||The Government of Ethiopia has been taking different measures to bring the knowledge, experience, skills, and financial resources of Ethiopians in the Diaspora to contribute to national growth. The potential role of the Ethiopian Diaspora in development efforts has, in recent years, gained unprecedented recognition by the Ethiopian government. This interest in the actual and potential contribution of the Diaspora to development in Ethiopia manifests in the explicit reference to Diasporas in the country’s poverty reduction program, including recognition of the positive impact that remittances have on the country’s service account as well as the need for facilitating mechanisms to encourage direct investment from Ethiopians abroad.
To the meaningful contribution of the Diaspora to the development of the country, the Ethiopian Diaspora needs to overcome the major challenges of lack of accurate and updated information about the country development policies and programs. The main purpose of this “Basic Information for Ethiopian in the Diaspora” is to help Ethiopian Diaspora to fill the information gap and get more information in one book to enable them channel their initiatives and efforts; and to understand the national required procedures.
It contains different kinds of information about the Diaspora Engagement Affairs Directorate General, Investment Procedures in Ethiopia, Investment Incentives in Ethiopia, Customs Duty, Tariff and Taxes in Ethiopia, Tax Regulations in Ethiopia, Customs Procedures in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Origin ID card (Yellow Card), Opening Diaspora Account, The Grand Renaissance Dam Bond, Formal Remittance Service in Ethiopia, Tax ID Number and Finger Print Requirement, and Address for Regional and Federal Offices.