USAID Administrator in Ethiopia: His remarks focus on drought situation, while expressing US concern over human rights situation & political space

31 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Administrator Green:

It is an honor to be here today, and I’d like to thank the Prime Minister and all the Ethiopian people for your hospitality.

My visit is part of a long relationship between our two countries. Today we had a frank and honest discussion about a broad range of issues, including the United States’ commitment to standing with the people of Ethiopia, as they experience a third consecutive year of drought.

USAID is committed to helping Ethiopia leverage its human and economic capital, and to harness the power of Ethiopian farms and entrepreneurs to create a more economically prosperous and food-secure Ethiopia. This is why, yesterday, I announced that Ethiopia will be a target country for the next phase of Feed the Future. We look forward to partnering with Ethiopia on Feed the Future venture.

As I told the Prime Minister, I recognize that Ethiopia has immediate humanitarian needs, as well. Yesterday, during my visit to the Somali region, which is experiencing near famine-like conditions, I saw the dire need for food assistance. That’s why, in addition to Feed the Future, I’m also announcing $91 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia. This funding will provide additional emergency food assistance and vital medical care. The U.S. has now provided more than $450 billion* in humanitarian assistance to the people of Ethiopia during this fiscal year.

I applauded the Prime Minister for his government’s response to the 2015-2016 drought, and I urged him to provide a commensurate level of funding and attention to the current drought. The United States will continue providing assistance for vulnerable people, but we all agree host-country partners must be willing to step up during crises, and the Prime Minister indicated that he was looking to do so. I also noted the importance of assistance resources being used for their intended purpose.

I urged the Government of Ethiopia to take concrete steps to create political space for all voices to be heard and to uphold constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Finally, we talked about Ethiopia’s growing power sector. As this country’s economy expands, it will require a reliable and robust energy infrastructure to fuel the growth.

I thank the Prime Minister again for his hospitality today, and I thank the people of Ethiopia for your hospitality today.

/USAID Press Release

የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ከአሜሪካ ድምጽና ከሶሻል ሚዲያ የማይሰማው ወይንም የማያነበው ይመስል ሕወሃቶች የማርክ ግሪንን ከኃማደ ጋር ያደረጉትን ጉብኝት እንዴት በአማርኛ እንደዘገቡት

ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ለኢትዮጵያ 91 ሚሊዮን ዶላር ተጨማሪ ድጋፍ አደረገች

አዲስ አበባ፣ ነሃሴ 25፣ 2009 (ኤፍ ቢ ሲ) ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ለኢትዮጵያ የድርቅ መቋቋሚያ ተጨማሪ የ91 ሚሊዮን የአሜሪካ ዶላር የሰብዓዊ ድጋፍ አደረገች።

የአሜሪካ ዓለም አቀፍ የልማት ተራድኦ ድርጅት (ዩ ኤስ ኤ አይ ዲ) ሃላፊ ማርክ ግሪን በሁለት ቀናት ቆይታቸው በኢትዮጵያ በድርጅቱ የሚደገፉ ማህበረሰብ አቀፍ የልማት ፕሮጀክቶችን ተዘዋውረው ጎብኝቷል።

ማርክ ግሪን በጉብኝታቸው ማሳረጊያ ላይም ዛሬ ከኢፌዴሪ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴር ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ጋር ተገናኝተው መክረዋል።

በውይይታቸው ውስጥ ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ለአደጋ ተጋላጭ ለሆኑ አካባቢዎች ድጋፍ መስጠቷን እንደምትቀጥል ኣስታውቀዋል።

ግሪን የምግብ ዋሰትናን ለማረጋገጥ በቀረፀችው መርሃ ግብር ትኩረት ከሚያደርግባቸው 12 አገራት መከካከል ኢትዮጵያ አንዷ መሆኗን አንስተዋል።

ማርክ ግሪን ከጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለማርያም ጋር ካደረጉት ውይይት በኋላም የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ መንግስት ኢትዮጵያ ድርቅን ለመቋቋም ለምታከናውነው ተግባር 91 ሚሊዮን ዶላር ተጨማሪ እርዳታ እንደሚያደርግ ይፋ አድርገዋል።

