Ethiopians celebrate the 24th Anniversary of Ginbot 20

5 Jun 2015

Diplomats, community leaders, invited guests and members of the diaspora celebrated the 24th Anniversary of the Ginbot 20 (28th May) Victory in London on 6th June 2015.

More than 300 people attended the event marking the fall of the Derg military dictatorship in 1991.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede said Ginbot 20 (28th May 1991) heralded Ethiopia’s march towards democracy, peace and prosperity.

This year’s celebration coincided with the successful conclusion of Ethiopia’s fifth national election, on 24th May, and the country has entered a growth and development trajectory unparalleled in its recent history.

The Ambassador highlighted the encouraging results achieved at the end of the implementation of the first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP1) and said that GTP2, due to start shortly, will keep the country on track, to achieve Ethiopia’s objective of becoming a middle income country by 2025. He concluded by calling on members the Diaspora to redouble their participation.

Representatives from the Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Somali communities highlighted the significance of Ginbot 20 and the socio-economic progress the country has achieved in the past 24 years. They expressed their commitment to stand firmly with the Government in its development endeavours.

Representatives from the Wales and Southwest England Ethiopian communities also addressed the audience and conveyed a similar message.

A special ceremony was also held where certificates of recognition were awarded to associations that have greatly encouraged their members to participate in development activities during the first GTP period.

A documentary film, produced by the Embassy, depicting Ethiopia’s continued march towards prosperity and development, was screened. You can watch it via our YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/user/EthioEmbassyUK

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