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Government, Competing Political Parties Hold Consultation Forum to Identify Strategic Agendas
May 21, 2024 343
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.
Russian Institute Eyes Further Geological School Expansion, Cooperation in Africa
May 21, 2024 333
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute, the country’s leading institution in geological studies, has been seeking to promote and expand schools in the African continent. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Director-General of the institute, Pavel Khimchenko said the program is designed to expand the Russian geological school, promote best practices and exchange programs with friendly countries. The director-general in particular, expressed his institute’s desire to share skills and experience with African countries. Recall Russia opened its geological Karpinsky Class in Ethiopia last year, while the Russian House in Addis Ababa became the platform for its implementation. Moreover, the Karpinsky Geological Research Institute organized a Geological Class and geological exhibition in Addis Ababa last week, it was learned. Khimchenko explained that the institute has been looking for the African continent as a starting point for the Karpinsky Geological Classes and strong cooperation with various countries in the continent. And he elaborated that the institute has been eager to see numerous expanded geological schools and the classes in various African countries. Particularly, Khimchenko pointed out that the Russian Geological Research Institute is prioritizing geological cooperation mainly with Ethiopia, Mozambique and Ghana. “Africa is a great continent, there is a huge geological potential, people are ready to work and change the environment around them, and we see burning eyes. We have already opened classes in Ghana and Ethiopia, and similarly, we are planning to open this class in Mozambique. At the nearest time in Africa, we will be focusing on Ethiopia, Mozambique and Ghana,” the director-general said. Speaking on Ethiopia’s unique geological phenomenon, he further elaborated that Ethiopia has interesting geology in its several regions that has given great interest for geological studies. Currently, Ethiopia has embarked on proper geological mapping to promote investment in the East African nation’s rich mining and mineral resources that have not yet been transformed to wealth. Mentioning that Ethiopia and Russia have been enjoying diplomatic ties for over a century, the director-general underscored that the two nations will develop relationships in various sectors including in the geological sphere. So far the institute prepared lectures, seminars in a hybrid format, exhibitions, specialist exchange program, analysis of current curricula in countries, book exchange, he indicated. He also reiterated that the institute will continue its mission on the African continent to organize the regular work of Karpinsky’s Geological Classes. The Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute is the leading institution of the Federal Agency on Mineral Resources in regional geological studies, it was indicated. Its main role is providing support and execution of state geological mapping of the Russian Federation and its adjacent water areas, the creation of a state network of reference geological and geophysical profiles, parametric and super-deep wells.          
Gov’t Sees Dairy Sub Sector as Prime Focus to Improve Livelihoods
May 21, 2024 319
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) The government of Ethiopia has paid due attention to the dairy sub-sector as the prime focus to improve the livelihoods and enhance production, according to Ministry of Agriculture. A stakeholders consultative workshop organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ministry of Agriculture and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held today discussion on Ethiopia's dairy value chain improvement options.   The consultative workshop aims to make constructive consultations and generate practical and sustainable ideas to transform the country’s dairy sub-sector in line with the country’s initiatives. Speaking at the workshop, State Minister of Agriculture, Fikru Regassa recalled that the Government launched a participatory, inclusive, and holistic livestock development programe dubbed ‘Ye Lemat Tirufat’ (Bounty of the Basket) in November 2022. The programme aims to enhance public health and nutrition by improving the local production of poultry and dairy farming, apiculture, and the rearing of small ruminants. So far, the programme has created interest and motivation for farmers and pastoralist communities across the country, he added. For instance, he mentioned under the programme the government is determined to quadruple milk production from the current 7.1 billion litres to 28.4 billion litres by 2031. Thus, he underlined the dairy sub-sector is given prime focus by this national programme. To realize this, “We need a strong partnership between the private and public institutions and besides, we need the efforts of local, regional, and international development partners, NGOs, financial, academic and research organizations.” Moreover, Fikru added that it’s important to discuss on the bottlenecks that hinder the development of the dairy value chain from different angles. FAO Representative in Ethiopia, Farayi Zimudzi said FAO has been an active development partner to the government of Ethiopia, in implementing a wide range of programs in projects to improve agriculture, food security, and nutrition of the population in the country.   She elaborated that livestock and particularly dairy, is one of the fastest growing sectors in Ethiopia, and is also a major component of FAO’s programme in the country. She reiterated that unwavering commitment of FAO to contributing to the country's efforts to transform its livestock industry, particularly the dairy sub-sector. “Our engagements will contribute to the understanding of current efforts and identify options to build on existing dairy development initiatives by government and development partners to meet the country’s demand for quality and safe milk and its products,” according to Zimudze. KOICA Country Director, Cho Han Deog said on his part said Ethiopia is a country with high potential for dairy farming and dairy industry.   Hence, Korea has been supporting artificial insemination of cattle to produce superior breeds, provision of dairy cows to promote dairy farming and improve farmers' incomes, training to improve milk productivity, he elaborated. “It would be great if we could identify some of the critical bottlenecks in putting ‘made-in-Ethiopia’ dairy products on the fresh food sections of stores and come up with the ideas of engaging in realizing the dairy development potential of Ethiopia based on the division of labor.” This is because there are so many people out there who depend on dairy value chain for their livelihood and Ethiopia’s endeavor and path to develop manufacturing capacity, the dairy industry would be a good starting point. He underlined collectively, it important to work together to advance dairy industry and produce meaningful achievements in Ethiopia.  
