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Farmers in Oromia's West Guji Zone Expanding Cultivation of High-yielding Coffee Varieties
Jun 16, 2024 128
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Farmers in West Guji Zone, Oromia region are expanding the cultivation of higher-yielding coffee varieties, zone Administrator Adula Hirbaye said. A delegation comprising officials from Oronia region visited coffee cultivation and maize developed in a cluster in Abaya Woreda of West Guji Zone. After the visit, West Guji Zone Administrator Adula Hirbaye said coffee is the major cash crop of the Zone, cultivated in six out of its nine woredas. He added that the farmers are replacing the previous coffee plants with the improved coffee varieties after the rigorous training provided to farmers. These new coffee varieties mature for harvest within one year and eight months and have the capacity to yield 12 quintals per hectare, a significant increase compared to older varieties. West Guji Zone contributes a substantial 28 percent of coffee supplies at the national level, according to the administrator. Currently, farmers and semi-pastoralists in almost all districts are fully engaged in producing various crops and vegetables, significantly improving their livelihoods, he noted. A report from Oromia Agriculture Bureau shows that it has been preparing some 2.6 billion coffee nurseries for this year alone as part of the region's major initiative on coffee production. Additionally, the region has prepared 350,000 hectares of land for coffee plantations for this year. With this, the region has set a target of obtaining 12 million quintals of coffee, it was indicated. Oromia region is exerting a maximum effort to transform farmers at investor levels.  
Ethiopia, Russia Vow to Consolidate Gov’t and People to people Ties  
Jun 16, 2024 323
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia and Russia will further strengthen their people to people and Government to Government (G2G) relations, said Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) Adem Farah. A High-level Ethiopian delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the “World Majority for Multipolar Order” forum hosted by Russian from 16th -19th June 2024. On the sidelines of the forum, the vice president engaged in a productive discussion with Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party. In their discussion, Adem mentioned a strong and an age-old relationship between Ethiopia and Russia. The vice president also appreciated Russia for its support and standing by the side of Ethiopia during several difficult occasions. Noting Ethiopia’s membership in the BRICS is a breakthrough in its the diplomatic arena, he extended his gratitude for the government of Russia and the ruling United Russia Party in their support Ethiopia to become a member of this emerging global bloc. Adem further reaffirmed the commitment to cement the existing relationships between Ethiopia and Russia both in government to government and people to people ties. Speaking on the economic aspects, he also stressed the need for creating an enabling environment that would be indispensable for exporting coffee, horticultures, sesame, various grains and other Ethiopian agricultural products directly to the Russian market.   Adem has also invited Leaders of the United Russia Party as well as the Russian investors and members of the business community to visit Ethiopia. Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party on his part expressed his party’s desire to further strengthen the collaboration with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party. Underscoring the unwavering and historical relationship between Ethiopia and Russia, the undersecretary pledged to work together and elevate bilateral ties to new heights. Congratulating Ethiopia for joining BRICS as a new member country, Klimov renewed the determination of the United Russia Party to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia's Prosperity Party in various spheres, ENA learnt from Russia.        
