Tsehaye Debalkew, Washington D.C.
Tigrai Online Feb. 07, 2013
During the interactive discussion that ensued between the two parties a financial grant amounting to $432 Million is reported to have been allotted by the Fast Track Initiative (FIT), a consortium of multi- lateral donor group constituting of the World Bank, the United Kingdom, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands for Ethiopia's General Education Quality Improvement Program Phase Two which will be launched next July 2013.
Mr.Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, who held an extensive consultation with Vice President Mr.Makhtar Diop of the World Bank in Washington DC, today expressed thanks for the timely and apt recognition for Ethiopia's success story in the implementation of the General Education Quality Improvement Phase One, which will wind up come July 2013.
The Deputy Prime Minister appreciated the Group's support and assured them that Ethiopia is poised to continue registering the already promising steps even on a buttressed level and praised the consortium for their continued assistance.
In a different note Mr. Demeke Mekonnen apprised University authorities and leaders of research centers and hubs of educational excellence in Connecticut and College Park, Maryland, which had opened varied vistas for him to discuss in detail with members of the academia for the enhancement and sustenance of a dynamic and vigorous mutually beneficial partnership of Ethiopian Universities and their counterparts in the US in the field of education.
Mr.Demeke Mekonnen also talked about how the universities could assist with Ethiopia’s wider development strategy. Mr.Demeke Mekonnen has also briefed members of the academia in both campuses the enormous strides made in the fair and expansive out-reach of education, the General Education Quality Improvement Program, the ever rising number of students, centers of education and excellence and the impressive results upheld in the sector in Ethiopia
In a separate development Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Demeke Mekonnen briefed close to 500 members of the Ethiopian Diaspora about the gigantic progress Ethiopia is currently registering in all fields.
The briefing took place at the auditorium of the Chancery of the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C. to a strong congregation of Ethiopians domiciling in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Baltimore, Philadelphia and North Carolina on Sunday February 4, 2013.
Referring to the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) that Ethiopia has presently anchored on, the Ethiopian Deputy PM and Education Minister stated that by the end of the anticipated five-year implementation contour of the envisioned plan the country is bound to register transformational and structural economic, social and political gains.
He pointed out that the GTP which has already embarked upon the third year of its Five-year plan period has indicated a promising step forward to bring about structural transformation and address the fundamental development challenges of the country. To realize this objective, the Deputy Prime Minister said particularly in reference to the Grand Renaissance Dam, that the government and the Ethiopian people are working with resolve and a sharpened commitment ever determined to realize this huge project without the injection of an iota of fund from any external source.
In this regard the D/PM further urged the Diaspora community to stand up to the living clarion call and be counted by continuing their participation with a heightened resolve, warmth and a gallant and patriotic firm belief.
Mr. Demeke, impressed upon the Ethiopian Diaspora the conducive climate obtaining in the country for engagement and constructive effort on the part of the Diaspora Ethiopians of all stripes. Furthermore, the Minister informed the members of the Ethiopian community of the commitment of the Ethiopian people, the government and all contesting parties to make the upcoming May, 2013 elections, fair, free, democratic, peaceful and credible by all accounts.
Present during the engaging forum at College Park's Agriculture and Natural Resources College and the Ethiopian community meeting in Washington D.C. was Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United States of America and resident Envoy to Canada and Mexico.