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Ethiopia's Clean Drinking Water Coverage Reaches Nearly 70 percent
Jul 14, 2024 166
Addis Ababa, July 14/2024(ENA)- The Ministry of Water and Energy announced significant progress in expanding access to clean drinking water nationwide. The country's coverage rate has reached 69.52 percent. The announcement came during a discussion on the implementation of the ministry's performance of the just concluded fiscal year and the plan for current budget year.   The Minister and stakeholders, including councilors, reviewed achievements and outlined future goals. On the occasion, State Minister for Water Resources Management, Abraha Adugna highlighted the positive developments in water access and sanitation. He credited the progress to numerous initiatives undertaken in the past budget year 2023/2024, particularly on water management, drinking water and sanitation, and energy development. "This year, over 4 million people gained access to clean drinking water, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 74.6 million," Abraha stated adding that ”This translates to a national clean water coverage rate of 69.52 percent." The State Minister elaborated on the ministry's success in safeguarding water resources, expanding access to clean water and sanitation, and promoting renewable energy use in both rural and urban areas. He emphasized the large-scale implementation of the "Dam at My Door" project, designed to collect rainwater and support drought-stricken regions. The discussion also addressed improvements in project management. He explained that previously fragmented efforts in water well drilling and pipeline construction are now being coordinated for faster service delivery. Engineer Kebede Genole, Head of the Sidama Region Water, Minerals, and Energy Bureau, shared regional accomplishments. He reported a rise in the region's water coverage to 60 percent and he further noted ongoing collaboration with Hawassa University to identify and implement broader water conservation strategies. Tajuddin Mohammed, Planning and Monitoring Director of the Oromia Water and Energy Bureau, on his behalf provided details on the region's water projects. He stated that over 9,600 water projects, constructed through a collaborative effort between the government and the public, have benefitted more than 2 million during the concluded fiscal year.  
Ethiopia Actively Promoting Regional Integration through Infrastructure Dev't: Experts
Jul 13, 2024 383
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is actively pushing for regional integration not only in terms of trade but also several areas such as infrastructure and energy; and it can in fact be described as even a leader of the African integration journey, ECA experts noted. In an exclusive interview with ENA, African Trade Policy Center Coordinator at ECA Melaku Desta said Ethiopia can be seen as an active participant and a leader in the journey towards African integration. This involves efforts to improve and expand physical connectivity such as roads, railways, ports, and energy networks that link Ethiopia with its neighboring countries and the broader region. By investing in and enhancing infrastructure, Ethiopia aims to facilitate smoother trade flows, foster economic cooperation, and strengthen political ties with its regional neighbors, Melaku elaborated. He further explained that historically, Ethiopia has not been extensively engaged in regional integration efforts. Its approach to such initiatives has often been characterized as reluctant. But, over the past six years, Ethiopia has significantly shifted its stance on regional integration by actively leading both the negotiations and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. “Ethiopia is actively pushing for regional integration not only in terms of trade but also several areas in terms of infrastructure, energy trading and others. I think right now, Ethiopia can be described as an active participant and even a leader of African integration journey” Participation and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) offer immense benefits to Ethiopia, he noted. The AfCFTA aims to create a favorable business environment for Ethiopian businesses within the country and to unlock market opportunities across the entire continent, which comprises 1.4 billion people with a collective spending capacity exceeding 3 trillion US dollars. Accordingly, companies deciding to invest in Ethiopia and establish a production plant can benefit significantly. They are not limited to the capacity of the Ethiopian market alone, the coordinator said, adding that through the AfCFTA, they can produce goods for a vast market across Africa without facing restrictions, duties, tariffs, or other barriers such as quantitative restrictions or quotas. For his part, Transport and Infrastructure Economist at ECA, Yonas Bekele, emphasized that infrastructure integration in Africa is now more crucial than ever.   It serves to recalibrate Africa's growth strategy by boosting intra-regional trade, especially amid global isolation, protectionism, and supply chain disruptions, he said, adding that this is particularly evident from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing geopolitical conflicts in regions like Ukraine and Palestine. “We know that infrastructure development and integration can act as a catalyst for trade innovation, income improvement in the continent. But the importance of infrastructure development for intra-regional or integration in the continent has been duly recognized by our member states, including Ethiopia.” The government did a lot of encouraging initiatives for an effective and accessible infrastructure, which basically is an essential achievement for regional integration for the sustainable economic development of the country, he elaborated. “Ethiopian infrastructure success includes, developing Ethiopian airlines, upgrading network of trunk roads, rapidly expanding access to water and sanitation, including the ongoing corridor development that elevates the city's reputation serve as a cornerstone for construction of modern urban center,” according to Yonas. He further appreciated Ethiopia's efforts in exporting electricity to neighboring countries and its work to expand crucial road infrastructure, which enhance regional integration.    
Football Legends Nani and Kanu Pledge Support for Ethiopian Youth Footballers 
Jul 13, 2024 335
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) International soccer stars Luis Nani and Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu who arrived in Addis Ababa today, expressed their commitment to nurturing young talented footballers in Ethiopia. The former Manchester United winger and Portuguese national team star, Luis Nani, alongside Nigerian football icon Nwankwo Kanu, touched down at Bole International Airport early this morning. Upon their arrival at Bole International Airport, the players were warmly welcomed by the State Minister of Tourism Sileshi Girma, Chairman of Mechal Sports Club Board, Seife Getahun, Director of Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General Kuma Mideksa and Technical Director of Mechal Sports Club, Abraham Mebiratu. The two legendaries' visit coincides with the 80th anniversary celebration of Mechal Sports Club, where they are honored guests. Approached by reporters, Nani expressed his enthusiasm about visiting Ethiopia: “I'm thrilled to be here. This trip offers me a unique opportunity to immerse myself in Ethiopia's rich culture and connect with its people.”   The player further emphasized the importance of youth development in African football. Nani stated that: “For me to be here is it is all about to know more and try to give the support in Africa for the development of football culture and academies.” He particularly mentioned his primary goal to support aspiring young players. “I understand the challenges of becoming a professional footballer, and I am here to share my experiences and knowledge to help nurture Ethiopia's next generation of soccer stars.” Echoing these sentiments, igerian professional football star Nwankwo Kanu stressed the need for reinforcing support for young African footballers.   “It's crucial that we create an environment where young talents can thrive,” the former Arsenal striker remarked. “They need guidance on achieving success, overcoming challenges, and meeting the expectations of professional football.” Both players underscored the importance of successful athletes giving back to the sport. “Our presence here is about more than just celebration. We're here to motivate and inspire. The development of African football relies on established players actively participating in youth development,” Kanu elaborated. This visit by two of football's most respected figures represents a significant opportunity for Ethiopian football, it was stated. Their commitment to sharing insights and experiences could prove invaluable in shaping the future of the sport in the country and across the continent. It is also believed that as the Mechal Sports Club commemorates its 80th year, the presence of Nani and Kanu not only adds prestige to the celebrations but also it is a turning point for football development in Ethiopia. Their dedication is also anticipated to nurture young talent could leave a lasting impact on the nation's sporting landscape.        
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Football Legends Nani and Kanu Pledge Support for Ethiopian Youth Footballers 
Jul 13, 2024 335
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) International soccer stars Luis Nani and Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu who arrived in Addis Ababa today, expressed their commitment to nurturing young talented footballers in Ethiopia. The former Manchester United winger and Portuguese national team star, Luis Nani, alongside Nigerian football icon Nwankwo Kanu, touched down at Bole International Airport early this morning. Upon their arrival at Bole International Airport, the players were warmly welcomed by the State Minister of Tourism Sileshi Girma, Chairman of Mechal Sports Club Board, Seife Getahun, Director of Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General Kuma Mideksa and Technical Director of Mechal Sports Club, Abraham Mebiratu. The two legendaries' visit coincides with the 80th anniversary celebration of Mechal Sports Club, where they are honored guests. Approached by reporters, Nani expressed his enthusiasm about visiting Ethiopia: “I'm thrilled to be here. This trip offers me a unique opportunity to immerse myself in Ethiopia's rich culture and connect with its people.”   The player further emphasized the importance of youth development in African football. Nani stated that: “For me to be here is it is all about to know more and try to give the support in Africa for the development of football culture and academies.” He particularly mentioned his primary goal to support aspiring young players. “I understand the challenges of becoming a professional footballer, and I am here to share my experiences and knowledge to help nurture Ethiopia's next generation of soccer stars.” Echoing these sentiments, igerian professional football star Nwankwo Kanu stressed the need for reinforcing support for young African footballers.   “It's crucial that we create an environment where young talents can thrive,” the former Arsenal striker remarked. “They need guidance on achieving success, overcoming challenges, and meeting the expectations of professional football.” Both players underscored the importance of successful athletes giving back to the sport. “Our presence here is about more than just celebration. We're here to motivate and inspire. The development of African football relies on established players actively participating in youth development,” Kanu elaborated. This visit by two of football's most respected figures represents a significant opportunity for Ethiopian football, it was stated. Their commitment to sharing insights and experiences could prove invaluable in shaping the future of the sport in the country and across the continent. It is also believed that as the Mechal Sports Club commemorates its 80th year, the presence of Nani and Kanu not only adds prestige to the celebrations but also it is a turning point for football development in Ethiopia. Their dedication is also anticipated to nurture young talent could leave a lasting impact on the nation's sporting landscape.        
