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Over 1 Billion USD Grant Agreement Signed to fight TB, HIV/AIDS & Malaria 
Jun 18, 2024 260
Addis Ababa 18/2024 (ENA) Over 1 billion USD grant agreement was signed to fight Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, and malaria in Ethiopia between Ministry of Health, Global Fund, and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) today. During the signing of the grant, Health Minister Dr. Mekdes Daba said the grant is crucial to strengthening Ethiopia's health system.   The funding will significantly enhance ongoing efforts in preventing the diseases by providing quality treatment and care, and improving overall health service accessibility, she added. The health minister emphasized the potential for community-based and innovative approaches, citing the success of the existing health extension program and the promise of digital health. According to her, Ethiopia has shown remarkable progress in tackling challenges like conflict, drought, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister also cited the significant reduction in TB prevalence, averaging an 8-9 percent decline annually, and a documented significant decrease in malaria transmission. As per the grant agreement Global Fund will provide 440 million and 400 thousand USD grant to Ethiopia for the fight against Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and AIDS, and malaria, Dr. Mekdes said. Along with this, an additional 183 million 200 thousand USD has been allocated as "prioritized above allocation", it was learned. The government has also commitment to co-finance the program by allocating and obligating a total of 451 million USD for the three-year agreement, the minister announced.   Global Fund High Impact Africa II Department Head, Linden Morrison said the signing of this grant is timely and critical in many respects. The global health community is facing challenges, including the consequences of climate change and the need to build resilient health systems to achieve the SDGs by 2030, he stated. Amid such challenges, Ethiopia has accomplished outstanding achievements over the past two years and this is important experience, according to the head. “Ethiopia, we think has provided us the platform to tackle these challenges and to go far with the confidence that we will achieve the 2030 SDGs target.” Morrison also commended Ethiopia’s effective utilization of funds for outstanding results in the health sector. He particularly noted the success to build resilient health system in the country even amid natural and man-made challenges. According to Morrison, “Ethiopia is one of few countries in the Global Fund portfolio that effectively utilized our resources to build health system.” The head commended Ethiopia's effective utilization of past grants and noted that the country serves as a model for other on how to tackle health challenges and achieve the SDGs by 2030.  
Ethiopia Lauds BRICS for Championing Equitable Global Economic Order
Jun 18, 2024 423
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) The BRICS countries have been instrumental in challenging the existing global economic order that often marginalizes developing nations, Vice President of Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party, Adem Farah remarked. The International Interparty "BRICS and Partner Countries" Forum being held in Vladivostok, Russia, enters its third day today. A delegation led by Prosperity Party Vice President Adem Farah, is participating in the forum. The Vice President delivered a speech at a session titled "Strengthening economic and financial ties between countries of the world majority for building a just world order," which is part of the BRICS and Partner Countries Parties' Forum.   The Vice President in his speech highlighting Ethiopia's positive perception of the BRICS group and its efforts to reform the global economic system. "BRICS countries have been instrumental in challenging the existing global economic order that often marginalizes developing nations," he said. Adem added that by advocating for a more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, BRICS has championed the cause of the world's majority, a stance that Ethiopia strongly supports, In today's interconnected world, economic cooperation is not merely an option but a necessity, the Vice President of PP underlined. He praised the BRICS for its remarkable progress in fostering economic partnerships that transcend traditional boundaries, and expressed Ethiopia's keen interest in further integrating and contributing to this dynamic framework.   Emphasizing the need for a united and coordinated response to global challenges, Adem said, "The global challenges we face—ranging from economic inequality and climate change to technological disparities—require a united and coordinated response." Highlighting Ethiopia's bilateral relations with the BRICS and partner countries, Adem noted, "We have cultivated strong bilateral relations with individual BRICS and partner countries, and we are eager to expand these ties." According to Adem, Ethiopia's partnerships have spanned various domains, including trade, investment, technology transfer, and education. These collaborations have not only accelerated our development trajectory but also reinforced the bonds of friendship and mutual respect." Adem concluded by stressing the need for a just world order based on the principles of fairness, equality, and mutual benefit. "A just world order is predicated on the principles of fairness, equality, and mutual benefit. BRICS and its partner countries have a unique opportunity to lead by example. By fostering inclusive economic policies, promoting fair trade practices, and supporting sustainable development initiatives, we can create a world where prosperity is shared, and opportunities are accessible to all," he said.
Ethiopian Aviation University to Provide Extensive Training to African Nationals in Aviation 
Jun 18, 2024 271
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Aviation University, part of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, has announced its efforts to provide extensive training in the aviation sector in the continent by signing agreements with African countries. As one of the institutions under the Ethiopian Airlines Group, the university, formerly known as the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, has been restructured to university status. It is now focused on producing competent professionals in the aviation field. According to Kassie Yimam, Acting President of the university, it provides training in aircraft piloting, air traffic control, aeronautical engineering, aircraft maintenance, as well as commercial and marketing sectors of aviation. He explained that this has enabled the university to build capacity to train qualified professionals not just for Ethiopia but for the entire region. Several African countries have been signing memorandums of understanding with the university to receive large-scale human resource training, Kassie stated. Previously, aviation professionals from various African nations used to come for training, but now agreements are being formalized at a country level. Niger and Gabon were cited as examples of countries that have already signed such agreements, with the university in the process of pursuing similar deals with other African nations. Developing a skilled aviation workforce is one of the key endeavors towards positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa, Kassie noted, adding that extensive efforts are underway to realize this goal. He also revealed that Ethiopian Airlines' venture into aerospace manufacturing is gaining momentum, driven by the need to adopt new technologies like artificial intelligence to grow the aviation sector in Ethiopia and Africa. From this perspective, the Ethiopian Aviation University has built the capacity to train a significant number of African nationals in addition to Ethiopians, Kassie elaborated. It is worth noting that in this fiscal year, the university graduated 2,965 professionals across three rounds of training in fields such as aircraft piloting, maintenance, and other disciplines.
Multi-Sectoral Economic Approach Helping to Overcome Dependency: High Gov’t Officials
Jun 18, 2024 266
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia's multi-sectoral economic approach is supporting the nation’s ambition to overcome dependency, high-level government officials noted. Trade and Regional Integration Minister Gebremeskel Chala and Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign had an exclusive interview with the Ethiopian News Agency. According to the Trade and Regional Integration Minister Gebremeskel Chala, successful measures have been taken to improve the economy by introducing the Homegrown Economic Reform. He noted that Ethiopia has witnessed concrete achievements in recent years mainly due to the multi-sectoral economic approach. Changing the previous narrowly framed economic approach played crucial role for the achievement, the minister added. Gebremeskel revealed that the multi-sectoral economic approach has enabled the country to register productive achievements, mainly in agriculture, mining, tourism, industry, and ICT. The per capital income of citizens has doubled from the previous 800 USD before the reform, the trade and regional integration minister stated, adding that the economic growth of Ethiopia has therefore been internationally recognized. Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign said the national reform has fundamentally changed Ethiopia's economy.   The economic growth registered under the ongoing reform has in particular helped to align the country’s development potential with citizens’ demand, he added. Citing the country’s vision to see Ethiopians becoming examples of change, the state minister pointed out that activities are underway to ensure national development by creating better living conditions at the family level. Eyob further stressed the need to tackle aid-dependency, adding that activities have been carried out for citizens to properly respond to their livelihood and provide for others in a sustainable manner. For the state minister, the opening up of wholesale and retail export-import trades for competition will have a huge role in stimulating competitiveness in the market and the country's overall economic growth. According to him, the government also realizes the essential role of startups in the effort to move from aid-dependency to productivity by providing special support to youth creativity and skill development. The two high-level government officials furthermore emphasized the significant role of citizens to end aid-dependency. Finally, the officials stressed the need for Ethiopians to support the successful developmental leadership role of the government to overcome dependency.
National Clean Cities Initiative Pivotal to Boost Investment
Jun 18, 2024 233
Addis Ababa June 18/2024 (ENA) Apart from making Ethiopian cities and towns more livable, the National clean cities initiative will help to increase the participation of entrepreneurs in the investment activities of the country, Belayeh Kindae, a local investor said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed weeks ago unveiled plans to construct modern, clean and dignified public restrooms, with a strong emphasis on community involvement in their construction. The initiative, named ‘Clean Ethiopia,’ includes a fundraising component under the theme ‘Clean Cities – Healthy Lives.' A digital telethon movement that was launched following Prime Minister Abiy’s call for the implementation of the project managed to collect more than 154 million birr far exceeding the original plan to collect 50 million birr. Speaking to ENA the renowned Ethiopian investor, Belayneh Kindae said after launching of the national reform program various projects which have been benefiting the country are being constructed. He added that projects initiated by Prime Minister Abiy including Dine for the Nation and Dine for Sheger and the recently launched Clean Ethiopia campaign have a greater national value for the development of the country. Clean Ethiopia campaign will help to produce healthy and productive workforce in the country, he added. Belayneh further remarked that the environment created by the project will help to lure foreign investors into the country. He noted that the campaign will also encourage local entrepreneurs to produce healthy and quality products. Belaneh recalled that his company was among the first firms that responded to the call of the premier by providing financial support. His company has also been actively participating in mega projects such as the construction of GERD and Dine for the Nation Projects by rendering financial contributions, Belaneh said pledging to continue support to projects with national significance.    
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Over 1 Billion USD Grant Agreement Signed to fight TB, HIV/AIDS & Malaria 
Jun 18, 2024 260
Addis Ababa 18/2024 (ENA) Over 1 billion USD grant agreement was signed to fight Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, and malaria in Ethiopia between Ministry of Health, Global Fund, and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) today. During the signing of the grant, Health Minister Dr. Mekdes Daba said the grant is crucial to strengthening Ethiopia's health system.   The funding will significantly enhance ongoing efforts in preventing the diseases by providing quality treatment and care, and improving overall health service accessibility, she added. The health minister emphasized the potential for community-based and innovative approaches, citing the success of the existing health extension program and the promise of digital health. According to her, Ethiopia has shown remarkable progress in tackling challenges like conflict, drought, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister also cited the significant reduction in TB prevalence, averaging an 8-9 percent decline annually, and a documented significant decrease in malaria transmission. As per the grant agreement Global Fund will provide 440 million and 400 thousand USD grant to Ethiopia for the fight against Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and AIDS, and malaria, Dr. Mekdes said. Along with this, an additional 183 million 200 thousand USD has been allocated as "prioritized above allocation", it was learned. The government has also commitment to co-finance the program by allocating and obligating a total of 451 million USD for the three-year agreement, the minister announced.   Global Fund High Impact Africa II Department Head, Linden Morrison said the signing of this grant is timely and critical in many respects. The global health community is facing challenges, including the consequences of climate change and the need to build resilient health systems to achieve the SDGs by 2030, he stated. Amid such challenges, Ethiopia has accomplished outstanding achievements over the past two years and this is important experience, according to the head. “Ethiopia, we think has provided us the platform to tackle these challenges and to go far with the confidence that we will achieve the 2030 SDGs target.” Morrison also commended Ethiopia’s effective utilization of funds for outstanding results in the health sector. He particularly noted the success to build resilient health system in the country even amid natural and man-made challenges. According to Morrison, “Ethiopia is one of few countries in the Global Fund portfolio that effectively utilized our resources to build health system.” The head commended Ethiopia's effective utilization of past grants and noted that the country serves as a model for other on how to tackle health challenges and achieve the SDGs by 2030.  
