Address at 18 months UNDAF Review Meeting

04 Jul 2013

Statement

 

 by

 

H.E. Ato  Ahmed Shide

 

 State Minister, Ministry of  Finance and Economic Development 

 

July 4, 2013, Adama, Kereyu Resort Hotel

 

 

Mr.   Eugene  Owusu,  UN   Resident  Coordinator, UNDP   Resident Representative  and  UN Humanitarian Coordinator;

Heads of UN Agencies; Regional Bureau Heads;

Representatives   of        federal      Government institutions;

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

 

It is a  great pleasure to be  here among you   to open this very important  meeting which aims to  review the  contribution  of the UN  family to  the  accelerated progress that  Ethiopia is making towards the achievements of  its long term vision, strategies and goals including the MDGs;  focusing on   the last 18 months performance of UN supported programs.

 

As  you   all  know, the  Government has adopted Growth and Transformation plan (GTP) to help Ethiopia to undergo a  major strategic    shift  to   embark  on    a   transformational  growth trajectory to address poverty issues but placing it strongly on the path to become a middle income country within ten years.

 

The  GTP    aims  to   foster  broad  based  development  in    a sustainable  manner  to  achieve  the  Millennium Development Goals.  The  Plan  envisages  a  major  transformation   of   the economic structure. As  you   know the plan has identified key pillars of the strategy that could transform the economy which includes sustaining  Economic Growth of  past performance, improve agricultural productivity and double agriculture and achieve food security,  ensure  the  fastest  growth and significantly increase the share of  industry in the  economy, enhance the expansion  of  quality infrastructural development, enhance expansion of quality social development, building capacity and deepening good governance and prompting gender and youth empowerment and equity.

 

Ethiopia continued to register strong economic growth during the first two  years of GTP,  amidst challenging global economic environment.   Ethiopian  Economy  grew  by 11.4 and  8.5 percent in these  periods. These imply that  Ethiopia grew on average by  about 10 percent per   annum during the  first two years  of   the  GTP   period.  This  economic  growth  has  made Ethiopia one of  the  top  performers during the  period under review. The economic growth registered over the first two years of   the GTP   period has enabled the country to  maintain an average annual economic growth rate of  11 percent over the last nine consecutive years between 2004 and 2012. In  order to sustain the rapid growth momentum and achieve the planned target,  it  has become critical to consolidate the  gains in agricultural  productivity and expansion of  investment in the manufacturing   sector   in     the   remaining  years   of  GTP implementation.

 

 The economic growth registered so far has been pro-poor. It is to be   recalled that  poverty has declined by   9.1  percentage points  between 2005 and  2011. As  a  result of   the   growth registered over the last two years, the poverty headcount index is forecasted to decline by  about 2 percentage points reaching 27.6 percent in 2011/12.   Likewise the economic growth has also been creating jobs, although urban unemployment still remains high. Hence poverty reduction remain at the centre of the government's development agenda

 

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen

 

The last  two   years  have also  witnessed  rapid  expansion  of social  services  and  infrastructure  development.  Gross enrollment rate in primary education has exceeded 95 percent, while the measures devised to reduce child and maternal mortality have been consolidated.  Generally, the progresses in the social sector show that most of  the MDGs  are likely to be achieved. With the consolidation of  the undergoing efforts, the target with regard to reducing maternal mortality could also be achieved. In the social sector improving quality of services and addressing access problems in some pocket areas remain the focus areas over the coming years of the GTP period.

 

The investments in   infrastructure    programs   have   been implemented during the first two years of the GTP period, with resultant improvements in services. The time required to reach to an all-weather road has now declined from 3.7 hours in 2010 to about 2.9 hours in 2012. The electricity service coverage at national level has reached about 49 percent in  2011/12.

 

 

Measures that  deepen the  democratization process and  that ensure good governance are also undertaken  during the  plan years  under  review  with  resultant   positive  outcomes.  The government still  remains committed to  strengthening the democratization process and enhancing of  good governance at all  levels.

 

 

All  the aforementioned achievements are the outcome of coordinated efforts of  the government, the private sector, civil society organizations, development partners, the UN family and the Ethiopian public at large.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

The UN  system in Ethiopia      has contributed a lot to the achievements of the development results the country enjoyed through both  development interventions  in   the areas of   pro poor sectors including health and HIV AIDS, Education,  Water, Agriculture, food security and Economic growth, Environment and also building the capacity of  the country in  the areas of Gender, Governance and Democracy through wide range of interventions  all   over the  country.  The  UN  system  is  also playing a leading role in addressing the  humanitarian  need of the country.

 

We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of  the UN  to improve its coherence, efficiency and effectiveness through the adoption of  UN Deliver as One principle. With the leadership of government, the Delivery as one program is advancing well.

 

We would like to commend the work of  the UN family towards the alignment of  the current UNDAF  with our Growth and Transformation Plan(GTP), alignment of  the UNDAF  cycle with the GTP  cycle, Harmonization of  the  annual work plan with that  of   the  government planning and budgeting cycle, the increasing use of  harmonized cash transfer modalities by  more UN  agencies,  the  adoption  of   one  Program Implementation Manual, the use of  public finance system at the sub national levels.

 

I hope this two days review meeting will come out with UN contribution to the development endeavor of the country.

 

 

I wish you   fruitful deliberation and I declare that this meeting is officially opened

 

I thank you for listening.