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Ethiopians in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Express Their Allegiance
To Support the Building of the Grand Renaissance Dam

By Tsehaye Debalkew
August 17 2011

In what could be attributed as a strong show of support to the Growth and Transformation Plan/GTP/ in general and the building of the Grand Renaissance Dam/GRD/, in particular, members of the Ethiopian Diaspora domiciling in and around the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, readily expressed their unflinching commitment towards the realization of the huge national initiative currently in full swing with the utmost participation of the people in Ethiopia.

Ambassador Mulie Tarekegn, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington DC. , who was on hand to mobilize the all-round resources of the Diaspora community, made a power-point presentation by elaborating in-depth the importance of the Diaspora participation in the noble endeavor of national transformation and the dual benefits that emanate from the purchase of bonds and the resort to pledges that encompass multifarious advantages both at the national level, and the fitting economic return embodied as a result of individual partnership.

Ambassador Mulie, on the occasion addressed the audience, by underscoring the timely stride taken by the Ethiopian people and government for boldly initiating the gigantic project unequalled by African standards and the ever bolstering determination and burgeoning enthusiasm of the Ethiopian Diaspora in its unreserved commitment, resolve and its quintessential support towards the GTP and the GRD.

Ambassador Mulie underlined that the huge project is poised to benefit the nation enormously by enabling it to traverse into becoming a member of the club of middle income countries of the globe in the not too distant future by nipping poverty in the bud, by way of permanently uprooting it from its bastion of deep entrenchment.

In relation to the grim picture of drought currently engulfing the Horn of Africa Region, Ambassador Mulie noted the need for the swift and prompt response from donors and the international community in order to save the situation from plunging further adrift. He on the other hand, explained in detail the mechanism that has been set in place in Ethiopia for the last so many years to alert the world of an impending natural disaster.

He underscored in this perspective the emergency alert mechanism set by the Ethiopian government in league with the donors and the international partners has served as a proven panacea to deliver assistance to the needy in their respective localities.

Presently the 4.5 million needy Ethiopians are being heeded to thanks to the tested emergency response system intact and the swift and timely measure taken by the government.

Ambassador Mulie, called upon the members of the Ethiopian Diaspora community to redouble their efforts and stand to be counted by leaving their insignia as the new generation that has stirred, galvanized and transformed the nation for good.

At last the audience raised pertinent questions as concerns varied national issues and were served well and meaningful responses by Ambassador Mulie. Before concluding the spirited meeting members of the Ethiopian Diaspora raised on the spot $34,000 or well over half-a-million Birr by way of purchase of bonds and pledging financial support towards the implementation of the GRD.

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