Ethiopia Lauds BRICS for Championing Equitable Global Economic Order
Jun 18, 2024 423
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) The BRICS countries have been instrumental in challenging the existing global economic order that often marginalizes developing nations, Vice President of Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party, Adem Farah remarked. The International Interparty "BRICS and Partner Countries" Forum being held in Vladivostok, Russia, enters its third day today. A delegation led by Prosperity Party Vice President Adem Farah, is participating in the forum. The Vice President delivered a speech at a session titled "Strengthening economic and financial ties between countries of the world majority for building a just world order," which is part of the BRICS and Partner Countries Parties' Forum.   The Vice President in his speech highlighting Ethiopia's positive perception of the BRICS group and its efforts to reform the global economic system. "BRICS countries have been instrumental in challenging the existing global economic order that often marginalizes developing nations," he said. Adem added that by advocating for a more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, BRICS has championed the cause of the world's majority, a stance that Ethiopia strongly supports, In today's interconnected world, economic cooperation is not merely an option but a necessity, the Vice President of PP underlined. He praised the BRICS for its remarkable progress in fostering economic partnerships that transcend traditional boundaries, and expressed Ethiopia's keen interest in further integrating and contributing to this dynamic framework.   Emphasizing the need for a united and coordinated response to global challenges, Adem said, "The global challenges we face—ranging from economic inequality and climate change to technological disparities—require a united and coordinated response." Highlighting Ethiopia's bilateral relations with the BRICS and partner countries, Adem noted, "We have cultivated strong bilateral relations with individual BRICS and partner countries, and we are eager to expand these ties." According to Adem, Ethiopia's partnerships have spanned various domains, including trade, investment, technology transfer, and education. These collaborations have not only accelerated our development trajectory but also reinforced the bonds of friendship and mutual respect." Adem concluded by stressing the need for a just world order based on the principles of fairness, equality, and mutual benefit. "A just world order is predicated on the principles of fairness, equality, and mutual benefit. BRICS and its partner countries have a unique opportunity to lead by example. By fostering inclusive economic policies, promoting fair trade practices, and supporting sustainable development initiatives, we can create a world where prosperity is shared, and opportunities are accessible to all," he said.
Ethiopian Aviation University to Provide Extensive Training to African Nationals in Aviation 
Jun 18, 2024 271
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Aviation University, part of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, has announced its efforts to provide extensive training in the aviation sector in the continent by signing agreements with African countries. As one of the institutions under the Ethiopian Airlines Group, the university, formerly known as the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, has been restructured to university status. It is now focused on producing competent professionals in the aviation field. According to Kassie Yimam, Acting President of the university, it provides training in aircraft piloting, air traffic control, aeronautical engineering, aircraft maintenance, as well as commercial and marketing sectors of aviation. He explained that this has enabled the university to build capacity to train qualified professionals not just for Ethiopia but for the entire region. Several African countries have been signing memorandums of understanding with the university to receive large-scale human resource training, Kassie stated. Previously, aviation professionals from various African nations used to come for training, but now agreements are being formalized at a country level. Niger and Gabon were cited as examples of countries that have already signed such agreements, with the university in the process of pursuing similar deals with other African nations. Developing a skilled aviation workforce is one of the key endeavors towards positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa, Kassie noted, adding that extensive efforts are underway to realize this goal. He also revealed that Ethiopian Airlines' venture into aerospace manufacturing is gaining momentum, driven by the need to adopt new technologies like artificial intelligence to grow the aviation sector in Ethiopia and Africa. From this perspective, the Ethiopian Aviation University has built the capacity to train a significant number of African nationals in addition to Ethiopians, Kassie elaborated. It is worth noting that in this fiscal year, the university graduated 2,965 professionals across three rounds of training in fields such as aircraft piloting, maintenance, and other disciplines.
Multi-Sectoral Economic Approach Helping to Overcome Dependency: High Gov’t Officials
Jun 18, 2024 266
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia's multi-sectoral economic approach is supporting the nation’s ambition to overcome dependency, high-level government officials noted. Trade and Regional Integration Minister Gebremeskel Chala and Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign had an exclusive interview with the Ethiopian News Agency. According to the Trade and Regional Integration Minister Gebremeskel Chala, successful measures have been taken to improve the economy by introducing the Homegrown Economic Reform. He noted that Ethiopia has witnessed concrete achievements in recent years mainly due to the multi-sectoral economic approach. Changing the previous narrowly framed economic approach played crucial role for the achievement, the minister added. Gebremeskel revealed that the multi-sectoral economic approach has enabled the country to register productive achievements, mainly in agriculture, mining, tourism, industry, and ICT. The per capital income of citizens has doubled from the previous 800 USD before the reform, the trade and regional integration minister stated, adding that the economic growth of Ethiopia has therefore been internationally recognized. Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign said the national reform has fundamentally changed Ethiopia's economy.   The economic growth registered under the ongoing reform has in particular helped to align the country’s development potential with citizens’ demand, he added. Citing the country’s vision to see Ethiopians becoming examples of change, the state minister pointed out that activities are underway to ensure national development by creating better living conditions at the family level. Eyob further stressed the need to tackle aid-dependency, adding that activities have been carried out for citizens to properly respond to their livelihood and provide for others in a sustainable manner. For the state minister, the opening up of wholesale and retail export-import trades for competition will have a huge role in stimulating competitiveness in the market and the country's overall economic growth. According to him, the government also realizes the essential role of startups in the effort to move from aid-dependency to productivity by providing special support to youth creativity and skill development. The two high-level government officials furthermore emphasized the significant role of citizens to end aid-dependency. Finally, the officials stressed the need for Ethiopians to support the successful developmental leadership role of the government to overcome dependency.
National Clean Cities Initiative Pivotal to Boost Investment
Jun 18, 2024 233
Addis Ababa June 18/2024 (ENA) Apart from making Ethiopian cities and towns more livable, the National clean cities initiative will help to increase the participation of entrepreneurs in the investment activities of the country, Belayeh Kindae, a local investor said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed weeks ago unveiled plans to construct modern, clean and dignified public restrooms, with a strong emphasis on community involvement in their construction. The initiative, named ‘Clean Ethiopia,’ includes a fundraising component under the theme ‘Clean Cities – Healthy Lives.' A digital telethon movement that was launched following Prime Minister Abiy’s call for the implementation of the project managed to collect more than 154 million birr far exceeding the original plan to collect 50 million birr. Speaking to ENA the renowned Ethiopian investor, Belayneh Kindae said after launching of the national reform program various projects which have been benefiting the country are being constructed. He added that projects initiated by Prime Minister Abiy including Dine for the Nation and Dine for Sheger and the recently launched Clean Ethiopia campaign have a greater national value for the development of the country. Clean Ethiopia campaign will help to produce healthy and productive workforce in the country, he added. Belayneh further remarked that the environment created by the project will help to lure foreign investors into the country. He noted that the campaign will also encourage local entrepreneurs to produce healthy and quality products. Belaneh recalled that his company was among the first firms that responded to the call of the premier by providing financial support. His company has also been actively participating in mega projects such as the construction of GERD and Dine for the Nation Projects by rendering financial contributions, Belaneh said pledging to continue support to projects with national significance.    
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Ethiopia's Ruling Prosperity Party Pledges Stronger Ties with BRICS at International Forum
Jun 17, 2024 854
Addis Ababa June 17/2024 (ENA) At the International Interparty "BRICS and Partner Countries" Forum the Vice President of Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party, Adem Farah, delivered a speech highlighting the party's commitment to strengthening its engagement with the BRICS platform. The Vice President stated that the Prosperity Party has closely followed the BRICS platform since its establishment, recognizing its potential to reshape global economic and political landscapes. “Our president, His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed, has been a strong advocate for increased engagement with BRICS member countries and the platform itself. His vision and leadership have underscored the importance of our involvement in this dynamic coalition.” He expressed the Prosperity Party's "profound appreciation to the BRICS platform members for their bold steps in inviting new members," which has granted Ethiopia the opportunity to join the esteemed group. "We are honored and delighted to be a part of BRICS, and we eagerly anticipate the collective progress and shared prosperity that our collaboration promises," the Vice President stated. The Prosperity Party is ready to advocate for BRICS's objectives and is committed to contributing its share towards shared goals, Adem said. "We are prepared to play our role as BRICS aims to reform global financial institutions and champion a multipolar world order," the Vice President underscored. Addressing the international audience, the Vice President emphasized the Prosperity Party's vision of ensuring "holistic prosperity in Ethiopia and beyond through MEDEMER, or synergy." The Prosperity Party, the ruling party of Ethiopia is a beacon of hope and progress in Africa, Adem stated. “Established with the vision of ensuring holistic prosperity in Ethiopia and beyond through MEDEMER, or synergy, our party has rapidly grown to become the largest political party in Africa, with over 14 million members. Founded on the values of multinational unity, freedom and dignity of citizens, the Prosperity Party has mobilized Ethiopians to achieve remarkable milestones across various sectors.” Prosperity Party has driven significant advancements in agricultural development by increasing production and productivity, ensuring food security, and promoting a green legacy for sustainable development through planting over 32 billion seedlings in the past five years, he said noting the preparation carried out to plant an additional 7 billion seedlings this year alone. Adem highlighted Ethiopia’s efforts that extend to manufacturing industry development, tourism, mining, ICT, urban development, and the enhancement of the quality of social services. The speed and quality of major national projects, including the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam—the largest dam in Africa—are proofs to Ethiopia’s progress, he said pointing out that Ethiopia’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and is now the 5th largest economy in Africa. These achievements are evidence of the tireless efforts of the leadership and members of the Prosperity Party, the people of Ethiopia, and the support of our partners despite facing numerous natural and man-made challenges, Adem underlined. The Vice President underscored the Prosperity Party's firm stance on principles of "sovereignty, territorial integrity, undivided and equal security, multilateralism, global justice, and the peaceful coexistence of nations." The international governance and political system, financial system, and media narratives do not reflect the diversity of our world, Adem said adding "With their significant populations, Africa and Latin America remain underrepresented in crucial platforms such as the UN Security Council. Therefore, we strongly support efforts to reform the international governance system to be more inclusive and reflective of global diversity to ensure world majority for a multipolar world." PP Vice President mentioned about the pivotal role of the BRICS in fostering cooperation and collaboration in peace, security, innovation, technology, and shared prosperity. “Its achievements in these areas have been remarkable, and we commend the platform for its unwavering commitment to building a multipolar world order. We call for further cooperation, collaboration, and exchanges among BRICS and partner countries to amplify our collective impact.” He called for reforms to the "unjust" international governance and financial systems, highlighting the need for greater representation of Africa and Latin America on crucial platforms. The Prosperity Party's support for the BRICS platform's objectives, including the reform of global financial institutions and the advancement of a multipolar world order, was a central focus of the speech. The party pledged to play a constructive role in realizing these shared goals. Looking ahead, the Vice President announced that the Prosperity Party will hold its second congress within the next six months, providing an opportunity to "reevaluate our achievements over the past two and a half years and set new directions for the future." He extended an invitation to the esteemed BRICS and partner country parties to participate in this significant event. The Vice President's address underscored the Prosperity Party's commitment to strengthening Ethiopia's ties with the BRICS nations and shaping a more equitable global landscape. As the country continues its remarkable journey of progress, the Prosperity Party's role in fostering international collaboration and advancing a multipolar world order remains a priority.  
