Freitag, 29. November 2013

29.11. - 2 - Speech of The Day - INTER REGION SANITATION SEMINAR


We are pleased to welcome in Our capital delegates from a number of African countries and from countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the international specialists in sanitation who have come to participate in this Inter-Regional Seminar on Community Water Supply.
We wish to felicitate the World Health Organization for its initiative in organizing this so important Seminar and thank every person who has co-operated and assisted in its preparation.
It is well known that no life is possible without water but it may not always be so widely known that if water is not of a good quality it may spread disease and thus impair the health of the people who utilize it. It should also be known that water is not only necessary for consumption but also for personal cleanliness which in turn is such an important factor in preventing diseases and promoting the general health and well-being of man.
We are therefore gratified to see that leading personalities from so many countries are assembled here to discuss together with prominent sanitation specialists ways and means of providing their communities with safe water supplies. And We hope that this Seminar will be an incentive to develop and improve the basic agent of personal hygiene as well as of environmental sanitation: namely, the ready availability of abundant and safe water.
We wish the Seminar the very best success in its deliberations.
Nov. 29, 1960.

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Mittwoch, 27. November 2013

27.11. - 2 - Speech of The Day - Commencement Exercices at the College of Engineering in Addis Ababa

On Friday, November 27,1959, His Imperial
Majesty attended the Commencement Exercises
at the College of Engineering in Addis Ababa.
Below is His Imperial Majesty's speech in reply
to H.E.Lidj Endalkatchew Makonnen, Vice-
Minister of Education :

"It is a source of much pleasure for Us to be here
today when you, the graduating students who have
successfully completed your courses at the College of
Engineering, will receive from Our hands the diplomas
which testify to the achievements of your years of study
at this institution.
This is a memorably happy day both for you gradua-
tes and for Us, for each graduation ceremony at one of
the numerous institutions of higher learning which have
been established throughout Our Empire at Our command
represents another step forward along the path of
progress for Our beloved country which it has been Our
mission and destiny to mark out for her. In the education
of her youth and the training in modern knowledge of
the younger generation lies the hope of Ethiopia and the
key to her future. Of those to whom much has been given
will much de demanded. And you will one day be
required to render an accounting of that which has been
trusted to you.
The challenge which lies before you today is great.
If you are successful in this struggle, you will reflect
credit upon yourself and upon your country. Many
have reached enviable success in engineering without the
benefit of academic training. In the early days, technical
schools and universities with special courses did not
exist, and young men secured their training by years of
apprenticeship or the techniques of its solution. How
much more fortunate are you today, how much greater
your chances of success in your chosen profession, and
how much more you owe to those who have made your
education and training possible.
This institution and its graduates promise much for
the future development of Our country. We are
assiduous in Our efforts continuously to improve the
scope and extent of the training which students receive
here, to expand the facilities which are at their disposal
and build more schools to meet the increasing demand
for education.
Before We present your diplomas to you, We would
add one word of advice and counsel. The achievement
which you today realize is praiseworthy, and you merit,
and have, Our congratulations. But do not let your ac-
complishment blind you to its true value. Do not, in
contemplating the past, overlook the limitations which
still hamper you. Do not let possession of this diploma
beguile you into the belief superior beings, that the mark
of education sets you apart from your less fortunate
fellowmen, that you have outgrown and can dispense
with the traditions and customs of your country.
There is still much to learn; knowledge is inexhausti-
ble, much arduous and discouraging toil lies ahead of
you. Cultivate the mental attitude of humility and
perseverence which will see you safely through the
period of toil and labour which awaits you. Undertake
no service inconsistent with the public welfare, but
strive with unrelenting effort to improve the conditions
of life of Our people, for thus you will realize Our, and
We trust, your fondest hope for the advancement of Our
beloved country.
If you do these things, you will keep faith with
your country, your countrymen and with Us.
We would extend Our thanks to all who have
contributed to making this day possible. The present
and past deans and faculty . of the college and all those
who have laboured so diligently in the cause of the
education of the students in attendance here, to you are
thanks due. The teaching profession is a noble one,
and we can all learn much and profit from the example
set by their devoted and unselfish efforts.
We are pleased with the words expressed by the
Vice-Minister of Education. We are happy to see that
Our aim for the welfare of Our people is already taking

