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Dev’t Activities on Natural Resources Would Lay Foundation for Ethiopia's Prosperity: House Speaker
Oct 1, 2023 206
Addis Ababa, October 01/2023 (ENA) Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives, Tagese Chafo underscored that the development activities being carried out on natural resources by linking them with human power would lay foundation to realizing Ethiopia's prosperity. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other senior government officials had conducted a two-day visit on the development works being carried out in Jimma, Oromia region and its surrounding areas. In his trip, the prime minister mainly visited development activities on “Yelemat Tirufat,” a national development campaign which was launched by the premier himself that focuses on nutritional opulence. Yelemat Tirufat is a development initiative being carried out across Ethiopia with the objective to ensure food self-sufficiency at the family and national levels. Abiy and those senior government officials also reviewed the agricultural activities under progress in the areas and tourism development projects in Jimma City through the "Dine for Generation" initiative. Recall Prime Minister Abiy had disclosed last March the plan to develop eight tourism sites in different parts of the country under Dine for Generation initiative which are believed to greatly stimulate Ethiopia's tourism activity, enabling citizens to benefit more from the sector. Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives,Tagese Chafo who was also part of the visit said that he has witnessed the implementation of many development projects that have benefited the people of Jimma Zone. The speaker pointed out that encouraging work is being done in the cultivation of coffee, rice, vegetables and fruits as well as activities being underway in tourism development in the area. The development activities being carried out by the federal government in coordination with the Oromia region are on an effective path, he affirmed. Such ongoing development works are therefore instrumental at the national level that would lay the foundation to realizing the prosperity of Ethiopia, the Speaker noted. He was very much impressed by the encouraging achievements being registered in the cultivation of wheat and rice.   “The wheat and rice farms demonstrate the fact that it is possible to achieve the target of three or four times as much cultivation in cluster farming in a very short period of time here in Jimma zone. Similarly, extensive works have been done in fruits and vegetables. This entails that if we work hard, we can ensure the prosperity of our country in a short period of time.” The speaker also explained that development works that benefit the people play vital role in building sustainable peace. Noting that Ethiopians have been able to maintain their unity by overcoming together several challenges they had encountered, Tagese stressed the need to strengthening this solidarity by connecting it with development activities. In this regard, he pointed out that the works that have been undertaken on Yelemat Tirufat and tourism development are encouraging. Former Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives, Abadula Gemeda said on his part that many development works have been carried out in Jimma city and its surroundings specially to enhance the productivity of rice and coffee.   Abadula further mentioned that the tourism development activities being carried out in Jimma city through the Dine for Generation initiative have the potential to make the city a tourist destination. He also pointed out that the agricultural development activities being underway through Yelemat Tirufat program are playing an important role in facilitating the growth of Ethiopia's economy.   In this case, Abadula urged the leadership of the country to work more in maintaining and replicating the success stories recorded in other parts of Ethiopia.  
UN Chief Says Protecting Older Persons’ Rights will benefit All of Humanity
Oct 1, 2023 198
Addis Ababa, October 01/2023 (ENA) Protecting the dignity and human rights of older persons, and addressing the challenges they face in society will ultimately benefit all of humanity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. The global community is observing the UN International Day of Older Persons today under the theme "Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations." Observed annually on 1 October, the Day aims to raise awareness of the challenges and issues faced by older persons worldwide. The day also seeks to promote the importance of respecting and caring for older persons and to highlight their significant contribution to society. In a message commemorating Sunday’s International Day of Older Persons, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the pervasive issue of ageism in society and the vulnerability of older persons in the face of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty and climate emergencies. “Addressing these and other issues is a human rights imperative that will benefit everyone,” he said. Studies show that number of people aged 65 years or older worldwide is projected to more than double – rising from 761 million in 2021 to 1.6 billion in 2050 – with the number of people aged 80 years or older growing even faster. This further underscores the urgency of strengthening the protection of the human rights of current and future generations of older persons around the world. Guterres highlighted that older persons can make significant contributions in terms of their knowledge and experience, and have the potential to contribute to peace, sustainable development and the protection of the environment. “We must ensure their active engagement, full participation, and essential contributions – including through social and workplace policies built around their specific needs,” he said. He also emphasized the need for intergenerational dialogue and unity as vital components of building more inclusive and age-friendly societies and a resilient world for everyone.  
New Global Framework to Reduce Environmental Risks from Chemicals, Waste Adopted 
Oct 1, 2023 319
Addis Ababa, October 01/2023 (ENA) A new global framework to reduce environmental risks from chemicals and waste was adopted at a UN conference on Saturday, with countries committing to phase out the most harmful ones. Agreed at the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), in Bonn, Germany, the Global Framework on Chemicals sets concrete targets and guidelines across the lifecycle of chemicals. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said “Everyone on this planet should be able to live and work without fear of falling sick or dying from chemical exposure. Nature, free from pollution, should be able to thrive and support humanity for millennia to come.” The framework provides a vision for a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste, for a safe, healthy and sustainable, the Directors stated. The framework is based around 28 targets, designed to improve responsible management of chemicals and waste. These targets also aim to establish stronger connections with other important global agendas, including climate change, biodiversity, human rights and health. Governments have committed to setting up policies and regulations aimed at reducing chemical pollution by 2030 as well as promoting safer alternatives. Industries also pledged to managing chemicals in a manner that reduces pollution and its adverse impacts, according to UN News. In addition to the Global Framework, the Conference also adopted the Bonn Declaration. The Declaration aims to “prevent exposure to harmful chemicals, and phase out the most harmful ones, where appropriate, and enhance the safe management of such chemicals where they are needed.” It also encourages countries to support the transition to circular economies, fostering the development of safe alternatives and substitutes for chemicals. This approach aims to not only safeguard health and the environment but also reduce waste and enhance recycling efforts. The Executive Director of UNEP urged all parties to start acting immediately. “The World Health Organization (WHO) tells us that direct chemical pollution of the air, land, water and workplace is causing two million deaths per year,” she said. “..I call on governments, the chemicals industry and everyone involved to go above and beyond what has been agreed to protect people and the planet upon which we all depend.”  
IPSTI Needs to Expand Intake of African Students, Say African Military Officers
Sep 30, 2023 763
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA) The International Peace Support Training Institute (IPSTI) has been providing quality education to African military officers and the institute needs to increase the intake of officers from African countries to draw experience from Ethiopian peacekeeping operations, Ugandan, South Sudanese and Kenyan military officers told ENA. Members of the national army of South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya have successfully completed their two-year long studies at IPSTI and graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management last week. The IPSTI, which earlier was known as Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center, has been providing education and trainings to both Ethiopian and African military officers and civilians for many years for effective peacekeeping missions in the sub-region and the continent at large. IPSTI has contributed a lot to enhance the capacity of the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) and other organizations working on peace and security issue, by drawing trainees from across the region. Lieutenant Colonel Watasa David, a Ugandan chief instructor, who was awarded gold medal for his outstanding achievement lauded the quality education he received during his studies and promised to impart his knowledge and experience to his fellow Ugandans and Africans as his country is also actively participating in a peacekeeping operation. “I will use my knowledge to also try to impart it to my fellow people back home and as our country is participating in the peacekeeping operations,” Lieutenant Colonel David said, He added “We are living at a time where peace is becoming a scarce commodity and getting this knowledge from this institute has been a wonderful experience, not only for me but also for my country.” Noting that pursuing studies at the institute is fortunate for African officers, he said: “Ethiopia is also like home. When the training started, it was during COVID-19 pandemic. So there were a lot of restrictions, but we never missed home. Ethiopia was like a home.” I had wonderful experience with Ethiopian officers in the classroom, he said, adding my first exposure with Ethiopian officers had been during peacekeeping operations in Somalia and noted that Ethiopia has contributed a lot of peacekeeping operations especially for African countries. “Now this was my first time experience with the Ethiopian academia, and our class got students who had been in Abyei peacekeeping. So we use it to share a lot of experience especially from Ethiopian perspective. And Ethiopia has had a rich history, especially in peacekeeping. And I was so happy with the inclusion of female officers from Ethiopia. During the class discussions, they were always telling us the gender perspective of every debate. So it was very interesting for our region,” he explained. The courses are relevant and other African countries need to draw and benefit from Ethiopian experience, “Ethiopia has been able to do it and what we can learn from,” the Lieutenant Colonel said. According to him, the study tours organized for them to African Union, his visit of the Unity Park and Adama Hot water were all good learning experience. Brigadier General Jok Angok Deng, a South Sudanese was among the military officers graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management. Brigadier General Deng is a military attaché at the South Sudan's Embassy in Addis Ababa. He expressed his hope that the number of students admitted to the institute from South Sudan and other African countries will increase in the future, so will their experience and skills be expanded by acquiring best knowledge and skills to apply in Africa and in global peacekeeping operations. “I hope next time the number of South Sudanese students will be more than one,” he said. Ethiopia has extended support to South Sudan in human resource capacity building efforts for many years, Brigadier General Deng said, adding “South Sudan is a newborn nation that needs human resource development and Ethiopia has been instrumental in providing trainings to so many students, whether civilians or member of the army.” I had also graduated from the same institute with masters degree in 2017 in military operation and leadership and now with another masters degree in Peace and Conflict Management, he said. “Many South Sudanese also graduated from Ethiopia with different certificates. This is human resource development for South Sudan, which is a new nation, and they will contribute like Ethiopia in peacekeeping operation in other parts of Africa.” he added. Although South Sudan has lack of trained force for peacekeeping operations, it started participation in peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the East African Force, he said. Ethiopian peacekeeping contingent did an excellent job in Abyei, he recalled, adding that they were fair enough to protect those who were vulnerable people in the area. Ethiopia's peacekeeping track record is quite impressive and it needs to be emulated by South Sudan, he said. Similarly, Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Yego, who is from Kenya graduated from IPSTI. The courses he took were very important, especially to the Horn of Africa, where we are experiencing conflict and they will help us to understand the resolution of the conflict, Lieutenant Colonel Yego said   Ethiopia and Kenya have been cooperating in capacity building efforts in many ways, including exchange program and training for military personnel, he noted. The lieutenant colonel commended the quality of education and experience acquired during his studies. “The instructors are very excellent and they provide everything. The quality of education here is very nice. And I also advise my colleagues(Kenyans) to pursue for the same course if given the opportunity,” he said. He thanked both his country for granting him this opportunity and the Ethiopian government, ENDF and this institute for the support provided to him.  