Ethiopia Fulfilling Role in East Africa's Integration for Development, Peace
Jul 13, 2024 425
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has been fulfilling its role in connecting the East African region with mutual development benefits and ensuring peace, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. African Affairs Director-General, Fisseha Shawel told ENA that Ethiopia's foreign policy places a high priority on fostering positive and cooperative relationships with neighboring countries. This strategic approach prioritizes enhancing bilateral and regional cooperation in various domains, including political diplomacy, economic partnerships, security collaboration, cultural exchanges, and environmental sustainability. By prioritizing its neighbors, the director general aims to promote regional stability, mutual prosperity, and sustainable development initiatives that benefit all parties involved. This proactive stance underscores Ethiopia's commitment to addressing shared challenges, promoting peace, and harnessing collective strengths to achieve common goals within the Horn of Africa and beyond. According to Fisseha, Ethiopia is eager to pursue development in close cooperation with its neighbors and to contribute to East Africa's integration, aiming for positive development outcomes and enduring peace. The country's relations with its neighbors in the political, economic, and social spheres are extensive and robust, and these efforts are growing stronger over time, he added. The director-general stated that the countries are obtaining various infrastructures such as power supply, railway lines, telecommunications, and water pipelines from Ethiopia. Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti are, for example, receiving energy directly from Ethiopia. The director general emphasized that Ethiopia plays a pivotal role in the region, highlighting ongoing efforts to strengthen its influence and impact. Ethiopia is thus fulfilling its role in integrating the region with mutual benefit of development and sustainable peace. Fisseha emphasized that all Ethiopian national projects take neighboring countries into consideration, and upon completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, these neighboring countries will benefit significantly from increased energy resources. Therefore Ethiopia will continue to strengthen its role for sustainable peace by ensuring development through cooperation among the countries of the region.
Ethiopia’s Annual Remittances Surpass 6 Billion USD
Jul 13, 2024 364
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has secured over 6 billion US dollars in remittance during the concluded fiscal year, Ethiopian Diaspora Service disclosed. The remittances to Ethiopia have reached an unprecedented level, exceeding six billion USD in the 2023/24 fiscal year and marking a substantial increase in foreign currency inflows to the country, according to Ethiopian Diaspora Service . Deputy Director General of the service, Belayneh Atnaw revealed to the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that this figure represents a 50 percent increase compared to the previous budget year. "Over the past five years, we've seen an average of about 4 billion USD annually in remittances. This year's surge to over six billion USD is a promising trend for future remittance collection," Belayneh stated. Noting that rise in remittances is not the only positive development, the deputy director said Ethiopian Diaspora Service has also been actively engaging diaspora members in the country's economic growth. Belayneh pointed out that 273 diaspora members have been engaged in various investment sectors. Of these, 50 have already launched their ventures, creating employment opportunities for approximately 3,000 Ethiopian citizens. Moreover, the diaspora community has been instrumental in supporting major national projects, including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). "Through these actions, the diaspora is actively demonstrating its role as a key player in Ethiopia's journey towards prosperity," Belayneh emphasized. Looking ahead, the Ethiopian Diaspora Service plans to intensify its efforts to strengthen and expand the comprehensive participation of diaspora members across various sectors of the country's economy. This surge in remittances and diaspora engagement could play a crucial role in Ethiopia's economic development, potentially boosting foreign exchange reserves, supporting household incomes, and contributing to overall economic growth, it was learned.  
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Ethiopia Actively Promoting Regional Integration through Infrastructure Dev't: Experts
Jul 13, 2024 383
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is actively pushing for regional integration not only in terms of trade but also several areas such as infrastructure and energy; and it can in fact be described as even a leader of the African integration journey, ECA experts noted. In an exclusive interview with ENA, African Trade Policy Center Coordinator at ECA Melaku Desta said Ethiopia can be seen as an active participant and a leader in the journey towards African integration. This involves efforts to improve and expand physical connectivity such as roads, railways, ports, and energy networks that link Ethiopia with its neighboring countries and the broader region. By investing in and enhancing infrastructure, Ethiopia aims to facilitate smoother trade flows, foster economic cooperation, and strengthen political ties with its regional neighbors, Melaku elaborated. He further explained that historically, Ethiopia has not been extensively engaged in regional integration efforts. Its approach to such initiatives has often been characterized as reluctant. But, over the past six years, Ethiopia has significantly shifted its stance on regional integration by actively leading both the negotiations and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. “Ethiopia is actively pushing for regional integration not only in terms of trade but also several areas in terms of infrastructure, energy trading and others. I think right now, Ethiopia can be described as an active participant and even a leader of African integration journey” Participation and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) offer immense benefits to Ethiopia, he noted. The AfCFTA aims to create a favorable business environment for Ethiopian businesses within the country and to unlock market opportunities across the entire continent, which comprises 1.4 billion people with a collective spending capacity exceeding 3 trillion US dollars. Accordingly, companies deciding to invest in Ethiopia and establish a production plant can benefit significantly. They are not limited to the capacity of the Ethiopian market alone, the coordinator said, adding that through the AfCFTA, they can produce goods for a vast market across Africa without facing restrictions, duties, tariffs, or other barriers such as quantitative restrictions or quotas. For his part, Transport and Infrastructure Economist at ECA, Yonas Bekele, emphasized that infrastructure integration in Africa is now more crucial than ever.   It serves to recalibrate Africa's growth strategy by boosting intra-regional trade, especially amid global isolation, protectionism, and supply chain disruptions, he said, adding that this is particularly evident from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing geopolitical conflicts in regions like Ukraine and Palestine. “We know that infrastructure development and integration can act as a catalyst for trade innovation, income improvement in the continent. But the importance of infrastructure development for intra-regional or integration in the continent has been duly recognized by our member states, including Ethiopia.” The government did a lot of encouraging initiatives for an effective and accessible infrastructure, which basically is an essential achievement for regional integration for the sustainable economic development of the country, he elaborated. “Ethiopian infrastructure success includes, developing Ethiopian airlines, upgrading network of trunk roads, rapidly expanding access to water and sanitation, including the ongoing corridor development that elevates the city's reputation serve as a cornerstone for construction of modern urban center,” according to Yonas. He further appreciated Ethiopia's efforts in exporting electricity to neighboring countries and its work to expand crucial road infrastructure, which enhance regional integration.    
