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SRDC summit launched in Liberia

An international summit named Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) has been launched in Liberia.

Speaking Monday at the launch held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia, Deputy Minister for Diaspora Affairs at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, Anthony J.W. Quiwonkpa said the establishment of Diaspora Affairs is intended to engage Liberians in the Diaspora to contribute toward the growth and development of Liberia.

Minister Quiwonkpa said the initiative started in 2010 with the engagement of Liberians in the Diaspora, but the African Union (AU) developed a policy to attract Africans who have left the Continent to get involved with the development of Africa.

He explained that the SRDC was founded in 2006 in response to African Diaspora and people of African descend around the world to become involved in the AU’s work toward uniting and lifting Africans in the Continent and around the world.

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According to him, Liberia is doing everything possible to get Liberians living in the Diaspora and other African Descents to participate in the socio-economic activities of the country.

Minister Quiwonkpa stressed that Liberia has a major role in the processes of representing West Africa at major summits relating to bringing Africans living in the Diaspora together.

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sehwah Liberia Incorporated, Madam Louise Siaway said, Liberians should embrace SRDC to move the development of the nation forward.

Madam Siaway stated that her organization has partnered with several African Descents in the United States of America who are willing to contribute to the developmental process of every sector such as school and entertainment, indicating that Diaspora Liberians and others are working together to help transform the development of Africa.

For her part, Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy said, the government of President George Manneh Weah is seeking legislation for dual citizenship in Liberia.

Superintendent Brandy pointed out that the government has sent a bill to address issues on dual citizenship to allow Liberians who obtain citizenship in the Diaspora to maintain Liberian citizenship at home simultaneously.

She noted that the current law in Liberia does not allow Diaspora Liberians who are denied Liberia’s citizenship to own properties in the country.

The summit which is expected to kick off here Thursday will bring together officials of government including Liberians from all walks of life to discuss issues relating to every sector in the country. Editing by Jonathan Browne


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