Addis Ababa January 02/2018 Charities and societies operating in the country have expressed their commitment to continue supporting the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam held discussion with the charities and societies on how to coordinate future support that the organizations can render.
Chief Executive Officer of Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations, Dr. Meshesha Shewarega said the consortium has so far purchased bonds worth 50 million birr to support the construction of the dam.
He, however, added that their contribution is far less than the huge potential at the disposal of the charities and the societies.
The CEO also noted that the purchase of bonds was so far conducted in a disorganized and haphazard manner, limiting the level of securing the desired support in purchase of bonds.
Dr. Meshesha, who said a total of 3,119 international and local NGOs are currently operating in the country, added that the charities and societies will continue to support the national effort to complete the construction of GERD in a sustained manner.
Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Secretariat Executive Director, Roman Tesfaye said the charities and societies have not raised fund at the desired level although they have been supporting the effort.
The Executive Director said “the people of Ethiopia are the owners of GERD", calling on the charities and societies that have millions of members to scale up their support.
The National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam is expected to conduct extensive discussion with various civil society organizations, government offices and media outlets on further expanding the support to be provided towards the construction of the dam.
Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Dr. Abraham Tekeste, said on the occasion supporting GERD is not only our obligation as citizens but also our share in the duty of contributing towards the construction of the dam.
He added that the objective of charities and societies in fighting poverty could hit its target when they join forces in supporting GERD.
Reports indicate that 63 percent of the construction of the dam has been completed.