Successful Tigray high delegation meeting in Seattle – 14 Aug 2016
by Kindeya Gebrehiwot (PhD)
As a follow up of the official public engagement of high level delegation of Tigray in the USA, successful meeting was conducted in Seatle. The meeting started with presentation of achievements in macro-economy, agriculture and rural development, urban development, infrastructure, social services, good governance & democracy, challenges, future direction and role of diaspora in growth & transformation.
Amb Dr Addisalem noted that the main intention of the GTP is to bring structural change and economic transformation. Because of such change, demanding society is being created which shows success of progress. He has further elaborated prevailing opportunities in manufacturing, FDI, investment in industrial parks and Argo-industry.
Participants of the public meeting applauded the presence of the delegation among the community, and raised issues related to peace and security, unemployment and migration, water problem of Mekelle, border issue with Eritrea and provocations of Shaebiya, corruption & lack of good governance, transparency and accountability, car accidents, delay in irrigation, investment attraction and tourism promotion and appointment of city mayors.
The delegation appreciated the Seattle and its surrounding community and clarified raised issues in detail. The regional government will establish a team that will facilitate information flow & serve as a kind of hotline for Investment related issues.
Finally, the head of the delegation Amb Dr Addisalem Balema concluded that we all should be united, as always, & pursue our transformation.
The successful meeting ended with a surprise birthday cake and song by the community for Amb Dr Addisalem Balema!
A similar successful public meeting was also held in Boston on the same date.