Kovind tells diaspora in Ethiopia that government cares for them

President Ram Nath Kovind has lauded the contributions made by the Indian community in Ethiopia as teachers, educators, entrepreneurs, tech professionals and workers. 
Speaking at a reception hosted by Indian Ambassador Anurag Srivastava here yesterday, Mr Kovind said as teachers and educators they have given a helping hand to nation building in their host country. As entrepreneurs, they have created economic opportunities and imparted skills to local people.
As tech professionals and workers, they have added value to Ethiopian Industry. With hard work and dedication, the Indian community has earned respect from the Ethiopian society. And yet it has retained and carried forward Indian values, family traditions and work ethic while adapting very well to this adopted home, he added.
The President said Ethiopia, like India, is a land of diversity, of multiple languages and varied cuisines; of music, dance and drama. The Indian community here must take advantage of the local eclectic culture as well as showcase and share our own cultural diversity.
Both India and Ethiopia have large young populations. The youth are the future, and it is from them that new ideas would come. He advised the Indian community to make special efforts to connect with Ethiopia’s youth. This would help them germinate their ideas to provide solutions for a better world, be it tacking climate change or skilling people.
The President said the Government seeks sustained and proactive engagement with our overseas community. The purpose of this engagement is to provide an opportunity to familiarise the community with transformational changes taking place in India. The dialogue with the diaspora is also aimed at shaping possibilities and platforms through which it can participate in India’s growth and development.
The President said the Government also cares for the overseas Indian community and keeps its promise to stand by them. He referred to efforts made to evacuate Indian citizens from Yemen (as part of Operation Rahat in 2015) and Libya, or more recently help individuals and families during the floods in parts of the United States.
The event was attended by some 500 members of Ethiopia’s Indian community. The Indian community is spread all over the country and is 5,000 strong.


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