Ethiopia Will Continue To Strengthen its Longstanding Ties, Cooperation with China: Adem Farah 
Jun 17, 2024 1049
Addis Ababa June 17/2023 (ENA)Ethiopia will continue strengthening its longstanding relations and cooperation with China, Head of the Democratic System Building Coordination Center and Vice President of Prosperity Party with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, Adem Farah remarked. Ethiopian High-level delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the BRICS countries of political parties' international forum in Vladivostok, Russia under the theme “World Majority for Multipolar Order”. On the margins of the forum, Adem conferred with Minister for International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Liu Jianchao. On the occasion, the Vice President of Prosperity Party highlighted the longstanding and strong economic partnership between Ethiopia and China citing the various Chinese companies currently working in Ethiopia. Adem expressed gratitude to China for its unwavering support throughout Ethiopia's difficult times. The Vice President also affirmed Ethiopia’s strong desire to further strengthen the relations between the two countries. He has also appreciated the government and Communist Party of China for their diplomatic endeavors to help Ethiopia join the BRICS, a bloc very important in the international diplomacy sphere. Ethiopia is committed to elevate its strategic partnership with China to a higher level, Adem said inviting officials of Chinese Communist Party including Liu Jianchao to visit Ethiopia.   Liu Jianchao for his part has also affirmed the strong desire of Chinese government to further strengthen its longstanding relations with Ethiopia. He explained that since Ethiopia is the center of the African Union, the country also plays key role in strengthening Chinse cooperation with the rest of Africans. Hence, in addition to enhancing the long standing bilateral relations, Jianchao stressed the need to further strengthen party to party ties through exchange of experiences, trainings and capacity building. He also highlighted China’s commitment to bolster its partnership with Ethiopia in the areas of trade and investment. Finally, Jianchao invited Ethiopian delegation to participate at the Africa-China Forum scheduled to take place in China in the coming October, according to information ENA received from Vladivostok.      
Ethiopia, Russia Vow to Consolidate Gov’t and People to people Ties  
Jun 16, 2024 1872
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia and Russia will further strengthen their people to people and Government to Government (G2G) relations, said Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) Adem Farah. A High-level Ethiopian delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the “World Majority for Multipolar Order” forum hosted by Russian from 16th -19th June 2024. On the sidelines of the forum, the vice president engaged in a productive discussion with Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party. In their discussion, Adem mentioned a strong and an age-old relationship between Ethiopia and Russia. The vice president also appreciated Russia for its support and standing by the side of Ethiopia during several difficult occasions. Noting Ethiopia’s membership in the BRICS is a breakthrough in its the diplomatic arena, he extended his gratitude for the government of Russia and the ruling United Russia Party in their support Ethiopia to become a member of this emerging global bloc. Adem further reaffirmed the commitment to cement the existing relationships between Ethiopia and Russia both in government to government and people to people ties. Speaking on the economic aspects, he also stressed the need for creating an enabling environment that would be indispensable for exporting coffee, horticultures, sesame, various grains and other Ethiopian agricultural products directly to the Russian market.   Adem has also invited Leaders of the United Russia Party as well as the Russian investors and members of the business community to visit Ethiopia. Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party on his part expressed his party’s desire to further strengthen the collaboration with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party. Underscoring the unwavering and historical relationship between Ethiopia and Russia, the undersecretary pledged to work together and elevate bilateral ties to new heights. Congratulating Ethiopia for joining BRICS as a new member country, Klimov renewed the determination of the United Russia Party to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia's Prosperity Party in various spheres, ENA learnt from Russia.        
Ethiopia's Aviation Sector Safe, Says International Civil Aviation Organization
Jun 13, 2024 1445
Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)-The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has confirmed that Ethiopia's aviation sector is free from any safety issues. The announcement comes after a comprehensive audit conducted by ICAO's team of experts in Addis Ababa. The ICAO audit, which took place over the course of nine days, involved in-depth assessments across various areas, including inspections at Bole International Airport and other key aviation facilities, as well as a thorough review of the country's legal and regulatory framework. The audit was carried out by highly qualified professionals, marking the first time such a comprehensive assessment has been conducted in Ethiopia in over a decade. Civil Aviation Safety Director Asrat Kejela, who coordinated the audit process, hailed the results as a significant accomplishment. He highlighted the country's longstanding history and reputation in the aviation sector, dating back to the historic first international flight from Addis Ababa to Cairo in 1946, and Ethiopia's status as a member of ICAO. The director emphasized the extensive reform efforts undertaken in recent years to strengthen the aviation industry, contributing to this positive outcome. He expressed gratitude to the various institutions and leaders who played a pivotal role in this success. While celebrating the achievement, Asrat affirmed that Ethiopia's commitment to ensuring safe aviation operations would continue to be a top priority. He also disclosed that the detailed audit results would be made publicly available by ICAO in the coming weeks. The confirmation of Ethiopia's aviation safety standards is a remarkable milestone that not only upholds the country's reputation but also paves the way for Ethiopian Airlines to expand its global reach and accessibility. This development instills confidence in companies operating within the aviation sector and reinforces Ethiopia's position as a leading player in the industry.        
Ethiopia to Pursue Transitional Justice Through Independent Justice Process
Jun 13, 2024 1377
Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia's State Minister of Justice, Belayhun Yirga said the government is committed to a neutral and professional transitional justice process, avoiding any intervention that could compromise its integrity. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continued to persist in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators. These approaches have not brought about the desired solution as they were not implemented in a manner of universal transitional justice based on truth, reconciliation, mercy and justice and guided by a clear policy in an inclusive, human rights-oriented and flexible way. Hence, a Transitional Justice Police has been developed with a view to managing and implementing the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level. A multi-disciplinary panel consisting 10 highly educated experts from academia, legal profession and others has been constituted in the effort to develop the policy, the state minister stated. This independent taskforce has so far conducted over 60 public workshops and consultations nationwide and developed a comprehensive "green paper" policy framework, he added. As a result, the Green Paper transitional justice policy has been prepared and endorsed by the council of ministers. The objective was to devise a policy grounded on the country's realities by involving all stakeholders - victims, women's groups, CSOs, regional states, the federal government and the general public, he noted. The government seeks to pursue transitional justice through a reconciliation process tailored to Ethiopia's unique context, the state minister told ENA. Transitional Justice mechanisms are utilized by countries emerging from periods of conflict or human rights violations to address past abuses and transition to a normal justice system, he elaborated. Ethiopia has been grappled with recurring violence, conflicts and human rights violations under different regimes that remained unaddressed. "These recurring issues have now become fundamental problems requiring a comprehensive solution outside the regular justice system," the state minister stated. In this regard, implementing transitional justice through reconciliation is very important for Ethiopia, he underscored. While drawing on global best practices, he stressed the need for a reconciliation process fundamentally rooted in Ethiopia's context and the diverse situations across the country's different regions and communities, Belayhun explained. As part of the policy implementation process, several institutions will be established including the truth and reconciliation commission, special attorney general and courts, he indicated. A draft roadmap containing detailed activities to be carried out during the implementation phase of the policy has also been prepared. Key elements under consideration include accountability, mechanisms to investigate abuses, provisions for amnesty and reparations, institutional reforms, incorporating customary justice systems, and clearly defining federal-regional state roles. The government hopes this reconciliation process fosters lasting peace, accountability and healing in Ethiopia. "By establishing a robust accountability system, we aim to deliver a genuine sense of justice to aggrieved parties," the state minister affirmed.          
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Ethiopia's Ruling Prosperity Party Pledges Stronger Ties with BRICS at International Forum
Jun 17, 2024 854
Addis Ababa June 17/2024 (ENA) At the International Interparty "BRICS and Partner Countries" Forum the Vice President of Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party, Adem Farah, delivered a speech highlighting the party's commitment to strengthening its engagement with the BRICS platform. The Vice President stated that the Prosperity Party has closely followed the BRICS platform since its establishment, recognizing its potential to reshape global economic and political landscapes. “Our president, His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed, has been a strong advocate for increased engagement with BRICS member countries and the platform itself. His vision and leadership have underscored the importance of our involvement in this dynamic coalition.” He expressed the Prosperity Party's "profound appreciation to the BRICS platform members for their bold steps in inviting new members," which has granted Ethiopia the opportunity to join the esteemed group. "We are honored and delighted to be a part of BRICS, and we eagerly anticipate the collective progress and shared prosperity that our collaboration promises," the Vice President stated. The Prosperity Party is ready to advocate for BRICS's objectives and is committed to contributing its share towards shared goals, Adem said. "We are prepared to play our role as BRICS aims to reform global financial institutions and champion a multipolar world order," the Vice President underscored. Addressing the international audience, the Vice President emphasized the Prosperity Party's vision of ensuring "holistic prosperity in Ethiopia and beyond through MEDEMER, or synergy." The Prosperity Party, the ruling party of Ethiopia is a beacon of hope and progress in Africa, Adem stated. “Established with the vision of ensuring holistic prosperity in Ethiopia and beyond through MEDEMER, or synergy, our party has rapidly grown to become the largest political party in Africa, with over 14 million members. Founded on the values of multinational unity, freedom and dignity of citizens, the Prosperity Party has mobilized Ethiopians to achieve remarkable milestones across various sectors.” Prosperity Party has driven significant advancements in agricultural development by increasing production and productivity, ensuring food security, and promoting a green legacy for sustainable development through planting over 32 billion seedlings in the past five years, he said noting the preparation carried out to plant an additional 7 billion seedlings this year alone. Adem highlighted Ethiopia’s efforts that extend to manufacturing industry development, tourism, mining, ICT, urban development, and the enhancement of the quality of social services. The speed and quality of major national projects, including the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam—the largest dam in Africa—are proofs to Ethiopia’s progress, he said pointing out that Ethiopia’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and is now the 5th largest economy in Africa. These achievements are evidence of the tireless efforts of the leadership and members of the Prosperity Party, the people of Ethiopia, and the support of our partners despite facing numerous natural and man-made challenges, Adem underlined. The Vice President underscored the Prosperity Party's firm stance on principles of "sovereignty, territorial integrity, undivided and equal security, multilateralism, global justice, and the peaceful coexistence of nations." The international governance and political system, financial system, and media narratives do not reflect the diversity of our world, Adem said adding "With their significant populations, Africa and Latin America remain underrepresented in crucial platforms such as the UN Security Council. Therefore, we strongly support efforts to reform the international governance system to be more inclusive and reflective of global diversity to ensure world majority for a multipolar world." PP Vice President mentioned about the pivotal role of the BRICS in fostering cooperation and collaboration in peace, security, innovation, technology, and shared prosperity. “Its achievements in these areas have been remarkable, and we commend the platform for its unwavering commitment to building a multipolar world order. We call for further cooperation, collaboration, and exchanges among BRICS and partner countries to amplify our collective impact.” He called for reforms to the "unjust" international governance and financial systems, highlighting the need for greater representation of Africa and Latin America on crucial platforms. The Prosperity Party's support for the BRICS platform's objectives, including the reform of global financial institutions and the advancement of a multipolar world order, was a central focus of the speech. The party pledged to play a constructive role in realizing these shared goals. Looking ahead, the Vice President announced that the Prosperity Party will hold its second congress within the next six months, providing an opportunity to "reevaluate our achievements over the past two and a half years and set new directions for the future." He extended an invitation to the esteemed BRICS and partner country parties to participate in this significant event. The Vice President's address underscored the Prosperity Party's commitment to strengthening Ethiopia's ties with the BRICS nations and shaping a more equitable global landscape. As the country continues its remarkable journey of progress, the Prosperity Party's role in fostering international collaboration and advancing a multipolar world order remains a priority.  
