The Propaganda of High-Growth and the State of Economic Data in Ethiopia. – By Huriso Gemechu
According to the latest economic information out of Ethiopia, the country is enjoying robust and unprecedented economic progress with reported GDP of US $72.2 billion, GDP per person of $872 and annual real GDP growth rate of 8-percent in 2009. Furthermore, on September 16, 2010, addressing the 8th organizational conference of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EFRDF),the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi claimed, “Ethiopia has registered remarkable economic growth for the first time in the history of the country over the past seven years,” and asserted: “…. the rapid economic growth registered over the past seven consecutive years is the direct result of the development policy implemented under the leadership of the EPRDF” .