Zenawi eyes end of food aid within five years.

August 11th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Zenawi says the agricultural output upon which the country’s economy overwhelmingly relies will be doubled by 2015 by encouraging investment and large-scale farming. Ethiopia is Africa’s biggest coffee exporter and the world’s fourth largest exporter of sesame.

“I think that this is a very ambitious plan but at the very least the base-case scenario is doable,” Meles said. “The high-case scenario is not unimaginable.”

The Ethiopian government predicts growth of about 10 percent for 2010/2011. The International Monetary Fund says the economy will grow by 7 percent.

Ethiopia’s economic climate is watched by foreign investors interested in commodity exports and its potential oil and gas reserves.

The country is one of Africa’s largest potential markets — with a population of about 80 million — and most of its people have no telephones or bank accounts.

Meles, who was returned to power for five more years in a disputed May election victory, has ruled out privatising the banking and telecommunications sectors despite pressure from Western donors to do so.

The former rebel told Reuters in an interview on election day that improving Ethiopia’s energy supply and expanding its industries would be his priorities for the next five years, after which he would retire.

The plan, called “Growth and Transformation,” also predicts a huge expansion of infrastructure, with the country’s power production set to increase from 2,000MW to 10,000MW and the construction of 2,395 km of railway lines.

Ethiopia plans to spend $12 billion over 25 years on realising its ambition of become a power exporter on a continent where shortages are common and cost industry dear.

  1. በሃይሉ
    | #1

    ማን ሰው ጻፈው ይህን?

  2. Aleen 7
    | #2

    zenawi will not live five more years and don’t worry about this fancy story.

  3. qesto
    | #3

    Is that a dream? This is too far from rality.This kind of growth in agricultural products in a country whre land is under strict ownership of the government, where farmers have an average of 2.5 plots of land farming less than 1.2 ha, where mechanized farm inputs are rare etc., is just an other way of saying ‘zim belu lamognachihu’. How many agricultural investors are ther in the country? How much land is being cultivated with mechanized farm tools and inpts? We know Ethiopia’s land is still rich and can feed not only Ethiopia but also the whole East Africa, but what it lacks is proper management and approperiate land tenure system. God bless Ethiopia

  4. yibka
    | #4

    he could have said even more as that is his nature to try to fool us. But we wont be, because we know the man. even the world won’t be fooled. in a country where the majority doesn’t have some thing that extends his life to the next day, he has been telling the world that the country grew. The reality is reveled these days as one study labeled the country the second poorest in the world next to Niger.

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