Ethiopia Will Continue To Strengthen its Longstanding Ties, Cooperation with China: Adem Farah 
Jun 17, 2024 1049
Addis Ababa June 17/2023 (ENA)Ethiopia will continue strengthening its longstanding relations and cooperation with China, Head of the Democratic System Building Coordination Center and Vice President of Prosperity Party with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, Adem Farah remarked. Ethiopian High-level delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the BRICS countries of political parties' international forum in Vladivostok, Russia under the theme “World Majority for Multipolar Order”. On the margins of the forum, Adem conferred with Minister for International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Liu Jianchao. On the occasion, the Vice President of Prosperity Party highlighted the longstanding and strong economic partnership between Ethiopia and China citing the various Chinese companies currently working in Ethiopia. Adem expressed gratitude to China for its unwavering support throughout Ethiopia's difficult times. The Vice President also affirmed Ethiopia’s strong desire to further strengthen the relations between the two countries. He has also appreciated the government and Communist Party of China for their diplomatic endeavors to help Ethiopia join the BRICS, a bloc very important in the international diplomacy sphere. Ethiopia is committed to elevate its strategic partnership with China to a higher level, Adem said inviting officials of Chinese Communist Party including Liu Jianchao to visit Ethiopia.   Liu Jianchao for his part has also affirmed the strong desire of Chinese government to further strengthen its longstanding relations with Ethiopia. He explained that since Ethiopia is the center of the African Union, the country also plays key role in strengthening Chinse cooperation with the rest of Africans. Hence, in addition to enhancing the long standing bilateral relations, Jianchao stressed the need to further strengthen party to party ties through exchange of experiences, trainings and capacity building. He also highlighted China’s commitment to bolster its partnership with Ethiopia in the areas of trade and investment. Finally, Jianchao invited Ethiopian delegation to participate at the Africa-China Forum scheduled to take place in China in the coming October, according to information ENA received from Vladivostok.      
Ethiopia, Russia Vow to Consolidate Gov’t and People to people Ties  
Jun 16, 2024 1872
Addis Ababa June 16/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia and Russia will further strengthen their people to people and Government to Government (G2G) relations, said Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) Adem Farah. A High-level Ethiopian delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the “World Majority for Multipolar Order” forum hosted by Russian from 16th -19th June 2024. On the sidelines of the forum, the vice president engaged in a productive discussion with Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party. In their discussion, Adem mentioned a strong and an age-old relationship between Ethiopia and Russia. The vice president also appreciated Russia for its support and standing by the side of Ethiopia during several difficult occasions. Noting Ethiopia’s membership in the BRICS is a breakthrough in its the diplomatic arena, he extended his gratitude for the government of Russia and the ruling United Russia Party in their support Ethiopia to become a member of this emerging global bloc. Adem further reaffirmed the commitment to cement the existing relationships between Ethiopia and Russia both in government to government and people to people ties. Speaking on the economic aspects, he also stressed the need for creating an enabling environment that would be indispensable for exporting coffee, horticultures, sesame, various grains and other Ethiopian agricultural products directly to the Russian market.   Adem has also invited Leaders of the United Russia Party as well as the Russian investors and members of the business community to visit Ethiopia. Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party on his part expressed his party’s desire to further strengthen the collaboration with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party. Underscoring the unwavering and historical relationship between Ethiopia and Russia, the undersecretary pledged to work together and elevate bilateral ties to new heights. Congratulating Ethiopia for joining BRICS as a new member country, Klimov renewed the determination of the United Russia Party to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia's Prosperity Party in various spheres, ENA learnt from Russia.        
Ethiopia's Aviation Sector Safe, Says International Civil Aviation Organization
Jun 13, 2024 1445
Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)-The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has confirmed that Ethiopia's aviation sector is free from any safety issues. The announcement comes after a comprehensive audit conducted by ICAO's team of experts in Addis Ababa. The ICAO audit, which took place over the course of nine days, involved in-depth assessments across various areas, including inspections at Bole International Airport and other key aviation facilities, as well as a thorough review of the country's legal and regulatory framework. The audit was carried out by highly qualified professionals, marking the first time such a comprehensive assessment has been conducted in Ethiopia in over a decade. Civil Aviation Safety Director Asrat Kejela, who coordinated the audit process, hailed the results as a significant accomplishment. He highlighted the country's longstanding history and reputation in the aviation sector, dating back to the historic first international flight from Addis Ababa to Cairo in 1946, and Ethiopia's status as a member of ICAO. The director emphasized the extensive reform efforts undertaken in recent years to strengthen the aviation industry, contributing to this positive outcome. He expressed gratitude to the various institutions and leaders who played a pivotal role in this success. While celebrating the achievement, Asrat affirmed that Ethiopia's commitment to ensuring safe aviation operations would continue to be a top priority. He also disclosed that the detailed audit results would be made publicly available by ICAO in the coming weeks. The confirmation of Ethiopia's aviation safety standards is a remarkable milestone that not only upholds the country's reputation but also paves the way for Ethiopian Airlines to expand its global reach and accessibility. This development instills confidence in companies operating within the aviation sector and reinforces Ethiopia's position as a leading player in the industry.        
Ethiopia to Pursue Transitional Justice Through Independent Justice Process
Jun 13, 2024 1377
Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- Ethiopia's State Minister of Justice, Belayhun Yirga said the government is committed to a neutral and professional transitional justice process, avoiding any intervention that could compromise its integrity. Ethiopia has made various attempts to resolve human rights violations, conflicts, unwarranted narratives and abuses that had occurred and continued to persist in different eras with a wide range of victims and perpetrators. These approaches have not brought about the desired solution as they were not implemented in a manner of universal transitional justice based on truth, reconciliation, mercy and justice and guided by a clear policy in an inclusive, human rights-oriented and flexible way. Hence, a Transitional Justice Police has been developed with a view to managing and implementing the transitional justice process in an organized, integrated and effective manner at the national level. A multi-disciplinary panel consisting 10 highly educated experts from academia, legal profession and others has been constituted in the effort to develop the policy, the state minister stated. This independent taskforce has so far conducted over 60 public workshops and consultations nationwide and developed a comprehensive "green paper" policy framework, he added. As a result, the Green Paper transitional justice policy has been prepared and endorsed by the council of ministers. The objective was to devise a policy grounded on the country's realities by involving all stakeholders - victims, women's groups, CSOs, regional states, the federal government and the general public, he noted. The government seeks to pursue transitional justice through a reconciliation process tailored to Ethiopia's unique context, the state minister told ENA. Transitional Justice mechanisms are utilized by countries emerging from periods of conflict or human rights violations to address past abuses and transition to a normal justice system, he elaborated. Ethiopia has been grappled with recurring violence, conflicts and human rights violations under different regimes that remained unaddressed. "These recurring issues have now become fundamental problems requiring a comprehensive solution outside the regular justice system," the state minister stated. In this regard, implementing transitional justice through reconciliation is very important for Ethiopia, he underscored. While drawing on global best practices, he stressed the need for a reconciliation process fundamentally rooted in Ethiopia's context and the diverse situations across the country's different regions and communities, Belayhun explained. As part of the policy implementation process, several institutions will be established including the truth and reconciliation commission, special attorney general and courts, he indicated. A draft roadmap containing detailed activities to be carried out during the implementation phase of the policy has also been prepared. Key elements under consideration include accountability, mechanisms to investigate abuses, provisions for amnesty and reparations, institutional reforms, incorporating customary justice systems, and clearly defining federal-regional state roles. The government hopes this reconciliation process fosters lasting peace, accountability and healing in Ethiopia. "By establishing a robust accountability system, we aim to deliver a genuine sense of justice to aggrieved parties," the state minister affirmed.          
Social
National Clean Cities Initiative Pivotal to Boost Investment
Jun 18, 2024 233
Addis Ababa June 18/2024 (ENA) Apart from making Ethiopian cities and towns more livable, the National clean cities initiative will help to increase the participation of entrepreneurs in the investment activities of the country, Belayeh Kindae, a local investor said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed weeks ago unveiled plans to construct modern, clean and dignified public restrooms, with a strong emphasis on community involvement in their construction. The initiative, named ‘Clean Ethiopia,’ includes a fundraising component under the theme ‘Clean Cities – Healthy Lives.' A digital telethon movement that was launched following Prime Minister Abiy’s call for the implementation of the project managed to collect more than 154 million birr far exceeding the original plan to collect 50 million birr. Speaking to ENA the renowned Ethiopian investor, Belayneh Kindae said after launching of the national reform program various projects which have been benefiting the country are being constructed. He added that projects initiated by Prime Minister Abiy including Dine for the Nation and Dine for Sheger and the recently launched Clean Ethiopia campaign have a greater national value for the development of the country. Clean Ethiopia campaign will help to produce healthy and productive workforce in the country, he added. Belayneh further remarked that the environment created by the project will help to lure foreign investors into the country. He noted that the campaign will also encourage local entrepreneurs to produce healthy and quality products. Belaneh recalled that his company was among the first firms that responded to the call of the premier by providing financial support. His company has also been actively participating in mega projects such as the construction of GERD and Dine for the Nation Projects by rendering financial contributions, Belaneh said pledging to continue support to projects with national significance.    
