Egypt will host the fifth Pan-African Forum on Migration (PAFoM) starting Saturday, with the aim of promoting inter-state dialogue and boosting governance of migration on the continent.
The three-day gathering has the theme: "Strengthening Migration Data and Research for Evidence-Based Policy Development and Implementation Towards Effective Migration Governance In Africa.”
More than 40 countries will take part in the event, which will comprise two days of high-level meetings, followed by a ministerial gathering on Monday.
Last year the forum was held in Djibouti.
It is being organised by the African Union Commission, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the International Organization for Migration.
The event is primarily intended to facilitate intra-regional migration and human mobility, free movement of persons and integrated border management through sharing of knowledge and good practices, the IOM says on its website.