High Level Diaspora Diplomacy Advisory Council Enstablished

High Level Diaspora Diplomacy Advisory Council Enstablishedtoday with a view to facilitating ways to create strong diaspora engagement in the overall development efforts of the country in collaboration with the government. A High Level Ethiopian Diaspora Diplomacy Forum held today at National Science Museum in Addis Ababa to discuss on the achievements, challenges and future tasks in engaging the diaspora. On the occasion, High Level Diaspora Diplomacy Advisory Council was officially established. The objective is to create strong diaspora engagement in the overall development efforts of the country in collaboration with the government. The panel discussion, organized as part of the ongoing Diplomacy Week, aims at increasing the participation and contribution of the diaspora in the national affairs of Ethiopia. Foreign Affairs State Minister, Ambassador Misganu Arga, State Minister of Tourism, Lensa Mekonnen, Ethiopian ambassadors and heads of missions abroad as well as members of the diaspora and other invited guests were in attendance at the forum. Foreign Affairs State Minister, Ambassador Misganu Arga commended the participation of the diaspora in term of national development, remittance and other areas stressing the need to further scale up this engagement to a higher level. Noting the government's strong commitment to strengthen the participation of the diaspora, the state minister said efforts will be exerted to enhance the contribution of the diaspora in knowledge and technology transfer as well as tap their potential for development. Engaging the Ethiopian diaspora in various activities of the country will further be intensified, he said. Ambassador Mesganu thanked Ethiopians in the Diaspora for their commitment to support the country in its effort for transformation. He said "we have to work together to build nation and protect its national interest." Finally, he urged the Diaspora communities to strengthen their efforts for the benefit of the country by protecting its national interest. Eth iopian Diaspora Service, Director General Mohammed Endris said the forum aims to discuss the conditions that could encourage and strengthen the diaspora's engagement in the nation's development endeavors. Source: Ethiopian News Agency