EHPEA, Trade Mark Africa Ink Partnership for Digital Innovation in Horticulture
May 21, 2024 268
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has signed an agreement with Trade Mark Africa and Idaptive Data Fusion System PLC to develop comprehensive e-learning and knowledge management systems in Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. The project is part of a wider program on the Ethio- Djibouti corridor under the theme: “Promoting regional economic integration in the horn of Africa through the development of the Djibouti corridor.” The project is also expected to be funded by the European Union through Agence Française de Development (AFD), it was revealed. Speaking at the signing ceremony today, EHPEA Executive Director Tewodros Zewdie highlighted the advanced tools for knowledge management and online learning that the systems will provide, crucial for maintaining competitiveness in the dynamic horticulture sector.   “Through this project, we are investing not just in technology but in the future of Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. Our partnership with Trade Mark Africa will enable us to equip our members with the necessary resources to thrive in an increasingly digital marketplace,” he said. The executive director further pointed out that integrated e-learning and knowledge management platforms present myriad opportunities for Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. Trade Mark Africa Country Director for Ethiopia, Ewnetu Taye said our support for the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association through this project reflects our commitment.   According to Ewnetu, the support would have a paramount contribution in harnessing the power of digital trade tools to derive economic growth and prosperity across Africa. By enhancing the digital capabilities of key sectors like horticulture, we are paving the way for more efficient and inclusive trade practices, the country director elaborated. EU Delegation for Djibouti and IGAD Eloise Roux on her part said this knowledge-management platform supported by the EU, marks a transformative step for Ethiopia, enabling it to not just participate in global trade but to excel. This digital tool opens up a gateway for Ethiopia to compete on the global stage, deriving economic growth and sustainability in agriculture, Roux pointed out. “We are proud to support this initiative that not only enhances Ethiopia’s trade competitiveness but also establishes a foundation for enduring economic empowerment and environmental stewardship,” she affirmed. Idaptive Data Fusion System PLC General Manager Alegntaye Yilma for his part stressed the significance of collaboration to achieve excellence in the ICT sector through learning and knowledge sharing. The e-learning platform will offer access to valuable resources, training materials, and interactive modules to improve skills and knowledge sharing in horticulture production and export practices, it was indicated. Recall that Ethiopia’s horticulture sector has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, emerging as an essential contributor to the country’s economy.
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Government, Competing Political Parties Hold Consultation Forum to Identify Strategic Agendas
May 21, 2024 343
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.
Gov’t Sees Dairy Sub Sector as Prime Focus to Improve Livelihoods
May 21, 2024 319
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) The government of Ethiopia has paid due attention to the dairy sub-sector as the prime focus to improve the livelihoods and enhance production, according to Ministry of Agriculture. A stakeholders consultative workshop organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ministry of Agriculture and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held today discussion on Ethiopia's dairy value chain improvement options.   The consultative workshop aims to make constructive consultations and generate practical and sustainable ideas to transform the country’s dairy sub-sector in line with the country’s initiatives. Speaking at the workshop, State Minister of Agriculture, Fikru Regassa recalled that the Government launched a participatory, inclusive, and holistic livestock development programe dubbed ‘Ye Lemat Tirufat’ (Bounty of the Basket) in November 2022. The programme aims to enhance public health and nutrition by improving the local production of poultry and dairy farming, apiculture, and the rearing of small ruminants. So far, the programme has created interest and motivation for farmers and pastoralist communities across the country, he added. For instance, he mentioned under the programme the government is determined to quadruple milk production from the current 7.1 billion litres to 28.4 billion litres by 2031. Thus, he underlined the dairy sub-sector is given prime focus by this national programme. To realize this, “We need a strong partnership between the private and public institutions and besides, we need the efforts of local, regional, and international development partners, NGOs, financial, academic and research organizations.” Moreover, Fikru added that it’s important to discuss on the bottlenecks that hinder the development of the dairy value chain from different angles. FAO Representative in Ethiopia, Farayi Zimudzi said FAO has been an active development partner to the government of Ethiopia, in implementing a wide range of programs in projects to improve agriculture, food security, and nutrition of the population in the country.   She elaborated that livestock and particularly dairy, is one of the fastest growing sectors in Ethiopia, and is also a major component of FAO’s programme in the country. She reiterated that unwavering commitment of FAO to contributing to the country's efforts to transform its livestock industry, particularly the dairy sub-sector. “Our engagements will contribute to the understanding of current efforts and identify options to build on existing dairy development initiatives by government and development partners to meet the country’s demand for quality and safe milk and its products,” according to Zimudze. KOICA Country Director, Cho Han Deog said on his part said Ethiopia is a country with high potential for dairy farming and dairy industry.   Hence, Korea has been supporting artificial insemination of cattle to produce superior breeds, provision of dairy cows to promote dairy farming and improve farmers' incomes, training to improve milk productivity, he elaborated. “It would be great if we could identify some of the critical bottlenecks in putting ‘made-in-Ethiopia’ dairy products on the fresh food sections of stores and come up with the ideas of engaging in realizing the dairy development potential of Ethiopia based on the division of labor.” This is because there are so many people out there who depend on dairy value chain for their livelihood and Ethiopia’s endeavor and path to develop manufacturing capacity, the dairy industry would be a good starting point. He underlined collectively, it important to work together to advance dairy industry and produce meaningful achievements in Ethiopia.  
