“Rebuilding region would take at least 30 years”

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Amhara Planning Commission

Recovering from the severe economic damage inflicted by the war in northern Ethiopia and bringing back the economy of Amhara regional state to pre-Tigray war economic status would take thirty to forty years of endeavor, revealed an assessment by the Planning Commission of the Amhara Regional State.

The regional GDP constitutes 22 percent of the national GDP, which stood at USD 100 billion when the law enforcement operation began in Tigray regional state in November 2020.

“Kombolcha was the industrial hub of the region. Now every standing factory has been looted by TPLF forces. They damaged properties they could not take. Private and public investments are totally damaged. We cannot even resume providing minimum services such as health and school in the near future because they have been completely damaged and looted,” head of the regional planning commission , Animut Belete said of the conditions.

Amhara region towns such as Kombolcha, Haik and Woldia fell to the TPLF. The damage has also affected three agricultural research centers, large and medium industries in Kombolcha, which also houses the Kombolcha industrial park, among others.

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According to the commission’s previous assessment on 45 Woredas in five zones, which previously were controlled by the TPLF, agricultural damage alone was estimated to reach 260 billion birr. Of this, 100 billion birr is market value of crops and livestock of the current harvest season, which have also been looted and damaged.

“It took us at least 30 years of endeavor to build this economy, under the auspices of foreign aid, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and various sources of support. Now there is no foreign aid or FDI. Rebuilding the economy in the absence of these sources will take us even more than thirty years. Industry will start from scratch. Farmers have no oxen or farming equipment. Millions of labor force is idle now,” said Animut.

The regional government is currently planning to mobilize resources by organizing campaigns.

“We are communicating with the federal government to create different platforms. We are also preparing to mobilize resources from the Diaspora. The resources can be in kind or in cash. We need computers and office equipment to resume basic public services first. Then rehabilitation and redevelopment will begin. But for now, the primary effort is retaining the region taken by the TPLF,” Animut added.

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Experts recommend the federal government craft a post-conflict rehabilitation and redevelopment roadmap for all regional states affected by the yearlong conflict, to which the end is still not in sight.

Contributed by Ashenafi Endale/rEPORTER

4 Comments

  1. Subject: “Rebuilding region would take at least 30 years”BY Amhara Planning Commission, ZEHABESHA, NOVEMBER 20, 2021

    Humble Opinion, 20 Nov 2021
    Permit me to ask rather than to express my opinion
    1. Shouldn’t the first forecast be >>>> the inherent timing when the internal war (or wars) be over?

    2. The next question would be If Ethiopia is disintegrated into nine pieces what guarantee would there
    be in tranquil neighbourhood?

    3. The third question is this: What guarantee do we have the eternal enemy of BLACK AFRICA will not
    keep on disintegrating the disintegrated Black Africa.?

    4. Have we not already established that the people of Africa are immaterial ?

    5. Didn’t we agree that it is only the richness of Africa that matters to the marauders who are eternally
    interested in natural richness of Africa.

    6. What else can we say?

    7. Perhaps can we explore the possibility that the endless, supremely educated Black Indigenous
    Africans, with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from Colonial Universities, save their beloved Black
    Africa ?

    8. Or perhaps …………I would not dare saying ……………

    9. And so will we Black Africans keep on exiasting [not living] and be the bat of the joke by people of
    the world. Are we honest to our selves, for a change and be worthy of history at the deep bottom of
    hierarchy .

    10 Oh! Oh! Oh! I forgot. Do you believe that Black Leaders of Africa would be inclined to save Africa?
    We know already that they are capable and sleek in saving themselves, with multiple sacks in various Bank
    accounts around the Globe >>> because they LOVE Deeply their DEAR Black AFRICA.!?!?!?!?!?

    THE END

  2. This damage is caused by fano themselves who cross borders and kill innocent civilians and rogues in the villages has added fuel to the fire . Amhara people were stealing from their neighbors and entering public offices, and became well-to-do men and women in 1991. They are repeating the same history. Crimes of this sort could be committed in every region by the local residents , but this doesn’t mean an armed group or aircraft has done nothing. Stop accusing TDF or Tegaru, you entered into a war , waging war on Tigray , and you are now paying the price. Many Africans do not personally like any western powers , but you are the principal actors in the downfall of Ethiopia thinking to expand your territory and holding power and oppress the rest of the ethnicity. Mainly, the amhara diaspora want to gain power over the people living at home and control and ill-treat others. You learned this from dictator western powers, and want to enjoy brutality on your own people.
    atalekaksu this is also a exaggerated data to collect money from poor amhara men .The people who have stolen amhara riches are amhara themselves who want to flee with stolen money.
    Ask you family, TDF is protecting them and making them feel safe and sound. Stop your propaganda to defamle Tgray, Tegaru and TDF. all freed cities and villages learned that all your stories about TDF was lies and no traces of truth couldn’t be found. you children of satan and slaves of Eritrean dictators!!

  3. Your masters had 27 hate filled years in power and all you have to show for is posts like this lmaoooo. Smoke d!ck with your pseudo-history. Zehabesha, you know what to do here!!!

    Cheers,
    MJ

  4. seeds you planted, matured and are bearing fruits, bitter fruits. you were arrogantly administering blows to your neighbor’s rib caches. you didn’t hear them when they cried IT HURTS. now you want people to hear your cry. you always find cruelty within a COWARD.

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