The Government is cognisant of the contributions the Zambian Diaspora has made in many different ways both at local and national levels. The positive impact of the remittances and investment by the Zambian Diaspora in the country has, therefore, not gone unnoticed; suffice to add that this has helped in addressing the challenges of poverty reduction. The Zambian Government has in the past made efforts to utilise the knowledge, experience, skills and financial resources of Zambians in the Diaspora to enable them contribute to the economic development of the country.
Despite these efforts, there remains significant potential in the Diaspora that can be harnessed for the benefit of the country.
It is against this background that the Patriotic Front Government has developed this policy in order to provide an inclusive engagement framework that will enhance the positive contributions of the Diaspora to national development. The Policy will also serve to define the obstacles including the information gap and propose strategies to address these challenges in order to ensure that the Diaspora channel their resources in an efficient and effective manner.