Ethio-Somali Community in Sweden Promise Support to the Renaissance Dam

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Addis Ababa, 18 April 2014 (WIC) - Members of the Ethiopian-Somali community elders, businessmen, investors and professionals promise support and vowed to mobilize more resource to see the completion of the Ethiopian Grand renaissance Dam in a meeting organized by the Ethiopian-Somali Community in Sweden on 16 April 2014 at the Embassy of the federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Stockholm.

H.E. Mrs Woinshet Tadesse, Ambassador Extra Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Sweden and other Nordic countries with Consul Hussein Ahmed Omer addressed to the participants on various issues by emphasizing on issues of country's Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP); Business and Investment opportunities; the current construction status of the dam and its benefits to the Ethiopians and other neighbouring countries as implemented; the role of the Ethiopian Diaspora on the implementation of this mega project; and importance of Ethiopian diaspora in terms of their engagement in investment, technology transfer and seeking markets for Ethiopian products in their residing countries.

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Ambassador Woinshet points out the consular services provided to the applicants and improvements made by the embassy in the provision of services through increments of the embassy staff, expansion of visiting and telephone hours to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the services and getting service both in mornings and afternoons of the working days. Mrs Woinshet explains the issue of the provision of the Ethiopian origin ID card and housing programs which are a part of the incentives that Ethiopian government intends to benefit for Ethiopians and Ethiopian in origin living abroad. During the session different questions were raised and given detailed answer to the participants.

On the occasion, members of the community appreciated and welcomed the useful information they received from the discussion and progress made by the Ethiopian government on rapid and equitable economic growth, expansion of infrastructure, social sector, and good governance. Participants of the meeting pledged to contribute the implementation of the Ethiopian grand Renaissance Dam either by buying bond or giving donation on 24 May 2014 planned events at Stockholm. (