Colorado welcomes Adama as sister city

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Addis Ababa, 3 September 2014 (WIC) - A delegation from Adama, Ethiopia was festively welcomed to Aurora, Colorado on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at the annual Global Fest celebration where representatives of the Ethiopian and American municipalities signed a Sister Cities agreement.

“It’s intentional,” Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan told the Denver Post. “Aurora is really the most international city in Colorado. Others may claim it, but we are, and it’s events like this that are making that happen, that celebrate that international flavor.”

On his part, Adama Mayor, Abraham Adula, said during the event that the sister city accord “will not only intensify the socio-cultural ties between the two cities but also would further deepen the two countries' trade, investment, economic development and political relations”.

It’s hoped that the pact between Aurora and Adama will “open up trade between the cities, boost economic development and give citizens in both locations a better sense of who each other is.”

Present during the signing ceremony was Ambassador Tebeje Berhe, Deputy Chief of the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington D.C.

According to the Denver Post, the Aurora-Denver border area is home to an Ethiopian population of approximately 30,000.

The event featured music, dance, and food by Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, one of the several restaurants highlighted at this year’s Global Fest. (EBC)