Dire Dawa braces for 2nd year Renaissance Dam anniversary

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Addis Ababa, March 26 (WIC) – The Dire Dawa City Administration is bracing itself to commemorate the second year anniversary of the launching of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).  

The construction of the Renaissance Dam, Africa’s biggest hydroelectric dam with a power generating capacity of 6,000 MW, was officially launched on April 2, 2011 in the presence of late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

National preparations are underway to mark the second year anniversary of the launching of the dam.

Dire Dawa city council is no exception. According to Kefelegn Abera, director of public mobilization for the construction of GERD in the city, said the day will be marked with various activities including panel discussions and entertainments.

The construction, which is projected to cost over 80 billion birr, is being fully financed by the Ethiopian government. The public participates through the purchase of bonds.

In Dire Dawa alone 11 million birr has been raised through pledge and selling of bonds over the past six months, Kefelegn said.  

“We expect to do more during and after the commemoration of the second year anniversary,” he said.