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UN, AU Call for Stronger Collaboration to Address Africa's Challenges to Achieve SDGs

Apr 23, 2024 305

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The United Nations and the African Union have called for stronger partnership and collaboration to address challenges facing Africa in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 10th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development opened in Addis Ababa today. Speaking on the occasion, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said Africa has been facing multiple crises, including debt increase by 183 percent, that is roughly four times higher than the region's growth rate in (U.S.) dollar terms since 2010. According to her, the total debt service accounted for a staggering 47.5 percent of government revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa last year. The UN Deputy Secretary-General noted that “the gap is enormous. An additional 4 trillion USD must be invested every year to 2030 to have a chance of achieving the SDGs globally.” This forum came ahead of a crucial international conference in September, presenting an opportunity for African leaders to advocate for a more equitable global financial system and secure increased investments and debt relief, it was learned. Recall that UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an SDG stimulus of at least 500 billion USD a year to scale up affordable long term financing for developing countries. Amina insists that Africa's leadership and collective voice will be essential to make the stimulus a reality. African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Monique Nsanzabaganwa, on her part reiterated Africa's unwavering commitment to Agenda 2063. She recalled that the AUC adopted the second ten-year implementation plan in February, acknowledging both the successes of the first decade and the need to address emerging challenges and opportunities. The second plan seeks to address the emerging challenges and tap the emerging opportunities to accelerate the implementation of the Agenda. According to her, domestic resource mobilization and stronger partnerships are key to achieving the development goals. However, she stated that many African governments have been facing self-inflicted and external challenges, and these challenges require stronger UN-AU partnership. “We need to go back to doing the basics of correcting all these gaps and inefficiencies, which is where our collaboration between the African Union and the United Nations is key, so that we bring back that conscious and that spirit of collaboration in our several multilateralism forum.” Representing President Sahlework Zewdie, the Planning and Development Minister Fitsum Assefa called for prioritizing poverty eradication and the needs of the most vulnerable groups. Eradicating poverty requires a holistic approach with substantial investments in peace building, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable livelihoods. “The enormous challenges we are facing today demand our resolute commitment to eradicating poverty and ensuring the delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions. (And) in doing so, we must prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable groups.” The forum that will be held until Thursday is aimed to serve as a platform for stakeholders to discuss solutions to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and Agenda 2063. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission, organized the three-day forum.
Ethiopia Set to Host African Cities Sustainability Forum

Apr 23, 2024 584

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) Addis Ababa will host the first African Cities Sustainability Forum in the upcoming September 2024. The forum will be held under the theme “Sustainable Urbanization Planning for Africa’s Transformation - Agenda 2063,” it was indicated. As part of Ethiopia’s preparation to host the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh held an awareness raising forum today with the African Urban Forum National Coordinating Committee. Addis Ababa is gearing up to host the African Cities Sustainability Forum anticipated to bring about more than 1,500 participants, the deputy PM shared on a social media page. Temesgen also stated in his message that Ethiopia, as a historic country and a founding member of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity, is prepared to fulfill its African responsibility by organizing this forum of African brothers.
Economic Sectors Permitted for Foreigners Provide Multi-faceted Positive Impacts

Apr 23, 2024 303

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The decision passed by the government to allow foreign investors to take part in economic sectors that were previously restricted only for Ethiopian citizens will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country, economists remarked. The Ethiopian Investment Board has recently passed a directive that would allow foreign investors to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country. The economists who talked to ENA noted that the directive will reportedly provide more opportunity for legally viable competitive trade and would play a clear role in providing broader choices for consumers. A senior economist, Constantinos Berhe remarked that allowing foreign investors to take part in wholesale and retail sale trade has greater value for economic development of the country. Citing the experiences of several countries across the world, the economist added that foreign investors in the sector will bring in their work experience, capital expenditures which will allow them to play a clear and positive role in the country’s economic development. Companies who take part in foreign trade in Ethiopia will help to further expand foreign trade coverage and market network for the country and will enhance the nation’s capacity to compete in world trade. Moreover, the directive is instrumental in increasing the quantity, quality and type of commodities that will be delivered at the international markets, Constantinos further added. In addition, the directive will help to curb illicit foreign trade in live animals and will help to establish a standard framework to streamline foreign trade in the sector, he indicated. Constantinos quoted a report from Global Financial Integrity which said the nation loses more than 1.5 billion USD due to illegal foreign trade transactions. Allowing foreign companies to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country will discourage illegal trade transactions and will pave the way for those illegal traders to join the formal and legal trade transactions, the senior economist further remarked. He said those merchants who hoard commodities badly needed in the market and also those who demand higher prices for their goods as well as those who disrupt the normal market activity have been multiplying the grievances from consumers. According to him, the participation of foreign investors in whole sale and retail trade will help to ensure stabilization of market prices and would play a positive role in promoting legal trade transactions across the country. He added that the directive will help local merchants to be more competitive and thereby provide better choices for consumers. Constantinos recommended that the government would need to carefully scrutinize the operational history of the investors, their current mode of operation and the values they would add to the national economy before issuing licenses for their formal operations. Measures taken in introducing new financial policy which will provide for the formation of capital market and allowing foreign banks to operate in Ethiopia will help to expand the provision of financial resources for economic development. Researcher of economics and instructor at Arsi University, Adem Fato said that inviting foreign investors to take part in whole and retail sale which was restricted only for Ethiopian nationals will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country. He stated the decision made by the government will help to beef up foreign currency by promoting domestic and foreign trade which will in turn increase government revenue. Allowing the investors to take part in whole and retail trade will help to improve the quality of the commodities on market and would provide better choices for consumers. Adem said that this would provide an ample opportunity for local traders to work in unison to engage in a meaningful competition in the market The instructor further added that necessary guidelines that will promote competitiveness, the national economy and promotion of public benefits must be put in place as soon as the directives become operational. The economists noted that economic measures taken by the government over the last 6 years in opening up the economy to the private sector have helped to promote sustainable economic development and competitiveness among the traders.
Conference on Leveraging Digitalization to Improve Tax Compliance, Revenue Mobilization Concluded

Apr 23, 2024 782

Addis Ababa April 23/2024 (ENA) A two-day conference aimed at leveraging digitalization to improve tax compliance and revenue mobilization has concluded in Addis Ababa today. The international conference organized by Ministry of Revenues, in collaboration with the World Bank, has attracted many experts and stakeholders from emerging countries. Briefing the media, Revenues Minister Aynalem Nigussie underscored the significance of digitalization in improving revenue collection by enhancing efficiency and minimizing cost. Collecting revenue through digitalization also enables the tax administration to be fairer and transparent as compared with the manual system. According to her, the Ministry of Revenues has been developing software to digitalize more the revenue collecting system. At present, several platforms that enable tax payers to pay online have been established and those are contributing to enhancing the efficiency of collecting revenue. World Bank Lead Governance Specialist in Ethiopia, Rajul Awasthi told ENA that the purpose of the conference is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tax administrations by implementing digitalization. Noting that there haven challenges in Africa for many decades in the sector, he added that the World Bank is now helping countries to address the challenges through financing and technical assistance. For him, digitalization is the best way to move forward in improving efficiency and effectiveness of tax administration and the World Bank is committed providing continuous assistance to realize digitalization. According to Awasthi, the conference has created a platform for peer-to-peer learning between countries in the field. Delegates mainly from African countries, including Nigeria, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, and Somalia, as well as experts from other countries have participated in the conference, it was learned. The World Bank lead governance specialist, who stated that the Bank has been involved in helping countries to improve their tax systems, improve domestic revenue mobilization through financial and technical assistance, said the World Bank is working closely with ministries of Revenues and Finance to improve the capacity in the sector.
Ethiopia Intensifying Diplomacy to Connect Economy with Global Market: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Apr 23, 2024 361

Addis Ababa April 23/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has been intensifying diplomacy to connect the nation’s economy with the global market, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Foreign Affairs State Minister Mesganu Arga said that Ethiopia has embarked on rigorous economic reforms aimed at opening up and connecting it with the global economy. “As part of the Homegrown Economic Reform Program, Ethiopia is now liberalizing and connecting our economy with the global economy.” The Ethiopian Investment Board has recently issued a new directive outlining that foreign investors can engage in specific trade investments and in the previously reserved businesses including export, import, wholesale and retail trade investments. According to the state minister, these economic reforms and initiatives have a paramount importance to opening up the economy and linking it with regional markets such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA.) He added that Ethiopia is also gearing up to be part of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The process being expedited is imperative to Ethiopia in order to access global trade opportunities. The Ethiopian government has been currently implementing a new economic reform blueprint, dubbed Homegrown Economic Reform, with a major aspiration to unlock the country's development potentials. Following the reform program, Mesganu noted that promoting economic opportunities and investment potential has become at the heart of Ethiopia’s diplomacy. “We have realized that investment promotion and confidence building for global economic activities are pretty much imperative to our diplomacy. In this regard, attracting foreign direct investment and connecting our economy with the global market are important steps carried out.” To realize these economic endeavors, trade and investment promotion activities have been conducted by foreign missions, consulates and diplomats, it was learned. Looking for additional markets globally, attracting more investments, as well as promoting domestic tourism potentials are at the epicenter of the economic diplomacy. The state minster pointed out that Ethiopia’s foreign policy is anchored on strengthening partnership with neighboring countries, and the policy essentially prioritizes economic integration to achieve joint regional development. Further elaborating on the country's economy, Mesganu said that it has shown significant resilience amidst global challenges. “Our GDP has redoubled and our economy has registered a fast growing record. Thus, this has been encouraging us to reinforce the economic foreign policy missions in the region and beyond. We are really working hard as a country to bring about development and achieve growth internally and also sharing achievement to the neighboring countries.” Moreover, he reaffirmed the commitment of Ethiopia to connecting with its neighboring nations in terms of infrastructure as well as sharing its development ambition and integration agenda through road and railway. For the state minister, those agendas are quite important and they are the main focus for our foreign policy since the economic dividend is for mutual benefits. For the economic ambition of the country to come to fruition, Mesganu underlined that Ethiopia always seeks jointly and collaboratively working with the global community and with the neighboring countries. In this respect, he explained that Ethiopia is committed to the securitization, joint development, and economic integration of the region. “So our agenda is peace, economic development, integration, trade promotion and large infrastructure connectivity between the neighboring countries,” the state minister stressed. Furthermore, Mesganu called on the neighboring countries to genuinely understand Ethiopia's quest for access to sea. “Our right to have seaport access is based on rational ground,” he noted, adding that there will also be opportunities for neighboring countries in the expanding economic activity and the large economy of Ethiopia.
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UN, AU Call for Stronger Collaboration to Address Africa's Challenges to Achieve SDGs

