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East Guji Zone of Oromia Region Working to Cultivate Better Crop Yields

Jun 13, 2024 97

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) The East Guji Zone of Oromia Region has been working hard to cultivate better crop yields, mainly maize in the upcoming Meher production crop season. The regional state officials, including, visited maize cultivated on 26,000 hectare of lands in Adola Redde Woreda, East Guji Zone of the region. East Guji Zone Administrator Negash Bulala said this year the zone has been cultivating various crops on 72, 000 hectare of lands mainly maize. As the area is receiving adequate rainfalls this year, the administrator noted that farmers have been pursuing an intercrop cultivation approach. He added the government has also made available a full package of fertilizer and improved seed that are imperative to enhance agricultural productivity. Indicating East Guji Zone cultivated some 98,000 hectare of lands last year, he said, adding the zone is covering over 160,000 hectare of lands with crops and better production is anticipated. He indicated that the zone has a potential of close to 1.3 million hectare arable lands, out of which over 400,000 hectare are cultivated. Head of Oromia Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemechu on his part said the region has been extensively working to enhance agricultural production and productivity and over 1.5 million hectare of lands covered by crops this year. Some 28 million quintals are expected to be harvested, he indicated. He explained that the East Guji Zone is one of the areas in the region that has actively engaged to maximize agricultural productivity and the regional government is committed to provide every necessary support for the farmers. Including Head of Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemechu, regional council speaker Sa'ada Abdurahaman, head of education bureau, Tola Barisso and other officials are witnessing agricultural activities.
Ambassador Mesganu Meets with Austrian Ambassador in Ethiopia

Jun 13, 2024 123

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) State Minister Ambassador Mesganu Arga met today with Austrian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Simone Knapp to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries. Ambassador Mesganu expressed hope that the longstanding relations between the two countries would be further strengthened through various engagements, particularly in the economic sector. The Austrian ambassador highlighted the activities of some Austrian companies in Ethiopia, as well as the ongoing plans to send an Austrian business delegation to Ethiopia in October. The two sides noted the importance of sharing experience between Austria's strong medium-scale businesses and their Ethiopian counterparts, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They have also discussed efforts to build the capacity of Ethiopians involved in the mining sector by linking higher institutions and the Ministry of Mines of Ethiopia with relevant bodies in Austria.
Government Creates Employment for More Than 3 Million Citizens

Jun 13, 2024 110

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Minister of Labor and Skill Muferihat Kamil disclosed that domestic and oversea employment opportunities have been created for more than 3 million citizens over the last 10 months. Muferihat noted that great emphasis has been placed on empowering workers to acquire the required skills as those who would be employed at national level and abroad. In particular, the minister recalled that the necessary preparation for the deployment of skilled manpower to abroad is being done, she said, adding that eligible workers are being certified apart from providing training. According to her, 314,000 Ethiopians have benefited from overseas employment in the last ten months of the just ended Ethiopian financial year. Muferiat also explained that the employment was done in such a manner that the citizens can work while their safety, benefits and rights are protected. As a result, more than 2.7 million citizens have benefited from job opportunities in the country and said that a total of over 3 million citizens have got access to jobs in the country and abroad. Concerted efforts are also being carried out to create favorable conditions for citizens to register and enter the job market by establishing a digital system, the minister pointed out. She added that an enabling environment has been created in the technical and vocational training sphere where young people can turn their creative ideas into technological products. To this effect, Muferihat elaborated that 76 technologies have been transferred to production after contesting young entrepreneurs with job ideas to use their products for the growth of the country's economy. The minister further explained that the government has also given due attention on creating more jobs by developing startups and enterprises.
Over 2 Billion USD Worth Import Products Substituted Locally in 10 Months: Industry Minister

Jun 13, 2024 135

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia has succeeded in substituting 2.2 billion USD worth import products during the past 10 months of this ongoing Ethiopian Fiscal Year, Industry Minister Melaku Alebel disclosed. The minister also stated that the industry sector has registered 10.1 percent growth and this shows that the country can achieve 7.9 percent total growth at the end of the fiscal year. According to him, the Ethiopia Tamirt (Made in Ethiopia) movement successively implemented for the last few years has played crucial role for the spurring of the sector. During the past 10 months, 129 heavy industries have entered operation in the last ten months, following the new investments that have entered the sector, he added. In addition, industries that stopped manufacturing due to various reasons were made to start work under the Ethiopia Tamirt movement, and their production capacity has increased. He further noted that encouraging achievements were registered in the activities undertaken to substitute imported factory products. Ethiopia Tamirt movement has been instrumental for the achievement registered during the stated period, Melaku added. During the past 10 months of the current Ethiopian Fiscal Year, 2.2 billion USD worth import products were substituted locally. The industry sector is expected to grow by 12.8 percent in 2024/25 Ethiopian Fiscal Year which starts next July.
Ethiopia Digitizes 620 Public Service Institutions

Jun 13, 2024 99

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) Some 620 public service institutions have been digitalized as part of the activities to expedite the digital economy, Innovation and Technology Minister Belete Mola said. Expediting the implementation of digitalization is one of the key missions of the ministry, he stated, adding that the ministry has therefore given attention to digitalization of public service institutions. Some 620 government services have become digitalized so far, he affirmed, indicating the activities will be intensified to digitalize other government services as well. According to him, the national digital activities in various sectors have brought high productivity, including in telecom As a result, 6 trillion Birr transaction has been made in digital system so far. Activities in infrastructural development and digital skill development are being carried out to realize digital economy, Belete said. The ministry, in collaboration with the pertinent bodies, has launched initiative to enhance the digital skill of university students in which 10,000 youths will benefit in the first round. Eventually, about 1 million youth will be reached by this initiative.
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East Guji Zone of Oromia Region Working to Cultivate Better Crop Yields

Jun 13, 2024 97

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) The East Guji Zone of Oromia Region has been working hard to cultivate better crop yields, mainly maize in the upcoming Meher production crop season. The regional state officials, including, visited maize cultivated on 26,000 hectare of lands in Adola Redde Woreda, East Guji Zone of the region. East Guji Zone Administrator Negash Bulala said this year the zone has been cultivating various crops on 72, 000 hectare of lands mainly maize. As the area is receiving adequate rainfalls this year, the administrator noted that farmers have been pursuing an intercrop cultivation approach. He added the government has also made available a full package of fertilizer and improved seed that are imperative to enhance agricultural productivity. Indicating East Guji Zone cultivated some 98,000 hectare of lands last year, he said, adding the zone is covering over 160,000 hectare of lands with crops and better production is anticipated. He indicated that the zone has a potential of close to 1.3 million hectare arable lands, out of which over 400,000 hectare are cultivated. Head of Oromia Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemechu on his part said the region has been extensively working to enhance agricultural production and productivity and over 1.5 million hectare of lands covered by crops this year. Some 28 million quintals are expected to be harvested, he indicated. He explained that the East Guji Zone is one of the areas in the region that has actively engaged to maximize agricultural productivity and the regional government is committed to provide every necessary support for the farmers. Including Head of Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemechu, regional council speaker Sa'ada Abdurahaman, head of education bureau, Tola Barisso and other officials are witnessing agricultural activities.
Ambassador Mesganu Meets with Austrian Ambassador in Ethiopia

Jun 13, 2024 123

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) State Minister Ambassador Mesganu Arga met today with Austrian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Simone Knapp to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries. Ambassador Mesganu expressed hope that the longstanding relations between the two countries would be further strengthened through various engagements, particularly in the economic sector. The Austrian ambassador highlighted the activities of some Austrian companies in Ethiopia, as well as the ongoing plans to send an Austrian business delegation to Ethiopia in October. The two sides noted the importance of sharing experience between Austria's strong medium-scale businesses and their Ethiopian counterparts, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They have also discussed efforts to build the capacity of Ethiopians involved in the mining sector by linking higher institutions and the Ministry of Mines of Ethiopia with relevant bodies in Austria.
Government Creates Employment for More Than 3 Million Citizens

