15 September 2012

Ethiopia: Diaspora Should Contribute a Share to Keep the Country's Economy Leap Forward


About two and half million Ethiopians are estimated to live overseas in various parts of the world. The diaspora could be a great asset to further foster and sustain the country's economic progress.

The experience from countries like China, India and Vietnam shows they have used their expatriates as an instrument for their fast economic leap forward. Similarly, Ethiopians living abroad could contribute their untapped force leaving aside all the political differences and other barriers they fear to face. They could join hands with Ethiopians at home for a common grand goal—sustainable development of the country and alleviation of abject poverty once and forever.

Following the death of the late Prime Minister, Ethiopians living in different parts of the globe have vowed to contribute their share in the effort to make his vision a reality. This is a commendable start as Ethiopians living overseas still have huge untapped potential to support their country leap forward in future socio-economic endeavours.

They have accumulated wealth, education and experience to share at home and bring tangible changes in various sectors. They could also bring their strong work ethic. They can also attract investors to the country. Moreover, they would also import entrepreneurial spirit and skills in to Ethiopia. Despite these and other possible positive contribution they could offer to their homeland, their share in the on going development is still minimum.

arious differences should not discourage them from helping their nation. The Chinese, Indians and others, who are playing significant role to their country's great leap forward do not have similar political stand, but they gave priority to their nation and joined hands for the same goal. It's time to strengthen our commitment and unity, if we have to lift Ethiopia from the bottom of the world's economic ladder once and for all together.

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