All is set for the 2017 Imo Diaspora Day scheduled to hold in Owerri, Imo State Capital on December 28, 2017. The event which is organized by the Imo State Congress of America (ISCA) aims to bring together Imo diaspora communities worldwide as well as investors, entrepreneurs and influential and prominent persons, cultural icons, key government functionaries and other well-meaning participants to discuss a variety of important topics on ways to successfully engage the diaspora in the homeland development. The event provides a premier platform to unveil strategies the home and its diaspora can maximize their resources for the benefit of all.
In line with its resolve to chart a developmental course for the state, ISCA has set the machinery in motion for this special event – Imo Diaspora Day taking place next week, December 28, 2017. Imo State Congress of America is the umbrella body of Imo State indigenes living and working in the United States of America (USA), and is currently under the leadership of Nze Chinasa Madumere.
This year Imo Day event holds at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre, New Owerri, and will attract top government officials, key players in both public and private sectors of the economy and Imo State indigenes in the diaspora as well as business men and women, traditional rulers and youths to strategize on how to position Imo state to attract investment and employment. According to Nze Amadiebube Robert Mbama, Chairman of the Diaspora Day Planning Committee, the theme of the whole-day conference is “Repositioning Imo State for Economic advancement, social advancement and good governance”.
An esteemed son of Igboland and seasoned industrialist, Chief Innoson Chukwuma, founder and chief executive officer of Innoson Group would be the special guest of honour, while another eminent son of Nigeria, Chief Stan Ekeh, Chairman/ Chief executive officer of Zinox Technologies would serve as chairman.
Over the years ISCA has continued to evolve as a critical stakeholder and advocacy group in the development of the Imo State. Some of the thematic areas to be discussed include Diaspora unity, Investment, utilizing the Diaspora expertise and knowledge transfer, services to the Diaspora, challenges to the Diaspora engagement, role of the Diaspora in seeking strategic insights and other relevant topics.
The organizing committee plans to adopt variety of engagement platforms, plenary and panel discussions sessions, exhibitions, with opportunities for interactive networking as ways to convey the message of the Day among participants.
ISCA assigned this responsibility to one of its esteemed group of members to assist in planning, organizing and presenting a phenomenal program. The team comprises:
1. Nze Amadiebube Robert Mbama, Chairperson
2. Chief Chris Onwuzurike, member
3. Atty Azuoma Anugom, member
4. Nze Charles Muruako, member
5. Chief Charles Ugo Eke, member
6. Chief Emeka Iwunze, member
7. Sam Okere, member
8. Chief Tony Okpara, member
9. Eric Nwikwu, member
Attending this event is an opportunity any Imo in diaspora cannot afford to miss. It is also an opportunity any Imo elite would not want to miss. ISCA and the organizing committee invite all diaspora Imo, all Imo people and their friends across the southeast to make it ‘a must attend event’. The presence of all is critical in this regard to ensure maximum attendance.
It has been established significant resources flow across borders from diaspora communities: they include human, social, economic and cultural capital. The result is that many governments are designing and are implementing policies and institutions to strengthen relationships with their citizens abroad to enhance development at home. This program will highlight such benefits and calls for providing the enabling environment to encourage diaspora to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state.
Reconnecting the diaspora and their home is vital for the needed democratic participation of the diasporas. In addition, the issue of engaging Imo diasporas and the needed governmental and intergovernmental responses ought to be highlighted. Equally important is the establishment official government unit or department for diasporas that involves diaspora representatives in designing and implementing diaspora-aimed projects will come onto play. The promotion of an inclusive Imo State requires formal and active diasporas’ participation in the social, cultural and political life of the state. This program may go down in history as a homecoming led program designed to foster a relationship between the home and its diaspora sustained by trust and urbane means of communication, all of which will ultimately play well to encourage diaspora-home contributions toward the state development.
Chief Mathias Mgbeafulu
ISCA Public Relations Officer
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