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Nobel Peace Prize

Minister Gerd Müller congratulates Abiy Ahmed on Nobel Peace Prize: "Abiy Ahmed is an example of courage for us all"


German Development Minister Gerd Müller and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visiting a construction site in Addis Ababa on 24.08.2018

Press release of 11.10.2019 |

BERLIN – Commenting on the announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed German Development Minister Gerd Müller said:

"I extend my sincerest congratulations to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, two neighbouring countries that had been enemies for many years, was a historic achievement – comparable to the reunification of Germany. At the same time, since his election in 2018, Abiy Ahmed has been pushing reforms forward at an incredible speed that few would have thought possible: The state of emergency has been lifted, thousands of political detainees have been released. He has launched a bold programme of fundamental reforms in the field of domestic and economic policy and started a process of democratisation.

Abiy Ahmed has been rightly recognised through the Peace Nobel Prize today. I have been able to meet him on more than one occasion: he is a courageous and upright man and a role model for Africa and for us all. I wish Dr Abiy the very best and am happy that we will continue to support his efforts for peace and reforms in the future. He can count on our support!"

Background:

To further support the momentum of the reforms, Minister Gerd Müller and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed agreed in 2018 to deepen the cooperation, taking it to the level of a reform partnership. The reform partnership agreement with Ethiopia will be concluded this year. Ethiopia will commit to good governance, democratisation, the rule of law and fighting corruption. Germany for its part will enhance its support for Ethiopia aimed at promoting investment, facilitating private sector development and creating jobs for young people.

This also involves the special initiative on training and job creation. Every year, two million young people enter the labour market in Ethiopia. For the whole of Africa that number is about 20 million. This is where our programme comes in: the BMZ is working with Ethiopia to develop a vocational training system based on the German model and to create incentives for private investment.

The main focus of German development cooperation with Ethiopia is on economic development, vocational training, agriculture, food security, biodiversity conservation and protecting the country's natural resources. German development cooperation with Ethiopia currently amounts to 216 million euros for the period 2018 to 2019.

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