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Sunday, 13 September 2009

A new era of diaspora engagement?

The Government has signaled further unprecedented commitment towards diaspora engagement. Reports in the government marshaled press suggests that the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) is leading on formulating a national framework that will enable Zambians in the Diaspora to contribute to national development. ZDA has been tasked to initiate the development of the concept paper that would be used to secure public support for the initiative. The Bank of Zambia (BoZ), Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology would facilitate the framework.

The Zambian Economist has championed such since the early days of the website - see Living with a 'leaking' bucket. It is good to see a visionary approach towards this issue. Its worth noting though that it is critical that this framework is a Zambian framework, and not just that of the party in government. When the concept paper is written, it must have the full buy-in of all members of society, especially the Opposition parties, if it is to stand the test of time. The last thing members of the diaspora (and all Zambians) would want is a framework concocted by political appointees that may well not last beyond 2011. In similar vein, there's probably some need for the diaspora to lobby all parties to reflect some pro-diaspora policies in their manifestos.

1 comment:

  1. I Guess the impact of our remittances have now earned us a voice.
    Well I hope they will not just listen but act on what is proposed.
    Prof Chirwa may now have his opening if he is politically savvy...


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