Finance Minister Ahmed Holds talks with French MPs

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian delegation led by Finance minister Ahmed Shide held talks with two French Parliamentarians over bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

The minister is in France to attend the Paris summit that sought to boost financing in Africa amid the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday.

The Finance minister met with members of France parliament, Jacques Maire and Valerie Thomas, on Wednesday afternoon.

During the discussion, Ahmed briefed the deputies on the economic reform agenda currently underway in Ethiopia and the need for further cooperation to advance the growth aspirations of millions in the continent, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement after the discussion.

He also updated the MPs on the current situation in Tigray and Ethiopia’s preparation for the upcoming general election.

The deputies recalled warmly their visit to Ethiopia in the past and the assembly’s keen interest to support the continent in a win-win development model, according to the Ministry.

Earlier today, Ahmed also held discussion with Remy Rioux, CEO of French Development Agency (AFD), on ways to further strengthen the economic cooperation between Ethiopia and France.

During the meeting, the Minister emphasized the need to revitalize the Medium-Term Economic Cooperation Framework as part of the effort to increase the Official Development Assistance predictability and enhance development cooperation effectiveness between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed projects financed and technically supported by the development agency, according to the Ministry.

These include the economic reform program support, the recent board-approved COVID-19 support to the MSMEs Business Sustainability and Jobs Protection Program, and implementation of the National Digital ID Program.

“The Government of Ethiopia underlines the importance of these projects and the need to expedite the process to start project implementation as soon as possible,” said the ministry.