Ethiopia Prioritizes Exploiting Lowland Area Potentials for Irrigation Dev’t, Says MILLs Minister
Jun 16, 2024 220
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands (MILLs) Abraham Belay emphasized expansion of irrigation and exploiting the lowland areas of potential that has been put as priority in Ethiopia’s agricultural development. Currently, Ethiopia has embarked on a transformative journey to secure the country’s food sovereignty and achieve self-sufficiency. According to data from the Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands, Ethiopia’s potential for optimizing irrigation remains largely untapped, with less than 10 percent of arable land currently benefiting from such systems. As part of the government’s endeavors to free Ethiopia from aid dependency, it has been reinforcing numerous activities on irrigation development beyond the rainy season. For instance, following the ongoing far-reaching reform programs, the due attention has been given to the cultivation of summer irrigated wheat. This ambitious project has now resulted in transforming Ethiopia from a wheat importer to a self-sufficient producer and exporter, it was pointed out. Recall that a 100-day performance review of this concluding Ethiopian Fiscal Year was conducted in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Lowland areas development activity which is recently considered as one of the top government’s priorities was thoroughly reviewed during the performance evaluation meeting. Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands (MILLs), Abraham Belay remarked at the conclusion of the 100-day evaluation meeting, he said, adding that irrigation development of the lowland spheres is the most important, since it is among the major focusing areas that have been given in agricultural development plan following the country’s reform. This has been part of the nation’s efforts to put an end to aid dependency in Ethiopia by developing potential natural resources, the minister elaborated. To this effect, Abraham mentioned that irrigation projects that would benefit the society are being carried out in various lowland areas and the projects are instrumental to revolutionize the country’s agricultural landscape. He further underlined that the completion of those irrigation projects on time is also a primary next focus. The minister hoped that the irrigation projects will bring about more potential in increasing the production and productivity of the lowland areas. Considering Ethiopia’s lowlands irrigation development as one of top priorities, the East African nation is working hard to unlock the productivity of lowlands that would significantly contribute to its national food security and economic resilience, it was indicated.    
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Ethiopia, Russia Vow to Consolidate Gov’t and People to people Ties  
Jun 16, 2024 323
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia and Russia will further strengthen their people to people and Government to Government (G2G) relations, said Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) Adem Farah. A High-level Ethiopian delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the “World Majority for Multipolar Order” forum hosted by Russian from 16th -19th June 2024. On the sidelines of the forum, the vice president engaged in a productive discussion with Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party. In their discussion, Adem mentioned a strong and an age-old relationship between Ethiopia and Russia. The vice president also appreciated Russia for its support and standing by the side of Ethiopia during several difficult occasions. Noting Ethiopia’s membership in the BRICS is a breakthrough in its the diplomatic arena, he extended his gratitude for the government of Russia and the ruling United Russia Party in their support Ethiopia to become a member of this emerging global bloc. Adem further reaffirmed the commitment to cement the existing relationships between Ethiopia and Russia both in government to government and people to people ties. Speaking on the economic aspects, he also stressed the need for creating an enabling environment that would be indispensable for exporting coffee, horticultures, sesame, various grains and other Ethiopian agricultural products directly to the Russian market.   Adem has also invited Leaders of the United Russia Party as well as the Russian investors and members of the business community to visit Ethiopia. Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party on his part expressed his party’s desire to further strengthen the collaboration with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party. Underscoring the unwavering and historical relationship between Ethiopia and Russia, the undersecretary pledged to work together and elevate bilateral ties to new heights. Congratulating Ethiopia for joining BRICS as a new member country, Klimov renewed the determination of the United Russia Party to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia's Prosperity Party in various spheres, ENA learnt from Russia.        
Ethiopia Prioritizes Exploiting Lowland Area Potentials for Irrigation Dev’t, Says MILLs Minister
Jun 16, 2024 220
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands (MILLs) Abraham Belay emphasized expansion of irrigation and exploiting the lowland areas of potential that has been put as priority in Ethiopia’s agricultural development. Currently, Ethiopia has embarked on a transformative journey to secure the country’s food sovereignty and achieve self-sufficiency. According to data from the Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands, Ethiopia’s potential for optimizing irrigation remains largely untapped, with less than 10 percent of arable land currently benefiting from such systems. As part of the government’s endeavors to free Ethiopia from aid dependency, it has been reinforcing numerous activities on irrigation development beyond the rainy season. For instance, following the ongoing far-reaching reform programs, the due attention has been given to the cultivation of summer irrigated wheat. This ambitious project has now resulted in transforming Ethiopia from a wheat importer to a self-sufficient producer and exporter, it was pointed out. Recall that a 100-day performance review of this concluding Ethiopian Fiscal Year was conducted in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Lowland areas development activity which is recently considered as one of the top government’s priorities was thoroughly reviewed during the performance evaluation meeting. Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands (MILLs), Abraham Belay remarked at the conclusion of the 100-day evaluation meeting, he said, adding that irrigation development of the lowland spheres is the most important, since it is among the major focusing areas that have been given in agricultural development plan following the country’s reform. This has been part of the nation’s efforts to put an end to aid dependency in Ethiopia by developing potential natural resources, the minister elaborated. To this effect, Abraham mentioned that irrigation projects that would benefit the society are being carried out in various lowland areas and the projects are instrumental to revolutionize the country’s agricultural landscape. He further underlined that the completion of those irrigation projects on time is also a primary next focus. The minister hoped that the irrigation projects will bring about more potential in increasing the production and productivity of the lowland areas. Considering Ethiopia’s lowlands irrigation development as one of top priorities, the East African nation is working hard to unlock the productivity of lowlands that would significantly contribute to its national food security and economic resilience, it was indicated.    
