Ethiopian Diaspora Agency to be established

9 Sep 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the establishment of an Ethiopian Diaspora Agency to engage, mobilise and facilitate Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin in the development of their country.

Ministry Spokesperson Meles Alem said “Ethiopians in the Diaspora are committed to participate in the development of their country.”

The new agency is expected to create a conducive environment that helps Ethiopians residing overseas to contribute to the development of the country and benefit themselves.

The Ethiopian Diaspora Agency will work to ensure the protection of the rights and dignity of Ethiopians in the Diaspora.

Ethiopia is estimated to have between 3 and 5 million people in the diaspora, most of whom are in North America and Europe. The less than $400 million remittance the country used to receive annually from its diaspora before 2009 has been increasing over past years.

Currently the country receives over $4 billion in remittance from its citizens every year, which is one billion more than it is earning from export of goods.

The agency will have offices in all Ethiopian embassies, as well as at all levels of government administrations.

The Ethiopian Diaspora Agency will be accountable to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and manage its own budget and financial activities.

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