EHPEA, Trade Mark Africa Ink Partnership for Digital Innovation in Horticulture
May 21, 2024 268
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has signed an agreement with Trade Mark Africa and Idaptive Data Fusion System PLC to develop comprehensive e-learning and knowledge management systems in Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. The project is part of a wider program on the Ethio- Djibouti corridor under the theme: “Promoting regional economic integration in the horn of Africa through the development of the Djibouti corridor.” The project is also expected to be funded by the European Union through Agence Française de Development (AFD), it was revealed. Speaking at the signing ceremony today, EHPEA Executive Director Tewodros Zewdie highlighted the advanced tools for knowledge management and online learning that the systems will provide, crucial for maintaining competitiveness in the dynamic horticulture sector.   “Through this project, we are investing not just in technology but in the future of Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. Our partnership with Trade Mark Africa will enable us to equip our members with the necessary resources to thrive in an increasingly digital marketplace,” he said. The executive director further pointed out that integrated e-learning and knowledge management platforms present myriad opportunities for Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. Trade Mark Africa Country Director for Ethiopia, Ewnetu Taye said our support for the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association through this project reflects our commitment.   According to Ewnetu, the support would have a paramount contribution in harnessing the power of digital trade tools to derive economic growth and prosperity across Africa. By enhancing the digital capabilities of key sectors like horticulture, we are paving the way for more efficient and inclusive trade practices, the country director elaborated. EU Delegation for Djibouti and IGAD Eloise Roux on her part said this knowledge-management platform supported by the EU, marks a transformative step for Ethiopia, enabling it to not just participate in global trade but to excel. This digital tool opens up a gateway for Ethiopia to compete on the global stage, deriving economic growth and sustainability in agriculture, Roux pointed out. “We are proud to support this initiative that not only enhances Ethiopia’s trade competitiveness but also establishes a foundation for enduring economic empowerment and environmental stewardship,” she affirmed. Idaptive Data Fusion System PLC General Manager Alegntaye Yilma for his part stressed the significance of collaboration to achieve excellence in the ICT sector through learning and knowledge sharing. The e-learning platform will offer access to valuable resources, training materials, and interactive modules to improve skills and knowledge sharing in horticulture production and export practices, it was indicated. Recall that Ethiopia’s horticulture sector has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, emerging as an essential contributor to the country’s economy.
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Government, Competing Political Parties Hold Consultation Forum to Identify Strategic Agendas
May 21, 2024 343
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 349
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.        
FOCAC Becoming Robust Platform in China-Africa Cooperation
May 21, 2024 559
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA)The Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) is serving as best platform for fostering cooperation between Africa and China through various engagements, said Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A high level conference on revisiting Ethiopia's role in the FOCAC and the way forward was held in Addis Ababa. In his opening remarks, Head of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eshete Tilahun said FOCAC has proven to be an effective and strong platform for promoting Africa-China cooperation by supporting critical infrastructural projects. The FOCAC is a platform established by China and friendly African countries for collective consultation and dialogue as a cooperation mechanism among developing countries, it was learned. The characteristics of the forum are twofold including strengthening consultation and expanding cooperation within a pragmatic framework, as well as promoting political dialogue and economic cooperation with a view to seeking mutual reinforcement and cooperation. In the past two decades, FOCAC is instrumental in promoting Africa-China cooperation by supporting critical infrastructure development to engender greater connectivity, boosting trade activities, attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and unleashing entrepreneurships, Ambassador Eshete said. Since its inception in 2000, the forum has contributed conducting open dialogue and insightful discussion to ensure mutual trust. On his part, Director General of Asia and Pacific Affairs at Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) Anteneh Getachew said the forum has emerged as a key player in promoting trade, investment and people to people relations with China. Ethiopia's collaboration with FOCAC is crucial, he said, adding that the conference organized to chart out future area of cooperation and strengthen Ethiopia's leadership in the Forum on Africa-China Cooperation.   Minister Counselor of Commerce at Chinese Embassy, Yang Yihang said Ethiopia is playing important role in FOCAC and numerous Chinese companies have invested in various sector in Ethiopia. It was indicated at the occasion that the successful completion of the Ethio- Djibouti railway project and its ongoing operation is one of the forum's early achievements in creating continental integration in Africa. The high level conference was organized by Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in collaboration with the Embassy of China in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia, China Enjoying Strong Political Mutual Trust
May 20, 2024 834
Addis Ababa, May 20/2024 (ENA) China and Ethiopia have a strong political mutual trust which could be an example of solidarity and cooperation among developing countries, a Chinese diplomat in Addis Ababa said. Chinese Embassy Spokesperson in Addis Ababa has given a lecture under the theme "China's Diplomacy in the New Era," at the Institute of Foreign Affairs today. In October last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed decided to upgrade the China and Ethiopia relations to ‘All Weather Strategic Partnership.’ The spokesperson elaborated that Ethiopia and China have carried out fruitful cooperation across the board. It's an example of solidarity and cooperation among developing countries. Moreover, the spokesperson pointed out that China and Ethiopia could take the lead in terms of bilateral, political mutual trust, Belt and Road cooperation as well as cooperation on international affairs. "China and Ethiopia can also maintain coordination and cooperation on the international stage and regional issues such as Security Council reform, climate change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, as to safeguard the common interests of both countries and all developing countries.” The cooperation between Ethiopia and China will usher in an even more promising future with more fruitful outcomes to be expected, the Spokesperson reiterated. Speaking on China and Africa relationship, the diplomat elaborated that the friendship and mutual trust between China and Africa has been growing rapidly. China has remained Africa's biggest trading partner, the diplomat said, adding China will continue to stand firmly with the African brothers and support Africa development. China will assist Africa in building capacity for self-driven development and support faster modernization in Africa, according to diplomat.  
