Ethiopia Holds Final National Consultation on Post 2015 Agenda
Stakeholders from around Ethiopia are meeting in the capital Addis Ababa for a two day intensive national dialogue on the post 2015 development agenda. The event follows six country wide consultations that focused on bringing together participants from the civil society, private sector, government, as well as youth and women groups.
Delivering his keynote address, H.E. Debretsion Gebremichael (with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinator of Finance and Economic Cluster and Minister of Communication and Information Technology) reflected that while Ethiopia had made progress in reducing the headcount poverty from 45.5% in 1995/96 to 27.6% in 2011/2012, “Yet the poverty level is still unacceptably very high. Likewise, the economic growth has also been creating jobs, although urban unemployment still remains high. Hence we still consider poverty reduction as our number one development agenda and hence we remain committed to sustaining our pro-poor development strategy over the coming years.”
“The outcomes of the consultations are not only useful for feeding into the global development agenda setting process but certainly they are also useful for our national planning,” said State Minister Dr. Abraham Tekeste of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED). He added, “We will certainly make use of the outcomes of the consultations to further sharpen our plans and programmes to make them responsive to the existing and emerging development challenges and meet the needs of interest of our citizens.” Ethiopia’s current five year national strategy, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), which is aligned to the MDGs, runs to 2015.
Speaking on behalf of the UN Country Team in Ethiopia, Mr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Resident Representative and acting UN Resident Coordinator noted that while Ethiopia had successfully integrated the MDGs into its national plans and made progress to meet most of the goals, challenges still remained. “Most of the key challenges point towards things that need to be done to reduce disparities in both opportunity and outcome,” Mr. Salama said, highlighting issuing such as building resilience to shocks such as drought, building a more vibrant private sector, improving the qualities and access to social services, and deepening democracy through enhancing good governance from the federal down to the local level.
The outcomes of the consultations will feed into the global discussion that the UN is facilitating.