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Newly Launched Groundwater Facility Would Enhance Livelihoods Resilience in Horn of Africa: UN Agencies
May 25, 2024 253
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) The Groundwater Access Facility (GaFa), launched early this month will improve access to clean drinking water and enhance the resilience of livelihoods around borderland areas in the horn of Africa, UN agencies said. On 7th May 2024, IGAD Water Ministers, along with UN officials launched the GaFa initiative in Somali Region, Ethiopia that the initiative is anticipated to address water scarcity affecting millions in the Horn of Africa. Moreover, the representatives of the agencies believe that this Ground Water Access Facility can create a platform for IGAD member states to collaborate on groundwater mapping, data sharing, and other related activities.   UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia, Samuel Doe told ENA that the GaFa project will be playing a paramount role in enhancing access to clean drinking water as well as water for agriculture in the Horn of Africa region. Particularly, the representative noted, people on the borderlands areas of the initiative will have access to adequate potable water. Doe added that such water projects like GaFa can be a resource for advancing sustainable peace in the Horn of Africa region as people share water and it enhances transboundary social cohesion. “We are very pleased to be a part of this very important initiative; we believe in access to groundwater with advance, resilience and sustainable agriculture that we hope for food sovereignty in the horn of African region.” Senior Land and Water Advisor at FAO Somalia, Paolo Paron said the GaFa water initiative is very important for water management especially in drought affected areas.   The advisor also pledged to plan additional projects and execute it for sustainable use of water in various countries of the IGAD region. “We want to have pilot examples of projects especially in the borderland. Most of the water resources are moving from one country to the other, they are transboundary resources. So, if we can measure and manage one of this, we can give an example to other context in the region and the livelihood of the people much more resilient”   For instance, FAO has been already doing a lot of measurement to maximize the water availability from rainfall and groundwater in Somalia, he said, adding that it has 20 years of experience in this regard. He also appreciated Ethiopia's water project initiative in its Somali region, very important for water management especially in drought affected areas, said the advisor. Chief of WASH Program at UNICEF Ethiopia, Victor Kinyanjui said WASH is deeply involved in the country’s water sector and it has been working closely with the Ministry of Water and Energy.   GaFa initiative, an untapped transboundary deep water resource is indispensable to secure sustainable water resources for communities in lowland areas that are affected by climate change, the chief added. “The Ethiopian government is moving very fast and put a lot of resources on major water resources management and we are working together by supplying clean water to communities and UNICEF is providing full support to these activities when it deems necessary,” he said.            
Russia Continues Supporting Goals of AU, Ambassador Terekhin Says
May 25, 2024 255
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) Russia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin reaffirmed his country's steadfast support for the goals and aspirations of the African continent. The 61st anniversary of Africa Day, 25 May 1963, marking the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU) was commemorated today on the premises of the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. In a message he conveyed during the occasion, Ambassador Terekhin highlighted Russia's longstanding partnership with Africa. "The Russian Federation shares and supports the goals of the member states of the African Union, enshrined in its ambitious socio-economic development program 'Agenda-2063'," he stated. The ambassador added Russia actively participates in providing comprehensive support to the continent both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of existing international mechanisms and it is ready to contribute in every possible way to the strengthening of the sovereignty of African states and the protection of the principle of their sovereign equality. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has consistently advocated for expanding Africa's representation in the council, he noted. This, he said, would "contribute not only to correcting the historical injustice towards the African continent, but also to adapting the UN to modern realities." The ambassador further said: "Today Africa is the most dynamically developing part of our planet. Africans are known for their desire for cooperation and mutual understanding. Africa can rightfully be proud of its wonderful traditions and culture, natural resources, and most importantly — the peoples inhabiting it!" He underscored Russia's commitment to strengthening its partnership with the African Union and supporting the continent's efforts to address its challenges and realize its aspirations for development and prosperity.  
Federal Police Commission, South Sudan National Police Service  Agree To Prevent Terrorism, Arms Trafficking in Border Areas
May 25, 2024 312
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) The Ethiopia Federal Police Commission and South Sudan National Police Service have agreed to strengthen efforts based on the MoU and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking in the border areas of the two countries. Ethiopian Federal Police Commissioner General Demelash Gebremichael received and held discussion with police delegation from South Sudan led by Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol today. During the discussion, Commissioner General Demelash said that as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two sides, the Ethiopian Federal Police has provided supports to the South Sudan National Police Service in the past and will continue to share its successes and experiences gained through the reforms implemented over the years. The two police institutions have also discussed on the implementation of the MoU. The two sides have agreed to work together and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking, especially in the border areas of the two countries. To this effect, they have set up a technical team and set direction that senior police officers of the two countries meet and hold discussion soon in Gambela region, it was indicated. Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol said on his part that the Ethiopian Police University is providing various educational opportunities to South Sudanese young police officers and he added in this regard, the collaboration should continue. The South Sudan National Police Service delegation visited Ethiopian Federal Police's EFP Citizen Engagement App launched this week by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.                    
AUC Chairperson Says 61st Anniversary of OAU Perfect Time for Reflection on Our Progress, Road Ahead
May 25, 2024 332
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA)- Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said. This year’s Africa Day is being commemorated under the theme "Education Fit for the 21st Century." The AU said, collectively we can create an education system that dose not only meet the demands of the 21st century but also ensures that every African child has the opportunity to thrive. In his message on the occasion of the commemoration of the Birth of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Moussa Faki Mahamat noted that Africa has freed itself from the yoke of colonialism and the appalling system of Apartheid. According to him, Africa's intellectual, scientific and cultural resources have been immensely developed, diversified and enriched and its economy has grown at rates envied by many parts of the world. It’s resilience during the global COVID 19 crisis, impressed many---tribute to Africa CDC, which made a major contribution to our successful Continental Response. Clearly, Africa's demographic explosion, its social constraints that are resistant to the demands of the new world, the continuing deterioration of our climatic conditions, the various forms of foreign interference in our internal affairs, the permeability of certain categories of its elites to foreign discourse, and the obvious shortcomings in terms of governance, have not helped to transform the above-mentioned positive assets into factors of social justice, equality and inclusive prosperity, Mahamat elaborated. Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, as I often say, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead. Mahamat added that I would like to take this opportunity to address not only governments and official institutions, but also the youth and the women of Africa. Liberation, and progress in development and integration are now a reality, the chairperson said, adding that this has been the result of the vision and leadership of the founding fathers and current leaders, but also and above all, of your mobilization by the hundreds of millions across the Continent, your many sacrifices, your unshakeable endurance to ensure that the sun shines and warms planet Africa. Peace and security, the solution to the crises that are ravaging some of our countries, terrorism, the degradation of the natural environment, youth and female unemployment, migration, the retreat of democratic values, unconstitutional changes of government, all these require a real increase in mobilization, sacrifices and coherent struggles to put a definitive end to all of these evils. The Organization of African Unity, born of the pain of our struggles, now finds itself at a real crossroads. We must reform resolutely and courageously to become what our founding fathers wanted us to be, which is, a powerful lever for unity, liberation, integration and the defense of African dignity in relation to ourselves but also in relation to others, the chairperson pointed out. He added with the youth making up over 60 percent of Africa's population, tens of millions of hectares of arable land, water, fisheries, mining and energy resources, our young people cannot and should not be satisfied with development on the cheap. "The legitimate aspirations of inclusive and shared prosperity in a peaceful, integrated Africa, as set out in Agenda 2063, that is the dream that I share, with all my heart, with all of you," he said.
National Investment Group To Manufacture Airplane Spare Parts With 110 Million USD in Ethiopia
May 24, 2024 452
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) An investment agreement signed between the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) and National Investment Group to manufacture airplane spare parts at Kilinto Industrial Park in Ethiopia. The agreement will allow the National Investment Group to receive 14 hectares of land at Kilinto Industrial Park to manufacture airplane spare parts. The National Investment Group, a local firm in Ethiopia, will invest 110 million USD to build the premier aerospace manufacturing hub in Africa. According to the agreement, National Investment Group will manufacture 14 types of airplane spare parts. The agreement is also expected to create job opportunities for 1,000 Ethiopians. Industrial Parks Development Corporation CEO Aklilu Tadesse and founder and CEO of the National Investment Group, Captain Abera Lemi inked the agreement today.   Speaking during the occasion, Aklilu said the National Investment Group's engagement in manufacturing of airplane spare parts would be a great foundation for the development of aerospace industry in Ethiopia. The corporation is working to attract capable and competitive local investors into industrial parks and free trade zones by streamlining the processes. National Investment Group Founder and CEO Captain Abera on his part said the agreement will create a big opportunity for the skilled human power in the field curbing the brain drain. The company will work with various aircraft and parts manufacturers to produce and assemble aircraft components in Ethiopia and supply to the global market.  
