Council appreciates public contribution to realize the GRD
Addis Ababa, 13 March 2014 (WIC) – National Council for the coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of Grand Renaissance Dam appreciated the remarkable contribution of the Ethiopian people.
According to the council, the people are so keen that they have been backing not only in finance but also in diplomacy.
Deputy Director of the office Zadig Abrha in a press release stated that the people have also contributed in conserving natural resources.
Ethiopians residing abroad and at home have pledged 11.5 billion EB for the GRD, Zagid said adding that 7.1 billion EB has collected so far.
According to Zagid bout 27 billion EB is used so far for the ongoing construction of GRD.
About 26.3 per cent of the cost used for the construction of the dam is covered by the people, indicating high commitment and determination, he added.
The Deputy Director said that the GRD Bond Purchase also raise saving culture of the nation that rising the total saving rate of the nation from 5 to 17.7 per cent past three years.
According to Zagid, there is an integrated work in conserving natural resources between the Federal and Regional governments.
About 28 million farmers have mobilized for the integrated soil and water conservation programs and able to carried out activities on 19 million hectares of land, he added.
Ethiopians, both at home and abroad, have also played signifivcant roles in fighting negative attitudes in connection to the construction of GRD.
The 3rd anniversary of the founding of GRD will celebrate at home and in different parts of the world this month.
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