ENDC sets sights on selecting participants for crucial agenda-setting process

For numerous years, Ethiopia has been confronted with various political, social, and economic challenges, leading to a plethora of unresolved issues that have impeded the nation’s advancement. As a result, the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission (ENDC) has taken a significant step to address these issues by setting an agenda for a national dialogue.

The commission has recognized that the country needs to be proactive in dealing with its problems and that a national dialogue can be a useful tool in that regard. It is understood that the dialogue will focus on a wide range of issues and will be opened to all interested parties. When addressing social, political, and economic problems, dialogue is an important step in the direction of conflict resolution and finding solutions.

By identifying participants for the national dialogue, the ENDC has shown its commitment to the people of Ethiopia and to fostering an environment of transparency and openness. The dialogue will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to express their views and opinions on a range of issues of national importance.

The national dialogue has the potential to create a common understanding among the people potentially leading to a more stable political environment. It is hoped that the dialogue will help in forming a shared vision for the future of the country, one that is inclusive and representative of all the different groups and communities in Ethiopia. The national dialogue offers a vital opportunity for Ethiopians from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives to participate in the creation of a bright future for their country.

The national dialogue will allow for active participation of interested parties and will contribute to the creation of a peaceful and inclusive Ethiopia. Regardless of the outcome of the dialogue, it is hoped that it will foster a greater degree of understanding and respect between the people of Ethiopia and the different communities that call it their home.

The ENDC has taken a significant step in setting the agenda for a national dialogue in the country. The Commission has expressed its intention to identify participants for the purpose of discussing and addressing the various issues that have plagued Ethiopia. To address these issues, the ENDC has recognized that the process of conducting a national dialogue is vital.

Engaging with a diverse set of perspectives and experiences is paramount to ensuring an inclusive dialogue that will enable equitable and sustainable solutions. The commission recognizes that traditional political actors and institutions will be integral to the dialogue process but also acknowledges the need to bring new voices to the table. The agenda-setting process will prioritize the most pressing issues facing the country, ensuring that discussions address the root causes of problems instead of simply addressing the symptoms.

The ENDC recognizes that the dialogue process may be challenging, and tensions may arise. To mitigate this, the Commission is developing clear guidelines and ground rules for dialogue that will help promote constructive discussions and ensure that all participants feel safe and heard. The success of the national dialogue process will depend on the Commission’s ability to engage with all participants meaningfully. This includes cultivating an environment of trust, transparency, and accountability, which will enable productive and honest discussions.

There is no gainsaying the fact that the ENDC’s commitment to ensuring that all voices are heard and considered in the dialogue process provides a unique opportunity for Ethiopia to build a brighter and more equitable future.

The national dialogue is intended to bring together various stakeholders to engage in constructive discussions and find solutions that can help address them. The goal of the national dialogue is to get to the root of the problems facing Ethiopia and find ways to address them in a sustainable and equitable manner. This will involve identifying the key challenges facing the country understanding their underlying causes, and developing solutions that can help address them.

The national dialogue will also consider the historical and political complexities that have contributed to the current situation in Ethiopia. This will involve engaging with diverse perspectives and experiences to develop understanding of the issues and determine the best way forward. Above and beyond, the national dialogue will be a collaborative process that involves a wide range of stakeholders.

One of the key challenges facing the national dialogue is ensuring that it is truly inclusive and engages with all voices. The national dialogue is a critical step towards addressing the various challenges facing Ethiopia. By bringing together diverse stakeholders and engaging in constructive discussions, Ethiopia can begin to address the root causes of its problems and find sustainable solutions that benefit all its citizens.

The national dialogue will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in constructive discussions, identify the root causes of these views, and find ways to bridge the divide. The national dialogue is expected to be inclusive bringing together a diverse range of actors to engage in discussions. To ensure that the national dialogue is productive, the process is being carefully planned, with clear guidelines and ground rules being established.

The process will prioritize inclusivity, accessibility, and transparency ensuring that all participants feel heard and that discussions are conducted in a safe and productive manner. One of the key challenges facing the national dialogue will be the management of divergent opinions and perspectives. This will require a careful balancing of differing views and a willingness to engage with difficult issues. The national dialogue is seen as a critical step towards building a stronger, more united, and prosperous Ethiopia. By engaging in constructive discussions and developing shared solutions, the dialogue has the potential to shape the future of the country and provide a path towards a brighter future.

By providing a platform for open and honest discussions, the dialogue allows for the identification of key challenges and the development of sustainable solutions. This can help to prevent the escalation of conflicts, reduce tensions, and create a more harmonious and stable society. On the economic front, the national dialogue can play a key role in fostering prosperity.

At the heart of the national dialogue process is the need for all participants to approach discussions with an open mind and a willingness to engage with difficult issues. This requires a culture of trust and respect, where all voices are heard and no one is marginalized or excluded. By remaining committed to the process and engaging in open and constructive discussions, it becomes possible to foster stability, prosperity, and social justice in the country.

Needless to say national dialogue plays a crucial role in the process of building a united and prosperous nation. Through open and constructive discussions, the dialogue process can prevent discord and repair hostilities of multiple types, foster stability, and promote prosperity and social justice. By ensuring the inclusivity and accessibility of the process, and maintaining a commitment to productive discussions, it becomes possible to achieve these critical goals.

The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission (ENDC) recently stated that it is going to identify participants for agenda setting purpose in Addis Ababa and Gambella.

During its press briefing, ENDC Commissioner- General Prof. Mesfin Araya noted that through participant selection of the agenda setting, which will be held in two phases, from 1900-2140 representatives, would be selected.

He said each (119) district will at least assign from 16-18 representatives for agenda setting process at city administration level.

The people that are said to take part in agenda setting would be selected by participants that had attended the three days training that the commission provided for representatives from various community members such as CSO, religious leaders, political parties, merchants, teachers, youth and women, drawn from 119 districts recently.

Thus, these participants, with the follow up and coordination of the commission, have then selected over 10,000 representatives. The Commissioner mentioned that agenda setting participants will be selected out of the 10,000 people.

Therefore, the selection will be held in two phases in which the first 60 districts would choose the three representative from each community members while the rest districts will identify representatives.


The Ethiopian Herald September 21/2023

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