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Newly Launched Groundwater Facility Would Enhance Livelihoods Resilience in Horn of Africa: UN Agencies
May 25, 2024 253
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) The Groundwater Access Facility (GaFa), launched early this month will improve access to clean drinking water and enhance the resilience of livelihoods around borderland areas in the horn of Africa, UN agencies said. On 7th May 2024, IGAD Water Ministers, along with UN officials launched the GaFa initiative in Somali Region, Ethiopia that the initiative is anticipated to address water scarcity affecting millions in the Horn of Africa. Moreover, the representatives of the agencies believe that this Ground Water Access Facility can create a platform for IGAD member states to collaborate on groundwater mapping, data sharing, and other related activities.   UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia, Samuel Doe told ENA that the GaFa project will be playing a paramount role in enhancing access to clean drinking water as well as water for agriculture in the Horn of Africa region. Particularly, the representative noted, people on the borderlands areas of the initiative will have access to adequate potable water. Doe added that such water projects like GaFa can be a resource for advancing sustainable peace in the Horn of Africa region as people share water and it enhances transboundary social cohesion. “We are very pleased to be a part of this very important initiative; we believe in access to groundwater with advance, resilience and sustainable agriculture that we hope for food sovereignty in the horn of African region.” Senior Land and Water Advisor at FAO Somalia, Paolo Paron said the GaFa water initiative is very important for water management especially in drought affected areas.   The advisor also pledged to plan additional projects and execute it for sustainable use of water in various countries of the IGAD region. “We want to have pilot examples of projects especially in the borderland. Most of the water resources are moving from one country to the other, they are transboundary resources. So, if we can measure and manage one of this, we can give an example to other context in the region and the livelihood of the people much more resilient”   For instance, FAO has been already doing a lot of measurement to maximize the water availability from rainfall and groundwater in Somalia, he said, adding that it has 20 years of experience in this regard. He also appreciated Ethiopia's water project initiative in its Somali region, very important for water management especially in drought affected areas, said the advisor. Chief of WASH Program at UNICEF Ethiopia, Victor Kinyanjui said WASH is deeply involved in the country’s water sector and it has been working closely with the Ministry of Water and Energy.   GaFa initiative, an untapped transboundary deep water resource is indispensable to secure sustainable water resources for communities in lowland areas that are affected by climate change, the chief added. “The Ethiopian government is moving very fast and put a lot of resources on major water resources management and we are working together by supplying clean water to communities and UNICEF is providing full support to these activities when it deems necessary,” he said.            
Russia Continues Supporting Goals of AU, Ambassador Terekhin Says
May 25, 2024 255
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) Russia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin reaffirmed his country's steadfast support for the goals and aspirations of the African continent. The 61st anniversary of Africa Day, 25 May 1963, marking the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU) was commemorated today on the premises of the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. In a message he conveyed during the occasion, Ambassador Terekhin highlighted Russia's longstanding partnership with Africa. "The Russian Federation shares and supports the goals of the member states of the African Union, enshrined in its ambitious socio-economic development program 'Agenda-2063'," he stated. The ambassador added Russia actively participates in providing comprehensive support to the continent both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of existing international mechanisms and it is ready to contribute in every possible way to the strengthening of the sovereignty of African states and the protection of the principle of their sovereign equality. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has consistently advocated for expanding Africa's representation in the council, he noted. This, he said, would "contribute not only to correcting the historical injustice towards the African continent, but also to adapting the UN to modern realities." The ambassador further said: "Today Africa is the most dynamically developing part of our planet. Africans are known for their desire for cooperation and mutual understanding. Africa can rightfully be proud of its wonderful traditions and culture, natural resources, and most importantly — the peoples inhabiting it!" He underscored Russia's commitment to strengthening its partnership with the African Union and supporting the continent's efforts to address its challenges and realize its aspirations for development and prosperity.  
Federal Police Commission, South Sudan National Police Service  Agree To Prevent Terrorism, Arms Trafficking in Border Areas
May 25, 2024 312
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) The Ethiopia Federal Police Commission and South Sudan National Police Service have agreed to strengthen efforts based on the MoU and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking in the border areas of the two countries. Ethiopian Federal Police Commissioner General Demelash Gebremichael received and held discussion with police delegation from South Sudan led by Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol today. During the discussion, Commissioner General Demelash said that as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two sides, the Ethiopian Federal Police has provided supports to the South Sudan National Police Service in the past and will continue to share its successes and experiences gained through the reforms implemented over the years. The two police institutions have also discussed on the implementation of the MoU. The two sides have agreed to work together and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking, especially in the border areas of the two countries. To this effect, they have set up a technical team and set direction that senior police officers of the two countries meet and hold discussion soon in Gambela region, it was indicated. Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol said on his part that the Ethiopian Police University is providing various educational opportunities to South Sudanese young police officers and he added in this regard, the collaboration should continue. The South Sudan National Police Service delegation visited Ethiopian Federal Police's EFP Citizen Engagement App launched this week by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.                    
AUC Chairperson Says 61st Anniversary of OAU Perfect Time for Reflection on Our Progress, Road Ahead
May 25, 2024 332
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA)- Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said. This year’s Africa Day is being commemorated under the theme "Education Fit for the 21st Century." The AU said, collectively we can create an education system that dose not only meet the demands of the 21st century but also ensures that every African child has the opportunity to thrive. In his message on the occasion of the commemoration of the Birth of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Moussa Faki Mahamat noted that Africa has freed itself from the yoke of colonialism and the appalling system of Apartheid. According to him, Africa's intellectual, scientific and cultural resources have been immensely developed, diversified and enriched and its economy has grown at rates envied by many parts of the world. It’s resilience during the global COVID 19 crisis, impressed many---tribute to Africa CDC, which made a major contribution to our successful Continental Response. Clearly, Africa's demographic explosion, its social constraints that are resistant to the demands of the new world, the continuing deterioration of our climatic conditions, the various forms of foreign interference in our internal affairs, the permeability of certain categories of its elites to foreign discourse, and the obvious shortcomings in terms of governance, have not helped to transform the above-mentioned positive assets into factors of social justice, equality and inclusive prosperity, Mahamat elaborated. Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, as I often say, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead. Mahamat added that I would like to take this opportunity to address not only governments and official institutions, but also the youth and the women of Africa. Liberation, and progress in development and integration are now a reality, the chairperson said, adding that this has been the result of the vision and leadership of the founding fathers and current leaders, but also and above all, of your mobilization by the hundreds of millions across the Continent, your many sacrifices, your unshakeable endurance to ensure that the sun shines and warms planet Africa. Peace and security, the solution to the crises that are ravaging some of our countries, terrorism, the degradation of the natural environment, youth and female unemployment, migration, the retreat of democratic values, unconstitutional changes of government, all these require a real increase in mobilization, sacrifices and coherent struggles to put a definitive end to all of these evils. The Organization of African Unity, born of the pain of our struggles, now finds itself at a real crossroads. We must reform resolutely and courageously to become what our founding fathers wanted us to be, which is, a powerful lever for unity, liberation, integration and the defense of African dignity in relation to ourselves but also in relation to others, the chairperson pointed out. He added with the youth making up over 60 percent of Africa's population, tens of millions of hectares of arable land, water, fisheries, mining and energy resources, our young people cannot and should not be satisfied with development on the cheap. "The legitimate aspirations of inclusive and shared prosperity in a peaceful, integrated Africa, as set out in Agenda 2063, that is the dream that I share, with all my heart, with all of you," he said.
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Russia Continues Supporting Goals of AU, Ambassador Terekhin Says
May 25, 2024 255
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) Russia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin reaffirmed his country's steadfast support for the goals and aspirations of the African continent. The 61st anniversary of Africa Day, 25 May 1963, marking the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU) was commemorated today on the premises of the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. In a message he conveyed during the occasion, Ambassador Terekhin highlighted Russia's longstanding partnership with Africa. "The Russian Federation shares and supports the goals of the member states of the African Union, enshrined in its ambitious socio-economic development program 'Agenda-2063'," he stated. The ambassador added Russia actively participates in providing comprehensive support to the continent both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of existing international mechanisms and it is ready to contribute in every possible way to the strengthening of the sovereignty of African states and the protection of the principle of their sovereign equality. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has consistently advocated for expanding Africa's representation in the council, he noted. This, he said, would "contribute not only to correcting the historical injustice towards the African continent, but also to adapting the UN to modern realities." The ambassador further said: "Today Africa is the most dynamically developing part of our planet. Africans are known for their desire for cooperation and mutual understanding. Africa can rightfully be proud of its wonderful traditions and culture, natural resources, and most importantly — the peoples inhabiting it!" He underscored Russia's commitment to strengthening its partnership with the African Union and supporting the continent's efforts to address its challenges and realize its aspirations for development and prosperity.  
Federal Police Commission, South Sudan National Police Service  Agree To Prevent Terrorism, Arms Trafficking in Border Areas
May 25, 2024 312
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) The Ethiopia Federal Police Commission and South Sudan National Police Service have agreed to strengthen efforts based on the MoU and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking in the border areas of the two countries. Ethiopian Federal Police Commissioner General Demelash Gebremichael received and held discussion with police delegation from South Sudan led by Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol today. During the discussion, Commissioner General Demelash said that as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two sides, the Ethiopian Federal Police has provided supports to the South Sudan National Police Service in the past and will continue to share its successes and experiences gained through the reforms implemented over the years. The two police institutions have also discussed on the implementation of the MoU. The two sides have agreed to work together and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking, especially in the border areas of the two countries. To this effect, they have set up a technical team and set direction that senior police officers of the two countries meet and hold discussion soon in Gambela region, it was indicated. Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol said on his part that the Ethiopian Police University is providing various educational opportunities to South Sudanese young police officers and he added in this regard, the collaboration should continue. The South Sudan National Police Service delegation visited Ethiopian Federal Police's EFP Citizen Engagement App launched this week by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.                    