Ethiopia Fulfilling Role in East Africa's Integration for Development, Peace
Jul 13, 2024 425
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has been fulfilling its role in connecting the East African region with mutual development benefits and ensuring peace, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. African Affairs Director-General, Fisseha Shawel told ENA that Ethiopia's foreign policy places a high priority on fostering positive and cooperative relationships with neighboring countries. This strategic approach prioritizes enhancing bilateral and regional cooperation in various domains, including political diplomacy, economic partnerships, security collaboration, cultural exchanges, and environmental sustainability. By prioritizing its neighbors, the director general aims to promote regional stability, mutual prosperity, and sustainable development initiatives that benefit all parties involved. This proactive stance underscores Ethiopia's commitment to addressing shared challenges, promoting peace, and harnessing collective strengths to achieve common goals within the Horn of Africa and beyond. According to Fisseha, Ethiopia is eager to pursue development in close cooperation with its neighbors and to contribute to East Africa's integration, aiming for positive development outcomes and enduring peace. The country's relations with its neighbors in the political, economic, and social spheres are extensive and robust, and these efforts are growing stronger over time, he added. The director-general stated that the countries are obtaining various infrastructures such as power supply, railway lines, telecommunications, and water pipelines from Ethiopia. Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti are, for example, receiving energy directly from Ethiopia. The director general emphasized that Ethiopia plays a pivotal role in the region, highlighting ongoing efforts to strengthen its influence and impact. Ethiopia is thus fulfilling its role in integrating the region with mutual benefit of development and sustainable peace. Fisseha emphasized that all Ethiopian national projects take neighboring countries into consideration, and upon completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, these neighboring countries will benefit significantly from increased energy resources. Therefore Ethiopia will continue to strengthen its role for sustainable peace by ensuring development through cooperation among the countries of the region.
Int’l Community Urged to Provide Necessary Support to Refugees Sheltered in Ethiopia 
Jul 10, 2024 1014
Addis Ababa, July 10/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is currently hosting more than 1.1 million refugees providing them with all their needs but the international community is not providing adequate support to the nation’s efforts, Refugees and Returnees Service reported. A report from National Migration Council indicates that Ethiopia is the origin, transition and destination of refugees of various countries. It is repeatedly disclosed that Ethiopian citizens illegally migrate to various destinations at overseas being subjected to untold agonies and mistreatment. As a result, the government is attempting to reduce the number of irregular migrants and is engaged in repatriating those who are languishing in foreign lands. The Director General of Returnees and Refugee Service, Taiba Hassan stated that irregular migrants have continued to put more pressure on the country. Taiba noted that although Ethiopia is fully engaged in providing services to refugees being hosted in the country, her own citizens however are suffering as refugees overseas. The government is currently engaged in repatriating these citizens who are under very difficult conditions by engaging in diplomatic discussions with the officials of host countries, she added. In this regard, Taiba cited the efforts being made by the government to repatriate its citizens who were living in very difficult conditions in Saudi Arabia. Many Ethiopians have been repatriated from Saudi Arabia and are being integrated into the communities as employment opportunities are being provided for them. Ethiopia is currently hosting over 1.1 million refugees from 26 countries and is providing them with protection in line with the provisions of international agreements, the Director General revealed. Despite Ethiopia’s efforts to provide basic services to refugees, due to the increase in the number of refugees across the world, the funds essential to provide them with care and protection is dwindling over time, Taiba added. Conflicts in several parts of the world, poverty and destitution, unemployment have further exacerbated the plight of refugees and increase in their number across the world. The number of refugee and asylum seekers in Ethiopia is also on the rise, the Director General revealed. Although providing international support for refugees have now become ever critical, the fund and support needed for providing services to refugees is gradually decreasing, Taiba said stressing the need for international cooperation to address the challenge. The Director General said that Ethiopia is exerting every possible effort at her disposal to address the needs of refugees and the international community is expected to raise enough fund to support refugees. Ethiopia has made policy reforms on hosting refugees in her capacity by engaging in community based and developmental approach to host and nurture refugees under her protection, Taiba concluded.  
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Ethiopia Actively Promoting Regional Integration through Infrastructure Dev't: Experts
Jul 13, 2024 383
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is actively pushing for regional integration not only in terms of trade but also several areas such as infrastructure and energy; and it can in fact be described as even a leader of the African integration journey, ECA experts noted. In an exclusive interview with ENA, African Trade Policy Center Coordinator at ECA Melaku Desta said Ethiopia can be seen as an active participant and a leader in the journey towards African integration. This involves efforts to improve and expand physical connectivity such as roads, railways, ports, and energy networks that link Ethiopia with its neighboring countries and the broader region. By investing in and enhancing infrastructure, Ethiopia aims to facilitate smoother trade flows, foster economic cooperation, and strengthen political ties with its regional neighbors, Melaku elaborated. He further explained that historically, Ethiopia has not been extensively engaged in regional integration efforts. Its approach to such initiatives has often been characterized as reluctant. But, over the past six years, Ethiopia has significantly shifted its stance on regional integration by actively leading both the negotiations and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. “Ethiopia is actively pushing for regional integration not only in terms of trade but also several areas in terms of infrastructure, energy trading and others. I think right now, Ethiopia can be described as an active participant and even a leader of African integration journey” Participation and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) offer immense benefits to Ethiopia, he noted. The AfCFTA aims to create a favorable business environment for Ethiopian businesses within the country and to unlock market opportunities across the entire continent, which comprises 1.4 billion people with a collective spending capacity exceeding 3 trillion US dollars. Accordingly, companies deciding to invest in Ethiopia and establish a production plant can benefit significantly. They are not limited to the capacity of the Ethiopian market alone, the coordinator said, adding that through the AfCFTA, they can produce goods for a vast market across Africa without facing restrictions, duties, tariffs, or other barriers such as quantitative restrictions or quotas. For his part, Transport and Infrastructure Economist at ECA, Yonas Bekele, emphasized that infrastructure integration in Africa is now more crucial than ever.   It serves to recalibrate Africa's growth strategy by boosting intra-regional trade, especially amid global isolation, protectionism, and supply chain disruptions, he said, adding that this is particularly evident from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing geopolitical conflicts in regions like Ukraine and Palestine. “We know that infrastructure development and integration can act as a catalyst for trade innovation, income improvement in the continent. But the importance of infrastructure development for intra-regional or integration in the continent has been duly recognized by our member states, including Ethiopia.” The government did a lot of encouraging initiatives for an effective and accessible infrastructure, which basically is an essential achievement for regional integration for the sustainable economic development of the country, he elaborated. “Ethiopian infrastructure success includes, developing Ethiopian airlines, upgrading network of trunk roads, rapidly expanding access to water and sanitation, including the ongoing corridor development that elevates the city's reputation serve as a cornerstone for construction of modern urban center,” according to Yonas. He further appreciated Ethiopia's efforts in exporting electricity to neighboring countries and its work to expand crucial road infrastructure, which enhance regional integration.    
Ethiopia Fulfilling Role in East Africa's Integration for Development, Peace
Jul 13, 2024 425
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has been fulfilling its role in connecting the East African region with mutual development benefits and ensuring peace, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. African Affairs Director-General, Fisseha Shawel told ENA that Ethiopia's foreign policy places a high priority on fostering positive and cooperative relationships with neighboring countries. This strategic approach prioritizes enhancing bilateral and regional cooperation in various domains, including political diplomacy, economic partnerships, security collaboration, cultural exchanges, and environmental sustainability. By prioritizing its neighbors, the director general aims to promote regional stability, mutual prosperity, and sustainable development initiatives that benefit all parties involved. This proactive stance underscores Ethiopia's commitment to addressing shared challenges, promoting peace, and harnessing collective strengths to achieve common goals within the Horn of Africa and beyond. According to Fisseha, Ethiopia is eager to pursue development in close cooperation with its neighbors and to contribute to East Africa's integration, aiming for positive development outcomes and enduring peace. The country's relations with its neighbors in the political, economic, and social spheres are extensive and robust, and these efforts are growing stronger over time, he added. The director-general stated that the countries are obtaining various infrastructures such as power supply, railway lines, telecommunications, and water pipelines from Ethiopia. Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti are, for example, receiving energy directly from Ethiopia. The director general emphasized that Ethiopia plays a pivotal role in the region, highlighting ongoing efforts to strengthen its influence and impact. Ethiopia is thus fulfilling its role in integrating the region with mutual benefit of development and sustainable peace. Fisseha emphasized that all Ethiopian national projects take neighboring countries into consideration, and upon completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, these neighboring countries will benefit significantly from increased energy resources. Therefore Ethiopia will continue to strengthen its role for sustainable peace by ensuring development through cooperation among the countries of the region.
