cbe

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
GBP
61.9135
63.1518
,
EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
CHF
48.9505
49.9295
,
SEK
4.9615
5.0607
,
NOK
5.1022
5.2042
,
DKK
6.653
6.7861
,
DJF
0.2611
0.2663
,
JPY
0.3734
0.3809
,
CAD
34.4833
35.173
,
SAR
11.3381
11.5649
,
AED
11.577
11.8085
,
XAF
0.012
0.0122
,
INR
,
KES
,
AUD
31.8962
32.5341
,
ZAR
,
CNY
6.6588
6.792
,
KWD
148.6758
151.6493

awash

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
GBP
64.8309
66.1275
,
CAD
38.1031
38.8652
,
AED
12.7923
13.0481

abyssinia

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
GBP
61.9135
63.1518
,
EUR
54.6183
55.7107
,
AED
11.5609
11.7921
,
NOK
5.0939
5.1958
,
SAR
11.3233
11.5498
,
SEK
4.9351
5.0338
,
CAD
34.4242
35.1127

abay

zemen

buna

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
GBP
61.9135
63.1518
,
CHF
48.9505
49.9295
,
SEK
4.9615
5.0607
,
NOK
5.1022
5.2042
,
DKK
6.653
6.7861
,
JPY
0.3734
0.3809
,
CAD
34.4833
35.173
,
SAR
11.3381
11.5649
,
AED
11.577
11.8085
,
EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
CNY
6.6588
6.792
,
AUD
31.8962
32.5341
,
KWD
148.6758
151.6493

nib

GBP
61.9135
63.1518
,
EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
CHF
48.9505
49.9295
,
CAD
34.4833
35.173
,
SEK
4.9615
5.0607
,
AED
11.577
11.808511
,
SAR
54.6946
11.5649
,
ZAR
3.1884
3.2522
,
JPY
0.3734
0.3809
,
KES
0.4204
0.4289
,
DJF
0.2611
0.2663
,
INR
0.6235
0.636
,
CNY
6.653
6.7861
,
DKK
6.653
6.7861
,
NOK
5.1022
5.2042
,
AUD
31.8962
32.5341
,
USD
46.9925
46.8444

berhan

USD
42.6401
43.4929
,
EUR
52.0678
53.1092
,
GBP
57.7916
58.9474

wegagen

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
GBP
61.9135
63.1518
,
EURO
54.6946
55.7885
,
CAD
34.4833
35.173
,
AUD
31.8962
32.5341
,
CHF
47.7307
48.6853
,
SEK
4.7984
4.8944
,
NOK
4.9038
5.0019
,
DKK
6.5387
6.6695
,
DJF
0.2575
0.2626
,
INR
0.6216
0.634
,
KSH
0.419
0.4274
,
JPY
0.3768
0.3843
,
SAR
11.1765
11.4
,
AED
11.4098
11.638
,
ZAR
3.0903
3.1521
,
CNY
6.5005
6.6305
,
KWD
146.5054
149.4355

dgb

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
GBP
64.8309
66.1275
,
EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
CHF
51.2571
52.2822
,
CAD
38.1031
38.8652
,
AUD
35.2444
35.9493
,
SEK
5.4823
5.5919
,
NOK
5.6378
5.7506
,
DKK
7.3514
7.4984
,
DJF
0.2611
0.2663
,
INR
0.6276
0.6402
,
KSH
0.4232
0.4317
,
JPY
0.4126
0.4209
,
SAR
12.5283
12.7789
,
AED
12.7923
13.0481
,
ZAR
3.2093
3.2735
,
CNY
7.3578
7.505
,
KWD
155.6815
158.7951

enat

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
EUR
54.6964
55.7885
,
GBP
64.8309
66.1275
,
CHF
51.2571
52.2822
,
SEK
5.4823
5.5919
,
NOK
5.6378
5.7506
,
DKK
7.3514
7.4984
,
KES
0.4232
0.4317
,
JPY
0.4126
0.4209
,
DJF
0.2611
0.2663
,
CAD
38.1031
38.8652
,
AUD
35.2444
35.9493
,
SAR
12.5283
12.7789
,
AED
12.7923
13.0481
,
ZAR
3.2093
3.2735
,
CNY
7.3578
7.505

addis

EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
GBP
61.9135
63.1518
,
USD
46.9925
47.9324

