ZAMBIA’S Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba says recorded annual contributions to the economy by the diaspora community has risen to $93 million.
Speaking when he met Zambian teachers deployed to Seychelles, Ambassador Mwamba who is also Zambia’s permanent representative to the African Union, said the diaspora community contributes significantly to the growth of the economy.
He said it was for this reason that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs established a Diaspora Policy which was adopted and recently launched by Vice-President Inonge Wina.
Ambassador Mwamba said the framework provided positive interaction between Zambia and the Diaspora Community in coordinating skills transfer, sharing of knowledge, and best practices, and the formal recognition of their contributions to the economy.
He urged the teachers to uphold a sense of discipline and responsibility as they were representing the country in Seychelles.
Ambassador Mwamba said Zambia had sent 90 expatriate teachers to Seychelles and this formed a source of international pride to the country as it was exporting skilled labour.
Ambasador Mwamba is in Seychelles for an Ambassdors’ Retreat for strategic annual planning for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa(UNECA).
This is according to Inutu Mwanza, first secretary press and tourism at Zambia’s Embassy in Addis Ababa.