Morocco was elected, in the person of Mohamed Charef, as member of the Committee on Migrant Workers during the 9th meeting of states parties to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, held on Monday in New York.
In competition with nine other candidates for the seven vacant seats on the Committee, Charef was selected in the first round with 46 votes out of 53, the highest score, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The election of the Moroccan expert reflects the international recognition for efforts made by Morocco to protect and preserve the rights of migrants, on the basis of the insightful vision of HM King Mohammed VI, in favor of a migration strategy based on humanitarianism, solidarity and integration of migrants, said the ministry. It is also a proof of trust in the Moroccan expertise and know-how regarding the governance of migration-related issues, as well as in the leadership of the Kingdom illustrated by the pioneering role played by Morocco in the development and historic adoption of the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakesh. According to the statement, this candidacy is the result of a large-scale diplomatic campaign undertaken as part of the Kingdom’s policy to promote the Moroccan expertise and foster the country’s presence in the different multilateral bodies. President of Agadir Regional Human Rights Committee, Charef is an expert of international renown in the management of migratory inflow and movement. He is also a consultant to many international organizations on policies linked to employment, economic development and socio-professional integration of migrants.