Govt, Dev’t Partners Discuss Recovery Plan for Conflict-affected Regions

ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of Finance on Friday discussed a framework for Reconstruction and Recovery plan for conflict-affected regions of Ethiopia with development partners.

The execution of the recovery plan for Amhara, Afar, Tigray, Benishangul, and parts of Oromia regional states will be government-led with the technical engagement of key experts from its partners, according to the ministry.

Finance Minister Ahmed Shide, in his welcoming address, elaborated about the overall social, economic, and political impacts of the conflict, COVID-19, and drought that the country is now facing.

He further emphasized the significance of the damage to the livelihood, infrastructure, and humanitarian crisis.

The Ministry prepared the joint framework for reconstruction and recovery plan to find amicable solutions for these challenges, Ahmed said.

The government has been taking the necessary measures to restart basic social and government services in conflict-affected regions, The finance minister also said.

Overall, the representatives of the Development Partner group welcomed the initiatives taken by the government in preparation for such an ambitious recovery plan, according to the ministry of finance.

In line with this, the World Bank elaborated about the preparation of the current project, aiming at addressing some of the major impacts of the war, is being finalized.

Some partners also expressed their concerns on the issues of comprehensive peace, humanitarian access to Tigray, and human rights violations.

However, in relation to the humanitarian access in Tigray, the major problem is the recent aggression on Afar by TPLF forces that is affecting the main route of the land transport access.

He also said the government is taking the necessary steps to hold those perpetrators of human rights abusers accountable.

The minister also expressed his gratitude to the development partners for their continuous support to minimize the humanitarian crisis in the conflict-affected areas and for their technical and financial support for the government’s recovery and reconstruction effort.