The Consular and Diaspora Affairs Division within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism – Foreign Affairs Department hosted a virtual meeting this afternoon with its counterparts in Cape Verde to exchange on diaspora engagement. As the Department is strengthening its diaspora unit, it requested assistance from Cape Verde, which has a well-established structure for the involvement of its diaspora. The exchange for gaining knowledge and sharing experiences included presentations from both sides, mainly from Cape Verde, on the historical development of Cape Verdean emigration, national migration policies and programs for the Cape Verdean diaspora.
This exchange was also the opportunity to strengthen the relationship and capacity of Cape Verde and Seychelles and develop migration programs in the context of both countries being small island developing states. It was also agreed to explore the possibility of having reciprocating study tours in Cape Verde and Seychelles to consolidate this process further.
In giving more importance to the role and contribution of the diaspora in the country’s socio-economic development, the Government of Seychelles, with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is expected to develop a national policy as it intensifies its diaspora engagement. Ana Jaqueline Marques da Silva, Special Advisor to the Minister of Communities headed the Cape Verde delegation, together with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Integration.
While Jacques Belle, Director General for Consular and Diaspora Affairs headed the Seychelles delegation, along with senior officials from the Department, representatives from the Employment Department, Industry Department and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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