On February 26, GGGI and the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) held a validation workshop of the Country Planning Framework (CPF) and Annual Workplan of the GGGI, Ethiopia Program. The workshop validated that the CPF is aligned to the GoE’s goals and targets of the Growth and Transformational Plan II (GTP-II) and the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy (CRGE), including objective of achieving middle-income status by 2025.
GGGI is partnering with the GoE to develop a climate resilience and green economy framework, and to provide sector guidance for the successful integration of CRGE into the second phase of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II).
The workshop, which adopted the Annual Workplan for the period of 2016-17, and the overall country planning framework of GGGI’s Ethiopia Program, was attended by senior officials from sector ministries, representatives from donor countries and development partners that are supporting the CRGE process, including the Embassy of Norway and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, private sector, civil societies and research institutions.
Inaugurating the workshop, H.E. Ato Kare Chawicha, State Minister of the Environment and Climate Change highlighted that the Ethiopian government has been taking effective measures to address challenges of climate change through the integration of the CRGE in to its policies and strategies including the GTP II. Ato. Kare acknowledged the critical support of GGGI in CRGE design and implementation processes.
Presenting the high-level development objectives of the CPF and the Annual Workplan, Robert Mukiza, GGGI’s Ethiopia program Country Representative, outlined how the CPF contained the shared analytical perspective of GGGI on the development challenges of the Government of Ethiopia, and how it provides strategic support in the implementation of the GTP-II, as well as realizing Ethiopia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.
While endorsing the sector level outputs of the Annual Workplan, H.E Ato. ir. Wondimu Tekle, State Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity expressed his confidence that the CPF would provide critical support to sector ministries in developing an implementation roadmap for the CRGE and mobilizing financing for CRGE implementation.
Workshop participants highlighted the importance of moving from strategic planning to actual implementation, and emphasized the need of effective coordination for CRGE implementation.