Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji has directed all Zambian Embassies worldwide to ensure that they sensitise Zambians in the diaspora on the importance of the diaspora policy.

The diaspora policy was launched by Vice President Mrs. Inonge Wina on 4th April 2019.

Mr. Malanji explained that Zambians in the Diaspora are key contributors to the economic development of Zambia adding that they have become a force of change.

Mr. Malanji said the potential of Zambians in the diaspora needs to be harnessed for the country’s benefit and further called on all Zambian embassies across the globe to ensure that they educate Zambians living abroad on the importance of the policy.

He said the diaspora policy is a bridge between government and its citizens living abroad that will help to engage them on issues relating to dual citizenship, remittances, trade and investment, political participation and acquisition of land among others.

He added that it is for this reason that he was directing all Zambian Embassies to ensure people in the diaspora have the policy and know the contents of the policy to enable them make informed decisions.

He further called on Zambians living in the diaspora to reflect on utilizing skills they have acquired to contribute to national development and implored them to live exemplary lives as Zambia’s first line ambassadors.

The Foreign Affairs Minister who was speaking during the 19th Commonwealth foreign Affairs Minister’s meeting in London today reaffirmed government’s commitment to engage the diaspora in national development.

Mr. Malanji said Zambia and the UK enjoys a cordial relationship and restated Zambia’s commitment to continue partnering with the UK to strengthen their historical relations.

He said the Zambia/ UK relations have continued to grow and reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to bilateral cooperation with the United Kingdom.

In April this year, Zambia launched the diaspora policy aims at encouraging Zambians abroad to participate in the country’s economic and development agenda.

This is according to a statement issued to ZANIS by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian High Commission in the United Kingdom Abigail Chaponda.

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