Nat'l Summer Voluntarism Service Drive to Benefit Over 50 Million Ethiopians
Jun 17, 2024 440
Addis Ababa June 17/2024 (ENA) The upcoming National Summer Voluntarism initiative is poised to positively impact the lives of more than 50 million Ethiopians, according to government officials spearheading the large-scale mobilization effort. The nationwide campaign, operating under the theme "Benevolence and Unity for Ethiopia's Ascendance," aims to cultivate a spirit of solidarity and collective advancement through voluntary community services deeply rooted in Ethiopian cultures and traditions. Some 39 million volunteers are expected to participate in the upcoming national summer voluntarism services. Since the inception of the reform, the government has intensified its focus on facilitating citizen-driven benevolent activities to uplift communities. This year's program will encompass 14 key areas, delivering an array of services valued at over 21 billion Birr (approx. 400 million USD). Initiatives will span tree planting drives, food distribution, educational support, and health services, among other critical sectors. The Peace, Education, and Women and Social Affairs Ministries have jointly unveiled details of the ambitious undertaking during a press briefing today. "People will engage in these services not through coercion but by their own volition, a testament to the Ethiopian spirit of compassion," remarked Women and Social Affairs State Minister Muna Ahmed. According to State Minister of Peace, the campaign allows Ethiopians to strengthen social cohesion by coming together for the nation's collective upliftment. The program will be launched on June 19, in a ceremony to be held at Adwa Victory Memorial Museum , a symbolic start rooted in the nation's resilient history. Over 20,000 university students will play a pivotal role, contributing their efforts towards educational, health, and developmental endeavors across the country, according to Education State Minister Korra Tushene. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is the architect of this philanthropic movement as a means to harness the Ethiopian people's benevolent spirit for sustained national progress. Rather than a fleeting phenomenon, the campaign has continually expanded its reach each year, evolving into an enduring tradition that epitomizes the nation's unity and unwavering commitment to collective prosperity through grassroots participation.      
Ethiopia, Cuba Need to Enhance Cooperation to Address Common Challenges, Says Amb. Nicolás 
Jun 15, 2024 669
Addis Ababa,June15/2024(ENA)-The outgoing Cuban Ambassador to Ethiopia, Jorge Lefebre Nicolás, has underscored the need for deeper cooperation between the two nations to tackle their shared obstacles and aspirations. In a wide-ranging interview he had with ENA, the ambassador reflected on the unbreakable bond forged between Cuba and Ethiopia when Cuban soldiers fought alongside Ethiopian forces to preserve the country's territorial integrity against foreign occupation nearly half a century ago. This friendship, cemented in blood with 163 Cuban lives lost on Ethiopian soil, has blossomed into a multifaceted partnership over the decades, he said. As Ethiopia and Cuba prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in 2025, Ambassador Nicolás emphasized the importance of leveraging this relationship to confront modern-day challenges. Key areas identified for potential collaboration include agriculture, healthcare, education, water resource management, and biotechnology. He stated that agriculture represents a promising avenue, with Cuba offering its four centuries of expertise in the sugar industry to bolster Ethiopia's burgeoning sugar production. Reciprocally, Ethiopia as a major coffee producer could assist Cuba in increasing its coffee yields and varieties. In healthcare, the focus in Ethiopia has evolved from addressing physician shortages to enhancing specialization. In this regard, Cuban experts can train Ethiopian medical professionals in niche fields, while the two nations explore joint bio-pharmaceutical research and development, building on Cuba's success in developing its own COVID-19 vaccines. Ambassador Nicolás also highlighted Cuba's island experience in water transfer systems as valuable for improving agricultural productivity in Ethiopia, a water-rich nation. Recalling, educational and cultural exchanges, which have seen over 5,000 Ethiopians study in Cuba historically, he called for strong South-South cooperation through multilateral blocs like BRICS, of which Ethiopia is the newest member, and the G77. With mutual understanding, the ambassador noted that as Ethiopia and Cuba overcome external pressures and internal obstacles, the half-century bond between the countries could forge an exemplary model of South-South partnership for a more equitable global landscape. According to him, developing economies can rebalance trade negotiations and financial institutions currently dominated by wealthy Northern nations, if united. Ambassador Nicolás expressed optimism that the deep people-to-people connections, rooted in Cuba's indelible African heritage, will buoy relations. While embracing their Latin American identity, Cubans see themselves as an "African country away from the continent" with the island's cultural fabric stitched in African traditions, he elaborated.  
Economy
Over 1 Billion USD Grant Agreement Signed to fight TB, HIV/AIDS & Malaria 
Jun 18, 2024 260
Addis Ababa 18/2024 (ENA) Over 1 billion USD grant agreement was signed to fight Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, and malaria in Ethiopia between Ministry of Health, Global Fund, and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) today. During the signing of the grant, Health Minister Dr. Mekdes Daba said the grant is crucial to strengthening Ethiopia's health system.   The funding will significantly enhance ongoing efforts in preventing the diseases by providing quality treatment and care, and improving overall health service accessibility, she added. The health minister emphasized the potential for community-based and innovative approaches, citing the success of the existing health extension program and the promise of digital health. According to her, Ethiopia has shown remarkable progress in tackling challenges like conflict, drought, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister also cited the significant reduction in TB prevalence, averaging an 8-9 percent decline annually, and a documented significant decrease in malaria transmission. As per the grant agreement Global Fund will provide 440 million and 400 thousand USD grant to Ethiopia for the fight against Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and AIDS, and malaria, Dr. Mekdes said. Along with this, an additional 183 million 200 thousand USD has been allocated as "prioritized above allocation", it was learned. The government has also commitment to co-finance the program by allocating and obligating a total of 451 million USD for the three-year agreement, the minister announced.   Global Fund High Impact Africa II Department Head, Linden Morrison said the signing of this grant is timely and critical in many respects. The global health community is facing challenges, including the consequences of climate change and the need to build resilient health systems to achieve the SDGs by 2030, he stated. Amid such challenges, Ethiopia has accomplished outstanding achievements over the past two years and this is important experience, according to the head. “Ethiopia, we think has provided us the platform to tackle these challenges and to go far with the confidence that we will achieve the 2030 SDGs target.” Morrison also commended Ethiopia’s effective utilization of funds for outstanding results in the health sector. He particularly noted the success to build resilient health system in the country even amid natural and man-made challenges. According to Morrison, “Ethiopia is one of few countries in the Global Fund portfolio that effectively utilized our resources to build health system.” The head commended Ethiopia's effective utilization of past grants and noted that the country serves as a model for other on how to tackle health challenges and achieve the SDGs by 2030.  
Ethiopia Lauds BRICS for Championing Equitable Global Economic Order
Jun 18, 2024 423
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) The BRICS countries have been instrumental in challenging the existing global economic order that often marginalizes developing nations, Vice President of Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party, Adem Farah remarked. The International Interparty "BRICS and Partner Countries" Forum being held in Vladivostok, Russia, enters its third day today. A delegation led by Prosperity Party Vice President Adem Farah, is participating in the forum. The Vice President delivered a speech at a session titled "Strengthening economic and financial ties between countries of the world majority for building a just world order," which is part of the BRICS and Partner Countries Parties' Forum.   The Vice President in his speech highlighting Ethiopia's positive perception of the BRICS group and its efforts to reform the global economic system. "BRICS countries have been instrumental in challenging the existing global economic order that often marginalizes developing nations," he said. Adem added that by advocating for a more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, BRICS has championed the cause of the world's majority, a stance that Ethiopia strongly supports, In today's interconnected world, economic cooperation is not merely an option but a necessity, the Vice President of PP underlined. He praised the BRICS for its remarkable progress in fostering economic partnerships that transcend traditional boundaries, and expressed Ethiopia's keen interest in further integrating and contributing to this dynamic framework.   Emphasizing the need for a united and coordinated response to global challenges, Adem said, "The global challenges we face—ranging from economic inequality and climate change to technological disparities—require a united and coordinated response." Highlighting Ethiopia's bilateral relations with the BRICS and partner countries, Adem noted, "We have cultivated strong bilateral relations with individual BRICS and partner countries, and we are eager to expand these ties." According to Adem, Ethiopia's partnerships have spanned various domains, including trade, investment, technology transfer, and education. These collaborations have not only accelerated our development trajectory but also reinforced the bonds of friendship and mutual respect." Adem concluded by stressing the need for a just world order based on the principles of fairness, equality, and mutual benefit. "A just world order is predicated on the principles of fairness, equality, and mutual benefit. BRICS and its partner countries have a unique opportunity to lead by example. By fostering inclusive economic policies, promoting fair trade practices, and supporting sustainable development initiatives, we can create a world where prosperity is shared, and opportunities are accessible to all," he said.
Ethiopian Aviation University to Provide Extensive Training to African Nationals in Aviation 
Jun 18, 2024 271
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Aviation University, part of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, has announced its efforts to provide extensive training in the aviation sector in the continent by signing agreements with African countries. As one of the institutions under the Ethiopian Airlines Group, the university, formerly known as the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, has been restructured to university status. It is now focused on producing competent professionals in the aviation field. According to Kassie Yimam, Acting President of the university, it provides training in aircraft piloting, air traffic control, aeronautical engineering, aircraft maintenance, as well as commercial and marketing sectors of aviation. He explained that this has enabled the university to build capacity to train qualified professionals not just for Ethiopia but for the entire region. Several African countries have been signing memorandums of understanding with the university to receive large-scale human resource training, Kassie stated. Previously, aviation professionals from various African nations used to come for training, but now agreements are being formalized at a country level. Niger and Gabon were cited as examples of countries that have already signed such agreements, with the university in the process of pursuing similar deals with other African nations. Developing a skilled aviation workforce is one of the key endeavors towards positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa, Kassie noted, adding that extensive efforts are underway to realize this goal. He also revealed that Ethiopian Airlines' venture into aerospace manufacturing is gaining momentum, driven by the need to adopt new technologies like artificial intelligence to grow the aviation sector in Ethiopia and Africa. From this perspective, the Ethiopian Aviation University has built the capacity to train a significant number of African nationals in addition to Ethiopians, Kassie elaborated. It is worth noting that in this fiscal year, the university graduated 2,965 professionals across three rounds of training in fields such as aircraft piloting, maintenance, and other disciplines.
Multi-Sectoral Economic Approach Helping to Overcome Dependency: High Gov’t Officials
Jun 18, 2024 266
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia's multi-sectoral economic approach is supporting the nation’s ambition to overcome dependency, high-level government officials noted. Trade and Regional Integration Minister Gebremeskel Chala and Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign had an exclusive interview with the Ethiopian News Agency. According to the Trade and Regional Integration Minister Gebremeskel Chala, successful measures have been taken to improve the economy by introducing the Homegrown Economic Reform. He noted that Ethiopia has witnessed concrete achievements in recent years mainly due to the multi-sectoral economic approach. Changing the previous narrowly framed economic approach played crucial role for the achievement, the minister added. Gebremeskel revealed that the multi-sectoral economic approach has enabled the country to register productive achievements, mainly in agriculture, mining, tourism, industry, and ICT. The per capital income of citizens has doubled from the previous 800 USD before the reform, the trade and regional integration minister stated, adding that the economic growth of Ethiopia has therefore been internationally recognized. Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign said the national reform has fundamentally changed Ethiopia's economy.   The economic growth registered under the ongoing reform has in particular helped to align the country’s development potential with citizens’ demand, he added. Citing the country’s vision to see Ethiopians becoming examples of change, the state minister pointed out that activities are underway to ensure national development by creating better living conditions at the family level. Eyob further stressed the need to tackle aid-dependency, adding that activities have been carried out for citizens to properly respond to their livelihood and provide for others in a sustainable manner. For the state minister, the opening up of wholesale and retail export-import trades for competition will have a huge role in stimulating competitiveness in the market and the country's overall economic growth. According to him, the government also realizes the essential role of startups in the effort to move from aid-dependency to productivity by providing special support to youth creativity and skill development. The two high-level government officials furthermore emphasized the significant role of citizens to end aid-dependency. Finally, the officials stressed the need for Ethiopians to support the successful developmental leadership role of the government to overcome dependency.
