Press Release


     H.E. Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, held discussions on 12 May 2010 with members of the Ethiopian Community residing in the tri-lateral states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. During this interactive meeting, which was organized by the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations, the Minster briefed the Community about the fourth- round national election process; good governance and development, particularly the strategy and policy of the educational system of Ethiopia.


        Regarding the ongoing electoral process, the Minister stated that the Government of Ethiopia is fully committed to conduct free, fair, and democratic election. It was emphasized that the electoral code of conduct which most of the political parties agreed upon is the right instrument in ensuring the integrity and credibility of the upcoming election. He further explained that the reform of the National Election Board; the nine- round televised debates among political parties on political, social and economic issues; the use of time slots consistently allocated in the public media and the provision of financial support for opposition parties are considered to be concrete demonstrations of the Ethiopian Government’s genuine efforts towards free and fair election. During the discussions, the Minister called for the much anticipated and constructive contribution of the Community to the ongoing democratic process and economic development of Ethiopia. 


         While presenting the activities being undertaken and achievements gained in the educational sector, the Minister highlighted the fact that Ethiopia’s educational policy is in line with the development strategy of the country which has been set for bringing economic growth and poverty reduction in an inclusive manner. In addition to this, he mentioned about key performance indicators, gender parity index and quality improvement programs in all levels of education across Ethiopia. The upward trajectory of national budget allocation for educational sector; the positive trend of student enrollments over the past consecutive years; the construction of schools and higher - learning institutions in all parts of Ethiopia were also discussed at the meeting with figures and facts. Currently, according to the Minster, the Government is intensively working to bring quality across all levels of education and he solicited all-rounded support from the Community to this effect.


     In the ensuing questions and answers session, the Minister addressed a number of questions raised by the participants regarding the Ethiopian education system; the current state of affairs of the electoral process in the Country and other pertinent issues.  On their part, members of the Community expressed their interest to support the national development efforts which have been transforming the country into a new level of socio-economic stage. They also reaffirmed their readiness to play positive role to make the upcoming election peaceful and democratic.





12 May 2010

The Permanent Mission of the

 Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopiato the United Nations

    New York