Africa : African presidents call on diaspora to return

Discussion in 'All Things Africa' started by dustyelbow, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Oct 25, 2005
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    Sometimes just being considered as a dollar income source in the greater scheme of things dont feel to good in my opinion.

    But not only that its just all the red tape that lays in wait that usually makes life close to a living hell. There has to be tremendous assurances on both sides of the world the West and Africa to make this work.

    It nice to be wanted though. :spin:

    African presidents call on diaspora to return

    April 22, 2006 Edition 1

    Ten former African presidents yesterday called on Africa's diaspora, especially those in the United States, to return and use their skills and economic power to help develop the world's poorest continent.

    Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda made the call at a two-day gathering in Johannesburg of the leaders, including Botswana's Ketumile Masire, Pierre Buyoya of Burundi, Kenya's Daniel arap Moi and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania.

    "There are (numerous) reasons why African leaders need to be more strategic in cultivating a relationship with the diaspora," said Kaunda, who ruled Zambia from 1964 until handing over power in 1991.

    "The annual aggregate income of African-Americans is $750-billion.

    "That economic potential needs to be harnessed for Africa's development and to create expanded economic opportunities for African people worldwide," Kaunda told a Press conference.

    A severe skills shortage in Africa also needed be addressed, he said.

    There were 200 000 African scientists in the United States, more than on the entire continent, Kaunda said. There were 40 000 African doctoral graduates outside Africa, he added.

    "It is important to do more than lay out a welcome mat to encourage our brothers and sisters to come back home," he said.

    "We must develop strategies to recruit and encourage and demonstrate that we are serious about their return," he said.

    Ex-Ghanian leader Jerry Rawlings said the image and stature of leaders like South Africa's Nelson Mandela did much to improve how the continent was perceived by the West.

    "(It) brought so much goodwill to Africa, and South Africa did in fact take advantage of that goodwill," he said.

    The two-day talk-shop was organised by Boston University's African Presidential Archives and Research Centre and the University of the Witwatersrand.

    Also attending were Nicephore Soglo of Benin, Aristides Pereira of Cape Verde, Karl Offman of Mauritius and Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania. - Sapa-AFP
  2. blackeyes

    blackeyes Well-Known Member MEMBER

    May 14, 2003
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    Very interesting.

    was that the entire article?