AUC Chairperson Says 61st Anniversary of OAU Perfect Time for Reflection on Our Progress, Road Ahead
May 25, 2024 332
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA)- Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said. This year’s Africa Day is being commemorated under the theme "Education Fit for the 21st Century." The AU said, collectively we can create an education system that dose not only meet the demands of the 21st century but also ensures that every African child has the opportunity to thrive. In his message on the occasion of the commemoration of the Birth of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Moussa Faki Mahamat noted that Africa has freed itself from the yoke of colonialism and the appalling system of Apartheid. According to him, Africa's intellectual, scientific and cultural resources have been immensely developed, diversified and enriched and its economy has grown at rates envied by many parts of the world. It’s resilience during the global COVID 19 crisis, impressed many---tribute to Africa CDC, which made a major contribution to our successful Continental Response. Clearly, Africa's demographic explosion, its social constraints that are resistant to the demands of the new world, the continuing deterioration of our climatic conditions, the various forms of foreign interference in our internal affairs, the permeability of certain categories of its elites to foreign discourse, and the obvious shortcomings in terms of governance, have not helped to transform the above-mentioned positive assets into factors of social justice, equality and inclusive prosperity, Mahamat elaborated. Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, as I often say, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead. Mahamat added that I would like to take this opportunity to address not only governments and official institutions, but also the youth and the women of Africa. Liberation, and progress in development and integration are now a reality, the chairperson said, adding that this has been the result of the vision and leadership of the founding fathers and current leaders, but also and above all, of your mobilization by the hundreds of millions across the Continent, your many sacrifices, your unshakeable endurance to ensure that the sun shines and warms planet Africa. Peace and security, the solution to the crises that are ravaging some of our countries, terrorism, the degradation of the natural environment, youth and female unemployment, migration, the retreat of democratic values, unconstitutional changes of government, all these require a real increase in mobilization, sacrifices and coherent struggles to put a definitive end to all of these evils. The Organization of African Unity, born of the pain of our struggles, now finds itself at a real crossroads. We must reform resolutely and courageously to become what our founding fathers wanted us to be, which is, a powerful lever for unity, liberation, integration and the defense of African dignity in relation to ourselves but also in relation to others, the chairperson pointed out. He added with the youth making up over 60 percent of Africa's population, tens of millions of hectares of arable land, water, fisheries, mining and energy resources, our young people cannot and should not be satisfied with development on the cheap. "The legitimate aspirations of inclusive and shared prosperity in a peaceful, integrated Africa, as set out in Agenda 2063, that is the dream that I share, with all my heart, with all of you," he said.
National Task Force to Sudanese Refugee Crisis Reviews its Performance
May 24, 2024 555
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) The National Task force established by the government of Ethiopia to monitor the treatment and support of Sudanese and other foreign citizens who have migrated to the country held a meeting to evaluate its performance. Following the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the Ethiopian government has established a national task force to monitor the treatment and support of Sudanese and other foreign citizens who have migrated to the country. The task force was established with the objective to repatriate Ethiopians who were residing in Sudan from the conflict zone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. The task force, led by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Burtukan Ayano, held a meeting to review the work done so far and discuss issues that require further attention. According to the report presented at the meeting, since the start of the conflict in Sudan, over 128,000 refugees from more than 17 countries have entered Ethiopia through the border checkpoints of Metema and Kumruk. Of these, more than 47,000 are Ethiopian returnees, who are being provided the necessary support at the border. Some of the refugees have entered shelters and centers within Ethiopia, while over 15,000 Sudanese are currently living in Addis Ababa and other major cities with free visa renewals. The task force's evaluation highlighted the strong solidarity of the Ethiopian government in providing protection and assistance to the refugees who have fled difficult situations. The task force also noted that their work and efforts to solve the problems of refugees in shelters and centers are proving to be encouraging. However, the members of the task force stressed that the international community and donor countries, should recognize the significant burden Ethiopia is carrying as a host to over 1.1 million refugees and asylum seekers including Sudanese, and provide appropriate assistance to support the country's efforts.  
House Urges Media to Play Active Role for Successful Conduct of Nat'l Dialogue
May 22, 2024 1474
Addis Ababa, May 22/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian media should consolidate their efforts for the successful conduct of the dialogue processes by allocating sufficient time and providing extensive coverage, House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) Democracy Affair Standing Committee Chairperson Ewnetu Alene underscored. The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission organized today a discussion forum with media representatives on further strengthening their work on the dialogue processes. During the discussion, Ewnetu emphasized the responsibility and crucial role they play by the public and private media in achieving the national dialogue process during the coming months. All the public and private media houses in Ethiopia need to allocate sufficient time as well as resources and provide extensive coverage to the dialogue process, he stressed, adding "Considering the critical significance of the national dialogue, the media should even work more." The national dialogue is an opportunity for the country to solve its challenges, he added. The National Dialogue Commissioner, Ambassador Mahmoud Dirir on his part underscored that the media has critical role in facilitating public participation and consensus building throughout the dialogue process. He noted that Ethiopia has embarked on national dialogue processes to address the major challenges facing the country and reach consensus through discussions. The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission is one of the essential institutions created to find a lasting solution to the existing political polarization and other pressing issues of the country, it was learned. In this regard, the media has essential functions, the commissioner said, adding that it plays significant role in achieving set objectives by the commission. “The media sector is our major stakeholder to make this national dialogue process successful. And its role is immense in achieving the objectives of the consultation,” he stated. The media outlets have also been urged to provide accurate and balanced information that would foster a spirit of national unity and create space for constructive dialogue, it was indicated. The commissioner also recalled the successful completion of participants and coordinators identification in ten regions and the two city administrations. Training program for coordinators of the national dialogue in the Amhara region were conducted, he said, adding that similar activities are set to commence in the Tigray region. Established in 2022, the National Dialogue Commission aims to address key national issues to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation, bringing together diverse range of stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue.
Government, Competing Political Parties Hold Consultation Forum to Identify Strategic Agendas
May 21, 2024 1859
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia's government and the competing political parties have embarked on a consultation forum to identify strategic issues and decide on it to be dealt with in the national consultation. A half-day forum that brought together participants from the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) and representatives of various competing political parties of the country was held.   Recall Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed directed the need for closer collaboration between the government and the political parties in Ethiopia during his discussion with leaders of political parties early last month. During that meeting, the prime minister stressed the need for setting agendas, identifying necessary corrections and adjustments for policy input, and determining the type of cooperation needed moving forward as it would have paramount importance for continuous discussions. Accordingly, Head of the Democracy Building Coordination Center with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, Adem Farah discussed with political party leaders today intended to identify strategic agendas for sustainable consultation. It was revealed that today’s discussion was critical for the betterment of Ethiopia’s politics. Adem on the occasion stated that the initiative is aimed at strengthening the culture of cooperation between the government and the political parties as well as instill healthy political competition. He added that it will create a favorable environment for competing political parties to support the government's efforts in ensuring lasting peace, rule of law, and pursuing a civilized political approach. Moreover, in this forum as the first-round consultation to identify agendas, the government and competing political parties have identified important issues that would promote a healthy competition and cooperation in the Ethiopian body politic. As a result, in order to have a healthy political competition, the building of a democratic system, the support that parties need from the government, the factors affecting the political landscape, the use of media and the issue of elections have been identified in this round. The agreement has also been reached to discuss other pressing issues in the second-round of the forum such as the peace and security, justice and human rights, macroeconomics, diplomacy, government service delivery and good governance, inclusive national dialogue and consultation to be carried out in a manner that promotes identity and national unity.
China Praises Ethiopia’s Involvement in FOCAC as Important Participant
May 21, 2024 2095
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) China has praised Ethiopia for its central role within the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and effective contribution in consolidating the partnerships between the two sides. A high-level conference on revisiting Ethiopia's role in the FOCAC and the way forward was hosted today by Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in collaboration with the Embassy of China in Addis Ababa. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Counselor of Commerce at the Chinese Embassy, Yang Yihang said since its inception in 2000, Ethiopia has been an important participant in FOCAC. Noting that the FOCAC cooperation framework has achieved remarkable success across socio-economic domains, Yihang indicated that several significant China-Africa cooperation projects have been initiated in Ethiopia such as the Ethio- Djibouti railway. Considering Ethiopia is the major destination of Chinese investment, the minister counselor pledged to further encourage more enterprises to seize investment opportunities in Ethiopia. Under the guidance of FOCAC, the economic and trade relations between Ethiopia and China have also made huge breakthroughs, he said, adding that China has been the largest partner and the source of investment for Ethiopia for many years. For instance, in terms of trade, in 2023 China and Ethiopia trade value exceeded three billion USD, he pointed out. On the investment sphere, more Chinese enterprises have invested in Ethiopia in recent years. Last year alone, Chinese enterprises established 223 new projects in Ethiopia and created 65 thousand local jobs. By the end of 2023, more than 500 Chinese enterprises have invested over 2000 projects in Ethiopia with a total capital of about 5 billion US dollars and creating 580 thousand local jobs. “China is willing to further encourage Chinese enterprises to seize investment opportunities in Ethiopia and actively explore investment cooperation in infrastructure, digital economy, renewable energy, agriculture and other sectors,” he said. Director General of Asia and Pacific Affairs at Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), Anteneh Getachew on his part said the FOCAC has played a crucial role in shaping the economic, social, and political landscape of both Ethiopia and the African continent as a whole. Today’s gathering seeks to foster collaboration and dialogue among stakeholders to identify opportunities for further development and strengthen the Ethiopia-China-Africa partnership, he added. “Ethiopia's involvement in the FOCAC serves as a testament to its commitment towards fostering mutually beneficial relationships with its international partners. Over the years, Ethiopia has emerged as a key player in the forum, actively engaging in constructive dialogue, promoting trade and investment, and advocating for sustainable development across Africa.” The director general further explained that the FOCAC has provided a platform for Ethiopia to strengthen its ties with China and other African nations, facilitating cooperation in various sectors such as infrastructure development, agriculture, healthcare, education, and technology transfer. Ethiopia stands at a critical juncture, poised to leverage its strengths and opportunities in order to maximize the benefits derived from the FOCAC partnership, he pledged. Head of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eshete Tilahun said “Ethiopia's role within the FOCAC provides an avenue to forge stronger bonds to enhance cooperation and collectively find sustainable solutions to challenges we are faced with.” As Ethiopia's role in the FOCAC has been revisited, the head stated that the world has been undergoing transformative challenges. He added the global system and communities are faced with complex challenges including geopolitical tension, conflict, pandemic, climate change and other socioeconomic factors and disparities. It is therefore Eshete urged to foster inclusive and collaborative approaches to address these pressing issues.        
