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Space Science and Geospatial Institute to Share High-Resolution Satellite Data Freely
Apr 17, 2024 205
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI) announced that it has made high-resolution satellite data freely available to stakeholders in the country. The data was collected through a collaborative project signed with China's Ministry of Natural Resources in April, 2023. The institute held a national workshop to popularize high-resolution data collected from the Chinese Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Centre (LASAC) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) today.   Space Science and Geospatial Institute Deputy Director-General Bethelhem Nigussie said on the occasion that the 5-year LASAC project has resulted in a detailed satellite imagery covering the entire country. According to her, the institute is now ready to exchange the data with stakeholders for free based on provisional agreements to be reached soon. The data can be used for various purposes, including natural resources, agriculture and livestock, it was learned. In particular, the data will be helpful in managing natural disasters like floods and droughts, which are common in Ethiopia. Challenges such as data accessibility, lack of skilled personnel, and infrastructure limitations were identified during a workshop held by SSGI to discuss using the data. Meanwhile, SSGI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ethiopian Statistical Service to facilitate data and information sharing. Space Science and Geospatial Institute Director-General Abdisa Yilma and Ethiopian Statistical Service Director-General Beker Shale signed the agreement.  
ETHIOPIA TAMRIT  Street Run To Be Held on Coming Sunday
Apr 17, 2024 118
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Industry, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Athletics Federation organized ETHIOPIA TAMRIT (Let Ethiopia Produce" 10 km street run on April 21, 2024. ETHIOPIA TAMRIT is a national manufacturing industry movement that was launched in May 2022 with the objective to boosting competitiveness of the sector by solving the bottlenecks in a sustainable, integrated and comprehensive manner. The street run aims to further promote industrial products and create linkage between producers. Briefing media today, state minister of Industry Terekegn Bululta recalled that ‘Let Ethiopia Produce’ movement launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in order to bring about a sustainable structural transition in the industry sector. The movement, as part of the 10-year development plan for the industry sector anticipates addressing the challenges that producers at all levels confront and creating a favorable business environment in the manufacturing process. Since, then the movement has been registering remarkable accomplishments in encouraging import substitution, promoting export and contributing to expand production and productivity. He elaborated that efforts have been carrying out to rejuvenate manufacturing the sector though various programs including street run, bazaar and exhibition as well as networking producers. The 10 km street run is one of the programs organized for the 3rd year of the movement. Thus, he added that the aim is to support manufacturing industries by investing in the sports sector, promote sport goods produced by local manufacturers, and create the necessary market linkages and attract investment in the sector. It was indicated on the occasion that 10,000 people from the manufacturing industry, partner organizations, diplomatic communities and 22 athletic clubs are expected to participate at the event, which will be held in Addis Ababa. The first and second winners will receive 250,000 and 150,000 birr award respectively, while the 3rd winners will receive 100,000 birr.    
Oromia's Summer Irrigation Initiative Yields Over 68.6 Million Quintals of Wheat
Apr 17, 2024 130
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Oromia Region's successful Summer Irrigation Wheat Cultivation Initiative has resulted in a remarkable harvest of over 68.6 million quintals, as confirmed by the Regional Agriculture Bureau. Head of Oromia Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemchu, accompanied by government officials, visited the fields of Agarfa district farmers in the Bale zone. These farmers have adopted underground water irrigation techniques to cultivate summer wheat. During the visit, Getu emphasized the regional government's commitment to supporting farmers in exploring various water alternatives for agricultural development. Driven by a focus on food security and market development, the region has witnessed the cultivation of more than 2.8 million hectares of summer irrigated wheat. To date, a staggering 68.6 million quintals of crops have been harvested from 1.9 million hectares of land. Getu expressed determination to achieve the targeted production of 105 million quintals through further harvesting, taking into account the ecological conditions of the area. One of the participating farmers from Agarfa district, Hussain Ahmed, highlighted the significant improvement in their agricultural endeavors. Previously hindered by water scarcity, they have now found success in wheat cultivation by utilizing local water sources in addition to rain water. Another farmer, Seyoum Gossa, shared his experience, stating that through learning irrigation techniques for summer wheat cultivation, they have achieved an impressive yield of up to 45 quintals per hectare. He credited the government's provision of long-term loans, which enabled the expansion of water pumping engine infrastructure, as a catalyst for their progress. The government of Ethiopia has been carrying out nationwide agricultural development initiative focusing on wheat and other key crops with the objective to ensuring food self-sufficiency, import substitution and enhance export trade.
Council of Ministers Approves Transitional Justice Policy
Apr 17, 2024 196
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Council of Ministers has approved the draft Transitional Justice Policy today. According to a statement issued by the council, the approved policy will be effective as of its date of approval. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, civil conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continue in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators, the statement added. However, these approaches have not yet brought about the desired lasting 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. A draft policy unanimously approved was submitted to the Council of Ministers to manage and implement the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level, it was learned. Additionally, the council has deliberated on federal civil servants draft bill. The draft bill was presented at the 29th regular session of the Council of Ministers to enable the implementation of the policy based on the approved Public Service Delivery and Administration Policy. It is also expected to be instrumental in resolving the gaps in the implementation process of the draft decree that was approved in 2010, the statement explained. In particular, the draft bill has been prepared to establish a system that could fit with the times and solve the problems witnessed in realizing a free, independent, efficient, accessible and accountable administration. The council discussed the draft decree in detail and unanimously referred it to the House of People's Representative for approval.      
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Space Science and Geospatial Institute to Share High-Resolution Satellite Data Freely
Apr 17, 2024 205
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI) announced that it has made high-resolution satellite data freely available to stakeholders in the country. The data was collected through a collaborative project signed with China's Ministry of Natural Resources in April, 2023. The institute held a national workshop to popularize high-resolution data collected from the Chinese Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Centre (LASAC) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) today.   Space Science and Geospatial Institute Deputy Director-General Bethelhem Nigussie said on the occasion that the 5-year LASAC project has resulted in a detailed satellite imagery covering the entire country. According to her, the institute is now ready to exchange the data with stakeholders for free based on provisional agreements to be reached soon. The data can be used for various purposes, including natural resources, agriculture and livestock, it was learned. In particular, the data will be helpful in managing natural disasters like floods and droughts, which are common in Ethiopia. Challenges such as data accessibility, lack of skilled personnel, and infrastructure limitations were identified during a workshop held by SSGI to discuss using the data. Meanwhile, SSGI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ethiopian Statistical Service to facilitate data and information sharing. Space Science and Geospatial Institute Director-General Abdisa Yilma and Ethiopian Statistical Service Director-General Beker Shale signed the agreement.  
