Britain Pledges £300 million to Ethiopia amid Controversy over arrest of its citizen
Awrambatimes (Addis Ababa) – Lynne Featherstone, UK’s International Development Cooperation Minister, has said the UK will continue extending the 300- million Pound Sterling assistance it provides annually to Ethiopia; amid controversies over arrest of Andargachew Tsige, a British citizen who recently extradited to Ethiopia.
While holding talks with Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in Addis Ababa on 07 July 2014, UK International Development Cooperation Minister, Lynne Featherstone said her country has been undertaking various development activities to support Ethiopia’s efforts towards lifting citizens from poverty.
Prime minister Hailemariam on his part said Britain should strengthen the financial support to help Ethiopia realize its poverty reduction program.
“Ethiopia has been utilizing the financial assistance obtained from Britain for the intended purpose” said Hailemariam Desalegn on the ocassion. “ the contribution of UK in the structural change Ethiopia is making from agriculture to industry-led economy is huge” he added
Ethiopia is the biggest recipient of UK’s development aid in the World