Politics
Russia Continues Supporting Goals of AU, Ambassador Terekhin Says
May 25, 2024 255
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) Russia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin reaffirmed his country's steadfast support for the goals and aspirations of the African continent. The 61st anniversary of Africa Day, 25 May 1963, marking the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU) was commemorated today on the premises of the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. In a message he conveyed during the occasion, Ambassador Terekhin highlighted Russia's longstanding partnership with Africa. "The Russian Federation shares and supports the goals of the member states of the African Union, enshrined in its ambitious socio-economic development program 'Agenda-2063'," he stated. The ambassador added Russia actively participates in providing comprehensive support to the continent both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of existing international mechanisms and it is ready to contribute in every possible way to the strengthening of the sovereignty of African states and the protection of the principle of their sovereign equality. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has consistently advocated for expanding Africa's representation in the council, he noted. This, he said, would "contribute not only to correcting the historical injustice towards the African continent, but also to adapting the UN to modern realities." The ambassador further said: "Today Africa is the most dynamically developing part of our planet. Africans are known for their desire for cooperation and mutual understanding. Africa can rightfully be proud of its wonderful traditions and culture, natural resources, and most importantly — the peoples inhabiting it!" He underscored Russia's commitment to strengthening its partnership with the African Union and supporting the continent's efforts to address its challenges and realize its aspirations for development and prosperity.  
Federal Police Commission, South Sudan National Police Service  Agree To Prevent Terrorism, Arms Trafficking in Border Areas
May 25, 2024 312
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) The Ethiopia Federal Police Commission and South Sudan National Police Service have agreed to strengthen efforts based on the MoU and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking in the border areas of the two countries. Ethiopian Federal Police Commissioner General Demelash Gebremichael received and held discussion with police delegation from South Sudan led by Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol today. During the discussion, Commissioner General Demelash said that as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two sides, the Ethiopian Federal Police has provided supports to the South Sudan National Police Service in the past and will continue to share its successes and experiences gained through the reforms implemented over the years. The two police institutions have also discussed on the implementation of the MoU. The two sides have agreed to work together and prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking, especially in the border areas of the two countries. To this effect, they have set up a technical team and set direction that senior police officers of the two countries meet and hold discussion soon in Gambela region, it was indicated. Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service Atem Marol said on his part that the Ethiopian Police University is providing various educational opportunities to South Sudanese young police officers and he added in this regard, the collaboration should continue. The South Sudan National Police Service delegation visited Ethiopian Federal Police's EFP Citizen Engagement App launched this week by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.                    
AUC Chairperson Says 61st Anniversary of OAU Perfect Time for Reflection on Our Progress, Road Ahead
May 25, 2024 332
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA)- Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said. This year’s Africa Day is being commemorated under the theme "Education Fit for the 21st Century." The AU said, collectively we can create an education system that dose not only meet the demands of the 21st century but also ensures that every African child has the opportunity to thrive. In his message on the occasion of the commemoration of the Birth of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Moussa Faki Mahamat noted that Africa has freed itself from the yoke of colonialism and the appalling system of Apartheid. According to him, Africa's intellectual, scientific and cultural resources have been immensely developed, diversified and enriched and its economy has grown at rates envied by many parts of the world. It’s resilience during the global COVID 19 crisis, impressed many---tribute to Africa CDC, which made a major contribution to our successful Continental Response. Clearly, Africa's demographic explosion, its social constraints that are resistant to the demands of the new world, the continuing deterioration of our climatic conditions, the various forms of foreign interference in our internal affairs, the permeability of certain categories of its elites to foreign discourse, and the obvious shortcomings in terms of governance, have not helped to transform the above-mentioned positive assets into factors of social justice, equality and inclusive prosperity, Mahamat elaborated. Africa Day, which we are celebrating today is certainly, as I often say, an opportune moment for reflection, certainly to assess how far we have come, but also to reflect on the road ahead. Mahamat added that I would like to take this opportunity to address not only governments and official institutions, but also the youth and the women of Africa. Liberation, and progress in development and integration are now a reality, the chairperson said, adding that this has been the result of the vision and leadership of the founding fathers and current leaders, but also and above all, of your mobilization by the hundreds of millions across the Continent, your many sacrifices, your unshakeable endurance to ensure that the sun shines and warms planet Africa. Peace and security, the solution to the crises that are ravaging some of our countries, terrorism, the degradation of the natural environment, youth and female unemployment, migration, the retreat of democratic values, unconstitutional changes of government, all these require a real increase in mobilization, sacrifices and coherent struggles to put a definitive end to all of these evils. The Organization of African Unity, born of the pain of our struggles, now finds itself at a real crossroads. We must reform resolutely and courageously to become what our founding fathers wanted us to be, which is, a powerful lever for unity, liberation, integration and the defense of African dignity in relation to ourselves but also in relation to others, the chairperson pointed out. He added with the youth making up over 60 percent of Africa's population, tens of millions of hectares of arable land, water, fisheries, mining and energy resources, our young people cannot and should not be satisfied with development on the cheap. "The legitimate aspirations of inclusive and shared prosperity in a peaceful, integrated Africa, as set out in Agenda 2063, that is the dream that I share, with all my heart, with all of you," he said.
National Task Force to Sudanese Refugee Crisis Reviews its Performance
May 24, 2024 555
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) The National Task force established by the government of Ethiopia to monitor the treatment and support of Sudanese and other foreign citizens who have migrated to the country held a meeting to evaluate its performance. Following the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the Ethiopian government has established a national task force to monitor the treatment and support of Sudanese and other foreign citizens who have migrated to the country. The task force was established with the objective to repatriate Ethiopians who were residing in Sudan from the conflict zone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. The task force, led by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Burtukan Ayano, held a meeting to review the work done so far and discuss issues that require further attention. According to the report presented at the meeting, since the start of the conflict in Sudan, over 128,000 refugees from more than 17 countries have entered Ethiopia through the border checkpoints of Metema and Kumruk. Of these, more than 47,000 are Ethiopian returnees, who are being provided the necessary support at the border. Some of the refugees have entered shelters and centers within Ethiopia, while over 15,000 Sudanese are currently living in Addis Ababa and other major cities with free visa renewals. The task force's evaluation highlighted the strong solidarity of the Ethiopian government in providing protection and assistance to the refugees who have fled difficult situations. The task force also noted that their work and efforts to solve the problems of refugees in shelters and centers are proving to be encouraging. However, the members of the task force stressed that the international community and donor countries, should recognize the significant burden Ethiopia is carrying as a host to over 1.1 million refugees and asylum seekers including Sudanese, and provide appropriate assistance to support the country's efforts.  
House Urges Media to Play Active Role for Successful Conduct of Nat'l Dialogue
May 22, 2024 1474
Addis Ababa, May 22/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian media should consolidate their efforts for the successful conduct of the dialogue processes by allocating sufficient time and providing extensive coverage, House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) Democracy Affair Standing Committee Chairperson Ewnetu Alene underscored. The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission organized today a discussion forum with media representatives on further strengthening their work on the dialogue processes. During the discussion, Ewnetu emphasized the responsibility and crucial role they play by the public and private media in achieving the national dialogue process during the coming months. All the public and private media houses in Ethiopia need to allocate sufficient time as well as resources and provide extensive coverage to the dialogue process, he stressed, adding "Considering the critical significance of the national dialogue, the media should even work more." The national dialogue is an opportunity for the country to solve its challenges, he added. The National Dialogue Commissioner, Ambassador Mahmoud Dirir on his part underscored that the media has critical role in facilitating public participation and consensus building throughout the dialogue process. He noted that Ethiopia has embarked on national dialogue processes to address the major challenges facing the country and reach consensus through discussions. The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission is one of the essential institutions created to find a lasting solution to the existing political polarization and other pressing issues of the country, it was learned. In this regard, the media has essential functions, the commissioner said, adding that it plays significant role in achieving set objectives by the commission. “The media sector is our major stakeholder to make this national dialogue process successful. And its role is immense in achieving the objectives of the consultation,” he stated. The media outlets have also been urged to provide accurate and balanced information that would foster a spirit of national unity and create space for constructive dialogue, it was indicated. The commissioner also recalled the successful completion of participants and coordinators identification in ten regions and the two city administrations. Training program for coordinators of the national dialogue in the Amhara region were conducted, he said, adding that similar activities are set to commence in the Tigray region. Established in 2022, the National Dialogue Commission aims to address key national issues to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation, bringing together diverse range of stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue.