Jun 13, 2024 110

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Minister of Labor and Skill Muferihat Kamil disclosed that domestic and oversea employment opportunities have been created for more than 3 million citizens over the last 10 months. Muferihat noted that great emphasis has been placed on empowering workers to acquire the required skills as those who would be employed at national level and abroad. In particular, the minister recalled that the necessary preparation for the deployment of skilled manpower to abroad is being done, she said, adding that eligible workers are being certified apart from providing training. According to her, 314,000 Ethiopians have benefited from overseas employment in the last ten months of the just ended Ethiopian financial year. Muferiat also explained that the employment was done in such a manner that the citizens can work while their safety, benefits and rights are protected. As a result, more than 2.7 million citizens have benefited from job opportunities in the country and said that a total of over 3 million citizens have got access to jobs in the country and abroad. Concerted efforts are also being carried out to create favorable conditions for citizens to register and enter the job market by establishing a digital system, the minister pointed out. She added that an enabling environment has been created in the technical and vocational training sphere where young people can turn their creative ideas into technological products. To this effect, Muferihat elaborated that 76 technologies have been transferred to production after contesting young entrepreneurs with job ideas to use their products for the growth of the country's economy. The minister further explained that the government has also given due attention on creating more jobs by developing startups and enterprises.
Over 2 Billion USD Worth Import Products Substituted Locally in 10 Months: Industry Minister

Jun 13, 2024 135

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia has succeeded in substituting 2.2 billion USD worth import products during the past 10 months of this ongoing Ethiopian Fiscal Year, Industry Minister Melaku Alebel disclosed. The minister also stated that the industry sector has registered 10.1 percent growth and this shows that the country can achieve 7.9 percent total growth at the end of the fiscal year. According to him, the Ethiopia Tamirt (Made in Ethiopia) movement successively implemented for the last few years has played crucial role for the spurring of the sector. During the past 10 months, 129 heavy industries have entered operation in the last ten months, following the new investments that have entered the sector, he added. In addition, industries that stopped manufacturing due to various reasons were made to start work under the Ethiopia Tamirt movement, and their production capacity has increased. He further noted that encouraging achievements were registered in the activities undertaken to substitute imported factory products. Ethiopia Tamirt movement has been instrumental for the achievement registered during the stated period, Melaku added. During the past 10 months of the current Ethiopian Fiscal Year, 2.2 billion USD worth import products were substituted locally. The industry sector is expected to grow by 12.8 percent in 2024/25 Ethiopian Fiscal Year which starts next July.
Ethiopia Digitizes 620 Public Service Institutions

Jun 13, 2024 99

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) Some 620 public service institutions have been digitalized as part of the activities to expedite the digital economy, Innovation and Technology Minister Belete Mola said. Expediting the implementation of digitalization is one of the key missions of the ministry, he stated, adding that the ministry has therefore given attention to digitalization of public service institutions. Some 620 government services have become digitalized so far, he affirmed, indicating the activities will be intensified to digitalize other government services as well. According to him, the national digital activities in various sectors have brought high productivity, including in telecom As a result, 6 trillion Birr transaction has been made in digital system so far. Activities in infrastructural development and digital skill development are being carried out to realize digital economy, Belete said. The ministry, in collaboration with the pertinent bodies, has launched initiative to enhance the digital skill of university students in which 10,000 youths will benefit in the first round. Eventually, about 1 million youth will be reached by this initiative.
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Ambassador Mesganu Meets with Austrian Ambassador in Ethiopia

Jun 13, 2024 123

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) State Minister Ambassador Mesganu Arga met today with Austrian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Simone Knapp to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries. Ambassador Mesganu expressed hope that the longstanding relations between the two countries would be further strengthened through various engagements, particularly in the economic sector. The Austrian ambassador highlighted the activities of some Austrian companies in Ethiopia, as well as the ongoing plans to send an Austrian business delegation to Ethiopia in October. The two sides noted the importance of sharing experience between Austria's strong medium-scale businesses and their Ethiopian counterparts, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They have also discussed efforts to build the capacity of Ethiopians involved in the mining sector by linking higher institutions and the Ministry of Mines of Ethiopia with relevant bodies in Austria.
Ethiopia's Aviation Sector Safe, Says International Civil Aviation Organization

Jun 13, 2024 148

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)-The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has confirmed that Ethiopia's aviation sector is free from any safety issues. The announcement comes after a comprehensive audit conducted by ICAO's team of experts in Addis Ababa. The ICAO audit, which took place over the course of nine days, involved in-depth assessments across various areas, including inspections at Bole International Airport and other key aviation facilities, as well as a thorough review of the country's legal and regulatory framework. The audit was carried out by highly qualified professionals, marking the first time such a comprehensive assessment has been conducted in Ethiopia in over a decade. Civil Aviation Safety Director Asrat Kejela, who coordinated the audit process, hailed the results as a significant accomplishment. He highlighted the country's longstanding history and reputation in the aviation sector, dating back to the historic first international flight from Addis Ababa to Cairo in 1946, and Ethiopia's status as a member of ICAO. The director emphasized the extensive reform efforts undertaken in recent years to strengthen the aviation industry, contributing to this positive outcome. He expressed gratitude to the various institutions and leaders who played a pivotal role in this success. While celebrating the achievement, Asrat affirmed that Ethiopia's commitment to ensuring safe aviation operations would continue to be a top priority. He also disclosed that the detailed audit results would be made publicly available by ICAO in the coming weeks. The confirmation of Ethiopia's aviation safety standards is a remarkable milestone that not only upholds the country's reputation but also paves the way for Ethiopian Airlines to expand its global reach and accessibility. This development instills confidence in companies operating within the aviation sector and reinforces Ethiopia's position as a leading player in the industry.
Ethiopia to Pursue Transitional Justice Through Independent Justice Process

Jun 13, 2024 163

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia's State Minister of Justice, Belayhun Yirga said the government is committed to a neutral and professional transitional justice process, avoiding any intervention that could compromise its integrity. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continued to persist in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators. These approaches have not brought about the desired solution as they were not implemented in a manner of universal transitional justice based on truth, reconciliation, mercy and justice and guided by a clear policy in an inclusive, human rights-oriented and flexible way. Hence, a Transitional Justice Police has been developed with a view to managing and implementing the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level. A multi-disciplinary panel consisting 10 highly educated experts from academia, legal profession and others has been constituted in the effort to develop the policy, the state minister stated. This independent taskforce has so far conducted over 60 public workshops and consultations nationwide and developed a comprehensive "green paper" policy framework, he added. As a result, the Green Paper transitional justice policy has been prepared and endorsed by the council of ministers. The objective was to devise a policy grounded on the country's realities by involving all stakeholders - victims, women's groups, CSOs, regional states, the federal government and the general public, he noted. The government seeks to pursue transitional justice through a reconciliation process tailored to Ethiopia's unique context, the state minister told ENA. Transitional Justice mechanisms are utilized by countries emerging from periods of conflict or human rights violations to address past abuses and transition to a normal justice system, he elaborated. Ethiopia has been grappled with recurring violence, conflicts and human rights violations under different regimes that remained unaddressed. "These recurring issues have now become fundamental problems requiring a comprehensive solution outside the regular justice system," the state minister stated. In this regard, implementing transitional justice through reconciliation is very important for Ethiopia, he underscored. While drawing on global best practices, he stressed the need for a reconciliation process fundamentally rooted in Ethiopia's context and the diverse situations across the country's different regions and communities, Belayhun explained. As part of the policy implementation process, several institutions will be established including the truth and reconciliation commission, special attorney general and courts, he indicated. A draft roadmap containing detailed activities to be carried out during the implementation phase of the policy has also been prepared. Key elements under consideration include accountability, mechanisms to investigate abuses, provisions for amnesty and reparations, institutional reforms, incorporating customary justice systems, and clearly defining federal-regional state roles. The government hopes this reconciliation process fosters lasting peace, accountability and healing in Ethiopia. "By establishing a robust accountability system, we aim to deliver a genuine sense of justice to aggrieved parties," the state minister affirmed.
Foreign Affairs State Minister Confers with UK Special Envoy to Horn of Africa and Red Sea

Jun 13, 2024 222

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)-The State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga, received and conferred with Alison Blackburne, UK Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea today. The two parties thoroughly discussed bilateral relations, current situation in Ethiopia as well as peace, security and economic development issues in the Horn of Africa region. They also exchanged ideas on ways the UK can support the international community’s efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Horn of Africa as well as its role in enhancing trade and investment. The Special Envoy expressed that the UK is committed to supporting the ongoing Transitional Justice and National Dialogue efforts of Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
PM Abiy Confers with Foreign Minister of Djibouti

