He mentioned that Lesotho's diaspora has enormously contributed to the country's efforts to free itself from the scourge of poverty, the huge potential of the diaspora has not been fully utilised due to lack of coordination and institutional capacity saying therefore this project seeks to address this glaring void in their engagement with diaspora. He noted that the project is envisaged to establish coordination mechanism in order to effectively engage Lesotho diaspora to provide training to the technical members in order to capacitate them with necessary skills to implement the project effectively and timely conduct diaspora outreach activities in South Africa and eventually develop diaspora policy in Lesotho.
He indicated that the launch comes at the momentous era when migration thematic areas such as Migration Governance, Labour Migration, Irregular Migration and Diaspora Engagement are dominating the global news headlines on daily basis and topping the regional and international conference agendas. He thanked IOM Development Fund for the support saying it is up to them to ensure that the project runs successfully for the benefit of diaspora, Basotho and Lesotho as a whole. At the same event Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Machesetsa Mofomobe said the issue of diaspora engagement is long overdue saying therefore that the timing of the project is perfect.
Lesotho launches diaspora project
Nov. 1, 2018 3 min read
MASERU - The Government of Lesotho through Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations has on Thursday last week launched a project on enhancing cooperation and strengthening institutional capacity to effectively engage Basotho in the diaspora. Speaking during the launch the responsible minister, Mr. Lesego Makgothi said in recent years the role of diaspora in their country's socio economic development has been quite instrumental especially through sending remittances, investing in businesses and philanthropic development projects, contributing in specialised skills and promoting tourism. He said as such it requires every serious government to engage these invaluable heroes and heroines of their country's productivity.