There has been a surge in interest from the various diaspora groups to invest in the economic sectors on the backdrop of a new dawn for Zimbabwe.

 The Zimbabwean economy and other African countries have benefited greatly from their respective diasporan populations who have poured billions of dollars to aid development in their home countries.

Zimbabwe adopted a diaspora policy a few years ago aimed at harnessing and capacitating diasporans to invest back into the country.

Diaspora remittances at household level have over the years been used mainly to mitigate extreme poverty, serving as a social protection rather than to finance meaningful economic development.

According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) 2017 report, the country earned hundreds of millions of dollars in diaspora remittances but mainly at family level, but this is set to change as diasporans are prepared to invest in the mainstream economic sectors.

At the beginning of the year, several diaspora groups descended on the country to tap into the vast opportunities presented by the new government.

The past has been characterised by mistrust and the call for collaboration has seen the diaspora community warming up for engagement.

African countries like Ethiopia and Kenya tapped into their diaspora communities and these paid huge dividends in helping to develop their economy and Zimbabwe can take a cue from that.