Kenya: Government to involve Diaspora in national development

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Government is keen on harnessing resources from Kenya Diaspora for national development, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, has said.

Speaking during a Diaspora meeting in Kampala, Uganda, Sunday, also addressed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Amina said her Ministry had, on the instruction of the President, established a Diaspora Policy launched early this year, according to the the foreign ministry press service, MFA Press.

The policy seeks to enhance the welfare of Kenyans living abroad as well as harness their contribution to Kenya’s socio-economic transformation.

“In terms of harnessing the contribution of the diaspora to national development, we want our brothers and sisters working abroad to be part of the transformation taking place at home. We are streamlining and simplifying the process of remitting money.

“We are also developing an investment incentive framework which includes lowering the costs of Diaspora transactions as well as aggregate diaspora remittances. Further, we are exploring possibilities of preferential duty waivers and other concessions for Diaspora businesses,” said Amina.

Amina told the Kenya Diaspora that efforts were focused on negotiating protocols that will simplify immigration procedures and facilitate for "our nationals" in working and residing in their host countries.

“Here in Uganda, these efforts have resulted in the waiver of work and resident permits. Moreover, we are targeting to enhance the provision of consular services by strengthening existing missions as well as opening new ones in countries with many Kenyans,” she said.

She reminded the Diaspora of the President’s directive to allow them to bring in right-hand-drive vehicles duty-free on their return home.

Under the programme, those who live in countries where vehicles are left-hand are also allowed to import a right-hand vehicle of similar value duty-free.
-0- PANA DJ/VAO 10Aug2015

10 août 2015 16:50:04

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