Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed launched the Investment and Jobs Creation National committee on August 7, 2019, in the presence of two representative offices of the Prime Minister, Regional Presidents and Federal Ministers. Noting that Ethiopia has to unlock the full potential of the private sector with a view to creating sustainable & decent jobs, Dr. Abiy reiterated that the importance of putting the country on a path to a virtuous cycle of development.

The committee, Chaired by Dr. Abiy himself, comprises of the Deputy Prime Minister, Presidents of the 9 Regional Governments; Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa Mayors; Commissioner for the Job Creation Commission, Commissioner for the Ethiopian Investment Commission and 10 Federal Ministries namely, Trade & Industry, Peace, Agriculture, Urban Development & Construction, Labor & Social Affairs Innovation & Technology; Water, Irrigation & Electricity; Mines & Petroleum; Tourism & Culture; and Science & Higher Education.

The national committee will ensure the creation of sustainable and decent work by aligning policy and institutional systems. It will also play a leading role in securing & expanding investments closely & ensure implementation of plans to increase investments and job creation.

The committee is also set to coordinate for effective outputs, the work of Federal & Regional entities and other stakeholders in creating a conducive investment environment to accelerate jobs creation.

Every year between 2-3 million youth enter the employability age range and add to Ethiopia’s human resource & talent pool. While Ethiopia’s economic performance is progressive, more work needs to be done to create a conducive investment climate towards job creation.

The creation of this National committee is expected to facilitate the goal of creating 3 million jobs by the end of E.C 2012. Key sectors identified and given special focus to accelerate jobs creation nationwide include agriculture, mining, tourism and IT.

The National Committee will meet every two months to evaluate progress and follow-up on issues requiring immediate action to unlock performance

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