ከድርቁ ጋር ተያይዞ በዜጎች ላይ አስከፊ ጉዳት እንዳይደርስ መንግስት ለጉዳዩ ትኩረት ሰጥቶ እየሰራ መሆኑን በውይይቱ ወቅት የገለፁት ጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴር ኋይለማርያም ደሳለኝ፥ የአሜሪካ መንግስት ኢትዮጵያ ዜጎቿን ለመታደግ እያደረገች ያለውን ጥረት በመደገፍ ላይ መሆኑንም አድንቋል።

ውይይቱን የተከታተሉት አምባሳደር ብርሃነ ገብረክርስቶስ እንደተናገሩት፥ ኢትዮጵያ ላለፉት ሶስት ተከታታይ ዓመታት ድርቅ ቢከሰትባትም ድርቁ ወደ ረሃብ እንዳይሸጋገር በራሷ አቅም መቋቋም ችላለች።

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለማሪያም ደሳለኝ በውይይቱ ድርቁን ከመቋቋም በተጨማሪ በሁለቱ ሀገራት መካከል ንግድና ኢንቨትመንት በሚጠናከርበት ሁኔታ ከአሜሪካ መንግስት ጋር በትብብር እንደሚሰሩ መግለጻቸውንም ተናግረዋል።

በያዝነው የፈረንጆች ዓመት ውስጥ ለምግብ እና ለህክምና ክብካቤ የሚውል ገንዘብ የዛሬውን ጨምሮ ከ450 ሚሊዮን የአሜሪካ ዶላር በላይ ድጋፍን አሜሪካ ለኢትዮጵያ አድርጋለች።

በዚህም በቅርብ ዓመታት ውስጥ ለአነስተኛ የንግድ ሥራ ፈጣሪዎች ዘላቂ ብድር በመስጠት፣ የተጎዱ ኢትዮጵያውያንን በማስተማር እና የአመጋገብ ትምህርትን በማቅረብ ባደረገችው ድጋፍ ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ለኢትዮጵያ ዋነኛዋ ለጋሽ ሀገር ሆናለች።

አሜሪካ በእርሻ እና በኢኮኖሚ ረገድ የምታደርገውን ድጋፍ አጠናክራ እንደምትቀጥልም ግሪን አረጋግጠዋል።

አሜሪካ ‘‘እንዳቅሚቲ’‘ ለኢትዮያ ሕዝብ $91 ሚልዮን ዶላር ዕርዳታ አበረከተች

የአሜሪካ ድምጽ ስለማርክ ግሪን የኢትዮጵያ ጉብኝት ዘገባ
የቅሌት ቅሌት በሁለተኛው ምላሳቸው ሕወሃቶች የማርክ ግሪንን ጉብኘት እንዴት በእንግሊዝኛ እንደዘገቡት

U.S. announces $91 mln in new humanitarian aid for EthiopiaAddis Ababa, August 31, 2017 (FBC) – The United States will provide an additional 91 million US dollars in humanitarian aid for Ethiopia to cope with a third straight year of drought, the top U.S. official said today.

The extra funding brings U.S. aid for food and medical care in Ethiopia to more than 450 million US dollars this year, said Mark Green, the new administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

Green announced the extra aid after he met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

During their meeting the two sides discussed on U.S. support for Ethiopia’s economic development, drought response, and food security.

Green noted the government of Ethiopia’s robust response to last year’s drought-induced food-security problems and encouraged the government to demonstrate greater leadership and invest more resources to cope with the drought.

He further reiterated the United States’ commitment to supporting the Ethiopian people in times of need. The United States remains the largest humanitarian donor in Ethiopia, he added.

He also emphasized the need for the public and private sectors to work together to increase Ethiopia’s resilience to repeated droughts, including through the Feed the Future initiative.

Administrator Green highlighted opportunities for growth in Ethiopia’s power sector, and expressed American private sector interest in investing in the country, including through Power Africa.

The Administrator highlighted U.S. support for all Ethiopians to achieve a brighter future, and for Ethiopia to succeed as a strong partner in promoting economic opportunity, advancing democratic values, and supporting regional stability.

According to Ambassador Berhane Gebrekirstos, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Green also discussed ways to strengthen trade and investment between the two countries.

Green, who is on his first trip abroad since starting the job three weeks ago, is in Ethiopia to see the multiple USAID-funded Feed the Future sites.

On Wednesday, he visited an emergency nutrition center and abattoir facility in the Ethiopian Somali regional state.

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