Government says it recognizes the Zambians in the diaspora as key stakeholders in the development process of the country.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe said President Edgar Lungu is committed to ensuring that Zambians in the diaspora fully participate in the economic development of the country.
Mr. Lombe said this after receiving submissions from Zambians in the United States of America (USA) for consideration in the diaspora policy that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently developing.
This is according to a press statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in the United States Patricia Littiya.
Mr. Lombe explained that the ministry had set up a diaspora survey that will assist in capturing data on why and how Zambians living abroad were not fully participating in economic development.
He added that once reviewed, the ministry hoped that the recommendations from the survey will enable government to create more space for Zambians in the diaspora to participate in the national development process.
Mr. Lombe noted that government was committed to partnering with the diaspora in developing the country adding that the other purpose of the study tours was to see how best Zambian abroad can contribute to the development of the country.
He disclosed that a diaspora indaba will be held in September following the collection of data for the policy.
The Permanent Secretary, who was accompanied by Zambia’s Ambassador to the USA Palan Mulonda, held a series of meetings with Zambians in the US on the diaspora policy.