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Ethiopians Should Rally Around Common Vision to Realize Reforms: House of Federation Speaker
Mar 2, 2024 112
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) Ethiopians should rally around a common vision in order to realize the current reforms, House of Federation Speaker Agegnehu Teshager said. Speaking at the celebration of the 128th Adwa anniversary today, the speaker noted that the Victory of Adwa is a result of Ethiopian solidarity irrespective of ethnic and religious differences. Ethiopians should therefore take a lesson from the victory that shunned exclusionary attitudes and placed shared truth on a firm foundation, he said. Adwa was where the leadership and the follower combined their power and resources to register unprecedented victory.   As unity and solidarity create energy that will invigorate the journey to the desired goal, the success registered at the Victory of Adwa made it possible for Ethiopia to rise in the global arena, the speaker elaborated. Most importantly, Agegnehu stated that the victory had resulted in inspiring the black people of the world to fight for their freedom against colonial powers. Moreover, Adwa’s victory is a significant world historical event that changed the false narrative of supremacy with the true narrative of equality. Therefore, we have to learn from Adwa, the speaker underscored, adding that Ethiopians must have a vision of solidarity and shared vision in order to reach the goal of the ongoing far-reaching reforms. The speaker finally stated that the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa was celebrated uniquely at the newly built Adwa Victory Memorial Museum in the Ethiopian capital city .        
Victory of Adwa Proudest Moment to Impart to Upcoming Generations: Amb. Kumarasiri
Mar 2, 2024 188
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) The commemoration of the Victory of Adwa is a proudest moment of Ethiopian history that should be imparted to the upcoming generations, Sri Lanka Ambassador Theshantha Kumarasiri said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the Sri Lanka Ambassador to Ethiopia said history reflects what your forefathers did for your country. The Victory of Adwa is a history, but it should be transformed into positive energy towards the economic development of the country, he added. With the vast experience in Africa, something you transmit is this victory to a positive direction towards economic development. The ambassador does not believe that any Ethiopian hates Italy. “You have gained much from Italy and also still collaborate with Italy, Italian Government, Europe and European Union and all.” This is what happened in the past, and how you create the future for positive direction and energy is what matters, Ambassador Kumarasiri explained. “I believe it's a victory for the people of Ethiopia for positive development. I am very optimistic of the direction that you have taken, and also transmitting this past energy to the future generation; for them to sustain and also with that to succeed more engagement with the outside world.” According to the ambassador, Africa is so diverse and divided by many forces bringing them together is a challenge. “But we should do it with the dedication of Adwa victory and bringing a kind of positive energy to work together.” The Victory of Adwa is a hard won battle in 1896 during the reign of Emperor Menelik II against Italian aggressors. Today the annually commemorated victory was colorfully celebrated across the country. Moreover, Ethiopia has recently inaugurated Adwa Victory Memorial Museum to honor those who fell at the Battle of Adwa. The memorial honors the bravery and resilience of Ethiopians in the face of colonial powers who labeled Africa as the dark continent. In addition to its historical significance, the Victory Memorial also serves as a symbol of pride, unity, and resilience for the Ethiopian people and Africa at large. It is a place of remembrance, reflection, and education, preserving the memory of the Battle of Adwa and its enduring legacy for future generations.
Chief of Staff Urges New Generation to Preserve Unity, Solidarity Demonstrated at Battle of Adwa
Mar 2, 2024 147
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu Jula has urged the new generation to preserve the unity and solidarity their forefathers had demonstrated at the Battle of Adwa which led to the resounding victory. Today Ethiopians are celebrating the 128th anniversary of the decisive victory that thwarted the Italian campaign to expand its colonial empire. In his remark, Field Marshal Birhanu stressed the need for this generation to maintain the unity and solidarity shown by their forefathers in various ways. The Victory of Adwa spread the light of hope for freedom and liberation to all Africans under colonization, he noted. It encouraged the black people to pursue their struggle for freedom, Field Marshal Birhanu added.   According to him, Ethiopia has been a prominent advocate for freedom of black people and remains a staunch supporter of Pan-Africanism. For Chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu, the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa is unique as it is being celebrated on the verge of inaugurating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the inauguration of the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum. The stunning victory has for many years been denied a memorial it deserves, he pointed out. Speaking about the present-day Ethiopian National Defense Force, the Chief of Staff noted that it has been maintaining the peace and security of its neighbors through selfless sacrifice. And when Ethiopia’s peaceful pursuit of seeking access to sea succeeds, it will significantly enhance the country’s contribution towards ensuring the peace and security of the region.  
Victory of Adwa Reminds Ethiopians Rallying Together To Defend their Sovereignty
Mar 2, 2024 174
Addis Ababa March 02/2024 (ENA) “The Victory of Adwa reminds us of a time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation,” Addis Ababa City Mayor Adanech Abiebie said. “We solemnly commemorate the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa, honoring the courage and unity it represents in our nation's history,” the mayor posted on X, formerly twitter. The mayor added that today marks the 128th anniversary of the historic Victory of Adwa, a day that stands as a testament to the unity, resilience, and heroism of our nation. This year, we are commemorating this momentous occasion in a manner befitting its significance, the mayor said. “We gather at the Adwa Victory Memorial, a place that embodies the grandeur and the spirit of our forebears' triumph against colonial aggression.” Adanech recalled that the Victory of Adwa reminds us of the time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation. “Our ancestors made immense sacrifices, united by a common goal and a shared belief in the sanctity of our land and the dignity of our people,” she added. The major elaborated this victory is etched in history with indelible ink, symbolizing unity, respect, heroism, and resilience she said, adding it is a victory that belongs to all Ethiopians, a shared heritage that we proudly celebrate together. “As we commemorate this victory, we are also reminded of the promise it holds for our generation and the generations to come,” she underlined. The Victory of Adwa also demonstrates the unity and commitment to uphold the values of freedom and sovereignty that our forefathers fought for. Finally, each one of us needs to continue working towards a united, strong, and prosperous Ethiopia, she said.      
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Ethiopians Should Rally Around Common Vision to Realize Reforms: House of Federation Speaker
Mar 2, 2024 112
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) Ethiopians should rally around a common vision in order to realize the current reforms, House of Federation Speaker Agegnehu Teshager said. Speaking at the celebration of the 128th Adwa anniversary today, the speaker noted that the Victory of Adwa is a result of Ethiopian solidarity irrespective of ethnic and religious differences. Ethiopians should therefore take a lesson from the victory that shunned exclusionary attitudes and placed shared truth on a firm foundation, he said. Adwa was where the leadership and the follower combined their power and resources to register unprecedented victory.   As unity and solidarity create energy that will invigorate the journey to the desired goal, the success registered at the Victory of Adwa made it possible for Ethiopia to rise in the global arena, the speaker elaborated. Most importantly, Agegnehu stated that the victory had resulted in inspiring the black people of the world to fight for their freedom against colonial powers. Moreover, Adwa’s victory is a significant world historical event that changed the false narrative of supremacy with the true narrative of equality. Therefore, we have to learn from Adwa, the speaker underscored, adding that Ethiopians must have a vision of solidarity and shared vision in order to reach the goal of the ongoing far-reaching reforms. The speaker finally stated that the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa was celebrated uniquely at the newly built Adwa Victory Memorial Museum in the Ethiopian capital city .        
Victory of Adwa Proudest Moment to Impart to Upcoming Generations: Amb. Kumarasiri
Mar 2, 2024 188
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) The commemoration of the Victory of Adwa is a proudest moment of Ethiopian history that should be imparted to the upcoming generations, Sri Lanka Ambassador Theshantha Kumarasiri said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the Sri Lanka Ambassador to Ethiopia said history reflects what your forefathers did for your country. The Victory of Adwa is a history, but it should be transformed into positive energy towards the economic development of the country, he added. With the vast experience in Africa, something you transmit is this victory to a positive direction towards economic development. The ambassador does not believe that any Ethiopian hates Italy. “You have gained much from Italy and also still collaborate with Italy, Italian Government, Europe and European Union and all.” This is what happened in the past, and how you create the future for positive direction and energy is what matters, Ambassador Kumarasiri explained. “I believe it's a victory for the people of Ethiopia for positive development. I am very optimistic of the direction that you have taken, and also transmitting this past energy to the future generation; for them to sustain and also with that to succeed more engagement with the outside world.” According to the ambassador, Africa is so diverse and divided by many forces bringing them together is a challenge. “But we should do it with the dedication of Adwa victory and bringing a kind of positive energy to work together.” The Victory of Adwa is a hard won battle in 1896 during the reign of Emperor Menelik II against Italian aggressors. Today the annually commemorated victory was colorfully celebrated across the country. Moreover, Ethiopia has recently inaugurated Adwa Victory Memorial Museum to honor those who fell at the Battle of Adwa. The memorial honors the bravery and resilience of Ethiopians in the face of colonial powers who labeled Africa as the dark continent. In addition to its historical significance, the Victory Memorial also serves as a symbol of pride, unity, and resilience for the Ethiopian people and Africa at large. It is a place of remembrance, reflection, and education, preserving the memory of the Battle of Adwa and its enduring legacy for future generations.
