Neamin Zeleke, 24 August 2010 –On its August 9, 2010 issue, the Financial Times published an article by Mr. William Willis, the newspaper’s Africa Editor. Headlined “Perfidious Donors Betray African Democrats”, Willis wrote:
“…in Ethiopia, the same is almost true but with a disturbing caveat. It is an open secret that the double-digit growth of recent years is supported by dubious statistics. Yet the same figures are bandied around by development experts arguing that a trade-off between growth and civil liberties is inevitable…”
Another study, which was released by Oxford University and the UN on multi-poverty index (MPI) around the same time, ranked Ethiopia as the second poorest in the world after Niger.
What then are the basis to claims about a “double digit growth” in Ethiopia and all the pop and fanfare surrounding the so-called “economic transformation” and “Development” of Ethiopia under Meles Zenawi’s regime?
Such persistent and glaring contradictions between the regime’s claims of economic growth and development on one hand and a study by other international organizations on the other have prompted a Council of Ethiopian economists and experts to look into the matter even deeper. It is expected that they will make their finding public with regard to Meles Zenawi’ claims to an unparalleled “double digit economic growth”.
The Voice of America (VOA) has a two-part interview with Dr. Getachew Begashaw, professor of economics and head of the department at William Ray Harper College in Chicago, IL and Dr. Aklog Birara, a former World Bank senior advisor with over 30 years of service under his belt.