By Nesru Jemal
Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom said that Ethiopia is on track to eliminate poverty and become a middle income country by 2025.
Dr Tedros made the remark at the second Frontiers in Development Forum held in Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, from September 18-19, 2014.
The Forum organized by USAID brought together leaders and development practitioners to address the question: How will we eradicate extreme poverty by 2030?
At the Forum, Dr Tedros highlighted Ethiopia’s development policies and strategies to promote rapid, broad-based and equitable growth as well as its target of reaching a middle income country.
“Ethiopia is on track to eliminate poverty and become a middle income country by 2025,” said Dr Tedros during his keynote address at the Forum.
He also said that the country is on track to achieve MDGs of social sectors: education and health, which are key in the fight against poverty.
Dr Tedros also explained Ethiopia’s focus on small holding farmers in rural areas and on micro and small enterprises in urban areas to create millions of jobs annually.
He also told participants about the importance of gender equality, good governance and democracy in conjunction with fighting poverty that are key to peace and prosperity of the country.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Tedros also met with USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and discussed on food security and Ebola, a disease which has become a serious cause for concern to the world.
Dr Tedros assured him Ethiopia’s readiness to help in the fight against the disease.
He agreed to host regional meeting in Addis Ababa to share experience on food security among African countries.
U.S Secretary of State John Kerry on the occasion reiterated US Government’s commitment to end poverty and announced $63 million PEPFAR initiative led by USAID to mobilize domestic resources.