Int’l Community Urged to Provide Necessary Support to Refugees Sheltered in Ethiopia 
Jul 10, 2024 1014
Addis Ababa, July 10/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is currently hosting more than 1.1 million refugees providing them with all their needs but the international community is not providing adequate support to the nation’s efforts, Refugees and Returnees Service reported. A report from National Migration Council indicates that Ethiopia is the origin, transition and destination of refugees of various countries. It is repeatedly disclosed that Ethiopian citizens illegally migrate to various destinations at overseas being subjected to untold agonies and mistreatment. As a result, the government is attempting to reduce the number of irregular migrants and is engaged in repatriating those who are languishing in foreign lands. The Director General of Returnees and Refugee Service, Taiba Hassan stated that irregular migrants have continued to put more pressure on the country. Taiba noted that although Ethiopia is fully engaged in providing services to refugees being hosted in the country, her own citizens however are suffering as refugees overseas. The government is currently engaged in repatriating these citizens who are under very difficult conditions by engaging in diplomatic discussions with the officials of host countries, she added. In this regard, Taiba cited the efforts being made by the government to repatriate its citizens who were living in very difficult conditions in Saudi Arabia. Many Ethiopians have been repatriated from Saudi Arabia and are being integrated into the communities as employment opportunities are being provided for them. Ethiopia is currently hosting over 1.1 million refugees from 26 countries and is providing them with protection in line with the provisions of international agreements, the Director General revealed. Despite Ethiopia’s efforts to provide basic services to refugees, due to the increase in the number of refugees across the world, the funds essential to provide them with care and protection is dwindling over time, Taiba added. Conflicts in several parts of the world, poverty and destitution, unemployment have further exacerbated the plight of refugees and increase in their number across the world. The number of refugee and asylum seekers in Ethiopia is also on the rise, the Director General revealed. Although providing international support for refugees have now become ever critical, the fund and support needed for providing services to refugees is gradually decreasing, Taiba said stressing the need for international cooperation to address the challenge. The Director General said that Ethiopia is exerting every possible effort at her disposal to address the needs of refugees and the international community is expected to raise enough fund to support refugees. Ethiopia has made policy reforms on hosting refugees in her capacity by engaging in community based and developmental approach to host and nurture refugees under her protection, Taiba concluded.  
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Civil Society Organization Stresses Need for Reinforcing Participation of CSOs in Transitional Justice 
Jul 12, 2024 565
Addis Ababa July 12/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian civil society organization, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), has stressed the need for reinforcing the engagement of civil society organizations in Ethiopia’s transitional justice process. Lawyers for Human Rights Executive Director Ameha Mekonnen told ENA that civil society organizations (CSOs) play critical role in the country’s inclusive growth, including social, human rights and rule of law, among others. The participation of civil society organizations in the transitional justice process is encouraging, he added. Better participation of all stakeholders is still crucial for the full implementation of the transitional justice, the executive director observed. Recalling that the transitional justice policy has been through various phases before its approval, he noted that civil society organizations and other stakeholders have been actively participating during the process. Such encouraging trend has to be further reinforced for the successful implementation of the policy, Ameha said. According to him, CSOs are instrumental in creating awareness among the general public, participating in capacity building and providing technical support during the implementation stage of the policy. Last month, Ministry of Justice announced the completion of the roadmap for implementing the Transitional Justice Policy adopted in April. The roadmap outlines activities that provide for criminal accountability, reparations, truth-seeking and institutional reform, and their sequencing, it was learned. The ministry further pointed out that the roadmap contains a system that allows Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to participate as members for establishing temporary and permanent institutional collaborative management and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms. Recalled that the Transitional Justice Policy of Ethiopia was approved by the Council of Ministers in April 2024. The policy aims to oversee and implement the national transitional justice process based on principles of accountability, reconciliation, and reparation.
Ethiopia Receives United Nations Population Award 2024 for Efforts Against Child Marriage, FGM
Jul 12, 2024 640
Addis Ababa, July 12/2024 (ENA) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has awarded Ethiopia the United Nations Population Award 2024 in recognition of its efforts in mitigating early marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. Minister of Women and Social Affairs, Ergogie Tesfaye received the Award on behalf of the National Alliance to End Child Marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) in a ceremony held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. On the occasion, the minister detailed the Government of Ethiopia's legal, policy, and programmatic efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, as well as harmful traditional practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). She emphasized that this global recognition will further bolster Ethiopia's steadfast commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The National Alliance to End Child Marriage and FGM, established in 2012, was recognized in the institutional category. This strategic partnership and coordination platform brings together government sectors, civil society organizations, UN agencies, development partners, research institutions, and faith-based actors, according to Ministry of Women and Social Affairs. Led by the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, the National Alliance is mandated to oversee, coordinate, manage, and provide policy guidance on mechanisms and national strategies to prevent and eliminate child marriage and FGM. The United Nations Population Award, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, is presented to individuals and institutions with outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health. The ceremony was attended by United Nations leaders and officials, as well as representatives from member states and international organizations.
Global Population Reaches Nearly 8.2 Billion by Mid-2024
Jul 12, 2024 520
Addis Ababa, July 12/2024 (ENA) The global population reached nearly 8.2 billion by mid-2024 and is expected to grow by another two billion over the next 60 years, peaking at around 10.3 billion in the mid-2080s, according to World Population Prospects 2024 report published on Thursday by the United Nations. The world population will then fall to around 10.2 billion, which is 700 million lower than expected a decade ago, the report stated. However, changes in global population are uneven and the demographic landscape is evolving, with rapid population growth in some places and rapid ageing in others, making reliable population data “more important than ever”, said the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA), heralding the report which is published to coincide with World Population Day. Marking the international day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said it was key to accurately count everyone “because everyone counts.” “Our rich human tapestry is only as strong as its weakest thread. When data and other systems work for those on the margins, they work for everyone. This is how we accelerate progress for all.” To study this population data more closely, the 28th edition of World Population Prospects (WPP) published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) since 1951, provides the latest demographic data for 237 countries from 1950 to 2024 and projections up to the year 2100. The WPP is crucial to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals, with about a quarter of the indicators relying on its data. The world’s overall fertility rates are dropping, with women having one child fewer on average than they did around 1990. In more than half of all countries and areas, the average number of live births per woman is below 2.1 - the level required for a population to maintain a constant size. The average age of the population of the world is also increasing. By the late 2070s, the number of persons 65 years or older is projected to surpass the number of persons under 18. This is in part due to the overall increase in life expectancy and decrease in mortality rates over the past three decades. By the late 2050s, more than half of all global deaths will occur at age 80 or higher, a substantial increase from 17 per cent in 1995. While the slow growth or decline of populations is occurring mainly in high-income countries, rapid population growth will occur in low-income and lower-middle-income countries. Specifically, Angola, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, and Somalia, very rapid growth is projected, with their total population doubling between 2024 and 2054. This population growth will increase demand for resources, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and, combined with poorly managed urbanisation and rising living standards, it will worsen environmental impacts. Climate change, a major challenge, affects these countries the most, where many rely on agriculture - and food insecurity is prevalent. In countries including India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and the United States, population is also expected to increase through 2054 and could potentially peak in the second half of the century or later.
WHO Prequalifies First Self-test Kit for Hepatitis C virus 
Jul 11, 2024 827
Addis Ababa July 11/2024 (ENA) The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it has prequalified the first self-test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), thus accelerating efforts towards elimination of the viral infection. The OraQuick HCV self-tests “can provide a critical support in expanding access to testing and diagnosis,” WHO said in a press release. The kit is manufactured by OraSure Technologies and is an extension of the OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test which was initially prequalified by WHO in 2017 for professional use. Prequalification by the UN’s health agency helps to ensure that medicines supplied by international procurement agencies meet acceptable standards of quality, safety and efficacy. “The addition of this product to the WHO prequalification list provides a safe and effective way to expand HCV testing and treatment services, ensuring more people receive the diagnoses and treatment they need, and ultimately contributing to the global goal of HCV elimination,” said Dr. Meg Doherty, Director of the Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes. Hepatitis C attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic illness that can be life-threatening. It is spread through contact with infected blood, including through sharing needles or syringes, unscreened blood transfusions, and sexual practices that lead to exposure to blood. Some 50 million people have chronic hepatitis C virus infection, with about a million new infections occurring each year, according to WHO. The UN agency estimated that approximately 242,000 people died from hepatitis C in 2022, mostly from cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, or primary liver cancer. WHO recommended self-testing in 2021 to complement existing testing services, based on evidence demonstrating that it increases both access to and uptake of services, particularly among people who may not otherwise test for the virus. Dr. Doherty said 3,500 lives are lost each day to viral hepatitis. Furthermore, “of the 50 million people living with hepatitis C, only 36 per cent had been diagnosed, and 20 per cent have received curative treatment by the end of 2022.” WHO Director for the Department of Regulation and Prequalification, Dr. Rogério Gaspar added that “the availability of a WHO prequalified HCV self-test enables low and middle-income countries have access to safe and affordable self-testing options which is essential to achieving the goal of 90 per cent of all people with HCV to be diagnosed.” WHO said that it will continue to assess additional HCV self-tests, among other measures, which include working with communities to expand available options to all countries.  