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Montag, 25. November 2013



It is with great satisfaction that We remember, when over forty-four years ago, We established what was the beginning of this printing press in Our palace grounds, a land inherited from Our father and now given by Us to the University. Our aim then was two-fold: primarily as We have said on several occasions before, to create a centre for large scale translation, printing and distribution of the Scriptures, the Old and the New Testaments, and our religious books that were then available in Geez and only in manuscripts; so that the clergy, the monasteries and all the Christian population of Ethiopia would have an easy access to them. Secondly, to provide for our people adequate reading both in other parts of the world and within Our own Empire.
The printing machines bought then and shortly there-after, however inadequate, have rendered valuable services at that time. We recall that, in an effort to expand printing facilities, We opened branches in other provincial centres known as Leul Ras Makonnen, Printing Presses “Kesatie Berhan I, II and III”.
Our endeavours for acceleration, however, in this as in other fields, were discontinued due to the brief occupation of Ethiopia by the Fascist aggressors. Nevertheless, with the will of the Almighty and having liberated Our country, We were able to start again and one of the priorities given was to re-establish this printing press.
With the will of God, who is the initial and ultimate source of good thoughts and through the efforts of you the administrators and employees of this organization and with the technical aid obtained from various Governments, Berhanena Selam Printing Press has now achieved the highest goal anticipated.
We are very pleased to declare open today, this new building and to observe its modern printing machines at work.
Our greatest pleasure is not only due to the aforesaid, but far more indeed, to see young Ethiopians, men and women, engaged in the techniques of the printing trade.
Finally, We and all those who would benefit from this printing press express Our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Governments of Israel, France, Great Britain, West Germany, Sweden and Japan who have contributed in this development project and also to Mr. Jun Numakura.
May God bless all your future efforts.
Aware of the need for the establishment of a printing press that would promote the growth of our country’s lite racy and educational efforts, We established on Maskaram 3rd, 1914 the Berhanena Selam Printing Press from Our own privy purse.
The aims We envisaged were twofold: to serve the public interest in general and the sick and disabled through the services of “Bete Saida Hospital” in particular.
The Berhanena Selam Printing Press, from its inception, in addition to the production of various spiritual and temporal books that broadened Our nation’s knowledge, has also proved an efficient medium for Ethiopia’s educational development which is foremost in Our mind.
We are pleased to see this printing press housed in its modern and great building, fully utilizing the most up-to-date equipment to render the services that will be demanded from its present expanded status.
It is Our hope that you the officials and the employees will exert your best endeavours for the future prosperity of this printing press. We are thankful to Almighty God for having enabled Us to witness this growth.

Nov. 25, 1965.

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25.11. - 1 - Speech of The Day - AWARDS LAW CERTIFICATES


We are indeed pleased to congratulate this class who have today received Certificates in law from the University – and to the teachers who have made your accomplishment possible by planning, organizing and carrying out this pioneer project. You may rightly take great pride in your accomplishment, just as We do.
The administration of justice, in a modern state, demands well trained qualified persons at every level. The introduction of the codes and the revised Constitution of Ethiopia, as well as other legislation continuously coming from Parliament and the Government, has dramatically changed Ethiopia’s legal system. The law of the Empire is now modern, complex and scientific in the sense that it has been prepared by experts after careful study. The administration of the law of the Empire increasingly demands highly trained persons.
In a real sense the development of the nation depends upon the development of our legal institutions.
The proper administration of justice requires a research for truth; therefore, the judicial function requires highly selected men. Judges shall be chosen from among those who studied law, and who sacrifice their personal interests to their duties.
An advocate who discharges his duty honestly is a judge. So the need for persons trained in law is obvious.
Thus We are pleased to learn that others are following hard upon the footsteps of this class. We are pleased to know that soon the number of Ethiopian lawyers holding a university degree in law will be virtually doubled.
We are especially pleased to see that so many judges and other civil servants and advocates are taking time to continue their education even as they continue to perform their regular daily duties.
Education is an ongoing task. The obligation to improve oneself does not cease simply because one has a regular job. This is certainly true for those who work in the administration of law and in legal counseling. We would urge that these persons must do all they can to improve, continuously, their professional capacities through further study.
Members of this graduating class: by sacrificing your time you have advanced yourselves and the nation.
We are confident that the qualification you have earned today will be recognized within the legal profession. We believe it should. We believe, too, that the professional attainment to be achieved by other students now studying law in other programs of the Law School must be recognized.
Ethiopia needs a modern legal profession just as she needs the modern legal system she is building. The one cannot exist without the other.
You – all of you who are taking University training in law – are helping the task of building a profession.
We congratulate you. We congratulate this class; take pride in what you have done by serving with continuing zeal and loyalty the Law of Our Empire.

                                                                                                                                           Nov. 25, 1964.

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