Government, Competing Political Parties Hold Consultation Forum to Identify Strategic Agendas
May 21, 2024 1859
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia's government and the competing political parties have embarked on a consultation forum to identify strategic issues and decide on it to be dealt with in the national consultation. A half-day forum that brought together participants from the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) and representatives of various competing political parties of the country was held.   Recall Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed directed the need for closer collaboration between the government and the political parties in Ethiopia during his discussion with leaders of political parties early last month. During that meeting, the prime minister stressed the need for setting agendas, identifying necessary corrections and adjustments for policy input, and determining the type of cooperation needed moving forward as it would have paramount importance for continuous discussions. Accordingly, Head of the Democracy Building Coordination Center with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, Adem Farah discussed with political party leaders today intended to identify strategic agendas for sustainable consultation. It was revealed that today’s discussion was critical for the betterment of Ethiopia’s politics. Adem on the occasion stated that the initiative is aimed at strengthening the culture of cooperation between the government and the political parties as well as instill healthy political competition. He added that it will create a favorable environment for competing political parties to support the government's efforts in ensuring lasting peace, rule of law, and pursuing a civilized political approach. Moreover, in this forum as the first-round consultation to identify agendas, the government and competing political parties have identified important issues that would promote a healthy competition and cooperation in the Ethiopian body politic. As a result, in order to have a healthy political competition, the building of a democratic system, the support that parties need from the government, the factors affecting the political landscape, the use of media and the issue of elections have been identified in this round. The agreement has also been reached to discuss other pressing issues in the second-round of the forum such as the peace and security, justice and human rights, macroeconomics, diplomacy, government service delivery and good governance, inclusive national dialogue and consultation to be carried out in a manner that promotes identity and national unity.
China Praises Ethiopia’s Involvement in FOCAC as Important Participant
May 21, 2024 2095
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) China has praised Ethiopia for its central role within the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and effective contribution in consolidating the partnerships between the two sides. A high-level conference on revisiting Ethiopia's role in the FOCAC and the way forward was hosted today by Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in collaboration with the Embassy of China in Addis Ababa. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Counselor of Commerce at the Chinese Embassy, Yang Yihang said since its inception in 2000, Ethiopia has been an important participant in FOCAC. Noting that the FOCAC cooperation framework has achieved remarkable success across socio-economic domains, Yihang indicated that several significant China-Africa cooperation projects have been initiated in Ethiopia such as the Ethio- Djibouti railway. Considering Ethiopia is the major destination of Chinese investment, the minister counselor pledged to further encourage more enterprises to seize investment opportunities in Ethiopia. Under the guidance of FOCAC, the economic and trade relations between Ethiopia and China have also made huge breakthroughs, he said, adding that China has been the largest partner and the source of investment for Ethiopia for many years. For instance, in terms of trade, in 2023 China and Ethiopia trade value exceeded three billion USD, he pointed out. On the investment sphere, more Chinese enterprises have invested in Ethiopia in recent years. Last year alone, Chinese enterprises established 223 new projects in Ethiopia and created 65 thousand local jobs. By the end of 2023, more than 500 Chinese enterprises have invested over 2000 projects in Ethiopia with a total capital of about 5 billion US dollars and creating 580 thousand local jobs. “China is willing to further encourage Chinese enterprises to seize investment opportunities in Ethiopia and actively explore investment cooperation in infrastructure, digital economy, renewable energy, agriculture and other sectors,” he said. Director General of Asia and Pacific Affairs at Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), Anteneh Getachew on his part said the FOCAC has played a crucial role in shaping the economic, social, and political landscape of both Ethiopia and the African continent as a whole. Today’s gathering seeks to foster collaboration and dialogue among stakeholders to identify opportunities for further development and strengthen the Ethiopia-China-Africa partnership, he added. “Ethiopia's involvement in the FOCAC serves as a testament to its commitment towards fostering mutually beneficial relationships with its international partners. Over the years, Ethiopia has emerged as a key player in the forum, actively engaging in constructive dialogue, promoting trade and investment, and advocating for sustainable development across Africa.” The director general further explained that the FOCAC has provided a platform for Ethiopia to strengthen its ties with China and other African nations, facilitating cooperation in various sectors such as infrastructure development, agriculture, healthcare, education, and technology transfer. Ethiopia stands at a critical juncture, poised to leverage its strengths and opportunities in order to maximize the benefits derived from the FOCAC partnership, he pledged. Head of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eshete Tilahun said “Ethiopia's role within the FOCAC provides an avenue to forge stronger bonds to enhance cooperation and collectively find sustainable solutions to challenges we are faced with.” As Ethiopia's role in the FOCAC has been revisited, the head stated that the world has been undergoing transformative challenges. He added the global system and communities are faced with complex challenges including geopolitical tension, conflict, pandemic, climate change and other socioeconomic factors and disparities. It is therefore Eshete urged to foster inclusive and collaborative approaches to address these pressing issues.        
Social
Ethiopia Unveils National Food Safety Master Plan
May 24, 2024 799
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia launched today a five-year food safety master plan to draw attention and inspire action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks. The master plan is designed in an inclusive process and validated by a cross-society of food safety stakeholders of the country. The master plan intends to give a better understanding of the nation's current food safety situation and provides guidance on future measures. Speaking at the launching ceremony, State Minister of Health Dereje Dhuguma said the government of Ethiopia has been investing a lot in terms of improving food security, but it needs to improve food safety as ''there is no food security without food safety. To this end, “I fully believe that the master plan will support us to identify the challenges and the gaps that we have to safety, and it will prioritize the actions that we are going to take over the coming five years,” he stated. He stressed the importance of coordination and collaboration between different stakeholders among countries in order to have a meaningful impact on the ground noting that food safety is a global agenda. Head of Rural Development Division at African Union, Janet Edeme said over the past two years, the African Union through its initiative, the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), has extended support to improve food safety to its member states in 12 countries, including Ethiopia. The food safety initiative is country led and puts member states in the driver's seat, she said adding the initiative is a hallmark of the African Union's efforts. To this end, the AU has been working with the Government of Ethiopia, who has embraced this process to address food safety in the country.Hence, the launch of Ethiopia's National Food Safety Master Plan is not the end of the project, but actually the beginning of a process to transform the food safety systems of the country. The food control assessment is accompanied by a strategic plan for implementation by all stakeholders and this will ensure that the documents developed are not shelved but are actioned for positive change, she underlined. Edeme further reiterated unweaving commitment of AU’s support to the government of Ethiopia in implementing the food safety master plan. Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority Director General, Heran Gerba said on her part food safety and quality is a policy direction in Ethiopia. It is also essential to build a system for ensuring food safety and quality using a comprehensive and integrated farm to table approach in which all value chain actors play vital roles. Hence, this developed National Food Safety Master plan in parallel with the National Food and Nutrition Policy and strategy becomes a very good instrument for the implementation of the food safety system at the national level. As the National Food Safety Master Plan document is developed in a well-coordinated and collaborative manner and its implementation also requires a well-organized collaboration and coordination, she underscored. Ethiopian Agriculture Authority Director General, Ambassador Diriba Kuma said this plan aims to draw attention and inspire action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risk, contributing to food safety, economic prosperity and lead to sustainable development. “This is a great moment for all of us to garner synergy to implement the master plan which will be a great responsibility to transform the food safety status of our country,” Diriba elaborated. Moreover, he added that food safety is intimately linked to many other SDGs and African Agenda 2063 including economic growth, innovation, responsible consumption and production as well as climate change. Over the past few years, attention has been given by policymakers to improve nutrition and in most cases food strategy was developed and implementation is going on at various levels to improve food safety at national and community levels.
Gov’t Entities, Educational Institution Highlight Integration of One Health into Education 
May 23, 2024 697
Addis Ababa, May 23/2024 (ENA) Government entities and educational institutions highlighted the importance of integrating One Health (OH) into secondary education. One Health (OH) is a collaborative, multispectral, and trans disciplinary approach that recognizes the interdependence of human, animals, plants, and other shared environment with the goal of enhancing health outcomes at local and global levels. A workshop was held in Addis Ababa today to validate a guideline designed for the integration of OH into education and research.   It was indicated on the occasion that the world faces a persistent threat from pandemics, food safety issues antimicrobial resistance, all of which strain ecosystem health. One Health approaches and principles have been long advocated as a critical strategy for preventing the challenges at the intersection of human, animal and environment manifesting across the globe. Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Director General of Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), Getachew Tollera said the institute plays a pivotal role in coordination and implementation of One Health program across the country.   EPHI efforts in this area have been instrumental in enhancing the country's capacity to detect and control outbreak, prevents the spread of infectious diseases and combat antimicrobial resistance, he added. "Ethiopia encounters a multitude of health challenges that require comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach by incorporating the principle of One Health into education system research endeavor, we have paved the way for more sustainable and the resilient healthcare systems that benefit both human and animal." In Ethiopia, where agriculture and livestock play a vital role in the economy and livelihoods of many communities, the concept of OH holds significant relevance, the deputy director said. By integrating one health into our education system, we can ensure that future health care professionals are equipped with knowledge and skills to address this complex health challenges that arise the human animal interface, Getachew added. WHO Country Preparedness Officer, Fikadu Adugna said One Health approach which means to optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems sustainably and in a balanced way is among the key concepts that was included in teaching curriculum.   The risk of spreading of zoonotic disease has been increasing by interaction between human, animal and ecosystem due to the exponential growth in human and livestock population and other factors. "WHO believe that Ethiopia is on the right track to implement the One Health initiative, notably by establishing a coordination mechanism and rolling out important key activities," he said, pledging WHO's full support for the implementation of the initiative. The officer expressed his belief that integrating one health into education and research will significantly enhance the country's endeavor by producing advocates and professionals for the implementation of one Health. Chief Executive Director at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University Andualem Deneke said antimicrobial is going to be a disaster for our planet because the mechanism of producing it is being exhausted.   There is no enough funding especially for the developing countries like Ethiopia and most of African countries to work on One Health approach, emphasizing the need to work together to implement the initiative in coordinated manner. The guideline was developed with the support of Capacitating One Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (COHESA) project to integrate the approaches and its principles into secondary education. The project aims to ensure an inclusive research and innovation ecosystem by building capacity in 12 eastern and southern Africa countries, to provide solutions to global health threats affecting people, animals and the environment using a One Health approach.    