ETHIOPIA TAMRIT  Street Run To Be Held on Coming Sunday
Apr 17, 2024 118
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Industry, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Athletics Federation organized ETHIOPIA TAMRIT (Let Ethiopia Produce" 10 km street run on April 21, 2024. ETHIOPIA TAMRIT is a national manufacturing industry movement that was launched in May 2022 with the objective to boosting competitiveness of the sector by solving the bottlenecks in a sustainable, integrated and comprehensive manner. The street run aims to further promote industrial products and create linkage between producers. Briefing media today, state minister of Industry Terekegn Bululta recalled that ‘Let Ethiopia Produce’ movement launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in order to bring about a sustainable structural transition in the industry sector. The movement, as part of the 10-year development plan for the industry sector anticipates addressing the challenges that producers at all levels confront and creating a favorable business environment in the manufacturing process. Since, then the movement has been registering remarkable accomplishments in encouraging import substitution, promoting export and contributing to expand production and productivity. He elaborated that efforts have been carrying out to rejuvenate manufacturing the sector though various programs including street run, bazaar and exhibition as well as networking producers. The 10 km street run is one of the programs organized for the 3rd year of the movement. Thus, he added that the aim is to support manufacturing industries by investing in the sports sector, promote sport goods produced by local manufacturers, and create the necessary market linkages and attract investment in the sector. It was indicated on the occasion that 10,000 people from the manufacturing industry, partner organizations, diplomatic communities and 22 athletic clubs are expected to participate at the event, which will be held in Addis Ababa. The first and second winners will receive 250,000 and 150,000 birr award respectively, while the 3rd winners will receive 100,000 birr.    
Council of Ministers Approves Transitional Justice Policy
Apr 17, 2024 196
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Council of Ministers has approved the draft Transitional Justice Policy today. According to a statement issued by the council, the approved policy will be effective as of its date of approval. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, civil conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continue in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators, the statement added. However, these approaches have not yet brought about the desired lasting 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. A draft policy unanimously approved was submitted to the Council of Ministers to manage and implement the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level, it was learned. Additionally, the council has deliberated on federal civil servants draft bill. The draft bill was presented at the 29th regular session of the Council of Ministers to enable the implementation of the policy based on the approved Public Service Delivery and Administration Policy. It is also expected to be instrumental in resolving the gaps in the implementation process of the draft decree that was approved in 2010, the statement explained. In particular, the draft bill has been prepared to establish a system that could fit with the times and solve the problems witnessed in realizing a free, independent, efficient, accessible and accountable administration. The council discussed the draft decree in detail and unanimously referred it to the House of People's Representative for approval.      
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Council of Ministers Approves Transitional Justice Policy
Apr 17, 2024 196
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Council of Ministers has approved the draft Transitional Justice Policy today. According to a statement issued by the council, the approved policy will be effective as of its date of approval. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, civil conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continue in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators, the statement added. However, these approaches have not yet brought about the desired lasting 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. A draft policy unanimously approved was submitted to the Council of Ministers to manage and implement the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level, it was learned. Additionally, the council has deliberated on federal civil servants draft bill. The draft bill was presented at the 29th regular session of the Council of Ministers to enable the implementation of the policy based on the approved Public Service Delivery and Administration Policy. It is also expected to be instrumental in resolving the gaps in the implementation process of the draft decree that was approved in 2010, the statement explained. In particular, the draft bill has been prepared to establish a system that could fit with the times and solve the problems witnessed in realizing a free, independent, efficient, accessible and accountable administration. The council discussed the draft decree in detail and unanimously referred it to the House of People's Representative for approval.      
Ethiopia's Indigenous Knowledge Plays Huge Role in Governance, Scientific Discoveries: American Prof.
Apr 16, 2024 712
Addis Ababa, April 16/2024 (ENA) Indigenous knowledge plays huge role in the development of both in modernizing governance and scientific discoveries, California University Anthropology Professor Donald L. Donham said. An on-going three-day workshop on culture and history opened at Jinka University yesterday. California University Anthropologist Professor Donham noted that Ethiopia has remarkable wealth of indigenous knowledge and cultures. The professor with over five decades of research activities across, Africa, including Ethiopia, has published books on sociological and political issues. According to him, most of his research and study years have been dedicated to Ethiopia, and believes that the country is endowed with beautiful landscapes and diverse cultures.   The paper presented by Professor Donham, "Ethiopia's Foundation and Indigenous Knowledge for Conflict Resolution," emphasizes the role of multi-culture and multiple identity for the emergence of the new Ethiopia. He explored the critical role indigenous knowledge from various cultures plays in shaping modern governance and scientific discoveries in Ethiopia. The professor also underscored the power of traditional conflict resolution methods embedded within indigenous knowledge to foster solidarity and promote lasting peace. Professor Donham finally called on universities and research institutions to actively develop and integrate these valuable systems into modern governance practices and Ethiopia's scientific advancements.   Jinka University Academic Vice President, Elias Alemu, said the aim of the workshop is to foster collaboration between historians and social scientists. He envisions that the gathering would serve as a catalyst for universities and research institutes, both within and beyond Ethiopia's borders, to work together in research endeavors.   Hawasa University Social Anthropology lecturer, Hana Getachew, on her part stressed the importance of the workshop in fostering a global exchange of knowledge and experience. She emphasizes the need for social scientists to transcend disciplinary boundaries, urging researchers to delve into diverse cultures and unearth the wealth of crucial, yet often forgotten, values embedded within them.      
