Addis Ababa, March 23, 2019 (FBC) –Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed said achieving macroeconomic goals will remain government’s priority for this Ethiopian fiscal year.
The Premier made the remark at the end of ‘Addis Wog’ forum that was held for two days with a view to introducing a novel approach to exchanging ideas and a respectful culture of dialogue.
Balancing the macroeconomy and reducing government spending are areas that will remain in the agenda of the government this fiscal year, the Prime Minister said.
Indicating that detailed analysis on the economic policy of the country is being drafted, the Premier said, the government has ceased looking for additional loan since the nation’s debt burden soared high.
He further said improving the irrigation and development sectors will remain centers of attention for the government.
Regarding politics, the Prime Minister blamed scholars, activists, and politicians for the problem in Ethiopia’s politics. He called upon all sides to develop the culture of resolving differences through dialogue.
Underscoring the need to fight against retribution and hate speech on social media, he said the government is drafting law to prevent social media misuse in the country and is in talks with Facebook on the issue.
Regarding foreign relations, he said, remarkable successes have been achieved, especially in building diplomatic ties with Middle East countries and normalizing relation with Eritrea after a-20 year military stalemate.
The Prime Minister also reiterated government’s commitment to make the upcoming elections democratic.
Regarding the Addis Ababa river bank project, he said, the Chinese government has agreed to provide a quarter of the project’s cost in the form of loan.
Middle East countries have also pledged to provide support for the project, he added.