Apr 23, 2024 305

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The United Nations and the African Union have called for stronger partnership and collaboration to address challenges facing Africa in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 10th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development opened in Addis Ababa today. Speaking on the occasion, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said Africa has been facing multiple crises, including debt increase by 183 percent, that is roughly four times higher than the region's growth rate in (U.S.) dollar terms since 2010. According to her, the total debt service accounted for a staggering 47.5 percent of government revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa last year. The UN Deputy Secretary-General noted that “the gap is enormous. An additional 4 trillion USD must be invested every year to 2030 to have a chance of achieving the SDGs globally.” This forum came ahead of a crucial international conference in September, presenting an opportunity for African leaders to advocate for a more equitable global financial system and secure increased investments and debt relief, it was learned. Recall that UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an SDG stimulus of at least 500 billion USD a year to scale up affordable long term financing for developing countries. Amina insists that Africa's leadership and collective voice will be essential to make the stimulus a reality. African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Monique Nsanzabaganwa, on her part reiterated Africa's unwavering commitment to Agenda 2063. She recalled that the AUC adopted the second ten-year implementation plan in February, acknowledging both the successes of the first decade and the need to address emerging challenges and opportunities. The second plan seeks to address the emerging challenges and tap the emerging opportunities to accelerate the implementation of the Agenda. According to her, domestic resource mobilization and stronger partnerships are key to achieving the development goals. However, she stated that many African governments have been facing self-inflicted and external challenges, and these challenges require stronger UN-AU partnership. “We need to go back to doing the basics of correcting all these gaps and inefficiencies, which is where our collaboration between the African Union and the United Nations is key, so that we bring back that conscious and that spirit of collaboration in our several multilateralism forum.” Representing President Sahlework Zewdie, the Planning and Development Minister Fitsum Assefa called for prioritizing poverty eradication and the needs of the most vulnerable groups. Eradicating poverty requires a holistic approach with substantial investments in peace building, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable livelihoods. “The enormous challenges we are facing today demand our resolute commitment to eradicating poverty and ensuring the delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions. (And) in doing so, we must prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable groups.” The forum that will be held until Thursday is aimed to serve as a platform for stakeholders to discuss solutions to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and Agenda 2063. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission, organized the three-day forum.
Ethiopia Set to Host African Cities Sustainability Forum

Apr 23, 2024 584

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) Addis Ababa will host the first African Cities Sustainability Forum in the upcoming September 2024. The forum will be held under the theme “Sustainable Urbanization Planning for Africa’s Transformation - Agenda 2063,” it was indicated. As part of Ethiopia’s preparation to host the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh held an awareness raising forum today with the African Urban Forum National Coordinating Committee. Addis Ababa is gearing up to host the African Cities Sustainability Forum anticipated to bring about more than 1,500 participants, the deputy PM shared on a social media page. Temesgen also stated in his message that Ethiopia, as a historic country and a founding member of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity, is prepared to fulfill its African responsibility by organizing this forum of African brothers.
Economic Sectors Permitted for Foreigners Provide Multi-faceted Positive Impacts

Apr 23, 2024 303

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The decision passed by the government to allow foreign investors to take part in economic sectors that were previously restricted only for Ethiopian citizens will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country, economists remarked. The Ethiopian Investment Board has recently passed a directive that would allow foreign investors to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country. The economists who talked to ENA noted that the directive will reportedly provide more opportunity for legally viable competitive trade and would play a clear role in providing broader choices for consumers. A senior economist, Constantinos Berhe remarked that allowing foreign investors to take part in wholesale and retail sale trade has greater value for economic development of the country. Citing the experiences of several countries across the world, the economist added that foreign investors in the sector will bring in their work experience, capital expenditures which will allow them to play a clear and positive role in the country’s economic development. Companies who take part in foreign trade in Ethiopia will help to further expand foreign trade coverage and market network for the country and will enhance the nation’s capacity to compete in world trade. Moreover, the directive is instrumental in increasing the quantity, quality and type of commodities that will be delivered at the international markets, Constantinos further added. In addition, the directive will help to curb illicit foreign trade in live animals and will help to establish a standard framework to streamline foreign trade in the sector, he indicated. Constantinos quoted a report from Global Financial Integrity which said the nation loses more than 1.5 billion USD due to illegal foreign trade transactions. Allowing foreign companies to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country will discourage illegal trade transactions and will pave the way for those illegal traders to join the formal and legal trade transactions, the senior economist further remarked. He said those merchants who hoard commodities badly needed in the market and also those who demand higher prices for their goods as well as those who disrupt the normal market activity have been multiplying the grievances from consumers. According to him, the participation of foreign investors in whole sale and retail trade will help to ensure stabilization of market prices and would play a positive role in promoting legal trade transactions across the country. He added that the directive will help local merchants to be more competitive and thereby provide better choices for consumers. Constantinos recommended that the government would need to carefully scrutinize the operational history of the investors, their current mode of operation and the values they would add to the national economy before issuing licenses for their formal operations. Measures taken in introducing new financial policy which will provide for the formation of capital market and allowing foreign banks to operate in Ethiopia will help to expand the provision of financial resources for economic development. Researcher of economics and instructor at Arsi University, Adem Fato said that inviting foreign investors to take part in whole and retail sale which was restricted only for Ethiopian nationals will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country. He stated the decision made by the government will help to beef up foreign currency by promoting domestic and foreign trade which will in turn increase government revenue. Allowing the investors to take part in whole and retail trade will help to improve the quality of the commodities on market and would provide better choices for consumers. Adem said that this would provide an ample opportunity for local traders to work in unison to engage in a meaningful competition in the market The instructor further added that necessary guidelines that will promote competitiveness, the national economy and promotion of public benefits must be put in place as soon as the directives become operational. The economists noted that economic measures taken by the government over the last 6 years in opening up the economy to the private sector have helped to promote sustainable economic development and competitiveness among the traders.
Conference on Leveraging Digitalization to Improve Tax Compliance, Revenue Mobilization Concluded

Apr 23, 2024 782

Addis Ababa April 23/2024 (ENA) A two-day conference aimed at leveraging digitalization to improve tax compliance and revenue mobilization has concluded in Addis Ababa today. The international conference organized by Ministry of Revenues, in collaboration with the World Bank, has attracted many experts and stakeholders from emerging countries. Briefing the media, Revenues Minister Aynalem Nigussie underscored the significance of digitalization in improving revenue collection by enhancing efficiency and minimizing cost. Collecting revenue through digitalization also enables the tax administration to be fairer and transparent as compared with the manual system. According to her, the Ministry of Revenues has been developing software to digitalize more the revenue collecting system. At present, several platforms that enable tax payers to pay online have been established and those are contributing to enhancing the efficiency of collecting revenue. World Bank Lead Governance Specialist in Ethiopia, Rajul Awasthi told ENA that the purpose of the conference is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tax administrations by implementing digitalization. Noting that there haven challenges in Africa for many decades in the sector, he added that the World Bank is now helping countries to address the challenges through financing and technical assistance. For him, digitalization is the best way to move forward in improving efficiency and effectiveness of tax administration and the World Bank is committed providing continuous assistance to realize digitalization. According to Awasthi, the conference has created a platform for peer-to-peer learning between countries in the field. Delegates mainly from African countries, including Nigeria, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, and Somalia, as well as experts from other countries have participated in the conference, it was learned. The World Bank lead governance specialist, who stated that the Bank has been involved in helping countries to improve their tax systems, improve domestic revenue mobilization through financial and technical assistance, said the World Bank is working closely with ministries of Revenues and Finance to improve the capacity in the sector.
Ethiopia Intensifying Diplomacy to Connect Economy with Global Market: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Apr 23, 2024 361

Addis Ababa April 23/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has been intensifying diplomacy to connect the nation’s economy with the global market, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Foreign Affairs State Minister Mesganu Arga said that Ethiopia has embarked on rigorous economic reforms aimed at opening up and connecting it with the global economy. “As part of the Homegrown Economic Reform Program, Ethiopia is now liberalizing and connecting our economy with the global economy.” The Ethiopian Investment Board has recently issued a new directive outlining that foreign investors can engage in specific trade investments and in the previously reserved businesses including export, import, wholesale and retail trade investments. According to the state minister, these economic reforms and initiatives have a paramount importance to opening up the economy and linking it with regional markets such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA.) He added that Ethiopia is also gearing up to be part of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The process being expedited is imperative to Ethiopia in order to access global trade opportunities. The Ethiopian government has been currently implementing a new economic reform blueprint, dubbed Homegrown Economic Reform, with a major aspiration to unlock the country's development potentials. Following the reform program, Mesganu noted that promoting economic opportunities and investment potential has become at the heart of Ethiopia’s diplomacy. “We have realized that investment promotion and confidence building for global economic activities are pretty much imperative to our diplomacy. In this regard, attracting foreign direct investment and connecting our economy with the global market are important steps carried out.” To realize these economic endeavors, trade and investment promotion activities have been conducted by foreign missions, consulates and diplomats, it was learned. Looking for additional markets globally, attracting more investments, as well as promoting domestic tourism potentials are at the epicenter of the economic diplomacy. The state minster pointed out that Ethiopia’s foreign policy is anchored on strengthening partnership with neighboring countries, and the policy essentially prioritizes economic integration to achieve joint regional development. Further elaborating on the country's economy, Mesganu said that it has shown significant resilience amidst global challenges. “Our GDP has redoubled and our economy has registered a fast growing record. Thus, this has been encouraging us to reinforce the economic foreign policy missions in the region and beyond. We are really working hard as a country to bring about development and achieve growth internally and also sharing achievement to the neighboring countries.” Moreover, he reaffirmed the commitment of Ethiopia to connecting with its neighboring nations in terms of infrastructure as well as sharing its development ambition and integration agenda through road and railway. For the state minister, those agendas are quite important and they are the main focus for our foreign policy since the economic dividend is for mutual benefits. For the economic ambition of the country to come to fruition, Mesganu underlined that Ethiopia always seeks jointly and collaboratively working with the global community and with the neighboring countries. In this respect, he explained that Ethiopia is committed to the securitization, joint development, and economic integration of the region. “So our agenda is peace, economic development, integration, trade promotion and large infrastructure connectivity between the neighboring countries,” the state minister stressed. Furthermore, Mesganu called on the neighboring countries to genuinely understand Ethiopia's quest for access to sea. “Our right to have seaport access is based on rational ground,” he noted, adding that there will also be opportunities for neighboring countries in the expanding economic activity and the large economy of Ethiopia.
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15th Sultan of Afar Arrives in Addis Abab

Apr 23, 2024 585

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The 15th Sultan of Afar, Ahmed Alimirah has arrived in Addis Ababa today. The Sultan was warmly welcomed up on arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by high ranking government officials including Deputy Speaker of House of Federation, Zehara humed. Ahmed Alimirah is the son of renowned Sultan Alimirah, who was the spiritual leader of people of Afar. Ahmed Alimirah becomes the 15 Sultan of Afar people last year following the pass away his brother, Hanfare Alimirah. Accordingly, the Sulatan returned home today after staying abroad. The Sultans of Afar people have been hailed for their contribution in resolving social and political challenges through cultural mechanisms.
FM Taye Confers with Personal Envoy of UN Secretary-General For Sudan

Apr 22, 2024 744

Addis Ababa April 22/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie had a fruitful discussion with Ramtane Lamamra, Personal Envoy of the United nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres for Sudan. The two officials discussed on the importance of a coordinated and harmonized Sudanese-led and Africa-supported peace process to find solutions to the conflict in the Sudan.
Understanding Ethiopia’s Legitimate Interests to Access Sea, Economic Security Imperative: Former U.S. Diplomat

