Ethiopia Drafting New Diaspora Policy
Note: The Meles regime has encountered stiff resistance from the Ethiopians in Diaspora in recent months. His embarrassment started in Washington DC, when he was loudly called a dictator in front of world leaders and his boss, President Obama, who was in his White House office two blocks away from Reagan Building where the humiliation took place. Another humiliation, right after the first one, was his disinvitation from a scheduled speech in South Africa followed by a wave of demonstrations. The Ethiopians, around the world, are rather encouraged by these events, and chased Meles everywhere he travelled. The humiliations he suffered cannot be counted any more, the Arab satellite scandal, the reluctance of some investors, the intensification of struggle by Qeerroo in Oromia, the Waldeba in Amhara, Ogaden, Gambella, etc. He is reported to be, now, in Brussels’ hospital for severe mental instability.
Meles’ regime seems to be confused and lost grip of control. No one is sitting idle for Meles any more in Ethiopia, including small tribes like Mursi and Konso. Everyone is struggling to get rid of the regime in every corner and no one is prepared to back up, no marcha atras. The regime has tried every trick of pitting one sector of society against the other, Oromo against Amhara, Muslims against Christians, Muslims against Muslims, etc.
However, Meles has successfully lured some unwary Ethiopian Diaspora investors for some time. He silenced these investors and blocked them at least from appearing in public Diaspora meetings. Those who knowingly or unknowingly deviated from the level of agreement with Meles, lost their property for unsubstantiated reasons. To strengthen this kind of allurement Meles is issuing another Diaspora policy as follows:
This article was taken from Ethiopian Government sponsored website: www.2merkato.com
Ethiopia is preparing a new Diaspora policy conferring special rights and privileges for the Ethiopian Diaspora. The policy is being drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
High Level government officials will take part in a national council addressing Diaspora issues and returnee Diaspora will form an advisory council to support the formulation of the policy according to sources. Opportunities to form advisory councils will also be offered in various parts of the world through the Ethiopian Diplomatic Missions while regional offices will have Diaspora offices supervising and supporting the investment activities of returned Diaspora under the administration of the regional states.
MoFA also intends to coordinate forums to be managed by the ministry and to be supervised by regional and federal offices.
The policy being drafted will offer particular privileges to Ethiopian Diaspora who return to Ethiopia for good although the exact benefits are still being worked out.
One of the perks to be made available by the new policy is to make low cost housing available to individual and collective members of the returned Diaspora in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa cities.
The policy document will be presented to the MoFA board in the next few weeks and after taking on board relevant amendments and changes it will be presented to the Council of Ministers for final approval according to Mulugeta Kelil, Director General of Diaspora Engagement Affairs with the ministry.