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New Global Framework to Reduce Environmental Risks from Chemicals, Waste Adopted 
Oct 1, 2023 319
Addis Ababa, October 01/2023 (ENA) A new global framework to reduce environmental risks from chemicals and waste was adopted at a UN conference on Saturday, with countries committing to phase out the most harmful ones. Agreed at the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), in Bonn, Germany, the Global Framework on Chemicals sets concrete targets and guidelines across the lifecycle of chemicals. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said “Everyone on this planet should be able to live and work without fear of falling sick or dying from chemical exposure. Nature, free from pollution, should be able to thrive and support humanity for millennia to come.” The framework provides a vision for a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste, for a safe, healthy and sustainable, the Directors stated. The framework is based around 28 targets, designed to improve responsible management of chemicals and waste. These targets also aim to establish stronger connections with other important global agendas, including climate change, biodiversity, human rights and health. Governments have committed to setting up policies and regulations aimed at reducing chemical pollution by 2030 as well as promoting safer alternatives. Industries also pledged to managing chemicals in a manner that reduces pollution and its adverse impacts, according to UN News. In addition to the Global Framework, the Conference also adopted the Bonn Declaration. The Declaration aims to “prevent exposure to harmful chemicals, and phase out the most harmful ones, where appropriate, and enhance the safe management of such chemicals where they are needed.” It also encourages countries to support the transition to circular economies, fostering the development of safe alternatives and substitutes for chemicals. This approach aims to not only safeguard health and the environment but also reduce waste and enhance recycling efforts. The Executive Director of UNEP urged all parties to start acting immediately. “The World Health Organization (WHO) tells us that direct chemical pollution of the air, land, water and workplace is causing two million deaths per year,” she said. “..I call on governments, the chemicals industry and everyone involved to go above and beyond what has been agreed to protect people and the planet upon which we all depend.”  
IPSTI Needs to Expand Intake of African Students, Say African Military Officers
Sep 30, 2023 763
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA) The International Peace Support Training Institute (IPSTI) has been providing quality education to African military officers and the institute needs to increase the intake of officers from African countries to draw experience from Ethiopian peacekeeping operations, Ugandan, South Sudanese and Kenyan military officers told ENA. Members of the national army of South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya have successfully completed their two-year long studies at IPSTI and graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management last week. The IPSTI, which earlier was known as Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center, has been providing education and trainings to both Ethiopian and African military officers and civilians for many years for effective peacekeeping missions in the sub-region and the continent at large. IPSTI has contributed a lot to enhance the capacity of the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) and other organizations working on peace and security issue, by drawing trainees from across the region. Lieutenant Colonel Watasa David, a Ugandan chief instructor, who was awarded gold medal for his outstanding achievement lauded the quality education he received during his studies and promised to impart his knowledge and experience to his fellow Ugandans and Africans as his country is also actively participating in a peacekeeping operation. “I will use my knowledge to also try to impart it to my fellow people back home and as our country is participating in the peacekeeping operations,” Lieutenant Colonel David said, He added “We are living at a time where peace is becoming a scarce commodity and getting this knowledge from this institute has been a wonderful experience, not only for me but also for my country.” Noting that pursuing studies at the institute is fortunate for African officers, he said: “Ethiopia is also like home. When the training started, it was during COVID-19 pandemic. So there were a lot of restrictions, but we never missed home. Ethiopia was like a home.” I had wonderful experience with Ethiopian officers in the classroom, he said, adding my first exposure with Ethiopian officers had been during peacekeeping operations in Somalia and noted that Ethiopia has contributed a lot of peacekeeping operations especially for African countries. “Now this was my first time experience with the Ethiopian academia, and our class got students who had been in Abyei peacekeeping. So we use it to share a lot of experience especially from Ethiopian perspective. And Ethiopia has had a rich history, especially in peacekeeping. And I was so happy with the inclusion of female officers from Ethiopia. During the class discussions, they were always telling us the gender perspective of every debate. So it was very interesting for our region,” he explained. The courses are relevant and other African countries need to draw and benefit from Ethiopian experience, “Ethiopia has been able to do it and what we can learn from,” the Lieutenant Colonel said. According to him, the study tours organized for them to African Union, his visit of the Unity Park and Adama Hot water were all good learning experience. Brigadier General Jok Angok Deng, a South Sudanese was among the military officers graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management. Brigadier General Deng is a military attaché at the South Sudan's Embassy in Addis Ababa. He expressed his hope that the number of students admitted to the institute from South Sudan and other African countries will increase in the future, so will their experience and skills be expanded by acquiring best knowledge and skills to apply in Africa and in global peacekeeping operations. “I hope next time the number of South Sudanese students will be more than one,” he said. Ethiopia has extended support to South Sudan in human resource capacity building efforts for many years, Brigadier General Deng said, adding “South Sudan is a newborn nation that needs human resource development and Ethiopia has been instrumental in providing trainings to so many students, whether civilians or member of the army.” I had also graduated from the same institute with masters degree in 2017 in military operation and leadership and now with another masters degree in Peace and Conflict Management, he said. “Many South Sudanese also graduated from Ethiopia with different certificates. This is human resource development for South Sudan, which is a new nation, and they will contribute like Ethiopia in peacekeeping operation in other parts of Africa.” he added. Although South Sudan has lack of trained force for peacekeeping operations, it started participation in peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the East African Force, he said. Ethiopian peacekeeping contingent did an excellent job in Abyei, he recalled, adding that they were fair enough to protect those who were vulnerable people in the area. Ethiopia's peacekeeping track record is quite impressive and it needs to be emulated by South Sudan, he said. Similarly, Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Yego, who is from Kenya graduated from IPSTI. The courses he took were very important, especially to the Horn of Africa, where we are experiencing conflict and they will help us to understand the resolution of the conflict, Lieutenant Colonel Yego said   Ethiopia and Kenya have been cooperating in capacity building efforts in many ways, including exchange program and training for military personnel, he noted. The lieutenant colonel commended the quality of education and experience acquired during his studies. “The instructors are very excellent and they provide everything. The quality of education here is very nice. And I also advise my colleagues(Kenyans) to pursue for the same course if given the opportunity,” he said. He thanked both his country for granting him this opportunity and the Ethiopian government, ENDF and this institute for the support provided to him.  
IGAD Inaugurates Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office
Sep 30, 2023 1019
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA)- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has inaugurated a Moyale Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office.   IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu and Marsabit County Governor Mohamud Ali inaugurated the office on Friday. The office is expected to support communities on Moyale-Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Speaking on the occasion, the executive secretary said that the facilitation office is a central part of a flagship agenda to take IGAD to the people.   This office shall serve as a catalyst for enhancing vision of IGAD in fostering sustainable peace, shared prosperity, and seamless regional integration, Workneh pointed out. "It's (also) our commitment to fostering regional cross-border cooperation with the objective to propel mutual interests, including the promotion of trade and cultural ties," he added. Marsabit County Governor Ali twitted that the inaugurated IGAD’s Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office in Moyale is a historic step toward regional peace and prosperity. Let's work together for sustainable development in the Horn of Africa, the governor urged. According to IGAD, the office in Moyale will be mandated to facilitate cross border cooperation actors, local government institutions and communities in their respective clusters to foster cooperation around a common programming agenda, especially delivering social services to host communities, refugees, and migrants. The office was built with the cooperation of IGAD and German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia Need to Exploit Potential for Cooperation: HPR Standing Committee Member
Sep 30, 2023 531
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA)- Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia need to exploit their historic ties with lots of potential for cooperation in various spheres, House of People's Representatives (HPR) Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Member Ambassador Dina Mufti said. The longstanding relations of the two countries, both in terms of business relations and people-to-people contacts, are deep-rooted and strong, according to the Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Member. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Dina pointed out that Ethiopia is a country that sheltered Muslims during their persecution. Muslims from Saudi Arabia fled to Ethiopia and they were welcomed by the then Ethiopian leaders. He further stated that the business, trade relationship, and cultural relationships between the two countries have developed over the years. Noting the huge interaction between citizens of the countries, Ambassador Dina stressed the need to further strengthen these relationships. Geographic proximity is also believed to be an encouraging factor to promote tourism in both countries. Many Ethiopians live and work in Saudi Arabia, and many more travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj every year. This helps to further enhance relations to a higher level. Ambassador Dina underlined that “Ethiopia is one of the populous countries in Africa and the opportunity of making business with Ethiopia is huge. So, Saudi Arabia can make good use of that.” There is opportunity for investment, tourism, and technology transfer, he noted, adding that it is possible to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in many spheres. By identifying areas of cooperation in those areas and further strengthening research to exploit the potential, we can go far, the standing committee member stated. According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the relationship between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia is long-standing, historic, and firmly established on people-to-people ties over the centuries. The solid foundation of bilateral relationship and partnership was laid with the First Hijrah in the 7th century when Ethiopia welcomed the followers of the Prophet Mohammed by providing sanctuary and hospitality. Furthermore Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia have recently agreed to bolster the bilateral relations between the two countries. Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia began diplomatic relations in 1949.    