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Ethiopia, Russia Vow to Consolidate Gov’t and People to people Ties  
Jun 16, 2024 323
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia and Russia will further strengthen their people to people and Government to Government (G2G) relations, said Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) Adem Farah. A High-level Ethiopian delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the “World Majority for Multipolar Order” forum hosted by Russian from 16th -19th June 2024. On the sidelines of the forum, the vice president engaged in a productive discussion with Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party. In their discussion, Adem mentioned a strong and an age-old relationship between Ethiopia and Russia. The vice president also appreciated Russia for its support and standing by the side of Ethiopia during several difficult occasions. Noting Ethiopia’s membership in the BRICS is a breakthrough in its the diplomatic arena, he extended his gratitude for the government of Russia and the ruling United Russia Party in their support Ethiopia to become a member of this emerging global bloc. Adem further reaffirmed the commitment to cement the existing relationships between Ethiopia and Russia both in government to government and people to people ties. Speaking on the economic aspects, he also stressed the need for creating an enabling environment that would be indispensable for exporting coffee, horticultures, sesame, various grains and other Ethiopian agricultural products directly to the Russian market.   Adem has also invited Leaders of the United Russia Party as well as the Russian investors and members of the business community to visit Ethiopia. Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party on his part expressed his party’s desire to further strengthen the collaboration with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party. Underscoring the unwavering and historical relationship between Ethiopia and Russia, the undersecretary pledged to work together and elevate bilateral ties to new heights. Congratulating Ethiopia for joining BRICS as a new member country, Klimov renewed the determination of the United Russia Party to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia's Prosperity Party in various spheres, ENA learnt from Russia.        
Ethiopia's Aviation Sector Safe, Says International Civil Aviation Organization
Jun 13, 2024 849
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 766
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.          
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Ethiopia, Russia Vow to Consolidate Gov’t and People to people Ties  
Jun 16, 2024 323
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia and Russia will further strengthen their people to people and Government to Government (G2G) relations, said Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) Adem Farah. A High-level Ethiopian delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the “World Majority for Multipolar Order” forum hosted by Russian from 16th -19th June 2024. On the sidelines of the forum, the vice president engaged in a productive discussion with Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party. In their discussion, Adem mentioned a strong and an age-old relationship between Ethiopia and Russia. The vice president also appreciated Russia for its support and standing by the side of Ethiopia during several difficult occasions. Noting Ethiopia’s membership in the BRICS is a breakthrough in its the diplomatic arena, he extended his gratitude for the government of Russia and the ruling United Russia Party in their support Ethiopia to become a member of this emerging global bloc. Adem further reaffirmed the commitment to cement the existing relationships between Ethiopia and Russia both in government to government and people to people ties. Speaking on the economic aspects, he also stressed the need for creating an enabling environment that would be indispensable for exporting coffee, horticultures, sesame, various grains and other Ethiopian agricultural products directly to the Russian market.   Adem has also invited Leaders of the United Russia Party as well as the Russian investors and members of the business community to visit Ethiopia. Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party on his part expressed his party’s desire to further strengthen the collaboration with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party. Underscoring the unwavering and historical relationship between Ethiopia and Russia, the undersecretary pledged to work together and elevate bilateral ties to new heights. Congratulating Ethiopia for joining BRICS as a new member country, Klimov renewed the determination of the United Russia Party to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia's Prosperity Party in various spheres, ENA learnt from Russia.        