Chief of Staff Urges New Generation to Preserve Unity, Solidarity Demonstrated at Battle of Adwa
Mar 2, 2024 147
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu Jula has urged the new generation to preserve the unity and solidarity their forefathers had demonstrated at the Battle of Adwa which led to the resounding victory. Today Ethiopians are celebrating the 128th anniversary of the decisive victory that thwarted the Italian campaign to expand its colonial empire. In his remark, Field Marshal Birhanu stressed the need for this generation to maintain the unity and solidarity shown by their forefathers in various ways. The Victory of Adwa spread the light of hope for freedom and liberation to all Africans under colonization, he noted. It encouraged the black people to pursue their struggle for freedom, Field Marshal Birhanu added.   According to him, Ethiopia has been a prominent advocate for freedom of black people and remains a staunch supporter of Pan-Africanism. For Chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu, the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa is unique as it is being celebrated on the verge of inaugurating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the inauguration of the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum. The stunning victory has for many years been denied a memorial it deserves, he pointed out. Speaking about the present-day Ethiopian National Defense Force, the Chief of Staff noted that it has been maintaining the peace and security of its neighbors through selfless sacrifice. And when Ethiopia’s peaceful pursuit of seeking access to sea succeeds, it will significantly enhance the country’s contribution towards ensuring the peace and security of the region.  
Victory of Adwa Reminds Ethiopians Rallying Together To Defend their Sovereignty
Mar 2, 2024 174
Addis Ababa March 02/2024 (ENA) “The Victory of Adwa reminds us of a time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation,” Addis Ababa City Mayor Adanech Abiebie said. “We solemnly commemorate the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa, honoring the courage and unity it represents in our nation's history,” the mayor posted on X, formerly twitter. The mayor added that today marks the 128th anniversary of the historic Victory of Adwa, a day that stands as a testament to the unity, resilience, and heroism of our nation. This year, we are commemorating this momentous occasion in a manner befitting its significance, the mayor said. “We gather at the Adwa Victory Memorial, a place that embodies the grandeur and the spirit of our forebears' triumph against colonial aggression.” Adanech recalled that the Victory of Adwa reminds us of the time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation. “Our ancestors made immense sacrifices, united by a common goal and a shared belief in the sanctity of our land and the dignity of our people,” she added. The major elaborated this victory is etched in history with indelible ink, symbolizing unity, respect, heroism, and resilience she said, adding it is a victory that belongs to all Ethiopians, a shared heritage that we proudly celebrate together. “As we commemorate this victory, we are also reminded of the promise it holds for our generation and the generations to come,” she underlined. The Victory of Adwa also demonstrates the unity and commitment to uphold the values of freedom and sovereignty that our forefathers fought for. Finally, each one of us needs to continue working towards a united, strong, and prosperous Ethiopia, she said.      
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Ethiopians Should Rally Around Common Vision to Realize Reforms: House of Federation Speaker
Mar 2, 2024 112
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) Ethiopians should rally around a common vision in order to realize the current reforms, House of Federation Speaker Agegnehu Teshager said. Speaking at the celebration of the 128th Adwa anniversary today, the speaker noted that the Victory of Adwa is a result of Ethiopian solidarity irrespective of ethnic and religious differences. Ethiopians should therefore take a lesson from the victory that shunned exclusionary attitudes and placed shared truth on a firm foundation, he said. Adwa was where the leadership and the follower combined their power and resources to register unprecedented victory.   As unity and solidarity create energy that will invigorate the journey to the desired goal, the success registered at the Victory of Adwa made it possible for Ethiopia to rise in the global arena, the speaker elaborated. Most importantly, Agegnehu stated that the victory had resulted in inspiring the black people of the world to fight for their freedom against colonial powers. Moreover, Adwa’s victory is a significant world historical event that changed the false narrative of supremacy with the true narrative of equality. Therefore, we have to learn from Adwa, the speaker underscored, adding that Ethiopians must have a vision of solidarity and shared vision in order to reach the goal of the ongoing far-reaching reforms. The speaker finally stated that the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa was celebrated uniquely at the newly built Adwa Victory Memorial Museum in the Ethiopian capital city .        
Victory of Adwa Proudest Moment to Impart to Upcoming Generations: Amb. Kumarasiri
Mar 2, 2024 188
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) The commemoration of the Victory of Adwa is a proudest moment of Ethiopian history that should be imparted to the upcoming generations, Sri Lanka Ambassador Theshantha Kumarasiri said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the Sri Lanka Ambassador to Ethiopia said history reflects what your forefathers did for your country. The Victory of Adwa is a history, but it should be transformed into positive energy towards the economic development of the country, he added. With the vast experience in Africa, something you transmit is this victory to a positive direction towards economic development. The ambassador does not believe that any Ethiopian hates Italy. “You have gained much from Italy and also still collaborate with Italy, Italian Government, Europe and European Union and all.” This is what happened in the past, and how you create the future for positive direction and energy is what matters, Ambassador Kumarasiri explained. “I believe it's a victory for the people of Ethiopia for positive development. I am very optimistic of the direction that you have taken, and also transmitting this past energy to the future generation; for them to sustain and also with that to succeed more engagement with the outside world.” According to the ambassador, Africa is so diverse and divided by many forces bringing them together is a challenge. “But we should do it with the dedication of Adwa victory and bringing a kind of positive energy to work together.” The Victory of Adwa is a hard won battle in 1896 during the reign of Emperor Menelik II against Italian aggressors. Today the annually commemorated victory was colorfully celebrated across the country. Moreover, Ethiopia has recently inaugurated Adwa Victory Memorial Museum to honor those who fell at the Battle of Adwa. The memorial honors the bravery and resilience of Ethiopians in the face of colonial powers who labeled Africa as the dark continent. In addition to its historical significance, the Victory Memorial also serves as a symbol of pride, unity, and resilience for the Ethiopian people and Africa at large. It is a place of remembrance, reflection, and education, preserving the memory of the Battle of Adwa and its enduring legacy for future generations.
Chief of Staff Urges New Generation to Preserve Unity, Solidarity Demonstrated at Battle of Adwa
Mar 2, 2024 147
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu Jula has urged the new generation to preserve the unity and solidarity their forefathers had demonstrated at the Battle of Adwa which led to the resounding victory. Today Ethiopians are celebrating the 128th anniversary of the decisive victory that thwarted the Italian campaign to expand its colonial empire. In his remark, Field Marshal Birhanu stressed the need for this generation to maintain the unity and solidarity shown by their forefathers in various ways. The Victory of Adwa spread the light of hope for freedom and liberation to all Africans under colonization, he noted. It encouraged the black people to pursue their struggle for freedom, Field Marshal Birhanu added.   According to him, Ethiopia has been a prominent advocate for freedom of black people and remains a staunch supporter of Pan-Africanism. For Chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu, the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa is unique as it is being celebrated on the verge of inaugurating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the inauguration of the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum. The stunning victory has for many years been denied a memorial it deserves, he pointed out. Speaking about the present-day Ethiopian National Defense Force, the Chief of Staff noted that it has been maintaining the peace and security of its neighbors through selfless sacrifice. And when Ethiopia’s peaceful pursuit of seeking access to sea succeeds, it will significantly enhance the country’s contribution towards ensuring the peace and security of the region.  
Former AU Commission Says Ethiopia Has Big Responsibility to Ensure Legacy of Adwa
Mar 1, 2024 348
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA) Adwa “puts a big responsibility on Ethiopia to ensure that the legacy of Adwa is kept, that Ethiopia is always among the lead countries, for the development, for the security and for everything of Africa because we look up to them,” former AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told ENA. Dlamini-Zuma added that Africans are very proud to celebrate the Victory of Adwa as it is an African legacy. According to her, forbearers of Africa had understood that unity has more power than individuals going alone. “Our forbearers understood that individually we were very weak, and we cannot take the continent forward. But together we are very strong. And if we stick together and understand that an African in any part of the continent is your brother is your sister, then we will go forward. Pan- Africanism is very important.” The former AU Commission Chairperson further stressed that African countries should teach African history properly in every school in order to strengthen Pan-Africanism. “I think in our schools, we should teach African history. Many places don't teach proper African history, including my own (South Africa). We still go with the history of the colonizer. We must teach our own history,” Dlamini-Zuma insisted. She also underlined that Africans must be proud of who they are and then teach children because “if you don't have heroes of your own, how are you going to be proud of yourself? How are you going to take the continent forward? You must be proud of who you are.” Moreover, you can only be proud of who you are, if you know your history, she elaborated, adding that because if you don't know where you come from, you are lost. The former AU Commission Chairperson stated that Adwa for is a pride for Africans as we were able to stand our ground. The 128th anniversary of Victory of Adwa will be celebrated in Ethiopia with various ceremonies tomorrow. On March 1, 1896, Ethiopians from all walks of life marched to the town of Adwa and defeated the Italian colonial army in the Battle of Adwa.
