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Purchase of Bond of GRD and Public Discussion on Diaspora Policy Undertaken in Minneapolis!!
By: Tsehaye Debalkew, Washington DC, December 4, 2011

A joint session of open and public discussion on the Diaspora Policy and a concomitant drive of purchase of bond towards the success of the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam/GRD/ was undertaken in the Greater Minneapolis Metropolitan Area in the presence of close to one hundred fifty Diaspora Ethiopians, according to News Dispatches received from the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, the venue where the much anticipated meeting was convened.

Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the US presided over the meeting and briefed the audience about the significance of the Diaspora Policy which is highly expected to boost the participation of the Ethiopian Diaspora communities across the globe in the development activities of the country and protect their benefits and interests.

The Ethiopian Ambassador to the US on the occasion outlined underpinning points engrained in the new Draft policy and amplified the multi-ferrous offers that are designed to stimulate and spur the participation of the Diaspora community in the national impetus presently rolling in Ethiopia.

According to the briefings presented it was made eloquently clear that the New Diaspora Policy is charged with conducive and propitious environment that definitely enhance and strengthen Diaspora participation in a meaningful manner by providing solid opportunities in multi-faceted services and other areas of interest across the width and breadth of our nation, it was learnt.

During the briefings and public discussions held it was made clear that the Policy is enriched with instruments that facilitate pertinent climate that encourages members of the Diaspora communities to directly partake at all levels of decision making through mechanisms that trigger off their participation. Councils to be established by the Diaspora will enable them to put their direct input on decisions that impact their participation and interest the Ambassador highlighted.

Special focus of the Policy the Ambassador stated, were the steps taken to bring the knowledge, experience, skill and financial resources of the Diaspora to the country in an organized manner that could entail dual benefits to the nation and at the same time empower the Diaspora communities.

In the course of the briefing session a power-point presentation pertaining to both the Draft Diaspora Policy and the GRD were availed. Members of the Diaspora communities raised pertinent quips that have enriched the discourse.

So far, it was learnt that briefing sessions and purchase of bond for the GRD were held in San Jose, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Seattle, Indianapolis, Denver and Montreal in addition to Minneapolis. According to information gathered, more than 15,000 members of the Ethiopian Diaspora are expected to take part in the Policy discussion only which will take place in 22 cities all over the world.

Present during the public discussion and sale of the GRD bond were officials from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC.

 

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