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Amhara Region Bracing to Safeguard Over 469,000 Residents From Flood
May 30, 2024 14
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) In a proactive measure to mitigate the impact of potential floods during the upcoming rainy season, the Amhara Regional Disaster Prevention and Food Security Coordinating Commission is undertaking comprehensive preparations to protect over 469,000 residents in the region. Director of early warning and response of the commission, Birhanu Zewdu provided a detailed account of the ongoing efforts. "Flood prevention works are being carried out by identifying areas historically prone to flooding during the winter months," he stated. The Ethiopian Meteorological Authority has forecasted heavy rainfall in the coming months, further underscoring the urgency of these preparatory measures. A budget of over 100 million Ethiopian Birr has been allocated to fund the flood mitigation initiatives, since last March. The flood prevention activities are being implemented in the South Gondar Zone, particularly in the Dera, Limo Kemkem, and Fogera districts, as well as in the Central Gondar Zone around Gondar and the West and East Dembiya districts, along with the West and East Amhara areas. Birhanu emphasised that 22 urban administrations and districts have been identified as highly vulnerable to flooding based on the comprehensive assessment. "The preparatory work will enable us to protect more than 469,000 residents who live in these at-risk areas and rely on social services," he explained. The flood mitigation efforts are projected to safeguard 15,000 houses and 218,000 domestic animals from the devastating impact of floods. The interventions include several flood preventive structures including the construction of flood diversion dams, as well as other structures. Birhanu underscored the importance of community engagement, stating, "The community should not only assist in the existing flood protection works but also ensure their sustainability by handling them.  
Ethiopia's Nat'l Dialogue Offers Historic Opportunity for Peace, State-Building: Business Community Representatives 
May 30, 2024 113
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The ongoing national dialogue in Ethiopia has been hailed by business community leaders as a unique and historic opportunity to achieve lasting peace and strengthen the country's institutions. The consultation process, initiated by the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, began yesterday in the Addis Ababa city administration. During this phase, local stakeholders in the capital are discussing to identify and prepare agenda and elect their representatives to participate in the forthcoming national dialogue. The consultation involves elected representatives from each district, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations, political parties, and key government bodies. Marta Hunde and Girma Mulat, members of the business community representatives who were interviewed by ENA, stated that the consultation aims to lay a strong foundation for sustainable peace and the country's continued existence. "The national dialogue has brought a unique and historic opportunity for lasting peace and building a strong state," said Martha. "We are all ready to work as stakeholders for its success." Martha and Muzamil Jemal, another business community representatives, echoed these sentiments, saying it is the responsibility of all Ethiopians to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the process. The Addis Ababa-level consultation will continue until June 4, 2024, with similar processes unfolding across the country. Ethiopia's national consultation has progressed from the preparatory stage and is now in the consultation phase, with the implementation phase to follow.
Ethiopia's Construction Sector Booms, Reaching 21 Percent of GDP: Deputy PM 
May 30, 2024 143
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh said Ethiopia's construction industry has reached a significant milestone, contributing 21 percent to the country's gross domestic product (GDP). The senior government official made the remark while inaugurating the highly anticipated Big 5 Construct Ethiopia 2024 Exhibition and Expo in the nation's capital, Addis Ababa. The "Build Ethiopia" themed event, attended by the Speaker of House of Peoples' Representatives, Tagesse Chaffo, Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abiebie, and Urban and Infrastructure Minister Chaltu Sani, among other industry stakeholders, celebrated the remarkable growth of Ethiopia's construction sector. Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen stated on the occasion that the industry is expected to maintain an annual growth rate of over 8 percent, contributing greatly to the country's overall prosperity. He highlighted the government's efforts to create an enabling environment that fosters investment and further development of the construction industry. The construction sector in Ethiopia is playing a vital role in infrastructure development and job creation, Temesgen said. Ethiopia has the capacity to supply 80 percent of the construction materials needed within the country, the Deputy Prime Minister indicated. "Our 10-year development plan prioritizes the construction of roads, railways, and special economic zones, demonstrating the government's commitment to the industry's growth.", Temesgen added.Urban and Infrastructure Minister, Chaltu Sani for her part emphasized the importance of coordination among various stakeholders to ensure the continued expansion of the construction industry, which is a key driver of Ethiopia's economic transformation. The Big 5 Construct Ethiopia 2024 exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure, the Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation, and partners, aims to provide a platform for local and international construction companies to showcase their products, services, and innovative solutions. The three-day event is expected to attract over 9,000 industry professionals and feature more than 150 exhibitors from 30 countries, including Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, China, India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, England, Algeria, Oman, and Qatar. Alongside the exhibition, the event will host a series of professional panels and discussions on engineering, project management, technology, infrastructure, and architecture, offering valuable opportunities for knowledge-sharing and networking within the industry.
Ethiopia Calls for More Effort to Provide Quality Healthcare in Developing Nations 
May 30, 2024 135
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has called pertinent stakeholder in the international community including the World Health Organization to help enhance the provision of equitable, high-quality healthcare in developing nations in an all-encompassing way. Ethiopian delegation led by Minister of Health, Mekdes Daba is participating at the Seventy-seventh World Health Organization Assembly being held in Geneva, Switzerland under the theme “All for Health, Health for All.” Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Mekdes Daba made statement on various health issues at the assembly. In her speech to the congregation, the minister said that Ethiopia firmly believes that healthcare is a human right of citizens. The minister explained that access to international health services should not leave anyone behind, emphasizing the need for quality health services without any differences or borders. Moreover, she elaborated that the family-centered health service programs in Ethiopia, especially the health extension program, has achieved remarkable results by creating awareness and providing basic health services to citizens in rural and remote areas. In particular, Mekdes stated that notable outcomes have been attained, in the prevention and controlling of infectious diseases including COVID-19, lowering mortality rates, and enhancing the health of mothers and children. However, she underlined that “we still need to do more in order to build a strong health system that can withstand health risks and respond quickly when emergencies are encountered.” While access to health care is a fundamental human right, developing nations like Ethiopia have been facing challenges in providing equitable and high-quality healthcare to their people due to a variety of reasons, including a lack of resources. Hence, she called on relevant partners and stakeholders, including the World Health Organization, to provide fair and quality health services in a comprehensive manner to the developing countries. The Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly, a series of strategic roundtables discussions are underway. Delegates, partner agencies, representatives of civil society and WHO experts have also been discussing current and future priorities for public health issues of global importance.
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Ethiopia's Nat'l Dialogue Offers Historic Opportunity for Peace, State-Building: Business Community Representatives 
May 30, 2024 113
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The ongoing national dialogue in Ethiopia has been hailed by business community leaders as a unique and historic opportunity to achieve lasting peace and strengthen the country's institutions. The consultation process, initiated by the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, began yesterday in the Addis Ababa city administration. During this phase, local stakeholders in the capital are discussing to identify and prepare agenda and elect their representatives to participate in the forthcoming national dialogue. The consultation involves elected representatives from each district, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations, political parties, and key government bodies. Marta Hunde and Girma Mulat, members of the business community representatives who were interviewed by ENA, stated that the consultation aims to lay a strong foundation for sustainable peace and the country's continued existence. "The national dialogue has brought a unique and historic opportunity for lasting peace and building a strong state," said Martha. "We are all ready to work as stakeholders for its success." Martha and Muzamil Jemal, another business community representatives, echoed these sentiments, saying it is the responsibility of all Ethiopians to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the process. The Addis Ababa-level consultation will continue until June 4, 2024, with similar processes unfolding across the country. Ethiopia's national consultation has progressed from the preparatory stage and is now in the consultation phase, with the implementation phase to follow.
