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Developmental experts and other stakeholders have urged African leaders to evolve a new workable policy to stem brain drain in Africa which has negatively affected development on the continent.
This is contained in a communique of a one-day workshop on ‘Re-Engineering Experts for Sustainable Development of Africa’ organised by the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo-Badagry, Lagos.
The communique jointly signed by the acting directors-general of the agencies Mohammed Kachallah of DTCA and Mrs. C. U. Gayya of ASCON respectively said the workshop was held to improve the level and extent to which African experts both home and in Diaspora are contributing to the development of Africa and improve coordination and harmonisation of Diaspora groups into national development among others.
The communique said that African countries in the past were artificially demarcated, weak and characterised by brain drain with thousands of highly qualified professionals streaming out of the continent.
‘Growing globalisation trend of the world economy dictates that Africa has no choice but to explore and exploit the benefits of its experts in all spheres of human endeavours. There is a weak synergy between Diaspora organisations on the one hand and between the Diaspora and developmental processes in the country leading to limited internal and external collaboration and networking among Diaspora communities, government and financial institutions on developmental issues,’ it said.
It said that the negative trend has affected developmental paces in the continent such that individual countries may not be able to handle their challenges alone except they harness their experts at home and in the Diaspora.
It also called for establishment of inter-ministerial committee to work on the establishment of a comprehensive and dynamic database of experts being envisaged.