Ethiopia Accomplished Grand Diplomatic Achievements in Reform Years, Says FM Taye
Apr 12, 2024 2170
Addis Ababa, April 12/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has registered grand diplomatic achievements over the last 6 years, Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie said today. In his opening remark to a panel discussion organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the accomplishments gained during the reform years, FM Taye said Ethiopia has prevailed despite challenges.   According to him, Ethiopia still remains the regional power pool. Through its efforts to ensure peace and security in neighboring countries, Ethiopia has played unparalleled role in maintaining stability in the Horn of Africa region, the minister noted. Joining BRICS was a remarkable achievement that will have paramount effect in uplifting the country’s diplomatic gains, the minister stated. Furthermore, FM Taye pointed out that the Green Legacy Initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was among the very commendable achievements in terms of climate change mitigation. Had the over 32 billion trees planted through the initiative been monetized, it would have been billions of USD worth investment on environmental protection, he emphasized. The minister pointed out that political sovereignty is often eroded due to poverty, adding that Ethiopia has in this regard accelerated its journey to ensure food security through boosting production and productivity of dry season wheat. Ethiopia is currently cultivating dry season wheat on 3 million hectares of land, and is expecting to harvest 120 million quintals. FM Taye noted that this will eventually increase and break the chain of poverty and ensure food self-sufficiency. Moreover, he stressed that the reform has enabled Ethiopia to ensure its development right with regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) through diplomacy.        
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Council of Ministers Approves Transitional Justice Policy
Apr 17, 2024 196
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Council of Ministers has approved the draft Transitional Justice Policy today. According to a statement issued by the council, the approved policy will be effective as of its date of approval. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, civil conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continue in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators, the statement added. However, these approaches have not yet brought about the desired lasting 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. A draft policy unanimously approved was submitted to the Council of Ministers to manage and implement the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level, it was learned. Additionally, the council has deliberated on federal civil servants draft bill. The draft bill was presented at the 29th regular session of the Council of Ministers to enable the implementation of the policy based on the approved Public Service Delivery and Administration Policy. It is also expected to be instrumental in resolving the gaps in the implementation process of the draft decree that was approved in 2010, the statement explained. In particular, the draft bill has been prepared to establish a system that could fit with the times and solve the problems witnessed in realizing a free, independent, efficient, accessible and accountable administration. The council discussed the draft decree in detail and unanimously referred it to the House of People's Representative for approval.      
Ethiopia's Indigenous Knowledge Plays Huge Role in Governance, Scientific Discoveries: American Prof.
Apr 16, 2024 712
Addis Ababa, April 16/2024 (ENA) Indigenous knowledge plays huge role in the development of both in modernizing governance and scientific discoveries, California University Anthropology Professor Donald L. Donham said. An on-going three-day workshop on culture and history opened at Jinka University yesterday. California University Anthropologist Professor Donham noted that Ethiopia has remarkable wealth of indigenous knowledge and cultures. The professor with over five decades of research activities across, Africa, including Ethiopia, has published books on sociological and political issues. According to him, most of his research and study years have been dedicated to Ethiopia, and believes that the country is endowed with beautiful landscapes and diverse cultures.   The paper presented by Professor Donham, "Ethiopia's Foundation and Indigenous Knowledge for Conflict Resolution," emphasizes the role of multi-culture and multiple identity for the emergence of the new Ethiopia. He explored the critical role indigenous knowledge from various cultures plays in shaping modern governance and scientific discoveries in Ethiopia. The professor also underscored the power of traditional conflict resolution methods embedded within indigenous knowledge to foster solidarity and promote lasting peace. Professor Donham finally called on universities and research institutions to actively develop and integrate these valuable systems into modern governance practices and Ethiopia's scientific advancements.   Jinka University Academic Vice President, Elias Alemu, said the aim of the workshop is to foster collaboration between historians and social scientists. He envisions that the gathering would serve as a catalyst for universities and research institutes, both within and beyond Ethiopia's borders, to work together in research endeavors.   Hawasa University Social Anthropology lecturer, Hana Getachew, on her part stressed the importance of the workshop in fostering a global exchange of knowledge and experience. She emphasizes the need for social scientists to transcend disciplinary boundaries, urging researchers to delve into diverse cultures and unearth the wealth of crucial, yet often forgotten, values embedded within them.      
Ethiopia Accomplished Grand Diplomatic Achievements in Reform Years, Says FM Taye
Apr 12, 2024 2170
Addis Ababa, April 12/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has registered grand diplomatic achievements over the last 6 years, Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie said today. In his opening remark to a panel discussion organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the accomplishments gained during the reform years, FM Taye said Ethiopia has prevailed despite challenges.   According to him, Ethiopia still remains the regional power pool. Through its efforts to ensure peace and security in neighboring countries, Ethiopia has played unparalleled role in maintaining stability in the Horn of Africa region, the minister noted. Joining BRICS was a remarkable achievement that will have paramount effect in uplifting the country’s diplomatic gains, the minister stated. Furthermore, FM Taye pointed out that the Green Legacy Initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was among the very commendable achievements in terms of climate change mitigation. Had the over 32 billion trees planted through the initiative been monetized, it would have been billions of USD worth investment on environmental protection, he emphasized. The minister pointed out that political sovereignty is often eroded due to poverty, adding that Ethiopia has in this regard accelerated its journey to ensure food security through boosting production and productivity of dry season wheat. Ethiopia is currently cultivating dry season wheat on 3 million hectares of land, and is expecting to harvest 120 million quintals. FM Taye noted that this will eventually increase and break the chain of poverty and ensure food self-sufficiency. Moreover, he stressed that the reform has enabled Ethiopia to ensure its development right with regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) through diplomacy.        
