Amman conference on the economic potential of diasporas

The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will hold its next regional conference in Amman, Jordan, on 18 September 2019.

The conference is organised on the initiative, and at the invitation, of the Jordanian House of Representatives and will focus on the topic “the economic potential of diasporas”.

There are vast diaspora communities of skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in the Middle East who have strong economic potential for the region. UN data indicate that around 20 million citizens from these regions live abroad, representing 5 per cent of the whole population. These diaspora communities are an economic asset for their countries of origin through the sending of remittances, as well as for their host countries as a result of their skills and expertise.

The conference will explore the role of diaspora members as partners for governments and development institutions in dealing with globalisation and fostering development co-operation, regional integration and entrepreneurship. It will also focus on how diasporas can be encouraged to introduce new and better practices in their counties of origin, attract foreign investment and facilitate technology and knowledge transfer, as well as looking at the role of national parliaments in fostering this process.

It will bring together high-level officials, members of parliaments and government representatives as well as representatives of international organisations, diaspora associations, development experts and academics.