JUST IN: Zimbabwe working on Diaspora Strategy 

Source: JUST IN: Zimbabwe working on Diaspora Strategy | The Herald July 22, 2019

JUST IN: Zimbabwe working on Diaspora StrategyMrs Rita Likukuma

Isdore Guvamombe in Isle of Man, United Kingdom
The Government has started working on a Diaspora Strategy aimed at creating ease access, cooperation and a conducive investment environment for thousands of Zimbabweans living abroad, as the country’s reengagement process goes into overdrive.

Addressing members of the country’s Diaspora community here yesterday, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Acting Chief Executive Mrs Rita Likukuma said the Diaspora Strategy, which seeks to among other things, make it easy for Diasporans to access home and invest, while ring-fencing their investments, will unlock value from Zimbabweans living abroad.

“There is strong thinking and realisation that Zimbabwe cannot turn around its economy and without the participation of its huge diaspora community. We want the Diaspora community to easily visit home and invest.

“There has been realization that Zimbabwe cannot easily achieve Vision 2030 that of creating an upper middle class economy without the full participation of its Diaspora community.

“We have therefore, started working on a Diaspora Strategy to enable us and our people living abroad to work together, trusting each other,’’ she said.

Mrs Likukuma said the Government was keen on making sure that all investment by Diasporans have special protection, to avoid cases of cheating that are rampant.

“We are aware of how some people who have tried to invest back home have ended up being cheated and losing everything or part of their investment.

“In that strategy is the need to protect investments of our Diaspora Community, and we might float a bond to ring-fence those investments because we are aware of many people having been cheated of their investments in the past,’’ she said.

Mrs Likukuma said although there were problems back home, the Government was working flat out for solutions and that the Diaspora community should tap into the problems and become part of the solution.

“All problems that you here about back home can be solved if we work together. For example, we are experiencing power shortages back home and it is time for our Diaspora community to invest into the energy sector and make money out of it.

“Take advantage of those gaps and invest otherwise investments will be taken by others, by foreigners, even’’ she said much to applause.


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    Mukanya 3 years ago

    Sending money back home to be looted!!

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    Mbirivishi 3 years ago

    They have just looted 3 billion through Command rubbish. The country didn’t produce anything. They have now converted everyone’s money from USD to that unknown currency at 1:1 rate, stealing a further 2 billion in real currency. Now they think vanganyangira isina kuona here? ha ha ha! They got jokes. We know they will set up some Ponzi scheme like Homegate, make a few people happy and the rest will lose everything.
    They will never allow diaspora to vote. Chavanoda kuba chete!

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    Tendai 3 years ago

    Haha so ZANUPF want me to get my family in UK to send cash back to be exchanged at a rigged exchange rate by RBZ or put it into an account so they can steal it like last time ……… not happening .

    Not even I will bank my US$ because I will never see them again

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    Unless it means you are working on a strategy to allow the diaspora to vote, you are wasting your time zanupf. Footsek.

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    Mapingu 3 years ago

    Diaspora don’t need any zanu pf strategy of sorts. All they want is for zanu pf to give them their rights to vote. As for investments, the diaspora themselves are more than capable of coming up with such strategies own their own. All what is needed is a conducive environment for everyone in the country and outside the country – which is what a normal gvt must create. If the environment is real conducive people will see it and will happily identify opportunities by themselves. Since when did zanu pf govt became capable of crafting any strategy that work for anyone or anything? They don’t have strategy: to run a proper gvt, to solve energy & water crises and all other service delivery issues, to run parastatals sustainably, etc. How would they manage to deliver one on profitable and sustainable investments? This is madness of the worst kind.