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Cape Verdean Diaspora Train Professionals in Key Sectors Back Home

An IOM-supported programme aimed at strengthening the competencies
and skills of professionals in Cape Verde has begun a new phase
with members of the country's diaspora returning home temporarily
to train staff in their respective professional sectors.

The programme, promoted by the Instituto das Comunidades de Cabo
Verde, involves diaspora professionals residing in the Netherlands,
Italy and Portugal in efforts to build and strengthen key
development sectors in Cape Verde such as health, education,
tourism and infrastructure.

With the government committed to developing human resources as
part of its National Development Plan, and to ensure
sustainability, the programme is focusing on passing on skills and
knowledge through training rather than short-term job
assignments.

Demand to participate in the programme among the diaspora in the
three European countries has been high. More than 100 mostly young
professionals have already registered their profile and applied
online for published vacancies on "paragraph-link-no-underline" href="http://www.diasdecaboverde.org"
target="_blank" title="">www.diasdecaboverde.org, a dynamic and
interactive interface between Cape Verde and its diaspora, although
programme funding means only 30 training missions will be
possible.

Ten diaspora professionals each from Italy, Netherlands and
Portugal are being chosen, with two people having already begun
their training missions at the main hospital in Mindelo on
São Vicente island and at the Institute of Civil Engineering
in Praia, on the island of Santiago.

Their respective aims are to enhance the managerial and
leadership skills at the hospital among nursing and administrative
staff and to help build motivation, a corporate culture and a
career path structure and to pass on knowledge of applied
information technology.

The remaining missions in the programme which is funded by the
European Commission and the Portuguese Cooperation Institute, will
be carried out in the coming months.

For further information, please contact:

Marta Bronzin

IOM Portugal

Tel: + 351 21 324 2940

E-mail: "mailto:mbronzin@iom.int">mbronzin@iom.int

or

Dario Muhamudo

IOM Cape Verde

Tel: + 238 260 1791

E-mail: "mailto:dmuhamudo@iom.int">dmuhamudo@iom.int