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Religious Fathers Have More Serious Calling to Teach People to Live Together: Kenya Inter-Religious Council Head
Apr 17, 2024 330
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) There is a more serious calling now for religious fathers to teach about other people and how we can live together, the Executive Director of Inter-Religious Council of Kenya Abdirahman Ismail told ENA on the side lines of the Second International Religious Institutions Conference held in Addis Ababa. We have very many challenges and conflicts around us in the Horn of Africa region, which is prone to conflict, the executive director noted, adding that the conference is about the spirit of peace, Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths. Speaking about the role of religious leaders, Ismail said there is a more serious calling now for religious fathers to teach about other people and how we can live together.   In Ethiopia different religions have been coexisting for a long period. Both Christianity and Islam have great history, he noted. “The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, peace be upon him, sent his companions to go to Ethiopia. He told that they will get protection and safety there. There was a just Christian leader at the time. Ethiopia is also a country that has a long history devoid of colonialism.” According to him, the people have learned that Ethiopians all together make one great Ethiopia. “Ethiopia is a great nation, and it's a leader in Africa. When Ethiopia succeeds, the rest of Africa will succeed, especially the Horn. We (therefore) pray for Ethiopia, we pray for Ethiopians.” The Kenya Inter-Religious Council Executive Director added that the conference is an amazing gathering that has brought people of faith and religious leaders from different faiths, including Christians Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical, Adventist, and Muslim, among others, to Addis Ababa. “I am happy to be in Addis Ababa, which is the new flower. And I pray for the city of Addis Ababa, the new flower, and say at the outset may this flower keep blooming.”   Burundi Inter-Religious Council General Secretary Louis Pasteur Nizigiyimana said on his part that the conference is very important because it’s a gathering from which we can share experiences of what others are doing in their contexts in their countries. He thinks it is important for religious leaders and fathers to have a critical role in societies. “In Burundi where I live and work, we have been implementing a project which aims to contribute to the dialogue between the political parties.” For religious leaders, it's important to play that key role even in advancing the development of our countries in Africa, Nizigiyimana underscored. Also, “it’s important for the fathers and religious leaders to give guidance and to give instruction to the youth so that they can remain in the good lands of our holy books.”   Ethiopia Inter-Religious Council Secretary General, Tagay Tadele, said it is critical to work in collaboration with various religious leaders to advance interfaith harmony and human dignity, and preserve the environment. The Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia is committed to enhancing its partnership with different national, regional and international partner organizations to advance a culture of peace, interfaith dialogue and environmental protection, he stated.   G20 Interfaith Forum Association President, Professor Cole Durham, pointed out that it's very helpful to bring together religious leaders to discuss many of the pressing problems human beings face today. Maybe the most urgent social problems or problems those religious communities have cared about for literally for centuries, the professor said, adding that yet, too often in our time, people forget the importance of listening to the different religious voices. According to Professor Durham, people “care about protecting the environment and preventing trafficking. There are all kinds of common social issues that will be dealt with better if religious actors are taken into account.”                                      
Germany Donates Medical Equipment Worth 3.6 Million Euros to Hospitals in Ethiopia 
Apr 16, 2024 634
Addis Ababa, April 16/2024 (ENA) The government of Germany donated ICU medical equipment and other materials totaling 3.6 million euros to eight teaching hospitals in Ethiopia. NIRAS Germany, project Team leader, Gert kluge handed over the equipment to Infrastructural Development and Supply Desk Head at the Ministry of Education, Zewdu Kassa today.   Speaking on the occasion, Gert kluge said the support provided by the German Development Bank, KFW through the German Financial Cooperation to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education (MoE) for capacity building and development in the biomedical sector in Ethiopia. The provision is part of 16.5 million Euro grant support launched in 2020 to support College, teaching hospitals, and Universities in different regions of the country, he added. The support aims to enhance and extend the training of biomedical technicians and engineers while upgrading medical care in the hospitals, according to kluge. “We the Biomedical project from the NIRAS Germany got the mandate from both governments to execute the procurement of equipment and tools, including the installation and the onsite training.” The Team leader further said ‘’Today, we present the first in a series of procurement that includes more than 843 piece of ICU and OR medical equipment such as ICU beds, ventilator, oxygen concentrates, patient monitors among others.” In addition, 109 pieces of Tool kits and instruments for Biomedical maintenance workshops are included in the items, he added.   Infrastructural Development and supply Desk Head at the Ministry of Education Zewdu Kassa said the purpose of the project is to improve Technical and vocational Education and Training system as the Higher Education System in both quantitative and qualitative terms in the area of Biomedical Training. Beyond enhancing the capacity of the hospitals, the support will also contribute in ensuring the quality of education in the field of area as well as enhances the skill of maintenance in medical equipment and improve existing medical services rendered in the hospitals.   Human Resource Development and Improvement Lead Executive Officer at the Ministry of Health Assgid Samuel also said the medical equipment will help to further strengthen the existing the medical services to patients. The items will be distributed to 8 teaching hospitals including Dilchora Hospital, Dessie Referral hospital, Adama Hospital, Felege- Hiwot Referral Hospital, Ayder Referral hospital, and Arbaminch Referral hospital, Black Lion (Tikur Anbessa) Specialized Hospital, and Jimma University Medical Center.              
Adwa Victory Memorial Museum Visited by Over 31,000 People in Month
Apr 16, 2024 514
Addis Ababa, April 16 /2024 (ENA) The recently inaugurated Adwa Victory Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa has become a major attraction, drawing over 31,000 visitors in its first month of operation, the General Manager disclosed. The Adwa Victory Memorial Museum that commemorates Ethiopia's historic victory at the Battle of Adwa in 1896 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on February 11, 2024. The architectural design of the memorial that spans five hectares itself is a powerful symbol, reflecting the unity and sacrifice of Ethiopians from all walks of life, including farmers and women. The entrance gates of Adwa Victory Memorial are also named as East Heroes Gate, West Heroes Gate, North Heroes Gate, South Heroes Gate, Cavalry Gate, Patriot Gate, and Pan-Africanism Gate. Adwa Victory Memorial, which is a symbol of the freedom of Africans and all black people, was opened for public viewing on March 16, 2024. Adwa Victory Memorial Museum General Manager, Wbayehu Mamo stated that 31,750 people have visited the memorial between March 16 and April 15, 2024. “Recall this memorial was opened to the public on March 16, 2024. The commercial area is catering to the needs of visiting customers. In addition to the history, there are also donated spaces.” The Adwa Victory Memorial has already welcomed dignitaries – heads of state, diplomats, and delegates attending the 37th African Union Leaders Conference held in Addis Ababa earlier this year. "It is our duty to inform history. This is crucial for the government because it realized the memorial after 128 years. It is pivotal to transmit the spirit of the victory of Adwa to this generation in all age levels and all people from any institution should visit it. We are bringing them here and we are working to make them grow up knowing their history and knowledge.” The memorial is well-equipped to host future African Union events, featuring a grand Pan-African Hall that can host 0ver 2,500 guests, conference rooms, restaurants, cafeterias and a children's museum. It has modern amenities, including 1,000-vehicle parking lot, gym and others.
