Since the launch of Rwanda Day in 2010, the country has seen increased involvement of the diaspora in its country’s economic and social development. There has also been a significant increase in remittances. The event provides a rare avenue for citizens abroad to meet with policy makers, leaders of key sectors, and the president; to discuss investment opportunities, share concerns, and come up with possible solutions. Such an event has allowed the diaspora access to the right information from the right sources to help them make sound decisions. It is also a chance for local businesses to exhibit their made-in-Rwanda products, showcase investment opportunities, and link talent to career opportunities. The main theme of Rwanda day 2019 which took place two weeks ago in Bonn German, was connect young people within the Rwandan community abroad with businesses in search of talent. Attendees from the diaspora have expressed how the event is not only vital for them to find business opportunities, but also to reconnect with their people and culture. Read more at CNBC Africa.
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Uniting with Africans in the diaspora is a crucial step for the development of the continent. You can contribute to the continent in many ways including; sharing your skills with the locals, investing in local businesses, and initiating profitable projects in the continent. Moreover, an event like the Rwanda day helps you connect with your home country’s culture and heritage, increasing the much-needed African bond needed to develop the continent. Should African countries follow in the footsteps of Rwanda to increase the engagement of Africans in the diaspora in the continent’s development?