Delegation from Madagascar in Addis Abeba

Ethiopia’s impressive economic development over the last 20 years is unprecedented on the African continent. However, other countries have difficulties to find the way to a sustainable grow path. Sometimes the structural adjustment programs of the global financial institutions are cited as crucial factors, sometimes there are internal developments that do not favor prosperity and good developments.

In order to learn from the Ethiopian experience and its particular development model, the offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Madagascar and Ethiopia organized a visit of a high-level government delegation from Madagascar to Addis Abeba from February 18th to 25th, 2018. The Indian Ocean island remains amongst the poorest in the world with depressing 92% of the population living below the poverty line and highly concerning indicators for human development.

The one weeks’ program was marked by bilateral meetings, site visits and background sessions:

The delegation learnt from those institutions and personalities that carry the Ethiopian economic growth: H.E. Dr. Arkebe Okubay (Prime Minister’s Office), H.E. Fistum Arega (Ethiopian Investment Commission), H.E. Dr. Yohannes Ayalew (Vice Governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia), H.E. Mr. Sisay Gemechu (Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation), H.E. Getachew Adem (National Planning Commission) and H.E Victor Harrison (Commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union).

Amongst the research institutions on Ethiopian economic development were the Policy Studies and Research Centre (PSRC) and the Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA). The delegation had the chance to extensively visit the Industrial Park in Hawassa and the facilities of Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport.

“We are all Africans. We have to help each other.”

(Arkebe Okubay)

Highlight of the visit was most certainly the audience with the Ethiopian President H.E. Mulatu Teshome who underlined that the cooperation between African countries has been one of the core Ethiopian foreign policy objectives for a very long time.

There is no miracle to be found in the Ethiopian economic success. It is the result of good strategy, planning and implementation. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is confident that the members of the Malagasy delegation gained meaningful insights in and will most certainly be able to discuss even more professionally on future pathways for Madagascar’s national economic development.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung would like to express its deepest gratitude to all Ethiopian partners as well as the Embassy of Madagascar in Addis Abeba who have made this visit a success.