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Planting a tree is a guarantee of continued green development!

Addis Ababa, July 12, 2021 (MOTI) - Ethiopia is in the process of making a structural transition from an agricultural-led to an industrial-led one. To that end, it is imperative that we work together to achieve this goal by creating a conducive climate and creating a healthy and productive citizenry.

Although Ethiopia has a suitable climate, many agree that it is an indisputable fact that our forest cover, which was 40 percent in the past, has been reduced to 3% due to the lack of focus on green economy. This has severely damaged the country.

Due to the erosion of fertile soil, one of our country's potential resources, the production and productivity of the agricultural sector is declining, making it unbalanced in supply and demand.

As a result, the country's inflation is rising day by day. It is also undoubtedly the cause of the country's ecological crisis.

Taking this into account, the government has managed to increase the number of seedlings to 17 percent in recent years, according to the latest information provided by the government. A comprehensive plan is underway to increase our total forest cover to 30 percent by 2030.

In 2011, more than 350 million seedlings were transplanted in one day under the motto "Green Imprint in a Day", breaking the world record held by India in our country.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry, which was re-established by Proclamation No. 1097/2011 to manage the manufacturing and trade sectors, was part of the same story in that year.

Similarly, the Ministry has coordinated the planting of seedlings in Bole Lemi and Kilinto Industrial Parks as well as the regional trade and industry bureaus in 2012 EC, which is 85 percent approved so far.

The ministry has implemented the same program this year at Bole Lemi Industrial Park.

Senior officials and staff of the Ministry also attended the day.

Ambassador Misganu Arga, State Minister for Expansion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was one of the senior officials involved in the planting.

According to him, the government is committed to implementing a green economy. This, they say, is one of the key steps in implementing the principle of expanding the green industry, one of the industry's key development strategies. He said the active participation of the leadership and staff of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the program is an indication of the ministry's commitment to implement this principle.

According to the ministry, more than 10,000 seedlings have been planted under the program and each worker has planted 40 seedlings per person. He said the planting of seedlings alone does not make sense, adding that the care of the seedlings needs special attention and the ministry plans to do so.

The ministry is fulfilling various social responsibilities beyond implementing green fingerprints. One of these social responsibilities is to renovate the houses of the disabled living in the area commonly known as Arada sub-city 15 days ago. He said the Afar National Regional State has provided assistance to flood-affected communities, Tigray State peacekeepers and people displaced by the instability in Benishangul-Gumuz State, as well as the root cause of the problem in Lake Tana.

He further said that the ministry will continue to strengthen this work and the activities it has undertaken so far will set an example.

In general, it is appropriate and timely to grow a green economy to address the challenges of social integration in the industrial environment by expanding our market access and increasing our export earnings.

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