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In all these meetings, his interactions with the Sierra Leone community, NGC supporters and Friends of KKY covered the same themes as other stops. On his part, Dr. Yumkella placed a greater emphasis on the critical importance of tapping into the knowledge networks and resources of the Sierra Leone Diaspora to boost economic recovery and development.

In many developing countries diaspora remittances has surpassed both donor aid and foreign direct investments. According to World Bank estimates, in particular the bank’s latest brief on Migration and Development, remittances continue to increase. In 2017, remittances broke a new record of USD466 billion with expected growth USD 485 billion forecasted for 2018. In all these cases the cash flow comes with knowledge, technology and vital management and business partnerships.

The Sierra Leone Diaspora has shown immense interest in giving back and contributing to nation building. Take the case of education, a lot of alumni associations are giving back to their alma mater. One alumni association that comes to mind that Hon. Yumkella recently supported in their Annual Dinner and Fundraising Dance is the Old Kolenten Students Association (OKSA). OKSA has embarked on the construction of a large multi-purpose building which will also house a big library, an auditorium among others. The same can be said of many other groups investing in other spheres besides education.

All nations aggressively court and facilitate the Diaspora involvement in the governance and economic transformation of their countries.  The question is:  Is Sierra Leone doing more to court its Diaspora constituents for this new wave of inclusive governance?

Meanwhile, during intense question and answer sessions at each stop of his tour, Hon. Yumkella explained the purpose, content and process of the proposed bipartisan bill to amend sections 75(a) and 76(1a) of the 1991 constitution.  He also explained the possible mechanisms that could be set up to achieve voter registration and voting in the diaspora by 2020.

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