Africans in Diaspora are to converge in Abuja, Nigeria in the coming month as part of the efforts to foster partnership between Africa and its Diasporans.
The essence of the partnership is to ensure effective harnessing of the human and economic potentials of African diaspora for continental and national development.
The 2nd Global African Diaspora Symposium which is scheduled to hold in April 27th-28th, 2023 in Abuja, according to The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has as theme “Building Stronger Connections between Africa and the Global Diaspora”.
No fewer than 3,000 individuals of African descent, worldwide are expected to participate in the dialogue.
The Symposium will focus on key areas in science and technology, agriculture, manufacturing & industry, energy, infrastructure development, tourism and culture, green energy & technology, health, Information Communication Technology, education, finance, and economic development.
Dabiri-Erewa who spoke at a joint world press conference yesterday said, the objective of the symposium is to proffer workable solutions to Africa’s development issues.
NiDCOM boss said, “The United Nations 2022 statistics on Africa puts the continent’s population at 1,408,261,290 in the third quarter of the year. This is about 16.7 percent of the world’s population, making it the second largest continent of the world.
“The African Diaspora in all fields have proven internationally that Africans are a talented, vibrant and competent people. In various sectors or fields of endeavours, there always will be a name or two mentioned that is an African, or of African origin.
“This is why the onus lies on us Africans- home and the diaspora to rewrite the narrative for a progressive Africa.
“It is hoped that moving on, the Pan-African spirit will be felt amongst all Africans. There will be more tailor-made and pragmatic solutions to Africa’s political and socio-economic challenges.
“Again, with the event comes a retelling of Africa to project the good news of our land and people.”
Also, the Director General, Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa, Amb. Rabiu Dagari noted that the event would bring about a better network among Africans.
“We are happy about this event as it would bring together and network all Africans across the world,” he said.
Also, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote
Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, GADS Abuja 2023 said, “Going by the theme of the symposium”Building Stronger Connections between Africa and the Global Diaspora” it is expected that at the end of the two day symposium, the set objectives of the symposium must have been achieved, hoping that moving on, the Pan-African spirit will be felt amongst all Africans, paving way for great networking among African and other Diaspora all over the world.”