|The Zimbabwean Delegation led by Principal Director of the Economic Cooperation Trade and Tourism Directorate Thando Madzvamuse (first row second from left) and other officials received by Justice Francisco Acosta (Ret.) (second row fourth from the left), Undersecretary Astravel P. Naik (second row third from left), IOM Executive Director Ricardo Casco (second row second from left), and other CFO officers.|
The CFO hosted a delegation from the Zimbabwean government who were on an official visit to the Philippines on March 27, 2019 as part of their four-day study tour to learn about our country’s policies and platforms in enhancing diaspora engagements.
CFO Secretary Justice Francisco P. Acosta (Ret.) and Undersecretary Astravel P. Naik received the delegation, which was headed by Mr. Thando Madzvamuse, the Principal Director of the Zimbabwe Economic Cooperation Trade and Tourism Directorate.
Of particular interest to the Delegation were the Commission’s various migration and development programs as well as platforms for engaging the Filipino diaspora. The Delegation also took notice of the mainstreaming of migration in the Philippines’ development plan and the efforts to engage the local government units in the process.
After a fruitful discussion and substantive discourse, the Zimbabwean delegation expressed their interest to further maintain dialogue with their Philippine counterparts.
Moreover, the Delegation also visited migrant-serving agencies and organizations that include the International Organization for Migration, Overseas Workers Welfare Association, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.
Diaspora engagements are gradually increasing in Zimbabwe and as such, the Zimbabwean government has taken an initiative in ensuring that their Diasporas are part of national development and is working vigorously to promote their interests and welfare.