Sunday 08, July 2018 by Bloomberg

Ethiopia passes ‘pro-poor’ budget in a bid to open up the economy


The Government announced plans to open up state monopolies including sugar, airlines, and telecommunications to foreign investors.


Ethiopia’s parliament passed a $12.6 billion budget, about two-thirds of it poverty reduction programmes involving health, education and food security, as the Horn of African nation tries to quell unrest while sustaining the momentum of the continent’s fastest-growing economy.

In televised comments, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed described the budget as “pro-poor” and said the government still needs $7.5 billion to finish so-called mega projects, including sugar factories and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. As a result, it will not begin new projects in the 2018-19 fiscal year, he said.

Abiy took office in April, facing the task of bringing an end to several years of sporadic regional protests over alleged land grabs and political neglect that threatened to detail the boom in Ethiopia’s state-planned economy.


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