Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Joseph Malanji has urged all the Zambian Embassies worldwide to make sure they inform Zambians in the Diaspora of the importance of the Diaspora Policy implemented by Her Honour the Vice President Mrs Inonge Wina on April 4, 2019.
Hon Malanji said Zambia and the UK enjoyed warm relationship and Zambia was still committed to working together with the UK to improve the historical relations between the two countries.
He added that the relations between Zambia and the UK had continued to grow strengthening Zambia’s commitment to bilateral cooperation with the United Kingdom.
According to Hon Malanji, Zambians in the Diaspora are important contributors to the economic development of the country as they have become a force of change and their potential needs to be involved in the country’s development. He further urged all Zambian Embassies across the globe to make sure they informed the Zambians living abroad about the importance of the policy.
He noted that the Diaspora Policy was a bridge between the government and its citizens living abroad helping to involve the Diaspora in the issues related to dual citizenship, remittances, trade and investment, political participation and acquisition of land among others.
“The diaspora policy is an important document that each and every Zambian living abroad should have so that they know what it is all about. It is for this reason that I am directing all Zambian Embassies to ensure our people have the policy and know the contents of the policy to enable them make informed decisions. I am also calling on Zambians living in the diaspora to reflect on utilizing skills they have acquired to contribute to national development and I implore them to live exemplary lives as Zambia’s first line ambassadors,” he said.
The Minister confirmed the government’s commitment to engage the Diaspora in the national development.
In April this year, Zambia has launched the Diaspora policy dedicated to encouraging Zambians living abroad to take part in the country’s economic and development agenda.