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Youth Digital Engagement Platform Launched in Ethiopia
Jun 13, 2024 995
Addis Ababa, June 13/2024(ENA)- A digital engagement platform for adolescents and young people, U-Report, was launched in Ethiopia today. The platform that enables the youth to exchange ideas, views, and concerns was launched by Ministry of Women and Social Affairs in partnership with UNICEF. U-Report is free and easy SMS tool for community participation designed to address issues that the population cares about, it was learned. During the launching ceremony, Women and Social Affairs Minister Ergoge Tesfaye said the U-Report in Ethiopia is not just a technological advancement but also a testament to the commitment to empowering young Ethiopians and giving them a voice in the decisions that shape their future. According to her, the launch is a bold step forward in fostering a culture of civic engagement where young citizens are not merely bystanders but also active agents of change. U-Report will provide the opportunity for young people to participate in regular poll surveys, engage with Chatbots, take part in youth activities in their local communities and share their perspectives on a wide range of topics from education and employment to healthcare and social issues, the minister noted. She also stated that the initiative aims to promote critical thinking and constructive discussions among youth while providing them with a youth engagement platform to share their concerns, participate in surveys and Chatbot training and develop their skills while maintaining anonymity. This direct communication platform will not only empower the youth but also provide invaluable insights for policymakers and stakeholders, allowing them to make more informed decisions that better address the needs and aspirations of the next generation, Ergoge stated. "This momentous occasion marks a significant step forward in empowering our nation's young people, who make up nearly 70 percent of our population as Ethiopia is home to one of the youngest demographics in the world." UNICEF representative in Ethiopia, Aboubacar Kampo, said on his part that young people have a great potential to fostering positive development and progress within any society. "By investing in education, skill- building, and creating an enabling environment, UNICEF, along with the government and other partners, can empower young Ethiopians to unlock their full potential and contribute meaningfully to their communities and beyond, " he noted. Globally, U-Report is partnering with more than 35 million U- Reporters in 99 countries worldwide. U-Report is available via numerous social media including Telegram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger having two main functions in collecting adolescent and young opinions via polls communicating information to support their well-being and skills development, it was indicated. The platform is available in different languages in Ethiopia, including Amharic, Oromiffa,Somali, and Tigrinya and young people can become U-Reporters by sending the word JOIN in these languages via the telegram bot (https://t.me/ureportersethiopia bot) or the website (https://ethiopia.ureport.in/).  
Global Startup Founders Laud Ethiopia’s Incredibly Encouraging Ecosystem for Startuppers  
Jun 4, 2024 2506
Addis Ababa June 4/2024 (ENA) The Government of Ethiopia is creating an incredibly encouraging ecosystem for Startuppers, Global Startup founders told ENA. Global Startup CEO and Founder Kim Balle, and Global Innovation Initiative Group ( GllG) Co-Founder Jo Griffiths had an exclusive interview with ENA. During the interview, Global Startup CEO and Founder Kim Balle said noted that the Ethiopian government has created a healthy eco-system for start ups. According to him, a lot of entrepreneurs and founders are going down due to the loss of support from national agency and the government globally. Therefore, the support for startuppers like the Government of Ethiopia would enable them to enhance their creativity. Besides, the holding of awarding ceremonies like the one which took place on Monday creates access to investment and knowledge that help to improve skills, have role model and strive to something very important, the CEO elaborated. The startuppers can for their part create a big impact on their families, the country and the globe as well, Balle stated. The founder further elaborated that one of the great challenges globally in the future is to produce food, unless it is supported in updated technologies. In this regard, Ethiopia is the number one in agri start ups. So Ethiopia can contribute new solutions not only for Africa but also for the globe, Balle said. Global Innovation Initiative Group ( GllG) Co-Founder, Jo Griffiths on her part said the Government of Ethiopia is incredibly encouraging startuppers.   Ethiopia's commitment to startup is incredibly encouraging, she underscored, adding that the impact is visible in various activities such as Ethiopia hosting this Start Up Award Program. "We observed significant solutions in coming in agri-tech, financial inclusion, and education, among others, especially from Ethiopia where there is incredible increase in technology in the agriculture sector .'' The Start Up Award Program is organized by Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Ministry of Labor and Skills, and Global Startup Awards.
Ethiopia’s Ambassador Highlights Africa’s Remarkable Surge in Digital Drowth 
Jun 1, 2024 3370
Addis Ababa, June 1/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian Ambassador in India, Demeke Atnafu underscored Africa’s remarkable surge in digital growth, transforming various aspects of its socio-economic landscape. Ambassador Demeke made the remark at the International Conference on Digital Growth in Africa to celebrate Africa Day 2024 at University of Delhi, organized by the Department of African Studies, according to Embassy of Ethiopia in New Delhi. As a Chief Guest, the ambassador delivered speech on the topic with prelude to the important of celebrating African Day with reference to independent movement in Africa. Ambassador Demeke underscored Africa’s remarkable surge in digital growth, transforming various aspects of its socio-economic landscape. From the expansion of mobile connectivity to the proliferation of e-commerce platforms and the emergence of tech startups, digital technologies are reshaping how Africans interact, communicate, and do business. With regard to Ethiopia, Ambassador Demeke highlighted that as a fast-growing economy, digitization is at the core of everything in Ethiopia, such as in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and services. In 2020 Ethiopia initiated Digital Ethiopia 2025, a strategy that aims to leverage digitally enabled pathways to foster inclusive national prosperity through boosting economic growth, enhancing public services, and fostering social development. Telecommunication reforms, including the liberalization of the telecom sector in 2020, have introduced competition, improved services, and made internet access more accessible and affordable. In his concluding remark, Ambassador Demeke emphasized that through strengthened Africa -India relations, we can create a future where both regions thrive in the digital era.  
Sport
Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 33211
Addis Ababa ,November 20/2023(ENA)፦ The Great Ethiopian Run 2023, held in the vibrant capital of Addis Ababa on November 19, 2023, drawing over 45,000 participants, was a beacon of athletic excellence, economic empowerment, and international camaraderie, legendary World athletics figures and an ambassador stated. Sunday's race, which attracted participants from several countries and international institutions, garnered praise from prominent figures in the world of sports and diplomacy, highlighting its multifaceted impact on Ethiopia and beyond. Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebreselasie hailed the Great Ethiopian Run which attracts people from all walks of life as a crucial catalyst for the growth and development of athletics and the economy in Ethiopia. According to him, many Ethiopians, embassies, NGOs, and people from other international institutions participated in the race. "The event attracts investment for our country. When over 45,000 people run here, it shows how Ethiopia is capable to organizing such a race in Addis Ababa and also attracts foreigners to run or visit as tourists," Haile said. "But I see its importance more in relation to the athletes. We will use the race to develop our athletics,” he underscored. Thus, the Great Ethiopian Run is a lifeline for athletics, tourism, investment, and the economy in Ethiopia, he stressed. Haile believes the Great Ethiopian Run in collaboration with government institutions have the capabilities to organize world-class athletics events. "We are perfect organizers. We can host global athletics events." British TV commentator on athletics Tim Hutchings, impressed by the professional organization and scale of the event, echoed Haile's sentiments on its importance to athletics in the country and beyond.   “I cannot believe how big it is. It is huge, it is very big, and it is well organized, great racing. I love it. I am learning so much," Hutchings said. "And I love Addis. I cannot believe what a great city it is.” He recommended African countries to take a lesson on how to organize such big athletics events successfully. “The quality of organization shows Africa how to put on a race. Other countries should be watching this and learning.” He noted that “for the athletes it is great. Many young athletes can come here and get a chance to be special...It is wonderful that you can find new names in this race.” The winner of the men's 10KM is, for instance, a new name who needs professional coach, manager and sponsor to flourish, and this race has helped him be known, he pointed out. South African long-distance runner Elana Meyer, who was a guest, commended its role in promoting athletics and economic development.   “I enjoyed watching the elite race. It is the biggest in the world. To see 200 women, 200 men starting in the elite race is very difficult,” she said. “It is a very impressive race to see such a strong elite field but then 45,000 participants that came out today to celebrate for Ethiopia. It is unbelievable. I have never been to an event like this and to witness it in my own continent is very special.” People from all over the world should come to experience the race in Ethiopia, the heart of Africa’s run, she noted. “This is absolutely world-class event and people all over the world should come and run it because almost the heart of Africa of running is in East Africa.” She added that the story of this race and Ethiopia have to be told to the world accurately to attract foreign participants and tourists. “Not enough people around the world know about this race because in South Africa I did not realize how big this race was.” Ethiopia is almost where the best runners in the world came from, she stressed. “To attract more people, you need to tell the story.” Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia Agostino Palese, who participated in the race, said the event show marvelous events that align with global issues can be organized in Ethiopia.   “It is a good event that could show that in Ethiopia you could organize marvelous events that could cooperate with any event in the rest of the world. It is a very nice day. A lot of people enjoyed a nice race.” The ambassador observed that the race is crucial for Ethiopia’s image, economy, and tourism. “It is a good image for Ethiopia…it is nice even for the economy, for tourism, and for attracting people to Ethiopia,” he added. Besides its sport benefits, the race is a catalyst for economic development and international cooperation.  
Thousands Gather for Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa 
Nov 19, 2023 36761
Addis Ababa ,November 19/2023(ENA)-Tens of thousands of people have gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa today for the 10-kilometre Great Ethiopian Run, the largest road race in Africa. Today, the streets of the capital city are filled with the energy and excitement of the Great Ethiopian Run which started early morning and attracted more than 45,000 participants from Ethiopia, Africa and all over the world.   The runners, including elite athletes, recreational runners, and walkers, made their way through the city's vibrant asphalt streets, cheered on by thousands of spectators. This year's race is particularly significant as it marks the 23rd anniversary of the Great Ethiopian Run. The event was founded in 2001 by renowned world-class Ethiopian Athlete Haile Gebrselassie to promote running as a healthy and accessible activity for all Ethiopians. The Great Ethiopian Run has since grown to become a global phenomenon, attracting participants from many countries. It is also a major economic boost for Addis Ababa and the country generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. The Great Ethiopian Run is more than just a race; it is a celebration of Ethiopian culture and unity. It has been contributing a lot in maintaining and promoting peace and unity among Ethiopians.   The event brings together people from all walks of life to share a common goal: to finish the race and celebrate the joy of running. As the runners crossed the finish line today, they were greeted with cheers and applause from the crowd. The atmosphere was one of pure joy and celebration. The Great Ethiopian Run is a testament to the power of sport to unite people and promote positive change.  
