A Zimbabwean delegation led by Ambassador Pavelyn Musaka undertook a visit facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to neighbouring Botswana where a huge number of Zimbabweans reside with a view to engaging them to invest back home in various sectors of the economy.
Migration has been seen as a tool to improve the economic fortunes of countries of origin for migrants the world over.
It is against this background that a Zimbabwean delegation led by Mrs Musaka, who is the Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to Ghana, visited Botswana in a bid to try and engage Zimbabweans residing in the neighbouring country to invest back home.
The visit which was facilitated by IOM saw several officials from the government and various departments taking up the initiative.
For Ambassador Musaka, migration has been identified as possessing potential investment and development opportunities.
“International migration has become a key feature of contemporary social and economic dynamics with both positive and negative manifestations. The key benefits of migration for countries of origin if properly managed include the investments by the diaspora communities into their homeland, the positive impact of remittances on foreign currency inflows, knowledge and skills transfer when migrants return home on a temporary or permanent basis” she said.
A representative of the IOM Mr Daniel Sam said his organisation wants to see the diaspora playing a pivotal role in developing their countries of origin.
“Migration should be by choice not by force and once someone is moving he or she should move in a dignified manner. It should be orderly so that the migrant benefits from what he or she is seeking. We believe in the well being of the migrant so that the migration benefits both the host and the country of origin of the migrant,” he said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mr Munesushe Munodawafa challenged the Diaspora community to invest in the motor industry.
Other officials who were part of the Zimbabwean delegation also encouraged the diasporans to help build the economy in order to cushion them when they retire.
International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity and impact.
Migration occurs when people cross state boundaries and stay in the host state.
Many people leave their home countries in order to look for economic opportunities in other countries.