Dialogue Commission urged to address wealth, power distribution in Ethiopia

The National Dialogue Commission has been called upon to prioritize critical issues such as facilitating discussions on the distribution of wealth and power, as well as the structure of the federal system.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, the Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations Council (ECSOC) presented a comprehensive set of recommendations to be included in the national dialogue process.

A total of 367 recommendations were submitted by civil society organizations, highlighting the importance of addressing key aspects such as constitutionality, wealth and power allocation, sustainable peacebuilding, federal system structure, as well as land acquisition and use. ECSOC, representing various civil society organizations, submitted these agendas to the National Dialogue Commission, urging their inclusion in the national dialogue process.

The Council of Civil Society Organizations of Ethiopia held discussions to assess its contributions thus far during the consultation process. Hana Woldegabriel, Acting Executive Director of the Council, emphasized the council’s dedication to contributing to significant national issues. She expressed assurance that the council’s ongoing support and involvement would greatly contribute to the success of the national dialogue process.

Over 300 civil society organizations have participated in the initiative, submitting 11 agenda items to the National Dialogue Commission through the Council of Civil Society Organizations of Ethiopia. These agenda items encompass crucial constitutional matters, including the equitable distribution of wealth and power, historical understandings and narratives, as well as sustainable peacebuilding.

The national dialogue process aims to foster inclusive discussions among various stakeholders to address Ethiopia’s challenges effectively. By incorporating the recommendations put forth by civil society organizations, the hope is to promote a more equitable distribution of wealth and power, foster sustainable peace, and strengthen the structure of the federal system.

The National Dialogue Commission plays a vital role in facilitating dialogue, ensuring that diverse perspectives are heard, and formulating strategies that reflect the aspirations and needs of the Ethiopian people. With the inclusion of the recommended agenda items, it is anticipated that the national dialogue process will pave the way for constructive and inclusive discussions that lead to positive outcomes for the nation.

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