Ethiopia to establish Diaspora advisory council

A Diaspora advisory council, aiming at enhancing engagement of Ethiopians living abroad in various development areas will be established next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
The government of Ethiopia, which has been working to improve involvement of the Diaspora in the overall development of the country, has now targets establishing two platforms to further mobilize the group, Diaspora Affairs Director-General Tefere Melese stated.
The bill, which provides for the establishment of a Diaspora Advisory Council and National Diaspora Council, is expected to be ratified by the House of Peoples’ Representatives in November 2015.
According to Tefere, members of the advisory council will be drawn from the Diaspora community, while the national council will have higher level officials as members.
The advisory council will serve as a platform for the Diaspora community to confer and propose ideas for policy makers on the overall development, democratization process and ensuring good governance.
Proposing ideas which will benefit and help improve the safety of Ethiopian communities in their countries of residence is also expected from the council, he added.
The national council, to be headed by the Prime Minister, is responsible for examining the advisory council’s policy suggestions and incorporating them into laws.
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