September 20, 2019
Amhara Intellectuals Council Conference is underway in Bahir Dar, the seat of Amhara regional state. The focus is economic, social and political matters pertinent to ethnic Amhara people, as reported by the regional state media – Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA).
About 1800 intellectuals, seemingly from all over the world, and over 700 invited guests are in attendance.
The Conference seeks to engage with community members too up to Kebele levels, according to AMMA report.
The Association began to take shape in the year 2017 but was officially established and registered a civic organization in 2018 after the region’s council approved it.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Amhara Intellectuals Council Congress president Dr. Gebeyawu Tiruneh said that anyone, irrespective of political views, with a concern about the people in the region and with good intentions, could be a member of the association.
Four papers will be presented at the conference relating to the history of ethnic Amhara people nation-building, economic challenges, and solutions, existing constitution and Amhara People’s demands and agenda for the struggle will be discussed in depth.
Identifying challenges within government structure and supporting government executives to solve them is one of the main objectives of the organization, Dr. Gebeyaw added.
The Association also aims to overcome politically charged and wrong narratives against ethnic Amhara people which led to economic, political and social marginalization in different parts of the country.
Since Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) took power in 1991 as the leader of the umbrella organization, what appeared to be a government-sponsored negative propaganda campaign was directed against ethnic Amhara people which led to pervasive attacks and displacement of ethnic Amhara people.
Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and the region’s president, Temsesgen Tiruneh, have attended the opening ceremony of the conference.
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