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At an industrial park near Addis Ababa thousands of new jobs have been created. 

Ethiopia has grown rapidly in the past decade while maintaining one of the   lowest levels of income inequality in Africa. The country has achieved key milestones in the past five years. Poverty has fallen dramatically (the headcount poverty rate declined from 45.5 percent in 2000 to 23.5 percent in 2016), there have been significant reductions in child mortality, an innovative social safety net to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable people has been rolled out, and several million more children have entered primary school.

To continue this progress, and to reach middle-income status by 2025, the government is striving for structural transformation through the development of its manufacturing sector, allowing it to drive job creation and sustainable growth. Effective governance will be a key factor in determining success or failure.

Ethiopia has made great strides, but the government needs to be equipped to meet the next set of challenges. We are working in partnership with the government to help them achieve this; assisting efforts to strengthen the administration’s programme management, analysis and coordination capabilities and accelerate progress in areas like private sector development. 

We are working at the centre of government to support policy advice and performance management, as well as assisting with efforts to strengthen coordination capabilities.

This includes strengthening the institutions critical for the implementation of the government's vision and top priorities on economic development and job creation. Our team is working to enhance foreign and local investment through the country’s pioneering industrial parks supporting the reform of state-owned enterprises and helping to advise and coordinate on job creation and youth employment programs.