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FG Working To Promote Diaspora Investment – Dabiri-Erewa

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa

The Federal Government has put in place necessary structures to ensure that Nigerians in the Diaspora invest in the country, the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said.

Dabiri-Erewa said this when the Rwanda High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Stanislas Kamazi, paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.

The presidential aide stressed that the Diasporas were interested in investing in the country and government was making investment environment conducive for them.

“They want to invest in their own country, so we are providing the structures to make that possible; we are working with other government agencies to make that possible.

“Government is also working on a data of those that have returned; a lot of them are going into farming and they are not regretting in investing in their country.

“So government is making sure that the Diasporas invest in their country to bring in their wealth of their experience and resources to develop the country.

“We want to ensure that the Diaspora be the best as they always be,” she said.

She said that the Nigerians living abroad had the touch of the government.

According to her, Nigerians in the Diaspora have remitted about 22 billion dollars annually.

“But beyond the remittance they also want to vote and efforts are being made to achieving that, though not in 2019; it is one of what we hope that will happen in the subsequent election,” she said.

Dabiri-Erewa said that there were a lot of lesson to learn from Rwanda Diaspora operation.The High Commissioner said that were a lot of lessons to learn from Rwanda Diaspora policy which has been in operation for some years back.

Kamazi said that country’s new administration had created a platform for the Diaspora to be part of the country and enjoy the same right as the citizens in the country.

“Apart from this, there is the personal contact as a matter of fact every year in Rwanda we hold constitutional meeting for strategy to develop the sub-sector.

“The president of Rwanda has always been part of Rwanda Day in any part of the world bringing all Rwandans together and gets to interact with the dynamic of the country

“This forum formation led to the emergence of strategic investment that wants to be implemented in Rwanda and which triggers members of the Diaspora and also investor or economic operators in their host country.

“They are mobilized to embrace Rwanda economic dynamic and the opportunities that are there,” he said.

According to him, the diplomatic mission and embassy also have a clear directive to attend to members of the Diaspora.

“When they come to us we have a lot of programmes to ensure that all their needs are met and ensure that they invest in their host countries.

“The most important is to ensure that any Rwandan living outside the country enjoy the same right as those in the country, they gradually felt to be part of the nation not as it used to be in the past,” he said.


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