Adwa Victory Symbol of Anti-Colonial Struggle: Russian Ambassador Terekhin
Mar 1, 2024 447
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA)The Victory of Adwa is a symbol of anti-colonial struggle that depicts national unity and cohesion in pursuit of common just goal, Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia Evgeny Terekhin said. The Battle of Adwa, which culminated in defeating the colonial troops of Italy by Ethiopians 128 years ago, spear-headed anti-colonial resistance by Africans and the entire black people across the world. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Terekhin noted that the inspiration of the victory has overwhelmingly uplifted the struggle of black people for freedom and liberation across the world since 2 March, 1896. Extending his heartfelt congratulations to all Ethiopians for the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa, Ambassador Terekhin underscored the significance of Adwa as a powerful symbol of anti-colonial struggle. “On this solemn day, I would like to express my sincerest wishes of wellbeing, peace and prosperity to all Ethiopians.” he said. The ambassador also appreciated Prime Minister Abiy for personally making the decision to construct the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum as it has importance not only for national historical heritage but also for the entire African continent. Furthermore, he pointed out that the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum serves as a poignant reminder to the current and future generations about the crucial nature of the anti-colonial struggle. “The Adwa Victory Memorial Museum serves as a reminder to current and future generations about the importance of the anti-colonial struggle, the need to confront modern neo-colonial practices that individual countries are trying to continue to implement in relation to Africa.” According to him, “the memory of the courageous struggle of Ethiopians is especially symbolic, which can serve as an example of how national unity and cohesion in the name of a common just goal can defeat the inertia of the neo-colonial thinking of the ruling elites of some countries in relation to the global South countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.” Moreover, Ambassador Terekhin emphasized the importance of celebrating this significant day amid the ongoing desire of certain countries to exploit nations worldwide through neo-colonial manifestations, which aim to limit the sovereignty of other countries across various spheres, including domestic and foreign policy, economics, and ideology. Speaking about the various major projects such as the Unity Park, Entoto Park, Science Museum, Sheger Park & Friendship Square, Abrehot Library, and the recently inaugurated Adwa Victory Memorial Museum in the Ethiopian capital, the ambassador commended the Ethiopian leadership for “practical implementation the concept of Medemer. “There is no doubt that the new parks, museums and libraries opening in the country will make a significant contribution to the development of Ethiopia’s tourism industry and to a more complete understanding of the rich historical and cultural heritage of the country by foreign partners,” he said. Ambassador Terekhin added that all these projects are a symbol of the progressive and dynamic development, aspirations for the future of Ethiopia and Addis Ababa as a diplomatic capital of the African continent.
PM Abiy Urges Nation to Respect Virtues of Adwa Victory
Mar 1, 2024 529
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highlighted the importance of utilizing the key values of Adwa victory for nation-building in his message on the 128th Adwa Victory Day. In his message the premier expressed concern that despite the passage of 128 years since the historic victory, these values have not been fully embraced. According to him, the first value is national unity, exemplified by the united front displayed during the Adwa campaign and subsequent celebrations. The sacrifice of personal interests for the greater national cause, demonstrated by individuals who set aside their differences and collaborated for the country's survival was the second value, mentioned by the Prime Minister. Recognition that war comes at a price, as evidenced by the sacrifices made by Ethiopian soldiers who fought and lost their lives, is also important, he said. The fourth value, he said, is the virtue of patience, which was exemplified by the endurance of Ethiopians and preparation during the three-year Italian aggression. This year's Adwa Victory Day holds special significance as it coincides with the inauguration of a memorial facility dedicated to preserving the history and values of Adwa, the Premier said, adding this momentous occasion adds to the importance and reverence of this year's festival. ‘‘Today, we commemorated the event in a truly magnificent manner, but our focus remains on the future. Tomorrow, we will work diligently to construct an Ethiopia that embodies the strength and resilience of the Adwa Mountains, drawing inspiration from the values of Adwa victory. Achieving this vision necessitates the collective skill, maturity, and cooperation of each and every one of us.’’  
Former Sierra Leone FM Says Adwa Victory Symbol of  Freedom, End of Colonial Domination
Mar 1, 2024 519
Addis Ababa, March 1 /2024 (ENA) Adwa Victory is a symbol of freedom, independence, resistance, and the end of colonial domination celebrated by all black people across the world, Former Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister Professor David John Francis said. United Ethiopians forces in the Battle of Adwa 128 years ago made a landmark history by triumphing over Italian colonial powers. The Victory of Adwa is celebrated on the 2nd of March annually not only by Ethiopians, but also by black people worldwide. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the former foreign minister and Executive Board Chairperson of the Global Black Center said that the effect of Adwa Victory is far-reaching and were significant in promoting the freedom of black. The inaugural of Global Black Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to preserve and promote the global black history, heritage and education and also serves as Pan-African Leadership Center is well deserved, he stated, adding “this is about making Ethiopia, the city of Pan Africanism in the 21st century.” The day is also observed as a day of freedom and independence with a commitment to reinforce the spirit of Pan-Africanism. “The Adwa Victory means it is a symbolism of freedom in Africa, is a symbolism of independence in Africa and it is the symbolism of the end of colonial domination. So today, as we meet in Addis, and as we commemorate the Adwa holiday, on the 2 of March, will welcome and commemorate for all Africans within the continent and also outside of the continent. The day of freedom, the day of independence, but it is also about reinforcing the message of Pan-Africanism as promoted by the African Union,” Francis elaborated. He commended the role of the African Union (AU) and the leadership of the AUC Chairperson in supporting the initiative of the government of Ethiopia to promote mobilization of black people across the continent towards a united destiny. The aspiration of realizing United States of Africa is not just a mere idea rather a concrete project, he pointed out, and hastened to say “the problems and challenges faced by the continent must push the continent for a United States of Africa.” The Former Foreign Minister also underscored “this is our future. This is the new Africa we are talking about. A new Africa that is confident, dynamic, and assertive. We want to promote ourselves on the global stage.” The Africa of yesterday is gone, Professor Francis said, and emphasized “Adwa and the African Union today, and the global Black Heritage is a representation of the new Africa that we are talking about.” “The Adwa victory is the symbolism of freedom, is the symbolism of resistance, the symbolism of independence. So today, as we reinvigorate the Pan-Africanism; … what Adwa has taught us is to give us the inspiration, the courage and resilience to move for the United States of Africa,” Professor Francis noted.
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Ethiopians Should Rally Around Common Vision to Realize Reforms: House of Federation Speaker
Mar 2, 2024 112
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) Ethiopians should rally around a common vision in order to realize the current reforms, House of Federation Speaker Agegnehu Teshager said. Speaking at the celebration of the 128th Adwa anniversary today, the speaker noted that the Victory of Adwa is a result of Ethiopian solidarity irrespective of ethnic and religious differences. Ethiopians should therefore take a lesson from the victory that shunned exclusionary attitudes and placed shared truth on a firm foundation, he said. Adwa was where the leadership and the follower combined their power and resources to register unprecedented victory.   As unity and solidarity create energy that will invigorate the journey to the desired goal, the success registered at the Victory of Adwa made it possible for Ethiopia to rise in the global arena, the speaker elaborated. Most importantly, Agegnehu stated that the victory had resulted in inspiring the black people of the world to fight for their freedom against colonial powers. Moreover, Adwa’s victory is a significant world historical event that changed the false narrative of supremacy with the true narrative of equality. Therefore, we have to learn from Adwa, the speaker underscored, adding that Ethiopians must have a vision of solidarity and shared vision in order to reach the goal of the ongoing far-reaching reforms. The speaker finally stated that the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa was celebrated uniquely at the newly built Adwa Victory Memorial Museum in the Ethiopian capital city .        
Victory of Adwa Proudest Moment to Impart to Upcoming Generations: Amb. Kumarasiri
Mar 2, 2024 188
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) The commemoration of the Victory of Adwa is a proudest moment of Ethiopian history that should be imparted to the upcoming generations, Sri Lanka Ambassador Theshantha Kumarasiri said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the Sri Lanka Ambassador to Ethiopia said history reflects what your forefathers did for your country. The Victory of Adwa is a history, but it should be transformed into positive energy towards the economic development of the country, he added. With the vast experience in Africa, something you transmit is this victory to a positive direction towards economic development. The ambassador does not believe that any Ethiopian hates Italy. “You have gained much from Italy and also still collaborate with Italy, Italian Government, Europe and European Union and all.” This is what happened in the past, and how you create the future for positive direction and energy is what matters, Ambassador Kumarasiri explained. “I believe it's a victory for the people of Ethiopia for positive development. I am very optimistic of the direction that you have taken, and also transmitting this past energy to the future generation; for them to sustain and also with that to succeed more engagement with the outside world.” According to the ambassador, Africa is so diverse and divided by many forces bringing them together is a challenge. “But we should do it with the dedication of Adwa victory and bringing a kind of positive energy to work together.” The Victory of Adwa is a hard won battle in 1896 during the reign of Emperor Menelik II against Italian aggressors. Today the annually commemorated victory was colorfully celebrated across the country. Moreover, Ethiopia has recently inaugurated Adwa Victory Memorial Museum to honor those who fell at the Battle of Adwa. The memorial honors the bravery and resilience of Ethiopians in the face of colonial powers who labeled Africa as the dark continent. In addition to its historical significance, the Victory Memorial also serves as a symbol of pride, unity, and resilience for the Ethiopian people and Africa at large. It is a place of remembrance, reflection, and education, preserving the memory of the Battle of Adwa and its enduring legacy for future generations.
Chief of Staff Urges New Generation to Preserve Unity, Solidarity Demonstrated at Battle of Adwa
Mar 2, 2024 147
Addis Ababa March 2/2024 (ENA) chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu Jula has urged the new generation to preserve the unity and solidarity their forefathers had demonstrated at the Battle of Adwa which led to the resounding victory. Today Ethiopians are celebrating the 128th anniversary of the decisive victory that thwarted the Italian campaign to expand its colonial empire. In his remark, Field Marshal Birhanu stressed the need for this generation to maintain the unity and solidarity shown by their forefathers in various ways. The Victory of Adwa spread the light of hope for freedom and liberation to all Africans under colonization, he noted. It encouraged the black people to pursue their struggle for freedom, Field Marshal Birhanu added.   According to him, Ethiopia has been a prominent advocate for freedom of black people and remains a staunch supporter of Pan-Africanism. For Chief of Staff Field Marshal Birhanu, the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa is unique as it is being celebrated on the verge of inaugurating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the inauguration of the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum. The stunning victory has for many years been denied a memorial it deserves, he pointed out. Speaking about the present-day Ethiopian National Defense Force, the Chief of Staff noted that it has been maintaining the peace and security of its neighbors through selfless sacrifice. And when Ethiopia’s peaceful pursuit of seeking access to sea succeeds, it will significantly enhance the country’s contribution towards ensuring the peace and security of the region.  
