PM Abiy Ahmed Ali responds to parliament today. Key takeaway messages: (July 5, 2021)

On Economic issues

Per capita income exceeded ETB 1,000. In 2011 E.C., the difference between export and import was 14.6 % which reduced to 9.3 %. Debt burden has dropped from 37 % to 26 %. Efforts are made to eliminate commercial loans.

Despite challenges from COVID-19, locusts, flood, unfinished projects, conflict and global inflation, this year’s growth is expected to be more than 2011 E.C. (9%) following the income from summer farming and export of fruits, coffee and minerals.

Financial Sector, Bank accounts have increased from M38.8 to M66.2 resulting in massive fundraising. Savings have increased by 30 % of which 74 % was accessed by the private sector. Bank branches increased from 5,100 to 7,100 with 6 million mobile banking users.

Revenues: It was planned to bring in 260 billion birr, 98 percent of which was achieved and more than 142 billion birr increased. Increasing foreign market capacity and revenue collection need to be continued.

Well-monitored projects such as parks, industry and agro-industry have achieved better performance. It is important to realize that the completed projects had the potential to be completed in lesser time. It is the duty of all to work diligently and quickly.

Regional Budget: We need to make good use of our extra-budgetary resources. For example, more than 1000kg of gold was traditionally prepared and marketed. Budget performance needs to be carefully evaluated to identify the cause of the delay and act.

On Tigray

  • We have had no aspirations to engage in conflict yet TPLF posed a threat on four fronts:
    • mobilized irregular forces siphoning national institutions and resources
    • mobilizing paid elements across the country given the mission to destabilize & multiply instability;
    • mobilizing the people of Tigray for war despite the numerous livelihood challenges of the people
    • attacking the Northern Command of the ENDF;

These threats pulled the Federal Government into a conflict it was forced to engage in.

  • Sacrifices being made in the Tigray region to restore services and repair basic infrastructure have cost us the lives of personnel in the line of duty as the criminal clique attacked these individuals.
  • Gains made in addressing the TPLF threat:
    • we have taken back weaponry seized illegally from the Northern Command
    • decreased the effects of the attempts to divide the Ethiopian society
    • apprehended key leadership of the criminal clique
  • In my view, those interested in seeing the conclusion of the conflict in the Tigray region are very few. It seems there are interests that seek to see the weakening of the Ethiopian state through a protracted conflict.
  • The current moment of reflection will support all actors to this issue in learning. Before enacting the ceasefire we have held various consultations. The process of removing ENDF took more than a month in 3 rounds. Not when everyone heard it days ago.

On Priorities

  • Our current priorities that warrant a shift in focus.
    • Resettling thousands of displaced persons
    • Finishing mega projects for Ethiopia’s prosperity
    • Rehabilitating migrant returnees

On Diplomacy

There are many Ethiopians abroad who are doing remarkable work promoting their country without pay, comparable and at times exceeding our foreign missions.

On general Elections

The value we place on peace is priceless. It’s the basis for our national prosperity.

The recently concluded 6th National Election is testimony that #Ethiopia won. The efforts of @NEBEthiopia, our courts, media and political parties in this process is commendable. The collective responses show that all of us want Ethiopia to win.

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