Jun 13, 2024 369

Addis Ababa,June13/2024(ENA)- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussion with the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, Mahamoud Ali Youssouf. The premier shared through his social media channel: “I welcomed Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, to my office this morning. Minister Youssouf came bearing a message from President Ismail Omar Guelleh.” Such exchanges serve as vital channels for dialogue and cooperation, fostering mutual understanding and collaboration on bilateral and regional matters of shared interest, Prime Minister Abiy stated.
Ethiopia Extends Condolence Over Tragic Plane Crash Claimed Lives of Vice President of Malawi

Jun 12, 2024 368

Addis Ababa June 12/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended deepest condolences to the bereaved families, friends, the Government and people of the Malawi for the loss of Vice President of Malawi, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima and other nine Malawians. The ministry said in a statement that Government of Ethiopia and its people stands in solidarity with the Government and people of the Republic of Malawi during this difficult time. The ministry offers prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of the departed. Saulos Chilima and nine others were flying within the country on Monday morning when their aircraft disappeared from airport radars. The plane, a military aircraft, was flying in bad weather, according to media reports.
Ambassadors Hope Ethiopia Will Ensure Sustainable Peace through National Dialogue

Jun 12, 2024 784

Addis Ababa June 12/2024 (ENA) Russia Ambassador Evgeny Terekhin and Armenia Ambassador Sahak Sargsyan have expressed their hope that the ongoing national dialogue would enable Ethiopia to ensure sustainable peace and affirmed their support for the consultations. The ambassadors had an exclusive interview with ENA on the ongoing National Dialogue in Ethiopia. Ambassador Terekhin stressed on the occasion the significance of Ethiopia’s inclusive national dialogue to maintain long-lasting peace in addressing the various grievances. All the concerned bodies need to therefore engage in the national dialogue so that the outcome could ensure sustainable peace across the country. The ambassador quoted the speech of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about the national dialogue stating that no win can be reached by force because in this case there will be a winner and a loser; and the loser will think about revenge. Hence, sustainable peace can’t be ensured in this way. A win-win outcome will only reached through dialogue that enables to maintain sustainable peace, Ambassador Terekhin underscored. Of course, it’s a hard task, he noted, adding that sometimes it is very difficult to overcome grievances easily and move forward. But it can be possible through dialogue. ''That is why we strongly support the initiative for the dialogue. We are ready to help. We will do all what we can to support Ethiopia’s effort to hold a successful inclusive national dialogue.'' Armenia Ambassador Sahak Sargsyan also appreciated Ethiopia’s effort to solve national issues through national dialogue. According to him, the Armenia government is keen to support the effort of the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission in various ways. All stakeholders need to keenly get involved in the national dialogue for the process to be successful, he added. Noting the success of the activities carried out with respect to national dialogue, he expressed his hope that Ethiopia will ensure sustainable peace following the outcome of the dialogue. ''Of course, such issues take time. Many other countries had overcome the difficulties they faced, and Ethiopia can also solve its problems in this national dialogue.'' Ambassador Sargsyan expressed his wish that wisdom will prevail. The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission concluded the agenda setting consultative chapter in Addis Ababa on June 4, 2024 after 7 consecutive days meeting. Similarly, agenda setting consultations will be held in all of the 12 regions and the Dire Dawa City Administration as well as at federal and diaspora levels.
Procedural Laws under Preparation to Establish Institutions Vital for Transitional Justice Implementation

Jun 12, 2024 460

Addis Ababa June 12/2024 (ENA) The preparation of major legal, procedural and content documents to establish various institutions stipulated in the proclamation for the implementation process of Transitional Justice is underway, Minister of Justice Gedion Timotheos disclosed. The last 100 days of Council of Ministers performance evaluation meeting was held in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The Minister of Justice has presented an evaluation report on the performance and state of affairs of legal and justice affairs, on the meeting. Speaking on the evaluation session, Minister of Justice, Gedion reported on the approval of the Transitional Justice Policy Document and related matters. The Transitional Justice Policy document was approved following extensive studies and consultations conducted with stakeholders in an inclusive and participatory manner, the Minister elaborated. The Minister added that a road map was prepared to implement the policy and legal, procedural and content development activities are being prepared to establish the institutions required to effectively implement the policy. The Minister further noted that laws and procedures have been prepared and implemented to effectively conduct reforms in the justice system at national and regional levels. He also mentioned about the activities being carried out to implementing the proclamation on the procedures of justice administration system and to ratify and implement the criminal procedure code. According to him, a model law has been prepared relating to the use of traditional courts and dispatched to regional states. Gedion noted that his ministry will further focus on improving the administration of society focused justice to ensure that citizens get better services at community level. Proclamation on the management of legal administrative procedures and criminal justice procedures are several of the areas on which the ministry will focus in the future, he remarked.
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Ambassador Mesganu Meets with Austrian Ambassador in Ethiopia

Jun 13, 2024 123

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) State Minister Ambassador Mesganu Arga met today with Austrian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Simone Knapp to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries. Ambassador Mesganu expressed hope that the longstanding relations between the two countries would be further strengthened through various engagements, particularly in the economic sector. The Austrian ambassador highlighted the activities of some Austrian companies in Ethiopia, as well as the ongoing plans to send an Austrian business delegation to Ethiopia in October. The two sides noted the importance of sharing experience between Austria's strong medium-scale businesses and their Ethiopian counterparts, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They have also discussed efforts to build the capacity of Ethiopians involved in the mining sector by linking higher institutions and the Ministry of Mines of Ethiopia with relevant bodies in Austria.
Ethiopia's Aviation Sector Safe, Says International Civil Aviation Organization

Jun 13, 2024 148

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)-The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has confirmed that Ethiopia's aviation sector is free from any safety issues. The announcement comes after a comprehensive audit conducted by ICAO's team of experts in Addis Ababa. The ICAO audit, which took place over the course of nine days, involved in-depth assessments across various areas, including inspections at Bole International Airport and other key aviation facilities, as well as a thorough review of the country's legal and regulatory framework. The audit was carried out by highly qualified professionals, marking the first time such a comprehensive assessment has been conducted in Ethiopia in over a decade. Civil Aviation Safety Director Asrat Kejela, who coordinated the audit process, hailed the results as a significant accomplishment. He highlighted the country's longstanding history and reputation in the aviation sector, dating back to the historic first international flight from Addis Ababa to Cairo in 1946, and Ethiopia's status as a member of ICAO. The director emphasized the extensive reform efforts undertaken in recent years to strengthen the aviation industry, contributing to this positive outcome. He expressed gratitude to the various institutions and leaders who played a pivotal role in this success. While celebrating the achievement, Asrat affirmed that Ethiopia's commitment to ensuring safe aviation operations would continue to be a top priority. He also disclosed that the detailed audit results would be made publicly available by ICAO in the coming weeks. The confirmation of Ethiopia's aviation safety standards is a remarkable milestone that not only upholds the country's reputation but also paves the way for Ethiopian Airlines to expand its global reach and accessibility. This development instills confidence in companies operating within the aviation sector and reinforces Ethiopia's position as a leading player in the industry.
Ethiopia to Pursue Transitional Justice Through Independent Justice Process

