The Department of International Cooperation has been accorded an additional mandates of Coordinating Diaspora affairs with view to engaging them in socio – economic development of Zanzibar.Diaspora Unit has housed within the Department of International Cooperation, in the office of The President and Chairman of Revolutionary Council. The Department is headed by Deputy Principal Secretary (dealing with International Cooperation and coordination of Zanzibar Diaspora) assistance by Director.
The Department of International Cooperation has been accorded an additional mandates of Coordinating Diaspora affairs with view to engaging them in socio – economic development of Zanzibar.In terms of structure The Department is divided into three desks. Desk one deals with Regional integration with spearfish interest in East African Community. Desk 2 deals with Regional integration focusing in Southern African Development Community (SADC) and desk 3 deals with International Affairs and Indian Ocean Rim for Regional Cooperation.
The Department of International Cooperation and Coordination of Zanzibar Diaspora has been mandated to undertake the following responsibilities.
- To facilitate the sectoral experts to participate to the Country’s Consultative meetings.
- To Coordinate and participate in regional integration meetings (be it EAC, SADC and Indian Ocean Rims) within and outside the Country.
- To Coordinate the Zanzibaris living in Diaspora with their Homeland, so that they can effectively be engaged in Zanzibar socio-economic development.