Promoting South-South Cooperation for Economic Transformation

May 16, 2016

State ministers and other senior government officials are taking part in an intensive executive training workshop around the theme accelerating economic development and transformation organized by UNDP in collaboration with Ethiopia Ministry of Public Service and Human Resource Development.

UNDP has brought on board the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to provide the week long training as part of an executive training programme developed under UNDP’s ongoing Advanced Leadership Programme for Ethiopia.

Opening the workshop, UNDP’s Resident Representative Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa – Onochie took the opportunity to reflect, “Ethiopia plans to become a lower middle income, carbon neutral and climate resilient economy by 2025. This will require all ministries and agencies, to have in place bold, visionary and strategic leadership that is in step with new thinking, innovation and skills sets that can address persistent bottlenecks while effectively grappling with emerging issues.”

Ethiopia has one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and recently rolled out its second Growth and Transformation Plan –the second of a three five-year-plan to propel the country to a middle income country by 2025.

The training workshop’s agenda will include sessions on industrial development and policy, transforming the agriculture sector, as well as sessions on understanding Singapore’s economic development experience.

In mid-April this year UNDP and the ministry collaborated with the Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy for another training workshop for senior government officials from various ministries. This time, the two-day training focused on climate resilient green growth development and sought to enhance the official’s engagement and work around implementing the country’s climate resilient green economy strategy.


Democratic Governance & Capacity Building Unit

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