Addis Ababa January 12/2017 Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has positively noted efforts by the Ethiopian Interfaith Forum to help promote unity through staging popular discussions on key socio-economic themes.
The Deputy Prime Minister spoke on the closing session of a two days consultative forum organized by the Ethiopian Interfaith Forum.
Demeke said activities conducted by the Forum are in parity with the government’s agenda of development and maintenance of peace and stability in the country.
The consultative forum deliberated on the major role of religious institutions in playing their part on the reform process which is instrumental in fostering peace and development in the country.
The forum has helped promote useful discussions on the common issues that can help mitigate social and related problems and strengthen national unity, according to Demeke.
He also stated that the ideas raised on the forum will be taken as inputs for the deep reform process the country is conducting.
The government is undergoing a deep renewal process to effectively resolve challenges arising domestically and take measures to keep up to the expectations of the public, Demeke added.
The Deputy Prime Minister promised that the government will remain committed to actively supporting the positive roles of the Forum to ascertain peace and stability in the country.
Forum Secretary, Pastor Zerihun Degu on his part assured the readiness of the Council to cooperate with the government in its efforts to maintain peace and development in the country.
The Secretary, however, urged the government to find viable solutions to the problems related to lack of good governance nationwide.
Scholars drawn from various institutions in the country shared their experiences by presenting research papers on peace, development and related issues.