DIASPORA AFFAIRS OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF GHANA
Reason 1: Akwasi Awua Ababio was Chair of the Year of Return (Ghana) which saw records levels of African diaspora visit Ghana and Africa at large prior to the covid pandemic. This saw over 1 million people visit Ghana, and the highest level of remittances, highest level of social media and media spotlight, largest number of people touring the nation and regions and largest number of people starting business in the country and beyond. The record number of global celebrities visiting the region and spotlighting the region added tremendously to the desire-ability factor of visiting Africa at large. The unforeseen benefit of this diaspora activation to engage with the region, was non diaspora tourism reaching its record numbers as well. Seeing foreign nationals across Europe, Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South America and beyond. The moment of a category of people effected all other groupings creating a unique time of unparalleled tourism and visitation all around. This success led to the Beyond the Return initiative which is a 10 year mandate to further draw in and engage with the African diaspora.
Reason 2: Supporting allied nations in their Diaspora Outreach programming and activation. With the successes of the Diaspora engagement initiatives like the Year of Return and more, several African nations have reached and visited the office seeking support and assistance to improve their diaspora activities. Director Ababio has willing helped nations like Ethiopia, Togo, Senegal, Sierre Leone, E-Swatini, Malawi and in their diaspora programming and cultivation. One of the bigger success of this is the Great Ethiopian Homecoming which saw a record number of Ethiopians and the wider African Diaspora engage and visit Ethiopian at the beginning of 2022. There is not an entire agency dedicated to Diaspora activation and impact.
Reason 3: Launching of Ghana's Diaspora Engagement Policy. Until recently Ghana did not have a policy or framework for all the activations and initiatives for its diaspora contingency. Even with great successes of PANAFEST, Year of Return and more, there was not even a Migration policy. Director Akwasi Awua Ababio has seen to the progression and cultivation of the Diaspora Engagement Policy which has now passed through cabinet. It is a landmark development in the country's history and will see a further coordinated efforts for diaspora activities and programming. Residency, social security portability, pathway to citizenship, outreach to the different groups of Diaspora and more are areas the policy services. The Policy’s overarching aim is to enable the Government to leverage the investment benefits of the Ghanaian diaspora while providing them with rights and privileges attributable to all Ghanaians. It will enable the Government to mobilise remittances effectively and utilise transnational networks and skills of Ghanaians living abroad for sustainable economic growth and development. The policy is also to serve as the enabling framework to facilitate effective return, readmission and reintegration of the Ghanaian diaspora while engaging the African diaspora to create linkages that bond them to Ghana and its cultural heritage.
Website - www.diasporaaffairs.gov.gh
South African Department of Tourism
Reason 1: South Africa has implemented policies and initiatives that promote responsible tourism, including the protection of natural resources, conservation of wildlife, and the preservation of cultural heritage sites. South Africa has also encouraged community-based tourism initiatives that empower local communities and provide economic opportunities while preserving their traditional way of life.
Reason 2: South Africa has implemented policies and initiatives to ensure that tourism benefits are distributed equitably among all communities, including historically disadvantaged groups. Efforts have been made to provide opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs from marginalized communities to participate in and benefit from the tourism industry.
Reason 3: South Africa has established numerous national parks and protected areas that serve as conservation havens for a wide range of species. Additionally, initiatives such as anti-poaching programs and community-based conservation efforts have been implemented to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
Website - www.tourism.gov.za
Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Tanzania
Reason 1: The ministry actively supports the establishment and management of national parks, game reserves, and protected areas. They also collaborate with local and international organizations to combat poaching, promote anti-trafficking measures, and enhance wildlife management practices.
Reason 2: The Ministry provides training and capacity-building programs to local communities, enabling them to actively engage in tourism entrepreneurship and product development.
Reason 3: The Ministry promotes sustainable tourism certifications and guidelines to ensure that tourism businesses operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Additionally, the ministry supports initiatives that promote sustainable livelihoods, such as sustainable fishing practices and sustainable agriculture, to reduce the dependency on natural resources affected by tourism.
Website - www.mnrt.go.tz
Madagascar Ministry Of Tourism
Reason 1: They have focused on preserving the country's unique biodiversity and natural resources while ensuring the well-being of local communities. These initiatives have included promoting eco-tourism, supporting community-based tourism projects, and implementing strict regulations to protect fragile ecosystems.
Reason 2: They have actively worked to protect and promote Madagascar's rich cultural heritage, including its traditional music, dance, crafts, and rituals. The ministry has supported local artisans, encouraged cultural exchange programs, and facilitated community-led tourism initiatives that allow visitors to engage with local traditions and customs.
Reason 3: The ministry has adopted progressive policies in its tourism marketing and promotion strategies. They have focused on promoting responsible tourism practices, such as low-impact travel, community-based tourism, and respect for local customs and traditions. The ministry has actively collaborated with tour operators, travel agencies, and media outlets to promote sustainable and ethical tourism practices.
Website - www.madagascar-tourisme.com