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First African Global Diaspora Summit Yields Formal Collaboration Agreement

  • A recently-signed declaration marks the beginning of a formal partnership between the African Union, the governments of the Caribbean, South and Latin America, and the World Bank’s African Diaspora Program on the implementation of five legacy projects
  • The broad-based agenda for collaboration between African nations and the global Diaspora includes political, economic and social activities
  • The declaration reflects the strong partnership between the African Union and the World Bank’s African Diaspora Program

SANDTON, May 25, 2012 – During the first African Global Diaspora Summit, members of the African Union, the governments of the Caribbean, South and Latin America and representatives of the African Diaspora signed a formal declaration to collaborate politically, socially and economically.

The Declaration of the Global African Diaspora Summit reflects the importance of the Diaspora agenda by committing to the implementation of five “legacy” projects: developing of an African Diaspora Professional Skills Database, establishing an African Diaspora Volunteer Corps, creating an African Diaspora Development Marketplace, and creating an African Remittance Institute “as a way of giving practical meaning to the Diaspora programme and in order to facilitate the post-Summit implementation programme.”

The declaration also reflects the strong partnership which the African Union (AU) has established with the World Bank since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2008, under which collaboration on the Diaspora was singled out as one of five priority areas. The World Bank’s  African Diaspora Program (ADP) has been responsible for the implementation of this priority which was launched in 2007, with a strategy to work with the Diaspora, countries and other partners.

The ambitious, broad-based agenda for collaboration and cooperation between African nations and the global Diaspora includes political, economic and social activities such as private sector and infrastructure development, capacity and institutional building, trade and ICT to joint activities to combat climate change, knowledge and skills transfer, and health and human development. These agreements provide a context within which development partners, non-government organizations and the private sector can support Diaspora involvement in Africa's development.

The ADP has also been supporting the African Union in the development of each of the five legacy projects.

His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, expressed how important it is for Diaspora members to work together in his closing remarks.

"Whilst this project must inspire us, its outcomes are a clear demonstration that even though we are situated in different parts of the world, nothing must prevent us from working towards a common goal – that of creating a better life for the people of Africa, and the Diaspora.”




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