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Press release: Italian support to UNDP’s project for the electoral process in Ethiopia

The Ambassador of Italy, Arturo Luzzi, and the UNDP Resident Representative, Turhan Saleh, signed an agreement by which the Italian Government – through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – grants to the United Nations Agency an amount of 400.000 Euro for the implementation of its project “Supporting Elections for Ethiopia Democracy Strengthening – SEEDS”. The Italy-UNDP collaboration will be managed by the Office of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency in Addis Ababa (AICS).

The main and common goal is to contribute to the transparency and inclusiveness of the electoral process in Ethiopia by reinforcing the capacities of NEBE (National Electoral Board of Ethiopia) which has the institutional task of organizing the next general elections on 21 June. In this view, the ultimate aim of the Italian support to the UNDP’s project is to contribute to the strengthening of the Ethiopian democratic institutions.