WASHINGTON DC —
Zimbabwe proposes to set up a center for handling issues affecting its citizens living outside the country, including diaspora remittances which totaled almost $2 billion last year.
Macroeconomic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister, Obert Mpofu, told VOA Stuido 7 that the government unveiled the draft diaspora policy last week detailing proposed constructive engagement with more than 3 million citizens living in various nations.
Mpofu said this move is designed to boost the local ailing economy, which is expected to grow by at least 1,5 percent this year.
He said the draft policy is a perfection of the failed moneylink scheme introduced at the height of Zimbabwe’s historic hyperinflation that was designed to promote investment and make it easy for diasporans to send money home.
But Daniel Molokele of the Zimbabwe Global Forum said they were not consulted by the government.