It is remarkable how Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has sustained economic progress in Ethiopia after the sudden death of his predecessor in 2012
Prime Minister Hailemariam has personally bolstered the peace process in the old and new Sudan since he came to power in 2012. In 2013, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn visited Sudan and South Sudan as part of the efforts to coordinate and facilitate face-to-face entente between the presidents of the two countries. The motive was to encourage the two countries to complete consultations on outstanding issues like the status of Abyei and the implementation of the Addis Ababa Agreement particularly on the details of the 14 miles Temporary Security Zone Arrangement. As IGAD chairperson, Hailemariam Desalegn and President Uhuru Kenyatta have led talks between former Vice President Riek Machar and the government of President Salva Kiir to sign a peace agreement over the South Sudan conflict.
It is important to inform that Ethiopia received the South-South Award 2015 for achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who received the award at the South-South Award Gala Event, underlined Ethiopia’s commitment to the spirit of South-South Cooperation. “Ethiopia was inspired by the successful development experience of countries of the Global South and in the same spirit it was ready to share its experiences with others”, he said after receiving the honour for Africa’s oldest State.
Both countries which are in the Horn of Africa signed framework agreements in September 2015 for construction of the 550-kilometer (340-mile) line to transport diesel, gasoline and jet fuel from port access in Djibouti to central Ethiopia. The joint project construction is scheduled for completion in two years.
However, the foreign investment capital comes from China, which has committed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and grants to assist the government-owned corporations’ ambitious initiatives, as well as other capital intensive projects like roads, bridges and railways.
The Addis Ababa Light Rail which is the first in Sub-sahara Africa, is a 17-kilometre line running from the city centre to industrial areas in the south of the city and was opened on 20 September 2015. The second service began on 9 November 2015 for west-east line and total length of both lines is 32 kilometres, with 32 stations. The trains are expected to be able to reach maximum speeds of 70 km/h (43 mph).
The year 2015 was remarkable for Ethiopia and Prime Minister Hailemariam as a global and African leader of immeasurable value. Hence, AfricaWorld decided to etch his name on our hall of fame as 2015 MAN OF THE YEAR. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is married to Roman Tesfaye who was Born in Wolaita, Southern Ethiopia. Like her darling husband, Ms. Roman holds double master degrees in Economics and Leadership. She served as economic advisor of South Region’s administration and a former high level official in Ethiopian Women Affairs Ministry and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. She works for African Union (AU). Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his beautiful wife Roman Tesfaye have a daughter name Johanna Hailemariam.
Ukachukwu Okorie – AfricaWorld Editor