Zimbabwe is crafting a national Diaspora website aimed at facilitating the engagement and participation of Zimbabweans living outside the country in national development.
The Ministry of Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion said the website was part of efforts in operationalizing the Diaspora policy. “The purpose of the website is to promote Diaspora engagement and participation of the Zimbabwean Diaspora in national development. Among others, the website will showcase the opportunities in different sectors of the economy,” the ministry was quoted as saying by state-run news agency New Ziana on Monday.
Cabinet last year approved the Zimbabwe National Diaspora Policy that seeks to harness the social and intellectual capital of Zimbabweans living outside the country for national development. The National Diaspora policy is also expected to coordinate engagement between government and Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, with a view to encouraging beneficial mutual relations to drive economic development.
The ministry said the website would carry relevant information on the opportunities in the country that the Zimbabwean Diaspora may want to take up. “This applies to opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Money transfer agencies, operators in the tourism sector and financial services sector are particularly encouraged to advertise on this website,” it said.
The ministry also invited Zimbabwean Diaspora associations willing to participate in national development to send through their profiles so that they may also be showcased on the website. It is estimated that up to three million Zimbabweans are living outside the country, having migrated mainly to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand in search of greener pastures.Diaspora remittances have become a major source of foreign currency for Zimbabwe in recent years, reaching 870 million U.S. dollars in 2016, down from 935 million dollars the previous year.