Resolve into Result in Transforming Ethiopia!
Tsehaye Debalkew, Washington D.C., March 19, 2014
is heartwarming to learn that significant development gains that Ethiopia has
registered over the past three consecutive years implementing the much avowed
Growth and Transformation Plan /GTP/ were corroborated and hailed by good
wishers far and near recently.
is in order to cite here that friends of Ethiopia who sincerely expressed their
appreciation by commending the leadership of Ethiopia for placing its people on
a development path that will surely be remembered as one of the inspirational
examples of the African renaissance.
friends of the nation in their commendation did not hesitate to mention the
initiator and the driver that has steered the nation towards the sure path of
prosperity, the late PM Meles Zenawi and applaud the uninterrupted policy
continuity under the stewardship of Premier Haile Mariam Desalegn.
numbers on progress in Health, Education, infrastructure and water supply were
the ones that captured their attention. Thus they quickly confirmed their
confidence that the current on-going momentum will surely enable Ethiopia
achieve most of the MDGs by 2015.
foregoing observation is perhaps in tune with the full fledged onslaught that
the government and the entire people of Ethiopia have initiated through the
venue of the GTP to traverse the long and arduous road of acceding the club of
middle income countries in the not too distant future by defeating poverty out
and out with all its bedeviling tentacles.
To reference some of the
testimonials made herein follows what the famous media outlet the Economist
succinctly disclosed. "Wars and famines that scourged the country three
decades ago are, thankfully, a thing of the past. Today, Ethiopia is rapidly
changing and has recorded constant growth over the past several years. This is
having a noticeable impact. For example, infant-mortality rates have fallen by
40% since 2000. According to The Economist, low wages are rising and the
agricultural sector, still the most important component in terms of gross
domestic product, is being modernized at a quickening pace.
The country’s road and rail transport
system is fast expanding. Power which is a critical concern is being addressed
overwhelmingly with the building of the Grand Renaissance Dam and the Gilgel
Gibe projects whose finalization would certainly elevate Ethiopia's status in
the energy sector in addition to the Wind, Solar and Geo-thermal areas already
in full swing. The huge urban infrastructure that has been instrumental in
changing the entire face of most towns primarily the city of Addis Ababa is
Ethiopia is looking to
develop a progressive resource sector, with particular attention being paid to
mining and minerals extraction. For this to happen, the country continues to
require foreign investment and mining expertise.
re-iterate the commitment to the GTP and the principles underpinning effective
development cooperation between the government of Ethiopia and partners that
share its ideals is amply a milestone of friendship and serves as resounding lesson
to other parties who simply meddle in the internal affairs of our country
without indulging into an effort to make a positive impact through practical
support and other consultative venues.
It is to be noted that the
Ethiopian government which has vowed to overcome some glitches in order to
fulfill its promise of over hauling the economy in its firm and unshakable
determination to root out the grinding state of backwardness, poverty and
injustice once and for all is quintessential.
is truly comforting is the fact that the Ethiopian government and genuine
friends are speaking one and the same thing as pertains Ethiopia's achievements
in the wake of the GTP and the triumphant realization of its flagship project
I.E. the Grand Renaissance Dam , that has currently gone beyond 30% of its
progress, as follows,
"During the past two Fiscal Years
(2010/2011 and 2011/2012) Ethiopia has registered real GDP growth of 11.6% and
8.5 % have respectively. The share of industry in total GDP has increased from
10.8% at base year to 15% in 2010 / 2011. The average double digit growth that
has been registered puts Ethiopia in the list of fastest growing countries of
people and Government along with their good wishers shall rejoice and their
detractors and the few advocates of doom and gloom shall surely swirl in a fast
forward move into becoming the dust bin of history. Amen!!!