PM Abiy Holds Talks with Gates Foundation’s Co-Chair

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has held talks with Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on ways to increase the foundation’s support to Ethiopia.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or BMGF has been a key partner to Ethiopia in supporting development priorities since its first grant in Ethiopia in 2000.

The co-chair’s learning trip to the East African nation aims at renewing the BMGF’s continued partnership to support Ethiopia’s progress against the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Foundation has been “supporting Ethiopia improve agricultural productivity and increased coverage of health interventions for several years”, the Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia said after the Abiy met Melinda on Monday.

“The two discussed enhancing BMGF’s support in the government’s key priority areas,” it added.

Currently, the foundation is working with more than 135 partners to improve agricultural productivity and ensure life-saving health and nutrition interventions reach many more Ethiopians.

And now, Melinda plans to build a deeper understanding of gender equality issues in the country.

During her stay, the foundation says she will see the work of partners helping to address systemic gender biases and create more opportunities for women and girls to prosper.

This is the third visit to Ethiopia by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s leadership this year. In March, Bill Gates addressed the African Union and met with the Prime Minister.

In June, the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, met with President Sahlework Zewde to discuss the foundation’s work in Ethiopia.