Ethiopia's Aviation Sector Safe, Says International Civil Aviation Organization
Jun 13, 2024 849
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 766
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.          
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Ethiopia, Cuba Need to Enhance Cooperation to Address Common Challenges, Says Amb. Nicolás 
Jun 15, 2024 284
Addis Ababa,June15/2024(ENA)-The outgoing Cuban Ambassador to Ethiopia, Jorge Lefebre Nicolás, has underscored the need for deeper cooperation between the two nations to tackle their shared obstacles and aspirations. In a wide-ranging interview he had with ENA, the ambassador reflected on the unbreakable bond forged between Cuba and Ethiopia when Cuban soldiers fought alongside Ethiopian forces to preserve the country's territorial integrity against foreign occupation nearly half a century ago. This friendship, cemented in blood with 163 Cuban lives lost on Ethiopian soil, has blossomed into a multifaceted partnership over the decades, he said. As Ethiopia and Cuba prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in 2025, Ambassador Nicolás emphasized the importance of leveraging this relationship to confront modern-day challenges. Key areas identified for potential collaboration include agriculture, healthcare, education, water resource management, and biotechnology. He stated that agriculture represents a promising avenue, with Cuba offering its four centuries of expertise in the sugar industry to bolster Ethiopia's burgeoning sugar production. Reciprocally, Ethiopia as a major coffee producer could assist Cuba in increasing its coffee yields and varieties. In healthcare, the focus in Ethiopia has evolved from addressing physician shortages to enhancing specialization. In this regard, Cuban experts can train Ethiopian medical professionals in niche fields, while the two nations explore joint bio-pharmaceutical research and development, building on Cuba's success in developing its own COVID-19 vaccines. Ambassador Nicolás also highlighted Cuba's island experience in water transfer systems as valuable for improving agricultural productivity in Ethiopia, a water-rich nation. Recalling, educational and cultural exchanges, which have seen over 5,000 Ethiopians study in Cuba historically, he called for strong South-South cooperation through multilateral blocs like BRICS, of which Ethiopia is the newest member, and the G77. With mutual understanding, the ambassador noted that as Ethiopia and Cuba overcome external pressures and internal obstacles, the half-century bond between the countries could forge an exemplary model of South-South partnership for a more equitable global landscape. According to him, developing economies can rebalance trade negotiations and financial institutions currently dominated by wealthy Northern nations, if united. Ambassador Nicolás expressed optimism that the deep people-to-people connections, rooted in Cuba's indelible African heritage, will buoy relations. While embracing their Latin American identity, Cubans see themselves as an "African country away from the continent" with the island's cultural fabric stitched in African traditions, he elaborated.  
