In March 18, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Heads of Agencies of Development Partners had a dialogue on the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan for Conflict-Affected Regions of Ethiopia.
According to the press release, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) presented to the Development Partner Group’s Heads of Agencies the Government of Ethiopia’s framework for Reconstruction and Recovery of the conflict-affected regions of Amhara, Afar, Tigray, Benshangul, and Part of Oromia.
H.E. Ato Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, elaborated on the overall social, economic, and political implications of the country’s current conflict, COVID, and drought in his welcoming remark. He also stressed the importance of the harm to livelihoods, infrastructure, and the humanitarian catastrophe. To find amicable answers to these issues, the Minister described the cooperative framework for reconstruction and recovery, which is headed by the government but is aided by the technical engagement of key experts from development partners. He stated that the administration is currently taking the required steps to begin basic services and government services in conflict-affected areas.
Overall, the Development Partner group applauded the government’s efforts in preparing for such a large-scale rehabilitation program. Accordingly, the World Bank elaborated on the present project’s planning, which aims to address some of the war’s key effects. Several partners raised concerns about comprehensive peace, humanitarian access to Tigray, and human rights violations throughout the meeting.
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