Addis Abeba- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is handing over almost three million birr worth of communication equipment to the Government Communication Affairs Office () to help it enhance its staff’s day to day work.
The equipment will be used at both federal and regional level, particularly in the developing regional states GCAO State Minister Ewnetu Bilata said at the handover ceremony.
UNDP’s support falls within a broader ongoing program to support capacity building interventions for institutions of the State in the areas of strengthening systems, enhancing leadership skills as well as strategic communication skills.
In a statement, the UNDP said: “the GCAO plays a leading role in government communication and helping build a responsive and transparent government. The GCAO is also a critical stakeholder in creating and strengthening platforms for improved dialogue between the state and citizens.”
UNDP Resident Representative Eugene Owusu underlined that the provision of equipment to the GCAO is aimed at supporting the office as it scales up its communication and engagement with citizens, adding that, “strategic communication is the currency of today’s development.” He reflected that, “As Ethiopia prepares for elections this year it is critically important to ensure that all sectors of the society are engaged”.
“UNDP’s partnership with the GCAO also complements its support for the wider media industry in Ethiopia,” the statement said.
The UN recently supported a national consultation on the draft code of conduct and constitution to establish an Ethiopian Media Council. A comprehensive media support program will be developed on the media council has been established.
Cover Photo: handover of communication equipment. From left UNDP RR Eugene Owusu with State Minister Ewnetu Bilata