ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- The Ethiopian government said Friday
some 19 members of the United Nations country team have setto carry out
development projects valued at up to 1 billion U.S. dollars.
The UN projects are aimed at enabling the country realize its development programs in the
coming five years.
State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mammo Gitto and
officials of UN country team on Friday signed the second UN Development
Assistance Framework (UNDAF II), which will be implemented in the period from
2007 to 2011.
UNDAF is the common strategic framework for the operational activities of
the UN system in Ethiopia, which provides a collective, coherent and integrated
UN system response to nationalpriorities and needs.
The framework agreement was based on the government's five-yeardevelopment
plans and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The MDGs are aimed at eradicating absolute poverty and hunger, reducing by
half the number of people living on less than a dollara day, and meeting a
number of other key indicators of social and economic progress for the world's
At a signing ceremony, UN Resident Coordinator Elizabeth Lwangasaid the
five priority areas identified and agreed upon as the target areas for action in
the UNDAF II are humanitarian response,recovery and food security, basic social
services and human resources, HIV/AIDS, good governance and enhanced economic
Lwanga said the development agencies would undertake joint activities
enabling to speed up development in Ethiopia.
Admassu Nebebe, head of multilateral cooperation department with the
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), forhis part said the
activities, which would be undertaken by the agencies, would enable reduction of
poverty in the country.
He said the agreement would enable increase of development support being
provided to the country by up to four folds.
Ethiopia is one of the world's poorest and most indebted countries. It is
chronically unable to feed its population and hasto rely on massive foreign aid.