Apr 20, 2024 1538

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA) It is imperative to understand Ethiopia’s legitimate interests and needs to access the sea and ensure economic security for its people, Peter Pham, a former U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel and Great Lakes Regions of Africa, said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the former U.S. Special Envoy said Ethiopia has played a critical role in providing peace and security throughout the region. “It has (therefore) every right to expect in return for that same goodwill and understanding for its legitimate interests and needs within terms of access to the sea and secure economic security for its people. It can't all be a one way street.” Speaking about the MoU signed between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi, Pham stated that he has been very encouraged by the historic agreement from the very day of the announcement. “Why am I so positive? First and foremost, I believe international relations have to be based upon reality --- not fiction, not fantasy, not wishful thinking but reality. And the reality is the geopolitics and economics of this Horn of Africa region, which is so vital and changing, shifting before our eyes; and we need to adjust to these.” According to him, the second part of the reality is Ethiopia's legitimate interest in having “what I call redundant port structures.” Ethiopia is the world's most populous landlocked state with 120 million people, and to date Djibouti has been providing access for the country. But, he added that a great country with 120 million people should not rely on one outlet. The former U.S. Special Envoy further pointed out that as Ethiopia is looking for access to sea the Berbera Port makes sense economically. “DP World has already invested in there, and the United Kingdom government is investing in phase two. There's a road infrastructure, bringing up the port there.” There is an excellent runway; all sorts of things make that a compelling case, he added. Moreover, Pham elaborated that Africa as a whole and this region in particular lacks critical infrastructure. “I think the key is that Africa as a whole, but this region in lacks critical infrastructure. So I'm very much in favor of anything that contributes to whether ports, roads, energy, electricity. Anything that adds to the stock, that helps create the conditions for economic growth and prosperity shared throughout the region is a positive development.”
EMA Urges Media to Play Leading Role in Nat’l Dialogue, Transitional Justice

Apr 20, 2024 956

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- The Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA) has called on the media to play a critical role for the success of the historic national dialogue and transitional justice. Ethiopian Media Authority Director-General, Mohammed Idris, told ENA that the national dialogue and transitional justice have huge significance in the protection of human rights and ensuring lasting peace in the country. Realizing national dialogue and transitional justice is vital in building a strong nation, he noted, adding that the active role of all sections of the society will significantly contribute to the success of the processes. In this regard, the mass media have the responsibility of creating a clear understanding among the general public about the issues and refrain from reports that hinder the process, Mohammed underscored. The director-general said that the authority will continue to play its role in providing capacity building training for the media to enable them to cover issues and report ethically. According to him, the national dialogue and transitional justice will define the future of the country and are of great public interest. The media should therefore play their role based on such reality. For Mohammed, the media have crucial role in creating awareness about national dialogue and transitional justice among the public so that they can participate in the process with a spirit of ownership. Recall that the Government of Ethiopia recently reaffirmed its commitment to implementing transitional justice and national dialogue which are essential to ensure lasting peace. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian government has adopted a comprehensive approach to address the root causes of internal conflicts, paving the way for a more harmonious future.
PM Abiy Vows to Disentangle Ethiopia from Economic Dependence, Make Exemplary in Africa

Apr 20, 2024 1180

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has vowed to make Ethiopia Africa's Beacon of prosperity and unity by freeing the country from economic dependence. A forum that brought together many people to support the reformist leadership of Ethiopia was held in Wolkite town, Gorage Zone of the Central Ethiopian region, in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. In his message on the occasion, the premier lauded the people of Gurage zone who promote unity and solidarity. He emphasized that this is a practical testament which the rest of Ethiopian people should take as a lesson to live harmoniously. Stressing the need for realizing development and prosperity in Ethiopia, Abiy called on the people of the country to seek peace and harmony in order to see a prosperous and convenient Ethiopia. The prime minister also noted to accommodate Ethiopia’s diverse ethnic identities, cultures, languages, and topography, adding that these could not be a source of difference to build a strong nation-state. Abiy further highlighted that Ethiopia has repeatedly fought for its independence and it is a country that has thwarted all attempts of external aggressions. However, the country has not realized economic development and freed from dependence in this regard. Thus, the East African nation should strive to extricate itself from economic dependence, he said. In this case, Prime Minister Abiy mentioned the success of Gurage people as an example for business and trade activities in Ethiopia. According to him, the people of Gurage’s active engagement in the business sphere, remains a model and would help the endeavors of the nation to free Ethiopia from economic dependence. He also urged all Ethiopians to stand for development and prosperity. The prime minister underscored that the nation has embarked on a massive economic development trajectory to make Ethiopia a beacon of Africa's prosperity. And he called on all Ethiopians to stand together and discharge their national responsibility. Finally, the premier noted that to realize prosperous Ethiopia through strong efforts, it is crucial to consolidate national unity and defeat the illusionist forces, attempting to divide the public and fuel conflict in the country.
Public Rally Held in Wolkite Town in Support of Ongoing Reform

Apr 20, 2024 1050

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- A public rally was held in support of the ongoing multifaceted national reforms in Wolkite town, Central Ethiopia Regional state, in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. High level federal and regional government officials as well as zonal leaders and residents of Wolkite Town, the capital of the Gurage zone, attended the public rally where various messages were conveyed, it was indicated. Similar rallies were held in various regions of Ethiopia during the past few weeks in support of the ongoing reforms. Recall that the Government Communication Service of Ethiopia recently affirmed that vivid results were registered in various spheres over the last six years under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Ambassador Says Armenia Keen to Bolster Relations with Ethiopia

Apr 20, 2024 1226

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- Armenia wants to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relations with Ethiopia, Ambassador Sahak Sargsyan told ENA. The longstanding religious, historical and cultural ties between the two countries are foundations that can help as springboard to catalyze the path to expand bilateral and multilateral relations, the Armenian ambassador to Ethiopia added. The ambassador recalled that Kevork Nalbandian, the musician of Armenian descent, for instance composed Ethiopia’s national anthem, which was in use until 1974. His nephew is also considered a founder of the modern Ethiopian music, particularly jazz and pop, Ambassador Sargsyan revealed. According to him, the countries have already been collaborating in culture, education, and some other fields as well as the IT sector. “But, of course, we look forward to expand this collaboration and partnership with our friends and partners in other areas. That can be tourism, agriculture, and energy.” Moreover, he stated that Armenia likes to strengthen multilateral relations beyond bilateral cooperation. “My objective as an ambassador here is to unlock the potential for collaboration, not only bilaterally but also multilaterally.” Although the historical and strong relationship of the two countries goes back to many centuries, the Armenian Embassy in Ethiopia was opened only four years ago. Yet, it is actively fostering the age-old relationship, he added. Ambassador Sargsyan revealed plans for a documentary film and concert arrangements aimed at solidifying the cultural and artistic ties between the countries. Finally, he pointed out that there were also Armenians who helped Ethiopian fighters acquire modern weaponry during the historical Battle of Adwa.
Horn of Africa Deserves, Can Bring Sustainable Peace, Prosperity: Foreign Affairs State Minister

Apr 19, 2024 1419

Addis Ababa, April 19/2024(ENA)-The Horn of Africa deserves and can bring sustainable peace, prosperity and security to the region, Foreign Affairs State Minister Mesganu Arga said. Opening the Second Horn Dialogue Series today, the state minister said the dialogue series is an important platform to enhance cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders as the Horn of Africa stands at a critical juncture. “Here we have the opportunity to engage in open and intellectual discussions, dissect the regional security landscape and propose concrete strategies for collaboration,” he added. Mesganu stressed that the Horn of Africa deserves sustainable peace, prosperity and security, adding that the dialogue is a crucial step towards achieving that vision. He believes that nations can address the root cause of conflict and foster sustainable peace by fostering greater collaboration between themselves. “We can strengthen our collective effort to counter terrorism, piracy and illicit arms threat by implementing effective border management, and maritime security protocols. We can also create a safer and more stable environment for all.” This region, which is a strategic gateway to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, holds immense significance for peace, stability, and prosperity. However, “we cannot ignore the harsh reality of the Horn region burdened by complex security challenges, armed conflict, political instability, recurrent drought induced by climate change, piracy and proliferation of smaller arms and traffic,” he stressed. The governments should, therefore, work together with unwavering commitment and a shared sense of purpose to build a brighter future for the Horn of Africa and in turn for the entire international community. And this dialogue is a crucial step towards achieving that vision, the state minister noted. Institute of Foreign Affairs Executive Director, Jafar Bedru, said on his part that the Horn of Africa has recently become a critical region due to a convergence of events and circ*mstances. Thus, this round of dialogue series seeks to raise awareness and influence policy directions for navigating the region's complexities, he said, adding that open regional dialogues is very crucial for addressing current challenges and envisioning a shared future for the Horn of Africa. “By leveraging the collective strengths, resources and aspirations of its member countries, the region can achieve security, economic prosperity and social development. This requires fostering greater cooperation, collaboration and dialogue.” The executive director underlined that this requires fostering greater cooperation, collaboration and dialogue. According to him, the Horn Africa holds immense potential for regional integrity, integration and prosperity despite the challenges. Panelists and participants discussed thematic issues, including changes and continuities in the regional security landscape, the role of external actors in regional security, building a stronger, integrated region for sustainable peace and opportunity. The aim of the Second Horn Dialogue Series held today in Addis Ababa is to foster knowledge sharing, idea exchange and exploration of innovative solutions for the region's pressing security and political challenges.
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15th Sultan of Afar Arrives in Addis Abab

Apr 23, 2024 585

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The 15th Sultan of Afar, Ahmed Alimirah has arrived in Addis Ababa today. The Sultan was warmly welcomed up on arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by high ranking government officials including Deputy Speaker of House of Federation, Zehara humed. Ahmed Alimirah is the son of renowned Sultan Alimirah, who was the spiritual leader of people of Afar. Ahmed Alimirah becomes the 15 Sultan of Afar people last year following the pass away his brother, Hanfare Alimirah. Accordingly, the Sulatan returned home today after staying abroad. The Sultans of Afar people have been hailed for their contribution in resolving social and political challenges through cultural mechanisms.
FM Taye Confers with Personal Envoy of UN Secretary-General For Sudan

Apr 22, 2024 744

Addis Ababa April 22/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie had a fruitful discussion with Ramtane Lamamra, Personal Envoy of the United nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres for Sudan. The two officials discussed on the importance of a coordinated and harmonized Sudanese-led and Africa-supported peace process to find solutions to the conflict in the Sudan.
Understanding Ethiopia’s Legitimate Interests to Access Sea, Economic Security Imperative: Former U.S. Diplomat