PM Extends Eid al-Adha Best Wishes to Ethiopian Muslims
Jun 15, 2024 325
Addis Ababa, June 15/2024(ENA) Extending his best wishes to Muslims on Eid al-Adha, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has urged Ethiopians to pay the necessary sacrifices for the prosperity of the country. Eid al-Adha, one of the religious holidays of Muslims across the globe, will be celebrate tomorrow. The holiday is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The premier said in his best wish message that there are a lot of lessons that we can draw from the celebration of Eid al-Adha. Among them is the lesson that the rewards for overcoming challenges with endurance exceed the challenges themselves. The Government of Ethiopia set out to attain development realizing that prosperity requires significant obstacles to overcome, he stated, noting that the enormous problems facing the country had been accumulated over time without being solved. However, the government was left with no choice but to pay the price for saving the nation, protecting the long-term interests of citizens, and build a greater country. “There are no people or nations that prospered without sacrifices,” the premier stressed. He further pointed out that there would be no obstacle that hinders us from achieving peace, if we are all willing to sacrifice emotional and other baggage for the sake of peace. The PM emphasized the need to sacrifice attitudes, habits and ideologies that have been growing within us for the sake of the people and the country as the reward of such moves will be more than peace. The national dialogue will be successful only by contributing better ideas and great knowledge with the necessary sacrifices of self-interest, he added. Abiy finally urged all citizens to make themselves ready for sacrifice for the sake of their country by opting for peaceful path and exert efforts for development. “To make our peace lasting, let's prepare to sacrifice some of the things that we nurtured and raised so that the national dialogue could be carried out everywhere in Ethiopia.Let our thoughts be disarmed. Let's go back to plowing. Let's substitutes guns with mowers, do away with rifle and move to consultations.Let's move from ethnic conflict to debates. Let us be ready to sacrifice even what we love and nurture for the sake of the country.”
Ethiopia’s Domestic Production of Drugs, Other Medical Supplies Reaches 36 Percent  
Jun 14, 2024 456
Addis Ababa June 14/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia’s domestic production of drugs and other medical supplies has reached 36 percent, Minister of Health, Mekdes Daba disclosed. The Minister made the remark during the 100-day performance review of current Ethiopian fiscal year held in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The Minister highlighted the successful activities carried out to modernize and expand the health services in the country. The healthcare services being rendered to mothers, children and infants have been improving as a result of measures taken to mitigate problems facing the sector, she stated. The ‘Made in Ethiopia’ national movement which is being carried out over the past two years to encourage domestic manufacturing productivity, have also been playing significant contribution in enhancing local production of drugs and other medical supplies. Ethiopia’s domestic production capacity of drugs and other medical supplies was only 8 percent, the minister said; however, currently, the country has been able to cover 36 percent of drugs and other medical supplies by domestic production. The incentives being provided to encourage domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers and entrants of new investors in the sector are some of the contributing factors for the achievements. She said 2 medicine manufacturing companies have entered into Ethiopia and commenced production over the past 100 days alone. The country is exerting efforts to manufacture drugs and other medical supplies with a vision to cover domestic demand and export to African countries.    
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Farmers in Oromia's West Guji Zone Expanding Cultivation of High-yielding Coffee Varieties
Jun 16, 2024 128
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Farmers in West Guji Zone, Oromia region are expanding the cultivation of higher-yielding coffee varieties, zone Administrator Adula Hirbaye said. A delegation comprising officials from Oronia region visited coffee cultivation and maize developed in a cluster in Abaya Woreda of West Guji Zone. After the visit, West Guji Zone Administrator Adula Hirbaye said coffee is the major cash crop of the Zone, cultivated in six out of its nine woredas. He added that the farmers are replacing the previous coffee plants with the improved coffee varieties after the rigorous training provided to farmers. These new coffee varieties mature for harvest within one year and eight months and have the capacity to yield 12 quintals per hectare, a significant increase compared to older varieties. West Guji Zone contributes a substantial 28 percent of coffee supplies at the national level, according to the administrator. Currently, farmers and semi-pastoralists in almost all districts are fully engaged in producing various crops and vegetables, significantly improving their livelihoods, he noted. A report from Oromia Agriculture Bureau shows that it has been preparing some 2.6 billion coffee nurseries for this year alone as part of the region's major initiative on coffee production. Additionally, the region has prepared 350,000 hectares of land for coffee plantations for this year. With this, the region has set a target of obtaining 12 million quintals of coffee, it was indicated. Oromia region is exerting a maximum effort to transform farmers at investor levels.  