Former AU Commission Says Ethiopia Has Big Responsibility to Ensure Legacy of Adwa
Mar 1, 2024 348
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA) Adwa “puts a big responsibility on Ethiopia to ensure that the legacy of Adwa is kept, that Ethiopia is always among the lead countries, for the development, for the security and for everything of Africa because we look up to them,” former AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told ENA. Dlamini-Zuma added that Africans are very proud to celebrate the Victory of Adwa as it is an African legacy. According to her, forbearers of Africa had understood that unity has more power than individuals going alone. “Our forbearers understood that individually we were very weak, and we cannot take the continent forward. But together we are very strong. And if we stick together and understand that an African in any part of the continent is your brother is your sister, then we will go forward. Pan- Africanism is very important.” The former AU Commission Chairperson further stressed that African countries should teach African history properly in every school in order to strengthen Pan-Africanism. “I think in our schools, we should teach African history. Many places don't teach proper African history, including my own (South Africa). We still go with the history of the colonizer. We must teach our own history,” Dlamini-Zuma insisted. She also underlined that Africans must be proud of who they are and then teach children because “if you don't have heroes of your own, how are you going to be proud of yourself? How are you going to take the continent forward? You must be proud of who you are.” Moreover, you can only be proud of who you are, if you know your history, she elaborated, adding that because if you don't know where you come from, you are lost. The former AU Commission Chairperson stated that Adwa for is a pride for Africans as we were able to stand our ground. The 128th anniversary of Victory of Adwa will be celebrated in Ethiopia with various ceremonies tomorrow. On March 1, 1896, Ethiopians from all walks of life marched to the town of Adwa and defeated the Italian colonial army in the Battle of Adwa.
Adwa Victory Symbol of Anti-Colonial Struggle: Russian Ambassador Terekhin
Mar 1, 2024 447
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA)The Victory of Adwa is a symbol of anti-colonial struggle that depicts national unity and cohesion in pursuit of common just goal, Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia Evgeny Terekhin said. The Battle of Adwa, which culminated in defeating the colonial troops of Italy by Ethiopians 128 years ago, spear-headed anti-colonial resistance by Africans and the entire black people across the world. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Terekhin noted that the inspiration of the victory has overwhelmingly uplifted the struggle of black people for freedom and liberation across the world since 2 March, 1896. Extending his heartfelt congratulations to all Ethiopians for the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa, Ambassador Terekhin underscored the significance of Adwa as a powerful symbol of anti-colonial struggle. “On this solemn day, I would like to express my sincerest wishes of wellbeing, peace and prosperity to all Ethiopians.” he said. The ambassador also appreciated Prime Minister Abiy for personally making the decision to construct the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum as it has importance not only for national historical heritage but also for the entire African continent. Furthermore, he pointed out that the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum serves as a poignant reminder to the current and future generations about the crucial nature of the anti-colonial struggle. “The Adwa Victory Memorial Museum serves as a reminder to current and future generations about the importance of the anti-colonial struggle, the need to confront modern neo-colonial practices that individual countries are trying to continue to implement in relation to Africa.” According to him, “the memory of the courageous struggle of Ethiopians is especially symbolic, which can serve as an example of how national unity and cohesion in the name of a common just goal can defeat the inertia of the neo-colonial thinking of the ruling elites of some countries in relation to the global South countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.” Moreover, Ambassador Terekhin emphasized the importance of celebrating this significant day amid the ongoing desire of certain countries to exploit nations worldwide through neo-colonial manifestations, which aim to limit the sovereignty of other countries across various spheres, including domestic and foreign policy, economics, and ideology. Speaking about the various major projects such as the Unity Park, Entoto Park, Science Museum, Sheger Park & Friendship Square, Abrehot Library, and the recently inaugurated Adwa Victory Memorial Museum in the Ethiopian capital, the ambassador commended the Ethiopian leadership for “practical implementation the concept of Medemer. “There is no doubt that the new parks, museums and libraries opening in the country will make a significant contribution to the development of Ethiopia’s tourism industry and to a more complete understanding of the rich historical and cultural heritage of the country by foreign partners,” he said. Ambassador Terekhin added that all these projects are a symbol of the progressive and dynamic development, aspirations for the future of Ethiopia and Addis Ababa as a diplomatic capital of the African continent.
PM Abiy Urges Nation to Respect Virtues of Adwa Victory
Mar 1, 2024 529
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highlighted the importance of utilizing the key values of Adwa victory for nation-building in his message on the 128th Adwa Victory Day. In his message the premier expressed concern that despite the passage of 128 years since the historic victory, these values have not been fully embraced. According to him, the first value is national unity, exemplified by the united front displayed during the Adwa campaign and subsequent celebrations. The sacrifice of personal interests for the greater national cause, demonstrated by individuals who set aside their differences and collaborated for the country's survival was the second value, mentioned by the Prime Minister. Recognition that war comes at a price, as evidenced by the sacrifices made by Ethiopian soldiers who fought and lost their lives, is also important, he said. The fourth value, he said, is the virtue of patience, which was exemplified by the endurance of Ethiopians and preparation during the three-year Italian aggression. This year's Adwa Victory Day holds special significance as it coincides with the inauguration of a memorial facility dedicated to preserving the history and values of Adwa, the Premier said, adding this momentous occasion adds to the importance and reverence of this year's festival. ‘‘Today, we commemorated the event in a truly magnificent manner, but our focus remains on the future. Tomorrow, we will work diligently to construct an Ethiopia that embodies the strength and resilience of the Adwa Mountains, drawing inspiration from the values of Adwa victory. Achieving this vision necessitates the collective skill, maturity, and cooperation of each and every one of us.’’  
Former Sierra Leone FM Says Adwa Victory Symbol of  Freedom, End of Colonial Domination
Mar 1, 2024 519
Addis Ababa, March 1 /2024 (ENA) Adwa Victory is a symbol of freedom, independence, resistance, and the end of colonial domination celebrated by all black people across the world, Former Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister Professor David John Francis said. United Ethiopians forces in the Battle of Adwa 128 years ago made a landmark history by triumphing over Italian colonial powers. The Victory of Adwa is celebrated on the 2nd of March annually not only by Ethiopians, but also by black people worldwide. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the former foreign minister and Executive Board Chairperson of the Global Black Center said that the effect of Adwa Victory is far-reaching and were significant in promoting the freedom of black. The inaugural of Global Black Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to preserve and promote the global black history, heritage and education and also serves as Pan-African Leadership Center is well deserved, he stated, adding “this is about making Ethiopia, the city of Pan Africanism in the 21st century.” The day is also observed as a day of freedom and independence with a commitment to reinforce the spirit of Pan-Africanism. “The Adwa Victory means it is a symbolism of freedom in Africa, is a symbolism of independence in Africa and it is the symbolism of the end of colonial domination. So today, as we meet in Addis, and as we commemorate the Adwa holiday, on the 2 of March, will welcome and commemorate for all Africans within the continent and also outside of the continent. The day of freedom, the day of independence, but it is also about reinforcing the message of Pan-Africanism as promoted by the African Union,” Francis elaborated. He commended the role of the African Union (AU) and the leadership of the AUC Chairperson in supporting the initiative of the government of Ethiopia to promote mobilization of black people across the continent towards a united destiny. The aspiration of realizing United States of Africa is not just a mere idea rather a concrete project, he pointed out, and hastened to say “the problems and challenges faced by the continent must push the continent for a United States of Africa.” The Former Foreign Minister also underscored “this is our future. This is the new Africa we are talking about. A new Africa that is confident, dynamic, and assertive. We want to promote ourselves on the global stage.” The Africa of yesterday is gone, Professor Francis said, and emphasized “Adwa and the African Union today, and the global Black Heritage is a representation of the new Africa that we are talking about.” “The Adwa victory is the symbolism of freedom, is the symbolism of resistance, the symbolism of independence. So today, as we reinvigorate the Pan-Africanism; … what Adwa has taught us is to give us the inspiration, the courage and resilience to move for the United States of Africa,” Professor Francis noted.
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Victory of Adwa Reminds Ethiopians Rallying Together To Defend their Sovereignty
Mar 2, 2024 174
Addis Ababa March 02/2024 (ENA) “The Victory of Adwa reminds us of a time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation,” Addis Ababa City Mayor Adanech Abiebie said. “We solemnly commemorate the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa, honoring the courage and unity it represents in our nation's history,” the mayor posted on X, formerly twitter. The mayor added that today marks the 128th anniversary of the historic Victory of Adwa, a day that stands as a testament to the unity, resilience, and heroism of our nation. This year, we are commemorating this momentous occasion in a manner befitting its significance, the mayor said. “We gather at the Adwa Victory Memorial, a place that embodies the grandeur and the spirit of our forebears' triumph against colonial aggression.” Adanech recalled that the Victory of Adwa reminds us of the time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation. “Our ancestors made immense sacrifices, united by a common goal and a shared belief in the sanctity of our land and the dignity of our people,” she added. The major elaborated this victory is etched in history with indelible ink, symbolizing unity, respect, heroism, and resilience she said, adding it is a victory that belongs to all Ethiopians, a shared heritage that we proudly celebrate together. “As we commemorate this victory, we are also reminded of the promise it holds for our generation and the generations to come,” she underlined. The Victory of Adwa also demonstrates the unity and commitment to uphold the values of freedom and sovereignty that our forefathers fought for. Finally, each one of us needs to continue working towards a united, strong, and prosperous Ethiopia, she said.      