Ethiopia Underscores Stronger Pan-Africanism in Tackling Security Crises
May 20, 2024 727
Addis Ababa, May 20/2024 (ENA) Pan-Africanism has a paramount role in integrating Africans to tackle security crises and bring lasting peace in the dynamic global environment, International Relations and Military Cooperation Director-General at the Ministry of Defense said. In his opening remarks at the 61st anniversary of African Day, Major General Teshome Gemechu said Africans deserve a peaceful life and hence a security mechanism capable of ensuring peace and stability across the region. The 61st anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union was observed today in Ethiopia at the newly built Adwa Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa.   The director-general underscored that the security system of Africa must be capable enough to understand and analyze national and regional potential threats. He further stressed the need for taking necessary steps for regional cooperation and action as well. Teshome recalled that Africa has been freed from colonialism, racism and apartheid through the relentless struggle our forefathers have made independently from their respective homeland and under OAU. Both the OAU and its successor the African Union have played magnificent roles in promoting Pan-Africanism and building unity and solidarity to work together for a common destiny of Africans. “Pan-Africanism is a must. It is even more important today as a tool that brings us together to carve out our common forward looking vision of a peaceful, strong and prosperous united Africa. And it is a framework in advancing people-based democracy and human rights and strengthens our effort for economic and socio-political transformations that determine our destiny in the dynamic global environment.” The major general further stated that what Africa requires is genuine and friendly support that contributes to the achievement of a free, prosperous and united Africa. Whatever the setbacks of the moment and the difficulties, he hoped Africans will succeed and make a difference together. Deputy Director-General of Africa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jemaludin Mustefa on his part said the transformation of the OAU to the AU has placed our continental organization in a better place to deal with existing and new challenges.   According to him, Africa continues to suffer from conventional and new security threats. In particular, the continent has remained a victim of emerging issues ranging from geopolitical shifts, technological revolution, climate emergency on one hand; and continued vicious cycle of conflict and poverty. Moreover, lack of good governance and democratization, unconstitutional change of government, terrorism and corruption are also a pressing issue for Africa. “These global challenges, no doubt, require a global response. Africa as a continent could also have a central role in an effort to search global solutions to these challenges.” However, the deputy director-general Africa's role at the global multilateral institutions remains to be marginal, limiting the continent's role in addressing these challenges. As a seat of this continental organization, Mustefa realized Ethiopia that the country has been playing its fair share in ensuring that the continental organization meets its objectives. Ethiopia is playing an active role in fulfilling the ideals of the AU and has always opted for African solutions to problems that arise at home, he revealed. “I would like to reassure you once again that Ethiopia, along with fellow member states of the African Union, will continue to play a significant role in promoting African solidarity and the spirit of pan Africanism.” Senior Political and Reporting Officer at African Union Colonel Sheku Tegan on his part said the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU) continues to work to deliver the vision of the heroes and heroines of Africa's liberation.   AU is now reinforcing endeavors for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing its dynamic force at global stage, Tegan stated. Speaking on the 61st anniversary of African Day, the officer said the celebration of the day is an opportunity for AU to pay tribute to the founding fathers and mothers of the OAU for their significant contribution toward achieving sovereignty across the African continent. “The pan African movement, a global initiative striving to strengthen solidarity among all Africans and Africa in the diaspora, was born from the struggle against enslavement and colonization with the belief that unity is a cornerstone for economic, social, political progress."      
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Government, Competing Political Parties Hold Consultation Forum to Identify Strategic Agendas
May 21, 2024 343
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 349
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.        
FOCAC Becoming Robust Platform in China-Africa Cooperation
May 21, 2024 559
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA)The Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) is serving as best platform for fostering cooperation between Africa and China through various engagements, said Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A high level conference on revisiting Ethiopia's role in the FOCAC and the way forward was held in Addis Ababa. In his opening remarks, Head of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eshete Tilahun said FOCAC has proven to be an effective and strong platform for promoting Africa-China cooperation by supporting critical infrastructural projects. The FOCAC is a platform established by China and friendly African countries for collective consultation and dialogue as a cooperation mechanism among developing countries, it was learned. The characteristics of the forum are twofold including strengthening consultation and expanding cooperation within a pragmatic framework, as well as promoting political dialogue and economic cooperation with a view to seeking mutual reinforcement and cooperation. In the past two decades, FOCAC is instrumental in promoting Africa-China cooperation by supporting critical infrastructure development to engender greater connectivity, boosting trade activities, attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and unleashing entrepreneurships, Ambassador Eshete said. Since its inception in 2000, the forum has contributed conducting open dialogue and insightful discussion to ensure mutual trust. On his part, Director General of Asia and Pacific Affairs at Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) Anteneh Getachew said the forum has emerged as a key player in promoting trade, investment and people to people relations with China. Ethiopia's collaboration with FOCAC is crucial, he said, adding that the conference organized to chart out future area of cooperation and strengthen Ethiopia's leadership in the Forum on Africa-China Cooperation.   Minister Counselor of Commerce at Chinese Embassy, Yang Yihang said Ethiopia is playing important role in FOCAC and numerous Chinese companies have invested in various sector in Ethiopia. It was indicated at the occasion that the successful completion of the Ethio- Djibouti railway project and its ongoing operation is one of the forum's early achievements in creating continental integration in Africa. The high level conference was organized by Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in collaboration with the Embassy of China in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia, China Enjoying Strong Political Mutual Trust
May 20, 2024 834
Addis Ababa, May 20/2024 (ENA) China and Ethiopia have a strong political mutual trust which could be an example of solidarity and cooperation among developing countries, a Chinese diplomat in Addis Ababa said. Chinese Embassy Spokesperson in Addis Ababa has given a lecture under the theme "China's Diplomacy in the New Era," at the Institute of Foreign Affairs today. In October last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed decided to upgrade the China and Ethiopia relations to ‘All Weather Strategic Partnership.’ The spokesperson elaborated that Ethiopia and China have carried out fruitful cooperation across the board. It's an example of solidarity and cooperation among developing countries. Moreover, the spokesperson pointed out that China and Ethiopia could take the lead in terms of bilateral, political mutual trust, Belt and Road cooperation as well as cooperation on international affairs. "China and Ethiopia can also maintain coordination and cooperation on the international stage and regional issues such as Security Council reform, climate change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, as to safeguard the common interests of both countries and all developing countries.” The cooperation between Ethiopia and China will usher in an even more promising future with more fruitful outcomes to be expected, the Spokesperson reiterated. Speaking on China and Africa relationship, the diplomat elaborated that the friendship and mutual trust between China and Africa has been growing rapidly. China has remained Africa's biggest trading partner, the diplomat said, adding China will continue to stand firmly with the African brothers and support Africa development. China will assist Africa in building capacity for self-driven development and support faster modernization in Africa, according to diplomat.  
