New Embassy Compound Grand Opening (12/07/11)
On December 7th, United States Ambassador to Djibouti Geeta Pasi and her staff welcomed guests to our new embassy compound, a state-of-the-art facility built by the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. At the opening, OBO was represented by Managing Director Jay Hicks. Also in attendance was Djiboutian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf.
Guests were treated to remarks from the three speakers, tours of the compound, and inaugural cake.
New “Green” initiatives implemented in similar compounds around the world are even more essential here, in a country that has less than 0.4% arable land and chronic food security concerns. The mission works in tandem with other USG partners and the Djiboutian government to provide food and support to drought victims.
American and local employees teamed together to lead tours through the compound, which included stops at the multipurpose room, cabana, and art collection. Tours even gave guests an opportunity to sample freshly filtered water at the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units on the compound.