On 16 and 17 September 2021, representatives of Lebanon, Senegal and Uruguay met on the premises of the Academy of Overseas Sciences in Paris as part of an international symposium on “diasporas. Vectors for development”. These three countries also intend to set up a common platform to strengthen their diaspora’s contribution.
Senegal is part of the list of countries whose development is partly financed by its diaspora. For Magatte Sèye, Senegalese ambassador to France, “the Senegalese diaspora already contributes almost 13% of GDP. In another area, the diaspora contributes from an intellectual point of view, with Virtual University of Senegal, which is an extraordinary platform, which today enables Senegal to absorb a significant flow of students and which allows the diaspora to also build a intellectual society and educate our researchers. ”
The diaspora’s contribution consists of the mass of money transfers to families and communities, but also more and more today productive investments. With, of course, difficulties when investing and succeeding by persevering. For Senegal, the diaspora’s contribution also consists of participating in the virtual university, as well as Aïssa N’Diaye, notary, delegate to the General Notary Council of Africa-Poland. For her, while the women’s diaspora has always existed, we talk about it much more today.
Women today are more and more educated, we see them more and more on the economic and political scene in particular. Whether it is women in the diaspora or women in general, they have a very important role to play, both in the host countries and in the countries of origin. The difficulty is that there are very few studies and statistics that have been done about women’s contributions within the diaspora, but women in the diaspora have a role to play and have always played a role. The members of the diaspora their countries of origin, according to Fodé Sylla, Transforming Ambassador to Senegal.
“There are many countries that are still reluctant to welcome diasporas, because the members of these diasporas have many ideas about democracy in their heads – do not be afraid of them! – And so, come here [à Paris] with diplomats it is also a way of saying: “today Africa will equip itself with the means to welcome you”. When we do not have the codes, when we do not have a network, when we arrive and want to create a small business in Africa, we are often discouraged, because we have a feeling that we are not listened to and that we do not have what we need . It is up to us to put in all the elements to better welcome these diasporas. ”
According to the circumventing ambassador in Senegal, the generic “diaspora” is one of the positive ways to talk about the migrant issue. To partially resolve the issue of economic migration, Fodé Sylla proposes the establishment of a Europe-Africa-world Erasmus program for vocational training and professions.
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