Ethiopia Prioritizes Exploiting Lowland Area Potentials for Irrigation Dev’t, Says MILLs Minister
Jun 16, 2024 220
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands (MILLs) Abraham Belay emphasized expansion of irrigation and exploiting the lowland areas of potential that has been put as priority in Ethiopia’s agricultural development. Currently, Ethiopia has embarked on a transformative journey to secure the country’s food sovereignty and achieve self-sufficiency. According to data from the Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands, Ethiopia’s potential for optimizing irrigation remains largely untapped, with less than 10 percent of arable land currently benefiting from such systems. As part of the government’s endeavors to free Ethiopia from aid dependency, it has been reinforcing numerous activities on irrigation development beyond the rainy season. For instance, following the ongoing far-reaching reform programs, the due attention has been given to the cultivation of summer irrigated wheat. This ambitious project has now resulted in transforming Ethiopia from a wheat importer to a self-sufficient producer and exporter, it was pointed out. Recall that a 100-day performance review of this concluding Ethiopian Fiscal Year was conducted in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Lowland areas development activity which is recently considered as one of the top government’s priorities was thoroughly reviewed during the performance evaluation meeting. Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands (MILLs), Abraham Belay remarked at the conclusion of the 100-day evaluation meeting, he said, adding that irrigation development of the lowland spheres is the most important, since it is among the major focusing areas that have been given in agricultural development plan following the country’s reform. This has been part of the nation’s efforts to put an end to aid dependency in Ethiopia by developing potential natural resources, the minister elaborated. To this effect, Abraham mentioned that irrigation projects that would benefit the society are being carried out in various lowland areas and the projects are instrumental to revolutionize the country’s agricultural landscape. He further underlined that the completion of those irrigation projects on time is also a primary next focus. The minister hoped that the irrigation projects will bring about more potential in increasing the production and productivity of the lowland areas. Considering Ethiopia’s lowlands irrigation development as one of top priorities, the East African nation is working hard to unlock the productivity of lowlands that would significantly contribute to its national food security and economic resilience, it was indicated.    
Ethiopia Can Balance Electric Power Interconnection of Region: APRA Secretariat Head
Jun 15, 2024 285
Addis Ababa, June 15/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia can play a role of balance for the region by ensuring electric power system interconnection with neighboring countries, Accelerated Partnership for Renewables in Africa (APRA) Secretariat Head Safiatou Alzouma said. Ethiopia has a significant renewable energy potential with hydropower estimated at 45 gigawatts, while wind and geothermal have a combined potential capacity of 15 gigawatts. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the secretariat head said APRA recognizes the importance of aligning the national priorities and frameworks of African countries ensuring that initiatives are not only relevant but also sustainable in the long-term. APRA engagement, therefore, includes country consultations as well as the development of national action plans encompassing all necessary interventions essential to expedite the nations’ journey towards ambitious renewable energy development and green growth. Ethiopia is a country endowed with tremendous renewable energy resources, be it hydro, wind, geothermal, solar and biomass, among others. Citing Ethiopia as one of the 7 countries of APRA that includes Kenya, Ghana, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe, Alzouma commended the cooperation of the secretariat with all pertinent stakeholders in Ethiopia using holistic and inclusive approach. “What we are promoting through APRA for its all member countries, including Ethiopia, is really the coordination on mobilizing finance, engaging the private sector, building the skills and sustainable development of renewable energy,” she said. Highlighting that there is a huge commitment from Ethiopia in the renewable energy sector, the head pointed out that Ethiopia is immensely endowed with huge renewable energy potential, mainly hydro. “Ethiopia is very endowed with huge renewable energy potential, mainly hydro. If you look at the power mix of the country, it is over 90 percent of hydro. So, Ethiopia can play a big role, a role of balance for the region,” Alzouma noted. For her, the good thing is that Ethiopia has already created interconnection with neighboring countries like Kenya and Djibouti. The good thing is that you have already been implementing interconnection with your neighboring countries like Kenya, Djibouti. So, through Ethiopia, they will really balance the intermittence of renewable energy base power that will come from other countries. The Ministry of Water and Energy recently revealed that Ethiopia has been playing a leading role in creating energy ties with neighboring countries as the country is successfully supplying energy to its neighboring countries of Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya.    
