The Premier began his report by expressing condolences to families of victims of the garbage dump landslide occurred last Saturday at a place commonly known as Koshe on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, which killed 113 people.
In his report, the Premier touched various areas including, agriculture, industry, tax collection, construction, investment, inflation, drought relief efforts, export and construction of industrial parks as well as other socio economic sectors.
He indicated that revenue collection in the first half of this Ethiopian fiscal year increased by 12 percent compared to same period the previous year, while this year’s meher production is expected to grow by 9 percent.
Foreign direct investment (FDI), construction and manufacturing sectors grew by 1.1%, 25% and 18% respectively, but export performance declined by 4%. Inflation is controlled to below 8% as a result of the various measures taken by the government, the Premier indicated.
The Premier further said the deep-reform program launched to tackle bad governance has become successful towards rectifying mistakes and maladministration.
It has also created fertile ground for the sustainability of the economic growth of the country and the ongoing journey towards renaissance.
As part of the efforts to build democracy, the ruling party, EPRDF has begun talks with political parties and it will continue to work closely with the parties on areas of common interest, he added.
Commenting on the ongoing drought relief efforts, the Premier said though the response from the international community is not as expected, the government of Ethiopia is doing its level best to cope with the drought which hit the pastoral areas.
He said the government has allocated one billion birr in the first round to provide food and non-food assistance and also appealed for additional 948 million US dollars for the relief efforts, he indicated.
The Premier further said the six-month nationwide state of emergency declared last October has contributed a lot towards restoring peace in the country. However, there are still attempts in some areas to ruin the prevailing peace.
He said decision on whether to extend the state of emergency or not will be made based on the report of the Command Post when the six-month period ends after a month.
The Premier stated that the country is working to further cement the relations it has with its neighbors as well as other countries, except Eritrea. Ethiopia’s policy towards Eritrea will remain unchanged, he added.
In the afternoon session, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti will address members of both Houses- HPR and the House of Federation (HoF).
Posted by Amare Asrat