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The African Development Bank Group was the proud recipient of a commemorative crystal plaque and certificate of honour awarded by Mr. Girma Woldegiorgis, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, at the inaugural ceremony of the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on 9 February 2006.
At the celebratory dinner reception hosted by the Ethiopian President at Sheraton Addis in the presence of ministers, top government officials, financiers and diplomats, Mr. Pierre Seya, the AfDB Resident Representative in Ethiopia, accepted the award on behalf of President Donald Kaberuka.
The new runway financed by the African Development Fund as part of the US$ 28 million airside package of the latest technology for the safety and reliability of air traffic in Addis Ababa is etched into the octagonal crystal plaque.
Mr. Seya thanked all the co-financiers of the Addis Ababa Airport Development Project – the Kuwait Fund, OPEC, BADEA, EIB, UNDP and the Nordic Development Fund.