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 The Exhibition "Lucy Legacy: Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia"
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia and the Houston Museum of Natural Science of Texas, USA on October 24/2006 signed an agreement to mount an exhibition entitled "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia" The agreement was signed by the Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ambassador Mohammed Drir and the President of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Mr. Joel A. Bartsch. EATIC's management team is pleased to announce the official signing of the program to launch the long awaited US. tour. Photos: (1) Eatic Management (2) Group with official document.. Continued

Lucy's Baby: From Scientific American Magazine
The arid badlands of Ethiopia's remote Afar region have long been a favorite hunting ground for paleoanthropologists. Many hominins?--the group that includes all the creatures in the human line since it branched away from that of the chimps--once called it home. The area is perhaps best known for having yielded "Lucy," the 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of a human ancestor known as Australopithecus afarensis. Now researchers have unveiled another incredible A. afarensis specimen from a site called Dikika, just four kilometers from where Lucy turned up. But unlike Lucy, who was well into adulthood by the time she died, the new fossil is that of an infant, one who lived 3.3 million years ago (and yet has nonetheless been dubbed "Lucy's baby"). No other hominin skeleton of such antiquity--including Lucy--is as complete as this one. Moreover, as the earliest juvenile hominin ever found, the Dikika child provides an unprecedented opportunity to study growth processes in our ancient relatives. "If Lucy was the greatest fossil discovery of the 20th century," says Donald C. Johanson of Arizona State University, who unearthed the famed fossil in 1974,"then this baby is the greatest find of the 21st thus far." See Scientific American Website

His Excellency Ambassador Mahmoud Dirir, Minister of Culture and Tourism Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia: A Life in Politics and Diplomacy
By Seifu Mahifere. As fascinating and challenging the world of journalism is, it is also clear that, especially in this era of globalization, the rewards that could be reaped from a proper and committed application of the enormous powers of the profession are indeed great and decisive. It was thus only natural that the first step Ambassador Mohammed Dirir took to contribute his share to the salvation of the traditionally disadvantaged - and relegated - people of his home town in the Somali Region of Ethiopia was to take refuge behind the multifarious effects of that noble instrument we call the press. Continued . Google Score

Ethiopia and Ethiopian Airlines Star in Africa Travel Magazine's. May World Congress Edition
With the 32nd Annual World Congress taking place in Addis Ababa in 2007, you can expect an avalanche of publicity in Media. The new series "Air Highways to Africa will profile the airline's history and growth. A Roadshow special show will reflect the magazine's leadership in Africa Fashion. Ethiopian designers are major candidates. Watch for items from EATIC Trade Missions to Ethiopia and a calendar of events in Africa, America and beyond. See Website

Ethiopia Hosts Africa Travel Association 32nd World Congress
Addis Ababa, May 6-10, 2007. The Africa Travel Association hosted an information reception honoring Tourism Minister, His Excellency, Ambassador Mohemed Dirir and State Tourism Minister, Honorable Minister Tadelesh Delecho, recognizing their vision and commitment to strengthening Ethiopian Tourism as a "National Product", for the world to enjoy. (Full Story

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Ethiopia: World Bank Group Approves Plan
The World Bank Group Board approved an interim country assistance strategy for Ethiopia, emphasizing improved governance and growth. The plan includes an immediate program to preserve the delivery of basic services to the population through grants to local governments. The board decision follows a period of intensive consultation with Ethiopia's international partners and with various actors within the country's political economy. C

High Profile Texas Business Delegation's Ethiopia Trade Mission Opens New Doors
The high-level Texas business delegation that visited Ethiopia from earlier this year was an outstanding success. The Honorable, Geoffrey S. Connor, Secretary of State, State of Texas, led the high level delegation,s, which included Senator Rodney Ellis, State Senator of Texas, Mrs. Ada Edwards, Council Member, City of Houston, The Honorable, Gezahgen Kebede, Honorary Consul of Ethiopia in Houston, Texas and President of EATIC, Mrs. Laurie Morian, Board Chairperson, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Mr. Al Parrish, Interim President, Houston Museum
of Natural National Science, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Jew Don Boney, Associate Director, Mickey Leland Center, Texas Southern University , as well as six (6) other Texas public and private officials. More-


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In the Queen of Sheba's Footsteps on Ethiopia's Historic Route

Jerry W. Bird, Editor of Africa Travel Magazine and his team are returning to Ethiopia to prepare for their 32nd Annual World Congress Edition. It features the Great Cities of Africa - an in-depth profile of Addis Ababa plus other exotic destinations - Lalibela's rock-hewn churches, Africa's Camelot at Gondar, Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls at Bahir Dar.. More->

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Ethiopia-USA Trade and Business Promotion Achievement Pinnacle Award.
Presented to The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce in recognition and appreciation for The outstanding steadfast support promoting trade and investment between Ethiopia and the United State of America More->

Thirteen Months of Sunshine
This captivating theme was introduced by the "Father of Ethiopian Tourism."