Adwa Victory Made Ethiopia Become Icon of Aspiration, Independence for Africa: Prof Adi
Mar 1, 2024 272
Addis Ababa, March 1 /2024 (ENA) Ethiopia became a symbol of African aspiration and independence as a result of the Battle of Adwa, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora in the UK, Hakim Adi said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Professor recalled that the Battle of Adwa did not only defeat the Italian Army, but also secure Ethiopia's independence. “Ethiopia became the only independent African country and the only African country to defend this independence through military might or overpowering the European army,” he elaborated. Moreover, the professor added that it became extremely important for the whole of Africa and for Africans around the world, because the black people around the world looked to Ethiopia, as it showed them that Europeans could be defeated and were not superior. The people in Ethiopia were so organized to defend the European power, as a result of which “Ethiopia became a symbol of African independence in the Battle of Adwa,” the professor recalled. Moreover, he illustrated that Ethiopia became an independent symbol, particularly for the Pan-African movement, that is to say the movement of people of Africans and people of African descent all around the world, struggling for African independence and for the rights of Africans all over the world. He said “It is an extremely important battle. And you find that organizations in other parts of the world took the name Ethiopia, even in this country (Britain), in Britain, we had an Ethiopian progressive association that was formed just a few years later. People look to Ethiopia as a symbol of inspiration and a symbol of independence for all Africans,” Professor Adi pointed out. He added that the Victory of Adwa demonstrated that if people are united that all kinds of things are possible. “Adwa is one of those examples that show the importance of unity; there are other problems because the big powers that are all contending in Africa try to disunite the continent, try and put one country against another, try to create disruptions within countries, ” Professor Adi elaborated. The Victory of Adwa has proved that the unity of a country and its people greatly contribute to the unity of our continent, the professor underlined. “We need that unity at the country level, which will enable a stronger unity at continental level and otherwise shows the value of that unity. If you could unite a country, then there are many things that you can achieve.” The Battle of Adwa, which took place on March the first 1896, epitomizes successful resistance against colonialism and it was the most unprecedented battle in the history of Africa in the 19th century. The battle took place during what historians have called the scramble for Africa, that is to say the contention between all the big European powers to carve out and divide the African continent. That scramble led to the division of Africa among the big powers. The victory of Adwa victory is a living hard won battle made by Africans that spearheaded the struggle of Africans and black people throughout the world for freedom and independence.
Marcus Garvey’s Son Says Adwa is Seminal Victory to Global Black History
Mar 1, 2024 265
Addis Ababa, March 1 /2024 (ENA) Son of the renowned Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, Dr. Julius Garvey described the Adwa Victory against the Italian invaders in 1896 as a seminal victory in global black history. Every year on March 2, the victory of Adwa is marked in remembrance of the Ethiopians who defeated the Italian colonizers 128 years ago with unwavering and splendor courage for the independence and liberty of Ethiopia and all oppressed nations across the globe. The victory was widely reported around the globe as the continent's first-ever triumph over a colonial power that ignited the spirit of Pan-Africanism. Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement. Julius Garvey, son of the most influential 20th century black nationalist and Pan-Africanist, Marcus Garvey, told ENA that the Victory of Adwa pertain special place in the history global blacks. Ethiopia is a special country for the black people across the globe, he said, and added “so we're very proud of Ethiopia.” “The history of Ethiopia not being ever-colonized is very significant for us in the diaspora; because it is the one country that we look up to in terms of carrying our traditions from the past, to the present and into the future,” Garvey noted. The word itself is out of balance; because civilization in history didn’t begin with either Greece or Rome, son of the Pan-Africanist stated, and emphasized “It began at Nile Valley civilizations, of course, Ethiopia being a significant part of that.” The global black needs to validate its earliest civilization, he stated, and, added “we need to write the wrongs that have been done to us over time.” Adwa Victory initiated a great deal in terms of Pan-Africanism in the diaspora, because it is sort of very much like the victory of Haiti in 1804, he explained. “That is a seminal moment for us in the diaspora. It is the same thing with the 1896 the Battle of Adwa, and Menelik II and that is also a seminal moment in our history. When we are able to defeat those who want to colonize us and this is being validated …It is all part of our heritage and our culture, and our traditions, and it should be part of our educational process,” Garvey underscored. People without the knowledge of their past history and traditional culture is like a tree without roots, my father used to say; he said, and noted “so we need to educate the young people properly, so they understand their culture, and they can spread our culture around the world.” “The fact that Ethiopia was not colonized; that was a great victory over the Italians Menelik II in 1896. So, we all will celebrate that all around the world. And again, especially, we do in Jamaica; we have a significant Rastafarian community that valorizes Ethiopia and Emperor Hailesilassie. And we are all a part of that. So it is very important,” Dr. Garvey elaborated.
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Ethiopia Launches Integrated Water Resource Management Projects
Mar 1, 2024 345
Addis Ababa, March 1 /2024 (ENA) Basin Management Support for Resilient Inclusive Growth and Harmonized Transformation for the national integrated water resource management program of Ethiopia (BRIGHT) and Basin Scale Resilience Initiative for Ethiopia projects launched today. The Projects launched with the support of Italy, the European Union and the government of Netherlands in collaboration with Ethiopia’s ministry of Water Energy and other pertinent stakeholders. With a budget of 75 million euro, the integrated water resource management projects which are expected to be completed within the coming five years, will seek to improve resilience and reduce the vulnerability of populations to drought and climate change in Ethiopia. Addressing the launching program, Head of Development and Cooperation at the Embassy of Italy, Alessandro Faraoni said the integrated water resource management is crucial for the sustainable development of the society and the environment. Stating the significance of water resource management, he said the projects which are launched today will play pivotal role to unlock Ethiopia's Water resources. The Ambassador of Netherlands to Ethiopia, Henk Jan Bakker said the launching of the integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) projects is a great step for the country to improve the water resource management. EU Ambassador to Ethiopia, Roland Kobia on his part said that EU and its member states care to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities and local authorities to manage their natural resources, to develop their economies in agriculture and industry. Similarly, Minister of Water and Energy Habtamu Itefa said that the projects are pivotal for ensuring water efficiency, equity, and are foundation for integrated water resource management. The Minister affirmed the commitment of the ministry to provide the necessary support for the realization of the projects in collaboration with all pertinent stakeholders. Those projects are part of the national integrated water resource management program being implemented under the auspices of ministry of Water and Energy, it was indicated. The Basins of Abbay, Awash, Wabi-shebele, Rift valley lakes, Danakil, Omo-Gibe and Tekeze will benefit from this integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) program, it was learned.
High-Level Officials Engage in Discussions on Ethiopia’s Accession to WTO
Mar 1, 2024 334
Addis Ababa, March 1 /2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian delegation, led by Minister of Trade and Regional Integration and Chief Negotiator for Ethiopia’s WTO accession, Gebremeskel Chala held discussions with Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Chair of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13), Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi. Deputy Chief Negotiator and State Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mesganu Arga, State Minister for the Ministry of Finance, Eyob Tekalegn and a member of the national steering committee for Ethiopia’s WTO accession, and Ambassador Oumar Hussein, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, participated in the bilateral meeting. On the occasion, the Ethiopian delegation briefed the UAE side on its WTO accession negotiations and the progress made so far, and it also requested the UAE’s support in Ethiopia’s efforts to conclude the negotiations. Furthermore, the Ethiopian delegation met and discussed with the Minister for London and State Minister for Trade Policy of the UK, Gregory William Hands, and Ethiopia’s WTO accession Working Party Chair and Deputy Ambassador of the UK to Geneva, Rebecca Fisher Lamb. The UK’s delegation expressed a strong commitment to continue supporting Ethiopia’s WTO accession process. Ambassador Rebecca Fisher Lamb reiterated her strong conviction and hopes that Ethiopia will conclude its accession process and join the WTO during her chairmanship period. Both the UK and the UAE appreciated Ethiopia’s renewed efforts and progress made towards becoming a member of the WTO. Given Ethiopia's significant market size and economy, joining the WTO is mutually beneficial for both Ethiopia and the other member countries, according to Foreign Affairs Ministry.  
