The Ministerial conference of the Least Developed
Countries on Enhancing the Development Impact of Remittances
is being organized by the Government of Benin, in collaboration
with the United Nations Office of the High Representative
for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries
and Small Island Developing Countries (UN-OHRLLS) and the
International Organizational of Migration (IOM), as a follow
up to the 2004 High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations which undertook an
in-depth and comprehensive review of the theme “Resources
mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication
in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the context of
the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action for
the decade 2001-2010” and identified workers’
remittances as an important source of external finance for
development for these countries.
The two-day Conference will include a one day preparatory
session of senior officials, followed by a one day Ministerial
The Conference will address two main areas: improving remittance
services and enhancing the development impact of remittances.
It will examine current flows, patterns and trends of the
migrant remittances as well as policies and practices governing
remittances in the LDCs.
The Conference will also provide a forum for all relevant
actors in the field of remittances, including representatives
of governments, financial institutions, money transfer organizations
and migrants’ associations for sharing experiences,
lessons learned and best practices.
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