Ethiopia's Construction Sector Booms, Reaching 21 Percent of GDP: Deputy PM 
May 30, 2024 143
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh said Ethiopia's construction industry has reached a significant milestone, contributing 21 percent to the country's gross domestic product (GDP). The senior government official made the remark while inaugurating the highly anticipated Big 5 Construct Ethiopia 2024 Exhibition and Expo in the nation's capital, Addis Ababa. The "Build Ethiopia" themed event, attended by the Speaker of House of Peoples' Representatives, Tagesse Chaffo, Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abiebie, and Urban and Infrastructure Minister Chaltu Sani, among other industry stakeholders, celebrated the remarkable growth of Ethiopia's construction sector. Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen stated on the occasion that the industry is expected to maintain an annual growth rate of over 8 percent, contributing greatly to the country's overall prosperity. He highlighted the government's efforts to create an enabling environment that fosters investment and further development of the construction industry. The construction sector in Ethiopia is playing a vital role in infrastructure development and job creation, Temesgen said. Ethiopia has the capacity to supply 80 percent of the construction materials needed within the country, the Deputy Prime Minister indicated. "Our 10-year development plan prioritizes the construction of roads, railways, and special economic zones, demonstrating the government's commitment to the industry's growth.", Temesgen added.Urban and Infrastructure Minister, Chaltu Sani for her part emphasized the importance of coordination among various stakeholders to ensure the continued expansion of the construction industry, which is a key driver of Ethiopia's economic transformation. The Big 5 Construct Ethiopia 2024 exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure, the Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation, and partners, aims to provide a platform for local and international construction companies to showcase their products, services, and innovative solutions. The three-day event is expected to attract over 9,000 industry professionals and feature more than 150 exhibitors from 30 countries, including Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, China, India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, England, Algeria, Oman, and Qatar. Alongside the exhibition, the event will host a series of professional panels and discussions on engineering, project management, technology, infrastructure, and architecture, offering valuable opportunities for knowledge-sharing and networking within the industry.
AfDB to Boost its Financing Capacity by Over 70 Billion USD 
May 30, 2024 151
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) African Development Bank Group to boost its financing capacity by over 70 billion USD as it launches new Ten-Year Strategy. The bank unveiled its new Ten-Year Strategy 2024–2033, a blueprint to confront Africa’s pressing challenges and to help put the continent firmly back on track towards sustained economic growth and prosperity. Unveiling the strategy during the Bank Group’s Annual Meetings in Nairobi, African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina said, “As Africa’s premier development finance institution, and Africa’s solutions bank, we are acutely aware that the next decade will be decisive in transforming the continent.” Therefore, as we celebrate 60 years of making a difference in the countries and lives of the people of Africa, we remain resolute in our determination to accelerate the support we provide to African countries, he elaborated. Central to the 2024–2033 strategic vision is the belief in Africa’s vast potential for societal and economic transformation. By leveraging the youngest and fastest growing workforce in the world, rapidly growing urban markets, the wealth of natural resources and vast clean energy potential, Africa stands poised to drive sustainable growth and make significant contributions to global solutions over the next decade. “The Ten-Year Strategy outlines how the Bank will invest in Africa’s best asset: its vibrant young men and women. Africa’s population, which is the fast growing in the world, presents the continent with an unparalleled demographic window of opportunity,” he added. The new strategy articulates a vision of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and integrated Africa, underpinned by two key objectives over the next decade: accelerating inclusive green growth and fostering prosperous and resilient economies. With an emphasis on sustainability, the Bank will strive to balance environmental concerns, equity, and economic advancement. Building upon the past decade of successful High 5 implementation, the Bank aims to accelerate and scale up its efforts, focusing on transformative projects with far-reaching impacts. To optimize results while managing risks, the Bank will streamline its operational model for increased agility and effectiveness. Light up and power Africa, feed Africa, industrialize Africa, integrate Africa and improve the quality of life are the Bank’s High 5 operational priorities which are also integral to achieving the aforementioned objectives.
Regional Consultative Forum Convening on Red Sea Security Dynamics In Addis
May 30, 2024 321
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The second-round regional consultative form on the Red Sea security dynamics is underway in Addis Ababa with the objective to fostering dialogue and cooperation. The forum is hosted by the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) under the theme: “Regional Consultative Forum on Red Sea Security Dynamics: The Need for Dialogue and Cooperation at a Time of Global Geopolitical Shifts.” The forum, that has brought geopolitical experts from the East African region and the Middle East as well as diplomats, is deliberating on the Red Sea maritime security situation particularly, war and unprecedented challenges in the region. In his keynote address to the forum, the Executive Director of Institute of Foreign Affairs, Jafar Bedru said that the Red Sea is an integral part of Ethiopia’s history.The Red Sea is an important global commercial route which is associated with a continuous security dynamics, the executive director noted. With this challenging phenomenon, Jafar revealed that Ethiopia is seeking dialogue and cooperation in order to ensure durable peace and development across the Red Sea region. “Ethiopia is the largest country in this Red Sea region. And our contribution in this part of the region is extremely important,” he underlined. Noting that Ethiopia is important player in the Red Sea region and the need to reverse its historical role, he mentioned the Memorandum of Understanding the country signed with Somaliland. In this regard, the executive director affirmed that Ethiopia will reinforce its cooperation with countries across the Red Sea region and institutions. The First Annual Regional Consultative Forum was held last year under the Them Red Sea Security Dynamics: The need for Regional Cooperation in a time of Entanglement.”
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Ethiopia's Nat'l Dialogue Offers Historic Opportunity for Peace, State-Building: Business Community Representatives 
May 30, 2024 113
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The ongoing national dialogue in Ethiopia has been hailed by business community leaders as a unique and historic opportunity to achieve lasting peace and strengthen the country's institutions. The consultation process, initiated by the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, began yesterday in the Addis Ababa city administration. During this phase, local stakeholders in the capital are discussing to identify and prepare agenda and elect their representatives to participate in the forthcoming national dialogue. The consultation involves elected representatives from each district, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations, political parties, and key government bodies. Marta Hunde and Girma Mulat, members of the business community representatives who were interviewed by ENA, stated that the consultation aims to lay a strong foundation for sustainable peace and the country's continued existence. "The national dialogue has brought a unique and historic opportunity for lasting peace and building a strong state," said Martha. "We are all ready to work as stakeholders for its success." Martha and Muzamil Jemal, another business community representatives, echoed these sentiments, saying it is the responsibility of all Ethiopians to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the process. The Addis Ababa-level consultation will continue until June 4, 2024, with similar processes unfolding across the country. Ethiopia's national consultation has progressed from the preparatory stage and is now in the consultation phase, with the implementation phase to follow.
Regional Consultative Forum Convening on Red Sea Security Dynamics In Addis
May 30, 2024 321
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The second-round regional consultative form on the Red Sea security dynamics is underway in Addis Ababa with the objective to fostering dialogue and cooperation. The forum is hosted by the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) under the theme: “Regional Consultative Forum on Red Sea Security Dynamics: The Need for Dialogue and Cooperation at a Time of Global Geopolitical Shifts.” The forum, that has brought geopolitical experts from the East African region and the Middle East as well as diplomats, is deliberating on the Red Sea maritime security situation particularly, war and unprecedented challenges in the region. In his keynote address to the forum, the Executive Director of Institute of Foreign Affairs, Jafar Bedru said that the Red Sea is an integral part of Ethiopia’s history.The Red Sea is an important global commercial route which is associated with a continuous security dynamics, the executive director noted. With this challenging phenomenon, Jafar revealed that Ethiopia is seeking dialogue and cooperation in order to ensure durable peace and development across the Red Sea region. “Ethiopia is the largest country in this Red Sea region. And our contribution in this part of the region is extremely important,” he underlined. Noting that Ethiopia is important player in the Red Sea region and the need to reverse its historical role, he mentioned the Memorandum of Understanding the country signed with Somaliland. In this regard, the executive director affirmed that Ethiopia will reinforce its cooperation with countries across the Red Sea region and institutions. The First Annual Regional Consultative Forum was held last year under the Them Red Sea Security Dynamics: The need for Regional Cooperation in a time of Entanglement.”