Apr 20, 2024 1538

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA) It is imperative to understand Ethiopia’s legitimate interests and needs to access the sea and ensure economic security for its people, Peter Pham, a former U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel and Great Lakes Regions of Africa, said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the former U.S. Special Envoy said Ethiopia has played a critical role in providing peace and security throughout the region. “It has (therefore) every right to expect in return for that same goodwill and understanding for its legitimate interests and needs within terms of access to the sea and secure economic security for its people. It can't all be a one way street.” Speaking about the MoU signed between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi, Pham stated that he has been very encouraged by the historic agreement from the very day of the announcement. “Why am I so positive? First and foremost, I believe international relations have to be based upon reality --- not fiction, not fantasy, not wishful thinking but reality. And the reality is the geopolitics and economics of this Horn of Africa region, which is so vital and changing, shifting before our eyes; and we need to adjust to these.” According to him, the second part of the reality is Ethiopia's legitimate interest in having “what I call redundant port structures.” Ethiopia is the world's most populous landlocked state with 120 million people, and to date Djibouti has been providing access for the country. But, he added that a great country with 120 million people should not rely on one outlet. The former U.S. Special Envoy further pointed out that as Ethiopia is looking for access to sea the Berbera Port makes sense economically. “DP World has already invested in there, and the United Kingdom government is investing in phase two. There's a road infrastructure, bringing up the port there.” There is an excellent runway; all sorts of things make that a compelling case, he added. Moreover, Pham elaborated that Africa as a whole and this region in particular lacks critical infrastructure. “I think the key is that Africa as a whole, but this region in lacks critical infrastructure. So I'm very much in favor of anything that contributes to whether ports, roads, energy, electricity. Anything that adds to the stock, that helps create the conditions for economic growth and prosperity shared throughout the region is a positive development.”
EMA Urges Media to Play Leading Role in Nat’l Dialogue, Transitional Justice

Apr 20, 2024 956

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- The Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA) has called on the media to play a critical role for the success of the historic national dialogue and transitional justice. Ethiopian Media Authority Director-General, Mohammed Idris, told ENA that the national dialogue and transitional justice have huge significance in the protection of human rights and ensuring lasting peace in the country. Realizing national dialogue and transitional justice is vital in building a strong nation, he noted, adding that the active role of all sections of the society will significantly contribute to the success of the processes. In this regard, the mass media have the responsibility of creating a clear understanding among the general public about the issues and refrain from reports that hinder the process, Mohammed underscored. The director-general said that the authority will continue to play its role in providing capacity building training for the media to enable them to cover issues and report ethically. According to him, the national dialogue and transitional justice will define the future of the country and are of great public interest. The media should therefore play their role based on such reality. For Mohammed, the media have crucial role in creating awareness about national dialogue and transitional justice among the public so that they can participate in the process with a spirit of ownership. Recall that the Government of Ethiopia recently reaffirmed its commitment to implementing transitional justice and national dialogue which are essential to ensure lasting peace. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian government has adopted a comprehensive approach to address the root causes of internal conflicts, paving the way for a more harmonious future.
PM Abiy Vows to Disentangle Ethiopia from Economic Dependence, Make Exemplary in Africa

Apr 20, 2024 1180

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has vowed to make Ethiopia Africa's Beacon of prosperity and unity by freeing the country from economic dependence. A forum that brought together many people to support the reformist leadership of Ethiopia was held in Wolkite town, Gorage Zone of the Central Ethiopian region, in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. In his message on the occasion, the premier lauded the people of Gurage zone who promote unity and solidarity. He emphasized that this is a practical testament which the rest of Ethiopian people should take as a lesson to live harmoniously. Stressing the need for realizing development and prosperity in Ethiopia, Abiy called on the people of the country to seek peace and harmony in order to see a prosperous and convenient Ethiopia. The prime minister also noted to accommodate Ethiopia’s diverse ethnic identities, cultures, languages, and topography, adding that these could not be a source of difference to build a strong nation-state. Abiy further highlighted that Ethiopia has repeatedly fought for its independence and it is a country that has thwarted all attempts of external aggressions. However, the country has not realized economic development and freed from dependence in this regard. Thus, the East African nation should strive to extricate itself from economic dependence, he said. In this case, Prime Minister Abiy mentioned the success of Gurage people as an example for business and trade activities in Ethiopia. According to him, the people of Gurage’s active engagement in the business sphere, remains a model and would help the endeavors of the nation to free Ethiopia from economic dependence. He also urged all Ethiopians to stand for development and prosperity. The prime minister underscored that the nation has embarked on a massive economic development trajectory to make Ethiopia a beacon of Africa's prosperity. And he called on all Ethiopians to stand together and discharge their national responsibility. Finally, the premier noted that to realize prosperous Ethiopia through strong efforts, it is crucial to consolidate national unity and defeat the illusionist forces, attempting to divide the public and fuel conflict in the country.
Public Rally Held in Wolkite Town in Support of Ongoing Reform

Apr 20, 2024 1050

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- A public rally was held in support of the ongoing multifaceted national reforms in Wolkite town, Central Ethiopia Regional state, in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. High level federal and regional government officials as well as zonal leaders and residents of Wolkite Town, the capital of the Gurage zone, attended the public rally where various messages were conveyed, it was indicated. Similar rallies were held in various regions of Ethiopia during the past few weeks in support of the ongoing reforms. Recall that the Government Communication Service of Ethiopia recently affirmed that vivid results were registered in various spheres over the last six years under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Ambassador Says Armenia Keen to Bolster Relations with Ethiopia

Apr 20, 2024 1226

Addis Ababa, April 20/2024(ENA)- Armenia wants to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relations with Ethiopia, Ambassador Sahak Sargsyan told ENA. The longstanding religious, historical and cultural ties between the two countries are foundations that can help as springboard to catalyze the path to expand bilateral and multilateral relations, the Armenian ambassador to Ethiopia added. The ambassador recalled that Kevork Nalbandian, the musician of Armenian descent, for instance composed Ethiopia’s national anthem, which was in use until 1974. His nephew is also considered a founder of the modern Ethiopian music, particularly jazz and pop, Ambassador Sargsyan revealed. According to him, the countries have already been collaborating in culture, education, and some other fields as well as the IT sector. “But, of course, we look forward to expand this collaboration and partnership with our friends and partners in other areas. That can be tourism, agriculture, and energy.” Moreover, he stated that Armenia likes to strengthen multilateral relations beyond bilateral cooperation. “My objective as an ambassador here is to unlock the potential for collaboration, not only bilaterally but also multilaterally.” Although the historical and strong relationship of the two countries goes back to many centuries, the Armenian Embassy in Ethiopia was opened only four years ago. Yet, it is actively fostering the age-old relationship, he added. Ambassador Sargsyan revealed plans for a documentary film and concert arrangements aimed at solidifying the cultural and artistic ties between the countries. Finally, he pointed out that there were also Armenians who helped Ethiopian fighters acquire modern weaponry during the historical Battle of Adwa.
Horn of Africa Deserves, Can Bring Sustainable Peace, Prosperity: Foreign Affairs State Minister

Apr 19, 2024 1419

Addis Ababa, April 19/2024(ENA)-The Horn of Africa deserves and can bring sustainable peace, prosperity and security to the region, Foreign Affairs State Minister Mesganu Arga said. Opening the Second Horn Dialogue Series today, the state minister said the dialogue series is an important platform to enhance cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders as the Horn of Africa stands at a critical juncture. “Here we have the opportunity to engage in open and intellectual discussions, dissect the regional security landscape and propose concrete strategies for collaboration,” he added. Mesganu stressed that the Horn of Africa deserves sustainable peace, prosperity and security, adding that the dialogue is a crucial step towards achieving that vision. He believes that nations can address the root cause of conflict and foster sustainable peace by fostering greater collaboration between themselves. “We can strengthen our collective effort to counter terrorism, piracy and illicit arms threat by implementing effective border management, and maritime security protocols. We can also create a safer and more stable environment for all.” This region, which is a strategic gateway to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, holds immense significance for peace, stability, and prosperity. However, “we cannot ignore the harsh reality of the Horn region burdened by complex security challenges, armed conflict, political instability, recurrent drought induced by climate change, piracy and proliferation of smaller arms and traffic,” he stressed. The governments should, therefore, work together with unwavering commitment and a shared sense of purpose to build a brighter future for the Horn of Africa and in turn for the entire international community. And this dialogue is a crucial step towards achieving that vision, the state minister noted. Institute of Foreign Affairs Executive Director, Jafar Bedru, said on his part that the Horn of Africa has recently become a critical region due to a convergence of events and circ*mstances. Thus, this round of dialogue series seeks to raise awareness and influence policy directions for navigating the region's complexities, he said, adding that open regional dialogues is very crucial for addressing current challenges and envisioning a shared future for the Horn of Africa. “By leveraging the collective strengths, resources and aspirations of its member countries, the region can achieve security, economic prosperity and social development. This requires fostering greater cooperation, collaboration and dialogue.” The executive director underlined that this requires fostering greater cooperation, collaboration and dialogue. According to him, the Horn Africa holds immense potential for regional integrity, integration and prosperity despite the challenges. Panelists and participants discussed thematic issues, including changes and continuities in the regional security landscape, the role of external actors in regional security, building a stronger, integrated region for sustainable peace and opportunity. The aim of the Second Horn Dialogue Series held today in Addis Ababa is to foster knowledge sharing, idea exchange and exploration of innovative solutions for the region's pressing security and political challenges.
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Kalazar Drug Enters Phase Two Clinical Trials in Ethiopia

Apr 23, 2024 519

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The Kalazar treatment drug has reached an exciting milestone as it enters the crucial phase two clinical trials in Ethiopia. This development brings renewed hope for the effective and patient-friendly treatment of Kalazar, also known as visceral leishmaniasis, a disease that poses a significant health challenge in Eastern Africa. Director of the Kalazar Disease Research and Treatment Center at the University of Gondar, Dr. Samuel Teshome highlighted the significance of this progress and the opportunity it presents for developing a safe and efficient cure for Kalazar in Ethiopia for new cases of the disease has been increasing in the country. According to him, Kalazar is a parasitic disease that ranks as the second deadliest globally, following malaria. It is characterized by symptoms such as persistent fever, weight loss, and enlargement of the spleen and liver. Without proper treatment, the disease can be fatal, he said. It is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected sandflies and is endemic in 80 countries, particularly in Eastern Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Samuel said Eastern Africa currently bears the highest burden of Kalazar cases. Alarmingly, children under the age of 15 accounts for half of the 50,000 to 90,000 new cases reported each year. The research has been carried out in collaboration with researchers and laboratory institutions of various countries, he pointed out. The current treatment for Kalazar in Ethiopia involves a 17-day regimen of painful daily injections administered at hospitals, Dr. Samuel said. However, the newly developed drug, LXE408, offers a promising alternative. According to Dr. Samuel, LXE408 is administered orally in the form of pills, which is expected to provide improved efficacy and safety compared to the existing treatment options. This patient-friendly approach has the potential to revolutionize the way Kalazar is treated, offering a more convenient and accessible solution. The drug is expected to have high level of curability with very little side effects which will be available easily in health centers in villages. Research and Treatment Center (LRTC), co-Principal Investigator of the clinical trial at the Leishmaniasis at the University of Gondar Dr. Eleni Ayele, emphasized the significance of conducting the phase two clinical trial in an endemic country like Ethiopia. She highlighted the limitations of the current treatment options, which can be potentially toxic, require injections and cold-chain supplies, and often necessitate patients to travel long distances and stay in hospitals for extended periods. The goal of the research is to develop an oral treatment that is both efficacious and less toxic, allowing patients to receive care at primary healthcare facilities near their homes, she said. This approach could significantly reduce morbidity and transmission rates associated with Kalazar, bringing the treatment closer to the affected communities, the researcher added. The Director of the Leishmaniasis program at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Dr. Fabiana Alves also emphasized that the clinical trial for LXE408 represents a significant step towards delivering better, patient-friendly, and effective medicines that are accessible to all those in need. The clinical trial in Ethiopia is financially supported by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCPT) as part of the VL-INNO project, which involves a diverse range of partners. This collaboration ensures that the research is well-resourced and supported by various stakeholders, further enhancing its potential impact.
Gov’t Reaffirms Commitment to Implementing Transitional Justice Policy