Economy
Ethiopia’s Annual Remittances Surpass 6 Billion USD
Jul 13, 2024 364
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has secured over 6 billion US dollars in remittance during the concluded fiscal year, Ethiopian Diaspora Service disclosed. The remittances to Ethiopia have reached an unprecedented level, exceeding six billion USD in the 2023/24 fiscal year and marking a substantial increase in foreign currency inflows to the country, according to Ethiopian Diaspora Service . Deputy Director General of the service, Belayneh Atnaw revealed to the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that this figure represents a 50 percent increase compared to the previous budget year. "Over the past five years, we've seen an average of about 4 billion USD annually in remittances. This year's surge to over six billion USD is a promising trend for future remittance collection," Belayneh stated. Noting that rise in remittances is not the only positive development, the deputy director said Ethiopian Diaspora Service has also been actively engaging diaspora members in the country's economic growth. Belayneh pointed out that 273 diaspora members have been engaged in various investment sectors. Of these, 50 have already launched their ventures, creating employment opportunities for approximately 3,000 Ethiopian citizens. Moreover, the diaspora community has been instrumental in supporting major national projects, including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). "Through these actions, the diaspora is actively demonstrating its role as a key player in Ethiopia's journey towards prosperity," Belayneh emphasized. Looking ahead, the Ethiopian Diaspora Service plans to intensify its efforts to strengthen and expand the comprehensive participation of diaspora members across various sectors of the country's economy. This surge in remittances and diaspora engagement could play a crucial role in Ethiopia's economic development, potentially boosting foreign exchange reserves, supporting household incomes, and contributing to overall economic growth, it was learned.  
Ambassador Surprised by Magnificent Change in Addis Ababa
Jul 13, 2024 420
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) Indonesia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Al Busyra Basnur, said that he is surprised by the ongoing magnificent development in Addis Ababa since his arrival at the capital city about five years ago. Recall that the Government of Ethiopia has been exerting efforts to transform Addis Ababa's appearance and establish a solid foundation for building a modern city. Particularly, the ongoing corridor development in Addis Ababa is one of the indicators that enhances infrastructure, improves public services, and creates a more efficient and livable city in Africa for residents and visitors alike. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the ambassador said “what I saw in the last five years I have been here is unbelievable.” Ambassador Basnur stated that he has of late been witnessing a lot of new projects like parks, new buildings, libraries, and the museum, among others, in the city. “This is very important,” he stressed. According to him, this is one of the modalities and inviting sectors for foreigners to come, often to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, not only as tourists, but also as people seeking cooperation with the capital city. “The roads are widened now. I was really shocked with the development in Addis Ababa; not only the road, but also the light. This city has really changed in the last five years when compared to when I arrived here in Addis Ababa.” Ethiopia has a rich cultural heritage and a history that dates back thousands of years, he said, adding that today Ethiopia is undergoing significant economic transformation, with infrastructure development, industrialization, and improvements in social services. During his stay here for over five years, the ambassador had traveled to different regions in Ethiopia, not only cities in the region, but also many remote areas and villages. “I had to see the regions with my eyes. I made connections with many friends in the region. I think in the last couple of years, I spent more activities and I organized more activities not only at the embassy here, but more in the regions.” He believes that Ethiopia is a great country that has a huge potential to develop very soon in economy, social, cultural, education and science.  
Addis Ababa to Host East Africa Infrastructure and Water Expo
Jul 13, 2024 682
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) The inaugural East Africa Infrastructure and Water Expo to be conducted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the upcoming June 2025 that will prioritize infrastructure advancement. In its press release sent to ENA, Big 5 Construct Ethiopia revealed that the new event is designed to encourage conversation, collaboration and innovation in the critical field of infrastructure development. The second edition of Big 5 Construct Ethiopia 2024 exceeded expectations with 9,600 attendees and 175 exhibitors from 22 countries, it was pointed out. The CPD-certified Big 5 Talks were attended by 3,350 industry professionals, each earning points towards their annual training and development in the industry, the press release said. More importantly, the launch of the East Africa Infrastructure & Water Expo, an innovative event dedicated to advancing the infrastructure industry in East Africa through encouraging conversation, collaboration, and innovation in the critical field of infrastructure development, it was learned. The gross domestic product of the East Africa region is anticipated to see a growth of 3.4 percent in 2024 with further increases in 2025 to 4.2 percent, according to the World Bank. Described as the 'Rising Economic Jewel of Sub-Saharan Africa', the region is also expected to contribute 29 percent to GDP, particularly due to investment into infrastructure which is currently valued at 395 billion USD, a report indicated. With the infrastructure ecosystem rapidly evolving in the region, the launch of East Africa Infrastructure and Water Expo will further complement the rise in urbanization. Running from 26th to 28 June 2025 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa, the East Africa Infrastructure and Water Expo, co-located with Big 5 Construct Ethiopia, organized by dmg events, will prioritize advancing the region's transformation goals. The event is also designed to encourage conversation, collaboration and innovation in the critical field of infrastructure development. Commenting on the launch of East Africa Infrastructure and Water Expo, Mehtap Gürsoy, Portfolio Director - Construction, dmg events, said: “We are excited to introduce the event, co-located with Big 5 Construct Ethiopia, as it is dedicated to providing a dynamic platform for industry stakeholders to exchange ideas, showcase innovations and build partnerships that shape the region's infrastructure development.” "As an extension of Big 5 Construct Ethiopia, the two events bring the entire infrastructure value chain under one roof, fostering business interactions and encouraging networking opportunities. It provides organizations with the opportunity to enter the market and showcase their innovative solutions and technologies." Infrastructure development forms the backbone of economic growth, social advancement and environmental sustainability, according to the press release. It enhances transportation, improves accessibility and fosters connectivity, which is why infrastructure development is a priority in the region. It is a key component of East Africa's economic recovery strategy as it stimulates growth and creates employment. The new event exhibitors are expected to present products and services across five dedicated sectors namely urban connectivity, water & waste management, smart cities (digital infrastructure), communications and planning and construction of power infrastructure.    
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ICS Working to Commence E-passport Vital to Curb Fake Documents, Enhance Efficiency
Jul 12, 2024 562
Addis Ababa July12/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia’s Immigration and citizenship service (ICS) revealed consolidated efforts to commence E-passport service with a view to curb illegal activities and modernize the country’s passport system. A new Ethiopian E-passport service is expected to offer enhanced security features and improved efficiency for ICS which has been grappling with a backlog of passport applications, it was indicated. In her media briefing today on the performance of her institution in the concluded fiscal year, Immigration and citizenship service Director General Selamawit Dawit said concerted efforts are being intensified to introduce E-passport. According to her, digital design has been finalized in an effort to implement this new passport service in the country. The purpose is to curb fake documents in addition to providing efficient services to customers, Selamwit noted. The commencement of E-passports in the country will also contribute to saving foreign currency expenses to print passports abroad, she added. The Director General also revealed that the residence permit identification card issued to foreign nationals and IDs to Ethiopian origins residing abroad will also be electronic supported.   The Immigration and citizenship service has issued IDs to over 51, 000 members of the Ethiopian diaspora, of whom 65 percent arrived in the country as part of the invitation extended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Deputy Director General of ICS, Gosa Demise said for his part. During the year, ICS has also issued permanent and temporary resident permit IDs to over 34,000 foreign citizens. More than 18, 000 foreigners who were living in Ethiopia without legal documents have been deported with penalty.        
