U.S. announces $91 mln in new humanitarian aid for Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, August 31, 2017 (FBC) - The United States will provide an additional 91 million US dollars in humanitarian aid for Ethiopia to cope with a third straight year of drought, the top U.S. official said today.

The extra funding brings U.S. aid for food and medical care in Ethiopia to more than 450 million US dollars this year, said Mark Green, the new administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

Green announced the extra aid after he met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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During their meeting the two sides discussed on U.S. support for Ethiopia’s economic development, drought response, and food security.

Green noted the government of Ethiopia’s robust response to last year’s drought-induced food-security problems and encouraged the government to demonstrate greater leadership and invest more resources to cope with the drought.

He further reiterated the United States’ commitment to supporting the Ethiopian people in times of need. The United States remains the largest humanitarian donor in Ethiopia, he added.

He also emphasized the need for the public and private sectors to work together to increase Ethiopia’s resilience to repeated droughts, including through the Feed the Future initiative.

Administrator Green highlighted opportunities for growth in Ethiopia’s power sector, and expressed American private sector interest in investing in the country, including through Power Africa.

The Administrator highlighted U.S. support for all Ethiopians to achieve a brighter future, and for Ethiopia to succeed as a strong partner in promoting economic opportunity, advancing democratic values, and supporting regional stability.

According to Ambassador Berhane Gebrekirstos, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Green also discussed ways to strengthen trade and investment between the two countries.

Green, who is on his first trip abroad since starting the job three weeks ago, is in Ethiopia to see the multiple USAID-funded Feed the Future sites.

On Wednesday, he visited an emergency nutrition center and abattoir facility in the Ethiopian Somali regional state.

Posted by Amare Asrat