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Youth Digital Engagement Platform Launched in Ethiopia
Jun 13, 2024 620
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 2117
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 2962
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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Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 32831
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 36376
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.  
Environment
Green Dev't Unlocked Local Economic Potentials, Says Dire Dawa City Deputy Mayor  
Jun 7, 2024 1636
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 1602
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 1994
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 1628
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 59784
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.
Africa’s Sustainable Growth Hinges on Science, Technology and Innovation: Experts
Mar 3, 2023 55288
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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Wollega: A Hub of Untapped Agricultural Potential
Jun 15, 2024 278
BY GIRMA MIRGISA Eight years have elapsed since the author has traveled to Wollega, a place in western Ethiopia, Oromia regional state. With tantalizing natural beauty carpeted with greenery and colorful natural wild flowers, Wollega is the most fertile land that gives all kinds of products enough to feed million. The writer recalls the breathtaking lush green fields and panoramic landscape which would certainly captivate the eyes of a visitor or a person on duty to the Wollega. Wollega boasts its diverse landscape, fertile farmland with various types of crops, expansive forested areas, and undulating hills and a range of mountains. Endowed with exotic flora and fauna, the area is listed as one of the sources of forest and cultivated coffee, spices, honey and abundant livestock resources. Wollega has vast mineral resources including gold, platinum, iron ore, coal, granite and marble. With their smiling faces and welcoming gestures, the people of Wollega Zones are well known for their incredible hospitality, generosity and spirit of peace and friendships. Agriculture is the mainstay of the local economy, with crops such as teff, maize, sorghum, and coffee as the main cash crop major products. If you happen to travel to Wollega, you would certainly be invited to dine on traditional foods like Chumbo, Anchote and a host of other fresh food stuffs that fill your mouth with saliva. However, over the last few years, Wollega has experienced devastative security problems that prevailed both in the rural and urban settings of the zones. These security problems caused a sort of insecurity among those who travel to the area on business and other activities they wish to accomplish in the zones. Moreover, a number of development programs and projects launched by the federal and Oromia Regional governments were stalled due to security problems that also resulted in the delay of projects planned for the development of the zones in Wollega. The government and the people of the areas have been exerting efforts to bring peace. Now things are improving with a restoration of peace and tranquility in the zones in Wollega, development programs launched by the federal and Oromia regional Governments were reinvigorated while farmers in the zone have started to cultivate their lands exploiting the favorable rainfall in the area. Once again business in the zone is flourishing with improvements in safety on transport networks. Students are back to school and getting ready for final exams while local merchants are busy transporting various types of commodities badly needed by the population in the zones. Recently, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed a huge rally staged by residents of Wollega drawn from four zones in Nekemte where he told them the government will remain committed to addressing the various development and social needs of the population in the zones. The residents on their part expressed their strong support for the multifaceted efforts that are being undertaken by the government. Last week, a delegation led by Oromia Region Agriculture Bureau, Head Getu Gemechu conducted a working visit to various agricultural development activities being carried out in the East Wollega, West Wollega and Qellem Wollega Zones. I have joined a team of journalists who were deployed to the zone to cover the multi-sector development programs. As we arrived at each zone officials and representatives of farmers in the zones offered us a warm welcome. The hospitality and warm welcome accorded to the officials and our team is typical of the population in the areas we visited and shows the extent to which peace and friendship has become a cultural heritage of the people which had transcended from generation to generation. Over the course of one week, the writer was able to cruise through a cluster of maize, coffee, avocado, pig breeding and fattening farms and other agricultural development activities across the zones. The writer of this article has noticed the commitment, tenacity, diligence and enthusiasm that the farmers have shown in improving their production and productivity in the various areas of cluster farming at this