Apr 19, 2024 998

Addis Ababa, April 19/2024(ENA) The Government of Ethiopia is committed to implementing the Transitional Justice Policy which is essential to ensure lasting peace in the country, House of People's Representatives (HPR) Chief Government Whip Tesfaye Beljige said. The chief government whip gave the assurance at a consultative meeting held for parliamentarians and high government officials to discuss the Transitional Justice Policy approved this week by the Council of Ministers. Addressing the meeting, Tesfaye Beljige said the experience of various countries show that appropriately implementing transitional justice is crucial to sustainable resolution of complex crises. The government has, therefore, shown unwavering commitment for the realization of transitional justice starting from taking the initiative in preparing the document, he added. Tesfaye elaborated that transitional justice is an important tool to solve deep rooted problems and the government has a clear position to bring lasting peace and stability in Ethiopia by resolving disputes arising from the past through forgiveness. For him, the role of all stakeholders is essential to realize the historic national dialogue and the Transitional Justice Policy. House of People's Representatives Speaker, Tagesse Chaffo said on the occasion that implementing the policy is essential for a better Ethiopia. Designing and implementing a participatory transitional justice based on the nation's political and social circ*mstances with a clear policy framework is vital, he underscored. The speaker, who noted that the Ministry of Justice has a huge role for monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the policy and law documents, affirmed that the HPR will continue its unwavering support to the implementation of transitional justice. Recall that Ethiopia has been making various attempts to resolve human rights violations, civil conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continue in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators.
Field Marshal Birhanu Extends Condolences over Death of Kenya's Defense Chief

Apr 19, 2024 1013

Addis Ababa, April 19/2024(ENA)-Chief of General Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), Field Marshal Birhanu Jula, has expressed his condolences over the death of General Francis Omondi Ogolla, Kenya's Chief of Defense Force. In his message of condolences on behalf of the ENDF and himself, Field Marshal Birhanu expressed his compassion to the bereaved families and friends of the top military officers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash. He stated that General Ogolla has hugely contributed to peace and security of his country as well as the region. Field Marshal Birhanu affirmed that the ENDF will stand by Kenyans at this difficult time. Kenya began today a three-day mourning after its defense chief and nine other senior military officers were killed in a helicopter crash. The helicopter was carrying 11 people, including the Kenyan Chief of Defense Force Gen. Ogolla, when it crashed on Thursday and caught fire in a remote area near the border with Uganda, killing nine people on board.
Chinese Language Learning Gaining Momentum in Africa, Says UNECA Director

Apr 18, 2024 1262

Addis Ababa April 18/2024 (ENA) There is a growing interest and promising future for learning the Chinese language in Africa, according to UNECA Africa Center for Statistics Director Oliver Chinganya. Addressing the celebration of the Chinese Language Day at the UNECA (United Nations Economic for Africa) in Addis Ababa today, the director noted that among the numerous reasons why people are increasingly interested in learning Chinese is its being one of the six official working languages of the United Nations. The growing ease of travel to China, expansion of Confucius Institutes in the continent, and the vast economic opportunities that come with Chinese language proficiency are the other reasons, Chinganya added. According to him, there were 62 Confucius institutes in 45 African countries in 2021. The number of students enrolled in the Chinese language programs also surpassed the number of students in many European countries. The director claimed that the number of people learning Chinese worldwide is nearing 40 million, and is projected to reach 100 million by 2026. Chinganya finally called for a stronger partnership between UNECA and China's Mission to the African Union, along with other multilateral partners. Head of China's Mission to the African Union, Hu Changchun, echoed the importance of learning Chinese to understand China. Emphasizing the worldwide surge in demand for Chinese language proficiency, he reaffirmed his government's commitment to addressing global needs such as peace, development, and cooperation.
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UN, AU Call for Stronger Collaboration to Address Africa's Challenges to Achieve SDGs

Apr 23, 2024 305

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The United Nations and the African Union have called for stronger partnership and collaboration to address challenges facing Africa in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 10th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development opened in Addis Ababa today. Speaking on the occasion, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said Africa has been facing multiple crises, including debt increase by 183 percent, that is roughly four times higher than the region's growth rate in (U.S.) dollar terms since 2010. According to her, the total debt service accounted for a staggering 47.5 percent of government revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa last year. The UN Deputy Secretary-General noted that “the gap is enormous. An additional 4 trillion USD must be invested every year to 2030 to have a chance of achieving the SDGs globally.” This forum came ahead of a crucial international conference in September, presenting an opportunity for African leaders to advocate for a more equitable global financial system and secure increased investments and debt relief, it was learned. Recall that UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an SDG stimulus of at least 500 billion USD a year to scale up affordable long term financing for developing countries. Amina insists that Africa's leadership and collective voice will be essential to make the stimulus a reality. African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Monique Nsanzabaganwa, on her part reiterated Africa's unwavering commitment to Agenda 2063. She recalled that the AUC adopted the second ten-year implementation plan in February, acknowledging both the successes of the first decade and the need to address emerging challenges and opportunities. The second plan seeks to address the emerging challenges and tap the emerging opportunities to accelerate the implementation of the Agenda. According to her, domestic resource mobilization and stronger partnerships are key to achieving the development goals. However, she stated that many African governments have been facing self-inflicted and external challenges, and these challenges require stronger UN-AU partnership. “We need to go back to doing the basics of correcting all these gaps and inefficiencies, which is where our collaboration between the African Union and the United Nations is key, so that we bring back that conscious and that spirit of collaboration in our several multilateralism forum.” Representing President Sahlework Zewdie, the Planning and Development Minister Fitsum Assefa called for prioritizing poverty eradication and the needs of the most vulnerable groups. Eradicating poverty requires a holistic approach with substantial investments in peace building, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable livelihoods. “The enormous challenges we are facing today demand our resolute commitment to eradicating poverty and ensuring the delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions. (And) in doing so, we must prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable groups.” The forum that will be held until Thursday is aimed to serve as a platform for stakeholders to discuss solutions to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and Agenda 2063. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission, organized the three-day forum.
Ethiopia Set to Host African Cities Sustainability Forum

Apr 23, 2024 584

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) Addis Ababa will host the first African Cities Sustainability Forum in the upcoming September 2024. The forum will be held under the theme “Sustainable Urbanization Planning for Africa’s Transformation - Agenda 2063,” it was indicated. As part of Ethiopia’s preparation to host the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh held an awareness raising forum today with the African Urban Forum National Coordinating Committee. Addis Ababa is gearing up to host the African Cities Sustainability Forum anticipated to bring about more than 1,500 participants, the deputy PM shared on a social media page. Temesgen also stated in his message that Ethiopia, as a historic country and a founding member of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity, is prepared to fulfill its African responsibility by organizing this forum of African brothers.
Economic Sectors Permitted for Foreigners Provide Multi-faceted Positive Impacts

Apr 23, 2024 303

Addis Ababa, April 23/2024 (ENA) The decision passed by the government to allow foreign investors to take part in economic sectors that were previously restricted only for Ethiopian citizens will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country, economists remarked. The Ethiopian Investment Board has recently passed a directive that would allow foreign investors to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country. The economists who talked to ENA noted that the directive will reportedly provide more opportunity for legally viable competitive trade and would play a clear role in providing broader choices for consumers. A senior economist, Constantinos Berhe remarked that allowing foreign investors to take part in wholesale and retail sale trade has greater value for economic development of the country. Citing the experiences of several countries across the world, the economist added that foreign investors in the sector will bring in their work experience, capital expenditures which will allow them to play a clear and positive role in the country’s economic development. Companies who take part in foreign trade in Ethiopia will help to further expand foreign trade coverage and market network for the country and will enhance the nation’s capacity to compete in world trade. Moreover, the directive is instrumental in increasing the quantity, quality and type of commodities that will be delivered at the international markets, Constantinos further added. In addition, the directive will help to curb illicit foreign trade in live animals and will help to establish a standard framework to streamline foreign trade in the sector, he indicated. Constantinos quoted a report from Global Financial Integrity which said the nation loses more than 1.5 billion USD due to illegal foreign trade transactions. Allowing foreign companies to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country will discourage illegal trade transactions and will pave the way for those illegal traders to join the formal and legal trade transactions, the senior economist further remarked. He said those merchants who hoard commodities badly needed in the market and also those who demand higher prices for their goods as well as those who disrupt the normal market activity have been multiplying the grievances from consumers. According to him, the participation of foreign investors in whole sale and retail trade will help to ensure stabilization of market prices and would play a positive role in promoting legal trade transactions across the country. He added that the directive will help local merchants to be more competitive and thereby provide better choices for consumers. Constantinos recommended that the government would need to carefully scrutinize the operational history of the investors, their current mode of operation and the values they would add to the national economy before issuing licenses for their formal operations. Measures taken in introducing new financial policy which will provide for the formation of capital market and allowing foreign banks to operate in Ethiopia will help to expand the provision of financial resources for economic development. Researcher of economics and instructor at Arsi University, Adem Fato said that inviting foreign investors to take part in whole and retail sale which was restricted only for Ethiopian nationals will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country. He stated the decision made by the government will help to beef up foreign currency by promoting domestic and foreign trade which will in turn increase government revenue. Allowing the investors to take part in whole and retail trade will help to improve the quality of the commodities on market and would provide better choices for consumers. Adem said that this would provide an ample opportunity for local traders to work in unison to engage in a meaningful competition in the market The instructor further added that necessary guidelines that will promote competitiveness, the national economy and promotion of public benefits must be put in place as soon as the directives become operational. The economists noted that economic measures taken by the government over the last 6 years in opening up the economy to the private sector have helped to promote sustainable economic development and competitiveness among the traders.
Conference on Leveraging Digitalization to Improve Tax Compliance, Revenue Mobilization Concluded

Apr 23, 2024 782

Addis Ababa April 23/2024 (ENA) A two-day conference aimed at leveraging digitalization to improve tax compliance and revenue mobilization has concluded in Addis Ababa today. The international conference organized by Ministry of Revenues, in collaboration with the World Bank, has attracted many experts and stakeholders from emerging countries. Briefing the media, Revenues Minister Aynalem Nigussie underscored the significance of digitalization in improving revenue collection by enhancing efficiency and minimizing cost. Collecting revenue through digitalization also enables the tax administration to be fairer and transparent as compared with the manual system. According to her, the Ministry of Revenues has been developing software to digitalize more the revenue collecting system. At present, several platforms that enable tax payers to pay online have been established and those are contributing to enhancing the efficiency of collecting revenue. World Bank Lead Governance Specialist in Ethiopia, Rajul Awasthi told ENA that the purpose of the conference is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tax administrations by implementing digitalization. Noting that there haven challenges in Africa for many decades in the sector, he added that the World Bank is now helping countries to address the challenges through financing and technical assistance. For him, digitalization is the best way to move forward in improving efficiency and effectiveness of tax administration and the World Bank is committed providing continuous assistance to realize digitalization. According to Awasthi, the conference has created a platform for peer-to-peer learning between countries in the field. Delegates mainly from African countries, including Nigeria, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, and Somalia, as well as experts from other countries have participated in the conference, it was learned. The World Bank lead governance specialist, who stated that the Bank has been involved in helping countries to improve their tax systems, improve domestic revenue mobilization through financial and technical assistance, said the World Bank is working closely with ministries of Revenues and Finance to improve the capacity in the sector.
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IRENA Hails Ethiopia's Regional Renewable Energy Integration

