IOM's transfer programme targets Cape Verde

Praia- Cape Verde, (PANA) -- Cape Verde will be the first African country to benefit from the Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme, an initiative launched by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to encourage the return of competence and bolster institutional capacity on the continent, sources here hinted Tuesday.
The local media quoted Institute of Communities (IC) president ءlvaro Apollo as saying that the Cape Verde segment of the project would require 3 million dollars, which the country and IOM were trying to raise.
He said MIDA would sensitise competent Cape Verde nationals currently working in the US, France, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Senegal on the need to contribute to the development of their country "of origin.
" Initially, the programme will try to identify capacities existing within the Diaspora.
"We could thus create a data base and serve as middlemen between competent members of the Diaspora and institutions in their countries of origin," Apollo said.
He said those interested could be based in Cape Verde or opt to collaborate from abroad through virtual work, by using new information technologies.
"They could also travel to Cape Verde when necessary or return home for good," Apollo suggested.
To address the shortage of top managerial staff, particularly in the 1980s and mid 1990s, Cape Verde authorities turned to the Diaspora for top-flight technicians, subsequently convincing some 36 of them to return to the country in the 1980s.

07 may 2003 14:39:00

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