Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at SolveIt! Reception

Troy Fitrell U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs at Solve It! Reception U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa September 21, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good afternoon and thank you all for coming. First, I want to congratulate each of you for being here – a huge accomplishment all by itself. You’ve been selected because you had an idea ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at USEPA Megacities Partnership Launch

Troy Fitrell U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs at USEPA Megacities Partnership Launch UN Conference Center, Addis Ababa September 17, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Honorable Ministers, Excellencies, Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen: I am greatly honored to be here today to celebrate the launch of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Megacities Partnership with the City of ...
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Addis Ababa EPA Joins Air Quality Management Partnership

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) launched an initiative to strengthen air quality management in Addis Ababa.  The Megacity Partnership brings together the Addis Ababa Environmental Protection Authority, and the Ethiopia Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in collaboration with a UN Environment demonstration project on air quality management. The initiative will raise ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at the Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony

Troy Fitrell U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs at Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-in Ceremony U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa September 6, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Peace Corps Trainees Peace Corps Staff and Volunteers, past and present Ladies and Gentlemen Selamnu endemenachu!  Aqam Aqam! Kemey Wu’elkum!  Good afternoon! This is my second opportunity to swear in a new ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at the Joined Up Justice Forum

Troy Fitrell U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs at Join up Justice Forum Kereyu Resort Hotel, Adama August 28, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Tenestaleygn, endemn aderachu (Good Morning) Chargé d’Affairs Your Excellency President of Oromia Regional State, Lema Megersa Your Excellency Attorney General, Berhanu Tsegaye, Your Excellency President of the Federal Supreme Court, Dagne Melaku, Your Excellency ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at Tulu Moye Grant Signing

Troy Fitrell  U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires at Tulu Moye Grant Signing Ceremony August 27, 2018, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good Afternoon, Thank you to the State Minister of Electricity, Dr. Frehiwot  Woldehanna for joining us and for the strong partnership we enjoy with your ministry on power issues. I would also like to express ...
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U.S. Supports Geothermal Power in Ethiopia

 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 27, 2018:- The United States continues to invest in Ethiopia’s capacity to develop its energy sector.  Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to TM Geothermal Operations Private Limited Company (TMGO) [1] , an Ethiopian company, to coordinate a feasibility study supporting development of the first 50 megawatts of ...
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Remarks by Troy Fitrell at Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy At Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony  U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa September 15, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Selam nau and indemen aderachu!  Aqam Aqam! Kemey Wu’elkum!  Good afternoon! My duties as Charge d’Affaires require me to perform many functions, but this is my first opportunity ...
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39 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in at U.S. Embassy

Charge d’Affaires Troy Fitrell administered the oath of service to 39 new Peace Corps Volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa today. These Volunteers will be working as English Teachers in the four administrative regions of Amhara, Tigray, Oromiya, and SNNPR. With this new group there are now 130 Peace Corps Volunteers in Ethiopia ...
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Improving Access for Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Embassy and the National Archives and Library Agency (NALA) today signed a $90,000 (over 2 million ETB) co-financing agreement for the construction of a public-access elevator that will make the resources of the Library and the Colonel John C. Robinson American Center user-friendly and available to all. The partnership between the U.S. Embassy ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony American Center, Ethiopia September 14, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, In any society, everyone needs to have a role in contributing to success.  As communities, we need to make an effort to enable all ...
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Remarks by Troy Fitrell at the contract signing ceremony between Ethiopian Airlines (ET) and Sabre

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy At the contract signing ceremony  Between Ethiopian Airlines and Sabre Sheraton Addis Hotel August 30, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Dear Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO OF Ethiopian Airlines, Dear Mr. Dino Gelmetti, Sabre Vice President, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honor and a great ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at Second International Ballet Stars Gala

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy At the Second International Ballet Stars Gala Ethiopian National Theatre June 7, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Salem and good evening, ladies and gentlemen, friends, and dancers! Last year, ballet returned to Ethiopia after an absence of 40 years.  Tonight, at the Second International Ballet ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the International Community School

