Deputy President William Ruto (pictured) has called for the creation of a State Department in charge of Kenyans in the Diaspora.
The new division would deal with the affairs of Kenyans abroad owing to their huge and vital contribution to the development of the country.
Central Bank statistics show Kenyans in foreign countries send back home an estimated Sh330 billion annually.
Dr Ruto spoke last night during a virtual meeting with Kenyans in Diaspora organised by management consultant and strategy expert Eliud Owallo.
“We have started a clear, inclusive and structured engagement with Kenyans abroad to involve them in the transformation of the country,” said DP.
He said the move will make Kenyans abroad to concretise and prosecute “our broad and solid plans to make Kenya a better and fairer country for everyone.”
Ruto added that a platform for everyone in the diaspora to
join the conversation will be opened. “We will advance the deliberation to configure our politics to issues, policies and programmes,” he argued.
The Diaspora said they wanted to be involved in the decision making of the country’s political, social and economic issues.
In particular, they asked for the creation of a special investment diaspora bond, friendly and speedy acquisition of passports, protectioo of their investments, among others.