The sixth traditional charity event named “Night of a Thousand Dinners” aimed at collecting the funds for BiH mine clearance,organized by American Chamber of Commerce to BiH (AmCham BiH) and supported by USA and Canadian Embassies to BiH, was held on the evening of the May 10th 2008 at Sarajevo,hotel Holiday Inn.

This year the “Night of a Thousand Dinners” was attended by officials from the state government, diplomatic corps, and many representatives from business community, foreign and domestic associations.

AmCham President Mr.Haris Pinjo, H.E.Charles English, U.S. Ambassador to BiH, and H.E. David Hutchings, Canadian Ambassador to BiH spoke to the guests about importance of supporting mine action activities.

BiH AmCham President Mr. Haris Pinjo said that he expects $300,000 to be collected at this year’s event which would be record in collected funds aimed for BiH mine clearance. “Up to 2019, the funds for the entire BiH mine clearance should be collected at dinners like this one.BiH is the country with the biggest mine problem in South-Eastern Europe. There are 1,755 square kilometres of the probable mine territory respectively some 3.42% of the entire territory and more than 900,000 persons are under direct or indirect mine influence” stated AmCham President.

According to him,it has been estimated that some 220,000 mines and unexploded ordnance have been placed at the 13,077 locations and statistics show that number of the victims has recently increased in compare to the previous period.

H.E. Charles English,Ambassador of the United States of America to BiH stated:
The Night of a Thousand Dinners is a worldwide initiative created by the NGO “Adopt-A-Minefield” which has raised millions of dollars for mine action. This event serves to draw attention to the global problem of landmines and raise private financial contributions for mine action. Our participation in tonight’s event is a sign of our commitment to mine action and to our interest in working with various private sector groups to achieve our shared vision of a mine-safe world. U.S. Government support for the demining organization Adopt-a-Minefield and its worldwide Night of 1,000 Dinners events dates back to 2001, when then-Secretary of State Colin Powell hosted a fundraising dinner. Since then, we have been proud to show our support for this very worth cause.

H.E. David Hutchings, Ambassador of Canada to BiH added: “Each year the business community steps forward and through their generous donations, makes a significant contribution towards our common goal – a Bosnia and Herzegovina free from the effects of landmines. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to this year’s sponsors – once again you have done yourselves proud. Thank you for your corporate leadership.

U.S. Government and AmCham together always ensure collected funds at donors dinner to be doubled and forwarded to the BH MAC.