Ethiopia's New Digital Strategy Poised to be Transformative for Government’s Digital Future: Innovation Minister  
Jul 11, 2024 890
Addis Ababa, July 11/2024 (ENA) The Digital Government Strategy and Government Enterprise Architecture 2024-2029 is poised to be transformative blue print for the government’s digital future, Innovation and Technology Minister Belete Molla said. Opening the workshop on the final review of the new strategy today, the minister stated that the new draft strategy builds upon the success and lessons of the ongoing strategy. For him, the new digital national e-government strategy is poised to be a transformative blue print for the government’s digital future. The development of the current strategy has prioritized continuous stakeholder involvement and input collection. Hence, the workshop marks the final stage before the strategy is submitted to government’s approval, he said.   “This strategy is not merely a document. It is a vision for a digitally empowered Ethiopia. It incorporates international best practices and adheres to key principles that will guide our digital transformation journey.” The Digital Government Strategy and Enterprise Architecture 2024-2029 is prepared by Ministry of Innovation and Technology, in partnership with DT-Global and with the financial support of the European Union, it was learned. Addressing the workshop, EU Delegation to Ethiopia Cooperation Head Roberto Schiliro stated that digital governance allows the government to provide efficient services.   Noting that it is also an important step to develop a market-led economy based on open communication and transparency, he reiterated that the EU remains steadfast to support Ethiopia achieve its goal in digital transformation, improve business environment and investment climate. The Comprehensive government enterprise architecture of Ethiopia has been developed as part of the new e-government strategy and seeks to ensure that the digital government ecosystem is built on a firm and scientific foundation.  
Workshop Explores AfCFTA Digital Protocol, Impacts on E-Commerce
Jul 3, 2024 2411
Addis Ababa, July 3/2024(ENA)- workshop on exploring the intricacies of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Digital Trade Protocol (AfCFTA Digital Protocol) and its impact on e-commerce in Africa was held in Addis Ababa today. The workshop on Annexes to the Digital Trade Protocol and eCommerce was conducted against the backdrop of the recently adopted AfCFTA Digital Protocol by the 37th African Union Heads of States Summit in February 2024.   In his opening remark, Innovation and Technology State Minister Yishrun Alemayehu emphasized the workshop's crucial role in fostering knowledge exchange, collaboration, and strategic discussions. He added that the ministry is committed to supporting the ICT sector that benefits from the AfCFTA by creating conducive environment. According to him, the workshop was expected to serve as a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration and strategic dialogue. Participants were expected to explore strategies for fostering a thriving online marketplace environment and facilitating seamless cross-border transactions, it was learned. It was also anticipated to go beyond the AfCFTA Digital Protocol by delving into the complexities of domestic and cross-border e-commerce in Africa, Yishrun further emphasized the need for action, urging participants to engage in open dialogue, share expertise, and contribute to this critical effort. By harnessing the power of digital trade, African nations can drive economic prosperity and create a more inclusive future for all.      
Online Consultation Platform to Gather Public Opinion on Draft Bills Inaugurated
Jul 2, 2024 2454
Addis Ababa, July 2/2024(ENA)Online consultation platform, code named E-Consultation, developed to gather public opinion on draft bills inaugurated today. The online platform is prepared by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology in collaboration with Ministry of Justice and EU. The online application would enable the public to post their opinions and recommendations on draft laws and regulation that are issued by various institutions prior to their final approval. State Minister of Innovation and Technology, Yishirun Alemayhu said on the occasion that the online technology will be instrumental to redress grievances that might be voiced by the public and will help to enhance public participation by expressing their opinions on draft laws and regulation online before they are approved. He added that the Ministry of Innovation and Technology is working with stakeholders to ensure equity in the administration of justice by using digital technologies. Justice State Minister Belayehun Yirga said that the E-Consultation will curtail physical presence of the public in their attempts to forward their comments and suggestions as it would enable them provide comment right from where they are. He added that a directive that provides for the participation of the public on drafting laws is prepared to ensure that public opinions and comments are properly incorporated in the process of drafting bills. Representative of the EU, Leul Habte for his part stated that the EU will continue to support Ethiopia’s efforts to increase efficiency on trade. In the meantime, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the Ministry of Justice have inked MoU pertaining to their collaboration to ensure the effective utilization of the new technology that has just been developed. State Minister of Innovation and Technology, Yisherun Alemayehu and State Minister of Justice Belayihun Yirga has signed the MoU on behalf of their respective ministries.  
Sport
Football Legends Nani and Kanu Pledge Support for Ethiopian Youth Footballers 
Jul 13, 2024 335
Addis Ababa July 13/2024 (ENA) International soccer stars Luis Nani and Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu who arrived in Addis Ababa today, expressed their commitment to nurturing young talented footballers in Ethiopia. The former Manchester United winger and Portuguese national team star, Luis Nani, alongside Nigerian football icon Nwankwo Kanu, touched down at Bole International Airport early this morning. Upon their arrival at Bole International Airport, the players were warmly welcomed by the State Minister of Tourism Sileshi Girma, Chairman of Mechal Sports Club Board, Seife Getahun, Director of Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General Kuma Mideksa and Technical Director of Mechal Sports Club, Abraham Mebiratu. The two legendaries' visit coincides with the 80th anniversary celebration of Mechal Sports Club, where they are honored guests. Approached by reporters, Nani expressed his enthusiasm about visiting Ethiopia: “I'm thrilled to be here. This trip offers me a unique opportunity to immerse myself in Ethiopia's rich culture and connect with its people.”   The player further emphasized the importance of youth development in African football. Nani stated that: “For me to be here is it is all about to know more and try to give the support in Africa for the development of football culture and academies.” He particularly mentioned his primary goal to support aspiring young players. “I understand the challenges of becoming a professional footballer, and I am here to share my experiences and knowledge to help nurture Ethiopia's next generation of soccer stars.” Echoing these sentiments, igerian professional football star Nwankwo Kanu stressed the need for reinforcing support for young African footballers.   “It's crucial that we create an environment where young talents can thrive,” the former Arsenal striker remarked. “They need guidance on achieving success, overcoming challenges, and meeting the expectations of professional football.” Both players underscored the importance of successful athletes giving back to the sport. “Our presence here is about more than just celebration. We're here to motivate and inspire. The development of African football relies on established players actively participating in youth development,” Kanu elaborated. This visit by two of football's most respected figures represents a significant opportunity for Ethiopian football, it was stated. Their commitment to sharing insights and experiences could prove invaluable in shaping the future of the sport in the country and across the continent. It is also believed that as the Mechal Sports Club commemorates its 80th year, the presence of Nani and Kanu not only adds prestige to the celebrations but also it is a turning point for football development in Ethiopia. Their dedication is also anticipated to nurture young talent could leave a lasting impact on the nation's sporting landscape.        
Ethiopia Submits Application, Gears Up for Africa Cup of Nations, Announces PM Abiy
Jun 30, 2024 3092
Addis Ababa June 30/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced today that Ethiopia has submitted its application to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the country is carrying out preparatory activities. Prime Minister Abiy had a friendly match early this morning with some of Africa's football legends who are in Ethiopia to participate in the Shenen Africa Festival. Speaking at the occasion, the Prime Minister said that Ethiopia has thrown its hat into the ring to host the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations. Acknowledging the Africa Cup of Nations requires complex procedures, the premier underscored that Ethiopia is intensifying consolidated efforts to make its request come true. He pointed out that a thorough discussion was conducted on the matter with the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Prime Minister Abiy also believed that hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia will certainly stimulate Ethiopian football. Moreover, AFCON will also bring about a great benefit to the country’s development of the tourism sector. Accordingly, the current visit of legendary African football players to Ethiopia, they are known for playing in the English Premier League and various European clubs will create a great opportunity to promote Ethiopia’s potential in this sphere.   According to him, Ethiopia is working hard through its diplomats to host AFCON and tremendous discussions including with the president of CAF have been underway. “If we succeed in these endeavors, our people will be informed and we will be engaging in the hotel and the stadium arrangements as well as other necessary preparation,” PM Abiy stated. Mentioning the significant role of the Great Run in promoting Ethiopia’s image across the globe, he further confirmed that work in various sports fields, including horse riding, will be reinforced. Former African footballers, and other renowned figures from the continent have also left their Green Legacy footprint at Friendship Park, it was learnt. On Friday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh met with former African footballers known for playing in the English Premier League and various European clubs, famous artists from the continent, influencers, and renowned designers who arrived in Ethiopia to participate in the Shenen Africa Festival.  
