Ethiopia has an image problem. For years, this gigantic country, the second most populated in all of Africa with almost 100 million inhabitants, was synonymous with extreme poverty, hunger, disease, wars... in short.... true misery.
However, everything began to change in Ethiopia in the new century.
Even though Ethiopia remains a very poor country, even under African standards, during the last decade this country has become one of the fastest growing economies, not only in Africa but in the entire planet.
However, as Ethiopia was beginning to live an economic takeoff, it also became one of the countries with the least liberties and a model of censorship and repression. However now, with a new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed and a new government... the country’s course has completely changed course. Will Ethiopia become the great African power? How are they trying to escape poverty? We’ll tell you all about it in this video.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s prime minister in his first press conference since taking power vowed Saturday to continue with dramatic reforms “at any cost” and said the longtime ruling coalition soon will prepare for a “free and fair election” in 2020.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also said the World Bank “soon” plans to provide $1 billion in direct budgetary assistance, a sign of confidence after years of unrest in Africa’s second most populous nation. Such assistance stopped after the disputed 2005 elections.
“My dream is that doubts about the ballot box will disappear,” Abiy said, saying the vote won’t be delayed and promising a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.
The 42-year-old Abiy took office in April and shocked the country with a wave of reforms including restoring diplomatic ties with neighboring Eritrea after two decades, pledging to open up state-owned companies to outside investment and releasing thousands of prisoners.
The reforms have been praised by the interna…
ByAsrat SeyoumThe Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (EPRDF) is reported to be long overdue to hold one of its eventful national congresses. The party Congress is the third tier of assembly in EPRDF structure where more than 1000 members representing the four parties and the various wings of these parties sit down together once every two years, discuss various issues and elect a central committee and audit committee members. But, given the current state of the party, commentators argue that it is in no shape to conduct its national congress; while others even question if the meeting would even take place. Nevertheless, the most important concern is what the congress could mean for the Front and the country it rules, writes Asrat Seyoum. Born out of a harsh armed struggle to topple the military regime in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (EPRDF) has been a dominant political force in the country and the region during the last 30 years. Tigray People’s Liberation F…
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the World Bank will provide $1 billion in direct budget support to the country in the next few months. Abiy was addressing his first press interaction since coming into office.
According to him, the deal with the global finance body had been reached because of ongoing reforms in the country. “This is due to the reforms taking place in the country,” he told the press in Addis Ababa on Saturday.
The World Bank and other donors suspended budgetary support after a disputed and violent election in 2005.
Abiy has announced a series of economic and political changes since taking office in April. In other issues he promised free elections in 2020 for the nation of 100 million people, where parliament now has no opposition lawmakers.
Ethiopia has over the past years being one of Africa’s fastest growing economies according to the bank and the International Monetary Fund. Its economy was however more state driven a situation Abiy is seeking to reverse w…
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s prime minister said on Saturday an election due for 2020 would be free and should not be delayed by his sweeping reforms to the African nation’s politics, economy and diplomacy. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's newly elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses the members of parliament inside the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
Abiy Ahmed, who took office in April, also told his first news conference that the World Bank would provide $1 billion in budget support in the next few months.
The Washington-based institution and other donors suspended budgetary help following a vote in 2005 that was disputed by the opposition and accompanied by violence that killed 200 people.
Explaining the World Bank’s decision, the prime minister said: “This is due to the reforms taking place in the country.”
Since becoming prime minister, the former intelligence officer has taken steps to open up t…
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