Addis Admass News Interview With President of Tigray Region Debretsion Gebremichael /PHD/


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I went to the Tigray Regional State to interview the Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael. On my first Tuesday in the Ethiopian Tigers, I traveled to Mekelle, Tigray. From the airport to the hotel, and the rest of my attorney, my taxi driver and my husband, are both very humble and respectful. I have treated my host without pay. I arrived at Dr. Debretsion G / Michael's office at my appointment. The guard at the gate welcomed me with respect. There was no problem raising my language. An interpreter was assigned and sent to his office. Upon their office, Dr. Debretsion was in discussions with the US, Germany, Norway, and Israeli Ambassadors. I waited about half an hour until my turn came. Dr. Debreioion from their pains received me with respect. Here are some of the responses you gave us on current events:

Ethiopia’s government has explained that privatisation of the national airline and state telecommunications company is being done to ease the shortage of foreign currency. Ethiopia announced last week plans to open its state-run telecoms monopoly and state-owned Ethiopian Airlines to private domestic and foreign investment. In an exclusive interview with state broadcaster, Fana BC, Dr. Yinager Desie, Commissioner of the Ethiopian National Planning Commission said lower export performance, failure of mega projects to commence production, high demand for imported goods and growing external debt burden have worsened the shortage of foreign currency. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Ethiopia requires more than $13 billion over the coming two years for oil importation, private investment, upgrading of existing projects and for repayment of external debt. South African telecommunications firms MTN Group and Vodacom Group have already expressed interest in taking up investment options in Ethiopia’s telecom sector as soon as it opens up. Desie says the privatised enterprises would generate large amount of foreign currencies to tackle shortage. The commission will therefore give priority to foreign companies in privatising the enterprises as government’s decision is targeted obtaining foreign currency.

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