Panafrican News Agency

Kenya: 'Govt. committed to Diaspora'

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Government will work with all Diaspora stakeholders for a win-win situation over a wide range of issues, especially investment, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, has said.

She was speaking during a breakfast meeting with the private sector sponsoring the Diaspora Conference at a Nairobi hotel Wednesday.

Amina said the government recognises the importance of Diaspora in National Development and would do everything to have them on board.

“The recently launched Kenya Diaspora Policy provides an overarching framework for mainstreaming the Kenya Diaspora into national development agenda,” said Amina.

She said she was glad that most local banks now have a Diaspora Banking Section that facilitates remittances and investments including real estate, which is a favourite of the Diaspora, and mutual funds.

“When I interact with Kenyans abroad they always express strong interest in investing back home and a desire to be involved in nation building. It is therefore important for us to work together to tap this potential and ultimately facilitating the Diaspora play a role in real development,”

Amina told the private sector which included CEOs from local banks and insurance industry.

The Ministry will next month hold “The Kenya Diaspora Easter Investment Conference 2015.”

This will offer a unique opportunity for Kenya Diaspora, policymakers and private sector players a unique opportunity to build strong partnerships.

The 2015 conference will be held between March 25-27, 2015.

Kenyan Diaspora is estimated at three million.
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