By sending funds to their families and investing in Egypt, Egyptian expats are helping revive the economy and offset the setbacks of recent years, experts say.
A group called "Egyptians in Kuwait" in late January launched a "Help your country even while you are away" initiative, which aims to raise the amount of bank transfers from Egyptians living in Kuwait into Egypt.
This initiative comes after reports from the Central Bank of Egypt revealed an $821 million decrease in remittances from Egyptian expatriates abroad from July-September of 2013, in comparison to the same period the previous year.
Egyptian remittances are among the most significant source of currency entering the country, along with revenues from the Suez Canal and the tourism industry, which is struggling due to security conditions causing many countries to issue advisories against traveling to Egypt.
Osama Galal was instrumental in the launch of the "Help your country even while you are away" initiative, which kicked off in Kuwait on January 27th, a payday for many workers.
"Remittances are the best way to celebrate the [January 25th] Revolution and help Egypt increase its foreign currency reserves, instead of staging demonstrations, because it is better for Egyptians to focus on building the state and benefiting from the democratic process," he said.
The initiative has in the past two years since the revolution contributed towards increasing Egyptians' remittances, he said.
These are expected to rise in the next few years as expatriates realise transferring money to their country is a patriotic duty and a real factor in strengthening the economy, Galal said.