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ETHIOPIA TAMRIT  Street Run To Be Held on Coming Sunday
Apr 17, 2024 118
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Industry, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Athletics Federation organized ETHIOPIA TAMRIT (Let Ethiopia Produce" 10 km street run on April 21, 2024. ETHIOPIA TAMRIT is a national manufacturing industry movement that was launched in May 2022 with the objective to boosting competitiveness of the sector by solving the bottlenecks in a sustainable, integrated and comprehensive manner. The street run aims to further promote industrial products and create linkage between producers. Briefing media today, state minister of Industry Terekegn Bululta recalled that ‘Let Ethiopia Produce’ movement launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in order to bring about a sustainable structural transition in the industry sector. The movement, as part of the 10-year development plan for the industry sector anticipates addressing the challenges that producers at all levels confront and creating a favorable business environment in the manufacturing process. Since, then the movement has been registering remarkable accomplishments in encouraging import substitution, promoting export and contributing to expand production and productivity. He elaborated that efforts have been carrying out to rejuvenate manufacturing the sector though various programs including street run, bazaar and exhibition as well as networking producers. The 10 km street run is one of the programs organized for the 3rd year of the movement. Thus, he added that the aim is to support manufacturing industries by investing in the sports sector, promote sport goods produced by local manufacturers, and create the necessary market linkages and attract investment in the sector. It was indicated on the occasion that 10,000 people from the manufacturing industry, partner organizations, diplomatic communities and 22 athletic clubs are expected to participate at the event, which will be held in Addis Ababa. The first and second winners will receive 250,000 and 150,000 birr award respectively, while the 3rd winners will receive 100,000 birr.    
Oromia's Summer Irrigation Initiative Yields Over 68.6 Million Quintals of Wheat
Apr 17, 2024 130
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Oromia Region's successful Summer Irrigation Wheat Cultivation Initiative has resulted in a remarkable harvest of over 68.6 million quintals, as confirmed by the Regional Agriculture Bureau. Head of Oromia Agriculture Bureau, Getu Gemchu, accompanied by government officials, visited the fields of Agarfa district farmers in the Bale zone. These farmers have adopted underground water irrigation techniques to cultivate summer wheat. During the visit, Getu emphasized the regional government's commitment to supporting farmers in exploring various water alternatives for agricultural development. Driven by a focus on food security and market development, the region has witnessed the cultivation of more than 2.8 million hectares of summer irrigated wheat. To date, a staggering 68.6 million quintals of crops have been harvested from 1.9 million hectares of land. Getu expressed determination to achieve the targeted production of 105 million quintals through further harvesting, taking into account the ecological conditions of the area. One of the participating farmers from Agarfa district, Hussain Ahmed, highlighted the significant improvement in their agricultural endeavors. Previously hindered by water scarcity, they have now found success in wheat cultivation by utilizing local water sources in addition to rain water. Another farmer, Seyoum Gossa, shared his experience, stating that through learning irrigation techniques for summer wheat cultivation, they have achieved an impressive yield of up to 45 quintals per hectare. He credited the government's provision of long-term loans, which enabled the expansion of water pumping engine infrastructure, as a catalyst for their progress. The government of Ethiopia has been carrying out nationwide agricultural development initiative focusing on wheat and other key crops with the objective to ensuring food self-sufficiency, import substitution and enhance export trade.
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Space Science and Geospatial Institute to Share High-Resolution Satellite Data Freely
Apr 17, 2024 205
Addis Ababa, April 17/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI) announced that it has made high-resolution satellite data freely available to stakeholders in the country. The data was collected through a collaborative project signed with China's Ministry of Natural Resources in April, 2023. The institute held a national workshop to popularize high-resolution data collected from the Chinese Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Centre (LASAC) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) today.   Space Science and Geospatial Institute Deputy Director-General Bethelhem Nigussie said on the occasion that the 5-year LASAC project has resulted in a detailed satellite imagery covering the entire country. According to her, the institute is now ready to exchange the data with stakeholders for free based on provisional agreements to be reached soon. The data can be used for various purposes, including natural resources, agriculture and livestock, it was learned. In particular, the data will be helpful in managing natural disasters like floods and droughts, which are common in Ethiopia. Challenges such as data accessibility, lack of skilled personnel, and infrastructure limitations were identified during a workshop held by SSGI to discuss using the data. Meanwhile, SSGI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ethiopian Statistical Service to facilitate data and information sharing. Space Science and Geospatial Institute Director-General Abdisa Yilma and Ethiopian Statistical Service Director-General Beker Shale signed the agreement.  
