Ambassador Battle Discusses People to People Relationships between the U.S. and Africa
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – On August 15, 2012, U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) Ambassador Michael Battle met with Mr. Samuel M. Gebru, Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Global Initiative (EGI), for a brief discussion on U.S. policy on Africa and Ethiopia. Mr. Gebru briefed Ambassador Battle on how EGI is working to harness the skills and talents of students and professionals in the Diaspora to support Ethiopia's transformation. The two discussed ways to strengthen EGI's activities and eventually introduce projects in other African countries. The Ambassador expressed his appreciation and support for the Initiative's vision and encouraged Mr. Gebru to continue not only enhancing the people to people relations between Ethiopia and the United States, but to encourage similar exchanges across the African continent.