Jun 13, 2024 163

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia's State Minister of Justice, Belayhun Yirga said the government is committed to a neutral and professional transitional justice process, avoiding any intervention that could compromise its integrity. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continued to persist in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators. These approaches have not brought about the desired solution as they were not implemented in a manner of universal transitional justice based on truth, reconciliation, mercy and justice and guided by a clear policy in an inclusive, human rights-oriented and flexible way. Hence, a Transitional Justice Police has been developed with a view to managing and implementing the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level. A multi-disciplinary panel consisting 10 highly educated experts from academia, legal profession and others has been constituted in the effort to develop the policy, the state minister stated. This independent taskforce has so far conducted over 60 public workshops and consultations nationwide and developed a comprehensive "green paper" policy framework, he added. As a result, the Green Paper transitional justice policy has been prepared and endorsed by the council of ministers. The objective was to devise a policy grounded on the country's realities by involving all stakeholders - victims, women's groups, CSOs, regional states, the federal government and the general public, he noted. The government seeks to pursue transitional justice through a reconciliation process tailored to Ethiopia's unique context, the state minister told ENA. Transitional Justice mechanisms are utilized by countries emerging from periods of conflict or human rights violations to address past abuses and transition to a normal justice system, he elaborated. Ethiopia has been grappled with recurring violence, conflicts and human rights violations under different regimes that remained unaddressed. "These recurring issues have now become fundamental problems requiring a comprehensive solution outside the regular justice system," the state minister stated. In this regard, implementing transitional justice through reconciliation is very important for Ethiopia, he underscored. While drawing on global best practices, he stressed the need for a reconciliation process fundamentally rooted in Ethiopia's context and the diverse situations across the country's different regions and communities, Belayhun explained. As part of the policy implementation process, several institutions will be established including the truth and reconciliation commission, special attorney general and courts, he indicated. A draft roadmap containing detailed activities to be carried out during the implementation phase of the policy has also been prepared. Key elements under consideration include accountability, mechanisms to investigate abuses, provisions for amnesty and reparations, institutional reforms, incorporating customary justice systems, and clearly defining federal-regional state roles. The government hopes this reconciliation process fosters lasting peace, accountability and healing in Ethiopia. "By establishing a robust accountability system, we aim to deliver a genuine sense of justice to aggrieved parties," the state minister affirmed.
Foreign Affairs State Minister Confers with UK Special Envoy to Horn of Africa and Red Sea

Jun 13, 2024 222

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)-The State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga, received and conferred with Alison Blackburne, UK Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea today. The two parties thoroughly discussed bilateral relations, current situation in Ethiopia as well as peace, security and economic development issues in the Horn of Africa region. They also exchanged ideas on ways the UK can support the international community’s efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Horn of Africa as well as its role in enhancing trade and investment. The Special Envoy expressed that the UK is committed to supporting the ongoing Transitional Justice and National Dialogue efforts of Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
PM Abiy Confers with Foreign Minister of Djibouti

Jun 13, 2024 369

Addis Ababa,June13/2024(ENA)- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussion with the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, Mahamoud Ali Youssouf. The premier shared through his social media channel: “I welcomed Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, to my office this morning. Minister Youssouf came bearing a message from President Ismail Omar Guelleh.” Such exchanges serve as vital channels for dialogue and cooperation, fostering mutual understanding and collaboration on bilateral and regional matters of shared interest, Prime Minister Abiy stated.
Ethiopia Extends Condolence Over Tragic Plane Crash Claimed Lives of Vice President of Malawi

Jun 12, 2024 368

Addis Ababa June 12/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended deepest condolences to the bereaved families, friends, the Government and people of the Malawi for the loss of Vice President of Malawi, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima and other nine Malawians. The ministry said in a statement that Government of Ethiopia and its people stands in solidarity with the Government and people of the Republic of Malawi during this difficult time. The ministry offers prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of the departed. Saulos Chilima and nine others were flying within the country on Monday morning when their aircraft disappeared from airport radars. The plane, a military aircraft, was flying in bad weather, according to media reports.
Ambassadors Hope Ethiopia Will Ensure Sustainable Peace through National Dialogue

Jun 12, 2024 784

Addis Ababa June 12/2024 (ENA) Russia Ambassador Evgeny Terekhin and Armenia Ambassador Sahak Sargsyan have expressed their hope that the ongoing national dialogue would enable Ethiopia to ensure sustainable peace and affirmed their support for the consultations. The ambassadors had an exclusive interview with ENA on the ongoing National Dialogue in Ethiopia. Ambassador Terekhin stressed on the occasion the significance of Ethiopia’s inclusive national dialogue to maintain long-lasting peace in addressing the various grievances. All the concerned bodies need to therefore engage in the national dialogue so that the outcome could ensure sustainable peace across the country. The ambassador quoted the speech of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about the national dialogue stating that no win can be reached by force because in this case there will be a winner and a loser; and the loser will think about revenge. Hence, sustainable peace can’t be ensured in this way. A win-win outcome will only reached through dialogue that enables to maintain sustainable peace, Ambassador Terekhin underscored. Of course, it’s a hard task, he noted, adding that sometimes it is very difficult to overcome grievances easily and move forward. But it can be possible through dialogue. ''That is why we strongly support the initiative for the dialogue. We are ready to help. We will do all what we can to support Ethiopia’s effort to hold a successful inclusive national dialogue.'' Armenia Ambassador Sahak Sargsyan also appreciated Ethiopia’s effort to solve national issues through national dialogue. According to him, the Armenia government is keen to support the effort of the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission in various ways. All stakeholders need to keenly get involved in the national dialogue for the process to be successful, he added. Noting the success of the activities carried out with respect to national dialogue, he expressed his hope that Ethiopia will ensure sustainable peace following the outcome of the dialogue. ''Of course, such issues take time. Many other countries had overcome the difficulties they faced, and Ethiopia can also solve its problems in this national dialogue.'' Ambassador Sargsyan expressed his wish that wisdom will prevail. The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission concluded the agenda setting consultative chapter in Addis Ababa on June 4, 2024 after 7 consecutive days meeting. Similarly, agenda setting consultations will be held in all of the 12 regions and the Dire Dawa City Administration as well as at federal and diaspora levels.
Procedural Laws under Preparation to Establish Institutions Vital for Transitional Justice Implementation

Jun 12, 2024 460

Addis Ababa June 12/2024 (ENA) The preparation of major legal, procedural and content documents to establish various institutions stipulated in the proclamation for the implementation process of Transitional Justice is underway, Minister of Justice Gedion Timotheos disclosed. The last 100 days of Council of Ministers performance evaluation meeting was held in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The Minister of Justice has presented an evaluation report on the performance and state of affairs of legal and justice affairs, on the meeting. Speaking on the evaluation session, Minister of Justice, Gedion reported on the approval of the Transitional Justice Policy Document and related matters. The Transitional Justice Policy document was approved following extensive studies and consultations conducted with stakeholders in an inclusive and participatory manner, the Minister elaborated. The Minister added that a road map was prepared to implement the policy and legal, procedural and content development activities are being prepared to establish the institutions required to effectively implement the policy. The Minister further noted that laws and procedures have been prepared and implemented to effectively conduct reforms in the justice system at national and regional levels. He also mentioned about the activities being carried out to implementing the proclamation on the procedures of justice administration system and to ratify and implement the criminal procedure code. According to him, a model law has been prepared relating to the use of traditional courts and dispatched to regional states. Gedion noted that his ministry will further focus on improving the administration of society focused justice to ensure that citizens get better services at community level. Proclamation on the management of legal administrative procedures and criminal justice procedures are several of the areas on which the ministry will focus in the future, he remarked.
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Social

Agreement Signed to Construct 2,000 Health Centers across Ethiopia

Jun 12, 2024 340

Addis Ababa, June 12/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Health has signed an agreement with three institutions to construct 2,000 health centers across Ethiopia five years. The signatories are the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, Bonga University, and the Russian Pan-African PPP Development Center. The Russian Pan-African PPP Development Center will cover the estimated more than 250 million USD cost to build the health centers. Health State Minister, Dr. Dereje Dugma said the project will build 2,000 health centers in five years. The centers will mainly focus on the health of mothers and children, the elderly, the youth, childbirth, vaccination, family planning and reproductive health. This will help the efforts to expand access to health services for the community, he said. According to him, each of the health centers will enable 2,000 to 5,000 community members to access various medical services. Women and Social Affairs State Minister, Alemitu Umed stated that the project will create capacity to protect the health of mothers and children. Therefore, the ministry will play the role that is expected to make the project a reality, she affirmed. Russian Pan-African PPP Development Center CEO, Oksana Mayorova emphasized that the project will create capacity to protect the healthy life of the citizens. Bonga University President Petros Woldegiorgis stated that the university has been working hard to bring this project to the country. The president stated that the signing of the agreement with various parties will be done to make it a reality. Russian Pan-African PPP Development Center has more than 126 years relations in Ethiopia.
Transitional Justice Implementation Roadmap Concluded