Wingu Africa Achieves Tier III Certification for Data Center
Apr 16, 2024 481
Addis Ababa, April 16/2024 (ENA) -Wingu Africa Group Limited, a leading data center provider in Ethiopia, has achieved Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute for its facility in the ICT Park, Addis Ababa. Wingu Africa has successfully met the stringent requirements, ensuring the facility's ability to withstand maintenance activities and unexpected failures without impacting critical IT functions, it was learned. Uptime Institute is a Global Digital Infrastructure Authority, headquartered in New York, NY, with main offices in London, São Paulo, Dubai, Riyadh, Singapore, and Taipei. This prestigious certification, awarded by the institute, affirms the data center's adherence to stringent industry standards for concurrent maintainability and fault tolerance. State Minister of Innovation and Technology, Yeshurun Alemayehu, hailed the certification as a remarkable feat for Ethiopia, lauding the certification as a significant milestone in Ethiopia's digital transformation journey. He emphasized the crucial role of data centers in supporting the country's digital transformation and expressed the government's commitment to assisting investors in this sector. This significant achievement further solidifies Wingu Africa's commitment to delivering secure and resilient data infrastructure, while positioning Ethiopia as a dynamic hub for innovation and development, the company announced.   Chief Strategy Officer at Wingu Africa , Nicholas Lodge, on his part expressed his delight in fulfilling all eligibility criteria for Tier III certification. He said the Tier III certification, recognized globally by the Uptime Institute, affirms the data center's adherence to the highest industry standards for concurrent maintainability and fault tolerance. He further said that Wingu Africa's data center in the ICT park, Addis Ababa, successfully met the stringent requirements, ensuring the facility's ability to withstand maintenance activities and unexpected failures without impacting critical IT functions. The rigorous evaluation process conducted by the Uptime Institute encompassed the facility's design, construction, and operational capabilities, he added. Country Director of Wingu Africa , Teshome Worku, expressed that the escalating demand for up-to-date data centers in the finance, banking, and telecom sectors. Teshome emphasized the company's dedication to meeting this demand by establishing a world-class data center with 200 racks and a 2.5-megawatt consumption system. This colocation data center plays a vital role in safeguarding sensitive data within Ethiopia, bolstering the country's data protection laws, he said. The company remains steadfast in its commitment to providing cutting-edge data solutions that empower businesses across the region, promoting Ethiopia's digital transformation journey and fostering innovation and development in East Africa, he said. A Pan-African Data Center operator, wingu.africa built with the total outlay of 50 million US dollars at ICT Park in Addis Ababa, was inaugurated last year.
Ethio telecom Committed to Providing Digital Solutions To Meet Ever-growing Demands: CEO 
Apr 16, 2024 517
Addis Ababa April 16/2024 (ENA) Ethio telecom launched new feature Telebirr engage that enables customers to transact, socialize, and share via text, picture, QR, Audio or Video in addition to free of internet charges and settle digital payments in addition to the existing multiple functions. During the launching ceremony, Ethio telecom CEO Frehiwot Tamiru said that steadfast efforts are underway to realizing digital Ethiopia 2025. Due attention has been given to ensuring financial inclusion and remarkable achievements have been attained, she stated. "Our company is strongly committed to continuing introducing digital solutions that will meet the ever-growing demands of its valued customers, streamline their business operations and daily routines, enhance their convenience, improve their efficiency and effectiveness and promote a comprehensive digital economy." According to the CEO, Telebirr has, through its over 44 million subscribers, has made over 2 trillion Birr transaction value and 775 million transaction volume in nearly 3 years.   This means Telebirr has been undertaking an average transaction value of 5 billion birr per day, it was learned. Frehiwot added that the new telebirr engage empowers individual and business customers to engage in live chats, share information, and seamlessly request, send, and receive money as well as share bill during conversations. Furthermore, the CEO pointed out that the service introduces a novel feature enabling customers to send individual or group best wish messages along with monetary gifts to be divided among group members equally or criteria based in connection with holidays or social events. Ethio telecom also presented innovative and inclusive developer’s portal that allows organizations who wish to integrate their system with telebirr to perform system testing, she stated. “It enables the organizations to be accessible to over 44 million telebirr’s customers and release their products & services with shorter time to market.”    
Gov’t Committed to Support AI Products to Achieve Excellence in Digital Transformation  
Apr 12, 2024 1566
Addis Ababa, April 12/2024 (ENA) Efforts are being made with a view to achieving excellence in digital transformation in Ethiopia by supporting products of artificial intelligence (AI), Deputy Prime Minister Temesenge Tiruneh remarked. Robot Desta performed a musical performance with the distinguished Jazz musician, Mulatu Astatke last night. The Deputy PM, high ranking government officials, technology innovators and other invited guests were in attendance at the event. On the occasion, Deputy PM Temesgen said Ethiopia is working to accelerate the transformation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology transfer. Temesgen mentioned the importance of AI in tackling the complex challenges facing African nations, including Ethiopia, and said that the government is exerting efforts to accelerate the growth of the sector and other digital alternatives by establishing Digital Transformation Council and taking other crucial measures. Thus, he continued, the country's digital transformation will be intensified through accelerating the development of AI technologies like Robot Desta.Director General of Ethiopia’s Artificial Intelligence Institute, Worku Gachena for his part described the significance of AI in supporting the ongoing digital transformation process in the country citing efforts being made to use AI in the development of agriculture, health, education, industry parks and other economic sectors. The Musical performance was organized by Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and iCog Labs in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines and Ethio-telecom. Robot Desta has been made to speak Amharic, demonstrates other feelings including happiness. Desta delivered a speech in Amharic at the event. Robot Desta, which is in display at the Science Museum, has been developed by Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and iCog Labs in collaboration with other institutions.
Sport
Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 17794
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 21231
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
Pakistan Agrees to Launch PM Abiy's Green Legacy Initiative in Major Cities
Apr 9, 2024 2034
Addis Ababa, April 09/2024 (ENA) Pakistan has agreed to launch Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative in the major cities including Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta, Sialkot and others. This was agreed upon in a meeting between Jemal Beker, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Pakistan, and Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Environmental Coordination Romina Khurshid Alam. Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious campaign of planting billions of trees every year in an effort to achieve a greener and cleaner environment and tackle the adverse effects of the climate crisis. As part of the ambitious Green Legacy Initiative to plant 50 billion trees in two phases, so far the country has planted more than 32.5 billion trees through the initiative launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2019. Ethiopian Ambassador to Pakistan Jemal lauded the role played by the coordinator of Pakistan’s prime minister on climate change and environmental coordination in initiating a joint collaboration between Ethiopia and Pakistan last year for addressing climate related issues. He recalled the launch of Green Legacy Initiative in Islamabad last year in the presence of senior ministers, government officials, diplomatic corps, business community, media and civil society. The Ambassador stressed the need for enhanced collaboration between the two countries to address climate issues through skills, technology, information and knowledge sharing. He said the government of Ethiopia stood ready to work together with the Pakistani government in addressing climate-related issues such as floods, food insecurity and others. Ethiopia would extend all-out support to Pakistan on climate mitigation through technological transfer and experience sharing, the ambassador remarked. He also congratulated Romina Khurshid Alam on assuming the charge of the Coordinator to the premier on Climate Change. On her part, Romina Khurshid Alam expressed keen interest in the launch of the Green Legacy initiative in different cities of her country. She said climate change was a global phenomenon and joint efforts against climate changes were the need of hour. The government of Pakistan is looking forward to working with Ethiopia to deal with climate change, she added.