Deputy PM Holds Discussion with Pertinent Actors on Nation’s Food Systems, Seqota Declaration
May 23, 2024 728
Addis Ababa, May 23/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh held discussion with officials of pertinent institutions on the nation’s plan in the implementation of food system, Seqota Declaration and health insurance. Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen wrote on his social media that the work so far done in these areas is encouraging as it has been elevating the benefits of the community. “Ethiopia commences to share its experience to other African countries in this regard." According to him, an agreement was reached during the discussion to strengthen concerted efforts of the federal and regional governments, stakeholders and the public as these activities need the collaboration, support and diligence commitment of all. The participants of the discussion have also highlighted the need to strengthen support and close supervision of the implementation process of the aforementioned areas as they have strong linkages with other national programs such as the Ye Lemat Tirufat’ (Bounty of the Basket) and 'Clean Ethiopia' Campaign, Deputy Prime Minister underlined. It is to be recalled that in 2015, the Government of Ethiopia made a high level fifteen-year commitment to end stunting in children under two years by 2030. This commitment, known as the Seqota Declaration, is being implemented through a multi-sectoral program involving nine different sector ministries.                                                                
Economy
Newly Launched Groundwater Facility Would Enhance Livelihoods Resilience in Horn of Africa: UN Agencies
May 25, 2024 253
Addis Ababa, May 25/2024(ENA) The Groundwater Access Facility (GaFa), launched early this month will improve access to clean drinking water and enhance the resilience of livelihoods around borderland areas in the horn of Africa, UN agencies said. On 7th May 2024, IGAD Water Ministers, along with UN officials launched the GaFa initiative in Somali Region, Ethiopia that the initiative is anticipated to address water scarcity affecting millions in the Horn of Africa. Moreover, the representatives of the agencies believe that this Ground Water Access Facility can create a platform for IGAD member states to collaborate on groundwater mapping, data sharing, and other related activities.   UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia, Samuel Doe told ENA that the GaFa project will be playing a paramount role in enhancing access to clean drinking water as well as water for agriculture in the Horn of Africa region. Particularly, the representative noted, people on the borderlands areas of the initiative will have access to adequate potable water. Doe added that such water projects like GaFa can be a resource for advancing sustainable peace in the Horn of Africa region as people share water and it enhances transboundary social cohesion. “We are very pleased to be a part of this very important initiative; we believe in access to groundwater with advance, resilience and sustainable agriculture that we hope for food sovereignty in the horn of African region.” Senior Land and Water Advisor at FAO Somalia, Paolo Paron said the GaFa water initiative is very important for water management especially in drought affected areas.   The advisor also pledged to plan additional projects and execute it for sustainable use of water in various countries of the IGAD region. “We want to have pilot examples of projects especially in the borderland. Most of the water resources are moving from one country to the other, they are transboundary resources. So, if we can measure and manage one of this, we can give an example to other context in the region and the livelihood of the people much more resilient”   For instance, FAO has been already doing a lot of measurement to maximize the water availability from rainfall and groundwater in Somalia, he said, adding that it has 20 years of experience in this regard. He also appreciated Ethiopia's water project initiative in its Somali region, very important for water management especially in drought affected areas, said the advisor. Chief of WASH Program at UNICEF Ethiopia, Victor Kinyanjui said WASH is deeply involved in the country’s water sector and it has been working closely with the Ministry of Water and Energy.   GaFa initiative, an untapped transboundary deep water resource is indispensable to secure sustainable water resources for communities in lowland areas that are affected by climate change, the chief added. “The Ethiopian government is moving very fast and put a lot of resources on major water resources management and we are working together by supplying clean water to communities and UNICEF is providing full support to these activities when it deems necessary,” he said.            
National Investment Group To Manufacture Airplane Spare Parts With 110 Million USD in Ethiopia
May 24, 2024 452
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) An investment agreement signed between the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) and National Investment Group to manufacture airplane spare parts at Kilinto Industrial Park in Ethiopia. The agreement will allow the National Investment Group to receive 14 hectares of land at Kilinto Industrial Park to manufacture airplane spare parts. The National Investment Group, a local firm in Ethiopia, will invest 110 million USD to build the premier aerospace manufacturing hub in Africa. According to the agreement, National Investment Group will manufacture 14 types of airplane spare parts. The agreement is also expected to create job opportunities for 1,000 Ethiopians. Industrial Parks Development Corporation CEO Aklilu Tadesse and founder and CEO of the National Investment Group, Captain Abera Lemi inked the agreement today.   Speaking during the occasion, Aklilu said the National Investment Group's engagement in manufacturing of airplane spare parts would be a great foundation for the development of aerospace industry in Ethiopia. The corporation is working to attract capable and competitive local investors into industrial parks and free trade zones by streamlining the processes. National Investment Group Founder and CEO Captain Abera on his part said the agreement will create a big opportunity for the skilled human power in the field curbing the brain drain. The company will work with various aircraft and parts manufacturers to produce and assemble aircraft components in Ethiopia and supply to the global market.  
Quality Research Indispensable to Ensuring Tourism Sustainability, Says State Minister
May 24, 2024 501
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Tourism has emphasized the importance of human resource development and providing quality research for ensuring sustainability of the tourism sector and providing quality service. The 13th Annual National Research Conference of Tourism Training Institute held today with the theme: “Building a Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Future”. Addressing the conference, State Minister of Tourism Sileshi Girma said the tourism sector has been one of the top priorities by the government of Ethiopia along with Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Information Communication Technology. Currently, the government is enormously investing in the tourism sector and developing new destinations across the country. Since Bole International Airport in the country's capital, is a hub for plenty of flights by transporting millions of passengers to different corners of Africa, Ethiopia is also working on stopover tourism. Highlighting the role of tourism for image building and economic benefits among others, the state minister stressed the need for strengthening efforts on ensuring tourism sustainability. For Sileshi, Human resource development and supporting the sector with pertinent research is instrumental for ensuring sustainability of the tourism sector and providing quality service. The state minister also noted that the participation of the private sector will play a significant role for the sustainability of the tourism sector and ensuring quality service. State minister of Labor and Skills Teshale Berecha on his part said that conducting quality research is critical to provide quality training, enhancing service quality and to boost the tourism industry at the national level.   He also stressed the pivotal role of enhancing the participation of the private sector in Ethiopia’s tourism industry and bridging the gap among the training and research institutions and the tourism sector. The research institutions need to work based on the demand of the tourism industry, Teshale pointed out. Director General of Tourism Training Institute (TTI), Getachew Negash said as conducting study and research is one of the main pillars of its duties, the institute has been supporting the sector accordingly. Stating that the research papers discussed today were part of the continued activities of the TTI, he reiterated the commitment of the institute to continue conducting and providing problem solving research for the tourism industry. Determinants of tourism product development in South East Ethiopia: Marketing perspectives, Community cultural heritage management and protection of selected medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were among the research papers presented at the 13th annual conference of the institute.    
S. Sudanese Minister Hails Ethiopia’s Endeavors in Infrastructural Dev’t Vital for Regional Integration 
May 24, 2024 514
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) The South Sudanese Water Resources and Irrigation Minister, Pal Mai Deng has acknowledged Ethiopia for its massive infrastructure development that would be imperative in realizing regional integration. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the minister underscored that building common regional infrastructure development is a sole solution to enhance regional integration and social cohesion among the wider east African nation. The infrastructure connectivity through electricity, road and railway in particular, would be essential to the borderland communities of the region, Deng noted. In this aspiration of regional integration, the South Sudanese mentioned Ethiopia which has been taking a practical move through executing various projects in the horn region. For him, these projects are quite very important not only to the people of Ethiopia, but also to the region at large. Ethiopia has embarked on tremendous infrastructural development activities and it has been extensively working on electricity, water and roads constructions as connective factors for regional integration. IGAD, the regional body to deliver on its commitment to accelerate regional integration, water ministers of the member states along with UN officials launched the Ground Water Access Facility (GaFa) initiative in the Somali region of Ethiopia which aims at addressing the water scarcity affecting millions of people in the Horn of Africa. Asked by ENA about this ground water access facility, Deng said this project would promote cooperation between the countries particularly, within the border community. “This project is going to enhance the livelihood of communities living in borderland and it is also going to promote development and these will also be part of bilateral relations and technical cooperation between the countries. It actually brings the people together and more importantly, it will also create the platform for knowledge and experience exchange between the countries.” The water resources and irrigation minister further mentioned the Ethio-Djibouti potable water project as a manifestation of regional mutual development that economically integrates the people of the two countries. And he said that Ethiopia should be appreciated for its valuable contribution through the water project to the people of Djibouti. “The Ethiopian government absolutely deserves to be appreciated for extending this service delivery to the people of Djibouti. We know that Djibouti is arid and has problems with safe and clean drinking water for it to have the service. The country has to rely either on groundwater or on the support from the neighboring countries. And in this case, the Ethiopian government is doing this to support the people of Djibouti with safe and clean water,” the minister elaborated. Recall Ethiopia is playing an indispensable role in regional integration and the East African nation is usually taken as a critical driver of economic linkages within the region and is making maximum efforts. In this case, it is worth mentioning that Ethiopia and South Sudan have enjoyed cordial relationships in multifaceted spheres including infrastructure projects to accelerate the process of economic integration in the region.    
