Eleni Gebremedhin (PhD) has resigned from the Independent Economic Advisory Council set up by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on November 30, the Ministry of Planning and Development announced.
The ministry said in a statement today that Dr. Eleni had resigned as an independent economic adviser at a recent ZUM Summit hosted by the Center for Peace and Development (PDII).
The statement said Dr. Eleni’s remarks at a closed-door meeting “clearly endorse a terrorist group in the House of Representatives.”
This week, the license of the Civil Society Authority, a non-governmental organization working for the International Center for Peace and Development in Ethiopia, was revoked on the grounds that it “supports the threat to the country’s existence and sovereignty”.
It was also stated that the license was revoked in accordance with the proclamation’s authority to revoke the legal license of any civil society organization that the Central Command declares directly or indirectly supporting the TPLF, which the government considers a terrorist organization.
During the recent Zum meeting, Dr. Eleni, Prof. Ephraim Isaac, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos and other prominent Ethiopians and former US and foreign ambassadors were consulted. It has caused a great deal of controversy on social media.
Following is a post by Dr. Eleni on his Twitter page: Explain that their participation in the meeting was deliberately taken out of context; He said the purpose of the meeting is to bring peace to Ethiopia.
He said he would not support any unconstitutional change in government, including the formation of a transitional government in Ethiopia, and that his participation as an Ethiopian citizen and peace-loving country had nothing to do with his employer but to seek a solution to the country’s war-torn economy.
In a related development, his company, Blue Moon, which supports Ethiopian entrepreneurs, has also been temporarily shut down and the government is investigating, according to its manager, Samuel Bekele.
Samuel also tweeted that he had resigned in protest of Dr. Eleni’s actions.
On the other hand, Zemedeneh Nigatu and Yasir Bagresh, co-owners of Blue Space, a short-term and long-term company that plans to create a conducive work environment in which Dr. Eleni is a shareholder, have recently taken to Twitter to condemn Dr. Eleni’s actions.
Professor Ephraim Isaac apologized for the misunderstanding and issued a statement. He said the talks were not confidential and that the Ethiopian ambassador to the United Nations, Taye Atseke Selassie, had been invited by the United Nations but did not attend.
The Ministry of Planning and Development (MoFA) said in a statement that Ethiopian and Ethiopian-born scholars have been given the opportunity to give independent advice and review on the country’s economic policies and development directions following the 2010 reforms.
Accordingly, in 2013, the 16-member Independent Economic Advisory Council was appointed by the Prime Minister.
One of these consultants was Dr. Eleni Gebremedhin.
The statement added that the members of the council, set up by the independent economic advisers, should be independent of any party or political party when fulfilling their responsibilities.
Therefore, the council expressed its sorrow over the actions of its members in an emergency meeting held on November 18, 2014 and decided not to continue their membership of the Independent Economic Advisory Council, the ministry said in a statement.
Dr. Eleni Gebremedhin is known for creating jobs for entrepreneurs and launching the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange.
It is to be recalled that in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), they were recently selected to lead a new sector to support young entrepreneurs.