The firm commitment of the public and the government of Ethiopia will continue unabated until the completion of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Ministry of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said.

 GCAO State Minister Frehiwot Ayalew revealed that out of the 12 billion birr pledged by the public, 8.1 billion has been used for the project. And 500 million of the 800 million birr promised by the public during the past six months alone is collected.

While briefing journalists on the 5th year anniversary of the launching of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Frehiwot said these manifest the strong commitment of the public  

She stressed that the united spirit of Ethiopians in every walk of life is reflected by their enthusiasm to still continue contributing to the construction of the dam.

The state minister pointed out that GERD celebrates the diversity and the unity of the people; and it is a manifestation of Ethiopian sovereignty which broke the age-long spirit of despondence.

In spite of many challenges such as the current drought, the construction of the dam is proceeding as per the schedule as a result of the devoted attention given to it by the government and the public, she stated.

On celebrating the 5th anniversary of the start of the GERD, focus would center on strengthening the enthusiastic participation of the entire public, Frehiwot said.

The dam, which is being financed by its own people, is a project of immense use not only to Ethiopia but also to the whole region, according to the state minister.

Frehiwot believes that GERD will strengthen the economic cooperation and integration of the riparian countries; and added that it also ensures peace, security and development in the region and the whole continent.

The 5th anniversary of the dam will be celebrated on April 2, 2016 at the project site, it was learned.

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