Environment
PM Says Green Legacy Initiative Good Opportunity to Expand Indigenous Soil Preservation Knowledge
Jul 11, 2024 699
Addis Ababa, July 11/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative has created conducive environment to expand indigenous knowledge on soil preservation across the country, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, First Lady Zinash Tayachew, and staff of the Office of the Prime Minister have plant seedlings today. Community members drawn from Harar and Konso have also participated at the planting activity held on the terrace they built inside Chaka Project using their indigenous skills to preserve soil. In that regard, the eucalyptus trees in the area have been replaced by indigenous tree seedlings. During the planting, the premier stated that this year's Green Legacy program will be carried out differently from the previous ones. Accordingly, individuals from Harar and Konso had worked on terraces inside the Chaka Project in order to stop the problems with soil erosion in the surrounding area. This has helped to address the difficulties that had been hindrances to plant seedlings in the area due to soil erosion, he added. At present, indigenous plants including fruits like apple are being cultivated, it was learned. The PM further underscored the need to expand similar indigenous knowledges that exist in other areas across the nation, commending the farmers of Harar and Konso for completing the work on the terraces in short time. According to him, activities are underway to increase the forest coverage of Addis Ababa to 30 percent with the objective to change the image of the city. Ethiopia has been carrying out extensive seedling planting activities over the past five years. The nation has so far planted 32.5 billion seedlings. The country’s goal for this year is to reach 40 billion seedlings from its overall target of 50 billion. Accordingly, the nation is working to plant 7.5 billion seedlings this planting cycle. Ethiopia’s forest coverage had increased to 23.6 percent by 2023 from 17.2 percent in 2019.
Abiy Expresses Commitment to Building up-to-standard Public Toilets Using Durable Materials  
Jul 11, 2024 770
Addis Ababa July 11/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed commitment to building up-to-standard public toilets by using durable materials and ensuring high-quality finishing. “When we called on our citizens, many enthusiastically joined the Clean Ethiopia initiative,” the premier wrote on X this morning. The main objective of this project is to revolutionize the culture of toilet usage by creating a welcoming environment. “Today, we are on-site to assess the progress made possible through the invaluable contributions and trust of our citizens. By using durable materials and ensuring high-quality finishing, we are committed to building up-to-standard public toilets.” This is just the beginning, Abiy said, affirming that “With your continued support, we aim to expand this initiative nationwide.” It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy unveiled plans to construct modern, clean, and dignified public restrooms, with a strong emphasis on community involvement in their construction on last April. A digital telethon was held on the 12th of May this year to raise 50 million Birr in 10 hours for Clean Ethiopia initiative.The Office of the Prime Minister disclosed on that day that 154 million and 500 thousand Birr was collected through the digital telethon. Several institutions and individuals have participated in the telethon registering more than the planned target. Of the total, 67.5 million Birr was collected directly from the community through the telethon.
Ethiopia’s Commitment to Environmental Conservation Intertwines with Implementation of SDGs 
Jul 5, 2024 2377
Addis Ababa, July 5/2024(ENA) Ethiopia’s commitment to environmental conservation is intertwined with the country’s dedication to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Foreign Affairs Minister Taye Atskeselasie remarked. In a display of commitment to environmental sustainability, the staffs and leadership of Foreign Affairs Ministry planted thousands of tree seedlings for this rainy season in the premises of the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University today. This initiative contributes to the ambitious national Green Legacy program, aiming to plant a staggering 7.5 billion seedlings throughout Ethiopia this rainy season. Building on Ethiopia's impressive record of over 32 billion seedlings planted in previous years, Foreign Minister Taye Atskeselasie emphasized the ongoing dedication to environmental restoration. He highlighted the Green Legacy Initiative's multifaceted benefits, not only in combating climate change and restoring ecosystems, but also in preventing soil erosion, particularly near crucial tributary water sources. "This conservation endeavor ensures uninterrupted river flow downstream," Minister Taye explained, further underlining the connection between environmental efforts and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. "Our commitment to environmental conservation is intertwined with our dedication to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals," Taye underscored. The planting ceremony also welcomed Zambia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Rose K. Sakala. Her participation signified not only the celebration of Zambia's 60th year of independence but also a gesture of solidarity with Ethiopia's environmental initiative. Ambassador Sakala emphasized the critical role the Green Legacy Initiative plays in addressing the challenges of climate change, which disproportionately impact African nations. The Green Legacy Initiative serves as a powerful model for other nations seeking to tackle climate change and create a more sustainable future. Addis Ababa Science and Technology University President Dereje Engida reaffirmed the institution's ongoing participation. President Engida noted the university's plan to plant 5,500 seedlings this year, replicating their successful efforts from the previous season, with a remarkable 90% survival rate for the planted agricultural seedlings.  
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 64258
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 59676
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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A Walk Through the New Addis Ababa
Jul 9, 2024 2384
A Walk Through the New Addis Ababa By Mihretu Mollalign Addis Ababa stands at a precipice. The city vibrates with potential, yet traffic gridlock, limited green spaces, and underdeveloped areas stifle its progress. The corridor development project emerges as a bold vision for transformation, an opportunity to unleash the city's true potential. The government has set its sights on revitalizing Ethiopia's bustling capital city. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s signature project, the Addis Ababa Corridor Development, is a multi-faceted initiative aimed at transforming the city's landscape and resident conformity. It is crystal clear that Addis Ababa boasts a rich history that began as a humble mineral spring resort in 1886. Transformed into "New Flower" just a few years later, it quickly blossomed into the bustling heart of the nation. This historical sketch traces its fascinating journey, from its early days as a political center to its current role as a diplomatic hub and headquarters of the African Union. The once-sparse settlement bloomed into a bustling center. Drawn by the promise of opportunity, nobles built grand residences, artisans established workshops, and foreign visitors flocked to its doors. The city's architecture mirrored this growth, transitioning from traditional huts to European-influenced stone houses commissioned by a mushrooming middle class. The early 20th century witnessed an economic boom fueled by Ethiopia's flourishing coffee trade. This newfound wealth fueled a wave of modernization. Paved roads snaked through the city, automobiles replaced horse-drawn carriages, and banks emerged to handle the growing financial activity. Addis Ababa was no longer just a political center; it was becoming a commercial and cultural powerhouse as well. Today, Addis Ababa stands tall as a diplomatic hub and the headquarters of the African Union. Skyscrapers pierce the sky, a testament to its economic might. Its story is one of constant transformation, a testament to a nation's unwavering spirit and its enduring desire to bloom anew. It is undergoing a significant transformation. While few politicians may have their own agendas, many residents are embracing the city administration's "corridor development" project, which focuses on improving aesthetics and implementing highway standards. This change is evident throughout the city. While I was walking from Addis Ababa Technical College to the National Theater, I met Belayneh Desta, 73, enjoying a rest on a newly built pedestrian bench. He expressed his delight at the changes. "Just a few years ago, walking through these roads was unthinkable," he said, his face beaming. "Now, I can comfortably walk all the way from the Mekanissa to Mexico." Belayneh, who has lived in Addis Ababa since his childhood, spoke of the past challenges. "The old roads were not only narrow but had no enough lights and unsafe for pedestrians, even though most people in Addis rely on walking," he explained. "The new design promotes equality. Cars have their highways, and pedestrians have designated walkways with benches to take rest in the meantime." The project extends beyond functionality. "It's making Addis Ababa beautiful and a city that meets international standards," Belayneh continued, "The narrow roads are gone, replaced with wider spaces and greenery." While there may be some temporary inconveniences during construction, most residents recognize the long-term value of the corridor project. The rapid dismantling and rebuilding process further underscores its efficiency. In fact, the premier announced the successful completion of some of the corridors including Piassa and Arat Kilo routes hitting the ambitious three-month deadline. As promised, this achievement reflects the government's commitment to on-site progress updates. "Efficiency remains paramount," the premier emphasized. "We must be swift and innovative to maintain momentum in the remaining corridors". According to the PM, the top priorities remain ensuring quality and fostering a positive environment for all citizens. This project thrives on collaboration.” I am grateful for the public's goodwill, which reflects the dedication we've invested in planning and execution. We acknowledge any inconveniences this grand initiative may have caused’. Encompassing over an estimated 240 kilometers of road and related infrastructure development, the project boasts a wide range of features, according to available sources and some of these include over 48 kilometers of newly asphalted roads, four modern underground walkways, an