Kenyan diaspora play key role in economy-President

APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has applauded the role played by the Kenyan diaspora in economic growth disclosing that remittances from Kenyans living abroad hit 1.6 billion shillings mark ($10 million) in 2015.

“Today, the Kenyan diaspora is contributing to our economy more than what tea and coffee are contributing to the exchequer,” Kenyatta said.

He was speaking in New Delhi during a meeting with the Kenyan diaspora in India.

Kenyatta said his administration has put in place a national diaspora policy that provides a roadmap for their involvement in the realization of the country’s development goals in line with Vision 2030.

“I consider the Kenyan diaspora as the 48th county of Kenya and my government is committed to ensuring that you fully participate in the development of our country,” Kenyatta said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday.

He said the government will continue to facilitate them in their work in the countries they live in and make it easier for them to invest back home even while they are abroad.

But the President urged the Kenyan diaspora to be patriotic and represent their country well abroad.

“You are the frontline ambassadors of Kenya abroad. This means that you are the first line of promoting your country. If you behave and interact well with people of other countries, you will increase their desire to visit and invest in Kenya,” Kenyatta who is in India for a two-day official visit said.

Responding to issues raised by students regarding their dwindling numbers in India, President Kenyatta said the Indian government has assured of increased slots for Kenyans, who wish to study for specialised courses that may not be available in Kenya.

He also told the students that they are eligible for loans from the Higher Education Loans Board.


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