EMI Predicts Higher Probability of Rainfall in Ethiopia
Apr 5, 2024 2476
Addis Ababa, April 5/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Meteorology Institute (EMI) has predicted that there will be a higher probability of rainfall in the upcoming April to May 2024, across most parts of the country. Briefing the media today, EMI Director General Fetene Teshome emphasized that the upcoming two months might witness substantial rainfall. Stressing the need for paying due diligence, Fetene highlighted the anticipated heavy rainfall and the potential risk of flooding across various regions of the country. The Belg which is considered Ethiopia's short rainy season, is expected to experience better rainfall across various regions of the country during April and May, he elaborated. According to him, these anticipated rainfalls are expected to benefit much of the seasonal rain-dependent regions of Ethiopia. Fetene also believed that the expected enhanced rainfall is likely to positively impact on Ethiopia’s agriculture, water resources, and overall livelihoods. However, the director general warned the weather condition would lead to normal to above-normal rainfall, adding that the EMI cautions about the higher risk of flash floods in vulnerable areas. These areas, including city administrations and regions of Ethiopia with unprecedented past flooding experience are urged to take necessary preparation. The Ethiopian Meteorology Institute emphasizes the importance of staying informed about weather forecasts and taking necessary steps to prepare for the anticipated conditions. Fetene further explained that by staying vigilant and implementing appropriate measures, individuals, communities, and authorities can minimize the potential risks associated with heavy rainfall and flash floods. On his part, Early Warning Division Deputy Director General Asaminew Teshome shed light on the contributing factors, stating that a combination of the Neutral-IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) and ENSO-El Nino episode is expected. These two significant climate phenomena could lead to heavy rainfall and the possibility of flash floods. He also mentioned some of the areas that would benefit from these Belg season rainfalls. As a result, south, south east and north east parts of the country dominated under moderately wet to extremely wet weather, he said, thus, the rainfall performance has been suitable for agriculture and water sectors. The EMI will continue to monitor the weather patterns closely and provide regular updates to keep the public informed, Asaminew reaffirmed.      
Deputy PM Temesgen Stresses Need for Public Involvement to Minimize Climate Change Impacts
Mar 29, 2024 3371
Addis Ababa, March 29/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh underlined that Ethiopia's environmental protection endeavors should involve the community in order to minimize the climate change impacts. A national public mobilization campaign that aims at combating environmental pollution and its complications was launched today. In his remarks at the launching ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh said climate change and environmental pollution have become pressing issues at the global level. Ethiopia has embarked on enormous environmental protection activities to minimize climate change negative effects and environmental pollution, he added. According to him, the country is carrying out commendable jobs to have beautiful and clean cities and develop river sides besides the Green Legacy Initiative. The deputy prime minister also mentioned other successful initiatives like the Bounty of the Basket (Ye Lemat Tirufat) and agricultural endeavors to increase production and productivity. Noting that environmental protection from pollution and waste of natural resources is a matter of existence, Temesgen pointed out that the movement will make a great contribution to pass on a clean and prosperous country to the next generation. Therefore, he stressed that all relevant parties should actively participate in the campaign. Cities are expected to build a beautiful and convenient lifestyle by properly disposing of the waste materials. The deputy premier also underscored the need to focus on reducing air, water, soil and noise pollution by involving the community. Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority (EEPA) Director General Lelise Neme stated on her part that the six-month campaign will focus on protecting air, soil, water and noise pollution. The launching ceremony was attended by regional chief administrators, heads of regional environmental protection bureaus, and representatives of international organizations.
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 45872
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 41571
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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Shuwal Eid -A Captivating Event   
Apr 16, 2024 538
Ethiopia is recognized by UNESCO as one of the leading African countries by registering different tangible and intangible heritages. In addition to the more than dozens of tangible heritages, the country occupies the most conspicuous place for registering various intangible world heritages at UNESCO including Meskel, Finding of the true Cross, Fichee Chambalala, the New Year celebration of the Sidama people, the Gada System, Oromo indigenous democratic socio-political system, Timket or Ethiopian Epiphany, and the Shuwal Eid Festival. These world intangible cultural heritages represent the rich diversity and cultural identity of Ethiopia and its various ethnic groups. They play a significant role in preserving traditional knowledge, promoting social cohesion, and fostering intergenerational transmission of cultural practices and values besides their economic benefits as tourist attractions. Shuwal Eid is one of these precious gifts that Ethiopia contributed the world. Shuwal Eid Shuwal is the tenth month in the Islamic (Hijri) calendar. It comes after the holy month of Ramadan, which Muslims worldwide are required to observe by fasting and other religious activities. The faithful will continue their six-day fast in the month of Shuwal following the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The voluntary fasting of Shuwal provides the faithful to have a chance to reap significant rewards to compensate the wrongdoings they might have committed during the holy month of Ramadan. Though Muslims across Ethiopia also fasts during Shuwal, the people of Harari, one of the regional States in Ethiopia, celebrate the end of the six day fasting on the 8th day of Shuwal with unique cultural festivities in a mammoth cultural and religious extravaganza. The celebration is observed in Harar for three days. Shewal Zikr, or the recollection and glorification of GOD (Allah), is held for three nights in different locations to start the celebrations. On the last day, there is a 24-hour ongoing celebrity event that draws large crowds of individuals dressed in vibrant costumes. Hararis congregate in the city from all directions and neighborhoods, usually taking part as spectators. Shuwal Eid, which has been inscribed by UNESCO in 2023, brings together people from all age groups and genders in the society. The streets of Harar will be crowded with people celebrating Shuwal Eid, including girls and boys who are exquisitely dressed in vibrant traditional clothing that captivates onlookers. The festival includes prayers and spiritual music, as well as scripture readings, dancing, music, and blessings of the almighty Allah. More than any other holiday, Shuwal Eid is adored by the teenagers of Harari as the platform is assumed conducive venue where youngsters throw eyes to each other, for marriage. The event also provides an opportunity for elders to bless the future generation and share their wisdom, while also teaching young people about cultural values, norms, customs and