VICE-PRESIDENT Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan has called for concerted efforts to involve the Diaspora in the country’s economic and social development goals.
We will definitely become middle income country by 2025,” the VP said, in a speech read by Mr January Yussuf Makamba, Minister of State (Union Affairs and Environment).
She told both Zanzibar and union governments had been taking steps to improve the business and investment environments, appealing to the Diaspora to take advantage of these opportunities.
She thanked the sponsors and the organising team for making this year’s Diaspora Engagement Conference successful, saying the Diaspora was key to development and that all could contribute multiple benefits such as skills, science and technology as well as human resources,.
Dubbed, Patriotism for development. Home is a Shield the conference focused on the affairs of the Diaspora as a distinct community, its role in the development of the country, and building a Diaspora policy which aims at attracting them to support home.
In addition to the speech he read, Mr Makamba emphasized on building a strong network and coordination among Tanzanians living abroad and that it is the only way they can help at home by investing for “your benefit, families, and nation.”
Mr Makamba said the government recognized and valued members of the Diaspora, as he thanked them for their active support for their Countries at home mainly remittances, as it was witnessed in Zimbabwe with about 750m USD at the time of economical crisis.
State Minister (State House and Revolutionary Council) Mr Issa Haji Ussi aka Gavu the purpose of the meeting was to explore ways in which the Diaspora can be mobilised and harnessed for the purpose of development.
Key speakers at the conference included academics, practitioners and former members of the Diaspora, all of whom focused on the importance of the Diaspora as a development driver for the United Republic of Tanzania.
Major topics feature, inter alia: ‘Investment for the future: Role of Diaspora Community’ ‘Diaspora and Country Development,’ ‘Diaspora and Country Development: Success story,’ and ‘Remittance Services.’
Ms Asha Maulid from the UK on behalf of her colleagues from the US, Canada, Europe, Gulf Countries, Asia, and Africa said; “We thank the government for recognising us, offering the opportunities and encouraging us to look back home. “We promise to make home (Tanzania) a better place.”