Agri Service Ethiopia held its 2013 Organizational Annual Meeting from March 18 – 20, 2014. The annual meeting, which was hosted by Agri Service Ethiopia Goro-Guradamole Program Office, was held at the Wabe Shebellie Hotel in Goba Town, Bale Zone, Oromia Region. A total of 37 participants from the eight ASE Program area offices and the Coordination Office in Addis Ababa, attended the meeting.
Participants of the meeting
The meeting was started with an opening speech by Dr. Esubalew Abate, Executive Director of ASE. Dr. Esubalew, welcomed the participants and invited them to introduce themselves to the meeting. This was then followed by presentations by ASE’s program area offices on their 2013 achievements.
Dr. Esubalew Abate, Executive Director of ASE
Coordinators of the program area offices then presented the 2013 achievements of their respective program offices. The presentations were then followed by discussions and a number of questions were raised to which appropriate responses were given by the respective program offices. Following this, the 2014 action plan of each program office was then presented by coordinators of the respective program office in a similar manner. The program offices prepared their 2014 annual plan by showing planned activities along with their budgets on monthly bases.
The 2013 annual meeting included a planned visit to the works of the Goro-Guradamole Program Office. Members of the visiting team were welcomed by the staff upon arrival at the Program Office in Goro. Ato Awel Hasen, Administrator of Goro Wereda, was also invited as guest of honor.
Products of WJCBI on the display
The visit included a display of spices and honey value chain products of the Wabe Jiregna Community Based Institution (WJCBI). The WJCBI is established by the beneficiary community and it will also work for sustainability of development undertakings,
Planting of seedlings at the PO compound
Planting of tree seedlings in the compound of the program office was another event of the day. Ato Awel Hasen, administrator of Goro Wereda and representatives from ASE’s program area offices and the coordination office planted tree seedlings in areas designated to and labeled with names of their respective offices. The visiting guests were then invited to a colorful coffee ceremony organized by the Goro-Guradamole Program Office.
At the coffee ceremony
The team then set off to see works of the program office at Guradamole. This included inauguration of the Kuya and Bowe springs at Jibri and Ejeru Kebeles respectively.
Inauguration of the Kuya spring at Jibri Kebele
Hundreds of people-students, young men and women, the elderly and religious leaders warmly welcomed the visitors with cheers, applauds and songs. The water schemes in both kebeles were inaugurated by Dr. Esubalew Abate, Executive Director of ASE. The official inauguration of the springs was preceded by blessings from elders who recalled the problem of potable water that existed in the area. The team visited the water structures that included reservoirs, developed and protected springs, water points, washing basins and cattle trough constructed by the program office.
On the occasion, representatives of both Jibri and Ejeru Kebles presented gifts to both ASE Coordination Office and Goro Program Offices as a token of their appreciation for the work of the organization in their respective kebeles. Finally, after some refreshments and a coffee ceremony, the visiting team travelled back to Goba where participants gave feedback expressing their feelings, opinions, comments and suggestions on the field visit and the overall annual meeting hosted by the Goro-Guradamole Program Office. Participants appreciated the Goro-Guradamole PO for its wonderful work and the feedback session was concluded by motivating remarks from Dr. Esubalew Abate.