Panafrican News Agency

Bamako hosts conference for mobilization of skills of the diaspora for employment

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The high-level conference is being held in Bamako to mobilise the financial and technical resources necessary for the implementation of a for mobilization of the skills of the diaspora for employment in Mali.

The two-day meeting is initiated by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, in collaboration with the Ministry in charge of Malians abroad and the United Nations System.

The Malian diaspora is called upon to get involved in the carrying out of in-depth diagnostic studies on the challenges and needs in terms of vocational training, the development of the strategic orientations of the programme, its validation and implementation, through the use of national languages as a means of sharing and vehicle of knowledge.

This will ensure that rural Malians, the majority of whom are illiterate, have access to the training provided.

The aim is to reduce the endemic poverty that affects, in particular, the most vulnerable groups in urban and rural areas.

According to statistics, the number of Malians living abroad (Africa, Europe, Asia, America) was estimated at six million in 2006.

The World Bank ranks Mali in 10th place among African countries having received the most money from their diasporas in 2017.

In that year, Malians abroad injected more than 538 billion CFAF into the national economy, by means of money transfers to relatives or by financing community social projects through official channels.

However, two-thirds of these funds pass through informal channels, according to a study by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The Malian government wishes to make its diaspora one of the pillars of the social and economic development of the country, by putting in place this innovative quick impact initiative.

According to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Malians Abroad and African Integration, it will enable the transfer of skills and expertise of the diaspora in all areas, with the aim of meeting the training and employability needs of young girls and boys.

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