- Kenya’s Diaspora Diplomacy
Kenya’s Diaspora Diplomacy
It is estimated that 3 million Kenyan nationals live and work abroad. This constitutes an important resource that should be harnessed for our economic development.
The main objective of International Jobs and Diaspora office is to ensure that Kenyans secure jobs in international and private organisations. The office also develops a database of CVs and available jobs as well as encouraging Kenyans to apply for international jobs.
The Diaspora section of the office engages with the Diaspora by facilitating improvement in the delivery of Consular services; developing re-integration programmes; encouraging investment in Kenya and facilitating the development of Diaspora specific products to increase and better manage remittances. Through this policy the Government is seizing the opportunity to tap into a large and vibrant Kenyan Diaspora as a market for Kenya and a major source of foreign currency.
Another goal is to facilitate an increase in Remittances by Kenyans in the Diaspora. It is estimated that annual total remittances are close to USD 1 billion and the potential is even greater. Increased remittances would have a multiplier effect on the GDP with great benefit to the economy.
The Diaspora office with the assistance of the Missions abroad is therefore seeking to do the following: