The Hague-IOM’s annual reception for embassies, consulates and representatives from ministries on 27 February was very well attended. Relations were established or renewed and IOM took the opportunity to inform the guests present about its work.
At the meeting IOM launched a new, world wide campaign which addresses the contributions migrants bring to their home and host countries. The campaign focuses on a more balance and positive view of migrants and of their contributions to societies, with the slogan: ‘It’s amazing what migrants bring’.
IT-professional Clement Adu Twum, participant in IOM’s Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN), set the audience an example. As IT professional based in the Netherlands Clement explained how he used his experience in Ghana by developing a new IT-infrastructure for the Tamale Teaching Hospital in northern Ghana. His efforts gave a boost to the hospital’s general health care management.
With projects such as TRQN IOM develops the potential of the diaspora for the benefit of their native country and thereby contributes to sustainable development and poverty reduction.