Ethiopia Underscores Stronger Pan-Africanism in Tackling Security Crises
May 20, 2024 727
Addis Ababa, May 20/2024 (ENA) Pan-Africanism has a paramount role in integrating Africans to tackle security crises and bring lasting peace in the dynamic global environment, International Relations and Military Cooperation Director-General at the Ministry of Defense said. In his opening remarks at the 61st anniversary of African Day, Major General Teshome Gemechu said Africans deserve a peaceful life and hence a security mechanism capable of ensuring peace and stability across the region. The 61st anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union was observed today in Ethiopia at the newly built Adwa Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa.   The director-general underscored that the security system of Africa must be capable enough to understand and analyze national and regional potential threats. He further stressed the need for taking necessary steps for regional cooperation and action as well. Teshome recalled that Africa has been freed from colonialism, racism and apartheid through the relentless struggle our forefathers have made independently from their respective homeland and under OAU. Both the OAU and its successor the African Union have played magnificent roles in promoting Pan-Africanism and building unity and solidarity to work together for a common destiny of Africans. “Pan-Africanism is a must. It is even more important today as a tool that brings us together to carve out our common forward looking vision of a peaceful, strong and prosperous united Africa. And it is a framework in advancing people-based democracy and human rights and strengthens our effort for economic and socio-political transformations that determine our destiny in the dynamic global environment.” The major general further stated that what Africa requires is genuine and friendly support that contributes to the achievement of a free, prosperous and united Africa. Whatever the setbacks of the moment and the difficulties, he hoped Africans will succeed and make a difference together. Deputy Director-General of Africa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jemaludin Mustefa on his part said the transformation of the OAU to the AU has placed our continental organization in a better place to deal with existing and new challenges.   According to him, Africa continues to suffer from conventional and new security threats. In particular, the continent has remained a victim of emerging issues ranging from geopolitical shifts, technological revolution, climate emergency on one hand; and continued vicious cycle of conflict and poverty. Moreover, lack of good governance and democratization, unconstitutional change of government, terrorism and corruption are also a pressing issue for Africa. “These global challenges, no doubt, require a global response. Africa as a continent could also have a central role in an effort to search global solutions to these challenges.” However, the deputy director-general Africa's role at the global multilateral institutions remains to be marginal, limiting the continent's role in addressing these challenges. As a seat of this continental organization, Mustefa realized Ethiopia that the country has been playing its fair share in ensuring that the continental organization meets its objectives. Ethiopia is playing an active role in fulfilling the ideals of the AU and has always opted for African solutions to problems that arise at home, he revealed. “I would like to reassure you once again that Ethiopia, along with fellow member states of the African Union, will continue to play a significant role in promoting African solidarity and the spirit of pan Africanism.” Senior Political and Reporting Officer at African Union Colonel Sheku Tegan on his part said the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU) continues to work to deliver the vision of the heroes and heroines of Africa's liberation.   AU is now reinforcing endeavors for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing its dynamic force at global stage, Tegan stated. Speaking on the 61st anniversary of African Day, the officer said the celebration of the day is an opportunity for AU to pay tribute to the founding fathers and mothers of the OAU for their significant contribution toward achieving sovereignty across the African continent. “The pan African movement, a global initiative striving to strengthen solidarity among all Africans and Africa in the diaspora, was born from the struggle against enslavement and colonization with the belief that unity is a cornerstone for economic, social, political progress."      
