Italy and Ethiopia pledge to a new Cooperation Framework 2013-2015

Report
from Government of Italy
Published on 30 May 2013

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The State Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Ethiopia, H.E. Ato Ahmed Shide, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, H.E. Mr Lapo Pistelli, signed today the new three year Ethio-Italian Cooperation Framework which envisages new initiatives in the two priority sectors of agriculture and rural development, and provision of basic services (health, education and WASH), with a specific focus on the cross-cutting issues of private sector development, gender and environment.

The new Ethio-Italian Cooperation Framework 2013-2015 has been developed in close cooperation with the Government of Ethiopia and the relevant sector Ministries, in line with the 2015 targets set in the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), and builds on the long-lasting cooperation and partnership for development between the two countries which dates back to 1976.

Re-affirming Italy’s commitment to Ethiopia, Mr Lapo Pistelli said, “Ethiopia’s progress is incontrovertible and as it goes forward, Italy is strongly committed to support the Government in achieving the development goals of its Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) and the MDGs, together with the other Development Partners.”

The Cooperation Framework 2013-2015, which will be financed by 98.9 million Euro through both soft loans and grants - therefore doubling the 2009-2011 Italian contribution of 48 million Euro (grant) - is indeed the result of a process that embraces Italy’s active role in the promotion of the ‘EU+ Joint Cooperation Strategy for Ethiopia’, aimed at ensuring a coherent and cohesive development approach by all EU Member States and Noway. Moreover, the Framework encompasses Italy's adhesion to the “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Initiative”, launched in 2012 by the US under their G8 Presidency, through which Italy confirms water, agriculture, rural and private development as its priority areas.

For Further Information please contact:
Flaminia Battistelli - Communication Officer of the Italian Development Cooperation Mobile: +251(0)922824296 Email: f.battistelli@itacaddis.it