Apr 21, 2024 742

Addis Ababa, April 21/2024(ENA)-The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director General appreciated Ethiopia's Regional Renewable Energy Integration. The fourteenth session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Ethiopian delegation, led by Minister of Water and Energy Habtamu Etefa and Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Omar Hussien, participated at the assembly. The final day of the Assembly focused on the topics of bankable renewable energy projects, Africa's energy transition, the important roles of geothermal energy and green hydrogen, as well as the policy and skills needed to accelerate the energy transition. Members also continued to convene to push collaboration and cooperation forward towards the tripled renewables target by 2030. During the closing session of IRENA, Minister of Water and Energy Habtamu said, "We have also now prepared private-public partnership models that will increase the confidence of the private sector on actions taken by Ethiopia to increase private sector investment to foster bankability to expand solar, wind, and geothermal projects." He highlighted Ethiopia's energy strategy, which exemplifies the commitment of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to harnessing renewable energy sources. "We are close to achieving our target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 to propel our economy forward and achieve energy independence." The Ethiopian government is committed to regional integration by sharing its energy with neighboring countries like Kenya, Djibouti, and others. This strategy is not only used to ensure our economy but also to secure regional peace and security, he concluded. IRENA director general Raul Alfaro Pelico, Director of Knowledge, Policy, and Finance Center (KPFC) at IRENA, closed the plenary session, reflecting on the need for a new paradigm on bankability and project impact to de-risk investment, increase public-private partnerships, and accelerate collaborative efforts to catalyze a global shift like what the Ethiopian government does. Raul noted that the energy transition is also expected to increase energy sector employment, with renewable energy jobs potentially tripling from the current 13.7 million to 40 million by 2050. Investments in other energy transition-related technologies could result in a substantial increase in job opportunities. Raul also made note of the possible misalignment of future job opportunities owing to developmental and geographical disparities. He called for just transition policies like tax credits, subsidies, grants, and public research and development to ensure that the misalignments do not become barriers to the renewable energy transition. In the session, the participants explore the African Renewable Power Alliance (APRA) and its strategy for boosting renewable energy in Africa through international collaboration.
Space Science and Geospatial Institute to Share High-Resolution Satellite Data Freely

Apr 17, 2024 1603

Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI) announced that it has made high-resolution satellite data freely available to stakeholders in the country. The data was collected through a collaborative project signed with China's Ministry of Natural Resources in April, 2023. The institute held a national workshop to popularize high-resolution data collected from the Chinese Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Centre (LASAC) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) today. Space Science and Geospatial Institute Deputy Director-General Bethelhem Nigussie said on the occasion that the 5-year LASAC project has resulted in a detailed satellite imagery covering the entire country. According to her, the institute is now ready to exchange the data with stakeholders for free based on provisional agreements to be reached soon. The data can be used for various purposes, including natural resources, agriculture and livestock, it was learned. In particular, the data will be helpful in managing natural disasters like floods and droughts, which are common in Ethiopia. Challenges such as data accessibility, lack of skilled personnel, and infrastructure limitations were identified during a workshop held by SSGI to discuss using the data. Meanwhile, SSGI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ethiopian Statistical Service to facilitate data and information sharing. Space Science and Geospatial Institute Director-General Abdisa Yilma and Ethiopian Statistical Service Director-General Beker Shale signed the agreement.
Wingu Africa Achieves Tier III Certification for Data Center

Apr 16, 2024 2038

Addis Ababa, April 16/2024 (ENA) -Wingu Africa Group Limited, a leading data center provider in Ethiopia, has achieved Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute for its facility in the ICT Park, Addis Ababa. Wingu Africa has successfully met the stringent requirements, ensuring the facility's ability to withstand maintenance activities and unexpected failures without impacting critical IT functions, it was learned. Uptime Institute is a Global Digital Infrastructure Authority, headquartered in New York, NY, with main offices in London, São Paulo, Dubai, Riyadh, Singapore, and Taipei. This prestigious certification, awarded by the institute, affirms the data center's adherence to stringent industry standards for concurrent maintainability and fault tolerance. State Minister of Innovation and Technology, Yeshurun Alemayehu, hailed the certification as a remarkable feat for Ethiopia, lauding the certification as a significant milestone in Ethiopia's digital transformation journey. He emphasized the crucial role of data centers in supporting the country's digital transformation and expressed the government's commitment to assisting investors in this sector. This significant achievement further solidifies Wingu Africa's commitment to delivering secure and resilient data infrastructure, while positioning Ethiopia as a dynamic hub for innovation and development, the company announced. Chief Strategy Officer at Wingu Africa , Nicholas Lodge, on his part expressed his delight in fulfilling all eligibility criteria for Tier III certification. He said the Tier III certification, recognized globally by the Uptime Institute, affirms the data center's adherence to the highest industry standards for concurrent maintainability and fault tolerance. He further said that Wingu Africa's data center in the ICT park, Addis Ababa, successfully met the stringent requirements, ensuring the facility's ability to withstand maintenance activities and unexpected failures without impacting critical IT functions. The rigorous evaluation process conducted by the Uptime Institute encompassed the facility's design, construction, and operational capabilities, he added. Country Director of Wingu Africa , Teshome Worku, expressed that the escalating demand for up-to-date data centers in the finance, banking, and telecom sectors. Teshome emphasized the company's dedication to meeting this demand by establishing a world-class data center with 200 racks and a 2.5-megawatt consumption system. This colocation data center plays a vital role in safeguarding sensitive data within Ethiopia, bolstering the country's data protection laws, he said. The company remains steadfast in its commitment to providing cutting-edge data solutions that empower businesses across the region, promoting Ethiopia's digital transformation journey and fostering innovation and development in East Africa, he said. A Pan-African Data Center operator, wingu.africa built with the total outlay of 50 million US dollars at ICT Park in Addis Ababa, was inaugurated last year.
Ethio telecom Committed to Providing Digital Solutions To Meet Ever-growing Demands: CEO

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Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes

Nov 20, 2023 19169

Addis Ababa ,November 20/2023(ENA)፦ The Great Ethiopian Run 2023, held in the vibrant capital of Addis Ababa on November 19, 2023, drawing over 45,000 participants, was a beacon of athletic excellence, economic empowerment, and international camaraderie, legendary World athletics figures and an ambassador stated. Sunday's race, which attracted participants from several countries and international institutions, garnered praise from prominent figures in the world of sports and diplomacy, highlighting its multifaceted impact on Ethiopia and beyond. Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebreselasie hailed the Great Ethiopian Run which attracts people from all walks of life as a crucial catalyst for the growth and development of athletics and the economy in Ethiopia. According to him, many Ethiopians, embassies, NGOs, and people from other international institutions participated in the race. "The event attracts investment for our country. When over 45,000 people run here, it shows how Ethiopia is capable to organizing such a race in Addis Ababa and also attracts foreigners to run or visit as tourists," Haile said. "But I see its importance more in relation to the athletes. We will use the race to develop our athletics,” he underscored. Thus, the Great Ethiopian Run is a lifeline for athletics, tourism, investment, and the economy in Ethiopia, he stressed. Haile believes the Great Ethiopian Run in collaboration with government institutions have the capabilities to organize world-class athletics events. "We are perfect organizers. We can host global athletics events." British TV commentator on athletics Tim Hutchings, impressed by the professional organization and scale of the event, echoed Haile's sentiments on its importance to athletics in the country and beyond. “I cannot believe how big it is. It is huge, it is very big, and it is well organized, great racing. I love it. I am learning so much," Hutchings said. "And I love Addis. I cannot believe what a great city it is.” He recommended African countries to take a lesson on how to organize such big athletics events successfully. “The quality of organization shows Africa how to put on a race. Other countries should be watching this and learning.” He noted that “for the athletes it is great. Many young athletes can come here and get a chance to be special...It is wonderful that you can find new names in this race.” The winner of the men's 10KM is, for instance, a new name who needs professional coach, manager and sponsor to flourish, and this race has helped him be known, he pointed out. South African long-distance runner Elana Meyer, who was a guest, commended its role in promoting athletics and economic development. “I enjoyed watching the elite race. It is the biggest in the world. To see 200 women, 200 men starting in the elite race is very difficult,” she said. “It is a very impressive race to see such a strong elite field but then 45,000 participants that came out today to celebrate for Ethiopia. It is unbelievable. I have never been to an event like this and to witness it in my own continent is very special.” People from all over the world should come to experience the race in Ethiopia, the heart of Africa’s run, she noted. “This is absolutely world-class event and people all over the world should come and run it because almost the heart of Africa of running is in East Africa.” She added that the story of this race and Ethiopia have to be told to the world accurately to attract foreign participants and tourists. “Not enough people around the world know about this race because in South Africa I did not realize how big this race was.” Ethiopia is almost where the best runners in the world came from, she stressed. “To attract more people, you need to tell the story.” Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia Agostino Palese, who participated in the race, said the event show marvelous events that align with global issues can be organized in Ethiopia. “It is a good event that could show that in Ethiopia you could organize marvelous events that could cooperate with any event in the rest of the world. It is a very nice day. A lot of people enjoyed a nice race.” The ambassador observed that the race is crucial for Ethiopia’s image, economy, and tourism. “It is a good image for Ethiopia…it is nice even for the economy, for tourism, and for attracting people to Ethiopia,” he added. Besides its sport benefits, the race is a catalyst for economic development and international cooperation.
Thousands Gather for Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa

Nov 19, 2023 22606

Addis Ababa ,November 19/2023(ENA)-Tens of thousands of people have gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa today for the 10-kilometre Great Ethiopian Run, the largest road race in Africa. Today, the streets of the capital city are filled with the energy and excitement of the Great Ethiopian Run which started early morning and attracted more than 45,000 participants from Ethiopia, Africa and all over the world. The runners, including elite athletes, recreational runners, and walkers, made their way through the city's vibrant asphalt streets, cheered on by thousands of spectators. This year's race is particularly significant as it marks the 23rd anniversary of the Great Ethiopian Run. The event was founded in 2001 by renowned world-class Ethiopian Athlete Haile Gebrselassie to promote running as a healthy and accessible activity for all Ethiopians. The Great Ethiopian Run has since grown to become a global phenomenon, attracting participants from many countries. It is also a major economic boost for Addis Ababa and the country generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. The Great Ethiopian Run is more than just a race; it is a celebration of Ethiopian culture and unity. It has been contributing a lot in maintaining and promoting peace and unity among Ethiopians. The event brings together people from all walks of life to share a common goal: to finish the race and celebrate the joy of running. As the runners crossed the finish line today, they were greeted with cheers and applause from the crowd. The atmosphere was one of pure joy and celebration. The Great Ethiopian Run is a testament to the power of sport to unite people and promote positive change.
Ethiopia's Tigist Assefa Broke World Record in Berlin Women's Marathon

