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Addis Ababa, May 16, 2024 (FBC) – Second-generation Ethiopians in the Diaspora were welcomed and urged to deepen their contribution to the development of their motherland.

Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abiebie and Tourism Minister Nasisie Chali warmly welcomed Second-Generation Ethiopians in the Diaspora during today’s Diaspora homecoming event held at the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum under the theme “Discovering and Reconnecting to the Land of Origins.”

The event has showcased Ethiopia’s immense historical and cultural richness and possibilities for the Diaspora to contribute to the country’s betterment by engaging in the sector of their interest.

During her welcoming speech, the Mayor commended the Diaspora for their active participation in various national development activities. “Diasporas are engaged in various development activities in Ethiopia.”

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), for instance, also stands as a testament to the invaluable contributions of the Ethiopian Diaspora to our nation-building endeavors, she pointed out.

Mayor Adanech also emphasized their unique position – with global exposure and diverse experiences – to become strong advocates for preserving and promoting Ethiopia’s rich history and vibrant culture.

Tourism Minister, Nasisie Chali on her part applauded the Diaspora for heeding Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s call to return and contribute to Ethiopia’s progress.

Minister Nasisie specifically addressed the second-generation Diaspora, urging them to embark on a journey of self-discovery by learning about their Ethiopian roots, experiencing the country’s vibrant culture, and understanding its proud history.
“We are very much humbled to welcome the second generation Ethiopians in different instalments.”

The minister encouraged all second-generation Ethiopians to return and reconnect with their heritage and to significantly contribute to the nation’s future.

“In this second installment, we are calling on all second generations to come back and reconnect to their roots.”

To further engage the Diaspora, a captivating panel discussion was held featuring prominent figures.

Accordingly, Ethiopian Heritage Authority Director General Abebaw Ayalew, during his presentation, navigated the audience through Ethiopia’s rich historical tapestry, highlighting its importance not just for cultural understanding but also for potential tourism ventures by the Diaspora.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Digital Advisor, Meriem Said shed light on Ethiopia’s ongoing digitization drive and its significance in transforming the economy and achieving national prosperity, opening doors for potential collaboration with the Diaspora.

Kubik Founder and CEO, Kidus Asfaw, a successful Ethiopian entrepreneur, shared his inspiring story of building Kubik, a climate-tech company that transforms hard-to-recycle plastic waste into low-carbon, low-cost building materials.

A diaspora from the US and a former hire of the UNICEF, his experience exemplified the transformative impact Ethiopians abroad can have on the country’s development by tackling critical challenges through innovation.

This insightful discussion aimed to deepen the Diaspora’s understanding of their heritage and inspire them to reconnect and contribute to the nation’s future, according to ENA’s report.

The second-generation Ethiopians in attendance expressed deep admiration for Ethiopia’s vibrant culture and ancient history, and a strong desire to contribute to the country’s well-being.

The Ethiopian government’s efforts to reconnect with the Diaspora are ongoing, and the third round of the homecoming program will be held between June and September 2024.

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