Addis Ababa, August 11, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said though the five years national development and transformation plan seems more ambitious it is achievable as it incorporates positive achievements and lessons learned over the past five years. In a press conference he gave for foreign media here on Wednesday the premier said it is possible for Ethiopia to double its economic growth and is predictive. The draft plan is named as national development and transformation because "we can’t have one without the other," he said.
Asked about social and political transformations, he said the plan is comprehensive and includes social and political transformations as the government has been undertaking social and political transformations. PM Meles said government has been striving more actively to meet MDGs in the social sector exerting efforts to build national consensus, democracy and development as well as realizing the renaissance of the country. PM Meles said the plan largely designed to address and respond to issues related to youth and the women in an aggressive manner.
Asked about multiparty party system in the country following the landslide victory of EPRDF in the federal parliament he said it is not and will not be single party system rather it is a dominant party system as it has been the case in Japan and Botswana.
He said the 2010 election paved the way for stable democracy by marginalizing anti democratic forces by democratic means. The premier said government will engaged opposition parties which want to struggle peaceful manner and the government will facilitate means to further enhance their engagement through Joint forum for political parties. Asked about the EPRDF leaders’ succession Plan Meles said the front executive committee had deliberated on how better implement the plan and well organize the coming party congress.The premier said government will fight grain price collapse to not let it happened. “We will do everything it takes to stop grain prices from going down below a certain minimum benchmark” he said. Commenting deadly attack in Uganda by alshabab Meles said government is always vigilant to prevent outrage in Ethiopia. Concerning recent the deliberation of IGAD, AU, Canada and Sana'a forums are the interest of Ethiopia as they were focused on peace and stability as well as economic cooperation and integration in the region.
Ethiopia’s participation in Canada as an invitee representing African and NEPAD was worthwhile, he said. The premier said peace signing accord with United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF) is helpful to further enhance peace and security Situation in Somali Regional State in which he said is progressive. He said government will hope to sign similar agreement with the most important faction within the OLNF. The prospects for peace in the region are expertly good. PM Meles said the people of Somalis fighting for their development and huge development activities are underway in the state. Concerning instruments of controlling inflation, the premier said government will continue taking physical and monetary policy measures to crush down the inflation at manageable level. The premiere gave reflections on issues including tax, ethio-US relation, River Nile, climate change, Ethiopian missions abroad, Eritrea, Somalia, EU- EOM and others