A two-day diaspora advocacy training aimed to equip members of the diaspora, government officials and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), to contribute effectively to Africa’s development is underway in Accra.
The workshop under the theme, ‘Enabling and Enhancing Diaspora Contribution to Development and Job Creation,’ brought together national and international key players from Non-governmental Organisations, representatives from government and the media.
Ultimately, the workshop is geared towards equipping participants with knowledge and tools that will enable them to develop partnership mechanisms for mobilising and channelling human, technological and capital resources in both public and private sector.
Addressing participants, Maria-Luisa Troncoso the Head of Governance Section, European Union, enumerated the various initiatives that her outfit is engaging in to address migration.
She further indicated that the EU has support mechanisms for African entrepreneurs, agriculture and also helps migrants to make informed choices.
‘The EU development bodies have been addressing migration for many years both in terms of challenges and opportunities. We have done so because we know migration contributes to the socio-economic development of nations,’ she noted.
The lead trainer, Onyekachi Wambu, AFFORD’s Executive Director who led the first session took participants through introductory knowledge and skills on how to better engage with and influence policy makers within the diaspora.
Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Future of Ghana is scheduled to speak on day two of the workshop on how young entrepreneurs can make an impact and lead investment back home in accordance with H.E President Akufo-Addo’s vision for Ghana