MIEUX and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Round-up Ghana Diaspora Meeting in Belgium
The consultative meeting on the Diaspora Engagement Policy with the Ghanaian diaspora has successfully come to an end after it’s two day session on the 28th and 29th October 2014 in Brussels. It aimed at fostering dialogue and interaction between all the stakeholders.
Five Ghanaian officers from different national administrations and twelve selected Ghanaian diaspora representatives from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands participated in the meeting.
France was represented by Hon. Osei Mensah Michael President of The Ghanaian Community in France Council(GHACIF) and Mr. Alfred Ohene Akonnor, President of Sankofa Association and Vice-President of CAGEF.
MIEUX experts Ms. Stella OPOKU-OWUSU, AFFORD and Mr. Kingsley AIKINS, Diaspora Matters guided the discussions and provided input.
The purpose of the consultative meeting was to provide opportunities to the Ghanaian diaspora to share their views, input and make recommendations on the future Ghanaian Diaspora Engagement Policy both on its vision/structure, content and their possible contribution to its implementation through various forms, so that the information could be further used at the stage of identifying policy options for implementation purposes.
The meeting was organised within the framework of the MIgration European Union eXpertise (‘MIEUX’ project) a joint initative between the European Union and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development which aims to enhance the capacities of partner countries in the management of all areas of migration and the Diaspora Affairs Bureau of Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The meeting yielded the creation of an Umbrella Organisation For Ghanaians in Europe. It aims at defending and enhancing the interest of Ghanaians in the Diaspora. It received the blessing of the Representatives of the Diaspora Affairs Bureau of Ghana’s Foreign Ministry, the organisors, participants and stakeholders. Its works begun immediately at the same meeting in Brussells.
We shall be back with the name and full information on the organisation.
ghanainfrance.com, had the sole accreditation for the coverage. It has been adopted by all to create and handle the official Website of the new Umbrella Organisation For Ghanaians in Europe.