In Ethiopian, a national campaign for development has been launched at a seminar in Addis Ababa.
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SCU Chairman Lieut. Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, speaking PULL BACK AND PAN AROUND delegates
SV Colonel Mengistu speaking and delegates applauding
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Background: In Ethiopian, a national campaign for development has been launched at a seminar in Addis Ababa. The country's leader, Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, speaking at the closing session of the seminar on Sunday (21 January) told delegates that Ethiopia had not risen "to surrender to poverty and illiteracy."
SYNOPSIS: The seminar, was attended by the ruling Supreme Council, regional administrators and other national representatives. Colonel Mengistu told them the objective of the campaign was to tackle the week side of the economy and culture which had been inherited from the ruins of the reactionary system, the destruction of the war, and the disruption caused by the class struggle. He said that although Ethiopia was not faced with a shortage of natural resources of manpower, it was humiliating to find the country at the tail-end of the list of developing countries of the world.
Colonel Mengistu said the most urgent task was to save the people from the scourge of hunger. To this end, more than 80,000 hectares (198,500 acres) of new farm and would be cultivated. Peasant co-operatives and state farms were expected to produce record yields this year. At the same time Colonel Mengistu said, the peasant still working his own land, still had to contribute the bulk of the food needed. He reminded delegates the world community would be watching to see how Ethiopia translated their plans into practice.