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Prime Minister Ahmed reports 9.2 percent economic growth in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has reported 9.2 percent economic growth for the Ethiopian fiscal year ending on 7 July 2019, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said.

The premier was speaking while presenting the country’s annual report to the House of Peoples’ Representatives at the national parliament where he raised issues on sustaining peace and security, democracy, economic development and diplomacy issues.

The premier said, supported by the recent reform policies introduced by the government, domestic demand and supply has been robust.

According to the Premier, some 1.4 million job opportunities were created in the preceding fiscal year.

In his report, the Prime Minister stated that efforts have been undertaken to widen up the political space, rehabilitate internally displaced communities and ensure the rule of law across the country.

He reported that there were 2.3 million IDPs in the country, of which about 1.1 million were displaced during the reform period and 400 000 by climate change, but over 2.1 have been repatriated and rehabilitated.

As a means of widening the democratic space, more than ten exiled armed groups were welcomed home, over 45 000 benefited from amnesty, more than 100 000 prisoners released from all regional states, above 260 media and web sites were allowed to function and rejoin the free market, the Prime Minister noted.

Regarding diplomacy, more than 15 000 citizens were released from prisons abroad and over 76 000 citizens with terminated contracts were repatriated.

According to Abiy Ahmed, institutional reforms focusing among other institutions on defense forces, Supreme Court, National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), Human Rights Commission, Information Network Security Agency (INSA), National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), federal police and prison administration were reorganized in the spirit of the national reform.

About 17 proclamations and laws have been reportedly either under revision or revised.

He further said some 48 suspected of terrorism, 799 instigating ethnic conflict, 34 engaged in economic crime, 235 for trafficking in firearms, 63 money laundering and 51 human traffickers were apprehended.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed explained that his government will work focusing on sustaining peace and security, building democratic institutions, modernizing agriculture, environmental protection, and tourism development and encourage private sector engagement over the next fiscal year.

– APA

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