (ALDEPAC) in Lome, Togo.
Oulanyah travelled with Aruu County MP, Hon. Odonga Otto for the three day Conference which was held at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lome, from 11th – 13th November 2016.
The Togolese Prime Minister Hon. Komi Selom Klassou opened the Conference under the theme: “Inclusive Economic, Social and Environmental Solutions in redressing Migration: A Liberal Strategy.”
ALDEPAC brings together liberal and democratic parties and politicians from Europe, Africa, the Pacific and Caribbean.
Klassou said that governments must address issues concerning the economy, politics, social issues, religious persecution, civil wars, all of which force their nationals to risk death on high seas while trying to cross to Europe.
“This meeting must seek solutions to have proposals to improve policies on migration,” said Klassou adding that, “Migration runs across borders, and all initiatives must be based on consultations and coordinated approach.”
He also added that governments must guarantee decent jobs for their youth to give them a reason for hope and achieve prosperity.
During the Conference, ALDEPAC contended that the ultimate goal of all shared policies is not just to address the problems related to irregular migration, but to also harness the potential possibilities that legal migration can present.
They argue that it remains essential to nurture closer international cooperation between countries of origin, transit and destination to effectively address the political, social and economic issues resultant from irregular migration from the countries of origin.