The Eritrean Cabinet of Ministers today concluded its regular meeting at the Denden Hall here in the capital approving the national development programs for 2011 and beyond, as well as adopting significant work directives.
Asmara, 15 December 2010 – The Eritrean Cabinet of Ministers today concluded its regular meeting at the Denden Hall here in the capital approving the national development programs for 2011 and beyond, as well as adopting significant work directives.
In its first agenda yesterday, the meeting heard extensive briefings by President Isaias Afwerki assessing political, economic, social and diplomatic activities this year, as well as outlining the envisaged national development programs for 2011 and beyond. Following the briefings, the Ministerial Cabinet meeting closely reviewed the development programs in the process of implementation in 2010 sector by sector, besides conducting in-depth deliberations on the envisaged work programs for 2011 and its method of implementation, along with the requisite budget and other resources.
As regards agricultural development programs, the meeting assessed the tasks undertaken in different parts of the country with a view to boosting output both in terms of quality and quantity, as well as developing modern farming activities. It also conducted extensive discussion on the programs mapped out for 2011 and the required budget regarding further expanding rain-fed and irrigation farming practices, enhancing fruits and vegetables farming activities, promoting livestock resources and dairy farming for export, as well as reinforcing soil and water conservation undertakings.
On another topic concerning endeavors to achieve food security, the meeting took note of the tasks accomplished towards reaching the stage of fully harnessing the country’s marine resources. It further held in-depth deliberations on the envisaged action plans aimed at upgrading domestic fishing capacity and export in the sector, in addition to introducing fish canning technology. The control and management of marine resources were also among the agenda items set for discussion. In this connection, the meeting approved future action plan.
On construction works, the Ministerial Cabinet meeting approved wide-ranging projects along with the requisite budget due to be implemented in 2011 and beyond which focuses on the construction of new strategic road networks, expanding and renovation of existing ones, coupled with the putting in place of water diversion schemes and agricultural infrastructures in the Eastern and Western Lowlands, as well as residential housing projects in various towns and semi-urban centers.
Also on its deliberations regarding trade and industrial activities, the meeting scrutinized the strength and shortcomings of the policies pursued in the trade sector, and subsequently conducted discussion on future handling of trade and investment permits. It further took note of the preliminary study undertaken and the programs envisaged towards strengthening the work of the existing factories and establishing new ones. The meeting drafted future action plan in this domain.
Regarding the energy and mines sector, the Ministerial Cabinet approved future work program after closely assessing the accomplishments registered in the implementation of strategic projects focusing on raising fuel and gas supply, installation of electricity service in all parts of the country, as well as the efforts so far made to expand the exploration and mining of various mineral resources.
Taking note of the programs accomplished to harness tourism potentials, promote domestic and international tourism and ensure the provision of quality service, the meeting charted action plan aimed at expanding and developing tourism activities.
Moreover, the meeting assessed the achievements registered to expand equitable educational opportunity and upgrade the competence of educational institutions. It subsequently held in-depth discussion on ways and means of constructing additional classrooms in various corners of the country, improve the capacity of the teaching staff and making available of textbooks and other facilities, among others. The Ministerial Cabinet meeting further approved future work program of the sector.
After reviewing the accomplishments scored in expanding health service across the nation both in terms of quality and quantity, the meeting exchanged views on the envisaged programs for 2011 and the years ahead, along with the requisite budgetary allocation focusing on preventing and controlling communicable and non-communicable diseases, ensuring family health, mother and child care, preventing blindness, guaranteeing the supply of medicines and boosting production of medicaments.
Furthermore, it took note of the tasks undertaken to ensure social security, reduce unemployment and promoting social welfare in which the meeting reached understanding on creating conducive ground for avoiding dependence on budget subsidy.
As regards the administration of justice, the Ministerial Cabinet meeting assessed the efforts being made to provide satisfactory service in this domain on the basis of community magistrates and regular courts. In this respect, it approved action plan aimed at further strengthening administration of justice, upgrading manpower resource and enhancing the competence of community magistrates, among others.
The meeting went on to hold extensive discussion on the structure, mission, work programs of the Ministry of Local Government and its work relations with regional Administrations and other ministries. It also adopted work directives pertaining to the restructuring of the Ministry. The Ministerial Cabinet concluded its meeting adopting significant resolutions and work directives concerning various other sectors.