extensive network of 96 kilometers of pedestrian walkways, 100 kilometers of designated bicycle routes, five kilometers of dedicated running tracks and 48 new bus and taxi terminals to streamline the city's transportation system. The project goes beyond just roads, incorporating elements to enhance residents' quality of life and some of these including 70 green centers and parks for recreation and relaxation, fountains and additional green spaces throughout the city, recreational centers, children's centers, and public plazas to foster community, 120 modern restrooms for improved sanitation, and a modern drainage system for better flood control. In other words, this initiative promises to significantly enhance the lives of residents, empower businesses, revolutionize city planning, cultivate a healthier environment, engine for economic progress and lay the foundation for future prosperity. Imagine stepping out your door to wider, cleaner streets traffic crawls no more, replaced by the smooth flow of buses and the gentle whir of bicycles. Parks and walkways beckon, inviting you to stroll or cycle through a revitalized Addis Ababa. This is the promise of the corridor development project, a transformative initiative shaping the future of the city. A modern infrastructure is the lifeblood of commerce with efficient traffic flow and improved public transport. This not only benefits businesses but creates a more attractive environment for investment, fostering economic growth and job creation. Addis Ababa is on the move. The corridor development project tackles neglected areas, breathing new life into them. Upgraded drainage systems, restored historical sites, and modern utilities paint a picture of a sustainable and vibrant city. This project is not just about aesthetics; it's about building a resilient and thriving capital for generations to come. Environmentalists are celebrating the project's focus on a healthier Addis Ababa. By prioritizing walking, cycling, and public transport, the initiative reduces reliance on cars, leading to a significant decrease in air pollution. Besides, modern drainage systems ensure responsible water management, protecting the city from flooding. Therefore, the project isn't just about a facelift; it's about building a resilient city for the future. Neglected areas are being revitalized with upgraded drainage systems, restored historical sites, and modern utilities. This promotes sustainability and creates a vibrant city center. Cleaner air, less congestion, the corridor development project promotes a healthier Addis Ababa. By prioritizing walking, cycling, and public transport, the initiative reduces reliance on cars, leading to a significant decrease in emissions. Modern drainage systems ensure responsible water management, protecting our city from flooding. Beyond aesthetics, the project recognizes the importance of a modern infrastructure for businesses. Improved traffic flow and public transport not only shorten commutes but also create a more efficient delivery network. This fosters economic growth by attracting investment and creating jobs. The road ahead requires open communication and social responsibility. Resettlement due to construction must be handled with care and support. But the challenges are outweighed by the immense benefits. The Addis Ababa corridor development project is a collective endeavor, a composition for a brighter future. The project acknowledges the need for open communication and social responsibility. Resettlement due to construction will be handled with care and support. While challenges exist, the immense benefits outweigh them. The corridor development project is a collective endeavor, a co-creation of a brighter future for Addis Ababa. In a nutshell, Addis Ababa's story is one of constant transformation. Today, the city is embracing an ambitious "corridor development" project that focuses on improving aesthetics, creating wider roads, and incorporating green spaces. Residents like Belayneh Desta are enjoying the benefits of this project, with safer pedestrian walkways, a more pleasing landscape, and a city that meets international standards. While there may be temporary inconveniences, most residents recognize the long-term value of the project. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has emphasized the importance of quality and collaboration, underscoring the government's commitment to transforming the city into a more beautiful, attractive, and livable space for all. The road ahead won't be without its bumps. There will be adjustments to make and challenges to overcome. But by working together, residents, businesses, planners, and environmentalists can all play a part in shaping a brighter future for Addis Ababa. The project is not just a construction initiative; it's a collective endeavor to build a modern, sustainable, and prosperous city for all. Let's embrace the promise of a transformed city where clean streets hum with activity, green spaces flourish, and opportunity thrives. Indeed, the government’s vision for Addis Ababa extends beyond this project. The "Green Legacy" initiative, a nationwide tree-planting campaign, contributes to a greener city. This multi-pronged approach paints a picture of a modern, sustainable, and prosperous capital city.
Ethiopia Embarks on Independent Transitional Justice Process
Jun 22, 2024 4553
By Haile Henok Tadele Ethiopia's tumultuous past, characterized by human rights transgressions, has left an indelible mark on the nation's collective consciousness. Those who have hitherto assumed political power condemns and punishes others by shifting the blame on others it considered as transgressors. Such approach will never promote the prevalence of justice. It would only produce regrets, and escalation of revenge. This is the major reason why a vicious circle of the desire for vengeance, revenge and unforgiving have prevailed in the country. The implementation of a transitional justice is therefore a viable strategy to break the dichotomy between the transgressors and the victims. As the country ushers in an era of democratic reforms and national reconciliation, the implementation of a comprehensive transitional justice framework emerges as a cornerstone for achieving sustainable transformation and long-term economic prosperity. Belayhun Yirga, Ethiopia's State Minister of Justice, affirmed the government's dedication to an impartial and professional transitional justice process, eschewing any intervention that might compromise its integrity. This approach encompasses a spectrum of judicial and non-judicial measures designed to address the legacy of past atrocities and human rights violations, aiming to ensure accountability, provide redress for victims, foster reconciliation, and establish the foundations for a more equitable, peaceful, and prosperous society. Previous attempts to resolve human rights violations, conflicts, and abuses in Ethiopia have fallen short, failing to implement universal transitional justice principles based on truth, reconciliation, mercy, and justice. Recognizing this shortcoming, a new Transitional Justice Policy has been developed to manage and implement the process in a cohesive, integrated, and effective manner at the national level. A multidisciplinary panel of ten highly qualified experts from academia, the legal profession, and other relevant fields has been assembled to craft this policy. The State Minister revealed that this independent taskforce has conducted over 60 public workshops and consultations nationwide, culminating in a comprehensive "green paper" policy framework endorsed by the council of ministers. The objective was to devise a policy grounded in Ethiopia's realities by involving all stakeholders, including victims, women's groups, civil society organizations, regional states, the federal government, and the general public. Central to Ethiopia's transitional justice journey is the establishment of a truth-seeking process, such as a truth and reconciliation commission. This systematic investigation aims to illuminate past human rights abuses, identify perpetrators, and uncover the circumstances surrounding these atrocities. By acknowledging victims' suffering and confronting the nation's history, this process can foster a shared understanding and pave the way for accountability and justice. The government seeks to pursue transitional justice through a reconciliation process tailored to Ethiopia's unique context. While drawing on global best practices, the State Minister emphasized the need for a reconciliation process fundamentally rooted in Ethiopia's diverse regional and communal situations. As part of the policy implementation, several institutions will be established, including a truth and reconciliation commission, special attorney general's office, and dedicated courts. A comprehensive transitional justice framework must prioritize a robust system of reparations and victim support, potentially involving compensation, rehabilitation services, and symbolic gestures such as official apologies or memorials. By addressing victims' needs and restoring their dignity, these measures can contribute to healing, reconciliation, and societal cohesion – vital prerequisites for sustainable economic development. Sustainable transition and economic growth in Ethiopia necessitate reforming key institutions. This may involve vetting public officials, implementing human rights training, and establishing independent oversight mechanisms. Such reforms can prevent future human rights abuses, rebuild public trust in democratic institutions, and create a stable, predictable environment conducive to investment and business growth. In addition to formal mechanisms, Ethiopia will strive to explore community-based approaches to reconciliation, leveraging traditional conflict resolution systems and creating platforms for inter-community dialogue. By fostering grassroots reconciliation and empowering marginalized groups, these initiatives can complement top-down processes, contributing to national healing and unlocking the full potential of Ethiopia's human capital for inclusive economic development. A draft roadmap delineating detailed activities for the policy's implementation phase has been prepared. Key elements under consideration include accountability mechanisms, procedures to investigate abuses, provisions for amnesty and reparations, institutional reforms, incorporation of customary justice systems, and clear delineation of federal-regional state roles. The government aspires for this reconciliation process to foster 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. As Ethiopia stands at this critical juncture, the international community, civil society, and the Ethiopian people must collaborate to ensure an inclusive, transparent, and victim-centric transitional justice process. Only through such concerted efforts can the country progress towards a future marked by justice, reconciliation, enduring stability, and shared prosperity.  
Ethiopian News Agency
2023