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IPSTI Needs to Expand Intake of African Students, Say African Military Officers
Sep 30, 2023 763
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA) The International Peace Support Training Institute (IPSTI) has been providing quality education to African military officers and the institute needs to increase the intake of officers from African countries to draw experience from Ethiopian peacekeeping operations, Ugandan, South Sudanese and Kenyan military officers told ENA. Members of the national army of South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya have successfully completed their two-year long studies at IPSTI and graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management last week. The IPSTI, which earlier was known as Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center, has been providing education and trainings to both Ethiopian and African military officers and civilians for many years for effective peacekeeping missions in the sub-region and the continent at large. IPSTI has contributed a lot to enhance the capacity of the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) and other organizations working on peace and security issue, by drawing trainees from across the region. Lieutenant Colonel Watasa David, a Ugandan chief instructor, who was awarded gold medal for his outstanding achievement lauded the quality education he received during his studies and promised to impart his knowledge and experience to his fellow Ugandans and Africans as his country is also actively participating in a peacekeeping operation. “I will use my knowledge to also try to impart it to my fellow people back home and as our country is participating in the peacekeeping operations,” Lieutenant Colonel David said, He added “We are living at a time where peace is becoming a scarce commodity and getting this knowledge from this institute has been a wonderful experience, not only for me but also for my country.” Noting that pursuing studies at the institute is fortunate for African officers, he said: “Ethiopia is also like home. When the training started, it was during COVID-19 pandemic. So there were a lot of restrictions, but we never missed home. Ethiopia was like a home.” I had wonderful experience with Ethiopian officers in the classroom, he said, adding my first exposure with Ethiopian officers had been during peacekeeping operations in Somalia and noted that Ethiopia has contributed a lot of peacekeeping operations especially for African countries. “Now this was my first time experience with the Ethiopian academia, and our class got students who had been in Abyei peacekeeping. So we use it to share a lot of experience especially from Ethiopian perspective. And Ethiopia has had a rich history, especially in peacekeeping. And I was so happy with the inclusion of female officers from Ethiopia. During the class discussions, they were always telling us the gender perspective of every debate. So it was very interesting for our region,” he explained. The courses are relevant and other African countries need to draw and benefit from Ethiopian experience, “Ethiopia has been able to do it and what we can learn from,” the Lieutenant Colonel said. According to him, the study tours organized for them to African Union, his visit of the Unity Park and Adama Hot water were all good learning experience. Brigadier General Jok Angok Deng, a South Sudanese was among the military officers graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management. Brigadier General Deng is a military attaché at the South Sudan's Embassy in Addis Ababa. He expressed his hope that the number of students admitted to the institute from South Sudan and other African countries will increase in the future, so will their experience and skills be expanded by acquiring best knowledge and skills to apply in Africa and in global peacekeeping operations. “I hope next time the number of South Sudanese students will be more than one,” he said. Ethiopia has extended support to South Sudan in human resource capacity building efforts for many years, Brigadier General Deng said, adding “South Sudan is a newborn nation that needs human resource development and Ethiopia has been instrumental in providing trainings to so many students, whether civilians or member of the army.” I had also graduated from the same institute with masters degree in 2017 in military operation and leadership and now with another masters degree in Peace and Conflict Management, he said. “Many South Sudanese also graduated from Ethiopia with different certificates. This is human resource development for South Sudan, which is a new nation, and they will contribute like Ethiopia in peacekeeping operation in other parts of Africa.” he added. Although South Sudan has lack of trained force for peacekeeping operations, it started participation in peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the East African Force, he said. Ethiopian peacekeeping contingent did an excellent job in Abyei, he recalled, adding that they were fair enough to protect those who were vulnerable people in the area. Ethiopia's peacekeeping track record is quite impressive and it needs to be emulated by South Sudan, he said. Similarly, Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Yego, who is from Kenya graduated from IPSTI. The courses he took were very important, especially to the Horn of Africa, where we are experiencing conflict and they will help us to understand the resolution of the conflict, Lieutenant Colonel Yego said   Ethiopia and Kenya have been cooperating in capacity building efforts in many ways, including exchange program and training for military personnel, he noted. The lieutenant colonel commended the quality of education and experience acquired during his studies. “The instructors are very excellent and they provide everything. The quality of education here is very nice. And I also advise my colleagues(Kenyans) to pursue for the same course if given the opportunity,” he said. He thanked both his country for granting him this opportunity and the Ethiopian government, ENDF and this institute for the support provided to him.  
IGAD Inaugurates Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office
Sep 30, 2023 1019
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA)- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has inaugurated a Moyale Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office.   IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu and Marsabit County Governor Mohamud Ali inaugurated the office on Friday. The office is expected to support communities on Moyale-Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Speaking on the occasion, the executive secretary said that the facilitation office is a central part of a flagship agenda to take IGAD to the people.   This office shall serve as a catalyst for enhancing vision of IGAD in fostering sustainable peace, shared prosperity, and seamless regional integration, Workneh pointed out. "It's (also) our commitment to fostering regional cross-border cooperation with the objective to propel mutual interests, including the promotion of trade and cultural ties," he added. Marsabit County Governor Ali twitted that the inaugurated IGAD’s Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office in Moyale is a historic step toward regional peace and prosperity. Let's work together for sustainable development in the Horn of Africa, the governor urged. According to IGAD, the office in Moyale will be mandated to facilitate cross border cooperation actors, local government institutions and communities in their respective clusters to foster cooperation around a common programming agenda, especially delivering social services to host communities, refugees, and migrants. The office was built with the cooperation of IGAD and German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia Need to Exploit Potential for Cooperation: HPR Standing Committee Member
Sep 30, 2023 531
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA)- Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia need to exploit their historic ties with lots of potential for cooperation in various spheres, House of People's Representatives (HPR) Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Member Ambassador Dina Mufti said. The longstanding relations of the two countries, both in terms of business relations and people-to-people contacts, are deep-rooted and strong, according to the Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Member. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Dina pointed out that Ethiopia is a country that sheltered Muslims during their persecution. Muslims from Saudi Arabia fled to Ethiopia and they were welcomed by the then Ethiopian leaders. He further stated that the business, trade relationship, and cultural relationships between the two countries have developed over the years. Noting the huge interaction between citizens of the countries, Ambassador Dina stressed the need to further strengthen these relationships. Geographic proximity is also believed to be an encouraging factor to promote tourism in both countries. Many Ethiopians live and work in Saudi Arabia, and many more travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj every year. This helps to further enhance relations to a higher level. Ambassador Dina underlined that “Ethiopia is one of the populous countries in Africa and the opportunity of making business with Ethiopia is huge. So, Saudi Arabia can make good use of that.” There is opportunity for investment, tourism, and technology transfer, he noted, adding that it is possible to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in many spheres. By identifying areas of cooperation in those areas and further strengthening research to exploit the potential, we can go far, the standing committee member stated. According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the relationship between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia is long-standing, historic, and firmly established on people-to-people ties over the centuries. The solid foundation of bilateral relationship and partnership was laid with the First Hijrah in the 7th century when Ethiopia welcomed the followers of the Prophet Mohammed by providing sanctuary and hospitality. Furthermore Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia have recently agreed to bolster the bilateral relations between the two countries. Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia began diplomatic relations in 1949.    
Ethiopia, Cuba Need to Exploit their Potentials to Further Boost Relations: Cuban Ambassador
Sep 29, 2023 606
Addis Ababa, September 28/2023(ENA) Ethiopia and Cuba need to exploit the ample potentials they have in many fields to further strengthen bilateral relationship, Cuba's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Jorge Lefebre Nicolas said. The ambassador told ENA that Cuba and Ethiopia have been in close ties since the establishment of their diplomatic relations in 1976. Cuba has helped Ethiopia during one of the most dangerous situation that Ethiopia faced in history where many Cubans came to this country. He also recalled that many Ethiopians also went to Cuba to pursue their studies. During the Heads of State and Government Summit of Group 77 + China which Cuba hosted from 15 to 16 September 2023, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke met and discussed with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and other officials on the margins of the summit. Ethiopia and Cuba have strong people-to-people relationship through the scholarship that continued over the years, Demeke stated, and noted “we have agreed to establish a ministerial consultation platform in order to elevate the special relationship we enjoy.” Now Ethiopians who pursued their studies in Cuba are back home as doctors, engineers, agriculturalists and professionals in many other fields, Ambassador Nicolas said. "Both countries have natural links established through years and there are also Cuban families here and Ethiopian families in Cuba. So it is a duty of us as a diplomat and politicians to strengthen that relationship,” the ambassador urged. "I think Cuba and Ethiopia in the last years have developed very notable economic capacity and economic power. But we can’t (fully) cooperate together in many fields. For instance, we in Cuba are very heavy drinker of coffee and Ethiopia has one of the best coffee industries. That is ground for cooperation,” he said. With a population of over 110 million people, Ethiopia has higher consumption of sugar, he said, adding that, the country has industries of sugar but not enough for Ethiopia. As Cuba has the knowledge and experience for many years in the sugar industries, we can establish cooperation on that and we have a potential also in biotechnology, the ambassador pointed out. He further elaborated that Cuba has developed some important medication drugs, for instance, during the COVID, Cuba developed five vaccines against COVID-19, which opens ground for cooperation. According to the ambassador, the level of development that Ethiopia and Cuba have reached is similar in some issues, but the cooperation is not worth of the existing potentials and we need to also learn experience from each other. “We can learn from you (Ethiopia) of 110 million people. We are only 11 million people. So, it is supposed to be easier for us with the help of each other, we can achieve better resource,” he said. There is popular people to people bonds between Cubans and Ethiopians, he said, adding we must keep that ties and take this to the political level, Ambassador Nicolas pointed out.    
IGAD Adopts Youth Policy to Strengthen Participation of Youth in All Regional Matters
Sep 28, 2023 881
Addis Ababa, September 28/2023(ENA)- The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has adopted Youth Policy with a view to promoting the rights of the youth and strengthens their engagement in all matters of the region. IGAD held a landmark ministerial meeting towards the adoption of the IGAD Youth Policy in Kenya, Nairobi, on Wednesday. It was indicated during the occasion that the IGAD Youth Policy is a crucial framework for promoting youth rights in the IGAD Region as it is designed to guide and mainstream youth priorities in policies, laws, and programmes aimed at empowering youth and ensuring their meaningful participation in political processes.   The policy is also believed to play crucial role for the development of a comprehensive roadmap and action plan to empower the youth in the region. The policy has been developed through extensive consultations with Technical Experts responsible for Youth Affairs from member states, National Youth Councils, Youth-Led Organisations, and the IGAD Secretariat. The ministers up on the conclusion of their meeting have issued a statement on the declaration of the adoption and implementation of IGAD Youth Policy Framework. The ministers agreed to establish IGAD technical experts and ministerial committees on Youth Affairs as a platform to oversee, follow up, and periodically take stock of the progress of the implementation of the IGAD Youth Policy Framework. They also called upon development partners, including the International Financial Institutions, to provide support to the IGAD Secretariat and its member states for operationalisation of the IGAD Youth Policy Framework.  