traditions. Shuwal Eid is transmitted within families and by participating in the celebration, as well as through formal educational and safeguarding measures in the sites where the festival takes place. It is a platform for the transmission of performing arts, oral traditions, traditional dress and other cultural elements. Shuwal Eid promotes social cohesion and a sense of identity. It also contributes to cultural exchange and supports the local community and artisans. Shuwal Eid was inscribed at UNESCO in November 2023 as a world intangible world heritage. This year, the Festival is being colorfully celebrated with multiple shows at Harar City this year for the first time after being inscribed at UNESCO last year. In addition to being a unique platform for marketing Ethiopia's tourism sector, the festival provides global sociologists and anthropologists with a study subject. The Ministry of Tourism could exploit this excellent opportunity for tourism development and image building for the country while media outlets are expected to document the entire process of the festival and prepare it to be used for tourist consumption. Harar is one of Ethiopia’s attractions as it is a museum of world heritages. The old city of Harar is a custodian of various cultural heritages which are being visited by tourists here and across the world. Squeezed into a mere 1 square kilometer, Harar boasts 368 passageways, making it the fourth holiest city in the world after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. The fortified city contained 102 shrines and 82 mosques, making it the biggest concentration of mosques in the world. It was renowned for being a hub for Muslim learning and trade, and it had its own currency at one point. Harar was the most significant commercial hub in the Horn of Africa for many centuries, connecting the ports of the Somali coast to the lush interior of Ethiopia, as evidenced by the vibrant markets and distinctive gey gar (city houses) of the city. In 2006, UNESCO designated Harar Jugol as a World Heritage Site. Shuwal Eid and other tangible and intangible cultural heritages found in the city need to be preserved and developed to enhance their contribution to the tourism sector. In this regard, four museums in Harar City have already been selected to introduce Shuwal Eid to local visitors and tourists with various cultural shows. The Ethiopian Heritage Authority is working with pertinent players to exploit the tourism potential of Shuwal. Deputy Director of Ethiopian Heritage Authority, Elias Shukur told ENA that various activities are being conducted to introduce the festival both at the national and international level. He added that efforts are being made to further develop the festival with its original cultural assets and values. The old city of Harar is a custodian of various cultural heritages including Shuwal Eid which are being visited by tourists here and across the world. Elias stressed that Shuwal Eid and other intangible and tangible cultural heritages found in the city need to be preserved and developed to enhance their contribution to the tourism sector mentioning that four museums in Harar City have already been selected to introduce Shuwal Eid to local visitors and tourists with various cultural shows. Harar is indeed a living museum that should be preserved to generation as it depicts ancient wisdom vital to our future. (By Solomon Dibaba )              
Unlocking Growth of Startup Ecosystem in Ethiopia
Apr 9, 2024 2092
A startup business is an entrepreneurial venture in the early stages of operations, typically created for resolving real life problems. It often focuses on developing innovative products, services, and solutions to address market needs and societal challenges. As startups solve society's needs, they attract investors and funders because of the tremendous growth opportunities. In recent years, Ethiopia has emerged as a beacon of opportunity in the global startup landscape. The country's commitment, both from the government and the private sector side, has set the stage for a remarkable transformation. During a recent panel discussion, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed emphasized the need to foster a strong startup ecosystem in Ethiopia. He pointed out the country's unique potential, citing the huge number of youth with a strong technological aptitude — over 60 percent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at university level. These factors, the premier argued, could be instrumental in tackling Ethiopia's challenges, including high unemployment, low Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and limited tax collection. According to the premier, startups in Ethiopia range across all sectors. A very good thing is that international financiers are making commitment to finance Ethiopian startups. For example, Master Card Foundation has promised to invest about 700 million USD for startups, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also extends a lot of support in this regard. The PM further recalled that Khalifa Foundation has announced the launch of a 100-million-USD fund for startups, small and medium scale businesses in Ethiopia. There are many interests from outside to support Ethiopian startups. Moreover, the premier reiterated the government's commitment to supporting startups, primarily driven by the private sector. This support will encompass policy frameworks, administrative assistance, and the creation of a favorable ecosystem for innovation. Noting the several key government initiatives taken to support the startup ecosystem, Abiy pointed out that the government's Ten-Year Development Plan positions technology as one of the five pillars for achieving prosperity – a critical policy move for startups. Above and beyond the supports, a National Steering Committee led by Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh has been established to oversee the overall functions of startups. The recent legalization of Fintech, which the government previously deemed illegal, demonstrates its commitment to embracing new technologies. Additionally, intellectual property rights are now recognized to address investor concerns. Artificial intelligence is also actively explored and adopted. The prime minister revealed that universities across the country have various incubation centers to nurture startups. "By implementing all these initiatives, we are laying the groundwork for a flourishing of robust startups ecosystem, offering a roadmap for sustainable growth and success,” Abiy pointed out. Furthermore, the premier noted the common practice of previous governments were banning new technologies due to lack of understanding and fear of potential risks. However, he emphasized that such a stance has detrimental effects, often leading to illegal activities. The new approach is to assess both the benefits and risks of emerging technologies. By taking calculated risks and learning from experience, the government aims to decree laws that minimize risks while maximizing the potential benefits. Prime Minister Abiy underscored that this commitment to continuous learning represents a significant leap forward in strengthening the startup ecosystem. While much work remains to be done to support the initiative, Ethiopia is poised to reap the rewards, potentially nurturing homegrown tech giants in the years to come. Encouraging startups in sectors like technology, healthcare, renewable energy, and consumer goods can intensify Ethiopia's resilience to economic shocks and global market fluctuations. Ethiopia's journey towards becoming a startup hub has been fueled by an unwavering commitment from both the government and private entities. This commitment is not just a paper work but a tangible investment in the future. Government initiatives, coupled with the enthusiasm of private enterprises, have created an ecosystem where startups can thrive.    
Ethiopian News Agency
2023