Hailemariam lauds UNDP’s support to Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, November 1, 2010 (ENA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn lauded the ongoing support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) towards success of Ethiopia’s efforts to reduce poverty
Hailemariam said the UNDP has been providing assistance to help Ethiopia achieve the Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (PASDEP).

The deputy PM made the statement here on Monday while holding discussion with UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark.

He said support of the UNDP contributed to the double digit economic growth registered during the past successive years.

Hailemariam also lauded UNDP as it organized China-Africa Poverty Reduction Meeting in Addis Ababa, according to an official of the ministry of foreign affairs, who attended the discussion.

Clark on her part told journalists that Ethiopia has been striving to register rapid economic growth and fight against poverty.

She said the meeting organized here will help to share experiences with China, which has been registering rapid development.

Clark also said she exchanged views with the deputy PM on issues related to the Horn of Africa in particular current affairs in Sudan and Somalia.

Clark served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008.