Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has commended the convening of a conference of intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora now underway in Dakar, the Senegalese capital.
"Bringing together hundreds of intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora is already a success per se," UNDP spokesman Djibril Diallo told PANA Thursday.
The UNDP official pointed out that such forum was important because there would be no sustainable development in Africa without full involvement of intellectuals from the continent and the Diaspora.
Diallo assured that the UNDP, which has been actively working towards Africa's development for decades, would continue to avail its experience and resource mobilisation capacity to achieve development goals on the continent.
He concurred with African Union Commission chairperson Alpha Konare that appropriate working conditions should be created to encourage Africans living abroad to further get involved in fostering the African cause.
Diallo said although Africans in the Diaspora were living in improved socio-economic conditions, a number of them have always wanted to return to their roots, noting, "basically, they are mentally and emotionally Africans".