The Tanzanian government has launched a new platform to aid easy online registration of its members in the diaspora.
The ‘Diaspora hub’ will be geared towards easing the task of getting details of those who are in the diaspora for the country to exactly know their numbers and what they are doing, according to Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, Dr Stergomena Tax during the launch in Dar es Salaam on Monday 22, May 2023.
Dr Stergomena mentioned that “in the past there were logistical challenges, but with this new hub, many diasporans will register in their respective embassies.”
She further went on to add that, the government recognises the contribution of the diaspora, and is therefore putting in place a better system to involve them in important issues; and so, challenges that led to low response to registration such as distance and costs to their embassies will no longer be a problem.
“This system will help the government to get a database, to know the actual number of diasporas, where they are, their activities, and skills, and will help the government in various issues concerning the diaspora”, Dr Stergomena said.
She also stressed that “with the importance of diaspora information economically and socially, accurate information will help to reach the diaspora quickly and easily during disasters, such as the war in Ukraine. When Sudan was in turmoil, the information of the diaspora made it possible to quickly identify them, and provide humanitarian aid as needed.
Statistics from the country’s Central Bank reveal that members of its diaspora sent over 569.3 US dollars home in 2022.
Edited by: Theresa R. Fianko
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