The Programme Migration for Development (PME) is part of the “Returning to New Opportunities” programme initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2017 via advisory centers for jobs, migration and reintegration. The centers will provide tailored advice and information on training and employment options and organise job and career fairs, information events, and application training.
Speaking at the event, the Hon Minister of Trade, Seedy Keita said with the coming of the Programme Migration for Development, the project will improve socio-economic prospects for local populations, internally displaced persons and returnees in their respective countries of origin through a transnational 360° approach, offering advice on reintegration and employment in both Germany and countries of origin.
He affirmed that: “The signing of this agreement entails among others, a mutual collaboration on the objectives of the PME (improving the prospects of economic and social participation for returnees and the local population selected in The Gambia) and that of MOTIE for a better collaboration.”
He pointed out that the PME would focus on employment promotion, skills development, return and reintegration support through individual and client-oriented advice, and career guidance for people seeking employment, vocational training, startup/entrepreneurship support, assistance with job placement and matching.
He noted that the PME Project will impact the lives of the intended beneficiaries, “I thank you for bringing such a vital initiative to MOTIE and to the Gambia in general,” Minister Keita stated.