European Union praises Ethiopia for effective use of aid

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Addis Ababa, 20 April 2014 (WIC) - The European Union Delegation to Ethiopia commended Ethiopian government for effectual use of its development aid.

In an exclusive interview with WIC, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia Ambassador Hebberecht Chantal said the government of Ethiopia has been implementing effectively the development support it gets from the European Union.

Recalling the allocation of 80 per cent of the aid goes through government budget or Multi-donor Trust Fund, she said that this money is properly used for the planned projects.

There is political, economical and diplomatic diversification of cooperation between the two parts, she said, adding we successfully implemented the 10th European Development Fund in the past five years, 2009-2013.

According to Ambassador Hebberecht, road infrastructure, agriculture, food security and good governance were some of the major areas of cooperation in this Fund.

The financial allocation of that fund was first 634 million Euros but the enveloped pledge was raised after the 1st term view of the cooperation, WIC learnt.

Additional 45 million Eros allocation for regional programs, 40 million Euros for materiality were granted, she said.

“The government has good achievement in Education, Health, Water Sanitation and Infrastructure which the European Union also supports,” the Ambassador added.

The 10th European Development Fund (EDF)  has already completed in 2013; consequently, EU pledged another 745 million Euros in its 11th EDF to be implemented from 2014 to 2220, she displayed.

This Fund will be allocated for agriculture, food security, health and the private sectors, WIC learnt.

According to Ambassador Hebberecht the agriculture and food security incorporates not only productivity but also conservation and management of natural resources.

The pledge will also cover the health sector, road infrastructure and renewable energy sectors, she added.