Sep 24, 2023 24407

Addis Ababa, September 24/2023 (ENA)-Ethiopia's Athlete Tigist Assefa obliterates women's marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon by clocking 2:11:53 to finish the race. The 29-year-old Athlete ran a staggering 2:11:53 to take over two minutes off Brigid Kosgei’s world record of 2:14:04 from 2019. In her first race of 2023 and only her third marathon ever, Tigist Assefa charged to a massive lead and didn’t look back. Assefa went out aggressively, separating herself from the pack after 15K and only continued to grow her lead. Sheila Chepkirui of Kenya ended up second in 2:17:49, followed by Tanzanian Magdalena Shauri in 2:18:41. It is to be recalled that Assefa's winning time is the 13th world record to be set in Berlin, where she won last year in 2:15.37. In men's Berlin Marathon, Kenyan athlete Eliud Kepchoge finished first, while Ethiopian athlete Tadese Takele finished third. Winning the Berlin Marathon for a record fifth time in a time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 42 seconds confirms Kepchoge's status as the Greatest of All Time, it was learned.
Ethiopian Athletics Team Receives Hero’s Welcome

Aug 29, 2023 28554

Addis Ababa, August 29/2023(ENA) The Ethiopian athletics delegation has received a hero's welcome upon arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport early this morning. The team, which registered an impressive results at the 19th World Athletics Championships, was welcomed by senior government officials including Culture and Sport Minister, Kejela Merdasa, Foreign Affairs State Minister, Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, Women and Social Affairs Minister, Ergoge Tesfaye and members of the athletics community. The Ethiopian athletics team returned home after winning two gold, four silver, and three bronze medals at the 19th World Athletics Championship that took place in Budapest, Hungary, from 19–27 August 2023. Ethiopia has finished the championship ranked 6th at global level and 2nd in Africa. The team will travel through the main streets of Addis Ababa to express their joy with the residents of the capital.
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Environment

Apr 22, 2024 686

Addis Ababa, April 22/2024 (ENA) Ministry of Planning and Development stated that Ethiopia has made significant strides in tackling climate change impacts. Africa Climate Policy Center and Addis Ababa University in collaboration with various partners hosted the Fifth Africa Climate Talks at the UNECA Headquarters in Addis Ababa today. In his opening remarks, Planning and Development State Minister Seyoum Mekonnen noted Ethiopia’s commitment to tackling climate change through effective actions. He urged all signatories of the Paris Agreement to uphold their pledges to support developing nations in mitigating climate change impacts. He underscored Ethiopia's achievements in this area, saying "My country is working on climate change. We believe Ethiopia is truly walking the talk." Ethiopia's 10-year development plan (2021-2030), a cornerstone of its Home Grown Economic Reform Agenda, prioritizes climate resilience and a green economy. According to him, this plan positions these objectives as fundamental pillars for the nation's development trajectory. The state minister elaborated on Ethiopia's long-term low emission and climate resilient strategy, which outlines a path towards achieving net-zero emissions and building a climate-resilient economy by 2050. Ethiopia also envisions the creation of nearly 6,850 green jobs annually over the next three decades, he stated. Noting that Ethiopia's allocated significant financial investment on climate change actions, Seyoum stated that a national stocktake on climate change revealed that the nation invested over 82 billion USD in climate action initiatives between 2011 and 2019. Most of the funds were mobilized from domestic investment, followed by institutional finance supporters. Based on the stocktake's recommendations, Ethiopia is now undertaking a comprehensive reform process, encompasses institutional policies, resource mobilization strategies, knowledge-sharing mechanisms, and robust stakeholder engagement and coordination. As part of its Green Legacy Initiative, the country has planted several billions of seedlings and a target is set to reach 50 billion by 2026. The country has also planned to link its Green Legacy initiative with other similar initiatives in the African continent, the state minister stated.
Addis Ababa Mayor Launches 6 Months Environmental Protection Campaign

Apr 19, 2024 1132

Addis Ababa April 19/2024 (ENA) Mayor of Addis Ababa Adanech Abiebe launched today a 6 months environmental protection campaign that is expected to engage 2.7 million residents of the city. The campaign organized under the theme “Stop Pollution, Beauty Awakes” will have significant role in the metropolitan city’s thrive towards reducing the adverse impact of climate change. The projects such as riverside development spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed beautifying the capital, Addis Ababa have immense potential to making the city global tourist destination, she elaborated. Addis Ababa is endowed with various natural resources including 1,300 hectares of land restricted forest and numerous rivers, Mayor Adanech said, and urged residents to discharge due responsibility in keeping the city clean. The City Administration has planted about 60 million trees over the last couple of years through the national campaign of Green Legacy initiated by Premier Abiy, it was indicated. Addis Ababa City Environmental Protection Authority CEO, Dida Diriba said on his part that the campaign through broad community base mobilization will create awareness in environmental protection of the city. The forest coverage of Addis Ababa has increased from 2.8 percent to 15 percent through Green Legacy Initiative following the massive tree planting carried out over the past years, he said, and added that this campaign will likewise have paramount impact. Furthermore, Dida said that the personal plastic bottle usage of the country has risen from 0.6 kg in 2007 to 2.6 kg in 2022. The authority is encouraging the use of electric vehicles towards ensuring the reduction of adverse climate change impacts. Every month is allotted to specific environmental protection including plastic bottles, weather, water, soil, and sound pollutions. Addis Ababa City Administration Council Speaker, Buzena Al-Kader and over 2,000 residents of the capital attended the launching ceremony.

Apr 18, 2024 1409

Addis Ababa April 18/2016 (ENA) A project that promotes circular economy in the textile and garment sector was launched in Ethiopia today. A circular economy (CE) approach extends the life of textile products through reuse and repair and keep end-of-life materials in the economy through recycling. The 5-year project is part of promotion of circular economy in the textile and garment sector through sustainable management of chemicals and waste underway in Lesotho, Madagascar, and South Africa, it was learned. The project in Ethiopia benefits 10 textile manufacturing facilities and additional industry stakeholders. The circular economy promotion project includes training and capacity building about sustainable chemical management and waste water management, training of local partners to scale technical expertise and on-site support at the identified facilities to implement sustainable chemical management system. Speaking during the launching ceremony, Manufacturing Industry Development Institute (MIDI) Director-General Milkessa Jagema said the project is compatible with the new Ethiopian Manufacturing Industry Policy. Noting that the sector consumes high amount of energy and chemicals causing pollution, he said a lot of mitigation mechanisms developed and implemented globally and locally have been included in the project. He furthers stated that the sector has positive contributions to Ethiopia’s economy, although it is considered as one of the most polluting sectors in the world. Therefore, “we have to follow the circular economy approach for sustainable and inclusive growth of the sector.” The project launched in Ethiopia today is funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF).
PM Calls on Public to Keep Cities, Environment Clean

Apr 17, 2024 1563

Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged today the public to unite in order to keep cities and environment clean. The premier posted on X that plastic and waste pollution threatens the environment, ecosystems, and health. "By consuming consciously, disposing responsibly, and choosing sustainable alternatives, we can preserve our natural world for generations to come. Let's unite to keep our cities and environment clean."
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD

Apr 4, 2023 47141

Addis Ababa April 4/2023 (ENA) Ethiopians in the Diaspora have called on Egypt to change its counterproductive posture and find mutually beneficial agreements on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). In a statement the diaspora issued yesterday, they noted that Ethiopia is the main source of the Nile by contributing 86 percent of the water to the Nile basin states while utilizing less than 1 percent of the potential for hydroelectric power. Ethiopians are currently building the GERD on the Blue Nile that is financed entirely by Ethiopians and is a crucial project for the country's development as it will provide clean, renewable energy and lift millions out of poverty. About 65 percent of the 122 million of Ethiopia's population have no access to any form of electricity. The much-needed electricity will facilitate economic growth for Ethiopia and the region, the statement elaborated. The dam will promote regional cooperation and integration while offering opportunity for eleven countries of the Nile Basin to work together to manage the river's resources more efficiently and effectively, it added. The GERD is being built with the highest environmental and technical standards to achieve the objectives of the national electrification program and the execution of Ethiopia’s Climate-Resilient Green Economy Strategy. According to the statement, Ethiopia has provided scientific evidence and expert testimonies that GERD will not significantly affect the flow of water downstream, and provided compelling arguments for the need for equitable use of the Nile's resources by all countries in the region. The diaspora further said they understand that the GERD has raised concerns in Egypt about the downstream effects on the Nile's flow and water availability since Egyptians have been misinformed about the GERD for many years. But on the contrary, the dam will provide several benefits to Egypt and Sudan, including increased water flow during dry seasons and decreased flooding events. “We want to assure Egyptians that Ethiopians are committed to fair and equitable use of the Nile's waters without harming our downstream neighbors. We recognize that the Nile River is a shared resource, and we support finding a mutually beneficial solution.” As Ethiopians in the Diaspora, we reiterate our support for fair and equitable use of the Nile River and call on the Egyptian people and Egyptian Diaspora to question the misinformation about the GERD in Egypt's mainstream media and embrace the spirit of friendship and cooperation by understanding that the GERD is a project of great national importance to Ethiopians that will benefit Egyptians by ensuring a reliable and predictable supply of water, that Ethiopians have the right to use their water resources for the development of its people and economy, in accordance with the principles of equitable and reasonable utilization without causing significant harm. Efforts to destabilize Ethiopia by the regime in Egypt, will indeed affect the historical and diplomatic relations dating back to several thousand years, the long-term interest of the Egyptian people and make Ethiopians less trusting in cooperating on the GERD and future hydropower projects on the Nile, they warned. The diaspora groups urged Egyptian leaders to engage in constructive dialogue with the leaders of Ethiopia regarding the GERD and steer away from their counterproductive posture of calling for a “binding agreement” on the GERD filling and the subsequent operations as an imposing instrument on water sharing that Ethiopians will never accept. The GERD can be a source of cooperation and collaboration between our two countries rather than a source of conflict, they underscored. "Ethiopians believe that, through dialogue and understanding, peaceful and equitable agreements that benefit all parties involved can be realized to build a brighter future for all people in the Nile basin. Belligerent positions by Egyptian leaders stating ‘all options are open’ are contrary to the spirit of the 2015 Declaration of Principles signed by Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt." According to the statement, such postures will surely harm Egypt's long-term interest and impede trustful cooperation with the Ethiopian people and government. They asked Arab League and its member states to refrain from interfering in the issue of the GERD, which is the sole concern of the three riparian countries (Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt) and their shared regional organization (the African Union), which is mediating the talks to find ‘African Solutions to African Problems.’ The issues remaining on the table at the trilateral negotiations under the auspices of the African Union are being narrowed to a handful of critical matters on equity and justice, on which the Arab league nations have no business or legal right to be involved.
President Sahle-Work Holds Discussion with World Anti-Doping Agency President Bonka

