The loss of trained and experienced professionals in Zimbabwe and the extent of its impact on service delivery in many sectors of the country’s economy have become a matter of grave concern.
So much so that it continues to elicit international goodwill.
In this context, the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s “1035” facility has funded a Zimbabwe Human Capital Mobilization website whose launch epitomized the major highlight of a two day symposium held in the country’s Eastern Border City of Mutare late last month.
Natalia Perez, IOM spokesperson, said in a statement to the Sunday Standard from Harare, “The website is intended to provide information on job and investments opportunities.”
To that end, Perez pointed out that a database linked to the website will capture the profiles of skilled Zimbabweans around the globe, who would be interested in taking part in Zimbabwe economic reconstruction endeavor.
As such, creating a vital human resource base to tap on, and to ensure a prompt and rational response to the prevailing demands of the country’s economic recovery initiatives, hence the theme of the symposium “Brain Drain to Brain Gain.”
In line with this, research findings of studies commissioned by IOM, namely the Zimbabwe Health Worker Survey, the Skilled Gap Study and the Remittance Study were presented and discussed.
Further informing the discourse on the economic recovery of the once-upon-a time, Bread Basket of Southern Africa, was a study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), titled Labour Markets and Rebuilding Human Capital.
With a view to determining a coordinated approach in tackling the challenges presented by the brain drain, representatives from the Private sector, Government and Non Governmental agencies, had an opportunity to table their respective initiatives and proposed responses.
Apparently the symposium was convened by Zimbabwe’s interim Government, through its Ministry of Tertiary and Higher Education, in liaison with IOM and UNESCO, and was officially opened by that country’s Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, just two days before she flew into Botswana to attend an International Conference on Democracy.
Khupe highlighted the difference the project would bring to her country’s future and the strengthening of the economy in light of the worldwide economic and financial hardships.
Dr. Soo Hyang Choi, Director and Representative of UNESCO in Zimbabwe and key officials from strategic organizations and Done Agencies graced the event.
In affirming, IOM’s commitment to the Zimbabwe Human Capital mobilization initiative, the organization’s Regional Representative, Hans-Peter Boe, said, “IOM is proud to be part of Zimbabwe’s multi-stakeholder economic recovery effort that ensures the mainstreaming of brain drain and brain gain into national economic planning strategies.”
Following the meeting, a Committee was appointed to deal with the specific practicalities of tackling the human capital mobilization issues in line with Economic recovery initiatives in place.