Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen participated in
the First high-Level meeting of the global Partnership for Effective
April 219, 2014 -
Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen attended the Global Partnership
Conference held on 15 and 16 April, 2014 in Mexico City. The conference, which attracted
more than 1,500 high ranking Ministers and experts was the first high –level
meeting since the holding of the conference in Busan,South Korea in 2012.
In the opening
plenary panel hosted by the renowned BBC journalist Zeinab Badawi, Mr.Demeke
briefed the participants that the Ethiopian government has played its major
role in making foreign aid effective based on the core principles of country
ownership, mutual accountability and results. He further said that the key
players in this endeavor are the government, private sector and the civil
society and due to these well coordinated efforts and a clear vision and
strategy of the Ethiopian government, Ethiopia’s economy has registered a
double digit growth for the last 10 years.
Mr. Demeke also participated in another focus session that looked
into aid effectiveness and results. Mr.Demeke briefed the participants that
Ethiopia has a clear vision and strategy to become a middle income country by
2025 and to achieve this, the government has set out a five year Growth and
Transformation Plan of its own and still is registering an uninterrupted double
digit economic growth. He further said that Ethiopia has allocated a major
portion of its budget for education, health and food security and these
pro-poor policies have started to produce the intended results in alleviating
poverty in Ethiopia. Mr.Demeke added that the Ethiopian government has been
working closely with donor countries based on country ownership, shared values,
joint planning, clear harmonization and joint monitoring.
On the sidelines of the high level conference Mr.Demeke held
bilateral meetings with German Parliamentary State Secretary and also with
Ministers for International Development of Ireland and Denmark. He also
discussed with the CEO of the Global Partnership for Education(GPE) on
achievements and future government plans of expanding education in Ethiopia.
created in Busan, South Korea aims to bring together aid donors and
recipients, emerging economies, civil society organizations, private sector
companies and foundations in the hope of eradicating poverty through better
It is based on
five principles intended to make aid more effective: ownership; alignment; harmonization;
mutual accountability; and results. Central to its philosophy is the concept of
ownership: letting developing countries set their own strategies for poverty
reduction, improving their institutions and tackling corruption.