Comprehensive Strategic, Cooperative Partnership of Ethioipa and China Boosts Bilateral Cooperation: Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief
Sep 27, 2023 1177
Addis Ababa, September 27/2023 (ENA) The comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership between Ethiopia and China has deepened the bilateral cooperation in various fields, Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin said. The 74th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China was marked yesterday at the Sky Light Hotel. During the ceremony, Embassy Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin said China and Ethiopia have jointly made great efforts to promote peace and development in the Horn of Africa in a bid to make contribution to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region. He also stated that the BRICS mechanism presents a new vision and new opportunities for the two countries' common development. “Ethiopia plays an important role in regional cooperation and global affairs. (Therefore) Ethiopia's joining BRICS will bring new vitality and the momentum to the BRICS cooperation and to build the mechanism into a key platform for a fair and just global political order and economy with inclusive and sustainable development.” According to him, China has been supporting development endeavors in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China helps Africa effort for modernization into a faster track. Moreover, Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin noted that both China and Ethiopia attach great importance to green development. “The Green Legacy initiative by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highly dovetails with the concept of Chinese modernization characterized by a harmony between the human being and nature.” The two countries are committed to preserving the ecological environment so as to effectively cope with challenges posed by climate change, the deputy chief added. Ethiopia's Finance Minister Ahmed Shide praised China for achieving a lot of results in terms of economic development, poverty alleviation and societal development in state institutions to become the pillar of global order during the past 74 years. For the minister, Ethiopia is the best example when it comes to China-Africa cooperation. The cooperation between Ethiopia and China is very comprehensive and strategic, he added. As a result, the two countries have been working together in infrastructural development, including railway, expressway, energy, telecom, industrial development and capacity building, among others. Ahmed further noted that Ethiopia's membership in BRICS is going to add new dynamism for cooperation between Ethiopia and China. “The membership of Ethiopia to BRICS is the testament for the potential and bright future for Ethiopia, and for the comprehensive development and reform with which the country is embarking, given the population and geographic location.” Former President Mulatu Teshome on his part said that China has always been defending common interest in pursuing common prosperity of countries in Africa. As Ethiopia is one of the most promising countries on this continent striving at a faster pace like never before, the BRICS platform will help it to enhance its cooperation with other countries, the former president stated, adding that “our commitment to deepening cooperation with China and ASEAN countries for mutual benefit remains consistent. African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Monique Nsanzabaganwa said China and Africa have forged an unbreakable fraternity in the struggle against poverty in the past 70 years. Africa and China have written a splendid chapter over mutual assistance amid complex challenges and set a shining example for building a new type of international relations, she added. “We need further opening up in new prospects for China-Africa cooperation, expansion of trade and investment, experience sharing on poverty reduction, strengthening cooperation on the digital economy.” Nsanzabaganwa reiterated that the African Union will continue to appreciate the Chinese accompaniment in the implementation of the global development initiative, which dovetails with African Union’s Agenda 2063 and UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.        
Ethio-Algeria Political Relations Will Get Transformed into Very Interesting Economic Ties: Algerian Ambassador   
Sep 26, 2023 1355
Addis Ababa, September 26/2023(ENA) Algeria and Ethiopia will translate a very good political relationship to a very interesting economic tie that will benefit the two countries, Ambassador Mohammed Lamine Laabas told ENA. Algeria's Ambassador Laabas said during the commencement of a direct flight of Air Algérie to the Ethiopian capital on Friday that the flight is a concrete move to maximize economic benefit between the two countries. Since last year, the leaders and higher government officials of the two countries have been discussing direct air transport connectivity to bolster the bilateral relations. Accordingly, Air Algerie made its first direct inaugural flight from Algiers-Houari Boumédiène to the capital Addis Ababa. Ambassador Laabas stated that Algeria and Ethiopia will translate the decades-long very good political relationship into a very interesting economic tie that will mutually benefit the two countries. “We’ve been having very good political relations for many years. Now, opening this line, we will translate the very good political relations into a very interesting and benefitting economic, cultural, and commercial relations.” According to him, the lack of direct flight between Algeria and Ethiopia was a missing point to improve the overall relations of the countries. Even the Ethiopian Airlines, which flies to over 63 destinations in Africa using Addis Ababa as a hub, has gaps to connect North African and Sub-Sahran Africa countries. “We're going to benefit from the experience of the Ethiopian Airlines," Ambassador Laabas stated, adding that "this line is the first-ever opening to the Maghreb region. (And) we are delighted that our country has taken the decision to be the first Maghreb country to link with Ethiopia. That is very important. It was the only missing part of the network of Ethiopian Airlines." He elaborated that the lack of direct air connectivity had negative impact on the Maghreb and Eastern Africa regions. “This is what was missing --- this possibility to consolidate, to increase the commercial, economic relations while we are having very good political relation. Algeria has its goods, and Ethiopia has its goods. Now, we can exchange our goods directly without going through Europe, without going through the Middle East which used to increase the price of the cargo.” The direct air connectivity is also expected to positively impact the overall bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Algeria, according to the ambassador. “This will impact the other technical relations with the two countries. When you join directly the capitals, that will bring wealth for the two countries and companies. We are just bridging. Now you will see industries and companies find solution for their own problems. Now you will see companies do business in both directions,” Ambassador Laabas elaborated. Ethiopian leaders have visited Algeria and discussed with Algerian higher-officials last year and air connectivity was an issue. Establishing diplomatic relations in the 1960s, Ethiopia and Algeria have been enjoying strong political and diplomatic relations.
Politics
IPSTI Needs to Expand Intake of African Students, Say African Military Officers
Sep 30, 2023 763
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA) The International Peace Support Training Institute (IPSTI) has been providing quality education to African military officers and the institute needs to increase the intake of officers from African countries to draw experience from Ethiopian peacekeeping operations, Ugandan, South Sudanese and Kenyan military officers told ENA. Members of the national army of South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya have successfully completed their two-year long studies at IPSTI and graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management last week. The IPSTI, which earlier was known as Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center, has been providing education and trainings to both Ethiopian and African military officers and civilians for many years for effective peacekeeping missions in the sub-region and the continent at large. IPSTI has contributed a lot to enhance the capacity of the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) and other organizations working on peace and security issue, by drawing trainees from across the region. Lieutenant Colonel Watasa David, a Ugandan chief instructor, who was awarded gold medal for his outstanding achievement lauded the quality education he received during his studies and promised to impart his knowledge and experience to his fellow Ugandans and Africans as his country is also actively participating in a peacekeeping operation. “I will use my knowledge to also try to impart it to my fellow people back home and as our country is participating in the peacekeeping operations,” Lieutenant Colonel David said, He added “We are living at a time where peace is becoming a scarce commodity and getting this knowledge from this institute has been a wonderful experience, not only for me but also for my country.” Noting that pursuing studies at the institute is fortunate for African officers, he said: “Ethiopia is also like home. When the training started, it was during COVID-19 pandemic. So there were a lot of restrictions, but we never missed home. Ethiopia was like a home.” I had wonderful experience with Ethiopian officers in the classroom, he said, adding my first exposure with Ethiopian officers had been during peacekeeping operations in Somalia and noted that Ethiopia has contributed a lot of peacekeeping operations especially for African countries. “Now this was my first time experience with the Ethiopian academia, and our class got students who had been in Abyei peacekeeping. So we use it to share a lot of experience especially from Ethiopian perspective. And Ethiopia has had a rich history, especially in peacekeeping. And I was so happy with the inclusion of female officers from Ethiopia. During the class discussions, they were always telling us the gender perspective of every debate. So it was very interesting for our region,” he explained. The courses are relevant and other African countries need to draw and benefit from Ethiopian experience, “Ethiopia has been able to do it and what we can learn from,” the Lieutenant Colonel said. According to him, the study tours organized for them to African Union, his visit of the Unity Park and Adama Hot water were all good learning experience. Brigadier General Jok Angok Deng, a South Sudanese was among the military officers graduated with Master of Arts degree in Peace and Security Management. Brigadier General Deng is a military attaché at the South Sudan's Embassy in Addis Ababa. He expressed his hope that the number of students admitted to the institute from South Sudan and other African countries will increase in the future, so will their experience and skills be expanded by acquiring best knowledge and skills to apply in Africa and in global peacekeeping operations. “I hope next time the number of South Sudanese students will be more than one,” he said. Ethiopia has extended support to South Sudan in human resource capacity building efforts for many years, Brigadier General Deng said, adding “South Sudan is a newborn nation that needs human resource development and Ethiopia has been instrumental in providing trainings to so many students, whether civilians or member of the army.” I had also graduated from the same institute with masters degree in 2017 in military operation and leadership and now with another masters degree in Peace and Conflict Management, he said. “Many South Sudanese also graduated from Ethiopia with different certificates. This is human resource development for South Sudan, which is a new nation, and they will contribute like Ethiopia in peacekeeping operation in other parts of Africa.” he added. Although South Sudan has lack of trained force for peacekeeping operations, it started participation in peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the East African Force, he said. Ethiopian peacekeeping contingent did an excellent job in Abyei, he recalled, adding that they were fair enough to protect those who were vulnerable people in the area. Ethiopia's peacekeeping track record is quite impressive and it needs to be emulated by South Sudan, he said. Similarly, Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Yego, who is from Kenya graduated from IPSTI. The courses he took were very important, especially to the Horn of Africa, where we are experiencing conflict and they will help us to understand the resolution of the conflict, Lieutenant Colonel Yego said   Ethiopia and Kenya have been cooperating in capacity building efforts in many ways, including exchange program and training for military personnel, he noted. The lieutenant colonel commended the quality of education and experience acquired during his studies. “The instructors are very excellent and they provide everything. The quality of education here is very nice. And I also advise my colleagues(Kenyans) to pursue for the same course if given the opportunity,” he said. He thanked both his country for granting him this opportunity and the Ethiopian government, ENDF and this institute for the support provided to him.  
