Angola speaks at conference on African diaspora

Geneva:  Angola spoke on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, at the first ministerial conference dedicated to the African diaspora, under the international dialogue on migrations, ANGOP has learnt. On behalf of the African Group, the permanent representative to UN in Geneva, the ambassador Apolinário Correia, said the African Union considers diaspora all people of African origin, living outside the continent, regardless of his citizenship and nationality and that want to contribute to the development of the continent and the African Union.

Diaspora remittances to Africa hits $60bn

Abuja: The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Monday disclosed that Africans in the diaspora remitted a total of $60 billion to the continent in 2012. The World Bank had ranked Nigeria as the fifth among the top recipients of diaspora remittances while India is leading the pack of countries whose citizens send huge returns home. Regional Adviser of the organisation for Africa, Mr. Charles Kwenin, disclosed this at the National Diaspora Policy Advocacy workshop held at the National Assembly, Abuja.

Jacob Zuma's state visit to Jamaica: key messages

Pretoria:  From 4 to 6 August 2012, President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Cabinet ministers and senior government officials will undertake a State Visit to Jamaica at the invitation of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. As part of the visit, the President will also attend the 50th anniversary celebrations of Jamaica’s independence. The President’s visit forms part of the year-long celebrations in Jamaica to commemorate this milestone in that country’s history.

Foreign policy challenges await Kenya

Nairobi: The fourth President of this country will be faced with critical foreign policy challenges in a fast changing world. Unlike before, the influence of technology on communications has made the conduct of diplomacy complex and unpredictable. The need for a pro-active foreign policy will be critical to Kenya’s ability to engage effectively on the international arena.

Kenya to host Diaspora institute - Kibaki

Nairobi: Kenya is willing to host an African institute to facilitate Diaspora investment in the continent, President Kibaki has said. Speaking during an ongoing Kenya-Diaspora conference in London, the head of state said the country has offered to host the institute that is being considered by the African Union Commission. "We are hopeful that our bid will receive wide support," Kibaki said.

Global mobility unaffected by financial crisis, as remittances remained resilient

Washington:  The global financial crisis of 2008/09 has not sent migrant workers streaming back home, despite worsening employment prospects and anti-immigration rhetoric in some destination countries, says a new book on migration and remittances, published by the World Bank. In fact, migrants may have mitigated some of the pain of the crisis as they tend to work for lower wages, receive fewer benefits and rely relatively little on the state, says the ‘Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond’ book. 

Mauritius forum on harnessing diaspora resources for Africa’s development

Port-Louis:  A two-day High Level Forum (HLF), titled Harnessing Diaspora Resources for Development in Africa, opened yesterday in Bagatelle, Mauritius.   The event gathers more than fifty representatives of African government officials, development partners, private sector stakeholders and experts from several continents, who will have an opportunity to capitalize on many practical actions taken to harness Diaspora resources. Officially, recorded remittance flows to Sub Saharan Africa exceeded US$22 billion in 2011.

Tragic Zim exodus

Johannesburg: The massive migration out of Zimbabwe, the largest in the region’s history, was more tragic even than the political violence during recent elections, senior Zimbabwe scholar, Brian Raftopoulos believes.  Raftopoulos, Director of Research and Advocacy in the Solidarity Peace Trust, addressed media and civil rights organisations in Johannesburg on Tuesday on migrants and deportations of African asylum seekers.

"There is no border between India and Africa"

Panaji: Intellectuals, political and diplomatic representatives of African countries [at the 'De-colonisation, Development and Diaspora - The Afro-Indian experience' conference] underlined the importance of South-South co-operation and the role of India as a catalyst between the emerging diplomatic axis between African and South Asian countries with shared colonial legacies.

Ashiru hails Diaspora Committee's role in foreign relations

Abuja: Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has hailed the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, saying it has a great role to play in Nigeria’s foreign relations. Receiving the committee members, led by the chairperson, Rep. Abike Dabiri-Erewa in his office in Abuja on Sunday, the minister noted that it had been working with the ministry to keep the welfare of Nigerians abroad on the front burner.


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