Ethiopian Diaspora commend dev't activities
Addis Ababa, 25 February 2014 (WIC) -The new Addis-Adama Expressway has won admiration of the Diaspora. The Diaspora communities were elated to see here the roads they use to admire in the affluent nations abroad.
This week the Diaspora and foreigners of Ethiopian origin afforded a visit to get insights about the manifold development projects afoot in the country including Addis-Adama Expressway and cotton spinning factory in Adama town.
Abebe G/ Hiwot who lived for over 35 years in Europe and America noted that the Addis-Adama Expressway is in all standards not less than the modern roads in the West. He was a member of the Diaspora group who payed homage to the road so remarked in a field tour the Government Communication Affairs Office organized in collaboration with the Ethiopian Roads Authority. He lauded the attention the government has given to the road sector development.
The expressway, which is the first of its kind in the country, introduced cutting-edge technologies in road sector and is signifying the leap-jump the country is making in the road sector development.
Tour members also appreciated the cotton spinning factory built in Adama by a spouse who returned home six years ago. Established with a total out lay of 160 million birr, the factory is producing the whole week.
Comparing the past with what they are witnessing now investors say, “The change we witness in Ethiopia is tanning. Facilities and things that were nonexistent are now in place. Development that we have never imagined to be true in Ethiopia is sending its roots deep. Our contentment defy description.”
Tour members also noted the tangible situation in the country certainly triggers the passions of Ethiopians abroad to invest in Ethiopia.
“Now, I don't want to go back to America!” says Abebe. He has an interest to invest in agriculture and catchment development in which he has a wealth of experience.
He didn't hide the presence of some bottlenecks and bureaucratic hurdles in the investment sector. But he noted, “Though the degree varies I remember going through protracted and bureaucratic procedures in America.”
Abebe stresses fighting out bureaucracy upfront or solving problems with discussion is the best way out. Heeding their responsibilities citizens must work hard for the development and better image of their country.
Regarding the tour Alemayehu who lived in America for over three decades without changing her also said “Seeing investors engaged in development coming home has created a joyous feeling in me. You can take the Adama cotton spinning factory for instance.” She then asks, “How could one feel happy away from fellow citizens and people who understand him/her?” After noting the toughness of living in foreign culture she adds, “From now on my life will be devoted to the development of my country, which I am unwilling to leave from now on!”
Esrael Bantie, who has been living in Netherlands starting age 19 also said, “I have seen first hand the country's image is above what I used to learn from the media. Seeing citizens and foreigners of Ethiopian origin establishing factories here has great significance. The Addis -Adama Expressway has its economic significance.”
Tour members also appreciated the various development activities underway in the country including the GRD.
Government Communication Affairs Office State Minister Ewnetu Belata said that: “We have been wallowing in the quagmire of poverty. Henceforth, we shall not bequeath poverty to the coming generation. Now is an era Ethiopians scattered around the world pine for their motherland.”
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