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Diaspora

The Diaspora Engagement Department of the Embassy is responsible for raising awareness and understanding of Ethiopia among the Diaspora and mobilising them to take part in the country's development activities.

The Department’s activities include: conducting interactive meetings and group discussions with members of the Diaspora aimed at providing information and clarification on issues of concern; encouraging and facilitating Diaspora participation in business and investment activities in Ethiopia; supporting knowledge and technology transfer initiatives, by establishing links with the relevant institutions in Ethiopia; assisting members of the Diaspora to open Foreign Currency Diaspora Accounts in Pounds Sterling (GBP); facilitating the establishment of productive and meaningful synergies between Diaspora Civic, Professional, Community and Development associations and their local counterparts in Ethiopia and; promoting the opportunities and mitigating the challenges associated with the country’s existing Diaspora policies and directives.

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Further to PM Abiy’s recent call to the Ethiopian diaspora to contribute $1-a-day to the transformation and development of a better Ethiopia, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia has officially opened a bank account to support the operation of the “Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund”.
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Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund account officially operational
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The Embassy has recently been made aware of some people engaging in fraudulent acts of soliciting money for the Diaspora Trust Fund, which is still in the process of being set up. Please do not to fall victim to any scams, the Embassy will officially announce the launch of the Trust Fund once it has gone public.
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Full transcript of PM Abiy's historic speech at Meskel Square at the Rally for Forgiveness and Togetherness. Check against delivery.
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Speech by H.E. Dr Abiy Ahmed at the Rally for Forgiveness and Togetherness, Meskel Square

Investment Opportunities

The Diaspora have a great role to play in Ethiopia’s development activities.

Diaspora Investment Opportunities and Incentives

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Small and Medium Enterprises Opportunities for Diaspora

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Diaspora Housing Programme

Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin are entitled to own a house through a government Diaspora housing scheme either individually or by becoming members of a housing association.

Further information on the criteria for registration, house prices and directives can be found below:

Information on the criteria for registration, house prices and directives for each regional state can be found below:

Opening a Bank Account

Ethiopians and Foreign Nationals of Ethiopian origin living and working outside Ethiopia are eligible to open a Diaspora Bank Account with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.

You can open a Diaspora Account in 3 easy steps. For further information on the types of accounts available, please visit the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia website.

  • 1
    Complete Application Form

    Download and complete the application form.

     

    Please do not sign the application form. You will be required to sign the form at the Embassy.
  • 2
    Gather Supporting Documents
    • Completed application form
    • Your passport
    • One recent passport-sized photo
  • 3
    Schedule an Appointment

Additional Resources

Diaspora Portal

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Immigration and Nationality Laws

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Internship Program Directive

Information on the internship program for Ethiopians and Foreign Nationals of Ethiopian Origin at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis and Ethiopian Missions Abroad

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Urban Land Leaseholding Proclamation

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Commercial Bank of Ethiopia - Current Account

Amharic Brochure

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Commercial Bank of Ethiopia - Current Account

English Brochure

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