Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Amhara region
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen visited Kusae Kebele wheat cluster site in the Amhara region. Ethiopia’s agricultural commercialization clustering has four objectives: raising the income of small holder farmers; facilitating international and national market linkages; enabling agro-processing value addition; and creating job opportunities.
Ethiopians in Washington are expected to turn out in large numbers Thursday to greet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is making his first U.S. visit after instituting a series of transformative reforms in his homeland.
Upon arriving in Washington, Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, said the delegation’s trip was historic. “This is the first-ever visit by [an] Ethiopian prime minister to visit diaspora Ethiopians … we are so excited,” Workneh told a VOA Amharic reporter at Dulles International Airport.
Earlier this year, Ethiopia faced widespread unrest and violent protests against a government that appeared unresponsive and entrenched.
In less than four months in office, Abiy has led a dramatic turnaround. Sweeping reforms have quelled dissent, boosted civil liberties and begun to heal wounds from decades of ethnic tension and marginalization.
Abiy was elected by the ruling coalition’s executive council after his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, abruptly resigned. Since assuming office, Abiy has focused on improving human rights, reducing corruption, and introducing economic and political reforms that can potentially move Ethiopia toward a more democratic society.