Cooperation Executive Director, Ambassador Penda Naanda has said.

The lack of a comprehensive database on the Namibian diaspora make it difficult to ascertain the living conditions and wellbeing of Namibians abroad, Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Executive Director, Ambassador Penda Naanda has said.

Naanda said no accurate current data exists on the number of Namibians living abroad. A 2013 study by the United Nations however indicated that in 2013, there were 137 498 Namibians living abroad.

According to available data from Namibian missions, the majority live in South Africa, followed by Zambia and the United States of America. This data is however not conclusive and more accurate information is needed, he stated.

Naanda was speaking at the opening of the first multi-sectoral technical workshop on the development of the implementation plan for the draft national policy on the Namibian diaspora in Swakopmund today.

“With only 34 diplomatic missions around the world covering over 100 countries, it is imperative for the government to establish a policy that will enhance engagement between various Namibian institutions and the Namibian diaspora,” the executive director stated.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency