Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is currently addressing the various groups of the Ethiopian society, met 25,000 representatives of the Ethiopian community and the diplomatic community on Sunday 15 April.
The meeting, which was held at the Millennium Hall in the capital, brought together officials from federal and regional governments, religious leaders, representatives of women and youth, academia and experts from various disciplines.
PM Ahmed’s first-ever meeting with the public in the capital Addis Ababa was also attended by representatives of the diplomatic community based in Addis Ababa, which is home to more than 140 diplomatic missions and the headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed said his government is committed to stimulating the economy by restoring durable peace in the country. The Premier called on all citizens to fulfil their responsibilities and safeguard their country to lift the economy out of the current slowdown and added that the government would do its level best to dress shortage of foreign currencies, which is the main bottleneck of the economy.
Due attention will be given to the manufacturing and import substitution through building the capacity of local investors.The Premier also pledged to take measures to tackle the delays of mega projects. He further said that works will be carried out to maintain education quality and improve the agricultural sector as well as to fight against corruption, maladministration, and bad governance.
Underscoring the importance of building the capacity of contending political parties to strengthen democracy, the Premier said the government will work jointly with parties to make the upcoming election free, fair, and credible. Reforms will be made in the justice system to ensure the rule of law, he said, adding works will be exerted to make security institutions neutral and loyal to the constitution.
Finally, he called urged religious leaders, artists, and teachers to focus on producing an ethical society and fighting corruption. He also called on the youth to contribute their share for the economic growth of the country.
The premier has been addressing Ethiopians residing outside the capital over the past week, in which he assured the public of unity and equality.