Ethiopia has donated more than 5.4 million birr to victims of 3.11 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn handed over the donation solicited from 8 organizations to Hiroyuki Kishino, Ambassador of Japan at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 23, 2011. Hailemariam on the occasion said that the memory of 3.11 is still fresh with its huge effect, reminding us that, the Ethiopian people have a strong desire to raise funds for the victims before it is too late.“Japan is a strongest supporter to Ethiopia’s development effort and I would like to express my gratitude for your grant assistance and technical cooperation” he said.
Hailemariam also wished the Japanese people and Government a quick recovery from the tragedy of 3.11. Ambassador Kishino on his part promised that Japan without doubt will overcome the current crisis, and pledged that his country will remain committed to Ethiopia.“Our policy towards Ethiopia will remain unchanged”, Ambassador Kishino stressed. Just before the handover ceremony, prayers for the 3.11 victims were offered by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Catholic Church, the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Council, the Ethiopian Evangelical Mekaneyesus Church and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Union.
The donated money was collected from Midrock Ethiopia Technology Group PLC., Ethiopian Leather Industry PLC., the Privatization and Public Enterprise Supervisory Agency, the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, the Ethiopian Chamber of Sectoral Associations, the National Bank of Ethiopia and Ethiopian Bankers Association. Source ( Walta )
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