Premier hails progress made in GTP implementation

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Addis Ababa, January 1 (WIC) – Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hailed   the progress made in the implementation of the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).

While responding to queries raised by members of the parliament (MPs) today, PM Hailemariam said that mega projects of the GTP are progressing well.  

According to the premier, the Grand Renaissance Dam, the Addis Ababa light rail transit project and the 10 new sugar factories are among the mega projects that are well underway.

PM Hailemarim further said the government is working to stop human trafficking and sustainably solve the problem by creating jobs, encouraging job creation and providing loan services.

Regarding Ethiopia’s relations with neighbouring countries, the premier said the country is currently connected with neighbouring countries through telecom, electricity and road networks except with Eritrea and Somalia.

The country will further cement its relations and link with the neighboring countries, he added.

The premier added Ethiopia, in partnership with IGAD and the Somali government, is working to reinforce the prevailing peace and stability in Somalia.  

PM Hailemariam further said Ethiopia is pushing for the implementation of the cooperation agreement signed between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa last September.

According to the premier, both countries will meet again in Ethiopia soon to negotiate on ways of implementing the agreement.

As far as Eritrea is concerned, PM Hailemariam said that “There is no change of policy towards Eritrea. Ethiopia’s persistence for peace would continue.”

He said Ethiopia‘s policy to take retaliatory measures against Eritrea's violent action will not be changed as the Asmara regime didn’t stop its peace destabilizing efforts. “Ethiopia is ready for peace talks but Eritrea is not,” he said.

A foundation in the name of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will be established, he said. The foundation would promote his research works, historical background of his struggle and his green development strategy contribution to the world.

Regarding the recent appointment of ministers, PM Hailemariam said “It was made based on experiences of various countries.”