IGAD Inaugurates Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office
Sep 30, 2023 1019
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA)- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has inaugurated a Moyale Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office.   IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu and Marsabit County Governor Mohamud Ali inaugurated the office on Friday. The office is expected to support communities on Moyale-Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Speaking on the occasion, the executive secretary said that the facilitation office is a central part of a flagship agenda to take IGAD to the people.   This office shall serve as a catalyst for enhancing vision of IGAD in fostering sustainable peace, shared prosperity, and seamless regional integration, Workneh pointed out. "It's (also) our commitment to fostering regional cross-border cooperation with the objective to propel mutual interests, including the promotion of trade and cultural ties," he added. Marsabit County Governor Ali twitted that the inaugurated IGAD’s Cross-Border Development Facilitation Office in Moyale is a historic step toward regional peace and prosperity. Let's work together for sustainable development in the Horn of Africa, the governor urged. According to IGAD, the office in Moyale will be mandated to facilitate cross border cooperation actors, local government institutions and communities in their respective clusters to foster cooperation around a common programming agenda, especially delivering social services to host communities, refugees, and migrants. The office was built with the cooperation of IGAD and German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia Need to Exploit Potential for Cooperation: HPR Standing Committee Member
Sep 30, 2023 531
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA)- Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia need to exploit their historic ties with lots of potential for cooperation in various spheres, House of People's Representatives (HPR) Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Member Ambassador Dina Mufti said. The longstanding relations of the two countries, both in terms of business relations and people-to-people contacts, are deep-rooted and strong, according to the Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Member. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Dina pointed out that Ethiopia is a country that sheltered Muslims during their persecution. Muslims from Saudi Arabia fled to Ethiopia and they were welcomed by the then Ethiopian leaders. He further stated that the business, trade relationship, and cultural relationships between the two countries have developed over the years. Noting the huge interaction between citizens of the countries, Ambassador Dina stressed the need to further strengthen these relationships. Geographic proximity is also believed to be an encouraging factor to promote tourism in both countries. Many Ethiopians live and work in Saudi Arabia, and many more travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj every year. This helps to further enhance relations to a higher level. Ambassador Dina underlined that “Ethiopia is one of the populous countries in Africa and the opportunity of making business with Ethiopia is huge. So, Saudi Arabia can make good use of that.” There is opportunity for investment, tourism, and technology transfer, he noted, adding that it is possible to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in many spheres. By identifying areas of cooperation in those areas and further strengthening research to exploit the potential, we can go far, the standing committee member stated. According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the relationship between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia is long-standing, historic, and firmly established on people-to-people ties over the centuries. The solid foundation of bilateral relationship and partnership was laid with the First Hijrah in the 7th century when Ethiopia welcomed the followers of the Prophet Mohammed by providing sanctuary and hospitality. Furthermore Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia have recently agreed to bolster the bilateral relations between the two countries. Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia began diplomatic relations in 1949.    
Ethiopia, Cuba Need to Exploit their Potentials to Further Boost Relations: Cuban Ambassador
Sep 29, 2023 606
Addis Ababa, September 28/2023(ENA) Ethiopia and Cuba need to exploit the ample potentials they have in many fields to further strengthen bilateral relationship, Cuba's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Jorge Lefebre Nicolas said. The ambassador told ENA that Cuba and Ethiopia have been in close ties since the establishment of their diplomatic relations in 1976. Cuba has helped Ethiopia during one of the most dangerous situation that Ethiopia faced in history where many Cubans came to this country. He also recalled that many Ethiopians also went to Cuba to pursue their studies. During the Heads of State and Government Summit of Group 77 + China which Cuba hosted from 15 to 16 September 2023, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke met and discussed with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and other officials on the margins of the summit. Ethiopia and Cuba have strong people-to-people relationship through the scholarship that continued over the years, Demeke stated, and noted “we have agreed to establish a ministerial consultation platform in order to elevate the special relationship we enjoy.” Now Ethiopians who pursued their studies in Cuba are back home as doctors, engineers, agriculturalists and professionals in many other fields, Ambassador Nicolas said. "Both countries have natural links established through years and there are also Cuban families here and Ethiopian families in Cuba. So it is a duty of us as a diplomat and politicians to strengthen that relationship,” the ambassador urged. "I think Cuba and Ethiopia in the last years have developed very notable economic capacity and economic power. But we can’t (fully) cooperate together in many fields. For instance, we in Cuba are very heavy drinker of coffee and Ethiopia has one of the best coffee industries. That is ground for cooperation,” he said. With a population of over 110 million people, Ethiopia has higher consumption of sugar, he said, adding that, the country has industries of sugar but not enough for Ethiopia. As Cuba has the knowledge and experience for many years in the sugar industries, we can establish cooperation on that and we have a potential also in biotechnology, the ambassador pointed out. He further elaborated that Cuba has developed some important medication drugs, for instance, during the COVID, Cuba developed five vaccines against COVID-19, which opens ground for cooperation. According to the ambassador, the level of development that Ethiopia and Cuba have reached is similar in some issues, but the cooperation is not worth of the existing potentials and we need to also learn experience from each other. “We can learn from you (Ethiopia) of 110 million people. We are only 11 million people. So, it is supposed to be easier for us with the help of each other, we can achieve better resource,” he said. There is popular people to people bonds between Cubans and Ethiopians, he said, adding we must keep that ties and take this to the political level, Ambassador Nicolas pointed out.    
IGAD Adopts Youth Policy to Strengthen Participation of Youth in All Regional Matters
Sep 28, 2023 881
Addis Ababa, September 28/2023(ENA)- The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has adopted Youth Policy with a view to promoting the rights of the youth and strengthens their engagement in all matters of the region. IGAD held a landmark ministerial meeting towards the adoption of the IGAD Youth Policy in Kenya, Nairobi, on Wednesday. It was indicated during the occasion that the IGAD Youth Policy is a crucial framework for promoting youth rights in the IGAD Region as it is designed to guide and mainstream youth priorities in policies, laws, and programmes aimed at empowering youth and ensuring their meaningful participation in political processes.   The policy is also believed to play crucial role for the development of a comprehensive roadmap and action plan to empower the youth in the region. The policy has been developed through extensive consultations with Technical Experts responsible for Youth Affairs from member states, National Youth Councils, Youth-Led Organisations, and the IGAD Secretariat. The ministers up on the conclusion of their meeting have issued a statement on the declaration of the adoption and implementation of IGAD Youth Policy Framework. The ministers agreed to establish IGAD technical experts and ministerial committees on Youth Affairs as a platform to oversee, follow up, and periodically take stock of the progress of the implementation of the IGAD Youth Policy Framework. They also called upon development partners, including the International Financial Institutions, to provide support to the IGAD Secretariat and its member states for operationalisation of the IGAD Youth Policy Framework.  
Comprehensive Strategic, Cooperative Partnership of Ethioipa and China Boosts Bilateral Cooperation: Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief
Sep 27, 2023 1177
Addis Ababa, September 27/2023 (ENA) The comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership between Ethiopia and China has deepened the bilateral cooperation in various fields, Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin said. The 74th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China was marked yesterday at the Sky Light Hotel. During the ceremony, Embassy Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin said China and Ethiopia have jointly made great efforts to promote peace and development in the Horn of Africa in a bid to make contribution to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region. He also stated that the BRICS mechanism presents a new vision and new opportunities for the two countries' common development. “Ethiopia plays an important role in regional cooperation and global affairs. (Therefore) Ethiopia's joining BRICS will bring new vitality and the momentum to the BRICS cooperation and to build the mechanism into a key platform for a fair and just global political order and economy with inclusive and sustainable development.” According to him, China has been supporting development endeavors in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China helps Africa effort for modernization into a faster track. Moreover, Deputy Chief Shen Qinmin noted that both China and Ethiopia attach great importance to green development. “The Green Legacy initiative by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highly dovetails with the concept of Chinese modernization characterized by a harmony between the human being and nature.” The two countries are committed to preserving the ecological environment so as to effectively cope with challenges posed by climate change, the deputy chief added. Ethiopia's Finance Minister Ahmed Shide praised China for achieving a lot of results in terms of economic development, poverty alleviation and societal development in state institutions to become the pillar of global order during the past 74 years. For the minister, Ethiopia is the best example when it comes to China-Africa cooperation. The cooperation between Ethiopia and China is very comprehensive and strategic, he added. As a result, the two countries have been working together in infrastructural development, including railway, expressway, energy, telecom, industrial development and capacity building, among others. Ahmed further noted that Ethiopia's membership in BRICS is going to add new dynamism for cooperation between Ethiopia and China. “The membership of Ethiopia to BRICS is the testament for the potential and bright future for Ethiopia, and for the comprehensive development and reform with which the country is embarking, given the population and geographic location.” Former President Mulatu Teshome on his part said that China has always been defending common interest in pursuing common prosperity of countries in Africa. As Ethiopia is one of the most promising countries on this continent striving at a faster pace like never before, the BRICS platform will help it to enhance its cooperation with other countries, the former president stated, adding that “our commitment to deepening cooperation with China and ASEAN countries for mutual benefit remains consistent. African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Monique Nsanzabaganwa said China and Africa have forged an unbreakable fraternity in the struggle against poverty in the past 70 years. Africa and China have written a splendid chapter over mutual assistance amid complex challenges and set a shining example for building a new type of international relations, she added. “We need further opening up in new prospects for China-Africa cooperation, expansion of trade and investment, experience sharing on poverty reduction, strengthening cooperation on the digital economy.” Nsanzabaganwa reiterated that the African Union will continue to appreciate the Chinese accompaniment in the implementation of the global development initiative, which dovetails with African Union’s Agenda 2063 and UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.        