Social
Russian Institute Eyes Further Geological School Expansion, Cooperation in Africa
May 21, 2024 333
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute, the country’s leading institution in geological studies, has been seeking to promote and expand schools in the African continent. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Director-General of the institute, Pavel Khimchenko said the program is designed to expand the Russian geological school, promote best practices and exchange programs with friendly countries. The director-general in particular, expressed his institute’s desire to share skills and experience with African countries. Recall Russia opened its geological Karpinsky Class in Ethiopia last year, while the Russian House in Addis Ababa became the platform for its implementation. Moreover, the Karpinsky Geological Research Institute organized a Geological Class and geological exhibition in Addis Ababa last week, it was learned. Khimchenko explained that the institute has been looking for the African continent as a starting point for the Karpinsky Geological Classes and strong cooperation with various countries in the continent. And he elaborated that the institute has been eager to see numerous expanded geological schools and the classes in various African countries. Particularly, Khimchenko pointed out that the Russian Geological Research Institute is prioritizing geological cooperation mainly with Ethiopia, Mozambique and Ghana. “Africa is a great continent, there is a huge geological potential, people are ready to work and change the environment around them, and we see burning eyes. We have already opened classes in Ghana and Ethiopia, and similarly, we are planning to open this class in Mozambique. At the nearest time in Africa, we will be focusing on Ethiopia, Mozambique and Ghana,” the director-general said. Speaking on Ethiopia’s unique geological phenomenon, he further elaborated that Ethiopia has interesting geology in its several regions that has given great interest for geological studies. Currently, Ethiopia has embarked on proper geological mapping to promote investment in the East African nation’s rich mining and mineral resources that have not yet been transformed to wealth. Mentioning that Ethiopia and Russia have been enjoying diplomatic ties for over a century, the director-general underscored that the two nations will develop relationships in various sectors including in the geological sphere. So far the institute prepared lectures, seminars in a hybrid format, exhibitions, specialist exchange program, analysis of current curricula in countries, book exchange, he indicated. He also reiterated that the institute will continue its mission on the African continent to organize the regular work of Karpinsky’s Geological Classes. The Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute is the leading institution of the Federal Agency on Mineral Resources in regional geological studies, it was indicated. Its main role is providing support and execution of state geological mapping of the Russian Federation and its adjacent water areas, the creation of a state network of reference geological and geophysical profiles, parametric and super-deep wells.          
61st Anniversary of Africa Day Celebrated in Addis Ababa
May 20, 2024 666
Addis Ababa May 20/2024 (ENA) Africa is observing the 61st anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union in Addis Ababa. This 61st Anniversary of Africa Day is being underway in Ethiopia at the newly built Adwa Memorial Museum in the capital. It was on this date in 1963, that 32 Heads of independent African States met in Addis Ababa Ethiopia along with leaders from African liberation movements to craft a way forward for Africa’s complete independence from imperialism, colonialism and apartheid. Delegates from AU and ministry of foreign affairs, higher military officers, representatives of international organizations, military attaches and invited guests are attending the celebration day. This year's anniversary is commemorated under the theme: “Together Free, Prosperous and Strongly United Africa.” Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity on 25 May 1963 now the African Union, it was learned. The event was organized by Foreign Relations and Military Cooperation Directorate at Ethiopia’s Ministry of Defense. The meeting of the 32 Heads of independent African States in 1963 resulted in the creation of Africa’s first post-independence continental institution, the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The OAU was formed as a manifestation of the pan-African vision for an Africa that was united, free and in control of its own destiny and this was solemnized in the OAU Charter which was adopted on 25th May 1963 Africa Day.
Economy
Gov’t Sees Dairy Sub Sector as Prime Focus to Improve Livelihoods
May 21, 2024 319
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) The government of Ethiopia has paid due attention to the dairy sub-sector as the prime focus to improve the livelihoods and enhance production, according to Ministry of Agriculture. A stakeholders consultative workshop organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ministry of Agriculture and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held today discussion on Ethiopia's dairy value chain improvement options.   The consultative workshop aims to make constructive consultations and generate practical and sustainable ideas to transform the country’s dairy sub-sector in line with the country’s initiatives. Speaking at the workshop, State Minister of Agriculture, Fikru Regassa recalled that the Government launched a participatory, inclusive, and holistic livestock development programe dubbed ‘Ye Lemat Tirufat’ (Bounty of the Basket) in November 2022. The programme aims to enhance public health and nutrition by improving the local production of poultry and dairy farming, apiculture, and the rearing of small ruminants. So far, the programme has created interest and motivation for farmers and pastoralist communities across the country, he added. For instance, he mentioned under the programme the government is determined to quadruple milk production from the current 7.1 billion litres to 28.4 billion litres by 2031. Thus, he underlined the dairy sub-sector is given prime focus by this national programme. To realize this, “We need a strong partnership between the private and public institutions and besides, we need the efforts of local, regional, and international development partners, NGOs, financial, academic and research organizations.” Moreover, Fikru added that it’s important to discuss on the bottlenecks that hinder the development of the dairy value chain from different angles. FAO Representative in Ethiopia, Farayi Zimudzi said FAO has been an active development partner to the government of Ethiopia, in implementing a wide range of programs in projects to improve agriculture, food security, and nutrition of the population in the country.   She elaborated that livestock and particularly dairy, is one of the fastest growing sectors in Ethiopia, and is also a major component of FAO’s programme in the country. She reiterated that unwavering commitment of FAO to contributing to the country's efforts to transform its livestock industry, particularly the dairy sub-sector. “Our engagements will contribute to the understanding of current efforts and identify options to build on existing dairy development initiatives by government and development partners to meet the country’s demand for quality and safe milk and its products,” according to Zimudze. KOICA Country Director, Cho Han Deog said on his part said Ethiopia is a country with high potential for dairy farming and dairy industry.   Hence, Korea has been supporting artificial insemination of cattle to produce superior breeds, provision of dairy cows to promote dairy farming and improve farmers' incomes, training to improve milk productivity, he elaborated. “It would be great if we could identify some of the critical bottlenecks in putting ‘made-in-Ethiopia’ dairy products on the fresh food sections of stores and come up with the ideas of engaging in realizing the dairy development potential of Ethiopia based on the division of labor.” This is because there are so many people out there who depend on dairy value chain for their livelihood and Ethiopia’s endeavor and path to develop manufacturing capacity, the dairy industry would be a good starting point. He underlined collectively, it important to work together to advance dairy industry and produce meaningful achievements in Ethiopia.  
