The Embassy of Ethiopia had held discussions with Ethiopian Diaspora in Helsinki on December 5, 2018. The discussion was the first of its kind on which individuals from different political and social background actively participated.
The embassy has briefed the Diaspora about the ongoing all rounded reforms in Ethiopia and called on them to contribute their share in the process. The embassy also expressed it’s readiness to closely work the diaspora, their communities, professional networks and similar associations.
On the other hand, the Embassy called up on the Diaspora to upgrade their engagements in Ethiopia, especially in investment, image building, tourism and trade promotion, technology and knowledge transfer.
The Diaspora on it’s part appreciated the ongoing reform, recommended that it should continue even further and pledged their support in this regard. In addition, they highlighted the good governance challenge and weak service delivery they experienced during their engagement in the country. They advised these and other bottlenecks should be avoided in order to better attract the Diaspora.
Finally, both the embassy and the Diaspora agreed work together closely so as to maximize their contribution. To this end, it was agreed to constitute a Diaspora association, in the near future, in which all Ethiopians without any difference can participate.