Nat'l Dialogue Agenda Gathering Forum Will Next Move to Regional States: Commissioner Mahmoud Derir
May 29, 2024 430
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, which officially launched the first phase of the dialogue processes for agenda gathering in Addis Ababa today, disclosed that the dialogue will next move to the regional states. In an exclusive interview with the Ethiopian News Agency, National Dialogue Commissioner Mahmoud Derir said that the dialogue began in Addis Ababa because it is the capital of the country and an incubator for different societies and Ethiopian pluralism in terms of religious and ethnic cultures. ''We have begun the journey of the national dialogue from Addis Ababa. This means that Ethiopia has decided to consult and solve its problems on its own through a peaceful, civilized, comprehensive national dialogue in which different groups participate and all the people from different groups become involved to present their agendas." The commissioner explained that the National Dialogue Commission does not present or give any agendas to citizens, but rather collects the agendas that the communities initiated through their dialogue; and this procedure will continue until these agendas are collected. Then they will choose who will represent them in the next stage in the national dialogue. Commissioner Mahmoud said that this stage concerns the administration of the city of Addis Ababa. After that, the dialogue will move to the other regions. He stated that preparations have been underway to begin same missions in all regions of Ethiopia, including Tigray and Amhara regions. According to him, the commission is in contact with the leaders in the Tigray region as well as in the Amhara region. "We have begun training those who help the National Dialogue Commission in preparing the conditions for selecting citizens who represent the regions." Commissioner Mahmoud pointed out that there are no limits to presenting agendas and no interference from the commission "They (the participants) have absolute freedom to express their opinions and present their agendas, which they believe will contribute to building national reconciliation among peoples."
AUC Announces Commencement of Election Process for Its Senior Leadership 
May 29, 2024 454
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) The election process of the African Union Commission Senior Leadership has kicked off with the call for interested candidates to submit to their member states, the African Union announced. The elections will take place in February 2025 during the African Union Summit, AU said in a statement. All the eight Senior leadership positions of the AU Commission are open for candidates’ submissions guided by the regional allocation of the portfolios. The positions include that of the Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson, and 6 Commissioner posts. The February 2025 election process will be based on the principle of inter-regional rotation that dictates. A Panel of Eminent Africans, composed of five personalities, one per region, were appointed in February 2024 to oversee the pre-selection of candidatures for the eight positions. The Panel of Eminent Africans have since developed the job profiles and competency requirements for the leadership posts. This includes generic leadership skills and competencies as well as expert and thematic skills for each portfolio. The assessment process for all candidates is based on the skills and competencies identified for each senior leadership position. The African Union election process is guided by principles that ensure there is equitable regional representation, gender parity, attracting and retaining Africa’s top talent, accountable and effective leadership and management, and transparent and merit-based selection.    
Nation Experimenting New Avenue to Solve Problems Through Dialogue, Says Professor Ahmed
May 29, 2024 448
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is experimenting with a “new avenue to solve its problem through dialogue, discussion, and accommodating each other,” Professor Ahmed Zekaria told the Ethiopian News Agency. The professor, who is a participant of the dialogue chapter in Addis Ababa that opened today, said the forum is a new chapter in the country. According to him, Ethiopia is experimenting with a “new avenue to solve its problem through dialogue, discussion, and accommodating each other.” The country is big and diverse with enormous experiences, starting from the origins of mankind up until now, he added. “We have lots of experiences. It's about concocting up our medicine through our experiences. So within communities, we have lots of wisdom that we are going to share and solve our major problems for better development, progress, and peace,” Professor Ahmed underlined. The National Dialogue Commission has done its level best in this vast country with diverse realities, the participant said. The last two years were about structuring the system and how to go about it, he stated. “Now, I think they are in a better position to launch the real dialogue, the real chunk of the problem-solving process.” Professor Ahmed expressed his hope that Ethiopia would be in a better position, at least, to discuss soberly and to identify its problems by next year. “Not only identifying problems, but also recommending medicine for our problems.” The professor expressed his belief that this experiment is not only for Ethiopia, but it may also help the continent at large. Different countries were experimenting with dialogues, he elaborated, adding that, “We have gotten enough experience -- success and failure --- over the last 50-60 years. We are now in a better position to achieve better results.” The eleven-person National Dialogue Commission is entrusted with promoting an all-inclusive consultations and reconciliation process that will mend rift, foster agreement on important national matters, and assist the nation in resolving its intricate difficulties. Since its establishment, it has been conducting various activities, including identification of participants. In the dialogue chapter in Addis Ababa today representatives from 119 woredas are in attendance of the ongoing agenda gathering consultation. The sessions in Addis Ababa will take place up until June 4, 2024.  
Addis Ababa Nat'l Dialogue Participants Praise Inclusiveness of Forum
May 29, 2024 455
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) Representatives from the diverse segments of the society in Addis Ababa have commended the inclusiveness and participatory nature of the national dialogue that began in the capital city today. The representatives from 119 woredas are in attendance of the ongoing agenda gathering consultation. They are drawn from various segments of society including political parties, religious institutions, civic societies, government bodies as well as representatives from various institutions and associations. Apostle Barnabas Thomas form the Ethiopian Council of Gospel Believers Churches Association told ENA that the development of countries and societies as well as the realization of change is facilitated through dialogue. "God desires collective effort towards common goals," he said, emphasizing that communicating with each other and solving problems together and thinking about the country are very important. He noted that Ethiopians must enhance their engagement and openly share genuine sentiments to fulfill the objectives of the National Dialogue Commission. Meseret Nuriye from one of the youth associations said dialogue resolves every issue and empowers the youth. They should therefore intensify their engagement in the process. She added that the country would become safe for both the youth and the society if peace prevails. Tizita Bekele from a women association stated that today's forum is inclusive.   "The work we begin today is dedicated to healing Ethiopia's future," she said, stating that our unity today will forge a stronger and united Ethiopia. Yesuf Indiris from the business community said he is greatly honored and excited to take part in the historic dialogue that has advanced to this stage.   According to him, there is no limit to what Ethiopians can achieve together if they come together in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation. In his opening remarks, Chief Commissioner Professor Mesfin Araya said Ethiopia is set to address its age-old contradictions through participatory, inclusive and open-minded dialogue.   He stressed that any disagreement could be settled through amicable and constructive dialogue instead of trying to impose one’s ideas through violence. Recall that Ethiopia established a National Dialogue Commission to rectify and resolve age-old challenges facing the country and reach consensus on major issues through dialogue.  
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Ethiopia's Nat'l Dialogue Offers Historic Opportunity for Peace, State-Building: Business Community Representatives 
May 30, 2024 113
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The ongoing national dialogue in Ethiopia has been hailed by business community leaders as a unique and historic opportunity to achieve lasting peace and strengthen the country's institutions. The consultation process, initiated by the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, began yesterday in the Addis Ababa city administration. During this phase, local stakeholders in the capital are discussing to identify and prepare agenda and elect their representatives to participate in the forthcoming national dialogue. The consultation involves elected representatives from each district, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations, political parties, and key government bodies. Marta Hunde and Girma Mulat, members of the business community representatives who were interviewed by ENA, stated that the consultation aims to lay a strong foundation for sustainable peace and the country's continued existence. "The national dialogue has brought a unique and historic opportunity for lasting peace and building a strong state," said Martha. "We are all ready to work as stakeholders for its success." Martha and Muzamil Jemal, another business community representatives, echoed these sentiments, saying it is the responsibility of all Ethiopians to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the process. The Addis Ababa-level consultation will continue until June 4, 2024, with similar processes unfolding across the country. Ethiopia's national consultation has progressed from the preparatory stage and is now in the consultation phase, with the implementation phase to follow.