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 The Exhibition "Lucy Legacy: Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia"

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia and the Houston Museum of Natural Science of Texas, USA on October 24/2006 signed an agreement to mount an exhibition entitled "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia"

The agreement was signed by the Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ambassador Mohammed Drir and the President of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Mr. Joel A. Bartsch.

Following the signing of the agreement, Ambassador Mohammed Dirir said the centerpiece of this Ethiopian Exhibition in the United States will be Lucy, but nearly 190 other Ethiopian Heritages items from various regions of the country will be included. These range form humankinds' earliest stone tools to contemporary articles representing the legacy of our forebears and of our own time. The Ambassador further said that millions of Americans-school children and adults- will view in some eleven major museums across the United States these fabulous collections from the cradle of human kind, Ethiopia. He went on to say that they will have the opportunity to somberly reflect on human origins, they will have a chance to know about an ancient millennia-old civilization in Africa, and a chance to acquaint themselves with contemporary Ethiopia through a realistic image.

According to Ambassador Mohammed Drir, the gains for Ethiopia comprise primarily: positive image building; renewed interest in Ethiopia's tourist attractions and consequent increase in tourist flow from America to Ethiopia, and funds for capacity building at Ethiopian museums for heritage conservation. The touring exhibition will have its premier opening in Houston, Texas in September 2007, coinciding with the beginning of Ethiopia's Millennium Year, and travel to other metropolises, with home coming to Addis Ababa scheduled for may 2013.

In conclusion Ambassador Mohammed said, "Our partners in this exhibition project, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, are a world class-museum with a highly deserved reputation for staging great exhibitions involving priceless objects from China, the Vatican, Russia and other countries."

The President of the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences of Texas, USA, Mr. Joel A. Bartsch said "On behalf of the staff and trustees of the museum, I truly want to say what I am honored is to be here with you this morning, primarily, in the spirit of partnership. It is easy, as some people say that today is signing of this historic exhibition agreement, is the culmination or the ending of something. And, in many ways, it is the culmination of a lot of years of effort."

He further said "Over the past several years, we have been working with our partners with people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, distinguished members of National Coordinating Committee and our many colleagues throughout the Ethiopian museum community to make today's signing a reality. "However, while this a very important milestone, what today is really is, it is the formal acknowledgement of a partnership among friends." He went to say that it is a partnership that has developed over several years and one that we believe will last for many decades to come.

Mr. Bartsch said that, the Houston Museum has, in recent years worked with partners around the world on a wide variety of exhibitions including with the forbidden city of the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China, with Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition with the Israeli Antiquities Authority, and churches of the Vatican from Vatican City.

Mr. Bartsch pointed out that "none of these exhibitions is more important than the Lucy Legacy Exhibition that we are talking about today."

He gave further explanations to his argument in the following words: "In a way, that is because, whether you are looking at the pre-historic period partly by Lucy and now Selam, stretching back millions of years. But from the historic period of Ethiopia, that stretches back thousands of years. Ethiopia's rich cultural heritage and the vibrant country that it is today, is one of the best kept secrets in the world. And it is a story that needs to be told much more broadly."

As Bartsch put it, Ethiopia truly has a great deal to share with the world. It has a great deal that it can learn from Ethiopia. We believe that this exhibition, in partnership with Ethiopian people, will go a very long way towards making that goal a reality, he added.

these objects. These are beyond cash value. In the west, we are in the mindset of thinking of putting tags on anything. But we are more concerned on the historic, spiritual, and the partnership part of it. But the agreement stipulates that there is an insurance which is appropriate and full. And the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a museum that has an experience of 30 years in dealing with highly valuable objects.

Gezahgen Kebede

President, Ethio-American Trade & Investment Council

Honorary Consul General of Ethiopia

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