Sri Lanka Desirous to Expand Bilateral Trade, Investment Relations with Ethiopia: Amb. Kumarasiri
Feb 29, 2024 546
Addis Ababa February 29/2024 (ENA) Sri Lanka is keen to expand bilateral trade and investment cooperation with Ethiopia, Ambassador K.K Theshantha Kumarasiri said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the ambassador said there are many Sri Lankan business entrepreneurs interested in investing and doing trade with Ethiopia. Ambassador Kumarasiri stated that Sri Lanka has recently proposed for the first time to sign a MoU with the Addis Chamber and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. “It is a business interaction that we are going to sign by which we expect to establish a kind of institutional framework where entrepreneurs could utilize that potential so that we expand the trade,” he explained. According to him, there are potentials of enhancing trade interaction. Moreover, the ambassador revealed that there is another MoU, particularly with the construction industry, adding bilateral trade and inter construction industry are also moving forward in a positive direction. He pointed out that President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had bilateral meeting in Kampala during the Non-Alignment Summit where they discussed the potential for future cooperation, particularly on the green economy, low economic initiatives, climate change action and also initiatives like agriculture, energy and potential areas of cooperation. “We are very much interested in expanding our relations,” the ambassador said, disclosing that President Wickremesinghe has introduced a new initiative called Look Africa in February last year with the participation of ambassadors of foreign countries accredited to Sri Lanka. The president initiated this foreign policy initiative to engage more with African countries, particularly in areas of agriculture, energy, green economy and also financial institutions as we always depend on external sources of financing for industries. Under the South-South cooperation, his government is also promoting cooperation with the South countries particularly on addressing common issues related to climate, education and governance. With regard to investment in Ethiopia, the ambassador said there are 4 major Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing industries with the capital of over 15 million USD. Ambassador Kumarasiri noted that the main attraction was of course AGOA. But without that duty free access now they were struggling to finding out new market access to Europe, UK, France and Germany. “Through the support of the Government of Ethiopia and other supportive measures by the Ethiopian institutions, however, all the companies expanded again their manufacturing capacity.” There are also several Sri Lankans, almost 200 Sri Lankan expertise in Ethiopia in the apparel manufacturing industry, working in other companies, not only the Sri Lankan own company, but of course, companies belongs to India, Chinese and South Korean companies. They are contributing to the economy and also enhance the capacity of young people employed in those industries, the ambassador elaborated. Furthermore, “the Government of Sri Lanka has invited Ethiopian Airlines to commence a direct flight to Colombo, through which we expect actually to enhance our trade interaction and also investment and also tourism sector because Sri Lanka has almost 200 years of history of tourism industry and well established hospitality industries.” We are again thinking of collaborating in the hospitality industry and have proposed to Ministry of Tourism here to sign a MoU with its Sri Lankan counterpart, the ambassador revealed. In addition, several companies have approached us to build a kind of connection between Ethiopia and Sri Lanka in the energy sector and nature-based cosmetic industry.      
Ethiopian Inaugurates Modern E-commerce Cargo Service Center
Feb 29, 2024 400
Addis Ababa February 29/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian Airlines Group has inaugurated a modern e-commerce cargo service center built at a cost of 55 million USD today. Speaking on the occasion, Ethiopian Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said the airline has continued implementing modern practices to maintain its international competitiveness. Following the decreasing trend of normal cargo service and the growing trend of the digital marketing globally, e-commerce cargo service is expanding, he added. Therefore, the airline is carrying out many activities. Among them is this third e-commerce cargo service center built with 55 million USD at Bole International Airport, he noted. The e-commerce cargo service center will enable to transport goods bought through electronic trading system to different countries of the world through Addis Ababa, CEO Mesfin said, adding that it will also enable to further strengthen the marketing connection. The cargo center will not only provide the normal services but also play a key role in facilitating the global new market strategy, he elaborated. The e-commerce center has huge benefit not only to Ethiopia but also to facilitate the continental economy and the free trade zone. Highlighting that the airline collects from 30-35 percent of its total revenue from cargo services, Mesfin said activities are being carried out to boost the steadily growing income. Out of the total 6.1 billion USD revenue the airline secured last Ethiopian fiscal year, about 2 billion USD was from cargo and logistics service, it was learned. Transport and Logistics Minister Alemu Sime, Innovation and Technology Minister Belete Molla, Finance State Minister Semereta Sewasew, ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic community, among others, attended the inauguration program.                  
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Ethiopia Doing Quite Lot of Connectivity: ITU Regional Director for Africa
Feb 24, 2024 1133
Addis Ababa February 24/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is doing quite a lot in terms of connectivity and practically improving daily in this regard, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Director for Africa Anne-Rachel Inne said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Inne said Ethiopia is one of the countries in Africa that has opened up its telecom market. “Now we have two operators, Ethio telecom and Safaricom,” she said, adding the ITU is the UN agency and all telecommunication operators, just like mobile network operators, are members. One of the things that the ITU helps countries do in this case, Ethiopia, is to look into what we can help in terms of regulation, policies that are good for the country and good for operators that want to come in the country, according to the director. “Ethiopia is one of the members of ITU, which means as you have seen, it (Ethiopia) is doing quite a lot in terms of connectivity and improving practically daily. This is wonderful.” “We are looking to stay behind Ethiopia to make sure that this is for the benefit of its people,” she elaborated. Moreover, she elaborated that we have been doing quite a lot actually in telecommunications and infrastructure for connectivity on the continent, including Ethiopia. We are in the process of mapping countries to see where the schools are and how they can be connected, she said. Then, we could see if we could supply infrastructure facilities such as fiber and satellites, she said, adding where appropriate, providing trainings to teaches by organizations like UNESCO. “We are hoping for connecting schools, once we map those schools and we look into how we take connectivity to the schools, it will also help us in terms of augmenting the infrastructure in the countries,” she added. She elaborated what we are trying is to make sure that locally, all of the schools are known; then we can tell how to connect them, for example, if we ever end up in another case where people have to stay home that kids will have access to education. She stressed that connectivity not just for the sake of connectivity but for citizens, for young people, adults, for schools, lifelong education, including people with disabilities, we really want everybody to be included. “We are connecting schools; we are also hoping that we will augment the infrastructure for connectivity on the African continent,” she said. Recall that the International Telecommunication Union has launched Digital Transformation Centers (DTC) in Addis Ababa in 2022 with a view to enhancing the digital capacities of citizens in the country. The DTC initiative will also help Ethiopia to enhance the use of digital technology for teaching and learning, administration, research, among others.  
New Data Science Project Launched to Transform Africa's Data Landscape  
Feb 20, 2024 1818
Addis Ababa February 20 /2024 (ENA) The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) has launched today a new data project titled ‘Data Science Without Borders’ (DSWB), with the objective to transform Africa’s data landscape. The three-year project, launched at a ceremony held at the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Addis Ababa, seeks to make a significant impact by bridging data gaps, strengthening data systems, and enhancing collaboration for data-driven decision-making in Africa. The Wellcome Trust will provide funding for a project worth 5 million USD that is expected to improve reuse and use of data science techniques in Ethiopia, Senegal, and Cameroon, with plans to expand to other member nations of the African Union. The project focuses on developing and improving data analytics skills using robust artificial intelligence tools and capacity building of national teams on machine learning. Speaking at the event, the DSWB Project Lead and Head of Data Science Program, Agnes Kiragga said this launch marks the initiation of a collaborative journey aimed at empowering stakeholders and paving the way for a successful and impactful data science initiative. “This initiative is cognizant of the barriers to effective democratic artificial intelligence and machine learning including lack of data, inadequate data collection infrastructure, limited processes to support data access, including challenges in data collection regulations, storage infrastructure, financial barriers, and lack of data scientists with domain expertise, especially in the resource-limited nations across sub Saharan Africa (SSA).” Moreover, the project developed to strengthen data systems in African health institutions will develop a federated no-code platform for deploying machine learning models used by actors in the selected countries, and create a sustainable environment for a collaborative, replicable, and transferable application of data science tools. “By understanding partner countries' unique challenges and opportunities, we strive to ensure that the DSWB project makes a lasting and positive contribution to the field of data science,” she elaborated. Head of Data Synergy and Evaluations at APHRC, Damazo Kadengye said on his part this project lays a foundation for us to contribute to the building of data systems across African continent.Moreover, it will create opportunities on how we can connect with the governments, especially in supporting them to improve data systems across the continent. “It is very important because it helps us inform policy and planning using evidence that we generate through this project as it is also aligned with AU data policy framework," the head stated. The collaborative project housed under APHRC‘s Data Science Program is being conducted with other implementing partner organizations: The Alan Turing Institute, Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF), Douala General Hospital, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the Committee on Data (CODATA). The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a premier research-to-policy institution, generating evidence, strengthening research and related capacity in the African research and development ecosystem, and engaging policy to inform action on health and development. The Center is Africa-based and African-led, with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a West Africa Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal.
Zambia Desirous of Taking Lessons from Ethiopia’s Telecom Sector: Minister of Technology & Science
Feb 18, 2024 2037
Addis Ababa, February 18/2024 (ENA) Zambia is interested to learn from the successful and advanced technologies of Ethiopia, particularly from the telecommunication sector, Zambia's Technology and Science Minister Felix Mutati said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Mutati said that his country is keen to draw experiences from Ethiopia’s success stories in the telecommunication sector and replicate it. “Ethiopia has advanced quite a bit in technology; particularly in the telecommunication infrastructure. It is ahead of us, Zambia. So my key interest coming to Ethiopia is to learn, appreciate, and not reinvent the wheel. What is it that is brand new that Ethiopians move ahead faster than us? So I will be engaging with my colleagues here that we can compare with us,” he elaborated. African countries need to share experience and knowledge amongst each other, he stated, and stressed that it is key towards ascertaining a united and stronger Africa through partnership and cooperation. “This should be the way that Africa should work in partnership and collaboration, sharing opportunities, knowledge and experience,” the minister of technology and science noted. Moreover, he pointed out that Ethiopia and Zambia can also cooperate in the tourism sector where his country is ready to share its experience. According to him, Zambia’s tourism is booming over the last couple of years due to the measures taken by the government including the removal of visa requirement, upgrading of tourism infrastructure, and expansion of tourist destinations. Ethiopia has various tourist destinations and by addressing the challenges facing the sector, the country can unleash its potential, the minister added.  