Regional Consultative Forum Convening on Red Sea Security Dynamics In Addis
May 30, 2024 321
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The second-round regional consultative form on the Red Sea security dynamics is underway in Addis Ababa with the objective to fostering dialogue and cooperation. The forum is hosted by the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) under the theme: “Regional Consultative Forum on Red Sea Security Dynamics: The Need for Dialogue and Cooperation at a Time of Global Geopolitical Shifts.” The forum, that has brought geopolitical experts from the East African region and the Middle East as well as diplomats, is deliberating on the Red Sea maritime security situation particularly, war and unprecedented challenges in the region. In his keynote address to the forum, the Executive Director of Institute of Foreign Affairs, Jafar Bedru said that the Red Sea is an integral part of Ethiopia’s history.The Red Sea is an important global commercial route which is associated with a continuous security dynamics, the executive director noted. With this challenging phenomenon, Jafar revealed that Ethiopia is seeking dialogue and cooperation in order to ensure durable peace and development across the Red Sea region. “Ethiopia is the largest country in this Red Sea region. And our contribution in this part of the region is extremely important,” he underlined. Noting that Ethiopia is important player in the Red Sea region and the need to reverse its historical role, he mentioned the Memorandum of Understanding the country signed with Somaliland. In this regard, the executive director affirmed that Ethiopia will reinforce its cooperation with countries across the Red Sea region and institutions. The First Annual Regional Consultative Forum was held last year under the Them Red Sea Security Dynamics: The need for Regional Cooperation in a time of Entanglement.”
Nat'l Dialogue Agenda Gathering Forum Will Next Move to Regional States: Commissioner Mahmoud Derir
May 29, 2024 430
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, which officially launched the first phase of the dialogue processes for agenda gathering in Addis Ababa today, disclosed that the dialogue will next move to the regional states. In an exclusive interview with the Ethiopian News Agency, National Dialogue Commissioner Mahmoud Derir said that the dialogue began in Addis Ababa because it is the capital of the country and an incubator for different societies and Ethiopian pluralism in terms of religious and ethnic cultures. ''We have begun the journey of the national dialogue from Addis Ababa. This means that Ethiopia has decided to consult and solve its problems on its own through a peaceful, civilized, comprehensive national dialogue in which different groups participate and all the people from different groups become involved to present their agendas." The commissioner explained that the National Dialogue Commission does not present or give any agendas to citizens, but rather collects the agendas that the communities initiated through their dialogue; and this procedure will continue until these agendas are collected. Then they will choose who will represent them in the next stage in the national dialogue. Commissioner Mahmoud said that this stage concerns the administration of the city of Addis Ababa. After that, the dialogue will move to the other regions. He stated that preparations have been underway to begin same missions in all regions of Ethiopia, including Tigray and Amhara regions. According to him, the commission is in contact with the leaders in the Tigray region as well as in the Amhara region. "We have begun training those who help the National Dialogue Commission in preparing the conditions for selecting citizens who represent the regions." Commissioner Mahmoud pointed out that there are no limits to presenting agendas and no interference from the commission "They (the participants) have absolute freedom to express their opinions and present their agendas, which they believe will contribute to building national reconciliation among peoples."
AUC Announces Commencement of Election Process for Its Senior Leadership 
May 29, 2024 454
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) The election process of the African Union Commission Senior Leadership has kicked off with the call for interested candidates to submit to their member states, the African Union announced. The elections will take place in February 2025 during the African Union Summit, AU said in a statement. All the eight Senior leadership positions of the AU Commission are open for candidates’ submissions guided by the regional allocation of the portfolios. The positions include that of the Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson, and 6 Commissioner posts. The February 2025 election process will be based on the principle of inter-regional rotation that dictates. A Panel of Eminent Africans, composed of five personalities, one per region, were appointed in February 2024 to oversee the pre-selection of candidatures for the eight positions. The Panel of Eminent Africans have since developed the job profiles and competency requirements for the leadership posts. This includes generic leadership skills and competencies as well as expert and thematic skills for each portfolio. The assessment process for all candidates is based on the skills and competencies identified for each senior leadership position. The African Union election process is guided by principles that ensure there is equitable regional representation, gender parity, attracting and retaining Africa’s top talent, accountable and effective leadership and management, and transparent and merit-based selection.    
Nation Experimenting New Avenue to Solve Problems Through Dialogue, Says Professor Ahmed
May 29, 2024 448
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is experimenting with a “new avenue to solve its problem through dialogue, discussion, and accommodating each other,” Professor Ahmed Zekaria told the Ethiopian News Agency. The professor, who is a participant of the dialogue chapter in Addis Ababa that opened today, said the forum is a new chapter in the country. According to him, Ethiopia is experimenting with a “new avenue to solve its problem through dialogue, discussion, and accommodating each other.” The country is big and diverse with enormous experiences, starting from the origins of mankind up until now, he added. “We have lots of experiences. It's about concocting up our medicine through our experiences. So within communities, we have lots of wisdom that we are going to share and solve our major problems for better development, progress, and peace,” Professor Ahmed underlined. The National Dialogue Commission has done its level best in this vast country with diverse realities, the participant said. The last two years were about structuring the system and how to go about it, he stated. “Now, I think they are in a better position to launch the real dialogue, the real chunk of the problem-solving process.” Professor Ahmed expressed his hope that Ethiopia would be in a better position, at least, to discuss soberly and to identify its problems by next year. “Not only identifying problems, but also recommending medicine for our problems.” The professor expressed his belief that this experiment is not only for Ethiopia, but it may also help the continent at large. Different countries were experimenting with dialogues, he elaborated, adding that, “We have gotten enough experience -- success and failure --- over the last 50-60 years. We are now in a better position to achieve better results.” The eleven-person National Dialogue Commission is entrusted with promoting an all-inclusive consultations and reconciliation process that will mend rift, foster agreement on important national matters, and assist the nation in resolving its intricate difficulties. Since its establishment, it has been conducting various activities, including identification of participants. In the dialogue chapter in Addis Ababa today representatives from 119 woredas are in attendance of the ongoing agenda gathering consultation. The sessions in Addis Ababa will take place up until June 4, 2024.  
Addis Ababa Nat'l Dialogue Participants Praise Inclusiveness of Forum
May 29, 2024 455
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) Representatives from the diverse segments of the society in Addis Ababa have commended the inclusiveness and participatory nature of the national dialogue that began in the capital city today. The representatives from 119 woredas are in attendance of the ongoing agenda gathering consultation. They are drawn from various segments of society including political parties, religious institutions, civic societies, government bodies as well as representatives from various institutions and associations. Apostle Barnabas Thomas form the Ethiopian Council of Gospel Believers Churches Association told ENA that the development of countries and societies as well as the realization of change is facilitated through dialogue. "God desires collective effort towards common goals," he said, emphasizing that communicating with each other and solving problems together and thinking about the country are very important. He noted that Ethiopians must enhance their engagement and openly share genuine sentiments to fulfill the objectives of the National Dialogue Commission. Meseret Nuriye from one of the youth associations said dialogue resolves every issue and empowers the youth. They should therefore intensify their engagement in the process. She added that the country would become safe for both the youth and the society if peace prevails. Tizita Bekele from a women association stated that today's forum is inclusive.   "The work we begin today is dedicated to healing Ethiopia's future," she said, stating that our unity today will forge a stronger and united Ethiopia. Yesuf Indiris from the business community said he is greatly honored and excited to take part in the historic dialogue that has advanced to this stage.   According to him, there is no limit to what Ethiopians can achieve together if they come together in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation. In his opening remarks, Chief Commissioner Professor Mesfin Araya said Ethiopia is set to address its age-old contradictions through participatory, inclusive and open-minded dialogue.   He stressed that any disagreement could be settled through amicable and constructive dialogue instead of trying to impose one’s ideas through violence. Recall that Ethiopia established a National Dialogue Commission to rectify and resolve age-old challenges facing the country and reach consensus on major issues through dialogue.  
