Ambassador Gong Jianwei, Executive Director of CICA had a meeting with Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva on 19 July 2017. The meeting took place on the side-lines of the International Dialogue on Migration organised by IOM in which Ambassador Gong participated. During the meeting, the two dignitaries discussed the issues of mutual interest as well as modalities for future cooperation between the two organisations.
CICA and IOM had signed a memorandum of understanding in August 2006 on the side-lines of the Third Ministerial Meeting of CICA in Almaty. Institutional level relations between the two bodies were upgraded to mutual observer status in recent months. This was the first visit of a CICA Executive Director to the Headquarters of IOM.
Ambassador Gong and Mr. Swing agreed that there was considerable scope for cooperation between CICA and IOM in the areas like human trafficking, refugee issues, border management and counter-terrorism. They also agreed on practical steps for moving forward in this direction.