The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies organised its 2nd regional meeting in Kyiv

The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, at the invitation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, organised its 2nd regional meeting in Kyiv, on 22 September 2018.

This meeting brought together around 80 participants from 20 countries, including MPs, Diaspora NGOs, government officials, experts and diplomatic representatives who met in order to share their experience on the topic “Platform for co-operation policies: role of diaspora associations and synergies with public authorities”.

The conference gave the opportunity to parliamentarians and representatives of diasporas to hold an in-depth exchange on the role of diaspora associations and on their synergies with national and local authorities.

In its final conclusions adopted unanimously by the members, the Network emphasized how important it is for national and local authorities to engage diaspora members and their organisations. The conclusions make suggestions in particular in respect of the role of parliaments in the development of the legal bases for cooperation with the members of diasporas, the role of governments in creating the conditions for a greater contribution of diasporas to their countries of origin, as well as in respect of the cooperation between local authorities and diaspora associations.