NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Africa’s diaspora is playing a big role in the
economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on
UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi
that remittances are important source of income for many African
therefore complements government efforts to lift many families
out of poverty,” Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First
Africa-China Conference on Population and Development.
Onabanjo said that
Africans in the diaspora also bring back to the continent, the
valuable skills and knowledge that they have acquired in the
“This pool of
skilled labour can help the continent address challenges that
hinder social economic development,” she added. The director
noted that remittances resulting from intra-Africa migration are
“South Africa has a
large number of African immigrants who remittances have boosted
their families back home,” she added.
The director decried
the deaths of Africans at the seas as they emigrate the
continent using illegal means.
put policies that will address the push factors that make
Africans risk their lives as seek green pastures in other
continents,” she added.
The UN official
urged Africa government to put in place incentives that will
reverse the brain drain especially in the medical sector.
“The continent faces
a serious shortage in the health sector as skilled personnel
seek opportunities in other regions,” she observed.