By Alfred Fornah

The Director of Diaspora Engagement Affairs, Dr Kallay musa Conteh is currently in the United Kingdom together with Alhaji Sanusi Savage Head of IOM -Sierra Leone and the Project Manager for the Japanese funded Diaspora project Akao Kunikazu.

The purpose of their trip is to engage Sierra Leoneans in the UK regarding the new Migration and Development in Africa (MIDA) Project.

The new project which will start next month aimed at attracting diaspora contributions in Health, Agriculture, ICT, and Disaster Management.

The Multilateral meeting brought together different stakeholders including the Acting High commissioner of Sierra Leone to the UK Mr Tamba Ngeba, Head of Chancery Mr Logan, Cultural Attache at the Sierra Leone High commission in UK Dr. Seray Wurie, Ms. Pardeshi  Dipti Head of IOM UK and a plethora of Sierra leonean dignitaries and representatives of several diaspora organizations in the UK.

During the meeting, discussions were anchored on the strategy to harness the skills of Sierra leoneans in the UK; thereby ensuring that they fully participate in the new Japanese funded MIDA project.

In his brief remarks, The Director of Diaspora Engagement Affairs Dr Kallay Musa Conteh informed the gathering of Sierra Leone Government’s determination to use its Diaspora resources for national development. He also appeal to the diasporans to avail themselves for the various vacancies that have been identified for their participation in the new project.

The Head of Mission for IOM in Sierra Leone, Alhaji Sanusi Savage explained the effective and productive collaboration IOM and ODA have enjoyed over the years. He noted that the pilot phase of the diaspora health care project in Koinadugu District is folding up with success stories due to the effective participation of Sierra Leone Diaspora medical experts. He informed attendees about the $500,000 funding from the Japanese Government to the Government and People of Sierra Leone through IOM for the implementation of the new diaspora project.