President launches the policy that aims to enable Ghana to reap more the benefits of diaspora engagement for national development/Photo: Ghana Presidency

Ghana launches new policy on diaspora engagement

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has officially launched a policy on how the country would engage its citizens living across the globe in national development efforts in their homeland. The Diaspora Engagement Policy was unveiled at a ceremony on Wednesday in Accra.

Highlighting the significance of the Ghanaian diaspora, estimated to be between 1.5 and 3 million citizens residing mainly in countries such as Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, the UK, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada, President Akufo-Addo acknowledges their substantial contributions to the country.

He said the policy was a significant stride towards “fostering stronger connections with our beloved Ghanaian community spread across the globe,” adding that “This comprehensive policy aims to create a framework for collaborative efforts, encouraging the active participation of our diaspora in the development and growth of our great nation.”

A cross-section of guests at the event/Photo: Ghana Presidency

Akwasi Awua Ababio, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President, said: “The Diaspora Engagement Policy is a significant step towards strengthening our relationship with the diaspora. By promoting constructive engagement and offering a legal frameworks that extend privileges to Ghanaians in the diaspora, we aim to mobilize resources for sustainable national development and enhance accurate data dissemination.”

The policy envisages the participation of stakeholders from government agencies, civil society organizations and foreign development partners working together in its implementation.

“The Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, the Ministry of Information and the Ministry of Tourism extend our deepest gratitude to our invaluable supporting Partners, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH working on behalf German Federal Government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the members of the InterSectoral Implementation Committee (ISIC) Chaired by the Minister for Information – Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and many developmental partners and stakeholders, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in journey of making this vision a reality,” Mr Ababio said in a release.

“Your commitment to Ghana’s development and your belief in the power of diaspora engagement is truly commendable. Together, we embark on a journey towards building bridges, fostering cultural exchange, and leveraging the immense potential within our diaspora community for the collective progress of our beloved nation.”

Adira Kallo

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