Ethiopia: UNDP Keen to Scale Up Support for Young Entrepreneurs –

by Zelalem

The UN will provide direct financial, advisory, technical, organizational, and management support.

The United Nations Development Program said that it is keen to support young Ethiopian entrepreneurs for stronger impact in the country’s developmental agenda during the Second Growth and Transformation Plan.

During talks with President Dr. Mulatu Teshome Monday, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie said UN will give special attention for job creation in GTPII

“We want to engage in Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) through the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and focus on sustainable economic growth and risk reduction, basic social services, job creation, capacity development and youth,” she said.

According to the resident representative, UN is willing to support the Ethiopian government in order to maintain the developmental agenda, especially in areas of education, water, entrepreneurship, and other priority areas.

Eziakonwa-Onochie, who noted that Ethiopia is a fast-growing country in all areas and all sectors of its economy, added : “Our collaboration will provide a strong foundation for the transformation of Ethiopia in the coming few years.”

The UN system in Ethiopia is working in a truly coordinated way to help Ethiopia enhance capacity to develop and implement programs that meet international standards, she pointed out.

“We hope to continue with this successful partnership long into the future to promote sustainable development, job creation, and education as well as improved quality of life for all Ethiopians, the resident representative stressed.

President Dr. Mulatu indicated that Ethiopia has a very good chance in higher education.

The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia is the largest in Africa, and taken as a single entity, one of the major development partners of the country.

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