PM Meles: GTP is Not Unimaginable

 

Addis Ababa, August 12 – Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the new five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) that targets an average economic growth of 14.9 per cent is achievable.

Addis Ababa, August 12 (WIC) – Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the new five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) that targets an average economic growth of 14.9 per cent is achievable.

Speaking to journalists here yesterday, PM Meles said the plan is quite achievable and would enable the country to double its GDP in the coming five years.

The premier said the plan is comprehensive and is largely designed to ensure food security
as well as address problems related to the youth and women.

Regarding the 4th national elections which took place last May; PM Meles said the elections paved the way for stable democracy by marginalizing anti-democratic forces by democratic means.

The premier further said the government is ready to work closely with all opposition parties willing to operate peacefully. The government will facilitate means to further enhance the participation of opposition groups by establishing a joint forum.

Concerning the recent peace accord signed between the Ethiopian government and the United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF), Meles said the agreement is helpful to further improve peace and security in Somali state.

The premier further said the government will hope to sign similar agreement with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

Regarding EPRDF’s succession plan, Meles said Executive Committee of the front had deliberated on how better implement the plan and well organize the coming party congress.

Commenting the deadly attack in Uganda by Alshabab, Meles said the Ethiopian government is always vigilant to prevent the happening of terrorists’ attack.

Asked about inflation, the premier said the government will continue taking physical and monetary policy measures to control inflation rate at manageable level.

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