EHPEA, Trade Mark Africa Ink Partnership for Digital Innovation in Horticulture
May 21, 2024 268
Addis Ababa, May 21/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has signed an agreement with Trade Mark Africa and Idaptive Data Fusion System PLC to develop comprehensive e-learning and knowledge management systems in Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. The project is part of a wider program on the Ethio- Djibouti corridor under the theme: “Promoting regional economic integration in the horn of Africa through the development of the Djibouti corridor.” The project is also expected to be funded by the European Union through Agence Française de Development (AFD), it was revealed. Speaking at the signing ceremony today, EHPEA Executive Director Tewodros Zewdie highlighted the advanced tools for knowledge management and online learning that the systems will provide, crucial for maintaining competitiveness in the dynamic horticulture sector.   “Through this project, we are investing not just in technology but in the future of Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. Our partnership with Trade Mark Africa will enable us to equip our members with the necessary resources to thrive in an increasingly digital marketplace,” he said. The executive director further pointed out that integrated e-learning and knowledge management platforms present myriad opportunities for Ethiopia’s horticulture sector. Trade Mark Africa Country Director for Ethiopia, Ewnetu Taye said our support for the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association through this project reflects our commitment.   According to Ewnetu, the support would have a paramount contribution in harnessing the power of digital trade tools to derive economic growth and prosperity across Africa. By enhancing the digital capabilities of key sectors like horticulture, we are paving the way for more efficient and inclusive trade practices, the country director elaborated. EU Delegation for Djibouti and IGAD Eloise Roux on her part said this knowledge-management platform supported by the EU, marks a transformative step for Ethiopia, enabling it to not just participate in global trade but to excel. This digital tool opens up a gateway for Ethiopia to compete on the global stage, deriving economic growth and sustainability in agriculture, Roux pointed out. “We are proud to support this initiative that not only enhances Ethiopia’s trade competitiveness but also establishes a foundation for enduring economic empowerment and environmental stewardship,” she affirmed. Idaptive Data Fusion System PLC General Manager Alegntaye Yilma for his part stressed the significance of collaboration to achieve excellence in the ICT sector through learning and knowledge sharing. The e-learning platform will offer access to valuable resources, training materials, and interactive modules to improve skills and knowledge sharing in horticulture production and export practices, it was indicated. Recall that Ethiopia’s horticulture sector has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, emerging as an essential contributor to the country’s economy.
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Technology
Deputy PM Stresses Need to Reinforce Efforts to Ensure Cyber Security, Institutional Capacity 
May 18, 2024 1036
Addis Ababa May 18/2024 (ENA)Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh has urged the Information Network Security Administration (INSA) to continue strengthening its activities to enhance the cybersecurity capacity of institutions. Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh visited the institution's various operational units, including the Cyber Talent Development Center, the administration's digital exhibition, and the public key infrastructure. He also observed efforts being made by INSA to ensure the country's cybersecurity. Temesgen commended the activities being carried out by the security administration and stated that it should be further encouraged and reinforced. He noted that INSA is one of the institutions that have undergone its reform, which is efficiently implemented.   He also stated that the efforts in supporting other agencies, such as the Ministry of Revenue and Ethio-Telecom, in building systems towards the realization of Digital Ethiopia 2025, are noteworthy. The deputy prime minister also expressed his encouragement for the institution's assistance in helping key financial institutions build their own cybersecurity capabilities. He also commended the activities being undertaken to develop a cyber-army. He acknowledged the progress made in building the government's secure communication system, urging it to further develop capacity and combat the ever growing cyber-attacks.   Director General of the Information Network Security Administration, Tigist Hamid on her part stated that the administration is working to ensure the national cybersecurity.  
PM Abiy Opens 'STRIDE Ethiopia’ Expo 2024
May 18, 2024 996
Addis Ababa May 18/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched the ‘STRIDE Ethiopia’ Expo 2024 at ICT Park today. During the occasion, the prime minister said that achieving technology and innovation requires collaboration. “The launch of the ‘Stride Ethiopia’ Expo marks a significant and hopeful beginning for our ICT sector, a promise that was clearly evident during my recent visit to the ICT Park,” he added. Abiy added that this event underscored our commitment to technological innovation and growth, reflecting the potential and ambition that characterize Ethiopia's journey into the digital age. Moreover, he elaborated they have observed innovative projects at ICT Park to modernize the agricultural sector. It is also a great advantage for the country to have world-class data centers that accelerate the construction of smart cities and startups which will provide proper power distribution to the user and reduce wastage, he added. The prime minister pointed out that both government and private institutions should use the data centers to store information and use it properly for the development of the country. He also stressed it is important to recognize the fact that the world is investing most of the resources on technology and innovation. To this end, exerting concerted effort in coordinated manner to benefit from it is essential, the premier said. The government will launch an initiative that will provide trainings to 5 million Ethiopian technology and computer programme developers and to students who have talents in Mathematics and science, the premier pointed out. Minister of Innovation and Technology, Belete Molla said on his part that STRIDE Ethiopia is a big step towards achieving the country's goals in science, technology and innovation. STRIDE Ethiopia, initiated by the ministry, is a pioneer annual event aimed at fostering collaboration and innovation in Science, Technology, Research, Innovation, Digitalization, and Entrepreneurship. The STRIDE Ethiopia Expo brings together stakeholders from startups, ecosystem builders, corporations, government offices, academia, and development partners. It is organized under the theme “Science Unlocks, Technology Connects, Innovation Drives”. The expo will be open for the public at the Science Museum, from 19- 26 May, 2024.  
