Ethiopia aims to save 21.6 mln USD through reform of foreign ministry: PM

2021-10-06 14:55:18 GMT2021-10-06 22:55:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia aims to save 21.6 million U.S. dollars through reforming the country's foreign ministry, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Wednesday.

Addressing Ethiopian parliamentarians, Ahmed said his government plans to save 1 billion Ethiopian Birr (about 21.6 million U.S. dollars) during the current 2021/2022 Ethiopian Fiscal Year through the reform of the east African country's foreign ministry.

The 2021/2022 Ethiopian Fiscal Year started on July 8.

"We're conducting a deep reform of the Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). We're also working to save at least 1 billion Ethiopian Birr through this reform process in this fiscal year," the Ethiopian PM said, noting that the Ethiopian government plans to complement the work of MoFA, with other activities being done by private citizens as well as government agencies.

"MoFA doesn't conduct all affairs that connects Ethiopia with the outside world. There will be public diplomacy, diplomatic work to be done by the federal parliament, diplomatic work by the Ethiopian diaspora as well as diplomatic work that will be done by the PM," said the prime minister.

Ahmed in July disclosed that the east African country planned to cut the number of embassies it has in foreign countries by around half, as part of reform of the diplomatic corps, saying the number of embassies and consulates in foreign countries will be reduced from around 60 or so currently to around 30 embassies.

"Instead of spending U.S. dollars all over the place, in the next six months to one year period, at least 30 embassies should be closed and the ambassadors instead should be here," he said in July. Enditem