By Christopher Chisi
The government has disclosed that it will set a diaspora desk in order to assist all Zambians living abroad to access land from any of the provinces in the country.
Speaking during the launch of the diaspora policy in Lusaka today the vice president, Inonge Wina has since invited Zambian in the diaspora to apply for land further stating that the government wants them to contribute to the development of the country.
She explains that government’s inspiration to formulate the diaspora policy was as a result of regional and continental efforts which culminated in the first-ever African union global diaspora summit, held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012.
She indicates that in formulating the policy, the government was mindful of the various challenges impeding the participation of the diaspora in the country`s development agenda citing insufficient information on trade and investment opportunities as well as limited access to land among others.
She is confident that policy will address these challenges further indicating that the government wants all Zambians living abroad to take part in development in line with the seventh national development.
Meanwhile International Organization for Migration, Chief of Mission, Marianne Lane expressed gratitude that the policy is well aligned to the United Nations sustainable development goals.
She notes that diaspora remittance will contribute to the provision of shelter, food among other essentials.
And Madison Life Insurance Managing Director Agnes Chakonta says in view of the challenges faced by those living abroad, they developed and launched a diaspora cash plan insurance for Zambian in the diaspora and that over 250 Zambians have signed up so far, three claims have been successfully logged and settled