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The Government has held a 3-day summit with Ghanaians living abroad to strengthen existing relationships and cooperation among both parties. This would enhance the potential contributions of the diaspora community in achieving a better nation in Accra.
The summit address challenges facing the diaspora community and created more efficient and effective environment for both parties to allow for infrastructure development in the country.
Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who addressed participants on the theme: Recognizing diaspora contributions towards nation building, said government is keen on recognizing the potential contributions and roles that the diaspora can play in nation building and development.
“This administration acknowledges the potential role the diaspora can play in helping to stabilize the developmental agenda that government is undertaking” he stressed.
He explained that the potential values of the diaspora community to the local economy has been immeasurable because the World Bank in 2012 estimated that diaspora remittances to Africa was about $60 billion, hence, making the potential contributions of the diaspora to the continent move beyond the remittances.
“This achievement includes technical expertise in key centers, collective remittances that fund philanthropic activities as well as direct investments into businesses and projects that creates jobs and improve lives of the citizens,” he added.
The Minister in charge of Diaspora at the office of the President, Akwesi Awuah Ababio, highlighted some government policies and contributions in achieving greater cooperation with the diaspora community such as the creation of the National Service for the diaspora, among others. He said this initiative would allow students abroad to undergo National Service training without challenges.
He assured participants that the government is taking steps to address all difficulties and challenges facing the diaspora to ensure fruitful collaboration among the parties.
Awuah Ababio announced government’s determination to ensure Ghanaians living abroad are given all the necessary amenities required that would enable them to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
He urged diaspora support for the government’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda a reality.
Source: Eric Nii Sackey