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Ethiopia's Development Partners Requested to Bolster Partnership on Innovation, Technology Sector 
May 24, 2024 508
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) State Minister of Innovation and Technology Baysa Bedada stressed the importance of bolstering collaboration with development partners to harness innovation and technology projects for Ethiopia's progress. The ministry has organized Science, Technology, Research, Innovation, Digitization, and Entrepreneurship (STRIDE- Ethiopia) forum with development partners at Science Museum in Addis Ababa today as part of the concluding STRIDE Ethiopia Expo the ministry launched last week. Opening the forum, Innovation and Technology State Minister Baysa Bedada stressed Ethiopia's recent strides in leveraging innovation and technology and the need to bolster partnership for its progress. The state minister stressed the crucial role of partnerships in a rapidly changing world, where collaboration is essential to navigate advancements like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.   “The Ministry of Innovation and Technology is at a pivotal juncture in its journey towards progress. The Collective effort of our esteemed partners, together with the unwavering commitment of the Ethiopian government, has laid a solid foundation for growth and transformation. As we move forward, let us embrace the opportunities presented by innovation and technology, leveraging our diverse expertise and collaborative spirit to drive inclusive and sustainable development that leaves no one behind,” Baysa said. Moreover, the state minister mentioned about the ministry's efforts in fostering an innovation ecosystem through investments in research and development, promoting entrepreneurship, and establishing supportive policies. He emphasized the Ministry's goal of empowering local talent and building a sustainable, needs-based innovation-driven economy. Baysa further underscored the success of joint initiatives with development partners across various sectors like healthcare, agriculture, education, and governance. The State Minister called for leveraging Ethiopia's traditional knowledge and cultural heritage alongside modern technology for inclusive and culturally sensitive development. The state minister concluded by emphasizing the need for continuous learning, experimentation, and embracing disruptive technologies to stay at the forefront of innovation and drive sustainable development. He also expressed government's commitment to collaboration with development partners to leverage collective expertise for inclusive and sustainable progress that benefits all Ethiopians. During a panel discussion held at the forum, representatives from the European Union Delegation in Ethiopia, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), expressed the need to support STRIDE initiative to empower the private sector and government institutions for the Ethiopian peoples' benefit and the country's progress.      
PM Abiy Launches Ethiopian Federal Police's  EFP Citizen Engagement App.  
May 23, 2024 756
Addis Ababa, May 23/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially launched today the Ethiopian Federal Police's EFP Citizen Engagement App. The Ethiopian Federal Police and the Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute have jointly developed the platform, which will enable citizens easily give tips on crime. Citizens can use their smartphones to download the application and submit crime information in the form of images, videos, and documents. The premier said on the occasion that the digital technology infrastructure being developed by the Ethiopian Federal Police will enable citizens to actively participate in crime prevention. Today, the Federal Police Commission, in collaboration with the Artificial Intelligence Institute, launched the EFP Citizen Engagement App, abiy said, stating that the initiative is part of the Digital Ethiopia strategy, which aims to deliver essential services to citizens. He said that 500 services are being provided through the digital system across all institutions. To achieve its full potential, the PM noted that all sectoral work must be supported by Digital Ethiopia. “Over the past six years, the Federal Police has transitioned from analogue to digital systems. In our increasingly populated city, active citizen engagement is crucial. Available on the App Store and Play Store, this app enables citizens to actively participate in preventing criminal activities by providing tips via photo, video, voice, documents, or direct calls.” Prime Minister Abiy urged all citizens to be proactive in securing our neighborhoods and cities.    
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Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 28489
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 32019
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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Foreign Affairs Ministry raised 14 Million Birr for “Clean Ethiopia” Campaign
May 23, 2024 904
Addis Ababa, May 23/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Ethiopians and people of Ethiopian descent living abroad, have continued to support Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's "Clean Ethiopia" campaign. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Nebiyu Tedla, announced this today during the Ministry's weekly press briefing to the media. The Ambassador stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set a target of raising 20 million birr for the "Clean Ethiopia" campaign and has thus far successfully collected 14 million birr. Some Ethiopian community diaspora living in the UAE and the US have pledged to build 15 model public restrooms on their own, which is estimated to cost around 22.1 million Birr, the spokesperson added. Ambassador Nebiyu also stated that the diplomatic community and international organizations based in Addis Ababa will be encouraged to support the campaign, further reaffirming that efforts to mobilize support for the campaign will continue.The press briefing also covered about the event of laying a cornerstone for the construction of Ethiopian Embassy in Dodoma, Tanzania on a 2.6 Hectares of land. Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, had the honor of placing the cornerstone along with Tanzanian government officials and MPs. The spokesperson additionally addressed the major diplomatic events that took place over the week. In relation to that, he mentioned the appointment of 24 Ambassadors by President Sahle-Work Zewde. The Spokesperson stated that these appointments were made based on the appointees' diplomatic competence and extensive experience - qualities that are essential to further advancing Ethiopia's interests on the global stage.
Norway Pledges Continued Support for Ethiopia's Green Development Efforts
May 19, 2024 2069
Addis Ababa May 19/2024 (ENA) Norway has announced that it will continue its assistance for the government of Ethiopia's efforts to fight climate change through green development. Mari Martinsen, adviser of Climate, Environment and Forest at the Norwegian Embassy told ENA that Ethiopia and Norway have maintained a robust relationship in the battle against the effects of climate change, ever since the launch of Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy in Durban in 2011. The government of Norway has also been providing supports to civic society organizations and research institutions that are engaged in the protection of climate change and biodiversity in Ethiopia the adviser noted. The adviser has also commended the efforts being carried out in the protection of biodiversity citing the Green Legacy Initiative. According to her, the Green Legacy Initiative demonstrates the commitment of Ethiopian government to ensuring green development. "Green Legacy demonstrates the commitment of Ethiopian government towards green development manifesting the importance of forestry sector as trees are important instruments in helping to tackle the impacts of climate change."   Since climate change poses a threat to biodiversity and future generation’s wellbeing, it must receive adequate support from all corners, the adviser underlined. The adviser also stated that Norway's climate and environment minister made a commitment to fortify its cooperation with the Ethiopian government on climate-related matters until 2030. " As per this partnership agreement the government of Norway will continue providing support to Ethiopia's efforts to mitigate impacts of climate change, forestry development, and food security," she stated. The agreement will also allow Ethiopia to tap the financial market of carbon credit and other resources. She affirmed that Norway's government will continue to assist the development of forests in Ethiopia, pointing out that two of the 36 areas with notable successes in biodiversity protection worldwide are in Ethiopia.  
Collective Strategies for Addressing Climate Change in BRICS Countries Paramount
May 18, 2024 2276
Addis Ababa May 18/2024 (ENA) Developing collective strategies and initiatives for addressing the impact of climate change is a priority among BRICS countries, Head of the School of World Economy at HSE University, Russia, Makarov Igor said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Makarov Igor said that climate change has become one of the top priorities and areas of cooperation for BRICS member countries. He added that over the last few years, BRICS countries have increasingly strengthened collaboration on various climate-related initiatives, including renewable energy development, carbon emissions reduction, and adaptation strategies. BRICS founding nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have recognized the urgent need for collective action to mitigate the impacts of climate change and transition to sustainable development pathways. These countries are among the world's largest economies and major emitters of greenhouse gases, making their cooperation crucial in global efforts to combat climate change, he added. Each nation within the BRICS bloc brings its unique set of challenges, resources, and opportunities to the table, making it essential to tailor strategies to their specific contexts while fostering collaboration. Russia continues this priority and looks climate change as an issue of very intense cooperation within BRICS, he said, adding that member countries are responsible for about half of global emissions, accordingly in the future, the impact of climate change will be mitigated by BRICS countries. To this effect, BRICS countries should provide their own mechanisms to deal with the reduction of carbon emission, he said. Makarov Igor who is also Head of the Laboratory for Climate Change Economics at the university said each nation within the BRICS bloc must contribute its unique approach to mitigate emissions, emphasizing the importance of a unified effort towards this goal. Russia proposed a compact group on climates with participation of ministers and responsible agencies to provide some common framework on climate change, including both mitigation and adaptation, he said. He also said Russia thinks that BRICS should provide its common strategies to deal with climate change, which should be different from the responses provided by the developed countries. According to him, the national circumstances in BRICS countries are very diverse and different from the west, he said. He noted that different BRICS countries have very different objectives related to climate change, on the other hand, and they have the similar priorities, on the other. They linked climate change with broader contexts of sustainable development, for instance, climate change and decarbonisation work to energy, he said, He added that all the BRICS countries understand that they should transform the energy systems, which are very diverse.  
Ethiopia, UNICEF Strengthen Collaboration on Climate Change
May 16, 2024 2727
Addis Ababa, May 16/2024(ENA) The Government of Ethiopia and UNICEF are joining forces to tackle the climate crisis's impact on children. A stakeholder consultation workshop titled "A collective action for climate programs and policies for children" was held in Addis Ababa today. The workshop highlighted the vulnerability of Ethiopian children to climate change, particularly due to the country's dependence on climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture, pastoralism and natural resources. Minor shifts in geographical presence of malaria due to climate change for example could expose millions to infection, State Minister of Planning and Development; Seyoum Mekonen emphasized this opening the workshop. He also highlighted Ethiopia's leadership in climate action through strategies like the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy (CRGE), National Adaptation Plan (NAP), the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Long term Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development Strategy (LT-LEDS). The State Minister commended UNICEF for its partnership in developing the groundbreaking "Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC)” in Ethiopia, the first such study in Ethiopia. This analysis will inform targeted initiatives to address children's specific needs. The workshop brought together government representatives, civil society organizations, academia, UN agencies and development partners. Participants were encouraged to actively contribute and develop effective climate programs and policies using the policy recommendations of the study. The aim is to safeguard and empower Ethiopian children in the face of climate challenges. UNICEF Deputy Representative in Ethiopia, Mariko Kagoshima, emphasized that climate change is a children's rights crisis. She highlighted the devastating consequences, including increased school dropouts, child marriage, and exploitation, as families struggle with climate-induced shocks like droughts. In a pivotal bilateral meeting, the State Minister and UNICEF representative participated in extensive strategic discussions with the aim of enhancing collaboration on climate actions that are responsive to children's needs. The discussions centered around joint efforts to mobilize resources, enhance institutional capacity, develop a climate data information management system, raise awareness and advocate for climate actions centered around children, formulate climate policies, and engage globally on climate issues. Both parties underscored the critical importance of protecting children from the adverse effects of climate change. They also pledged to collaborate in readiness for the upcoming SB60 and COP29 climate conferences. According to Minister of Planning and Development, this meeting is crucial for reaffirming the dedication of the Ethiopian government and UNICEF to promoting climate actions that prioritize children's well-being.
