From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Fri Dec 18 2009 - 13:12:22 EST
Ministerial Cabinet meeting concludes adopting significant resolutions and
Asmara, 18 December 2009 - The two-day meeting of the Eritrean Cabinet of
Ministers at the Denden Hall here in the capital concluded today adopting
significant resolutions and work directives.
The meeting held deliberations sector by sector on the 3-year Road-Map
President Isaias Afwerki presented as regards national development program
set for implementation beginning 2010 involving economic, social, political
and security domains.
In its morning session today, the Ministerial Cabinet conducted extensive
discussion on social services in general and health and education, as well
as ensuring social welfare and justice in particular. It was disclosed that
enough budget has been allocated for not only expand education and health
services in all parts of the country but also upgrade their quality and
vitality. The meeting further took note of the progress made regarding the
task of raising the skill of the teaching staff and improving the quality of
education. It also held discussion on the action plan mapped out to put in
place an effective curriculum, besides organizing continuous training
programs with a view to upgrading the competence of teachers and equipping
schools with the required information technology.
Emphasizing that members of the National Service Program deserve top
priority for their dedicated endeavors over the years, the Ministerial
Cabinet once again asserted that lasting and reliable reward would be
extended to them. It further indicated that the necessary support would be
extended in different forms to teachers and health professionals serving in
remote areas so as to enable them diligently fulfill their duties without
having to bother about the cost of living. Above all, the Government and the
society at large should give high respect to their contribution and noble
profession, the meeting underlined.
On the programs implemented and future action plans concerning the task of
ensuring social security, the Ministerial Cabinet stressed the need for
formulating viable strategy towards preserving and reinforcing the
long-cherished values of the Eritrean society as regards demonstrating care
and support to parents and needy compatriots, instead of inculcating the
unwanted culture of dependence through disbursing substantial expenditure.
The meeting went on to conducted extensive deliberations on the action plan
connected with the administration of justice for 2010 focusing on declaring
the extent of court authority, strengthening the Office of Attorney General,
introducing the law of evidence, reinforcing community magistrates,
streamlining administrative issues and developing human resource. Stressing
that the ultimate goal of the administration of justice is that of ensuring
equality and social justice, as well as nurturing a civilized culture, it
reached understanding to enhance the existing noble culture and practices in
the Eritrean society in a manner that would make due contribution in
building modern institutions of the administration of justice.
Ministerial Cabinet meeting took note of the work program charted for 2010
aimed at enabling the national media outlets live up to regional and
international standard both in terms of competitiveness and content through
strengthening the infrastructure and technical competence of radio,
television and newspapers, in addition to expanding coverage and reinforcing
websites as well as deploying skilled manpower in this regard. Taking into
account the contribution and effectiveness of media and agitation activities
in providing impetus to the all-round national development drive and
portraying the nation's true image, the meeting decided that media work
should be reinforced in all aspects.
The meeting dismissed as baseless the distorted and unreliable so-called
growth index reports and figures presented by various agencies which are
designed to serve hidden agendas, and as such the people and Government of
Eritrea give no credit at all to these accounts. In this respect, it
asserted that the development programs under implementation, the investment
being made in education to develop the requisite human resource capacity
thereof and the introduction of advanced technological equipments at
substantial expenditure amply demonstrate the visible development momentum
in the country.
Furthermore, the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held deliberations on
the action program for 2010 presented by the Ministry of Local Government
along with the budget proposal. The action plan mainly focuses on the
achieving food security, expansion of industrial and tourism agencies,
provision of potable water supply in both urban and rural areas, relocation
of nationals in fertile places and enhancing social services. The action
plan was accepted in principle, and President Isaias gave directives that
prior to approval, the programs should be sorted out sector by sector
through the concerned ministries.
Speaking at the closing session, the President noted that in spite of its
low budget, the Defense Ministry has been extending subsidy to other sectors
in a spirit of dedication and utmost national contribution. In this
connection, he pointed out that the biggest budget of the Government has
been directed to development programs, the implementation of which is a must
on the basis of priorities.
In its deliberations regarding political, cultural and
administration-related issues, the meeting of the Ministerial Cabinet
asserted that concerted action would be taken to ensure the provision of
effective and efficient services on the part of Government institutions and
administrative bodies in a spirit of diligence and accountability.
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