south-africa-ethiopia-eritreaSunday October 18, 2015 at Washington Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, 1221 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037 Phone :(202) 872-1500
For more information please call (703) 895-4551 or (202) 403-7025
The relation between Eritrea and Ethiopia is long and complex. Vision Ethiopia, an independent team of Ethiopian scholars and professionals based in the United States, in cooperation with the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), is pleased to   announce that it has managed to assemble distinguished speakers for a one day panel discussion on the topic.
The theme of the discussion is the present and future Eritrean-Ethiopian relations; the examination of the role of  state and non-state actors in Ethiopia and Eritrea, narrowing the gaps, and generating policy ideas for building healthy future relations in the context of the emerging regional and international orders. Independent analysts, scholars, public intellectuals, senior former U.S and Ethiopian diplomats and activists will share a common forum to share their perspectives. The discussion revolves around the following complex set of questions and related issues:-

  • What should be done to build good relation between Eritrea and Ethiopia?
  • What should NOT be done to build good relation between Eritrea and Ethiopia?
  • What should be the roles of community, women, youth and faith organizations in leading the people-to-people relationship? What could men and women of the Arts and Sports do to resurrect the social and cultural relations between the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia?
  • What are some of the socio-economic–cultural considerations that leaders may have to take in to account to successfully get to the next height?
  • What is/are the superpower(s)’ and regional powers’ interests in the region?

All Eritreans and Ethiopians are welcome. We are also pleased to announce that ESAT’s management has agreed to broadcast the discussions unedited and uncensored to the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

9:00: Welcome Coffee and Registration
10:00: Welcome by Master of Ceremony
Ms. Birtawit Girmaye: Studio Manager, Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), Washington, D.C.
10:15:  Opening Remarks
Vision Ethiopia and ESAT’s Representatives
Mr. Gizaw Legesse: Director of Information Technology at OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, and Host of Ethiopia Nege at ESAT, Washington, DC
Mr. Sisay Agena: Editor in Chief, Ethiopian Satellite
Television and Radio–ESAT, Washington, D.C
      10:30: Panel A
The roles of Ethiopian and Eritrean Community Leaders to take
the people-to-people relationship to the next height
Moderator:      Dr.  Getachew Begashaw
Professor of Economics, William Rainey Harper College, Chicago, Illinois
Panelists:         Mr. Tariku Debretsion:  Senior Analyst, Metro-Transportation Department, Los Angeles, California
Mr. Gashaw Gebre; Project Manager at AEDS, Alexandria, Virginia
Dr. Assegid Habtewold:  Coach, Consultant, Trainer, and Speaker at Success Pathways and Former President of Addis Ababa University Students’ Union, and C.C. Member EDP-Medhin, Silver Spring, MD
Ms. Lulit Mesfin: Activist and Government Relations Officer Washington, DC
12:00:  Panel B
Roles and Interests of Foreign Powers in the Regional Peace, Security and Stability:
The Case of Ethiopia and Eritrea
Moderator:      Dr. Minga Negash
Professor of Accounting, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Panelists:         H.E. Ambassador Herman Cohen
Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs,
Washington DC, U.S.
H.E. Ambassador David Shinn
Former United States Ambassador to Ethiopia and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC
Professor Mesfin Woldemariam: Professor Emeritus, Addis Ababa University and Founding Chairperson of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
13:30: Lunch Break
14:30   Brief Remarks
Invited Guest(s)
(Introduction by Professor Getachew Begashaw)
15:00   Panel C
Views on Relations between the Eritrean Government and Ethiopian Opposition Forces
Moderator:      Dr. Messay Kebede
Professor of Philosophy, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
Panelists:         Dr. Mesfin Abdi: Former Lecturer at Addis Ababa University and Chemical Engineer, Washington, DC.
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Kassa Kebede
Former Ethiopian Diplomat and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Researcher, and Consultant, Washington, DC
H.E. Mr. Ermias Legesse
Former Deputy Minister for Government Communication, Author and Activist, Virginia.
16:30   Coffee Break
16:45:  Quo Vadis? Where are we going to? The Un-answered Questions:
 (Session Moderators)

Moderator:      Mr. Tariku Debretsion
Panelists:         Professor Getachew Begashaw
Professor Minga Negash
Professor Messay Kebede
18:15:  Closing Remarks on behalf of Vision Ethiopia
Dr. Assegid Habtewold

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