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 55925
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 51459
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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Public Engagement to Transform Addis  to a Cleaner, Greener Capital
May 11, 2024 4785
Public Engagement to Transform Addis To A Cleaner, Greener Capital By Henok Tadele Haile As the vibrant heart of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa holds a unique significance, not just for its residents, but also for the international community that calls this city home. Recognizing its importance as the political capital of Africa and a hub for influential global organizations, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has embarked on a transformative journey to elevate Addis Ababa's status and enhance the quality of life for all who inhabit this dynamic metropolis. Over the past few years, the city has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis, with the creation of world-class parks, museums, and other amenities that have bolstered Ethiopia's tourism sector and made Addis Ababa an increasingly attractive destination for visitors. From the breathtaking Unity Park to the captivating Entoto Park and Friendship Park, these new landmarks have not only added to the city's allure, but have also served to improve the living conditions of its residents. Now, Prime Minister Abiy has set his sights on an equally ambitious goal: revolutionizing the city's public sanitation infrastructure. Launching the "Clean Streets and Healthy Livelihood" campaign, the Prime Minister has called upon all Ethiopians to join hands in building cities that prioritize cleanliness and inclusivity, recognizing the critical importance of collective effort in achieving this vision. One of the objectives of the PM’s initiative is to build modern public toilets in the identified corridors to enhancing accessibility and fostering cleanliness within urban landscape. This initiative also strives to elevate hygiene standards across our city and nation by promoting a culture of dignified toilet usage and raising awareness about cleanliness. At the heart of this initiative is the construction of modern, hygienic, and accessible public restroom facilities across Addis Ababa's urban areas. For decades, the city has grappled with a lack of standardized public sanitation services, leading many residents to resort to unsanitary alternatives. The Prime Minister's plan aims to address this pressing issue, not only improving public health and reducing the spread of waterborne diseases, but also creating employment opportunities and fostering a sense of dignity for those in need. To ensure the sustainability and success of this project, the government has launched a digital telethon, seeking both cash and in-kind contributions from the general public, individual donors, and institutions. This telethon, scheduled for a ten-hour period on Sunday, May 12th, 2024, has been aptly named "Clean Streets - Healthy Lives," underscoring the interconnectedness of urban cleanliness and the well-being of the community. The plan is to raise 50 million Birr in a 10hr period digital telethon challenge. As Prime Minister Abiy has eloquently stated, "We are colorful when we come together for a collective cause." Indeed, the resounding success of this telethon will not only showcase the power of unity and mutual concern, but also serve as a testament to the Ethiopian people's unwavering commitment to creating cities that cater to the needs of all. The campaign is a great opportunity to engage all Ethiopians including the diaspora and members of the international community based in Addis Ababa as well as friends of Ethiopia, and others have the chance to contribute individually or in groups to this magnificent objective which aims at enhancing public sanitation services.   Through this ambitious initiative, Prime Minister Abiy's vision for a cleaner, greener, and more inclusive Addis Ababa is taking shape. By harnessing the collective efforts of the government, the private sector, and the public, the city is poised to become a model of sustainable urban development, setting a precedent for cities across Ethiopia and the African continent. As we rally behind this cause, we bear witness to the transformative power of community-driven change, paving the way for a brighter, more prosperous future for Addis Ababa and its people.  
Ethiopia Demonstrating Full Commitment To Implementing Peace Agreement
May 10, 2024 4708
BY SOLOMON DIBABA The Agreement on Permanent Cessation of Hostilities was signed on 2 November, 2022 between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the TPLF in Pretoria, South Africa. The peace talks mediated by the AU, was attended by international observers such as UN and paved the way for a lasting peace in northern part of Ethiopia. Even before the signing of the agreement, the Ethiopian Government had been providing the lion’s share of relief supplies to the citizens affected by the war and has been cooperating with international partners and UN systems to facilitate the supply of relief food to the needy people of Tigray. The Pretoria Peace Agreement has enhanced a new culture of putting an end to conflicts by soliciting political solutions through round table discussions. This bold move amplifies the importance of a mature and resolute decision of the federal government of Ethiopia to prevent future generations from inheriting a legacy of winners and losers characterized by animosity and grudges. Through peace agreement, the two parties agreed to halt the bloody and unnecessary conflict. The Ethiopian Government has established an environment conducive to unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to Tigray. Following the signing of the peace agreement, the government surpassed its obligations stipulated in the accord and implemented series of measures deemed necessary to cultivate trust and sustainable peace in the northern part of the country. The government has also been diligently working towards repairing and reinstating damaged infrastructure facilities and services. Considerable financial resources have been allocated by the government to reinstate economic activities in the Tigray region. Given the substantial dividend of peace, the government has carried out activities beyond expectations to heal the wounds inflicted by the conflict. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the Ethiopian Government took remarkable swift action in restoring the infrastructure facilities that were damaged by the conflict by opening up road transport to Tigray as a major prerequisite for fast-tracking relief and rehabilitation supplies as well as restarting social services like hospitals, health centers and clinics and schools as well as telephone and network services. The government also restored electric power supply in Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions by deploying professionals who accomplished their duties in a relatively shorter period of time. Major airports in Tigray region were rehabilitated and air transport resumed operations enabling citizens to reunite with their families who had been separated for two years. With regard to costs of the maintenance of airports in Tigray, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told members of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) earlier this year that over half billion Birr of expenditure was made for the resumption of the air transport to Shire, Mekele and Axum. The air transport at least helped people with chronic diseases to fly to Addis and get medical treatment. Moreover, Ethio telecom also repaired over 1000 kms of optical fiber and 475 mobile sites while repairing over 20,000 landline telephones, it was learnt. Furthermore, the National Bank Ethiopian provided 10 billion Birr liquidity, enabling some 600 bank branches to start services. Almost all universities in Tigray regional state have resumed their duties. Similarly, health care institutions are now providing health services. Through a special procurement, the federal government has imported 500 tractors and over 300 pumps to improve agriculture in Tigray. About 630,000 hectares of land was also cultivated in the region last crop season with support of agricultural inputs support such as tractors, select seed, fertilizer and pumps by the Ministry of Agriculture and other regional states. Moreover, major public and private banks were reopened to provide financial services which were totally closed during the war which lasted for two years. This has helped to reinvigorate business activities that have totally collapsed in the advent of the devastative war. The aforementioned results are just a few of the achievements carried out by the federal government as part of its duties to the Pretoria Peace Agreement, creating confidence with TPLF. However, the other party has reciprocated little. For instance, former combatants of TPLF have not been demobilized, to the contrary, there are visible deployment and mobilizations of armed forces for fresh conflicts that everyone can see, claiming they will seize disputed areas of former settlements. This is in stark violation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement. The peace agreement underscores that disputed areas should be resolved constitutionally, not through force. Hence, to fully implement the peace agreement, the other signatory must reciprocate its duties in the same manner and commitment demonstrated by the federal government: it needs to demobilize its forces, cease provocation to control disputed areas by force. It is only the federal government which should have military might and capability. States are prohibited from maintaining armed and organized forces beyond the police and militia required for law enforcement at the state level; they should not exceed this limit. Hence, the disarmament process and associated procedures must be expeditiously implemented in accordance with the plan charted out by the Rehabilitation Commission. Efforts to resettle those displaced by the war must be accelerated, but IDPs should be returned to their settlements as civilians, not with arms. The issue of administrative border demarcation should be addressed constitutionally, not by resorting to military means. The people of Tigray have greater expectations for the implementation of the peace agreement because much of their current and future aspirations depend upon the full implementation of the Agreement for which the government has paid special attention. The AU and international community are fully backing the timely implementation of this agreement which is of crucial importance for both the national peace and security as well as the stability of the Horn of Africa. Failing to learn from past mistakes is more problematic than committing the mistakes in the beginning. Without drawing lessons from our past mistakes, it will be difficult to whole heartedly collaborate with those who wish to perpetuate the problems we face today. Thus, sustaining the achievements so far registered by the federal government to accelerate the full implementation of the agreement seriously requires the other signatory to contribute its part in the peace process with no reservations and excuses as the terms of the Agreement entail legal accountability at all levels. All told, the federal government has gone a long way to fully implement the peace agreement. It is vehemently working for durable peace and stability, upholding the rule of law. Hence, the National Dialogue is under implementation to resolve differences of opinion among citizens on fundamental issues and forge a national consensus and address Ethiopia’s backlogs of problems through extensive public discussions. The government has also put in place a Transitional Justice Policy Framework, anchored on the pillars of justice, accountability, reconciliation and redress past mistakes. Inevitably, Ethiopia’s prosperity will thrive on.
Ethiopian News Agency
2023