Jun 10, 2024 604

Addis Ababa, June 10/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia’s Ministry of Justice announced that the preparation of a roadmap for the implementation of transitional justice in the country has been completed. Recall the Council of Ministers approved theTransitional Justice Policy on last April, 2024. The Policy which aims to oversee and execute the transitional justice process at national level based on the principles of accountability, reconciliation, and reparation. As part of the process, the Ministry of Justice established a Transitional Justice Working Group of Experts, which conducted nationwide consultations, developed a transitional justice policy framework, and conducted post-draft policy validation workshops. In a statement it issued today, the ministry said that preparations of the roadmap for the implementation of transitional justice has been completed. The draft roadmap contains detailed activities to be carried out during the implementation phase of the policy, it noted. According to the ministry, the roadmap contains system to allow Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to participate as members for establishing temporary and permanent institutional collaborative management and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms as well as steps. The roadmap contains detailed activities for drafting of legal framework and establish institutions and determine their working procedures and activities after establishment. It has also incorporated the roles, participations and responsibilities of regions, traditional justice systems, and vulnerable communities in the process of implementing the transitional justice. Additional measures that need to be taken regarding victims of gender violence and other several vital issues have also been included in the roadmap. Accordingly, upon completion of discussion on the draft roadmap, major issues in the implementation phase of the policy will begin.
BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Starts in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod

Jun 10, 2024 1021

Addis Ababa June 10/2024 ( ENA) A two-day meeting of the BRICS Foreign Ministers chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov began on Monday in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. In addition to the "ten" states, representatives of countries - friends of the BRICS are invited to attend the meeting. "During the meetings, the parties plan to discuss current issues of international relations, international agenda, improvement of the global governance system with emphasis on strengthening the role of developing countries, conflict resolution, and interaction in leading multilateral platforms," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. Within the framework of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, a separate meeting will also be held with the participation of a number of countries of the Global South and East, according to Russian News Agency (TASS). This is the first meeting of foreign ministers since the expansion of BRICS in 2023. Now full members of the association include Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt, Iran, UAE and Saudi Arabia. . BRICS is an intergovernmental organization that controls about 40 percent of the world population.
Foreign Affairs State Minister Confers with French and British Mission Heads

Jun 10, 2024 649

Addis Ababa June 10/2024 ( ENA) State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mesganu Arga held a meeting today with the French Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Rémi Maréchaux. Ambassador Mesganu briefed the French Ambassador about Ethiopia’s commitment to the full implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement. In connection with that, he expressed hope that the support of the international community will continue. The discussion between the two sides also included regional issues of common concern, particularly the need for cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the region. Similarly, Ambassador Mesganu also had a meeting with the Deputy Head of Mission of the UK Embassy in Ethiopia, Andrew Ockenden, where he appreciated the support of the UK for the Addis Ababa City Corridor Development Project. The Chargé d'affaires on his part appreciated the changes he has witnessed in the Corridor Development Project. The two sides also discussed issues of common concern, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Economy

East Guji Zone of Oromia Region Working to Cultivate Better Crop Yields

Jun 13, 2024 97

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) The East Guji Zone of Oromia Region has been working hard to cultivate better crop yields, mainly maize in the upcoming Meher production crop season. The regional state officials, including, visited maize cultivated on 26,000 hectare of lands in Adola Redde Woreda, East Guji Zone of the region. East Guji Zone Administrator Negash Bulala said this year the zone has been cultivating various crops on 72, 000 hectare of lands mainly maize. As the area is receiving adequate rainfalls this year, the administrator noted that farmers have been pursuing an intercrop cultivation approach. He added the government has also made available a full package of fertilizer and improved seed that are imperative to enhance agricultural productivity. Indicating East Guji Zone cultivated some 98,000 hectare of lands last year, he said, adding the zone is covering over 160,000 hectare of lands with crops and better production is anticipated. He indicated that the zone has a potential of close to 1.3 million hectare arable lands, out of which over 400,000 hectare are cultivated. Head of Oromia Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemechu on his part said the region has been extensively working to enhance agricultural production and productivity and over 1.5 million hectare of lands covered by crops this year. Some 28 million quintals are expected to be harvested, he indicated. He explained that the East Guji Zone is one of the areas in the region that has actively engaged to maximize agricultural productivity and the regional government is committed to provide every necessary support for the farmers. Including Head of Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemechu, regional council speaker Sa'ada Abdurahaman, head of education bureau, Tola Barisso and other officials are witnessing agricultural activities.
Government Creates Employment for More Than 3 Million Citizens

Jun 13, 2024 110

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Minister of Labor and Skill Muferihat Kamil disclosed that domestic and oversea employment opportunities have been created for more than 3 million citizens over the last 10 months. Muferihat noted that great emphasis has been placed on empowering workers to acquire the required skills as those who would be employed at national level and abroad. In particular, the minister recalled that the necessary preparation for the deployment of skilled manpower to abroad is being done, she said, adding that eligible workers are being certified apart from providing training. According to her, 314,000 Ethiopians have benefited from overseas employment in the last ten months of the just ended Ethiopian financial year. Muferiat also explained that the employment was done in such a manner that the citizens can work while their safety, benefits and rights are protected. As a result, more than 2.7 million citizens have benefited from job opportunities in the country and said that a total of over 3 million citizens have got access to jobs in the country and abroad. Concerted efforts are also being carried out to create favorable conditions for citizens to register and enter the job market by establishing a digital system, the minister pointed out. She added that an enabling environment has been created in the technical and vocational training sphere where young people can turn their creative ideas into technological products. To this effect, Muferihat elaborated that 76 technologies have been transferred to production after contesting young entrepreneurs with job ideas to use their products for the growth of the country's economy. The minister further explained that the government has also given due attention on creating more jobs by developing startups and enterprises.
Over 2 Billion USD Worth Import Products Substituted Locally in 10 Months: Industry Minister

Jun 13, 2024 135

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia has succeeded in substituting 2.2 billion USD worth import products during the past 10 months of this ongoing Ethiopian Fiscal Year, Industry Minister Melaku Alebel disclosed. The minister also stated that the industry sector has registered 10.1 percent growth and this shows that the country can achieve 7.9 percent total growth at the end of the fiscal year. According to him, the Ethiopia Tamirt (Made in Ethiopia) movement successively implemented for the last few years has played crucial role for the spurring of the sector. During the past 10 months, 129 heavy industries have entered operation in the last ten months, following the new investments that have entered the sector, he added. In addition, industries that stopped manufacturing due to various reasons were made to start work under the Ethiopia Tamirt movement, and their production capacity has increased. He further noted that encouraging achievements were registered in the activities undertaken to substitute imported factory products. Ethiopia Tamirt movement has been instrumental for the achievement registered during the stated period, Melaku added. During the past 10 months of the current Ethiopian Fiscal Year, 2.2 billion USD worth import products were substituted locally. The industry sector is expected to grow by 12.8 percent in 2024/25 Ethiopian Fiscal Year which starts next July.
Successful Dev't Works Showcase Ethiopia's Ability to Overcome Dependency: Senior Gov't Officials

Jun 13, 2024 142

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) The successful development works carried out in the recent years of reform demonstrate the ability of Ethiopians to overcome dependency, according to senior government officials. The officials stated that development successes registered since the reform show that Ethiopia, with the concerted efforts of its hard working people and the government's determination, will shortly ensure its prosperity by breaking free from dependency. They said that the nationwide public discussion forums held recently have created a sense of aspiration to enhance productivity and achieve a dignified and sovereign nation. House of People's Representatives Government Chief Whip Tesfaye Beljige, Agriculture Minister Girma Amente, and Transport and Logistics Minister Alemu Sime held exclusive interview with ENA. During the engagement, they elaborated on the ideas raised, outcomes achieved, development activities, peace and security matters discussed at national dialogue forums on dependency. Government Chief Whip Tesfaye Beljige said that natural and human-made disasters that occur at various times have made dependency and aid a culture in Ethiopia. The lack of national capacity that enables self-efficacy has contributed to the mentality and practice of dependency, he added. Therefore, efforts are underway to build a strong stance that enables the country to handle crises on its own by breaking free from aid dependency mindset during the years of reform, Tesfaye said. Agriculture Minister Girma Amente pointed out that climate change, natural disasters, and vicious cycles of conflict have been the major reasons for relying on aid.In this respect the belief that provision of aid is a better alternative has played a role in perpetuating the dependency mindset, he added. Transport and Logistics Minister Alemu Sime said that the failure to utilize Ethiopia's potential for development has led to aid dependency and culture. According to him, this has been undermining the creative and productive culture of many. Therefore, the Prosperity Party is undertaking development activities that will enable the building of an Ethiopia that belongs to all and is for all, he noted. The ministers further stated that development successes that taught the importance of building a strong nation which exercises its policies freely to ensure the dignity of citizens have been registered during the reform years. They stressed that the government, beyond demonstrating its political determination to eradicate dependency, is working to involve the public and accelerate rapid development. For this, the nationwide public discussion forums have created understanding aimed to reach agreement, make decisions, and implement plans that would enable the eradication of dependency. According to the officials, the forums have also initiated resolve and consensus to overcome the dependency that has been eroding the dignity and sovereignty of Ethiopia, the epitome of freedom. Moreover, they said a spirit of resolve has been created to further strengthen the ongoing development successes by the leadership and the public. The officials added that the guidance provided by the leadership during the forums has created momentum for better development by drawing lessons and sharing experiences. The community has also developed an understanding and enthusiasm for full economic freedom, they remarked. The development successes registered in the Nile Basin, Addis corridor development, and summer irrigation by mobilizing the public demonstrate that Ethiopia will achieve full economic freedom by breaking free from the dependency mindset, they underscored. The ministers revealed that the government has adopted a policy of disaster risk management with the determination to provide humanitarian assistance through its own capacity. Partner organizations should always extend their support not for relief aid but for sustainable development assistance, the officials noted. Emphasizing that peace and development are inseparable for citizens endeavors, they underscored the need to maintain peace, preserve national unity and dignity, and continue building Ethiopia. Recall that nationwide public discussion forums under the theme "From Dependency to Productivity for Full National Dignity and Sovereignty" were held in various cities last week.
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Technology