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Sustainable Energy Offers ‘Hope’ in Fight against Desertification, Land Loss
Jun 18, 2024 265
Addis Ababa, June 18/2024 (ENA) Sustainable sources of energy, including solar and wind power, can help communities across the world to reverse desertification and land loss, according to Ibrahim Thiaw, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Thiaw spoke to UN News ahead of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked annually on 17 June. “Desertification is happening at the local level as much as it is global. Unless we address this at the local level, we will never be able to actually control it at the global level. Global policies and global decisions are needed,” he said. According to Thiaw, the impacts are huge in terms of food security, food sovereignty, and drives forced migration. “If people can no longer produce food on their land then they will migrate. As we have seen for example in the Sahel or Haiti, there can be severe consequences for global security. When people fight over access to land and water, it leads to more conflicts. We are seeing more of this, and it has consequences on the homogeneity of communities and on national economies.” It is estimated that up to 50 per cent of the global GDP might lost by 2050 due to challenges with agriculture and food production unless we address the issue of land loss and desertification, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification stated. But in terms of drylands and desertification, it is estimated that 45 per cent of the land surface is affected by desertification, Thiaw said, noting that 3.2 billion people or one third of the world population are affected by that. Restoring degraded land is not an expensive activity to undertake, the executive secretary indicated adding “Every single dollar invested in land restoration can generate up to 30 USD in economic benefits, so investment in restoration activities is quite profitable from the economic point of view.” This is not just the responsibility of local communities but also of governments and crucially of the private sector because the largest driver of land use in the world is big agriculture, he underscored. . While the situation is a global phenomenon affecting all countries including the United States, India, and China, the impact is much more severe in small countries, and small economies that do have neither reserves, nor the insurance systems to protect their people. And the level of vulnerability is much higher in communities whose revenues are only based on the income they can generate from land, according to the executive secretary. “So, it is not necessarily that we need to inject more money, but we need to better spend the money that we have.” He said the best hope we have is energy, which was the missing link for development and for small and medium enterprises adding energy is now accessible in remote places thanks to our ability to harness solar and wind energy. “And the possibility of combining energy and agriculture is very positive, as you can harvest water, store food, reduce the food loss. You can process that food to create chains at the local level.”
Green Dev't Unlocked Local Economic Potentials, Says Dire Dawa City Deputy Mayor  
Jun 7, 2024 2041
Addis Ababa, June 7/2024(ENA) The green development works underway in Ethiopia have turned local blessings into wealth, Dire Dawa City Administration Deputy Mayor Ibrahim Yesuf said. A panel discussion organized by ENA under the theme "Green Development for Sustainable Prosperity" was held in Dire Dawa city today. Deputy Mayor Ibrahim Yesuf remarked at the panel that the activities under implementation through the Green Legacy Initiative after the national reform are advancing the efforts launched to pass on a prosperous Ethiopia to generations.   According to him, the green development work initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has yielded tangible results nationwide with the broad societal participation. The green development work has helped mitigate damage from floods, particularly in flood-prone areas like Dire Dawa, he added. Moreover, the green development initiatives have not only ensured food security of farmers, but also generated employment opportunities for the youth. Ibrahim pointed out that the panel discussion organized by the administration, in cooperation with the Ethiopian News Agency, will offer valuable insight into the ongoing green legacy development efforts across the nation. Ethiopian News Agency CEO, Seife Deribe, noted that green development plays a crucial role in preserving a sustainable ecosystem for future generations and mitigating the impacts of climate change by safeguarding natural resources.   In the agricultural sector, it fosters the growth of crops and livestock resources while helping to prevent the adverse effects of flood and drought. Furthermore, it helps to foster self esteem and independently by doing away with dependency, he elaborated. The CEO noted that the Ethiopian News Agency is paying great attention to this national agenda and instilling the idea of ​​growth and change through development, especially by building a mindset that is free from dependency. Unlike the 13 panel discussions organized by the news agency across the country, the focus of this 14th panel has therefore focused on green development, Seife stated. The forum was attended by House of People’s Representatives Democracy Affairs Standing Committee Chairman Ewnetu Alene, federal and Diredawa city administration officials as well as representatives of institutions working on climate change and green development.  
Media Outlets Urged to Take Center Stage in Climate Change Combating Endeavors 
Jun 7, 2024 1997
Addis Ababa June 7/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian experts have urged the mass media in the country to prioritize the green development agenda and play a crucial role in the endeavors of combating climate-induced impacts. The Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) has organized a panel discussion in Dire Dawa city under the theme “Green Development for Sustainable Prosperity.” Among the panelists, Haromaya University PostGraduate Program Director Ashenafi Yimam emphasized the media's responsibility to analyze and report on ongoing efforts to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. Ashenafi stressed the need for showcasing the Green Legacy Initiative that has been bearing tangible results across various sectors. Concerted efforts should be made to transform the lives of the affected sections of the society due to climate change and to build climate resilient communities, he added.   House of Peoples’ Representatives Democracy Affairs Standing Committee Member, Abune Alem commended ENA for its role as a media in fostering public participation in the Green Legacy Initiative. She urged media outlets to actively create agendas that empower people to fulfill their environmental responsibilities. We should all come closer and help and support the media so that they can play their role properly, Abune added.   On his part, Dire Dawa City Administration Environmental Forest and Climate Change Authority General Manager, Abdu Mohamed called for strengthening stakeholder support and enhancing media literacy on the current climate change impacts. He also emphasized on the paramount role the media that can effectively craft green development agenda and deliver its message to the general public Acknowledging the panel discussion hosted by ENA to create proper awareness about climate change, the manager stated that this initiative should be encouraged and strengthened. Abdu further added the role and support of stakeholders should be strengthened so that the media can do a better job with developed knowledge and literacy in each field.   Dr. Roba Petros, who participated in the panel discussion, underscored the need for media professionals to be knowledgeable and skilled in environmental issues. He emphasized that creating media agendas that promote public ownership of green development initiatives is crucial for mobilizing Ethiopians to take full responsibility for a sustainable future.          
ENA Vows to Play Part for Successful Implementation of Green Dev’t Strategy 
Jun 7, 2024 2422
Addis Ababa, June 7/2024(ENA) The Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) pledges to continue rendering its effective contributions towards the successful implementation the national green development strategy which is a viable tool to pull the nation out of the social psychology of dependence and pave the way towards national prosperity. A panel discussion organized by ENA under the theme “Green Development for Sustainable Prosperity” held in Dire Dawa City today. Members of the House of Peoples' Representatives, officials from the federal government and Dire Dawa City Administration, representatives of local and international organizations working on climate change, leaders of media houses and professionals on the issue of the environment and invited guests presided over the panel discussion. The panel discussed on range of issues including the role of media in addressing climate change.   Speaking on the occasion, the CEO of ENA Seife Deribe said that the ongoing national green legacy agenda has been nurturing the culture of environmental protection among the Ethiopians in addition to its vast contribution to mitigating desertification and flooding by planting trees. The country is engaged in preparing and planting billions of tree seedlings with the objective of preventing the devastative effects of flood and desertification as strategies of environmental protection by mobilizing all communities, he added. Hence, Seife stated that the launching of tree planting program has become a day which all Ethiopians look upon to happen every year.   After the inception of the national reform program and following the exemplary role played by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the event has become an occasion on which regional governments and city administrations come together to make the issue of national green legacy initiative as a hub of convergence and point of intersection,, the CEO added. He said that the strategy has become instrumental in effectively detesting dependency and working towards sustained national prosperity under the theme “ Let us Plant Today for Tomorrow” in depicting and fostering unity on our common agenda with steadfastness and cooperation in planting 500 million tree seedlings in a single day last year setting a global record for the country in building a livable Ethiopia for all citizens. The CEO noted that wide range of preparations and programs are underway this year to implement the National Green Legacy Initiative to be implemented at national level. According to him, the Green Legacy Initiative aims at transferring a preferable green ecosystem to the coming generation, retaining and using our natural resources, to effectively combat the effects of climate change, promoting the agricultural sector on crop and livestock production, prevention of sporadic floods and other related natural and manmade calamities, Seife elaborated.   He further noted that the Initiative will enhance patriotic self-reliance and prevention of dependency syndrome. Seife stressed that media houses play a greater role in further promoting Ethiopia’s globally recognized green legacy initiative and the role the country is playing at the international and regional level in curbing the effects of climate change by setting a practical example for the neighboring countries and the nations across the world. He added that ENA is according a greater focus on making the issue of the Green Legacy Initiative as public agenda to roll back the social psychology of dependence and promotion of national prosperity. The CEO of ENA remarked that his Agency has prepared 13 panel discussions in Addis Ababa and regional states on various issues and the current panel discussion underway is the 14th focusing on Green Legacy.        
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 60152
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 55635
Addis Ababa March 3/2023/ENA/ Achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas of Africa requires leveraging the power of science, technology, and innovation (STI), according to experts. A press release issued by the ECA stated experts at the Ninth African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development have emphasized the crucial role of STI as a key driver and enabler for ensuring economic growth, improving well-being, mitigating the effects of climate change, and safeguarding the environment. They also underscored the need to strengthen national and regional STI ecosystems by fostering innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, and investing in research and development. By doing so, the experts said that Africa can harness the potential of STI to accelerate its socio-economic progress and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and the African Union's Agenda by 2063. The session, held on 2 March 2023, builds on the recommendations of the Fifth African Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum, which accentuates the central role of STI and digitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the necessary infrastructures for the development of STI, plans, and policies that are action-oriented towards strengthening its full implantation. The experts highlighted that despite advances in STI, significant gaps remain in bridging the scientific and technological divide between developed countries and Africa. The highly uneven global distribution of scientific capacity and access to knowledge threatens to derail the goal of leaving no one behind, which is the central and transformative promise of Agenda 2030. “We need a clear political will from governments to ensure science, technology, and innovation is a reality. By doing so our education systems will be capacitated to deliver knowledge that is vital to solving Africa’s sustainability challenges,” Niger Higher Education and Research Minister Mamoudou Djibo said. The strategy includes the establishment of universities as centers for excellence and investments in education, technical competencies, and training in the fields of science, technology, research, and innovation. These initiatives are crucial in accelerating progress towards achieving global goals. However, in order to fully leverage the potential of STI, significant investments in research and development are required. National systems also need to be strengthened, Namibia Information and Communication Technologies Deputy Minister Emma Theophilus, stated adding that “strengthening our national systems for STI is a key game changer for rapid structural transformation in Africa. Leveraging the digital transformation can achieve a stronger, smarter, and more inclusive recovery.” Emerging evidence suggests that an STI and digital Africa can be a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs and fulfill the aspirations of Agenda 2063.
