Govt – Diasporans sign MOU for homecoming initiative

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has signed a memorandum of understanding with Zimbabwean nationals living in the diaspora which will see them holding various activities in the country next month coinciding with the 40th independence commemorations.
The number of Zimbabweans that have left the country is estimated at more than three million. While diasporans may not want to return home, the majority still wish to make a difference by contributing to the economy in the form of remittances, skills and technology transfer, establishing networks and connections as well investing in business ventures locally.
This Tuesday, Zimthrive Trust which represents Zimbabweans living outside the country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade signed a memorandum of understanding under the diaspora homecoming initiative that will see diasporans converging back home for various activities next month.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ambassador James Manzou and ZimThrive Trust Regional Coordinator and Government Liaison Officer, Farai Madzivanyika concurred the home-coming initiative is important for the achievement of government’s developmental objectives through encouraging participation of various stakeholders.
“The Govt-ZimThrive MOU signing ceremony moves towards the successful hosting of the 2020 ZimThrive Diaspora Homecoming Initiative (ZDHI), to reunite the Diaspora with their motherland through month-long Zim’s 40th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in April 2020,” said Ambassador Manzou.
To encourage & facilitate ease for Diaspora access, Govt introduced a 10% discount for entry to ZimParks by Diasporans. Madziwanyika reminded Zimbabweans of the country’s strength in numbers wherever one may be based & not denigrate each other and Govt through social media.
The MOU signing ceremony also saw Madzivanyika confirming a partnership between ZimThrive and a local transport service company, Vaya Africa.
Events lined up for the Diaspora Homecoming Initiative include the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards set for Victoria Falls, and International CEO Eat Out and a bush dinner experience at the Lion and Cheetah Park.