Ethiopia Digitizes 620 Public Service Institutions

Jun 13, 2024 99

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA) Some 620 public service institutions have been digitalized as part of the activities to expedite the digital economy, Innovation and Technology Minister Belete Mola said. Expediting the implementation of digitalization is one of the key missions of the ministry, he stated, adding that the ministry has therefore given attention to digitalization of public service institutions. Some 620 government services have become digitalized so far, he affirmed, indicating the activities will be intensified to digitalize other government services as well. According to him, the national digital activities in various sectors have brought high productivity, including in telecom As a result, 6 trillion Birr transaction has been made in digital system so far. Activities in infrastructural development and digital skill development are being carried out to realize digital economy, Belete said. The ministry, in collaboration with the pertinent bodies, has launched initiative to enhance the digital skill of university students in which 10,000 youths will benefit in the first round. Eventually, about 1 million youth will be reached by this initiative.
Youth Digital Engagement Platform Launched in Ethiopia

Jun 13, 2024 121

Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- A digital engagement platform for adolescents and young people, U-Report, was launched in Ethiopia today. The platform that enables the youth to exchange ideas, views, and concerns was launched by Ministry of Women and Social Affairs in partnership with UNICEF. U-Report is free and easy SMS tool for community participation designed to address issues that the population cares about, it was learned. During the launching ceremony, Women and Social Affairs Minister Ergoge Tesfaye said the U-Report in Ethiopia is not just a technological advancement but also a testament to the commitment to empowering young Ethiopians and giving them a voice in the decisions that shape their future. According to her, the launch is a bold step forward in fostering a culture of civic engagement where young citizens are not merely bystanders but also active agents of change. U-Report will provide the opportunity for young people to participate in regular poll surveys, engage with Chatbots, take part in youth activities in their local communities and share their perspectives on a wide range of topics from education and employment to healthcare and social issues, the minister noted. She also stated that the initiative aims to promote critical thinking and constructive discussions among youth while providing them with a youth engagement platform to share their concerns, participate in surveys and Chatbot training and develop their skills while maintaining anonymity. This direct communication platform will not only empower the youth but also provide invaluable insights for policymakers and stakeholders, allowing them to make more informed decisions that better address the needs and aspirations of the next generation, Ergoge stated. "This momentous occasion marks a significant step forward in empowering our nation's young people, who make up nearly 70 percent of our population as Ethiopia is home to one of the youngest demographics in the world." UNICEF representative in Ethiopia, Aboubacar Kampo, said on his part that young people have a great potential to fostering positive development and progress within any society. "By investing in education, skill- building, and creating an enabling environment, UNICEF, along with the government and other partners, can empower young Ethiopians to unlock their full potential and contribute meaningfully to their communities and beyond, " he noted. Globally, U-Report is partnering with more than 35 million U- Reporters in 99 countries worldwide. U-Report is available via numerous social media including Telegram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger having two main functions in collecting adolescent and young opinions via polls communicating information to support their well-being and skills development, it was indicated. The platform is available in different languages in Ethiopia, including Amharic, Oromiffa,Somali, and Tigrinya and young people can become U-Reporters by sending the word JOIN in these languages via the telegram bot (https://t.me/ureportersethiopia bot) or the website (https://ethiopia.ureport.in/).
Global Startup Founders Laud Ethiopia’s Incredibly Encouraging Ecosystem for Startuppers

Jun 4, 2024 1611

Addis Ababa June 4/2024 (ENA) The Government of Ethiopia is creating an incredibly encouraging ecosystem for Startuppers, Global Startup founders told ENA. Global Startup CEO and Founder Kim Balle, and Global Innovation Initiative Group ( GllG) Co-Founder Jo Griffiths had an exclusive interview with ENA. During the interview, Global Startup CEO and Founder Kim Balle said noted that the Ethiopian government has created a healthy eco-system for start ups. According to him, a lot of entrepreneurs and founders are going down due to the loss of support from national agency and the government globally. Therefore, the support for startuppers like the Government of Ethiopia would enable them to enhance their creativity. Besides, the holding of awarding ceremonies like the one which took place on Monday creates access to investment and knowledge that help to improve skills, have role model and strive to something very important, the CEO elaborated. The startuppers can for their part create a big impact on their families, the country and the globe as well, Balle stated. The founder further elaborated that one of the great challenges globally in the future is to produce food, unless it is supported in updated technologies. In this regard, Ethiopia is the number one in agri start ups. So Ethiopia can contribute new solutions not only for Africa but also for the globe, Balle said. Global Innovation Initiative Group ( GllG) Co-Founder, Jo Griffiths on her part said the Government of Ethiopia is incredibly encouraging startuppers. Ethiopia's commitment to startup is incredibly encouraging, she underscored, adding that the impact is visible in various activities such as Ethiopia hosting this Start Up Award Program. "We observed significant solutions in coming in agri-tech, financial inclusion, and education, among others, especially from Ethiopia where there is incredible increase in technology in the agriculture sector .'' The Start Up Award Program is organized by Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Ministry of Labor and Skills, and Global Startup Awards.
Ethiopia’s Ambassador Highlights Africa’s Remarkable Surge in Digital Drowth

Jun 1, 2024 2453

Addis Ababa, June 1/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian Ambassador in India, Demeke Atnafu underscored Africa’s remarkable surge in digital growth, transforming various aspects of its socio-economic landscape. Ambassador Demeke made the remark at the International Conference on Digital Growth in Africa to celebrate Africa Day 2024 at University of Delhi, organized by the Department of African Studies, according to Embassy of Ethiopia in New Delhi. As a Chief Guest, the ambassador delivered speech on the topic with prelude to the important of celebrating African Day with reference to independent movement in Africa. Ambassador Demeke underscored Africa’s remarkable surge in digital growth, transforming various aspects of its socio-economic landscape. From the expansion of mobile connectivity to the proliferation of e-commerce platforms and the emergence of tech startups, digital technologies are reshaping how Africans interact, communicate, and do business. With regard to Ethiopia, Ambassador Demeke highlighted that as a fast-growing economy, digitization is at the core of everything in Ethiopia, such as in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and services. In 2020 Ethiopia initiated Digital Ethiopia 2025, a strategy that aims to leverage digitally enabled pathways to foster inclusive national prosperity through boosting economic growth, enhancing public services, and fostering social development. Telecommunication reforms, including the liberalization of the telecom sector in 2020, have introduced competition, improved services, and made internet access more accessible and affordable. In his concluding remark, Ambassador Demeke emphasized that through strengthened Africa -India relations, we can create a future where both regions thrive in the digital era.
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Sport