nbe

KWD
126.8085
129.34467
,
CNH
5.6258
5.738316
,
ZAR
2.6751
2.728602
,
AED
9.9063
10.104426
,
SDR
57.7908
58.946616
,
EUR
48.4016
49.369632
,
CAD
28.7765
29.35203
,
AUD
28.3265
28.89303
,
JPY
0.3389
0.345678
,
SAR
9.7001
9.894102
,
INR
0.5525
0.56355
,
DJF
0.2234
0.227868
,
KES
0.3664
0.373728
,
DKK
5.8896
6.007392
,
NOK
4.2714
4.356828
,
SEK
4.3114
4.397628
,
CHF
41.5822
42.413844
,
GBP
53.539
54.60978

dashen

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
GBP
61.9135
63.1518
,
CHF
48.9505
49.9295
,
SEK
4.9615
5.0607
,
NOK
5.1022
5.2042
,
DKK
6.653
6.7861
,
JPY
0.3734
0.3809
,
CAD
34.4833
35.173
,
SAR
11.3381
11.5649
,
AED
11.577
11.8085
,
EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
DJF
,
INR
,
KES
,
AUD
,
ZAR
,
CNY

oromia

USD
46.9925
47.9324
,
EUR
54.6946
55.7885
,
GBP
64.8309
66.1275
,
SAR
12.5283
12.7789
,
CHF
51.2571
52.2822
,
AED
12.7923
13.0481

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Diaspora Account in Ethiopia

Different banks in Ethiopia with progressive benefits are attracting the diaspora community with a special diaspora account in Ethiopia. Some banks offer ultimate prizes turning the diaspora community to invest in Ethiopia.

 

The Ethiopian Banks and government encourage Ethiopian Diasporas to save foreign currency accounts at home to support domestic investment, foreign exchange reserve, and encourage foreign direct investment.

 

Best Diaspora Banks

What kind of Diaspora service are you looking for

Awash Bank

8.1

Awash Bank

Banking and Services for micro finance institutions

School Tution Fee Collection Services

Lucy Women's Saving

Business Banking

Plenty of business banking choices

Dashen Bank

8.5

Dashen Bank

Amole Wallet

Gold debit card

Green card

Amole Digital Banking

Pay from your mobile

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE)

8.7

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE)

Widely used Internet banking

Most bank with several branches and ATMs

Prize Linked Saving

CBE Birr

For business

Hibret Bank

7.6

Hibret Bank

Hiber-ET

Hiber Shebamile Card

Hiber Agent Banking

Diaspora Banking

Convenient Banking

Diaspora Account and How it Works

diaspora account in Ethiopia

What is a Diaspora Account in Ethiopia?

A Diaspora bank account is a bank account designed for Ethiopian origins living and working in different parts of the world. Different banks offer different types of diaspora account in Ethiopia while some banks do not have a specially designated account for the diaspora community.

People use these accounts whenever they intend to invest in some kind of business, property or have the intentions to return to their home country eventually. Most banks require living and working abroad for more than one year before opening this account.

Read here for other non-diaspora bank ratings in Ethiopia.

Benefits You Get by Opening a Diaspora Account in Ethiopia

Even if most of the banks offer some sort of Diaspora Account services, they differ in saving interest rates, services, and other benefits. Some banks might even offer special offers when opening one of these accounts. Carefully comparing and choosing the right bank is an important step before opening your Diaspora Account.

  • The account may be used as collateral to receive local currency credit from the domestic market.
  •  Loans
    • Diaspora Consumer Loans
    • Diaspora Vehicle Loan
    • Diaspora Business Loan

Different Types of Diaspora Accounts

There are three main types of diaspora accounts in Ethiopia as listed in the National Bank of Ethiopia. This account can be personal or business accounts.

  • Your savings are stored in foreign currencies, giving you easy access to Dollar and Euro.
  • Depositing to this account is done mainly using, US Dollar($), Pound Sterling(£), and Euro(€).
  • These are the three common types of Diaspora Accounts

1. Fixed (Time) Deposit Account

  • It is an interest-bearing account with an agreed maturity date. The minimum maturity period is three months.
  • It is opened with an initial deposit of US Dollar 5,000 or its equivalent in any of the above-stated currencies.
  • Interest on such accounts shall be payable only if they are maintained at least for the minimum period.
  • Interest income on such accounts is tax-free.

