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Building in Tigray-Ahmed Shide
February 10, 2021  Tizita Mengistu
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Finance Minister Ahmed Shide said the government will prioritize on effective delivery of
humanitarian assistance, accelerated recovery, and peacebuilding in Tigray.

Updating the Executive Committee of Development Partners Group (DPG) on recent developments
in the Tigray region, Ahmed said the government’s priorities in the coming months will be effective
delivery of humanitarian assistance to all affected people, accelerated recovery, and peacebuilding.

Explaining the incident that forced the government to undertake the law and enforcement operation
in the region, the minister said the intervention was carried out with possible maximum care for the
wellbeing and safety of civilians.

However, despite the care taken deliberate subversion and purposeful distraction of infrastructure
by the TPLF has resulted in major humanitarian and development challenges, Ahmed elaborated.

Further explaining the progress made in recent weeks on humanitarian and recovery aspects, the
minister said humanitarian assistance has reached 1.8 million people with emergency food
distribution, and over 305,000 quintals of grain have been distributed.

Emergency food distribution has also reached 26,000 Eritrean refugees residing in two camps in the
region.

Ahmed urged for the continued support of development partners to urgently reach the needy, in
particular infants, children, pregnant and lactating mothers who are the most vulnerable.

He added that the government is committed to working with development partners to deliver
humanitarian assistance to 2.5 million people in Tigray.

“I appreciate the recent proactive engagement from development partners, especially United
Nations agencies in ensuring humanitarian assistance needs in Tigray are attained. The
Government of Ethiopia is expediting all the necessary facilitation and support for all development
partners to be able to efficiently deliver humanitarian assistance.”

To further enhance and expedite delivery of assistance, the Minister said, “the government is
moving with urgency on approving requests for humanitarian staff movement into and within the
region.”

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Catherine Sozi thanked the Government of Ethiopia for
the leadership it has shown in terms of delivering humanitarian assistance to 1.8 million affected
people.

On behalf of the DAG executive committee, she emphasized the continued need for more
collaboration to address additional people in need.

As normalcy returns, DAG members remain keen to work on peace and rehabilitation programs.

The need to further enhance logistics support such as having a more efficient clearance system for
supply and travel permission for humanitarian work was also raised as areas for improvement in the
current humanitarian work.

Sozi also called upon DAG members to continue their support for the Government of Ethiopia as it
upholds its responsibilities to assist refugees and other vulnerable populations in the country.

The meeting was concluded with Ahmed emphasizing that both the government and development
partners are working for the same objective to ensure the speedy delivery of humanitarian
assistance and recovery efforts to those affected in Tigray, according to ENA.

DAG comprises 30 bilateral and multilateral development partners.

source walta.info