Living outside Tanzania? Diaspora Digital Hub is timely

AS Tanzanians living and working outside the country continue to be patriotic and remember to send home some money to their families, one thing worth praise is that they brought home 1.1 billion US dollars (equivalent to 2.6 tri/-) last year, implying that they are another ‘workforce’ to reckon with in terms of raising the economy of the country.

It is good that the government has shown concern to design a special system that would identify them (Tanzanians in diaspora) as Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation minister, Dr Stergomena Tax recently said.

We should reach a point, where we directly involve them in local projects, which finally go back to develop their ancestral regions, because in most cases, this is a workforce that is educated, well-informed and exposed enough in terms of development.

As such, the actual number of Tanzanians in diaspora should be known as the country encourages more citizens to think outside the box in terms of landing in plum jobs outside the country.

Gracing the launch of the Diaspora Digital Hub (DDH) which seeks to identify all Tanzanians living abroad as well as the jobs they do and the types of skills they have, we should reach a point where they also have a say on how their feelings, opinions and ideas should be incorporated in the day to day affairs of developing the economy of the country.

For instance, while the global economy was going through one of the worst crises in 2021 at the height of the Covid-induced economic recession, their remittances proved to be a reliable source of foreign currency that helped support the local economies.

We must all accept that remittances from the African diaspora are crucial in supporting household expenses in many developing countries, but the high cost of sending money remains a significant hindrance to inflows.

This is a workforce we cant not take for granted, because their remittances also represent a source of livelihood for many families. On a global scale, 200 million migrant workers send money home every year, and 800 million people (in households of four, on average) benefit from these flows. While remittances sent only represent 15 per cent of what migrants earn, what they send represent up to 60 per cent of a household’s total income – extending a lifeline for millions of families.

Data further indicate that over 50 per cent of remittances are sent to households in rural areas, which further cements the role remittances play in the socioeconomic development of emerging economies.

With this in mind, we encourage all Tanzanians living (or would be living) abroad to register on the system so that their challenges, including those pertaining to visas and other permits can be dealt with ease.

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