He disclosed his plans in a virtual conversation yesterday evening with Kenyans in the Diaspora drawn from across the world.
According to Ruto, they undertook to advance the deliberation to configure Kenyan politics to issues, policies and programmes.
“We recognise the critical and huge contribution — both economically and intellectually — that Kenyans in the Diaspora make in the development of our country,” he tweeted.
On this account, he said that they had begun a clear, inclusive and structured engagement with them on broad and solid plans that will make Kenya a better and fairer country for everyone.
” On this account, we have begun a clear, inclusive and structured engagement with them to concretise and prosecute our broad and solid plans that will make Kenya a better and fairer country for everyone,” he said.
He added that they will open a platform for everyone in the diaspora to join the conversation.
He held the virtual conversation with Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar, economist David Ndii, the former Senator for Kakamega County Boni Khalwale among others.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data shows that diaspora remittances in January grew 7.3 per cent from Sh28.4 billion ($259.4 million) that was sent home in January 2020.
The remittances rose in January despite the continued struggles of the US economy to create jobs, with the country emerging as one of the worst hit by the Covid pandemic.
The US is the biggest source of remittances to Kenya, with others including UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Germany also making key contributions.
“Remittance inflows increased by 7.3 percent in January 2021…the cumulative inflows in the 12 months to January totalled $3.113 billion (Sh341.2 billion) compared to $2.811 billion (Sh308.1 billion) in the 12 months to January 2020, an increase of 10.8 percent,” said CBK.