Mar 29, 2023 45896

Addis Ababa March 29/2023/ENA/ President Sahle-Work Zewde has received a delegation led by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Witold Bonka today, according to the Office of the President. The discussion centered on the conditions under which Ethiopia and the World Anti-Doping Agency can work closely in anti-doping control and investigation, and how the organization can provide technical support, it was learned. During the discussion, Sahle-Work said that Ethiopia has a long history in athletics and is known in the world since athlete Abebe Bikila won marathon in Rome. She finally thanked the World Anti-Doping Agency for its technical support in anti-doping control.
Ethiopia's Ayana Takes Paris Win on Marathon Debut

Apr 2, 2023 44842

Addis Ababa April 2/ 2023 (ENA) Ethiopia's Abeje Ayana won the men's race at the Paris Marathon on Sunday in his first competitive run over the distance. The 20-year-old Ayana won with a time of two hours, seven minutes and 15 seconds, 20 seconds ahead of compatriot and pre-race favourite Guye Adola with Kenya's Josphat Boit a further five seconds back in third. After clocking 59:39 in a half marathon in Poznan, Poland in 2021, Ayana was one of the men to watch on a grey, windy morning in the French capital, Reuters reported.
Africa’s Sustainable Growth Hinges on Science, Technology and Innovation: Experts

Mar 3, 2023 42833

Addis Ababa March 3/2023/ENA/ Achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas of Africa requires leveraging the power of science, technology, and innovation (STI), according to experts. A press release issued by the ECA stated experts at the Ninth African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development have emphasized the crucial role of STI as a key driver and enabler for ensuring economic growth, improving well-being, mitigating the effects of climate change, and safeguarding the environment. They also underscored the need to strengthen national and regional STI ecosystems by fostering innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, and investing in research and development. By doing so, the experts said that Africa can harness the potential of STI to accelerate its socio-economic progress and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and the African Union's Agenda by 2063. The session, held on 2 March 2023, builds on the recommendations of the Fifth African Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum, which accentuates the central role of STI and digitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the necessary infrastructures for the development of STI, plans, and policies that are action-oriented towards strengthening its full implantation. The experts highlighted that despite advances in STI, significant gaps remain in bridging the scientific and technological divide between developed countries and Africa. The highly uneven global distribution of scientific capacity and access to knowledge threatens to derail the goal of leaving no one behind, which is the central and transformative promise of Agenda 2030. “We need a clear political will from governments to ensure science, technology, and innovation is a reality. By doing so our education systems will be capacitated to deliver knowledge that is vital to solving Africa’s sustainability challenges,” Niger Higher Education and Research Minister Mamoudou Djibo said. The strategy includes the establishment of universities as centers for excellence and investments in education, technical competencies, and training in the fields of science, technology, research, and innovation. These initiatives are crucial in accelerating progress towards achieving global goals. However, in order to fully leverage the potential of STI, significant investments in research and development are required. National systems also need to be strengthened, Namibia Information and Communication Technologies Deputy Minister Emma Theophilus, stated adding that “strengthening our national systems for STI is a key game changer for rapid structural transformation in Africa. Leveraging the digital transformation can achieve a stronger, smarter, and more inclusive recovery.” Emerging evidence suggests that an STI and digital Africa can be a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs and fulfill the aspirations of Agenda 2063.
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Ethiopia's BRICS Membership Bearing Fruit

Apr 19, 2024 1065

Addis Ababa, April 19/2024(ENA)- As Ethiopia assumed its membership in the esteemed BRICS alliance in January 2024, the country's active involvement in various BRICS meetings has begun to yield a multitude of benefits. From economic opportunities to technological advancement and global collaboration, Ethiopia's BRICS membership is proving to be a catalyst for growth and development. Ethiopia wasted no time in making its mark within the BRICS community, with its first-ever participation in a major BRICS meeting held in January 2024. This initial engagement focused on issues of common concern, allowing Ethiopia to contribute to the group's agenda and forge meaningful connections with fellow member nations. One of the key advantages of Ethiopia's BRICS membership lies in the technological sphere. BRICS nations are renowned for their advancements in technology and innovation. By joining BRICS, Ethiopia gains access to a vast pool of technological expertise, best practices, and collaborative opportunities. This strategic positioning empowers Ethiopia to strengthen its own technological capabilities and advance its digital transformation agenda. Ethiopia's commitment to information security has also been showcased through its active participation in the BRICS Working Group on Security in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). During the 10th meeting held in Moscow, Ethiopia emphasized the significance of international information security and the peaceful utilization of ICTs. The country stressed the need for close cooperation and coordination among BRICS member nations to proactively prevent cyber attacks, fostering a secure digital landscape. The recent meeting focused on 'Security in the use of Information and Communications Technologies' saw Ethiopia's enthusiastic engagement alongside all member countries. The Information Network Security Administration (INSA), Director General , Tigist Hamid who represented who represented Ethiopia at the forum, highlighted the nation's commitment to leveraging its abundant young talent for Ethiopia's journey to prosperity. Recognizing the importance of adapting to the rapidly changing information and technology ecosystem, she emphasized the need for swift adjustments to mitigate the growing global threat of cyber attacks. The issue of information security resonated strongly among BRICS member countries, who collectively recognized its significance. Tigist also called for continued emphasis on the topic, stressing the importance of cooperation and coordination among member nations. Strengthening resilience to cyber threats and fostering a secure global digital environment emerged as shared priorities within the BRICS community. The 10th BRICS Working Group Summit concluded on a high note, with member countries reaching a comprehensive agreement. This agreement encompassed various aspects of information communication security, including information exchange, joint prevention of cyber threats, capacity building programs, increased resilience to cyber attacks, and the sharing of best practices. The 10th BRICS Working Group meeting confirmed the mutual interest of all the participants of the group in strengthening cooperation among members. An important practical result of the work was the decision to establish a register of BRICS contact points for the exchange of information on computer attacks/incidents in the expanded membership. The partners received a positive response to the Russian proposals on strengthening the regulatory and legal framework for cooperation, as well as on launching a dialog through the scientific and academic community. During the event, the delegations agreed to continue close cooperation in all aspects at multilateral platforms. They reaffirmed their commitment to the exclusively peaceful use of ICTs, to prevent militarization of information space, to prevent conflicts in it, and to overcome the digital divide. They agreed to jointly promote these principles in the UN.
Shuwal Eid -A Captivating Event

Apr 16, 2024 1894

Ethiopia is recognized by UNESCO as one of the leading African countries by registering different tangible and intangible heritages. In addition to the more than dozens of tangible heritages, the country occupies the most conspicuous place for registering various intangible world heritages at UNESCO including Meskel, Finding of the true Cross, Fichee Chambalala, the New Year celebration of the Sidama people, the Gada System, Oromo indigenous democratic socio-political system, Timket or Ethiopian Epiphany, and the Shuwal Eid Festival. These world intangible cultural heritages represent the rich diversity and cultural identity of Ethiopia and its various ethnic groups. They play a significant role in preserving traditional knowledge, promoting social cohesion, and fostering intergenerational transmission of cultural practices and values besides their economic benefits as tourist attractions. Shuwal Eid is one of these precious gifts that Ethiopia contributed the world. Shuwal Eid Shuwal is the tenth month in the Islamic (Hijri) calendar. It comes after the holy month of Ramadan, which Muslims worldwide are required to observe by fasting and other religious activities. The faithful will continue their six-day fast in the month of Shuwal following the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The voluntary fasting of Shuwal provides the faithful to have a chance to reap significant rewards to compensate the wrongdoings they might have committed during the holy month of Ramadan. Though Muslims across Ethiopia also fasts during Shuwal, the people of Harari, one of the regional States in Ethiopia, celebrate the end of the six day fasting on the 8th day of Shuwal with unique cultural festivities in a mammoth cultural and religious extravaganza. The celebration is observed in Harar for three days. Shewal Zikr, or the recollection and glorification of GOD (Allah), is held for three nights in different locations to start the celebrations. On the last day, there is a 24-hour ongoing celebrity event that draws large crowds of individuals dressed in vibrant costumes. Hararis congregate in the city from all directions and neighborhoods, usually taking part as spectators. Shuwal Eid, which has been inscribed by UNESCO in 2023, brings together people from all age groups and genders in the society. The streets of Harar will be crowded with people celebrating Shuwal Eid, including girls and boys who are exquisitely dressed in vibrant traditional clothing that captivates onlookers. The festival includes prayers and spiritual music, as well as scripture readings, dancing, music, and blessings of the almighty Allah. More than any other holiday, Shuwal Eid is adored by the teenagers of Harari as the platform is assumed conducive venue where youngsters throw eyes to each other, for marriage. The event also provides an opportunity for elders to bless the future generation and share their wisdom, while also teaching young people about cultural values, norms, customs and traditions. Shuwal Eid is transmitted within families and by participating in the celebration, as well as through formal educational and safeguarding measures in the sites where the festival takes place. It is a platform for the transmission of performing arts, oral traditions, traditional dress and other cultural elements. Shuwal Eid promotes social cohesion and a sense of identity. It also contributes to cultural exchange and supports the local community and artisans. Shuwal Eid was inscribed at UNESCO in November 2023 as a world intangible world heritage. This year, the Festival is being colorfully celebrated with multiple shows at Harar City this year for the first time after being inscribed at UNESCO last year. In addition to being a unique platform for marketing Ethiopia's tourism sector, the festival provides global sociologists and anthropologists with a study subject. The Ministry of Tourism could exploit this excellent opportunity for tourism development and image building for the country while media outlets are expected to document the entire process of the festival and prepare it to be used for tourist consumption. Harar is one of Ethiopia’s attractions as it is a museum of world heritages. The old city of Harar is a custodian of various cultural heritages which are being visited by tourists here and across the world. Squeezed into a mere 1 square kilometer, Harar boasts 368 passageways, making it the fourth holiest city in the world after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. The fortified city contained 102 shrines and 82 mosques, making it the biggest concentration of mosques in the world. It was renowned for being a hub for Muslim learning and trade, and it had its own currency at one point. Harar was the most significant commercial hub in the Horn of Africa for many centuries, connecting the ports of the Somali coast to the lush interior of Ethiopia, as evidenced by the vibrant markets and distinctive gey gar (city houses) of the city. In 2006, UNESCO designated Harar Jugol as a World Heritage Site. Shuwal Eid and other tangible and intangible cultural heritages found in the city need to be preserved and developed to enhance their contribution to the tourism sector. In this regard, four museums in Harar City have already been selected to introduce Shuwal Eid to local visitors and tourists with various cultural shows. The Ethiopian Heritage Authority is working with pertinent players to exploit the tourism potential of Shuwal. Deputy Director of Ethiopian Heritage Authority, Elias Shukur told ENA that various activities are being conducted to introduce the festival both at the national and international level. He added that efforts are being made to further develop the festival with its original cultural assets and values. The old city of Harar is a custodian of various cultural heritages including Shuwal Eid which are being visited by tourists here and across the world. Elias stressed that Shuwal Eid and other intangible and tangible cultural heritages found in the city need to be preserved and developed to enhance their contribution to the tourism sector mentioning that four museums in Harar City have already been selected to introduce Shuwal Eid to local visitors and tourists with various cultural shows. Harar is indeed a living museum that should be preserved to generation as it depicts ancient wisdom vital to our future. (By Solomon Dibaba )
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