Social
Amhara Region Bracing to Safeguard Over 469,000 Residents From Flood
May 30, 2024 14
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) In a proactive measure to mitigate the impact of potential floods during the upcoming rainy season, the Amhara Regional Disaster Prevention and Food Security Coordinating Commission is undertaking comprehensive preparations to protect over 469,000 residents in the region. Director of early warning and response of the commission, Birhanu Zewdu provided a detailed account of the ongoing efforts. "Flood prevention works are being carried out by identifying areas historically prone to flooding during the winter months," he stated. The Ethiopian Meteorological Authority has forecasted heavy rainfall in the coming months, further underscoring the urgency of these preparatory measures. A budget of over 100 million Ethiopian Birr has been allocated to fund the flood mitigation initiatives, since last March. The flood prevention activities are being implemented in the South Gondar Zone, particularly in the Dera, Limo Kemkem, and Fogera districts, as well as in the Central Gondar Zone around Gondar and the West and East Dembiya districts, along with the West and East Amhara areas. Birhanu emphasised that 22 urban administrations and districts have been identified as highly vulnerable to flooding based on the comprehensive assessment. "The preparatory work will enable us to protect more than 469,000 residents who live in these at-risk areas and rely on social services," he explained. The flood mitigation efforts are projected to safeguard 15,000 houses and 218,000 domestic animals from the devastating impact of floods. The interventions include several flood preventive structures including the construction of flood diversion dams, as well as other structures. Birhanu underscored the importance of community engagement, stating, "The community should not only assist in the existing flood protection works but also ensure their sustainability by handling them.  
Ethiopia Calls for More Effort to Provide Quality Healthcare in Developing Nations 
May 30, 2024 135
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has called pertinent stakeholder in the international community including the World Health Organization to help enhance the provision of equitable, high-quality healthcare in developing nations in an all-encompassing way. Ethiopian delegation led by Minister of Health, Mekdes Daba is participating at the Seventy-seventh World Health Organization Assembly being held in Geneva, Switzerland under the theme “All for Health, Health for All.” Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Mekdes Daba made statement on various health issues at the assembly. In her speech to the congregation, the minister said that Ethiopia firmly believes that healthcare is a human right of citizens. The minister explained that access to international health services should not leave anyone behind, emphasizing the need for quality health services without any differences or borders. Moreover, she elaborated that the family-centered health service programs in Ethiopia, especially the health extension program, has achieved remarkable results by creating awareness and providing basic health services to citizens in rural and remote areas. In particular, Mekdes stated that notable outcomes have been attained, in the prevention and controlling of infectious diseases including COVID-19, lowering mortality rates, and enhancing the health of mothers and children. However, she underlined that “we still need to do more in order to build a strong health system that can withstand health risks and respond quickly when emergencies are encountered.” While access to health care is a fundamental human right, developing nations like Ethiopia have been facing challenges in providing equitable and high-quality healthcare to their people due to a variety of reasons, including a lack of resources. Hence, she called on relevant partners and stakeholders, including the World Health Organization, to provide fair and quality health services in a comprehensive manner to the developing countries. The Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly, a series of strategic roundtables discussions are underway. Delegates, partner agencies, representatives of civil society and WHO experts have also been discussing current and future priorities for public health issues of global importance.
EOTC Patriarch Stresses Need for Addressing Internal Challenges through Discussion, Canonical Order
May 29, 2024 341
Addis Ababa, May 29/2024 (ENA) Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Patriarch Abune Mathias underscored that the internal problems the church has been facing should be solved through discussion and the church's canonical order. In his address to the annual meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo (EOTC) today, the patriarch urged archbishops and bishops to address the growing challenges of the church based on the traditions of the church. According to him, the church is grappling with a number of pressing issues, including the erosion of spiritual traditions, divisive tendencies, and deviations from the church's canonical order. Emphasizing the importance of unity, the EOTC Patriarch Abune Mathias quoted the biblical verse from 1 Corinthians 1:10, urging the synod members to be "perfectly united in mind and thought" in their efforts to resolve the issues facing the church. "I appeal to you, brothers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” The patriarch stated that "activities bent on violating the canons and traditions of the church are posing threats to its peace and unity." There is a need to resolve these problems through discussion, wisdom, and adherence to the church's laws and order. Patriarch Abune Mathias called on the archbishops and bishops to engage in thorough discussions and find timely solutions to address these challenges. He also underscored the church's responsibility to play a proactive role to address the ongoing national-level disputes which have detrimental impact on the church. Abune Mathias emphasized the necessity of dialogue and strong unity to address the challenging issues facing the church. In order to come up with lasting solutions to the problems common to us all, it is important to follow the laws and order of the church and ultimately achieve peace and unity, he stressed. “The church has religious and humanitarian obligations to deliver to the good of the church and the country. On this auspicious occasion, I would like to remind that this holy synod should discuss on decisive and timely solutions to the apostolic mission and canonical issues of the church and come up with pertinent and useful resolutions that could help to resolve the challenges we are facing,” Patriarch Abune Mathias remarked. The annual meeting of the Holy Synod is expected to deliberate on these pressing concerns and formulate strategies to strengthen the unity and spiritual mission of the Church.      
Economy
Ethiopia's Construction Sector Booms, Reaching 21 Percent of GDP: Deputy PM 
May 30, 2024 143
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh said Ethiopia's construction industry has reached a significant milestone, contributing 21 percent to the country's gross domestic product (GDP). The senior government official made the remark while inaugurating the highly anticipated Big 5 Construct Ethiopia 2024 Exhibition and Expo in the nation's capital, Addis Ababa. The "Build Ethiopia" themed event, attended by the Speaker of House of Peoples' Representatives, Tagesse Chaffo, Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abiebie, and Urban and Infrastructure Minister Chaltu Sani, among other industry stakeholders, celebrated the remarkable growth of Ethiopia's construction sector. Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen stated on the occasion that the industry is expected to maintain an annual growth rate of over 8 percent, contributing greatly to the country's overall prosperity. He highlighted the government's efforts to create an enabling environment that fosters investment and further development of the construction industry. The construction sector in Ethiopia is playing a vital role in infrastructure development and job creation, Temesgen said. Ethiopia has the capacity to supply 80 percent of the construction materials needed within the country, the Deputy Prime Minister indicated. "Our 10-year development plan prioritizes the construction of roads, railways, and special economic zones, demonstrating the government's commitment to the industry's growth.", Temesgen added.Urban and Infrastructure Minister, Chaltu Sani for her part emphasized the importance of coordination among various stakeholders to ensure the continued expansion of the construction industry, which is a key driver of Ethiopia's economic transformation. The Big 5 Construct Ethiopia 2024 exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure, the Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation, and partners, aims to provide a platform for local and international construction companies to showcase their products, services, and innovative solutions. The three-day event is expected to attract over 9,000 industry professionals and feature more than 150 exhibitors from 30 countries, including Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, China, India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, England, Algeria, Oman, and Qatar. Alongside the exhibition, the event will host a series of professional panels and discussions on engineering, project management, technology, infrastructure, and architecture, offering valuable opportunities for knowledge-sharing and networking within the industry.
AfDB to Boost its Financing Capacity by Over 70 Billion USD 
May 30, 2024 151
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) African Development Bank Group to boost its financing capacity by over 70 billion USD as it launches new Ten-Year Strategy. The bank unveiled its new Ten-Year Strategy 2024–2033, a blueprint to confront Africa’s pressing challenges and to help put the continent firmly back on track towards sustained economic growth and prosperity. Unveiling the strategy during the Bank Group’s Annual Meetings in Nairobi, African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina said, “As Africa’s premier development finance institution, and Africa’s solutions bank, we are acutely aware that the next decade will be decisive in transforming the continent.” Therefore, as we celebrate 60 years of making a difference in the countries and lives of the people of Africa, we remain resolute in our determination to accelerate the support we provide to African countries, he elaborated. Central to the 2024–2033 strategic vision is the belief in Africa’s vast potential for societal and economic transformation. By leveraging the youngest and fastest growing workforce in the world, rapidly growing urban markets, the wealth of natural resources and vast clean energy potential, Africa stands poised to drive sustainable growth and make significant contributions to global solutions over the next decade. “The Ten-Year Strategy outlines how the Bank will invest in Africa’s best asset: its vibrant young men and women. Africa’s population, which is the fast growing in the world, presents the continent with an unparalleled demographic window of opportunity,” he added. The new strategy articulates a vision of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and integrated Africa, underpinned by two key objectives over the next decade: accelerating inclusive green growth and fostering prosperous and resilient economies. With an emphasis on sustainability, the Bank will strive to balance environmental concerns, equity, and economic advancement. Building upon the past decade of successful High 5 implementation, the Bank aims to accelerate and scale up its efforts, focusing on transformative projects with far-reaching impacts. To optimize results while managing risks, the Bank will streamline its operational model for increased agility and effectiveness. Light up and power Africa, feed Africa, industrialize Africa, integrate Africa and improve the quality of life are the Bank’s High 5 operational priorities which are also integral to achieving the aforementioned objectives.
