Oromia, Wegagen and Berhan banks have joined the bandwagon in buying 40 million Br worth of tickets to attend Dine for the Nation, a gala dinner hosted by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) to raise funds for the development of tourist destinations sites in three regional states. Berhan Bank bought two tickets worth 20 million Br to attend the gala dinner, which is expected to take place in mid-October. Following the recent currency changeover, the Bank announced that 586 million Br was accrued and that 22,781 new accounts have been opened. Oromia International, which has gained 45,000 new accounts and 570 million Br worth of deposits since the currency changeover, bought one ticket for 10 million Br. Wegagen Bank, which finalised the distribution of the new notes at its 391 branches and raised 908 million Br of deposits from 30,000 new accounts, has bought a ticket as well. The proceeds will go toward rehabilitating tourist sites located at Gorogora in Amhara; Wonchi in Oromia; and Koisha in Southern Nations, Nationalities & People's Regional State. A total of six billion Birr is required for the projects with half of the value to be raised from the fundraising dinner. Tickets for Dine for the Nation cost 10 million Br and five million Birr for VVIP and VIP, respectively. So far, Abay, Awash and Dashen banks have committed a total of 70 million Br for the projects.
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