African Nations Should Revisit Policies, Strategies to Expedite Digital Transformation
Feb 17, 2024 1624
Addis Ababa February 17/2024 (ENA) The Chief Executive Officer of Ethio Telecom Frehiwot Tamiru stressed the need for African countries to revisit their policies and strategies with a view to creating suitable environment to expedite digital transformation in the continent. Ethiopia has organized a high-level side event at the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union to highlight the critical role of digital innovations in promoting inclusive and sustainable development in Africa.   President Sahile-Work Zewde delivered opening remarks at the event, which was held at the Adwa Science Museum under the theme, "Harnessing Digitization for Africa's Transformation." President Sahle-Work Zewde said that accelerating digital transformation is crucial to ensure inclusive and sustainable development in Africa. Speeding up digitalization is convenient for dealing with pressures and providing quick solutions for problems, she noted, adding that the expansion of digitalization will play a significant role in creating the prosperous Africa we want in 2063. She mentioned Ethiopia's digital transformation in various sectors, including finance, telecommunications, and artificial intelligence, and advocated for a continental transformation in accordance with Agenda 2063. The event drew together stakeholders and leaders from various African countries and financial sectors.   In her presentation at the discussion forum, Ethio telecom CEO said African countries should have a policy which is attractive and flexible to encourage new ideas,, innovators, investors that can adequately support the ecosystem. She stressed the need to ensuring technology inclusiveness in order to build better future in a sustainable manner. The CEO said currently there are 1.4 billion mobile telephone subscribers that is expected to reach 1.7 billion by the year 2030. “Africa holds the largest mobile market in terms of registered account and transaction volume.. Today we have around 781 million registered mobile money accounts. We need to leverage these mobile user bases to promote trade integration and enhance Africa’s digital transformation:” The CEO has also emphasized the possibility of building Africa’s digital economy by using the mobile money users’ base that we have today.   Professor Landry Signé, a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program and the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, said for his part that digital transformation help Africa become a global powerhouse in terms of economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction as well as enhancing financial, healthcare and education services. He underlined the importance of investing more in primery and secondary education in order to build critical thinking, digital skills, STEM skills in order to help bring economic development.
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Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 11080
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 14704
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
Ethiopia Reiterates Commitment to Address Crises of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss
Mar 1, 2024 232
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA) Minister of Planning and Development, Fitsum Assefa addressed the 6th session of the UN environment Assembly (UNEA6) which is being held in Nairobi, Kenya from 26 Feb to 1 march 2024. In sideline of UNEA6, the Minister also engaged in a number of bilateral and Africa regional environmental events, according to Ministry of Planning and Development of Ethiopia. In her statement during the UNEA6 high level segment held today the minister informed the participants about the unwavering commitment of Ethiopia in addressing the triple planetary crises of our planet namely climate change and biodiversity loss. Fitsum shared Ethiopia’s successful achievements in addressing the aforementioned challenges through its Green Legacy initiative where it manages to plant 32.5 billion tree and other agroforestry seedlings in the last five years through mobilizing 25 million of its citizens annually since the launching of the initiative in 2019. The Minister also said that Ethiopia’s extended commitment for the unified voices of Africa in international environmental negotiations through her capacity of President of Africa Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) which will run for the 2024 and 2025.   Fitsum expressed her commitment to closely following up the Africa Group of Negotiators (AGN) and to give necessary guidance to the group for a unified voice as a continent. In her afternoon engagement during the UNEA6 today Fitsum successfully convened the AMCEN bureau meeting as of her capacity of being AMCEN President. Outstanding issues were discussed and put forward on the next steps including deciding to convene AMCEN special session on land degradation, desertification and drought in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 2-5 September 2024. The session also envisaged the preparations of Africa on UNCCD COP16 which is to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and other international engagements such as UNFCCC COP29. The Minister held bilateral meetings with representatives of Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Executive Secretary of UN Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and discussed outstanding bilateral agendas on her national capacity and being AMCEN President. In the respective bilateral meetings, the two parties agreed to closely work towards the common environmental agenda and enhancing the environmental protection agenda including through signing an MOU across different thematic areas.  
Ethiopia, Norway Sign 75-million-USD Agreement
Feb 27, 2024 635
Addis Ababa February 27/2024(ENA) Ethiopia and Norway have signed a 75-million-USD agreement to reduce green gas emission from deforestation and forest degradation. The agreement was signed between Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and Norway Climate and Environment Minister Andreas Bjelland Eriksen today. Speaking on the occasion, the finance minister said the agreement will enable Ethiopia to continue strengthening the work it is doing in forestry development and environmental protection. Fighting climate change and poverty reduction as well as building climate resilient economy disaster economy remain among the top priorities of the Ethiopia government, he added. According to him, the nationwide tree planting campaign under the Green Legacy Initiative by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is another manifestation of his commitment to addressing climate change. Ethiopia has invested over 82 billion USD in climate change mitigation and adaptation programs and the majority of the finance office projects and programs come from public finance supplemented with international development aid, Ahmed Shide stated. “The partnership agreement we signed today is yet another testimony of our successful collaboration and achievement during the past decade marks a new era of collaboration and partnership, including through resulted-based payment approach in the run to 2030." Ethiopia and Norway have enjoyed longstanding bilateral diplomatic relations, the minister explained, adding that their common interests include peace and security, migrate climate change, private sector development, gender equality among others. Norway Climate and Environment Minister Andreas Bjelland Eriksen said the Green Legacy initiated by the government is ambitious plan to reduce adverse effect of climate change. The country has been a long standing partner of Ethiopia on climate and forest, he stated. "We were one of the first countries to fully commit our long term support for Ethiopia’s climate resilient green economy strategy when launched in Durban in 2011." And throughout this decade, Ethiopia has truly been a leader on the African continent when it comes to designing and implementing green economic development policies. Ethiopia is in many ways at the very front line of climate change, Climate and Environment Minister Eriksen noted. "I am encouraged to learn that Ethiopia has increased its forest cover due to strong government policy measures that yield the necessary results; and the ambitious target of doubling the forest cover by 2030 is very much impressive. And Norway is proud to have supported this achievement." The climate and environment minister added that Norway intends to support Ethiopia during this next phase of partnership, one which includes the continuation of the REDD+ investment program last year.
Ethiopia Plays Leading Role in Africa in Terms of Climate Action: GGGI
Feb 27, 2024 636
Addis Ababa February 27/2024(ENA) Ethiopia's tree planting initiative and the government's resolve to combat climate change is what the world exactly needs to avert current global challenges, a senior official at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) underscored. Recalled that Ethiopians have embarked on an ambitious campaign of planting billions of trees every year in an effort to achieve a greener and cleaner environment and tackle the adverse effects of climate crisis. So far the country has planted more than 32.5 billion trees through the Green Legacy Initiative launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2019. Deputy Director General and Head of Green Growth Planning and Implementation at GGGI Helena McLeod commended the efforts of the government to reduce impact of climate change and expressed keenness to work with Ethiopia. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Helena McLeod said that Ethiopia plays a leading role in Africa in terms of climate action and that is a role the country has been meeting for many years, and we're very happy to support the government on that. McLeod, who visited Ethiopia recently, also said that Ethiopia is one of the most beautiful countries she had visited in the world. Noting that the country has been suffering from climate change, she said the tree planting program is very significant in tackling these challenges as it creates jobs and increase the fertility of the soil. Moreover, she stated that the efforts being carried out in Ethiopia will also protect cities in the proper way from flooding. "Planting trees has many different advantages, including potentially biodiversity as well. So the tree planting program and the government's ambition is exactly what the world needs and it is leading in that sense," she said. According to the deputy director, Ethiopia, as a country before and now is not emitting very much carbon. There are other countries in the world that are emitting much larger amounts of carbon and have made commitments to reduce the amount of carbon emissions. "What we trying to do in GGGI is attract climate finance to our member countries," McLeod said, adding that often our member countries don't have enough money to tackle the major challenges that are facing the economy, but also they don't have enough capacity to take advantage of the opportunities. On green bonds for instance in 2021, the organization supported Peru to issue the largest sustainable green bonds in the world at that point in history. That was for over 4 billion US dollars. Since then GGGI is working with over 20 different countries on different types of bond, sustainability bonds and green bonds. “We're going to use that experience and bring it to Ethiopia to see whether that's a mechanism where we can bring in more investment to tackle climate change, and other issues like jobs, green jobs, that can also benefit the economy.” In terms of carbon trading, this is a really high potential area to bring in some additional funding into the country and GGGI works with Ethiopia to make sure that the trade is fair for the country and its interests. “I just want to say that Ethiopia is such an important country, it's a continent leader. It has a very strong global voice. Your government is very committed with very ambitious targets, including on restoration of land, increasing yield, increasing food security and exporting crops as well. We love working with the government and we will work hand in hand with the government and the people of Ethiopia on this green growth transition.” GGGI, an international organization focused on promoting sustainable economic growth in developing countries, has been working closely with Ethiopia since it became a founding member in 2012.
