They praised the PM and his wise leadership team for pulling out Ethiopia from
the quagmire of backwardness, famine and extreme poverty. The members of the
Ethiopian Diaspora admired the Premier's smart and able stewardship in elevating
Africa to the global pavilion, in a huge demonstration of support they held during
the just concluded 3rd International Food Security Symposium at the Washington
D.C., Ronald Regan building to-day May 18, 2012 where he took part in the colloquium
as a guest of honor of President Barack Obama.
In the timely demonstration of support they held, the members of the
Ethiopian Diaspora expressed their continued and extended readiness to
be engaged in the
nation- building drive currently in full swing.
They re-iterated their staunch support for the clarion call made by the Ethiopian
government recently through its Diaspora Policy initiative for the active partnership
of the Ethiopian Diaspora community with the pious intent of benefiting themselves,
and bolstering the Growth and Transformation Plan currently in motion.
The positive disposition exhibited by the government to address the special
needs of the Diaspora and its readiness to facilitate their navigation in the
investment friendly environment that currently obtains is indeed laudable,
They also praised the commendable pledge by the Ethiopian government to continue
engaging the Diaspora abroad with the explicit aim of creating the necessary
propitious climate wherein it will accrue to its benefits and at the same time
play its role in the nation building process.
The demonstrators reaffirmed that they steadfastly stand behind the correct policies
of the EPRDF government and the Ethiopian people in their effort to transform
the nation to be the bulwark of democracy, good governance, human rights, development
and peace wherein the all-round rights of the nations, nationalities and peoples
of Ethiopia are respected and protected and the prevalence of justice and equality
Solidarity with the PM and due support for his able and wise leadership " was
the buzz word during the rally which in effect was a celebratory occasion staged
in extending the unflinching support to the Ethiopian Premier who in league with
his leadership team has drastically transformed the national image from that
as the scourge of the world to a modern nation poised to enlist itself as a member
of the middle income countries of the globe by the next decade.
Prominently cited measures
during the rally that really define the current development scenario that
Ethiopia has surely and certainly saddled itself on are the multi-billion-dollar
6,000MW, Grand Renaissance Hydro-electric Dam, which has no parallel in
the entire African continent, the various sugar plantation and processing
plants, the decade-long uninterrupted double-digit growth index registered
and the extensive and huge
network of railway webs.
The open street rally was punctuated by traditional songs, patriotic chants and
pertinent slogans and a display of cultural musical extravaganza extraordinaire
which was played by the demonstrators during the event highlighting the occasion
that elated the participants who enjoyed the rally as a showcase of hope and
diversity full of energy, enthusiasm and patriotism.
Some of the slogans hoisted by the attendees of the historic, political and patriotic
rally were, "Diaspora Participation in Building the Grand Renaissance Dam
Shall Be Enhanced", " The Resolve To Mitigate Poverty Shall Be Intensified
With Our Partnership", The Building Of a Constitutional Order Will Be Further
Deepened", " Meles! We Are Proud Of You", " Meles!! We Welcome
Your Participation @ The G-8 Summit", "We Support The Overall Development
Of Our Country" " Meles Is The True Son Of Africa" , "Long
Live Meles Zenawi", Diaspora For Peace And Development".
The participants of the support rally hailed Premier Meles for his unstinting
effort in elevating Africa to the global level by praising his skillful leadership
and thanking him for his excellent performance and for a job well done.
The premier upon arrival at Washington D.C. Dulles International Air Port was
accorded a red carpet official welcome wherein the national anthems of Ethiopia
and the US were played with the two countries' national flags hoisted and a guard
of honor saluted PM Meles Zenawi.