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Classroom Building at the International Community School of Addis Ababa June 02, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Thank you for the introduction and for the invitation to attend this important event.  I would first like to acknowledge ...
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U.S. Government Inaugurates New Regional Public Health Laboratory in Mekelle

The newly constructed lab provides quality assurance services for the entire region’s hospitals and health center laboratories  Mekelle, Tigray – The fourth state-of-the-art regional referral public health laboratory in Ethiopia, constructed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was formally ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Inauguration Ceremony of Regional Public Health Laboratory

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargè d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Inauguration Ceremony of Regional Public Health Laboratory May 25, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Your Excellency Ato Daniel Assefa, Mayor of Mekelle City Your Excellency Dr. Hagos Godefay, Head of Tigray Regional Health Bureau Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored and ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Joined Up Justice Forum

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Joined Up Justice Forum May 20, 2017 Tenestaleygn, endemn aderachu,  attam (or akkam) bultanni. Your Excellency President of the Federal Supreme Court Dagne Melaku, Your Excellency Attorney General Getachew Ambaye, Pastor Daniel, Distinguished officials and members of the Joined Up Justice Forum Ladies ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the 2017 National Day Celebration

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargè d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the National Day Celebration May 19, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good Afternoon, Indemenwalachu! Friends and Colleagues, This is my first and last national day address during my three years in Ethiopia.  I promise to be brief.   You likely have two questions that I ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Pre-Departure Orientation Reception

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargè d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Pre-Departure Orientation Reception May 10, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Salaam!  Good evening ladies and gentlemen, friends. I would like to acknowledge several esteemed guests: Nicole Chulick, the Deputy Coordinator for Products in the Bureau of International Information Programs ...
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Ending Malaria for Good is a Sound Investment

OP-ED by Peter Vrooman, Chargé d’affaires Global progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has been truly historic and the U.S. Government has played a key role in this progress. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 6.8 million malaria deaths were averted worldwide between 2001 and 2015, primarily among children under five ...
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U.S. Government Inaugurates New National Public Health Training Center

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 28, 2017: The first state-of-the-art National Public Health Training Center, constructed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will be formally inaugurated and handed over to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) on March 28, ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the inauguration ceremony of the National Public Health Training Center at Ethiopian Public Health Institue

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the inauguration ceremony of the National Public Health Training Center at Ethiopian Public Health Institute March 28, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) I am honored and delighted to be here with you all today to inaugurate this newly constructed National Public Health training center. This ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia

  Remarks by Peter Vrooman, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa at the High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa January 29, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) A year ago we gathered here to draw attention to the 2016 humanitarian appeal.  As Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said, we  ...
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U.S. and Ethiopia Hold 7th Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Bilateral Working Group

Joint Press Release On December 15, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Malinowski, and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu joined co-chairs State Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemeneand the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Ethiopia, Peter Vrooman, for the 7th Bilateral Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Working Group.  The ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the opening of the cultural heritage workshop

Remarks by Peter Vrooman, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa at the opening of the cultural heritage workshop National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa December 14, 2016 (As prepared for delivery) Your Excellency Dr. Hirut Wolde Mariam, Minister, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ato Yonas Desta, Director General, Authority for Research and Conservation of ...
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Joint Op-Ed to Mark Human Rights Day

Addis Ababa, December 09, 2016:- Standing up for human rights – by the Ambassadors of the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden and Czech Republic and Chargé d’Affaires of Germany and the United States of America to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Our nations are up to 15,000km apart – from the top ...
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Launch of American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia Heralds New Era in Trade Cooperation

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 6, 2016:- U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Peter Vrooman and Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission Fitsum Arega joined the board of the newly established American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia to mark the organization’s official launch. The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Ethiopia was formed to strengthen the century‐old partnership economic ...
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U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Peter Vrooman visited the Cure hospital

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 24, 2016:- U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Peter Vrooman visited the Cure hospital on 12 October 2016 to learn about their work to train pediatric orthopedic surgeons and provide modern medical and surgical care to physically disabled children. The U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides support ...
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