ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I would particularly like to thank the following agencies and personalities for their help and advice on this project. I am very grateful to all of them and their outpouring support. I gratefully acknowledge the technical assistance in the preparation of such webproject.

I wish, however to specifically mention the assistance and encouragement given to me by the Secretariat of the ex-Organization of African Unity (OAU) & the African Union Interim Commission (AUIC), External Affairs ministries of African states, embassies and heads of diplomatic missions of African governments based in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital and the seat of the African Union. Their co-operation and understanding during my correspondences and embassy-to-embassy approach to resource materials gathering for this version was appreciable.

A special word of thanks is given to Ambassador Daniel Antonio (Mozambique), ex-Deputy Interim Commissioner for HRS, Technology & Conferences, and Dr. Negasso Gidada Solon ex-Minister of Information of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia (existed from 1992 to 1995).

I equally appreciate the support of, Dr. Ibrahim Dagash Ibrahim (Sudan), Mr. Justin Bright Thundu (Malawi) and Mr. Desmond Thomas Orjiako (Nigeria) of the Press and Information Department of the ex-OAU & the AU Interim commission without whose voluntary support this compilation would have remained a dream. And many thanks to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Ethiopian National Meteorological Services Agency (ENMSA) for their good offices, whose allowed their Library facilities to use freely for over three years.

I also thank The Hon. Mebaa-Selassie Alemu (the late), ex-press secretary of His Majesty the ex-emperor of Ethiopia, for his invaluable advice and genuine guides. As always, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to fellow countrymen, lent assistance and clear advice, thought that it's a noble purpose, and later on helped me achieve in many ways. I would therefore like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to fellow African friends and countrymen, whose lent me clear advice, material assistance, and their help towards to my achievement in many ways.

Mr. Kinfe Haile Mariam, Senior Expert at the National Meteorological Services Agency (NMSA)

Mr. Woldie Nidaw, ex-Senior Transport expert at the Ethiopian Minstry of Transport and Communication (EMoTaC).

Mr. Wubeshet Demeke, former head of Geographic Information System (GIS), at the Ethiopian Water Resources Development Authority (EWRDA).

Mr. Geta Makonnen, Owner & Managing Director of Tewanney Design & Graphics Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mr. Fahmi Rammadan, Technical Director at Tewanney Design & Graphics Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mr. Lewis Munene, ICT Instructor & Software Developer at Webbs Institute, Nairobi, Kenya.