CBE Launches New Application to Enhance Diaspora Engagement In Construction of GERD 
May 30, 2024 214
Addis Ababa, May 30/2024 (ENA) The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) has launched an application dubbed itsmydam through which Ethiopians and Ethiopian origins in the diaspora can contribute to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The Bank inaugurated the application in collaboration with Office of National Coordination for the Construction of GERD and other stakeholders. Ethiopian Commercial Bank President Abe Sano said on the occasion that as a reliable source of financing in the nation-building process; the bank has been discharging its responsibilities by engaging in the construction process of GERD.   The Bank has developed an application through which Ethiopians and Ethiopian origins residing across the world can contribute to the construction of the dam from wherever they are.   The president also mentioned that the application is user-friendly, dependable, and globally accessible. Foreign Affairs State Minister, Ambassador Birtukan Ayano said that the diplomatic activities carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as public diplomacy and advocacy efforts being conducted by Ethiopians and Ethiopian descent abroad, have helped to correcting the unbalanced narration created against the dam and easing undue pressure.   She also extended gratitude for both Ethiopians at home and abroad who have been contributing their parts for the construction of GERD in various ways. The State Minister has called on the Ethiopians around the world to intensify their support for the dam by using the new application. Office of National Coordination for the Construction of GERD head, Dr. Aregawi Berhe for his part extended gratitude to all Ethiopians and Ethiopian diaspora for their unreserved support to the construction of the dam calling for their continued assistance until the construction is completed.   The new application is instrumental to strengthen the contribution of Ethiopians in the diaspora for GERD, he added.      
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Technology
Ethiopia's Development Partners Requested to Bolster Partnership on Innovation, Technology Sector 
May 24, 2024 1701
Addis Ababa, May 24/2024 (ENA) State Minister of Innovation and Technology Baysa Bedada stressed the importance of bolstering collaboration with development partners to harness innovation and technology projects for Ethiopia's progress. The ministry has organized Science, Technology, Research, Innovation, Digitization, and Entrepreneurship (STRIDE- Ethiopia) forum with development partners at Science Museum in Addis Ababa today as part of the concluding STRIDE Ethiopia Expo the ministry launched last week. Opening the forum, Innovation and Technology State Minister Baysa Bedada stressed Ethiopia's recent strides in leveraging innovation and technology and the need to bolster partnership for its progress. The state minister stressed the crucial role of partnerships in a rapidly changing world, where collaboration is essential to navigate advancements like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.   “The Ministry of Innovation and Technology is at a pivotal juncture in its journey towards progress. The Collective effort of our esteemed partners, together with the unwavering commitment of the Ethiopian government, has laid a solid foundation for growth and transformation. As we move forward, let us embrace the opportunities presented by innovation and technology, leveraging our diverse expertise and collaborative spirit to drive inclusive and sustainable development that leaves no one behind,” Baysa said. Moreover, the state minister mentioned about the ministry's efforts in fostering an innovation ecosystem through investments in research and development, promoting entrepreneurship, and establishing supportive policies. He emphasized the Ministry's goal of empowering local talent and building a sustainable, needs-based innovation-driven economy. Baysa further underscored the success of joint initiatives with development partners across various sectors like healthcare, agriculture, education, and governance. The State Minister called for leveraging Ethiopia's traditional knowledge and cultural heritage alongside modern technology for inclusive and culturally sensitive development. The state minister concluded by emphasizing the need for continuous learning, experimentation, and embracing disruptive technologies to stay at the forefront of innovation and drive sustainable development. He also expressed government's commitment to collaboration with development partners to leverage collective expertise for inclusive and sustainable progress that benefits all Ethiopians. During a panel discussion held at the forum, representatives from the European Union Delegation in Ethiopia, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), expressed the need to support STRIDE initiative to empower the private sector and government institutions for the Ethiopian peoples' benefit and the country's progress.      
PM Abiy Launches Ethiopian Federal Police's  EFP Citizen Engagement App.  
May 23, 2024 2114
Addis Ababa, May 23/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially launched today the Ethiopian Federal Police's EFP Citizen Engagement App. The Ethiopian Federal Police and the Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute have jointly developed the platform, which will enable citizens easily give tips on crime. Citizens can use their smartphones to download the application and submit crime information in the form of images, videos, and documents. The premier said on the occasion that the digital technology infrastructure being developed by the Ethiopian Federal Police will enable citizens to actively participate in crime prevention. Today, the Federal Police Commission, in collaboration with the Artificial Intelligence Institute, launched the EFP Citizen Engagement App, abiy said, stating that the initiative is part of the Digital Ethiopia strategy, which aims to deliver essential services to citizens. He said that 500 services are being provided through the digital system across all institutions. To achieve its full potential, the PM noted that all sectoral work must be supported by Digital Ethiopia. “Over the past six years, the Federal Police has transitioned from analogue to digital systems. In our increasingly populated city, active citizen engagement is crucial. Available on the App Store and Play Store, this app enables citizens to actively participate in preventing criminal activities by providing tips via photo, video, voice, documents, or direct calls.” Prime Minister Abiy urged all citizens to be proactive in securing our neighborhoods and cities.    
Sport
Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 29836
Addis Ababa ,November 20/2023(ENA)፦ The Great Ethiopian Run 2023, held in the vibrant capital of Addis Ababa on November 19, 2023, drawing over 45,000 participants, was a beacon of athletic excellence, economic empowerment, and international camaraderie, legendary World athletics figures and an ambassador stated. Sunday's race, which attracted participants from several countries and international institutions, garnered praise from prominent figures in the world of sports and diplomacy, highlighting its multifaceted impact on Ethiopia and beyond. Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebreselasie hailed the Great Ethiopian Run which attracts people from all walks of life as a crucial catalyst for the growth and development of athletics and the economy in Ethiopia. According to him, many Ethiopians, embassies, NGOs, and people from other international institutions participated in the race. "The event attracts investment for our country. When over 45,000 people run here, it shows how Ethiopia is capable to organizing such a race in Addis Ababa and also attracts foreigners to run or visit as tourists," Haile said. "But I see its importance more in relation to the athletes. We will use the race to develop our athletics,” he underscored. Thus, the Great Ethiopian Run is a lifeline for athletics, tourism, investment, and the economy in Ethiopia, he stressed. Haile believes the Great Ethiopian Run in collaboration with government institutions have the capabilities to organize world-class athletics events. "We are perfect organizers. We can host global athletics events." British TV commentator on athletics Tim Hutchings, impressed by the professional organization and scale of the event, echoed Haile's sentiments on its importance to athletics in the country and beyond.   “I cannot believe how big it is. It is huge, it is very big, and it is well organized, great racing. I love it. I am learning so much," Hutchings said. "And I love Addis. I cannot believe what a great city it is.” He recommended African countries to take a lesson on how to organize such big athletics events successfully. “The quality of organization shows Africa how to put on a race. Other countries should be watching this and learning.” He noted that “for the athletes it is great. Many young athletes can come here and get a chance to be special...It is wonderful that you can find new names in this race.” The winner of the men's 10KM is, for instance, a new name who needs professional coach, manager and sponsor to flourish, and this race has helped him be known, he pointed out. South African long-distance runner Elana Meyer, who was a guest, commended its role in promoting athletics and economic development.   “I enjoyed watching the elite race. It is the biggest in the world. To see 200 women, 200 men starting in the elite race is very difficult,” she said. “It is a very impressive race to see such a strong elite field but then 45,000 participants that came out today to celebrate for Ethiopia. It is unbelievable. I have never been to an event like this and to witness it in my own continent is very special.” People from all over the world should come to experience the race in Ethiopia, the heart of Africa’s run, she noted. “This is absolutely world-class event and people all over the world should come and run it because almost the heart of Africa of running is in East Africa.” She added that the story of this race and Ethiopia have to be told to the world accurately to attract foreign participants and tourists. “Not enough people around the world know about this race because in South Africa I did not realize how big this race was.” Ethiopia is almost where the best runners in the world came from, she stressed. “To attract more people, you need to tell the story.” Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia Agostino Palese, who participated in the race, said the event show marvelous events that align with global issues can be organized in Ethiopia.   “It is a good event that could show that in Ethiopia you could organize marvelous events that could cooperate with any event in the rest of the world. It is a very nice day. A lot of people enjoyed a nice race.” The ambassador observed that the race is crucial for Ethiopia’s image, economy, and tourism. “It is a good image for Ethiopia…it is nice even for the economy, for tourism, and for attracting people to Ethiopia,” he added. Besides its sport benefits, the race is a catalyst for economic development and international cooperation.  
