Ismail Omar Guelleh, the president of Djibouti, has held the traditional speech at the beginning of the year, broadcasted on national television, claiming that the economic data of the country portend prospects of clear improvement compared to 2021.
2022, according to President Guelleh, will be the year of consolidation of the growth already recorded during 2021, despite the problems caused by the global pandemic and regional crises that have affected the Horn of Africa region.
Regarding the management of the vaccination campaign, the government announced on January 6 that the United States has donated 29,250 doses of Pfizer vaccine to Djibouti, thanks to which it will be possible to provide further impetus to the prevention policy in place, considerably increasing the number of first vaccines and recalls.
This new batch of vaccines, together with the Johnson and Johnson doses already donated by the U.S. last year, will allow to increase the number of vaccinated Djiboutians under 18 years of age, thus increasing the containment of the spread of the virus and hospitalization.
President Ismail Omar Guelleh has tried in this way to instil optimism, avoiding at the same time to address the issues of greatest interest for the local population, related to the evolution of the crisis in Ethiopia and the possible repercussions on the economy and security of the country.
The de facto truce between the federal government of Addis Ababa and that of Tigray opens glimmers of recovery for the economy of Djibouti, although it is clear that the fragility of political relations in Ethiopia represents a looming threat, especially in the prospects of growth of Ethiopian exports to the cargo terminals of the port of Doraleh.