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

Nov 20, 2023 32327

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 35882

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 37392

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 41926

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

Green Dev't Unlocked Local Economic Potentials, Says Dire Dawa City Deputy Mayor

Jun 7, 2024 1130

Addis Ababa, June 7/2024(ENA) The green development works underway in Ethiopia have turned local blessings into wealth, Dire Dawa City Administration Deputy Mayor Ibrahim Yesuf said. A panel discussion organized by ENA under the theme "Green Development for Sustainable Prosperity" was held in Dire Dawa city today. Deputy Mayor Ibrahim Yesuf remarked at the panel that the activities under implementation through the Green Legacy Initiative after the national reform are advancing the efforts launched to pass on a prosperous Ethiopia to generations. According to him, the green development work initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has yielded tangible results nationwide with the broad societal participation. The green development work has helped mitigate damage from floods, particularly in flood-prone areas like Dire Dawa, he added. Moreover, the green development initiatives have not only ensured food security of farmers, but also generated employment opportunities for the youth. Ibrahim pointed out that the panel discussion organized by the administration, in cooperation with the Ethiopian News Agency, will offer valuable insight into the ongoing green legacy development efforts across the nation. Ethiopian News Agency CEO, Seife Deribe, noted that green development plays a crucial role in preserving a sustainable ecosystem for future generations and mitigating the impacts of climate change by safeguarding natural resources. In the agricultural sector, it fosters the growth of crops and livestock resources while helping to prevent the adverse effects of flood and drought. Furthermore, it helps to foster self esteem and independently by doing away with dependency, he elaborated. The CEO noted that the Ethiopian News Agency is paying great attention to this national agenda and instilling the idea of ​​growth and change through development, especially by building a mindset that is free from dependency. Unlike the 13 panel discussions organized by the news agency across the country, the focus of this 14th panel has therefore focused on green development, Seife stated. The forum was attended by House of People’s Representatives Democracy Affairs Standing Committee Chairman Ewnetu Alene, federal and Diredawa city administration officials as well as representatives of institutions working on climate change and green development.
Media Outlets Urged to Take Center Stage in Climate Change Combating Endeavors

Jun 7, 2024 1096

Addis Ababa June 7/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian experts have urged the mass media in the country to prioritize the green development agenda and play a crucial role in the endeavors of combating climate-induced impacts. The Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) has organized a panel discussion in Dire Dawa city under the theme “Green Development for Sustainable Prosperity.” Among the panelists, Haromaya University PostGraduate Program Director Ashenafi Yimam emphasized the media's responsibility to analyze and report on ongoing efforts to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. Ashenafi stressed the need for showcasing the Green Legacy Initiative that has been bearing tangible results across various sectors. Concerted efforts should be made to transform the lives of the affected sections of the society due to climate change and to build climate resilient communities, he added. House of Peoples’ Representatives Democracy Affairs Standing Committee Member, Abune Alem commended ENA for its role as a media in fostering public participation in the Green Legacy Initiative. She urged media outlets to actively create agendas that empower people to fulfill their environmental responsibilities. We should all come closer and help and support the media so that they can play their role properly, Abune added. On his part, Dire Dawa City Administration Environmental Forest and Climate Change Authority General Manager, Abdu Mohamed called for strengthening stakeholder support and enhancing media literacy on the current climate change impacts. He also emphasized on the paramount role the media that can effectively craft green development agenda and deliver its message to the general public Acknowledging the panel discussion hosted by ENA to create proper awareness about climate change, the manager stated that this initiative should be encouraged and strengthened. Abdu further added the role and support of stakeholders should be strengthened so that the media can do a better job with developed knowledge and literacy in each field. Dr. Roba Petros, who participated in the panel discussion, underscored the need for media professionals to be knowledgeable and skilled in environmental issues. He emphasized that creating media agendas that promote public ownership of green development initiatives is crucial for mobilizing Ethiopians to take full responsibility for a sustainable future.
ENA Vows to Play Part for Successful Implementation of Green Dev’t Strategy

Jun 7, 2024 1451

Addis Ababa, June 7/2024(ENA) The Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) pledges to continue rendering its effective contributions towards the successful implementation the national green development strategy which is a viable tool to pull the nation out of the social psychology of dependence and pave the way towards national prosperity. A panel discussion organized by ENA under the theme “Green Development for Sustainable Prosperity” held in Dire Dawa City today. Members of the House of Peoples' Representatives, officials from the federal government and Dire Dawa City Administration, representatives of local and international organizations working on climate change, leaders of media houses and professionals on the issue of the environment and invited guests presided over the panel discussion. The panel discussed on range of issues including the role of media in addressing climate change. Speaking on the occasion, the CEO of ENA Seife Deribe said that the ongoing national green legacy agenda has been nurturing the culture of environmental protection among the Ethiopians in addition to its vast contribution to mitigating desertification and flooding by planting trees. The country is engaged in preparing and planting billions of tree seedlings with the objective of preventing the devastative effects of flood and desertification as strategies of environmental protection by mobilizing all communities, he added. Hence, Seife stated that the launching of tree planting program has become a day which all Ethiopians look upon to happen every year. After the inception of the national reform program and following the exemplary role played by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the event has become an occasion on which regional governments and city administrations come together to make the issue of national green legacy initiative as a hub of convergence and point of intersection,, the CEO added. He said that the strategy has become instrumental in effectively detesting dependency and working towards sustained national prosperity under the theme “ Let us Plant Today for Tomorrow” in depicting and fostering unity on our common agenda with steadfastness and cooperation in planting 500 million tree seedlings in a single day last year setting a global record for the country in building a livable Ethiopia for all citizens. The CEO noted that wide range of preparations and programs are underway this year to implement the National Green Legacy Initiative to be implemented at national level. According to him, the Green Legacy Initiative aims at transferring a preferable green ecosystem to the coming generation, retaining and using our natural resources, to effectively combat the effects of climate change, promoting the agricultural sector on crop and livestock production, prevention of sporadic floods and other related natural and manmade calamities, Seife elaborated. He further noted that the Initiative will enhance patriotic self-reliance and prevention of dependency syndrome. Seife stressed that media houses play a greater role in further promoting Ethiopia’s globally recognized green legacy initiative and the role the country is playing at the international and regional level in curbing the effects of climate change by setting a practical example for the neighboring countries and the nations across the world. He added that ENA is according a greater focus on making the issue of the Green Legacy Initiative as public agenda to roll back the social psychology of dependence and promotion of national prosperity. The CEO of ENA remarked that his Agency has prepared 13 panel discussions in Addis Ababa and regional states on various issues and the current panel discussion underway is the 14th focusing on Green Legacy.
Ethiopia Intensifies Efforts to Build Climate-Resilient Economy

Jun 7, 2024 1104

Addis Ababa, June 7/2024(ENA) Director General of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute, Dr. Mandefro Nigusse said Ethiopia is ramping up efforts to build an economy resilient to climate change impacts stressing that the momentum must be sustained to succeed in this endeavor. The Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) is hosting a national panel discussion under the title "Green Development For Sustainable Prosperity" in the city of Dire Dawa. Government officials, representatives of various organizations working on climate change and green development, as well as academic institutions and invited guest are in attendance at the panel that focused on topics such as impacts of climate change and the current global situation, climate change and sustainable development, Ethiopia's experience in green development and the role of the media in addressing climate change. During the panel, Director General of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute said Ethiopia is undertaking a coordinated strategy to build a climate-resilient Green economy development. He highlighted ongoing works to mitigate the severe impacts of climate change on agriculture, natural resources, and health sectors. Mandefro stated that Ethiopia's efforts to rapidly develop its crop and livestock resources annually are bearing fruit in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. With drought and poverty being existential issues requiring ensuring household food security, he stated the encouraging efforts to tremendously increase agriculture production within ten years. To elevate these transformative gains, Mandefro stressed implementing the Green development initiative in an integrated and systematic manner. The Green Development approach enhances soil fertility, sustainably improves soil health allowing increased productivity and yield, he explained. Additionally, the Green Development strategy enables efficient water resource utilization and management while boosting household incomes, Mandefro added. "The Green Legacy initiative helps generate income from crops cultivated at scale, allowing us to bequeath a better nation to our children," Mandefro remarked. Director of the Ethiopian Climate Change Institute at Jimma University, Dr. Kefelegn Getahun underscored prioritizing integrated implementation of the Green development approach to preempt potential climate change-induced challenges in the Horn of Africa region. He cited flood hazards, health issues, conflicts, and poverty as risks exacerbated by climate change that require coordinated mitigation and adaptation efforts institutionally and through research-backed interventions to achieve greater outcomes.
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD

Apr 4, 2023 59328

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 58904

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 57733

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 54862

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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Enduring Dedication of Ethiopia's National Defense Force to Int'l Peace

Jun 7, 2024 1365

By Haile Henok Tadele In the ever-evolving landscape of global security, Ethiopia stands out as a beacon of peace and stability. With a rich history of peacekeeping deployments dating back to the Korean War in 1951, the country has cemented its role as a trusted partner in the United Nations' efforts to maintain international peace and security. As the leading contributor of peacekeeping forces globally, Ethiopia has deployed its soldiers to conflict-torn regions across Africa and beyond. From the scorching deserts of Darfur to the lush plains of South Sudan, members of the Ethiopian defense Force peacekeepers have not only upheld their duty to protect civilians and restore stability, but have also made tangible improvements to local communities. Through their tireless efforts, members of the Ethiopian Defense Forces have built schools, health clinics, and critical infrastructure, transforming the lives of those affected by conflict. Their unwavering commitment to serving the greater good has earned them widespread international acclaim, with the United Nations, the United States, Canada, and various military attachés lauding Ethiopia's invaluable contribution to maintaining peace and security around the world. In 2022, three Ethiopian peacekeepers were posthumously honored at the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers ceremony, awarded the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Medal for making the ultimate sacrifice while serving under the UN flag. This recognition underscores the Ethiopia's National Defense Force longstanding history of participating in UN peacekeeping missions, a legacy that spans decades. Achievements Ethiopia's first deployment of troops to the Korean Peninsula in 1951 marked a pivotal moment, not only in the country's peacekeeping history but also in the trajectory of South Korea's remarkable economic transformation. The presence and dedication of the Ethiopian peacekeepers, who fought alongside their UN counterparts, played a crucial role in maintaining the fragile armistice and providing the necessary stability for South Korea to begin its journey towards economic prosperity. The ENDF's involvement in Somalia's peacekeeping efforts has been equally significant. Since the early 1990s, the ENDF has been a consistent presence in the country, contributing to the stabilization of the region and the restoration of the Somali government's authority. Through their tireless efforts, the ENDF has been instrumental in securing key infrastructure, facilitating humanitarian aid delivery, and training local security forces, laying the groundwork for Somalia's gradual recovery. The ENDF's peacekeeping role was also pivotal in Liberia's journey towards stability and prosperity. During the country's civil war, the ENDF deployed troops to support the UN peacekeeping mission, playing a vital role in disarming combatants, securing key locations, and facilitating the transition to a democratically elected government. The ENDF's steadfast commitment and professionalism contributed to the establishment of lasting peace, paving the way for Liberia's remarkable economic and social progress in the years that followed. Furthermore, the ENDF's presence in Rwanda during the country's darkest hour was a testament to its unyielding dedication to global peace. Amid the horrific genocide, the ENDF's contingent worked tirelessly to protect civilians, provide humanitarian aid, and support the efforts to bring normalcy. The ENDF's actions during this period were instrumental in laying the groundwork for Rwanda's remarkable recovery and transformation into the thriving, peaceful nation it is today. International Acclaim From the scorching deserts of Darfur to the Korean peninsula, the blue helmets of Ethiopia's peacekeepers have become a symbol of hope and security. As the world grapples with complex conflicts, the international community continues to recognize Ethiopia's steadfast commitment to global peace and stability, setting an inspiring example for others to follow. The success of Ethiopia's peacekeeping operations has not gone unnoticed by the international community. The United States has repeatedly expressed gratitude for the role the Ethiopian National Defense Force plays in regional stability. Canada has also commended Ethiopia's remarkable work in empowering and enhancing the participation of women in peacekeeping missions, with Larisa Galadza, the Peace and Stabilization Director-General of Global Affairs Canada, lauding the country's leadership in gender equality as Ethiopia has also notably made strides in promoting gender parity within its peacekeeping contingents. In 2016, the country reached 16% women's participation, surpassing the UN's target of 20% by 2020. This inclusive approach enhances the peacekeepers' ability to connect with local communities and address the unique needs of women and children. Furthermore, the United Nations has described Ethiopia as one of its "strongest partners" in peacekeeping, with the UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix recognizing the country's invaluable contribution. The success of the Ethiopian peacekeeping mission in the disputed region of Abyei has also been celebrated, with the mission receiving a medal reward from the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Commitment to International Peace Ethiopia's steadfast commitment to global peacekeeping, combined with its impressive track record of success and the international recognition it has received, is a testament to the country's dedication to promoting stability and security around the world. As the country continues to play a vital role in UN and AU peacekeeping missions, its legacy as a beacon of peace will undoubtedly inspire generations to come. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reaffirmed Ethiopia's commitment to this noble cause, stating that the Ethiopian army has sacrificed life and limb to protect the peace of all peoples, and that the country's defense forces are "symbols of peace wherever they go." Today, Ethiopia stands as the top contributor of peacekeeping forces globally, with over 8,300 uniformed personnel serving in various missions. This remarkable achievement underscores the nation's profound belief in the transformative power of peace and stability, and its unwavering dedication to fostering a more just and peaceful world.
Public Engagement to Transform Addis to a Cleaner, Greener Capital

May 11, 2024 8942

By Henok Tadele Haile As the vibrant heart of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa holds a unique significance, not just for its residents, but also for the international community that calls this city home. Recognizing its importance as the political capital of Africa and a hub for influential global organizations, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has embarked on a transformative journey to elevate Addis Ababa's status and enhance the quality of life for all who inhabit this dynamic metropolis. Over the past few years, the city has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis, with the creation of world-class parks, museums, and other amenities that have bolstered Ethiopia's tourism sector and made Addis Ababa an increasingly attractive destination for visitors. From the breathtaking Unity Park to the captivating Entoto Park and Friendship Park, these new landmarks have not only added to the city's allure, but have also served to improve the living conditions of its residents. Now, Prime Minister Abiy has set his sights on an equally ambitious goal: revolutionizing the city's public sanitation infrastructure. Launching the "Clean Streets and Healthy Livelihood" campaign, the Prime Minister has called upon all Ethiopians to join hands in building cities that prioritize cleanliness and inclusivity, recognizing the critical importance of collective effort in achieving this vision. One of the objectives of the PM’s initiative is to build modern public toilets in the identified corridors to enhancing accessibility and fostering cleanliness within urban landscape. This initiative also strives to elevate hygiene standards across our city and nation by promoting a culture of dignified toilet usage and raising awareness about cleanliness. At the heart of this initiative is the construction of modern, hygienic, and accessible public restroom facilities across Addis Ababa's urban areas. For decades, the city has grappled with a lack of standardized public sanitation services, leading many residents to resort to unsanitary alternatives. The Prime Minister's plan aims to address this pressing issue, not only improving public health and reducing the spread of waterborne diseases, but also creating employment opportunities and fostering a sense of dignity for those in need. To ensure the sustainability and success of this project, the government has launched a digital telethon, seeking both cash and in-kind contributions from the general public, individual donors, and institutions. This telethon, scheduled for a ten-hour period on Sunday, May 12th, 2024, has been aptly named "Clean Streets - Healthy Lives," underscoring the interconnectedness of urban cleanliness and the well-being of the community. The plan is to raise 50 million Birr in a 10hr period digital telethon challenge. As Prime Minister Abiy has eloquently stated, "We are colorful when we come together for a collective cause." Indeed, the resounding success of this telethon will not only showcase the power of unity and mutual concern, but also serve as a testament to the Ethiopian people's unwavering commitment to creating cities that cater to the needs of all. The campaign is a great opportunity to engage all Ethiopians including the diaspora and members of the international community based in Addis Ababa as well as friends of Ethiopia, and others have the chance to contribute individually or in groups to this magnificent objective which aims at enhancing public sanitation services. Through this ambitious initiative, Prime Minister Abiy's vision for a cleaner, greener, and more inclusive Addis Ababa is taking shape. By harnessing the collective efforts of the government, the private sector, and the public, the city is poised to become a model of sustainable urban development, setting a precedent for cities across Ethiopia and the African continent. As we rally behind this cause, we bear witness to the transformative power of community-driven change, paving the way for a brighter, more prosperous future for Addis Ababa and its people.
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