Thousands Gather for Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa 
Nov 19, 2023 33350
Addis Ababa ,November 19/2023(ENA)-Tens of thousands of people have gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa today for the 10-kilometre Great Ethiopian Run, the largest road race in Africa. Today, the streets of the capital city are filled with the energy and excitement of the Great Ethiopian Run which started early morning and attracted more than 45,000 participants from Ethiopia, Africa and all over the world.   The runners, including elite athletes, recreational runners, and walkers, made their way through the city's vibrant asphalt streets, cheered on by thousands of spectators. This year's race is particularly significant as it marks the 23rd anniversary of the Great Ethiopian Run. The event was founded in 2001 by renowned world-class Ethiopian Athlete Haile Gebrselassie to promote running as a healthy and accessible activity for all Ethiopians. The Great Ethiopian Run has since grown to become a global phenomenon, attracting participants from many countries. It is also a major economic boost for Addis Ababa and the country generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. The Great Ethiopian Run is more than just a race; it is a celebration of Ethiopian culture and unity. It has been contributing a lot in maintaining and promoting peace and unity among Ethiopians.   The event brings together people from all walks of life to share a common goal: to finish the race and celebrate the joy of running. As the runners crossed the finish line today, they were greeted with cheers and applause from the crowd. The atmosphere was one of pure joy and celebration. The Great Ethiopian Run is a testament to the power of sport to unite people and promote positive change.  
Environment
Some 25 Percent of This Year's Tree Planting To Be Carried Out Across Abay Basins: GCS 
May 27, 2024 756
Addis Ababa May 27/2024 (ENA)Government Communication Service (GCS) said the government will make a green Ethiopia a reality by working hard until the green legacy is considered as a culture for Ethiopians. The Green Legacy Initiative is a flagship program initiated by Prime Minister Abiy in June 2019. Ethiopia has so far planted 32.5 billion tree saplings nationwide as part of its Green Legacy Initiative. The Initiative is a massive undertaking that aims to plant 50 billion tree seedlings by 2026. Government Communication Service said in a statement today that 90 percent of the 32,5 billion saplings have survived. When the conservation of natural resources and bio-diversity resources are strengthened and managed in a consistent manner, it gives an opportunity to contribute efforts being carried out to reduce the impact of climate change, it added. The Statement stated agricultural experts proved the fact that areas that were previously stripped and suffered from soil erosion are returning to their original appearance and the land is also recovering as a result of the Initiative. The initiative is bearing fruits as areas that used to be affected by recurrent drought have started to have rains while disasters of flooding reduced and the nation is able to gain rainfalls suitable for farming activities both in fall and summer seasons. The initiative has also been playing roles in terms of job creation, enhancing animal feed, beekeeping, carbon marketing and good neighborliness as well as diplomatic relations with neighboring countries. Saplings have been prepared at over 132, 000 nurseries and pre-planting arrangements are also being made in all areas to plant 6.3 billion tree saplings during this Ethiopian Fiscal Year. According to the statement, some 25 percent of this year's green legacy plantations will be carried out across the Nile basins. The preparation and planting of saplings is creating a wide range of employment opportunities for many young people and women. Government Communication Service said types of samplings include fruits and vegetables that generate multiple incomes adding that the saplings are also utilized for mixed forests, city beautification, and reforestation efforts.  
Foreign Affairs Ministry raised 14 Million Birr for “Clean Ethiopia” Campaign
May 23, 2024 2178
Addis Ababa, May 23/2024 (ENA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Ethiopians and people of Ethiopian descent living abroad, have continued to support Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's "Clean Ethiopia" campaign. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Nebiyu Tedla, announced this today during the Ministry's weekly press briefing to the media. The Ambassador stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set a target of raising 20 million birr for the "Clean Ethiopia" campaign and has thus far successfully collected 14 million birr. Some Ethiopian community diaspora living in the UAE and the US have pledged to build 15 model public restrooms on their own, which is estimated to cost around 22.1 million Birr, the spokesperson added. Ambassador Nebiyu also stated that the diplomatic community and international organizations based in Addis Ababa will be encouraged to support the campaign, further reaffirming that efforts to mobilize support for the campaign will continue.The press briefing also covered about the event of laying a cornerstone for the construction of Ethiopian Embassy in Dodoma, Tanzania on a 2.6 Hectares of land. Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, had the honor of placing the cornerstone along with Tanzanian government officials and MPs. The spokesperson additionally addressed the major diplomatic events that took place over the week. In relation to that, he mentioned the appointment of 24 Ambassadors by President Sahle-Work Zewde. The Spokesperson stated that these appointments were made based on the appointees' diplomatic competence and extensive experience - qualities that are essential to further advancing Ethiopia's interests on the global stage.
Norway Pledges Continued Support for Ethiopia's Green Development Efforts
May 19, 2024 3410
Addis Ababa May 19/2024 (ENA) Norway has announced that it will continue its assistance for the government of Ethiopia's efforts to fight climate change through green development. Mari Martinsen, adviser of Climate, Environment and Forest at the Norwegian Embassy told ENA that Ethiopia and Norway have maintained a robust relationship in the battle against the effects of climate change, ever since the launch of Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy in Durban in 2011. The government of Norway has also been providing supports to civic society organizations and research institutions that are engaged in the protection of climate change and biodiversity in Ethiopia the adviser noted. The adviser has also commended the efforts being carried out in the protection of biodiversity citing the Green Legacy Initiative. According to her, the Green Legacy Initiative demonstrates the commitment of Ethiopian government to ensuring green development. "Green Legacy demonstrates the commitment of Ethiopian government towards green development manifesting the importance of forestry sector as trees are important instruments in helping to tackle the impacts of climate change."   Since climate change poses a threat to biodiversity and future generation’s wellbeing, it must receive adequate support from all corners, the adviser underlined. The adviser also stated that Norway's climate and environment minister made a commitment to fortify its cooperation with the Ethiopian government on climate-related matters until 2030. " As per this partnership agreement the government of Norway will continue providing support to Ethiopia's efforts to mitigate impacts of climate change, forestry development, and food security," she stated. The agreement will also allow Ethiopia to tap the financial market of carbon credit and other resources. She affirmed that Norway's government will continue to assist the development of forests in Ethiopia, pointing out that two of the 36 areas with notable successes in biodiversity protection worldwide are in Ethiopia.  