Ethio-Algeria Political Relations Will Get Transformed into Very Interesting Economic Ties: Algerian Ambassador   
Sep 26, 2023 1355
Addis Ababa, September 26/2023(ENA) Algeria and Ethiopia will translate a very good political relationship to a very interesting economic tie that will benefit the two countries, Ambassador Mohammed Lamine Laabas told ENA. Algeria's Ambassador Laabas said during the commencement of a direct flight of Air Algérie to the Ethiopian capital on Friday that the flight is a concrete move to maximize economic benefit between the two countries. Since last year, the leaders and higher government officials of the two countries have been discussing direct air transport connectivity to bolster the bilateral relations. Accordingly, Air Algerie made its first direct inaugural flight from Algiers-Houari Boumédiène to the capital Addis Ababa. Ambassador Laabas stated that Algeria and Ethiopia will translate the decades-long very good political relationship into a very interesting economic tie that will mutually benefit the two countries. “We’ve been having very good political relations for many years. Now, opening this line, we will translate the very good political relations into a very interesting and benefitting economic, cultural, and commercial relations.” According to him, the lack of direct flight between Algeria and Ethiopia was a missing point to improve the overall relations of the countries. Even the Ethiopian Airlines, which flies to over 63 destinations in Africa using Addis Ababa as a hub, has gaps to connect North African and Sub-Sahran Africa countries. “We're going to benefit from the experience of the Ethiopian Airlines," Ambassador Laabas stated, adding that "this line is the first-ever opening to the Maghreb region. (And) we are delighted that our country has taken the decision to be the first Maghreb country to link with Ethiopia. That is very important. It was the only missing part of the network of Ethiopian Airlines." He elaborated that the lack of direct air connectivity had negative impact on the Maghreb and Eastern Africa regions. “This is what was missing --- this possibility to consolidate, to increase the commercial, economic relations while we are having very good political relation. Algeria has its goods, and Ethiopia has its goods. Now, we can exchange our goods directly without going through Europe, without going through the Middle East which used to increase the price of the cargo.” The direct air connectivity is also expected to positively impact the overall bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Algeria, according to the ambassador. “This will impact the other technical relations with the two countries. When you join directly the capitals, that will bring wealth for the two countries and companies. We are just bridging. Now you will see industries and companies find solution for their own problems. Now you will see companies do business in both directions,” Ambassador Laabas elaborated. Ethiopian leaders have visited Algeria and discussed with Algerian higher-officials last year and air connectivity was an issue. Establishing diplomatic relations in the 1960s, Ethiopia and Algeria have been enjoying strong political and diplomatic relations.
Social
UN Chief Says Protecting Older Persons’ Rights will benefit All of Humanity
Oct 1, 2023 198
Addis Ababa, October 01/2023 (ENA) Protecting the dignity and human rights of older persons, and addressing the challenges they face in society will ultimately benefit all of humanity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. The global community is observing the UN International Day of Older Persons today under the theme "Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations." Observed annually on 1 October, the Day aims to raise awareness of the challenges and issues faced by older persons worldwide. The day also seeks to promote the importance of respecting and caring for older persons and to highlight their significant contribution to society. In a message commemorating Sunday’s International Day of Older Persons, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the pervasive issue of ageism in society and the vulnerability of older persons in the face of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty and climate emergencies. “Addressing these and other issues is a human rights imperative that will benefit everyone,” he said. Studies show that number of people aged 65 years or older worldwide is projected to more than double – rising from 761 million in 2021 to 1.6 billion in 2050 – with the number of people aged 80 years or older growing even faster. This further underscores the urgency of strengthening the protection of the human rights of current and future generations of older persons around the world. Guterres highlighted that older persons can make significant contributions in terms of their knowledge and experience, and have the potential to contribute to peace, sustainable development and the protection of the environment. “We must ensure their active engagement, full participation, and essential contributions – including through social and workplace policies built around their specific needs,” he said. He also emphasized the need for intergenerational dialogue and unity as vital components of building more inclusive and age-friendly societies and a resilient world for everyone.  
Tourists Astounded by Ethiopia's Meskel Celebration Call Others to See it For Themselves
Sep 28, 2023 694
Addis Ababa, September 28/2023(ENA)- Some tourists who attended the celebration of Demera, the eve of Meskel, a UNESCO-inscribed Ethiopian Orthodox Church's biggest open-air religious festival, were astounded by its authentic religious and cultural dimensions calling others to see it for themselves. The celebration of Demera, marking the finding of the True Cross upon which Jesus was crucified, was held across Ethiopia decorated with Orthodox religious and cultural festivities. Predominantly, the event was colorfully marked at Mekel Square at the heart of the capital on Wednesday evening with huge gathering of followers of the church, Sunday school students, and members of the clergy dressed in robes and traditional clothes and several tourists. The ceremony has attracted tens of thousands, including tourists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Some of the foreign tourists from different countries have told ENA that they were impressed by the open-air festival and its authentic religious and cultural dimensions. They called other foreign tourists, including from African countries and other in different continents to experience Ethiopia's magnificent tourist attractions such as this Meskel ceremony. Accordingly, Kinja Mulegwa from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said visiting Ethiopia’s authentic Meskel celebration is important for Africans to find indigenous spirituality because colonialism has affected religion and culture in Africa.   In DRC, for instance, colonialism has affected traditional religion and culture, she pointed out. “We are still fighting to find our spirituality. And for us it is important to come and see this celebration of today.” Congolese culture and religion is influenced by outsiders essentially beginning from the era of colonization, she indicated. Similarly, American Reverend Grant Bushee, from New San Francisco, stated that he came to Ethiopia for the first time to learn about the Ethiopian religion and its similarity and difference to his own Anglican.   “The way you celebrate your faith is very impressive. This is a unique experience for me that I think very few of my country’s citizens ever get the chance to see. So I feel very blessed to be here today,” he said. Prior to the Demera celebration, Bushee was fascinated by the traditions and unique customs of various tribes in northern Ethiopia and he will visit the northern part of the country. Noting that he has visited many African countries, Bushee said: “Everything is totally different...much different from other countries. I have been to Africa. This is a very rich experience for me. I wish more Americans could come here and see this." He further added: “This country is so ancient and there is so much to learn about your culture and history. Even the early humans were here.” England-born Lauriel Reid, who is an English Language Teacher living in Ethiopia, said many tourists are not experiencing such an amazing ceremony in Ethiopia urging others to visit the country. “This is an experience of a lifetime, this is one of these experiences that you should have in your calendar at least once in your life…You have to experience it for yourself to know how you feel about it. That is my message. Experience Ethiopia for yourself.” Chinese Liu Qin who attended the Demera celebration for her first time in Ethiopia was particularly astounded by the huge gathering, traditional attires, and songs.   Noting that the organized ceremony is successful and very amazing, she regretted for not wearing the Ethiopian traditional attires. "It is very nice and this is my first time to come here and celebrate the biggest church and religion ceremony in Ethiopia. This is very successful and very amazing and a lot of people wore traditional cloth and I liked the Ethiopian culture." She called more Chinese tourists to visit Ethiopia. Ethiopia is number one in Africa with its UNESCO World Heritage preserving treasures reflecting its rich history, inspiring generations.  
Economy
Dev’t Activities on Natural Resources Would Lay Foundation for Ethiopia's Prosperity: House Speaker
Oct 1, 2023 206
Addis Ababa, October 01/2023 (ENA) Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives, Tagese Chafo underscored that the development activities being carried out on natural resources by linking them with human power would lay foundation to realizing Ethiopia's prosperity. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other senior government officials had conducted a two-day visit on the development works being carried out in Jimma, Oromia region and its surrounding areas. In his trip, the prime minister mainly visited development activities on “Yelemat Tirufat,” a national development campaign which was launched by the premier himself that focuses on nutritional opulence. Yelemat Tirufat is a development initiative being carried out across Ethiopia with the objective to ensure food self-sufficiency at the family and national levels. Abiy and those senior government officials also reviewed the agricultural activities under progress in the areas and tourism development projects in Jimma City through the "Dine for Generation" initiative. Recall Prime Minister Abiy had disclosed last March the plan to develop eight tourism sites in different parts of the country under Dine for Generation initiative which are believed to greatly stimulate Ethiopia's tourism activity, enabling citizens to benefit more from the sector. Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives,Tagese Chafo who was also part of the visit said that he has witnessed the implementation of many development projects that have benefited the people of Jimma Zone. The speaker pointed out that encouraging work is being done in the cultivation of coffee, rice, vegetables and fruits as well as activities being underway in tourism development in the area. The development activities being carried out by the federal government in coordination with the Oromia region are on an effective path, he affirmed. Such ongoing development works are therefore instrumental at the national level that would lay the foundation to realizing the prosperity of Ethiopia, the Speaker noted. He was very much impressed by the encouraging achievements being registered in the cultivation of wheat and rice.   “The wheat and rice farms demonstrate the fact that it is possible to achieve the target of three or four times as much cultivation in cluster farming in a very short period of time here in Jimma zone. Similarly, extensive works have been done in fruits and vegetables. This entails that if we work hard, we can ensure the prosperity of our country in a short period of time.” The speaker also explained that development works that benefit the people play vital role in building sustainable peace. Noting that Ethiopians have been able to maintain their unity by overcoming together several challenges they had encountered, Tagese stressed the need to strengthening this solidarity by connecting it with development activities. In this regard, he pointed out that the works that have been undertaken on Yelemat Tirufat and tourism development are encouraging. Former Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives, Abadula Gemeda said on his part that many development works have been carried out in Jimma city and its surroundings specially to enhance the productivity of rice and coffee.   Abadula further mentioned that the tourism development activities being carried out in Jimma city through the Dine for Generation initiative have the potential to make the city a tourist destination. He also pointed out that the agricultural development activities being underway through Yelemat Tirufat program are playing an important role in facilitating the growth of Ethiopia's economy.   In this case, Abadula urged the leadership of the country to work more in maintaining and replicating the success stories recorded in other parts of Ethiopia.  