STRIDE Ethiopia 2024 Annual Grand Expo to be Held Next Week in Addis Ababa
May 14, 2024 1963
Addis Ababa, May 14/2024(ENA) Science, Technology, Research, Innovation, Digitalization, and Entrepreneurship (STRIDE) Ethiopia 2024 Annual grand expo will be held from May 19 - 26, 2024 in Addis Ababa. STRIDE Ethiopia, initiated by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia, is a pioneering annual event aimed at fostering collaboration and innovation in Science, Technology, Research, Innovation, Digitalization, and Entrepreneurship. It serves as a conference and an expo, bringing together stakeholders from startups, ecosystem builders, corporations, government offices, academia, and development partners. The expo is organized under the theme “Science Unlocks, Technology Connects, Innovation Drives,” it was learned. Briefing the media today, State Minister of Innovation and Technology, Yeshurun Alemayehu said the expo will be launched officially on May 18, 2024, in the presence of senior government officials at ICT Park, in Addis Ababa. Furthermore, the expo will be opened for the public at the Science Museum from May 19- 26, 2024. The 8 day expo aims to promote the activities in science, technology, research and digitalization. Strengthening the relationship between the players of the sector and create awareness about the services. More than 150 governmental and private institutions engaged in electronic services, organizations that operate using technologies, banks, E-commerce and ICT companies are expected to participate at the expo. Senior Advisor for Minister Abiot Bayu on his part mentioned that various activities will be conducted at the expo including panel discussions and experience sharing among companies and institutions engaged in the field.   Innovation works in the areas of information technology, health, education, agriculture, industry among others will be displayed for exhibition, he added.  
Sport
Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 27380
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 30764
Addis Ababa ,November 19/2023(ENA)-Tens of thousands of people have gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa today for the 10-kilometre Great Ethiopian Run, the largest road race in Africa. Today, the streets of the capital city are filled with the energy and excitement of the Great Ethiopian Run which started early morning and attracted more than 45,000 participants from Ethiopia, Africa and all over the world.   The runners, including elite athletes, recreational runners, and walkers, made their way through the city's vibrant asphalt streets, cheered on by thousands of spectators. This year's race is particularly significant as it marks the 23rd anniversary of the Great Ethiopian Run. The event was founded in 2001 by renowned world-class Ethiopian Athlete Haile Gebrselassie to promote running as a healthy and accessible activity for all Ethiopians. The Great Ethiopian Run has since grown to become a global phenomenon, attracting participants from many countries. It is also a major economic boost for Addis Ababa and the country generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. The Great Ethiopian Run is more than just a race; it is a celebration of Ethiopian culture and unity. It has been contributing a lot in maintaining and promoting peace and unity among Ethiopians.   The event brings together people from all walks of life to share a common goal: to finish the race and celebrate the joy of running. As the runners crossed the finish line today, they were greeted with cheers and applause from the crowd. The atmosphere was one of pure joy and celebration. The Great Ethiopian Run is a testament to the power of sport to unite people and promote positive change.  
Environment
Norway Pledges Continued Support for Ethiopia's Green Development Efforts
May 19, 2024 991
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 1128
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 1575
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.
Ethiopia's Green Legacy Initiative Aims to Plant Over 6.5 Billion Trees in Upcoming Summer
May 14, 2024 2131
Addis Ababa, May 14/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia's Green Legacy Initiative, a national reforestation program, is preparing to plant more than 6.5 billion tree seedlings this upcoming planting season, according to Adefres Worku, the Coordinator of the Initiative's Technical Committee. Adefres told ENA that the program has already mapped 504,000 hectares of land out of the 1.8 million hectares where soil and water conservation efforts have been undertaken to prepare the sites for planting. This massive reforestation effort is part of Ethiopia's broader strategy to address deforestation and ensure food security. Data from 2000 to 2013 indicates that the country was losing an average of 92,000 hectares of forest cover annually. However, the Green Legacy Initiative aims to reverse this trend by preventing further degradation and increasing the nation's forest cover. Beyond environmental protection, Adefres highlighted the multifaceted benefits of the program. The initiative is creating job opportunities in nurseries, as well as in sectors like animal husbandry, beekeeping, poultry farming, and fruit and vegetable production. The initiative is also expected to bolster Ethiopia's international standing as a leader in climate change mitigation. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's administration is spearheading the Green Legacy Initiative, building on the lessons learned from previous years. Adefres noted that the program has inspired neighboring countries, and plans are underway to launch the initiative on a weekly and monthly basis with the participation of Ethiopian citizens. Furthermore, the government has submitted a request to the Guinness Book of World Records to recognize the initiative's ambitious goal of mass tree planting, where millions of Ethiopians are expected to participate. Adefres emphasized that the Green Legacy Initiative is poised to deliver multifaceted benefits to Ethiopia's economy, society, diplomacy, and overall efforts to combat the impacts of climate change.  
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 54725
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 50321
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 3567
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 3489
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