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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has so far contributed a total of 150,000 US dollars to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Project.
The regional organization had pledged to mobilize 250,000 million US dollars among its staff members as a gesture of support to the project, among which 100,000 US dollars were handed over around five years ago.
The Executive Secretary IGAD Amb Mahboub Maalim yesterday handed over a cheque worth 50,000 US dollars to Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Djibouti and Chair of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors, Shamebo Fitamo.
Amb Maalim assured the audience that the organization will keep delivering on the initial pledge and mobilize the remaining portion shortly.
He added that this humble contribution was a testimony of the importance of the GERD project to the region and to the integration agenda spearheaded by the regional organisation.
“IGAD staff are fully aware of the regional dimension of the GERD project and do not want to be left behind when it comes to demonstrating their personal commitment to regional development and the well-being of the populations”, he said.
Amb Shamebo said Ethiopia chose to focus on “government coffer, the contribution of its nationals both at home and abroad, and friends of Ethiopia through purchase of bonds and donations”.