Ethiopia well placed to achieve MDGs: UNDP

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Addis Ababa, December 12 (WIC) - Ethiopia is one of the countries well placed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said.

Speaking at a consultative forum organized on “Integrating Private Sector Aspirations and Needs into the Post 2015 National Development Plans,” here on yesterday, MDGs Policy Analyst at UNDP, Girma Hailu said the country has already achieved five of the eight MDGs.

The forum was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and UNDP.

Girma said Ethiopia needs to strengthen ongoing efforts to achieve the remaining three MDGs during the remaining two and a half years.

He said the country carried out various activities during the last ten years including building capacity of health professionals and increasing the number of health institutions.

Girma stressed the need in particular to exert utmost efforts in reducing maternal mortality in the remaining time.

He said activities should also be carried out to realize economic empowerment of women in the country and further strengthen activities on environmental protection and sanitation, among others.

Finance and Economic Development State Minister, Dr. Abraham Tekeste on his part said Ethiopia is one of the 50 countries selected for the forum.

Activities carried out to speed up development and maintain good governance in collaboration with the government and development partners helped the country to get such opportunity. (ENA)