Out of the total support, over 600 million Birr was extended for humanitarian assistance being provided to people in need of support in various parts of the country, she added. According to Selamawit, during the concluded Ethiopian fiscal year, the diaspora has contributed over 1 billion Birr to help the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), to support ongoing humanitarian activities in various parts of the country, and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and its economic consequences.
The Ethiopians have also raised 192 million Birr to support the construction of GERD and 30 million Birr to the realization of “Dine for Ethiopia”, a project initiated by Prime Minister Abiy to expand tourism attraction development in Amhara, Oromia, and SNNPR. Similarly, over 200 million Birr worth support has also been extended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Ethiopia, Selamawit stated.
According to her, over half-billion birr has been collected from the diaspora to curve the impact of the pandemic since the outbreak. Besides financial support, the diaspora community has been contributing to the national political and economic development of Ethiopia in terms of knowledge, professional services among other things.