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Ethiopians in Boston and Ohio form Grand Renaissance Dam Diaspora Participation and Coordination Councils!!!

Tsehaye Debalkew, October 27,, 2011 - Washington DC


Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian Origin domiciling in Boston and Ohio states and their environs here in the US have established The Grand Renaissance Dam Diaspora Participation and Coordination Councils that would ensure the bolstering and further boost the mobilization effort and contributions toward the successful completion of the historic gigantic project currently in full gear in Ethiopia.

In a keynote address at the inaugural Council meeting in Boston, Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy, Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the US, hailed the unstinting endeavor by the members of the Ethiopian Community and their unshrinking resolve to enlist themselves alongside the Ethiopian people who are presently poised to bury poverty and backwardness and elevate the nation to the level of middle income countries in the not too distant future.

Ambassador Girma on the occasion apprised the audience that at present the construction effort is moving on schedule with an impressive headway being registered to realize the success of the Five Year Growth and Transformation Plan. The dam, he underscored, epitomizes Ethiopia’s present and future is decided by its hard working and peace loving people who are fully engaged in the overall effort of transforming the nation.

Pertaining to the formation of the Council the Ambassador expressed his belief that it would enable the Diaspora community to streamline its activities and all the more enhance its participation and involvement in other timely and topical national tasks with multiple ramifications benefitting themselves and their kith and kin at home.

Ambassador MulieTarekegn, Deputy Head of Mission and Chief of the Community Affairs at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC.on his part, made an informative power-point presentation concerning multiple features of the, Grand Renaissance Dam and the purchase and sale of bonds, to the audience of Ethiopian Diaspora Community in Boston and Ohio last weekend.

Ambassador Mulie, in his power point presentation  he demonstrated the requirements for the purchase of the bond for the Grand Renaissance Dam, interest rates, procedures and options for the purchase of bonds and the short and long term benefits that accrue from such an enterprise. After the briefing, participants at the meeting discussed in detail about the statute and legislation before establishing The Grand Renaissance Dam Diaspora Participation and Coordination Councils  in both places.
 

In both Boston and Ohio Diaspora Members of the newly formed Councils in the respective venues were actively engaged in the sale of bonds procuring over $130,000 or close to Birr.Two Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand. The Councils, it was learnt are broad based, constituting Diaspora Ethiopians from an array of civic and development associations, religious groups, artists, professional associations, business organizations and enterprises, renowned personalities, academics, youth and women associations and other pertinent entities.

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