In a visionary move, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, January Makamba, is calling on Tanzanians worldwide to join the Diaspora Digital Hub. Speaking during a meeting in the Netherlands, Makamba emphasizes the initiative’s goal of integrating the diaspora into Tanzania’s development plans.
The Tanzanian Government unveiled its plans in March 2023 to establish a diaspora database, aiming to facilitate the meaningful contribution of diaspora members to the nation’s growth. Ambassador Mindi Kasiga, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, notes that this database will help identify and leverage the competencies, expertise, and experiences of the diaspora.
The impact of the diaspora is significant, with remittances soaring by 42% in 2021, reaching $569.5 million, a notable increase from $400 million in 2020. Beyond financial contributions, the diaspora has invested 3.9 billion Tanzanian Shillings in UTT Amis and 2.3 billion in the Hamidu City Park project in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam.
Tanzanians in the USA, operating through the Tanzania Diaspora Hub, are gearing up for substantial investments, planning to inject at least 400 million Tanzanian Shillings into agriculture and fishing sectors. Regions like Tanga, Njombe, and Singida are expected to benefit, marking a strategic move towards regional development and prosperity.
As Tanzania continues to recognize and harness the potential of its global diaspora, the Diaspora Digital Hub stands as a testament to the government’s commitment to inclusivity and collaborative development. The digital platform not only serves as a means of connection but as a catalyst for driving sustainable change on both local and global fronts.