African scholars meet on brain drain, Diaspora

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African scholars meet here Sunday to discuss ways of reversing the mass exodus of professionals from the continent and how African governments could raise capital from their lost workforce in the Diaspora.
Kenya planning and national development minister Anyang Nyongo said the meeting will bring together about 250 professionals from Africa, Europe and the United States.
He said conferees would seek to understand why Africa has not been able to tap into the reservoir of its highly trained citizens as sources of capital and technical expertise, as Asia has done to develop economically.
"We want to discuss how we can use the skills of our foreign- based professionals to fill policy gaps, get advice on how to manage our economic problems and use their skills as sources of capital for investments," Nyongo told journalists here Wednesday.
Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology (JKUAT) is organising the meeting, which will discuss the extent of brain drain in specific African countries and the entire continent, as well as outline causes and remedies for the exodus.

15 ديسمبر 2004 16:10:00

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