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The ONLF kemale gelchu speaking about new situation Civil Societies have urged the African Union and member states to find long-lasting solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The societies made the call during the 8th citizen’s conference held in Addis Ababa yesterday. Briefing journalists at the conclusion of the conference, Pan-African Citizen Network (PACN) Executive Director Achieng Akena said Africa where over six million people are displaced currently needs durable solution. She noted that strengthening collaboration, advocacy and pushing the African Union to implement key political decisions and policies is expected from stakeholders across the continent to end the plight. She pointed out that the conference had been gathered stakeholders to evaluate the AU status in the light of the reform and an African space for dialogue and strategy building as citizens and civil society towards establishing a people centered continent. 2019 is the African Union Year for Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons, themed on finding durable solutions to internal displacement, it was learned. The year will also see the 50th Anniversary and 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the OAU Convention and IDP Convention respectively. Oxfam International Pan-African Director, Apollos Nwafor on his part said building joint strategy as citizens and civil society is necessary for the continent to accelerate the African Union goals and establish prosperity in the continent. He further indicated that the recommendations of the conference with regard to enhancing joint strategies and commitment to take concrete actions can be utilized as options to solve the problems. Over 100 people participated in the 8th citizen’s conference that took place from February 4 to 6 in Addis Ababa under the theme: “Where is Africa we want: the Citizens Perspective.”

The Ethiopian parliament on Friday unanimously passed a 320.8 billion birr ($13.9 billion) budget for the financial year of 2017/18, the amount represents an increase of nearly 17 percent on the previous year, the ministry of finance said. The East African nation’s budget sets aside 114.7 billion birr for capital expenditures. Recurrent expenditure – including administrative, economic and social services – amounts to 81.8 billion birr. The country despite its challenges – security-wise, due to refugee influx and also a biting drought in the horn of Africa region has earned economic praise from global finance outfits, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). displayAdvert("mpu_3") The World Bank in a recent report report stated that Ethiopia’s economy will be the most expansive on the continent for the year 2017 followed by Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Senegal in that order. The position was contained in the global finance outfit’s Global Economic Prospect report released in June. ‘‘Ethiopia is forecast to expand by 8.3 percent in 2017, Tanzania by 7.2 percent, Ivory Coast by 6.8 percent, and Senegal by 6.7 percent, all helped by public investment. However, some countries need to contain debt accumulation and rebuild policy buffers,’‘ the report cautioned. Before the World Bank, the IMF had in April this year
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