IGAD Climate Centre Predicts Higher Probability of Wetter Than Normal Conditions in Horn Region
Feb 21, 2024 1193
Addis Ababa February 21/2024 The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has predicted that there will be a higher probability of wetter-than-normal conditions in the upcoming March to May 2024, across most parts of the Greater Horn of Africa. In its press release sent to ENA, ICPAC said that notably, the areas expected to experience these wetter conditions include Kenya, Somalia, southern Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and north-western Tanzania. The highest probabilities for wetter than usual conditions are indicated in central to western Kenya and in the cross-border areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. The expected enhanced rainfall is likely to positively impact agriculture, water resources, and overall livelihoods, according to the center. The press release also added that an early to normal rainfall onset is expected in several parts of the region. These include parts of northern Tanzania, eastern Rwanda, Southern and Western Uganda, Western Kenya, South-western Somalia, and parts of South-central Ethiopia. " Due to the increased rainfall recorded in the October to December 2023 period, along with the forecast of wetter-than-normal conditions from March to May, there is an elevated risk of flooding in areas prone to floods,” the ICPAC director Dr. Guleid Artan noted. The director added the forecast underscores the urgency for coordinated action and preparedness, emphasizing the need for proactive measures to mitigate potential impacts and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the forecast rainfall.   He also stressed the need for uniting in our commitment to leveraging climate information for resilient and sustainable development across our region. Artan further added that, “while the food security situation may improve with wetter than usual conditions, it is important to remember the multiple challenges faced by the region, including the historic 2020-2022 drought, conflict in various parts of the region such as Sudan, and the El Nino-induced floods at the end of 2023. This has weakened communities’ coping capacity, making them highly susceptible to food insecurity. The likelihood of flooding during the 2024 MAM season in parts of the region could lead to a deterioration in food security in localized areas.” The objective temperature forecast indicates an increased likelihood of warmer than normal surface temperatures over the entire region. Probabilities for warmer than normal temperatures are most enhanced over Sudan, northern South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and southern parts of Tanzania. In line with the World Meteorological Organization's guidelines and recommendations, ICPAC has adopted an objective seasonal forecast method to generate climate forecasts for the Greater Horn of Africa. February 2024 initialized seasonal forecasts from nine Global Producing Centres (GPCs) were utilized and processed using three calibration techniques to develop the MAM 2024 seasonal climate outlook.  
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 40187
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 35736
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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The Battle of Adwa: A Shining Path to Pan Africanism
Mar 1, 2024 263
BY SOLOMON DIBABA The Victory of Adwa is a hard won battle in 1896 during the reign of Emperor Menelik II. Following the declaration pronounced by the emperor that the sovereignty of Ethiopia was endangered by Italian Aggression, Ethiopians from four corners of the country marched to Addis Ababa and Were Ilu. Peasants, women and volunteers, artisans and others from all backgrounds and ethnicities left for Addis Ababa and Were Ilu to fend off Italian aggressors who had the support of the colonial powers in the Scramble for Africa. The victory of Adwa is commemorated annually on March 2 in Ethiopia. Exactly 128 years ago, more than 100,000, multi-ethnic, barefooted and well equipped but courageous Ethiopian irregular soldiers led by Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu and 12 commanders drawn from across the country marched for a historic face off with invading Italian Army equipped to the teeth with modern firearms at the hills of Adwa. The victory of Ethiopian youth army at the Battle of Adwa on March 2, 1896 is a historic landmark in the history of the black population across the world, particularly in Africa. It ignited two important phenomenological incidents in Ethiopian and African history including the decolonization of African and the continental vision of Pan Africanism. The victory at the Battle of Adwa immediately resonated across the world in complete negation of the invincibility of the diplomatic, political and military prowess of the European colonialists and their cry wolf of “civilizing mission.” Every year on March 2, Ethiopia and Africa mark the victory at the Battle of Adwa, in which Emperor Menelik II mobilized youth army of artesian, women and volunteers from all walks of life to repel Italian aggressors which received the blessings of the colonial powers in the Scramble for Africa in line with the resolutions of the Berlin Conference (1884-1885.) Professor Richard Pankhurst, in his book "Reflections on the Battle of Adwa," highlights the enduring significance of the Ethiopian triumph at the Battle of Adwa, which holds a prominent place in the collective memory of the African continent. This historic event stands as a remarkable testament, celebrated for over a century, and holds the unique distinction of being the sole secular occurrence in Africa's extensive chronicles to garner such prolonged recognition. A phenomenon such as Adwa is a complex nexus of various historical processes with wide ranging but as yet not fully explored meanings. Adwa does not only reflect its time, but that it also transcends it, and that the aspirations and meanings that flow from it have been a powerful constitutive force in the rise and evolution of modern African Pan Africanism. Indeed, it is an event that awakened the hope for emancipation and the struggle against colonialism and racism among Africans in the colonies and in the Diaspora. Black people across the globe celebrate one historical asset that occurred 128 years ago in a small town in northern Ethiopia. The Battle of Adwa was a rocket booster or a launching pad for the inception of Pan Africanism. This historic battle and the subsequent victory registered by irregular army of Ethiopia resonated across the world as the first victory against a colonial power ever to be won by an African country. History proves that the victory at the Battle of Adwa was not a victory only for Ethiopia. Although the Battle was fought in Ethiopia, the entire global peoples share this outstanding victory against a European colonial power that was thought to be invincible. It must be noted that the founding fathers of the former OAU were certainly inspired by the loft goals of pan Africanism. Kwame Nkrumah, who was undoubtedly one of Africa’s foremost freedom fighters, nationalists, writers, and thinkers, that influenced a generation of Pan-African nationalists and freedom fighters, and the founding member of the Organization of African. He foretold that “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided We fall; United, We Stand" become one of the greatest forces for good in the world. Will Africa live up to these expectations? The current trend is in the right direction but certainly there are huge challenges ahead before the lofty goals of Pan Africanism are achieved. Today, the African Union (AU) has creatively designed Agenda 2063. Ethiopia was and is indeed a forerunner in promoting the loft goals of Pan Africanism and the decolonization of the African continent by supporting major African liberation fronts like ANC. Moreover, in the sphere of integrating Africa, Ethiopia has already gone a long way in connecting Africa by aviation, railway line, road transport, telecommunication and supply of renewable hydro-electric power for the neighboring countries. The aspirations of the victory at the Battle of Adwa needs to be implanted in the African youth who are expected to continue to light up the torch of Pan Africanism. The spirit of Adwa will certainly continue to reverberate in the current pan Africanist battle against abject poverty, climate change and pursue common destiny. In this regard, Ethiopia has recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art memorial to honor those who fell at the Battle of Adwa. The Adwa Victory Memorial honors the bravery and resilience of Ethiopians in the face of colonial powers who labeled the continent Africa as dark. In addition to its historical significance, the Victory Memorial also serves as a symbol of pride, unity, and resilience for the Ethiopian people and Africa at large. It is a place of remembrance, reflection, and education, preserving the memory of the Battle of Adwa and its enduring legacy for future generations. Victory at the Battle of Adwa is indeed symbolic of how an irregular army of Ethiopia defeated an European army equipped to the teeth only because Ethiopians were united in purpose to ensure their freedom and territorial integrity. The lesson from Adwa was loud and clear, united Africans can overcome any challenge facing them.  
Adwa Victory Memorial Beyond A Monument
Feb 11, 2024 2972
The inauguration of Adwa Victory Memorial is more than revealing a monument and indeed is celebrating a legacy that goes beyond the bounds of time and place for all black people across the world. United Ethiopians forces in the Battle of Adwa 127 years ago made a landmark history by triumphing over Italian colonial powers. The Adwa Victory Memorial, built at the heart of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, which will be inaugurated today in the presence of high ranking government officials and invited guests, depicts this grand event and its significances. The Adwa Victory Memorial provides major historical events, pertinent individuals like Emperor Menelik II, Empress Taytu Betul, and generals who spearheaded Ethiopia's victory in the battle. It depicts significant historical issues like the spirit of pan-Africanism and the global black community's fight for freedom, which were sparked following Adwa's victory. This memorial is a vivid representation of a defining moment in history, embodying the enduring spirit and resilience of Ethiopia, Africa, and all who have faced oppression across the globe. It is crystal clear that Adwa is not merely an Ethiopian treasure; it is a jewel in the crown of African heritage and a beacon of hope for all oppressed peoples worldwide. This is due to the fact that Ethiopians did not just defeat a colonial power in 1896 rather they wrote a new chapter in history, fundamentally altering global perceptions about Africans. Besides, the victory shattered the then prevailing perception narrative against Africans as inferior and showcased instead a continent rich in strategy, bravery, and the unwavering pursuit of freedom. Along the years the echoes of Adwa Victory have resonated through generations, inspiring countless Africans to envisage a future unshackled from the chains of colonialism. Furthermore, it has been a source of pride and a rallying cry for change, igniting the flames of independence movements across the continent. Adwa through the memorial inaugurated today still stands as a living testament to the indomitable spirit of Africa, a reminder that unity and courage can overturn the tides of oppression. By building the Adwa Victory Memorial, Ethiopians are not only preserving a historical legacy but also reigniting a spirit of change and empowerment. It is a call to remember the past struggles and victories, to draw strength from them, and to continue the fight for a world where every person, regardless of race or origin, can live with dignity and opportunity. To put it in nut shell, the Adwa Victory Memorial is therefore, more than just a structure of stone and metal; it is a symbol of hope, a shrine of courage, and a school of inspiration for generations to come.  
Ethiopian News Agency
2023