Purchase of Bond towards the Grand Renaissance Dam Showcased With
Success in Washington D.C
June 10, 2012/
Patriotic Ethiopians and Ethiopian- Americans
residing in and around the Metropolitan Area of Washington D.C. launched a
triumphant fund raising event by purchasing bonds channeled towards the
building of the Grand Renaissance Dam amounting to the tune of $ 1,500, 000
at the Chancery of the Ethiopian Embassy in the nation's capital here
In what was a successful trail blazer occasion for
other compatriot Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans in North America the
event was graced by the presence of a high- level Ethiopian delegation led
by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister and Chairman of the
National Renaissance Council, Haile Mariam Desalegn.
The event which highlighted the all-round participation by Ethiopians and
Ethiopian- Americans domiciling in the D.C. Metro Area in the realization of
the building of the Grand Renaissance Dam, Africa's first 6000 MW Power
House attracted an enthusiastic group of dignitaries and invited guests of
more than 250.
Ato Negussie Birratu, Chairman of the D.C.
Renaissance Council briefed the congregation of the activities undertaken by
the leadership team to make the event a success and thanked all who at this
historic juncture have heroically stood to be counted.
A power-point presentation which galvanized the audience followed by a
robust question and answer session was made on the occasion by the General
Manager of the Grand Renaissance Dam and Chief Engineer of the historic
gigantic project Ato Simegnew Bekele.
The Chief Engineer revealed the strenuous
effort made by the government and pertinent professionals who painstakingly
took a great amount of necessary time to analyze and assess previous studies
and execute on the ground appraisal before the offing of the project.
The Executive Manager stipulated to the audience the all-round national,
regional and international importance of the Dam and its multi- dimensional
implications for the all-over industrialization of our country and its
Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and
Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic
Republic of Ethiopia to the US and non-resident envoy to Mexico, apprised
the packed audience of the monumental task achieved in the last few months.
In this regard he recalled the egregious task was that of organizing
Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans in North America by creating an enabling
situation for them primarily to benefit themselves and play a worthwhile
role in putting their hand in the nation building process by implanting
their imprint to be reminisced by coming generations.
In his revealing statement the Ethiopian Special Envoy recounted the
propitious political climate which is prevalent in present day Ethiopia that
allows the free participation of the citizenry in matters ranging from the
right to assembly, association, expression and faith up to and including the
basic right to vote in elections that are held regularly @ the county,
district, state and federal levels.
He underscored that hitherto over 1200 Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans
who have spurred all Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans to task have made it
possible to chip in close to $4,000,000 in the form of bond purchases have
taken leadership across the more than 45 cities in North America by forming
Renaissance Councils. In continuation he made the clarion call up all
Diaspora Ethiopians to further enhance their participation by way of
accelerating their share in the nation building process presently in high
The guest of honor whose stewardship of the high-
level Ethiopian delegation was succinct, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign
Affairs Minister and Chairman of the National Renaissance Council, Haile
Mariam Desalegn finally made a keynote address by praising the courageous
Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans for making a positive difference by
debunking pernicious prevarications by the few elements of doom and gloom
who relentlessly voice doomsday theories.
The D/PM, FM and Chairman of the National Renaissance Council brought to
light the determined commitment of the Ethiopian people and government to
see through the final consummation of the project in the slotted time and
made a salient appeal to all Diaspora Ethiopians to make their due
contribution and race for going down in history in this time of rare
occurrence of Renaissance and seize the hour.
Upon the invitation by Ambassador Mulie Tarekegn, Deputy Chief of Mission
and Head of the Diaspora Community Department of the Embassy who was the
Emcee of the Event, representatives of the D.C. Renaissance Council
presented the D/PM and FM a plaque with the Bond Purchase of a little over $
1, 500,000 inscribed on it.