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Wollega: A Hub of Untapped Agricultural Potential
Jun 15, 2024 651
BY GIRMA MIRGISA Eight years have elapsed since the author has traveled to Wollega, a place in western Ethiopia, Oromia regional state. With tantalizing natural beauty carpeted with greenery and colorful natural wild flowers, Wollega is the most fertile land that gives all kinds of products enough to feed million. The writer recalls the breathtaking lush green fields and panoramic landscape which would certainly captivate the eyes of a visitor or a person on duty to the Wollega. Wollega boasts its diverse landscape, fertile farmland with various types of crops, expansive forested areas, and undulating hills and a range of mountains. Endowed with exotic flora and fauna, the area is listed as one of the sources of forest and cultivated coffee, spices, honey and abundant livestock resources. Wollega has vast mineral resources including gold, platinum, iron ore, coal, granite and marble. With their smiling faces and welcoming gestures, the people of Wollega Zones are well known for their incredible hospitality, generosity and spirit of peace and friendships. Agriculture is the mainstay of the local economy, with crops such as teff, maize, sorghum, and coffee as the main cash crop major products. If you happen to travel to Wollega, you would certainly be invited to dine on traditional foods like Chumbo, Anchote and a host of other fresh food stuffs that fill your mouth with saliva. However, over the last few years, Wollega has experienced devastative security problems that prevailed both in the rural and urban settings of the zones. These security problems caused a sort of insecurity among those who travel to the area on business and other activities they wish to accomplish in the zones. Moreover, a number of development programs and projects launched by the federal and Oromia Regional governments were stalled due to security problems that also resulted in the delay of projects planned for the development of the zones in Wollega. The government and the people of the areas have been exerting efforts to bring peace. Now things are improving with a restoration of peace and tranquility in the zones in Wollega, development programs launched by the federal and Oromia regional Governments were reinvigorated while farmers in the zone have started to cultivate their lands exploiting the favorable rainfall in the area. Once again business in the zone is flourishing with improvements in safety on transport networks. Students are back to school and getting ready for final exams while local merchants are busy transporting various types of commodities badly needed by the population in the zones. Recently, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed a huge rally staged by residents of Wollega drawn from four zones in Nekemte where he told them the government will remain committed to addressing the various development and social needs of the population in the zones. The residents on their part expressed their strong support for the multifaceted efforts that are being undertaken by the government. Last week, a delegation led by Oromia Region Agriculture Bureau, Head Getu Gemechu conducted a working visit to various agricultural development activities being carried out in the East Wollega, West Wollega and Qellem Wollega Zones. I have joined a team of journalists who were deployed to the zone to cover the multi-sector development programs. As we arrived at each zone officials and representatives of farmers in the zones offered us a warm welcome. The hospitality and warm welcome accorded to the officials and our team is typical of the population in the areas we visited and shows the extent to which peace and friendship has become a cultural heritage of the people which had transcended from generation to generation. Over the course of one week, the writer was able to cruise through a cluster of maize, coffee, avocado, pig breeding and fattening farms and other agricultural development activities across the zones. The writer of this article has noticed the commitment, tenacity, diligence and enthusiasm that the farmers have shown in improving their production and productivity in the various areas of cluster farming at this critical period of farming season in the respective zones. They have been implementing cluster farming on various crops including maize, coffee, barely and others. Cluster farming involves grouping small-scale farmers together to create economies of scale, coordinate production, and share resources and infrastructure. This model was identified as a means to enhance the productivity, efficiency, and market access to smallholder farmers in Wollega. Therefore, the cluster farming approach in Wollega represents an attempt to leverage the benefits of collective action and economies of scale to support smallholder agricultural development in the zones. The government has been intensively introducing various initiatives to enhance agricultural productivity with a view of ensuring food self-sufficiency and import substitution. These initiatives have also brought significant changes in the production of various fruits such as avocado, bananas and papaya in the zones visited by the author and other zones in Oromia Regional State. The technical and administrative support provided to the cluster farmers by agricultural experts in the zones have immensely contributed to the enhancement of agricultural production and productivity. The author had the chance to talk with farmers, regional and zonal officials, each with a unique story to tell about the challenges they had faced and the successes they have registered in the agriculture sector. For instance, recently, avocado has become an important cash crop for smallholder farmers in the Wollega, contributing to increased income generation and export earnings for Ethiopia. Jirenya Abera is one of many farmers who are benefiting from avocado production in the East Wollega Zone. He said “I have been engaged in avocado production over the past four years as the government has paid attention to transform the sector.” Now he has been able to own 380 avocados and 250 coffee trees and he is expecting a bumper harvest very soon. He is planning to export the products to other countries. Farmers in the region are aware of the economic advantages of avocado; as the result production of the fruit has been rising steadily. The farmers in Wollega who talked to the writer are not simply growing crops; they are producing coffee seedlings, honey production and are engaged in pig farming. Coffee is a major economic and cultural pace setter in the zones the author has visited. These agricultural activities have supported the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers. Coffee plants thrive in the highlands and mountainous terrains of Wollega where smallholder farmers cultivate both Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties. The coffee industry remains a vital part of Wollega's economy and cultural identity and provides livelihood opportunities for millions while also shaping the area’s unique cultural traditions also being a major export commodity at the global market from the region. Traditional, shade-grown coffee farming methods are commonly practiced, intercropping coffee plants with other crops and trees. Over the years scaling up coffee production in Ethiopia has been a pivotal focus with the objective of enhancing the competitiveness and quality production of the country's coffee sector. It is also critical to improve the productivity and quality of Ethiopian coffee, ultimately benefiting the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Oromia Regional Agriculture Bureau Head Getu Gemechu said Wollega has immense untapped agricultural potential given its favorable natural endowments. Various initiatives are being implemented to improve the livelihood of farmers by carrying out agricultural development activities across the zones in Wollega and other zones in the Oromia region. The author reports that throughout his stay in the zones in the Wollega area, I was thrilled by the commitment and unshakable resilience of the farmers. The writer of this article was able to closely observe efforts underway by the farmers in the zones to improve their livelihood and play an active role in transforming the agriculture sector. It is important to provide agriculture imputes for farmers on time including fertilizers and improving seeds. By simultaneously addressing these multiple agricultural activities, smallholder farmers in Wollega need to be further empowered to become more productive, profitable, and integrated into lucrative agricultural value chains. Some global commercial media outlets and social media houses have always been busy misinforming the local and international community and politicizing the situation in the zones in Wollega. Despite the shortfalls and challenges the zones have faced, the farmers in the region are emerging victorious as the result of the peace and stability that has been restoring in the areas visited by the author. It is inappropriate to commercialize the plight of the people in the region while it is possible to document the reality on the ground. The people in the four zones of Wollega are striving for prosperity while as the same time addressing the challenges of instability in the areas. ‘Wollega is the Land of Peace and Greenery.’      
Enduring Dedication of Ethiopia's National Defense Force to Int'l  Peace
Jun 7, 2024 2308
By Haile Henok Tadele In the ever-evolving landscape of global security, Ethiopia stands out as a beacon of peace and stability. With a rich history of peacekeeping deployments dating back to the Korean War in 1951, the country has cemented its role as a trusted partner in the United Nations' efforts to maintain international peace and security. As the leading contributor of peacekeeping forces globally, Ethiopia has deployed its soldiers to conflict-torn regions across Africa and beyond. From the scorching deserts of Darfur to the lush plains of South Sudan, members of the Ethiopian defense Force peacekeepers have not only upheld their duty to protect civilians and restore stability, but have also made tangible improvements to local communities. Through their tireless efforts, members of the Ethiopian Defense Forces have built schools, health clinics, and critical infrastructure, transforming the lives of those affected by conflict. Their unwavering commitment to serving the greater good has earned them widespread international acclaim, with the United Nations, the United States, Canada, and various military attachés lauding Ethiopia's invaluable contribution to maintaining peace and security around the world. In 2022, three Ethiopian peacekeepers were posthumously honored at the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers ceremony, awarded the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Medal for making the ultimate sacrifice while serving under the UN flag. This recognition underscores the Ethiopia's National Defense Force longstanding history of participating in UN peacekeeping missions, a legacy that spans decades. Achievements Ethiopia's first deployment of troops to the Korean Peninsula in 1951 marked a pivotal moment, not only in the country's peacekeeping history but also in the trajectory of South Korea's remarkable economic transformation. The presence and dedication of the Ethiopian peacekeepers, who fought alongside their UN counterparts, played a crucial role in maintaining the fragile armistice and providing the necessary stability for South Korea to begin its journey towards economic prosperity. The ENDF's involvement in Somalia's peacekeeping efforts has been equally significant. Since the early 1990s, the ENDF has been a consistent presence in the country, contributing to the stabilization of the region and the restoration of the Somali government's authority. Through their tireless efforts, the ENDF has been instrumental in securing key infrastructure, facilitating humanitarian aid delivery, and training local security forces, laying the groundwork for Somalia's gradual recovery. The ENDF's peacekeeping role was also pivotal in Liberia's journey towards stability and prosperity. During the country's civil war, the ENDF deployed troops to support the UN peacekeeping mission, playing a vital role in disarming combatants, securing key locations, and facilitating the transition to a democratically elected government. The ENDF's steadfast commitment and professionalism contributed to the establishment of lasting peace, paving the way for Liberia's remarkable economic and social progress in the years that followed. Furthermore, the ENDF's presence in Rwanda during the country's darkest hour was a testament to its unyielding dedication to global peace. Amid the horrific genocide, the ENDF's contingent worked tirelessly to protect civilians, provide humanitarian aid, and support the efforts to bring normalcy. The ENDF's actions during this period were instrumental in laying the groundwork for Rwanda's remarkable recovery and transformation into the thriving, peaceful nation it is today. International Acclaim From the scorching deserts of Darfur to the Korean peninsula, the blue helmets of Ethiopia's peacekeepers have become a symbol of hope and security. As the world grapples with complex conflicts, the international community continues to recognize Ethiopia's steadfast commitment to global peace and stability, setting an inspiring example for others to follow. The success of Ethiopia's peacekeeping operations has not gone unnoticed by the international community. The United States has repeatedly expressed gratitude for the role the Ethiopian National Defense Force plays in regional stability. Canada has also commended Ethiopia's remarkable work in empowering and enhancing the participation of women in peacekeeping missions, with Larisa Galadza, the Peace and Stabilization Director-General of Global Affairs Canada, lauding the country's leadership in gender equality as Ethiopia has also notably made strides in promoting gender parity within its peacekeeping contingents. In 2016, the country reached 16% women's participation, surpassing the UN's target of 20% by 2020. This inclusive approach enhances the peacekeepers' ability to connect with local communities and address the unique needs of women and children. Furthermore, the United Nations has described Ethiopia as one of its "strongest partners" in peacekeeping, with the UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix recognizing the country's invaluable contribution. The success of the Ethiopian peacekeeping mission in the disputed region of Abyei has also been celebrated, with the mission receiving a medal reward from the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Commitment to International Peace Ethiopia's steadfast commitment to global peacekeeping, combined with its impressive track record of success and the international recognition it has received, is a testament to the country's dedication to promoting stability and security around the world. As the country continues to play a vital role in UN and AU peacekeeping missions, its legacy as a beacon of peace will undoubtedly inspire generations to come. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reaffirmed Ethiopia's commitment to this noble cause, stating that the Ethiopian army has sacrificed life and limb to protect the peace of all peoples, and that the country's defense forces are "symbols of peace wherever they go." Today, Ethiopia stands as the top contributor of peacekeeping forces globally, with over 8,300 uniformed personnel serving in various missions. This remarkable achievement underscores the nation's profound belief in the transformative power of peace and stability, and its unwavering dedication to fostering a more just and peaceful world.
Ethiopian News Agency
2023