Draft Diaspora Engagement Policy ready

The government’s draft diaspora engagement policy is now available for input by stakeholders ahead of the 2019 Homecoming Summit.

It is aimed at targeting and encouraging more Ghanaians in the diaspora to bring their technical skills, money and other investment opportunities back home to complement growth and development. 

Akwasi Awuah Ababio, the Director of the Diaspora Affairs Office, at the Office of the President, noted that the document would be made available to participants at this year’s Ghana Diaspora Celebration and Homecoming Summit in July.

“The policy document covers all aspects and concerns by diasporas and will become the guiding principle and the policy with which every government will work with, relative to the diasporan affiliated to Ghana. 

“The government recognises the contributions of diasporans and has charged my office with the responsibility of institutionalising the Ghana Diaspora Celebration and Homecoming Summit which has now become a biennial event and this year’s summit will take place at the Accra International Conference Centre from July 3-6,” Mr Ababio disclosed.

According to him, “it is specially designed to recognise and celebrate the immense contributions to nation building by diasporans as well as non-Ghanaians with roots to or a strong vested interest in the country.  

“We are expecting delegates from over 50 countries to attend the three-day summit who can further aid Ghana’s socio-economic development, maintain its position as a leader on the African Continent, and network with like-minded people. 

“Various committees and sub-committees from various countries have been put together to hold stakeholder meetings and organise road shows, detailing the objectives of the summit, the role every person with Ghanaian connection can play in the development of the nation.

“The road shows were organised in Belgium, Canada, UK, USA and many other countries and the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit will be crowned with a gala on July 6,” Mr Ababio stressed.

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