Second Conference on Human Capital Development in Africa To Be Held In Ethiopia
Sep 30, 2023 379
Addis Ababa, September 30/2023(ENA)- The 2nd Conference on Human Capital Development in Africa (CHCDA) under the theme of "The Future of Jobs, Employability & Skills in Africa" will take place from October 2-3, 2023. The conference aimed to catalyze Africa's human capital development through skills development and job creation and will feature prominent speakers, engaging panel discussions, and access to industry-leading knowledge and best practices. It will also provide a platform for stakeholders from across Africa to network, share knowledge, and develop collaborative solutions to the most critical human capital development challenges facing the continent. The conference is organized by Ministry of Labor and Skills, GIZ, ATD-Ethiopia and The i-Capital Africa Institute. The conference is a platform designed by The i-Capital Africa Institute to shape the future by fostering collaboration, developing labor market strategies, proposing policies, and identifying solutions. State Minister of Labor and Skills, Teshale Berecha told ENA that there will be consultation on how to enhance the coordination of the governments, the private sector and other relevant bodies working in the field of human resource development during the conference. It is a platform to exchange experiences regarding the current status of the international labor and skills market, he said. Moreover, Teshale added that the conference will contribute significantly to tailoring solutions to gaps in job creation and strengthening the links between industry and educational institutions. Matching the demand and supply of skills in Africa, learning from best practices, School-to-work transition, volunteering, and internships, ensuring the quality of skills and jobs in the civil service sector, the role of the private sector in promoting employability and skills development, among other thematic topics, are expected to be discussed during the conference.  
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Microsoft Choses Ethiopia as One of Africa New Digital Development Programe
Sep 21, 2023 4613
Addis Ababa, September 21/2023(ENA):- Minister of Innovation and Technoogy, Belete Mola held productive discussion with Microsoft senior leadership about technology collaboration, and philanthropy intersect for the mutual benefit between Ethiopia and Microsoft. The Minister, who is attending the 78th UNGA in New York, briefed the senior leadership of Microsoft about Ethiopia's current state in terms of technological advancement, digital transformation, and areas of growth. He also highlighted Ethiopia's potential as a Business Process Outsourcing (PBO) destination given its large, young, affordable, and trainable workforce, along with the country's strategic location and time zone advantages. The minister has discussed the initiatives and steps taken by Ethiopia to create a conducive environment for BPO, such as infrastructure development, training programs, and policy frameworks; explore opportunities for Microsoft to consider Ethiopia as a potential BPO hub for its operations. Belete also explained Ethiopia's vision for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential to drive growth, innovation, and efficiency across various sectors. The Microsoft leadership reiterated how these can serve as foundations for deeper collaborations with Microsoft; explore opportunities for Microsoft to assist in building AI capacities in Ethiopia, whether through educational programs, research partnerships, or investments in AI startups. He also elaborated Ethiopia’s desire for expanding its digital infrastructure; explore potential partnerships where Microsoft could play a role, such as in providing cloud services, data centers, or other technologies. He further highlighted Ethiopia's emerging startup ecosystem and the potential for innovation; and discussed ways Microsoft could support Ethiopian startups, be it through funding, mentoring, or providing tools and resources. The Minister talked about Digital Governance and Cybersecurity where he explained the need for secure digital platforms for governance and public services. Microsoft has pinpointed how digital solutions could revolutionize sectors like healthcare and agriculture in Ethiopia; discuss potential partnerships, pilot projects, or initiatives where Microsoft's technology can make a meaningful difference. During the meeting bothering sides reiterated on the importance of the partnership, and Belete has expressed gratitude for Microsoft's interest; mutually agreed to take concrete steps in assigning a working team on both sides that will work on an action plan towards steps ahead. The Microsoft leadership has appreciated Ethiopia's keen interest to partner with Microsoft. The minister finally has thanked Microsoft to include Ethiopia to be one of the top 3 African countries for their new Digital Development Program; and appreciated the team the fact that they are planning to visit Addis Ababa on the last week of October for the furtherance of the partnership.  
Finance Ministry, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Launch Gov't Procurement Card 
Aug 31, 2023 2876
Addis Ababa, August 31/2023 (ENA) The Ministry of Finance and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) launched the Government Procurement Card today. The bank and the ministry organized a workshop on government electronic payment performance with representatives drawn from the financial sector and different institutions in the country. During the workshop, CBE President Abe Sano and Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign officially launched the Government Procurement Card. The Government Procurement Card will enable government budget offices to make digital payments and use government expenditure properly, it was indicated. Implementing government procurement card will play big role in the economy and contribute to the facilitation of Ethiopia’s economic digitization drive. State Minister of Finance, Eyob Tekalgn said works will be underway in collaboration with stakeholders in order to make the procurement card project effective. He said enormous efforts have been carried out to realize the strategy of Digital Ethiopia, noting that the realization of digital transformation is one of the pillars of the country’s home grown economic reform. The use of electronic payment in government procurements is one of the key tasks in this regard, the state minister added. He pointed out that cooperation with the bank will bring a great deal of changes as government procurement plays crucial role in the Ethiopian economy stressing the importance of implementing digital payment system in easing the vulnerability of financial sector. CBE President Abe Sano said for his part the electronic payment system being implemented in the country has been showing encouraging outcomes within a short period of its operation indicating that more than 3.3 trillion Birr was transacted through the system during the concluded Ethiopian budget year alone. More than 170 institutions use CBE electronic transaction, it was learned. .                                            
ICT Not Luxury for Today's Ethiopia: Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations President 
Aug 9, 2023 5387
Addis Ababa August 9/2023(ENA):- Information and communication technology is not a luxury for today’s Ethiopia but a means to transform the agrarian economy to digital economy, Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations President said. A two-day India-Africa ICT Expo 2023, which brought together 30 ICT companies from India and over 10 from Ethiopia opened today in Addis Ababa.   Addressing the expo, Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (ACCSA) President, Mesenbet Shenkute, said ICT has great potential to accelerate human progress and to develop knowledge societies. ICT is also vital in promoting technology transfer and capacity building, strengthening multi-stakeholders partnership, and enabling data monitoring and accountability, among others, she added. For Mesenbet, information and communication technology is not a luxury for today’s Ethiopia, but a means to transform the agrarian economy to digital economy. Innovation and Technology State Minister Huria Ali stated that the expo is crucial to share experiences of other countries in various areas, including education, health, tourism and other infrastructures, as India has internationally known ecosystem. According to her, the expo will also help to enhance capacity building, strengthen existing relations and work together between India and Ethiopia and other African countries. India's Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) Director-General Arun Gupta said TEPC mainly targets promotion and development of export of telecom equipment and services. Telecom installation services, operation and maintenance services for telecom hardware as well as software, telecom network management services, and telecom consultancy services are among its services.   Citing that ICT sector has been the major driver for the economic growth of the world, Gupta said , noting that India has now all the ingredients of a globally competitive telecom industry. The Government of India, along with Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) and the Indian Embassy in Addis Ababa, organized the expo. The India-Africa Expo is expected to build and solidify partnership between India, Ethiopia, and other African countries in ICT and related sectors, according to the organizers of the expo.  
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New Global Framework to Reduce Environmental Risks from Chemicals, Waste Adopted 
Oct 1, 2023 319
Addis Ababa, October 01/2023 (ENA) A new global framework to reduce environmental risks from chemicals and waste was adopted at a UN conference on Saturday, with countries committing to phase out the most harmful ones. Agreed at the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), in Bonn, Germany, the Global Framework on Chemicals sets concrete targets and guidelines across the lifecycle of chemicals. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said “Everyone on this planet should be able to live and work without fear of falling sick or dying from chemical exposure. Nature, free from pollution, should be able to thrive and support humanity for millennia to come.” The framework provides a vision for a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste, for a safe, healthy and sustainable, the Directors stated. The framework is based around 28 targets, designed to improve responsible management of chemicals and waste. These targets also aim to establish stronger connections with other important global agendas, including climate change, biodiversity, human rights and health. Governments have committed to setting up policies and regulations aimed at reducing chemical pollution by 2030 as well as promoting safer alternatives. Industries also pledged to managing chemicals in a manner that reduces pollution and its adverse impacts, according to UN News. In addition to the Global Framework, the Conference also adopted the Bonn Declaration. The Declaration aims to “prevent exposure to harmful chemicals, and phase out the most harmful ones, where appropriate, and enhance the safe management of such chemicals where they are needed.” It also encourages countries to support the transition to circular economies, fostering the development of safe alternatives and substitutes for chemicals. This approach aims to not only safeguard health and the environment but also reduce waste and enhance recycling efforts. The Executive Director of UNEP urged all parties to start acting immediately. “The World Health Organization (WHO) tells us that direct chemical pollution of the air, land, water and workplace is causing two million deaths per year,” she said. “..I call on governments, the chemicals industry and everyone involved to go above and beyond what has been agreed to protect people and the planet upon which we all depend.”  
