The Ministry Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in collaboration with The African Diaspora Policy Centre, cure based in The Hague, pill The Netherlands has begun a three Day training programme for stakeholders and post-bound officers at the Ministry on 2nd July, 2014. The training programme, which is intended to enhance the capacity of trainees in diaspora engagement, will focus on the relevance of diaspora engagement, forms of diaspora engagement, evidenced-based policy for engagement, building confidence and trust, the role of the diaspora and Government in the engagement process, among others.
Prof. Fantu Cheru, the consultant for the training, stressed the need for country ownership of the engagement process with government support at the highest level. He also explained the need for inclusion of diaspora engagement in national development policy with focus on regional and sector specific programmes as well as an effective engagement strategy and coordination. He affirmed that Ghana’s focus on national development for Diaspora engagement is appropriate in view of the country’s vision for development.