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The Economist’s first Ethiopia Summit has kicked off Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel here in Addis Abeba. Part of a series of high growth country summits organized by the Economist bringing together industry and business leaders as well as government officials, the two day Summit themed “Driving Continued Growth,” provides a platform to discuss the factors shaping the country’s growth.

Ethiopia Shows Progress to Meet the Targets but Lagging Behind on Gender Equality and Maternal Health
The latest report assessing Ethiopia’s progress towards Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is released Thursday in Addis Abeba at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The MDG progress reports have in the past been used as a strong advocacy tool to accelerate progress and highlight key challenges in the country’s bid to meet the 2015 deadline.

Close to five million children risk going hungry as the result of a worsening food crisis in Ethiopia brought on by a severe drought across normally green and productive regions – making this natural disaster the worst in recent history, warns Save the Children.

Three hundred and fifty thousand children are already severely malnourished, which if left untreated, can cause stunting, physical and mental delays in their development, or death.