Germany provides additional 41.5 mln Euro for dev’t cooperation with Ethiopia
Addis Ababa January 10/2013 Germany has made available in 2012 additional 41.5 million Euro for the areas of food security, drought resilience and participatory forest management in Ethiopia, Embassy of Germany here said. According to a statement the Embassy sent to ENA, in addition one million Euro humanitarian assistance has been provided in the area of food assistance to Somali, Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia. The statement said the fund will be implemented by German and international development agencies. Germany has pledged more than 100 million Euro for the bilateral development cooperation from 2011-2014. It said the agreed priority sectors of Ethio-German cooperation are Education (TVET and Higher Education) as well as the Sustainable Land Management Program. "I would like to commend the government of Ethiopia for its impressive development achievements over the last years. Thus Ethiopia has become one of the few African MDG performers," the statement quoted German Ambassador to Ethiopia, Lieselore Cyrus as saying on the occasion of the additional funding the German government provided to Ethiopia. State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Ahmed Shide on his part reiterated that the development cooperation between Ethiopia and Germany is firm and dates back many years, according to the statement. The priorities of the Ethiopian government converge with the sound experience and extremely professional support Germany is giving in the fields of food security, education and capacity building, he said. Ethiopia and Germany have been cooperating for over 40 years.