State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, met with members of the Ethiopian Diaspora in Sweden on Monday (September 30), and briefed them on current developments in the country focusing on the economic growth of the country, performance of the Growth and Transformation Plan, the Renaissance Dam and the situation in neighboring countries.
He told the gathering Ethiopia was on the right track of development and it had become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. He touched on the immense achievements registered in meeting the MDG goals, reducing child mortality rates and achieving universal access to education ahead of the 2015 deadline. He noted that many foreign companies were moving facilities to Ethiopia, among them the Swedish company H&M.
Answering questions the State Minister gave details of government policies and actions taken to address problems including the removal of bureaucratic bottlenecks, inflation and corruption. He pointed out the government had zero tolerance on corruption. The State Minister urged the Diaspora to play a role in fighting corruption and assist in the government's effort to improve the civil service reform program in order to further improve good governance. He said they could make a real difference if they united in support the development of the country. The Diaspora, who welcomed the developments in the country, said they would welcome frequent meetings of this kind in Sweden in the future.