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Envoy to the US Addresses Ambassadors' Roundtable on Energy

News Release by the Ethiopian Embassy, Washington D.C,
Tigrai Onlne - March 08, 2014

The government of Ethiopia has made the necessary preparations towards ensuring the smooth running of the US-Africa Energy Ministerial which will be held in Addis Ababa from June 3-4, 2014 under the theme "Catalyzing Sustainable Growth in Africa" which will be co-hosted by the Governments of Ethiopia and the US.

The foregoing statement was made by Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy, Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the US, who is also  the resident Envoy to Mexico while addressing the Ambassadors' Roundtable co- to-day, hosted by the partnership of the Ethiopian Embassy and the US Department of Energy.

In the course of the informative session, Ambassador Girma briefed the Ambassadors that the Ministerial will discuss progress on the Power Africa Initiative, showcase the African leadership in energy development and explore strategies and best practices across Africa and the US for accelerating development of clean energy sources and adoption of energy efficient technologies.

 In relation to its composition, the Ethiopian Special Envoy underlined that the Ministerial will include energy ministers, multilateral development partners, regional and sub-regional energy organizations and other relevant stakeholders in energy from both the public and private sectors.

The Ministerial will serve as a propitious venue for the provision of opportunities for government-to-government, government-to-industry and company-to-company meetings, he underscored. It will also feature a US- Africa Energy Expo Center wherein US and African companies would highlight their technologies and showcase their business solutions, he added.

Ambassador Girma assured the Ambassadors that the Ethiopian Government has secured everything necessary for conducting the Ministerial and appealed to the Ambassadors to ensure the participation of their respective Ministries

Mr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of the US Department of Energy stressed the need for pulling all the resources that are essential for holding the meeting. In that regard, he out lined the Addis Ababa Ministerial will deal with topics of critical energy policy, governance and investment, renewable energy, finance and Power Africa, among other things.

He believed that it would serve as an important input during the US-Africa Summit to be convened in Washington D.C. in August 2014.

The Ambassadors who took part in the Roundtable raised significant issues that will buttress the items to be included in the agenda during the Ministerial conference, it was learnt.


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