2. Current Account

  • It is opened by the checkbook.
  • Withdrawals can be made at any time by writing a check.
  • It can be opened with an initial deposit of US Dollar 100 or its equivalent in any of the above-stated currencies.
  • The maximum amount to be deposited shall not exceed US Dollar 50,000 or its equivalent in any of the above-stated currencies.
  • Interest shall not be paid to a non-resident foreign currency current account.

3. Non-Repatriable Birr Account

  •  It may take the form of a saving deposit account that can be used for local payments only.
  •  Such an account will pay double interest to the minimum saving deposit rate set by the National Bank of Ethiopia.
  •  Money can neither be transferred from this account to abroad nor converted from the local currency to any foreign currency.

How to Open a New Diaspora Account in Ethiopia

Different banks have their own way of connecting with the diaspora community. Some banks have online forms that you can download and fill out, while others use the conventional face-to-face way of communication. If you are opening the account from aboard then you need to visit your local Ethiopian embassy to validate your document to be sent out to the banks.

Some of the common methods of opening a diaspora account in Ethiopia are the following:

  • Persons residing abroad can open the account in person or by post in his/her name.
  • Applicants who could not be physically presented to open the account in the domestic banks can use the Ethiopian Embassies, Correspondent Banks or nearby remittance service providers to prove their identities.
  • An individual may open a current account in only one of the domestic banks whereas he/she may open fixed deposit accounts in more than one bank.
  • Opening of a foreign currency account by Power of Attorney is not allowed. However, Power of Attorneys is allowed to withdraw from these accounts provided that the Power of Attorney explicitly empowers them to operate these accounts.

Who Can Open a Diaspora Account?

Eligibility Criteria to open Diaspora Account are :

  • Non-resident Ethiopian;
  • Non-resident foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin;
  • Companies owned by non residents and located outside the Ethiopian territory
  • Ethiopian nationals living and working abroad or in due process of living abroad for work for more than one year and who can produce authenticated documents.

Most banks that offer the diaspora account have a list of the requirement that needs to be meet before opening a diaspora account. You need to attach a copy of the document together with the required form that needs to be filled. You can download the more detailed description here.

Required Documents to Open the Account

  • Resident ID and Passport (for Ethiopian national living abroad)
  • Passport and Ethiopian Origin ID (For Foreign Nationals of Ethiopian Origin)
  • Work permit and authenticated employment contract

How to Transfer Funds to a Diaspora Account?

How you transfer funds to an Ethiopian diaspora account depends on many variables such as currency, total amount and location. Read below to find out what applies in your case:

  • Directly crediting to the account from place of residence through the bank’s SWIFT Address by:
    • The account holder
    • The spouse of the account holder up on presentation of marriage certificate.
    • The employer upon presentation of valid employment agreement.
    • The business entity owned by the account holder or share company up on presentation of documents ascertaining the shareholding
    • Other institution as per the valid agreement presented.
  • Foreign currency cash notes exceeding USD 3,000 or equivalent in any other convertible currency provided that the holder presented signed and sealed foreign currency declaration form from Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority.
  • Resident living in neighboring and Middle East countries are required to present signed and sealed foreign currency declaration form from Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority for less than or equal to USD 3,000 foreign currency cash notes or equivalent in any other convertible foreign currency to deposit in the account.
  • Check deposit that originates from abroad.
  • A transfer from another type of non-resident foreign currency account owned by individuals and or enterprises.
  • Receipt through international payment cards/credit cards/debit cards.

How to Close A Diaspora Account?

There are certain circumstances you want to close a Diaspora account:

  • Upon the request of the account holder.
  • When the account holder starts to live in Ethiopia after completion of his/her stay abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions About A Diaspora Banking Ethiopia

Can Diaspora corporate accounts be opened for Ethiopians residing outside Ethiopia?

Yes, Business entities owned by non-resident Ethiopians and located outside the Ethiopian territory for more than now year can open this account.

What is the minimum opening balance for a diaspora account?

A Diaspora Account can be opened with a minimum of 100 USD if it is a current account or it can be opened with a minimum of 5000 USD if it is a fixed time account.

What are the products and services available to diaspora banking customers?

Through Diaspora Banking, Ethiopian Diaspora can be benefited in Saving Deposit and Interest, Investment, Loan, and low-interest rate mortgage loan.

Can I give someone Authority to open my account?

No, Opening of a foreign currency account by Power of Attorney is not allowed. However, If can not be present in person you can use the Ethiopian Embassies, Correspondent Banks, or nearby Remittance service providers to prove your identity.

 

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