Regional Conference on Migration -- Virtual Secretariat|
Fact Sheet released by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
U.S. Department of State, March 21, 2000
The idea of utilizing Internet technology to facilitate
communication among member states of the Regional Conference on
Migration came into focus during a meeting of the Regional Consultative Group -- the
technical working group of the Regional Conference on Migration --
in Gananoque, Canada, and was approved by the Vice-Ministers
in San Salvador in January 1999.
The Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) Virtual Secretariat was successfully launched on the Internet by the Government of El Salvador on February 29, 2000. The new website allows the (RCM) member states of Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the United States to stay current on issues between formal meetings of the Regional Consultative Group and Regional Conference on Migration.
The Virtual Secretariat, as most websites on the Internet, is constantly being updated. It has two parts: one for the private use of designated users from member states of the Regional Conference on Migration and the other for public access to news about RCM events and proceedings.
The Virtual Secretariat is an example of an inter-governmental effort in close cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The computer servers for the project reside permanently at the Foreign Ministry of El Salvador. El Salvador contributed one server; the International Organization for Migration (IOM) purchased another server for the project with U.S. Government funding provided by the State Department -- Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
While every member state of the Regional Conference on Migration has actively supported the development of the project, certain countries, in addition to El Salvador, deserve special recognition: