Society Organizes Fund Raising Event For New I.E.S project Eyes
At Soliciting US$ 5 Million
Addis Ababa, October 27, 2001 (WIC) - Society of Friends of the Institute of Ethiopian
Studies (SOFIES) organized a fund raising campaign yesterday for the realization of the New
Institute of Ethiopian studies (I.E.S) project.
At a gala night ceremony held yesterday at Hilton Hotel, Executive member of fund raising
committee, Dr. Richard Pankhrust told WIC that the construction of the new library would
enable to display thousands of books and hundreds of thousands of newspapers and other
periodicals, which he said, weighs heavily on frail building originally designed for receptions of
He said the library and the museum were compelled to display only a fraction of its current
holdings, which include ethnological items, musical instruments, religious and secular paintings,
coins and currencies, among others.
He said the new building, which will be erected to the east of the present Ras Mekonnen
building, would be in conformity with the design of the former palace.
Dr. Pankhurst said the new library would also be equipped with all the most modern computer
and audiovisual equipment and facilities.
He said the university had already designated land free of lease for the project, which will
cost US$ five million.
He also said Societies of Friends of the Institute in the U.S. and Britain, were actively involved
in fund raising for the new project.
Members of SOFIES, business community, as well as diplomatic corps and other interested
personalities were in attendance at the fund raising event.