critical period of farming season in the respective zones. They have been implementing cluster farming on various crops including maize, coffee, barely and others. Cluster farming involves grouping small-scale farmers together to create economies of scale, coordinate production, and share resources and infrastructure. This model was identified as a means to enhance the productivity, efficiency, and market access to smallholder farmers in Wollega. Therefore, the cluster farming approach in Wollega represents an attempt to leverage the benefits of collective action and economies of scale to support smallholder agricultural development in the zones. The government has been intensively introducing various initiatives to enhance agricultural productivity with a view of ensuring food self-sufficiency and import substitution. These initiatives have also brought significant changes in the production of various fruits such as avocado, bananas and papaya in the zones visited by the author and other zones in Oromia Regional State. The technical and administrative support provided to the cluster farmers by agricultural experts in the zones have immensely contributed to the enhancement of agricultural production and productivity. The author had the chance to talk with farmers, regional and zonal officials, each with a unique story to tell about the challenges they had faced and the successes they have registered in the agriculture sector. For instance, recently, avocado has become an important cash crop for smallholder farmers in the Wollega, contributing to increased income generation and export earnings for Ethiopia. Jirenya Abera is one of many farmers who are benefiting from avocado production in the East Wollega Zone. He said “I have been engaged in avocado production over the past four years as the government has paid attention to transform the sector.” Now he has been able to own 380 avocados and 250 coffee trees and he is expecting a bumper harvest very soon. He is planning to export the products to other countries. Farmers in the region are aware of the economic advantages of avocado; as the result production of the fruit has been rising steadily. The farmers in Wollega who talked to the writer are not simply growing crops; they are producing coffee seedlings, honey production and are engaged in pig farming. Coffee is a major economic and cultural pace setter in the zones the author has visited. These agricultural activities have supported the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers. Coffee plants thrive in the highlands and mountainous terrains of Wollega where smallholder farmers cultivate both Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties. The coffee industry remains a vital part of Wollega's economy and cultural identity and provides livelihood opportunities for millions while also shaping the area’s unique cultural traditions also being a major export commodity at the global market from the region. Traditional, shade-grown coffee farming methods are commonly practiced, intercropping coffee plants with other crops and trees. Over the years scaling up coffee production in Ethiopia has been a pivotal focus with the objective of enhancing the competitiveness and quality production of the country's coffee sector. It is also critical to improve the productivity and quality of Ethiopian coffee, ultimately benefiting the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Oromia Regional Agriculture Bureau Head Getu Gemechu said Wollega has immense untapped agricultural potential given its favorable natural endowments. Various initiatives are being implemented to improve the livelihood of farmers by carrying out agricultural development activities across the zones in Wollega and other zones in the Oromia region. The author reports that throughout his stay in the zones in the Wollega area, I was thrilled by the commitment and unshakable resilience of the farmers. The writer of this article was able to closely observe efforts underway by the farmers in the zones to improve their livelihood and play an active role in transforming the agriculture sector. It is important to provide agriculture imputes for farmers on time including fertilizers and improving seeds. By simultaneously addressing these multiple agricultural activities, smallholder farmers in Wollega need to be further empowered to become more productive, profitable, and integrated into lucrative agricultural value chains. Some global commercial media outlets and social media houses have always been busy misinforming the local and international community and politicizing the situation in the zones in Wollega. Despite the shortfalls and challenges the zones have faced, the farmers in the region are emerging victorious as the result of the peace and stability that has been restoring in the areas visited by the author. It is inappropriate to commercialize the plight of the people in the region while it is possible to document the reality on the ground. The people in the four zones of Wollega are striving for prosperity while as the same time addressing the challenges of instability in the areas. ‘Wollega is the Land of Peace and Greenery.’      
Enduring Dedication of Ethiopia's National Defense Force to Int'l  Peace
Jun 7, 2024 1899
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.
Ethiopian News Agency
2023