Ethiopia Committed To Full Implementation of SDGs, DPM & FM Demeke Says
Sep 21, 2023 1370
Addis Ababa, September 21/2023(ENA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen said Ethiopia is committed to the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Demeke paid a courtesy call to the President of the 78th UN General Assembly, Dennis Francis, in New York and exchanged views at length on the current global agenda of the General Assembly. On the occasion, Demeke noted that the implementation of the SDG agenda deserves continuous attention and a series of considerations. Ethiopia remains committed to implementing the global agenda as it complements the ten-year national development plan, Demeke added. Moreover, he told the President of the General Assembly that Ethiopia has undertaken various projects , such as the Green Legacy, successfully. Francis also expressed his satisfaction over the extraordinary measures Ethiopia is undertaking to achieve the targets of the SDGs. He elaborated that UNGA will press for more funding to support the global south, including Africa, to succeed in achieving the SDGs. Similarly, Deneke met with the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Gerd Muller at the sidelines of UN 78th General Assembly. Muller said that UNIDO is committed to support various development projects in Ethiopia. Ethiopia's peace, stability, and development are the priorities of UNIDO he said, adding that in October 2023, UNIDO will convene an international conference in Addis Ababa. Demeke thanked Muller for his personal initiatives and expressed the desire of Ethiopia to have strong working relations with UNIDO. The meeting took place on the margins of UNGA 78 in New York. Demeke also met with other senior government officials from Europe and the Middle East, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  
PM Abiy Pledges to Bequeath Prosperous Ethiopia to Future Generation
Sep 18, 2023 1513
Addis Ababa, September 18/2023(ENA):- Through the united efforts of the Ethiopian people, we will bequeath strong and prosperous Ethiopia to future generation, Prime Minister Abiy said during a completion program of the second phase of the first year’s Green Legacy Initiative. The closing program of this year’s second phase of the Green Legacy initiative was held in the Jogo basin area, Lomi Woreda of East Shoa Zone, Oromia region in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy, all chief administrators of regional states and agriculture bureau heads. Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated that numerous forums on the impacts of climate change have been held at the global level. As regards mitigating the impacts of climate change and taking concrete actions, progress has not been made, he said, adding, however, Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative has been exemplary in mitigating climate change impacts and taking concrete actions. The premier also disclosed that 7.5 billion tree seedlings have so far been planted this year in the second phase of the Green Legacy Initiative. Combined with the two phases of the Green Legacy initiative, Ethiopia is set to plant 50 billion saplings in four years, Abiy elaborated. For instance, Abiy mentioned that the Jogo basin area was barren areas four years ago, but now the area is covered with green plants. The prime minister further mentioned that the local communities have contributed a lot for this success and they are now engaged in beekeeping activities following the green development in the area. He also explained that the massive green development activities that Ethiopia has embarked on are helping the nation to prevent soil erosion, increase rainfall and maintaining ecosystems. Moreover, Abiy said green development is becoming a big economic source in Ethiopia. He further stressed the need for prioritizing fruit, coffee, tea and other market-oriented green development activities. PM Abiy also expressed the appreciation of his government to the people of Ethiopia for their immense contributions and achievements in the Green Legacy initiatives during the past years. Mentioning the successes that are being recorded in Green Legacy initiative, the construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), wheat farming and in Lemat Trufat, Abiy urged the public to replicate the successes in all sectors. He also stated that effective activities are being carried out with the cooperation of the government and the people, ensuring the inevitability of Ethiopia's journey to prosperity journey. The prime minister also underscored that there will be no earthly power that can stop Ethiopia's journey of the ongoing far-reaching reform to ensure its prosperity. “We will bequeath a strong and prosperous Ethiopia to the next generation with the united efforts of its people.” It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched the second phase of the Green Legacy Initiative in June 2023 in the Afar region under the theme: “Let’s plant the future today.” Combined with the 25 billion seedlings planted in the last four years, Ethiopia will become the first country to create forests by planting 50 billion saplings by the end of the second phase of the green initiative, it was indicated. According to the plan, 60 percent of the saplings will be used for agroforestry, 35 percent for forest cover and 5 percent for urban ornaments.  
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 26825
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 21825
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 Commemoration of Meskel
Sep 26, 2023 732
BY SOLOMON DIBABA The Ethiopian New Year comes up with various religious and cultural celebrations which are marked indoors among families and outdoors with the entire public in mammoth paraphernalia. Meskel, the holiday celebrated in commemoration of the unearthing of the True Cross is celebrated with the building of Demera bonfire. This year Meskel is celebrated in Ethiopia even when two more tangible Ethiopian heritages, the Bale Mountain National Park and Gedeo Natural landscape have been inscribed as world tangible heritages. Ethiopia has registered 15 tangible and intangible world heritages becoming the top country in Africa in registering the heritages. Meskel, meaning the cross in Amharic is an annual religious national holiday among the faithful of Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It takes place on the 27th of September. In addition to its religious values, Meskel coincides with the end of the main rainy season (June to September) and the onset of Ethiopian spring in which fields and meadows in the country are carpeted with mesmerizing Ethiopian daisies, locally known as Adey Abeba, with their captivating yellow colors which majestically carpet the Ethiopian fields. The daisies prevail September until a few weeks of October and then disappear and reappears same period the following year. The commemoration of Meskel started with Demera, a ceremonial burning of a large bonfire. It is a special event that is conducted on the Eve of Meskel to recall the smoke that led Empress Helena to the site of the True Cross. In the afternoon of September 27, dozens of Sunday school students and members of the clergy and move through Meskel Square chanting spiritual songs that last for hours. Hundreds of thousands of people from diverse communities also flock to the square in Addis Ababa as colorfully dressed priests chant hymns and prayers and perform their unique rhythmic dance in front of the pyre. At the climax, the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church lights the bonfire. According to the teaching of the church, the True Cross, was thrown in a ditch or well, and then covered with pile of dirt and earth for many years until Empress Helena, mother of Constantine, guided by revelation identified the place where the cross of Jesus had been buried. Accordingly, Empress Helena was told to build a bonfire, light it and discover the cross that had been buried. She ordered the people of Jerusalem to bring wood and make a huge bonfire. After adding frankincense, the bonfire was set ablaze. Then, the smoke raised high up to the sky and then bended to the ground, spotting exactly where the True Cross had been buried. As darkness begins to set in, the Demera is set ablaze, declaring joyful jubilation and ululation. The following day is the official day of the commemoration of the finding of the True Cross, Ethiopians attend liturgy and a feast and celebrate with family and friends. Many take the ash from the Demera and apply it on their foreheads with a shape of a cross. It is also an occasion when many urbanites, for example, the Gurage people pay a visit to their families in rural villages to mark the holiday together. The Demera festival of the Meskel holiday, dates back to 1600 years. It has been registered as world intangible heritage by UNESCO since December 2013, as the first intangible Ethiopian heritage. During the festival, a special species of birds known as ‘YeMeskel Wof -Meskel’s Bird’ also appears. Generally, the word 'YeMeskel Wof' is used to call the four bird species, namely the northern red bishops, indigo-birds, whydah and widow birds, and yet it has more than ten species under it. These birds are also enjoyed by bird watchers during Meskel. These birds are endemic to Ethiopia, and do not migrate from one place to another as other birds do. September is their reproduction season and the color of their feathers gets changed in order to attract opposite sexes. Due to this change, it looks that they are new birds that appear only at this time of the year. Meskel is a major tourist season in Ethiopia. Thousands of tourists from many countries converge in Ethiopia to enjoy the festival. Tourists particularly enjoy Meskel celebration in Addis Ababa. The True Cross is said to have been brought to Ethiopia and is kept at Amba Gishen, which itself has a shape of cross.  
Quality Legal Education for Promotion of Justice in Ethiopia
Sep 24, 2023 997
BY SOLOMON DIBABA The Addis Ababa University School Law commemorated its Alumnae Convention and 60th Anniversary of its founding in the presence of government higher officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and various institutions on the 23rd of September 2023. Established on 23rd September 1963, Addis Ababa University school of Law is the oldest law school in Ethiopia, pioneering in legal education in both undergraduate and graduate levels. The Law School was established with a mission to produce competent, ethical and responsible profession who can actively contribute towards the prevalence of the rule of law, equality, human rights, democracy, social justice, tolerance and development. The basis for the establishment of the Faculty of Law was laid down by the momentous decision to codify the laws of Ethiopia gave rise to the need of trained lawyers who could understand, interpret, and apply them.   Speaking on the convocation of the former Haile Selassie I University in 1961, the late Emperor Haile Selassie said, “We would ask for the immediate founding of a Faculty of law where our own students may be trained to enter the legal profession. Our empire has need, its government and its commerce for well-educated lawyers and particularly for those who have been trained in their own university, in their own codes and customs.”   The author of this article recalls that the completion of the codification of the laws of the country from 1951-1952 and the consequent issuance of the 1954 Revised Constitution backed up the establishment of such a school for training qualified legal experts. The writer notes that for 40 years out of 60 Addis Ababa University Faculty of Law was the only higher institute for training legal professionals in the country.   Over the last several decades the Law School was engaged in its flagship publication, Journal of Ethiopian Law. Nonetheless, the School was also publishing thematic research publications including Ethiopian Constitutional and Public Law, Ethiopian Civil and Commercial Law series and international law research papers on major contemporary local and global policy and legal issues are debated on regular annual conferences.   As part of its legal social services, the School is running 6 legal aid centers to provide general free legal services to local community members. Out of the 6 one center is reportedly dedicated to providing free legal services for refugees and asylum seekers.   Addis Ababa University School of Law Library established in 1964 boasts one of the finest collections of over 30,000 periodicals, reference books, over 10,000 e-books on law journals and dissertations. To date, the School of Law has graduated more than 6000 highly skilled legal professions who are currently serving in various government institutions.   Over the last several years the author recalls that members of the Law School have been participating in the legal reform programs the government undertaken. The professionals and scholars of the Law School are also networking with Justice and Legal Systems Institute. As stated by several speakers on the occasion, the author is of the opinion that the administrative autonomy granted to the Addis Ababa University could be exploited by the School of Law to further promote the prevalence of quality and practical legal education in the university.   The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the School of Law is of significant importance at a time when Addis Ababa University granted its autonomy very recently. The autonomy status is also crucial in accelerating the growth and development of the school in its aspiration to become a preeminent center of excellence for legal education and scholarship in the changing global, regional and national order, he noted.   The Addis Ababa University Law School can also serve as a unique center for the improvement of legal education in other public universities across the country by establishing projects that are geared towards building the capacity of the legal schools in these universities.   The Law School can assist in developing some kind of public legal education program in cooperation with CSOs and professional associations in the country. This is important because a huge gap is being observed in public adherence to the rule of law, conception of their constitutional rights and obligations as citizens.   The Law School provides lectures and seminars in English and new students are on several occasions challenged by their inability to comprehend legal concepts in their proper context. The author holds the opinion that legalistic English needs to be taught as a full course particularly for under graduate students who may also need extensive tutorial classes. This could be supplemented with practical knowledge with orientations on the practical legal technical application of the laws of the country at the various levels of courts of law.   The author would also like to stress on the growing significance of conducting researches on important legal issues pertaining to the protection of the environment, natural resources of the country, cyber-attacks, computer crimes and other crimes related to the modernization of the socio-economic development of the country.    
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