Montgomery County, MD-Gondar, Ethiopia Celebrate Sister City Pact

After a grueling six-month process of elimination, Montgomery County (Md) announced it has formed a Sister City relationship with Gondar, Ethiopia.

The agreement was celebrated at a dinner held last Sunday at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event featured speeches by many members of the Montgomery County government who spoke about the benefits of the program to both the county and Gondar as well as speeches from members of the local Ethiopian Community. A slide show highlighted many of the features of Gondar. A fashion show, put on by The Ethiopian Students Association at Montgomery College (which played a vital role in the decision making process) followed the dinner.

Bruce Adams, Director of County Executive Ike Leggett's Office of Community Partnerships, said a formal event will take place in the Fall of 2012 when Montgomery Country will send a delegation to Gondar.

"This is a wonderful way for us to get to know your community," stated Adams. Outside of Ethiopia, the Washington, DC metro area has the largest population of Ethiopians in the world. Many of them reside in Montgomery County.

Adams called the selection process "extraordinary, beautiful".


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