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 57186
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 52727
Addis Ababa March 3/2023/ENA/ Achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas of Africa requires leveraging the power of science, technology, and innovation (STI), according to experts. A press release issued by the ECA stated experts at the Ninth African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development have emphasized the crucial role of STI as a key driver and enabler for ensuring economic growth, improving well-being, mitigating the effects of climate change, and safeguarding the environment. They also underscored the need to strengthen national and regional STI ecosystems by fostering innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, and investing in research and development. By doing so, the experts said that Africa can harness the potential of STI to accelerate its socio-economic progress and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and the African Union's Agenda by 2063. The session, held on 2 March 2023, builds on the recommendations of the Fifth African Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum, which accentuates the central role of STI and digitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the necessary infrastructures for the development of STI, plans, and policies that are action-oriented towards strengthening its full implantation. The experts highlighted that despite advances in STI, significant gaps remain in bridging the scientific and technological divide between developed countries and Africa. The highly uneven global distribution of scientific capacity and access to knowledge threatens to derail the goal of leaving no one behind, which is the central and transformative promise of Agenda 2030. “We need a clear political will from governments to ensure science, technology, and innovation is a reality. By doing so our education systems will be capacitated to deliver knowledge that is vital to solving Africa’s sustainability challenges,” Niger Higher Education and Research Minister Mamoudou Djibo said. The strategy includes the establishment of universities as centers for excellence and investments in education, technical competencies, and training in the fields of science, technology, research, and innovation. These initiatives are crucial in accelerating progress towards achieving global goals. However, in order to fully leverage the potential of STI, significant investments in research and development are required. National systems also need to be strengthened, Namibia Information and Communication Technologies Deputy Minister Emma Theophilus, stated adding that “strengthening our national systems for STI is a key game changer for rapid structural transformation in Africa. Leveraging the digital transformation can achieve a stronger, smarter, and more inclusive recovery.” Emerging evidence suggests that an STI and digital Africa can be a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs and fulfill the aspirations of Agenda 2063.
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Public Engagement to Transform Addis  to a Cleaner, Greener Capital
May 11, 2024 6237
By Henok Tadele Haile As the vibrant heart of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa holds a unique significance, not just for its residents, but also for the international community that calls this city home. Recognizing its importance as the political capital of Africa and a hub for influential global organizations, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has embarked on a transformative journey to elevate Addis Ababa's status and enhance the quality of life for all who inhabit this dynamic metropolis. Over the past few years, the city has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis, with the creation of world-class parks, museums, and other amenities that have bolstered Ethiopia's tourism sector and made Addis Ababa an increasingly attractive destination for visitors. From the breathtaking Unity Park to the captivating Entoto Park and Friendship Park, these new landmarks have not only added to the city's allure, but have also served to improve the living conditions of its residents. Now, Prime Minister Abiy has set his sights on an equally ambitious goal: revolutionizing the city's public sanitation infrastructure. Launching the "Clean Streets and Healthy Livelihood" campaign, the Prime Minister has called upon all Ethiopians to join hands in building cities that prioritize cleanliness and inclusivity, recognizing the critical importance of collective effort in achieving this vision. One of the objectives of the PM’s initiative is to build modern public toilets in the identified corridors to enhancing accessibility and fostering cleanliness within urban landscape. This initiative also strives to elevate hygiene standards across our city and nation by promoting a culture of dignified toilet usage and raising awareness about cleanliness. At the heart of this initiative is the construction of modern, hygienic, and accessible public restroom facilities across Addis Ababa's urban areas. For decades, the city has grappled with a lack of standardized public sanitation services, leading many residents to resort to unsanitary alternatives. The Prime Minister's plan aims to address this pressing issue, not only improving public health and reducing the spread of waterborne diseases, but also creating employment opportunities and fostering a sense of dignity for those in need. To ensure the sustainability and success of this project, the government has launched a digital telethon, seeking both cash and in-kind contributions from the general public, individual donors, and institutions. This telethon, scheduled for a ten-hour period on Sunday, May 12th, 2024, has been aptly named "Clean Streets - Healthy Lives," underscoring the interconnectedness of urban cleanliness and the well-being of the community. The plan is to raise 50 million Birr in a 10hr period digital telethon challenge. As Prime Minister Abiy has eloquently stated, "We are colorful when we come together for a collective cause." Indeed, the resounding success of this telethon will not only showcase the power of unity and mutual concern, but also serve as a testament to the Ethiopian people's unwavering commitment to creating cities that cater to the needs of all. The campaign is a great opportunity to engage all Ethiopians including the diaspora and members of the international community based in Addis Ababa as well as friends of Ethiopia, and others have the chance to contribute individually or in groups to this magnificent objective which aims at enhancing public sanitation services. Through this ambitious initiative, Prime Minister Abiy's vision for a cleaner, greener, and more inclusive Addis Ababa is taking shape. By harnessing the collective efforts of the government, the private sector, and the public, the city is poised to become a model of sustainable urban development, setting a precedent for cities across Ethiopia and the African continent. As we rally behind this cause, we bear witness to the transformative power of community-driven change, paving the way for a brighter, more prosperous future for Addis Ababa and its people.  
Ethiopia Demonstrating Full Commitment To Implementing Peace Agreement
May 10, 2024 6103
BY SOLOMON DIBABA The Agreement on Permanent Cessation of Hostilities was signed on 2 November, 2022 between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the TPLF in Pretoria, South Africa. The peace talks mediated by the AU, was attended by international observers such as UN and paved the way for a lasting peace in northern part of Ethiopia. Even before the signing of the agreement, the Ethiopian Government had been providing the lion’s share of relief supplies to the citizens affected by the war and has been cooperating with international partners and UN systems to facilitate the supply of relief food to the needy people of Tigray. The Pretoria Peace Agreement has enhanced a new culture of putting an end to conflicts by soliciting political solutions through round table discussions. This bold move amplifies the importance of a mature and resolute decision of the federal government of Ethiopia to prevent future generations from inheriting a legacy of winners and losers characterized by animosity and grudges. Through peace agreement, the two parties agreed to halt the bloody and unnecessary conflict. The Ethiopian Government has established an environment conducive to unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to Tigray. Following the signing of the peace agreement, the government surpassed its obligations stipulated in the accord and implemented series of measures deemed necessary to cultivate trust and sustainable peace in the northern part of the country. The government has also been diligently working towards repairing and reinstating damaged infrastructure facilities and services. Considerable financial resources have been allocated by the government to reinstate economic activities in the Tigray region. Given the substantial dividend of peace, the government has carried out activities beyond expectations to heal the wounds inflicted by the conflict. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the Ethiopian Government took remarkable swift action in restoring the infrastructure facilities that were damaged by the conflict by opening up road transport to Tigray as a major prerequisite for fast-tracking relief and rehabilitation supplies as well as restarting social services like hospitals, health centers and clinics and schools as well as telephone and network services. The government also restored electric power supply in Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions by deploying professionals who accomplished their duties in a relatively shorter period of time. Major airports in Tigray region were rehabilitated and air transport resumed operations enabling citizens to reunite with their families who had been separated for two years. With regard to costs of the maintenance of airports in Tigray, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told members of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) earlier this year that over half billion Birr of expenditure was made for the resumption of the air transport to Shire, Mekele and Axum. The air transport at least helped people with chronic diseases to fly to Addis and get medical treatment. Moreover, Ethio telecom also repaired over 1000 kms of optical fiber and 475 mobile sites while repairing over 20,000 landline telephones, it was learnt. Furthermore, the National Bank Ethiopian provided 10 billion Birr liquidity, enabling some 600 bank branches to start services. Almost all universities in Tigray regional state have resumed their duties. Similarly, health care institutions are now providing health services. Through a special procurement, the federal government has imported 500 tractors and over 300 pumps to improve agriculture in Tigray. About 630,000 hectares of land was also cultivated in the region last crop season with support of agricultural inputs support such as tractors, select seed, fertilizer and pumps by the Ministry of Agriculture and other regional states. Moreover, major public and private banks were reopened to provide financial services which were totally closed during the war which lasted for two years. This has helped to reinvigorate business activities that have totally collapsed in the advent of the devastative war. The aforementioned results are just a few of the achievements carried out by the federal government as part of its duties to the Pretoria Peace Agreement, creating confidence with TPLF. However, the other party has reciprocated little. For instance, former combatants of TPLF have not been demobilized, to the contrary, there are visible deployment and mobilizations of armed forces for fresh conflicts that everyone can see, claiming they will seize disputed areas of former settlements. This is in stark violation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement. The peace agreement underscores that disputed areas should be resolved constitutionally, not through force. Hence, to fully implement the peace agreement, the other signatory must reciprocate its duties in the same manner and commitment demonstrated by the federal government: it needs to demobilize its forces, cease provocation to control disputed areas by force. It is only the federal government which should have military might and capability. States are prohibited from maintaining armed and organized forces beyond the police and militia required for law enforcement at the state level; they should not exceed this limit. Hence, the disarmament process and associated procedures must be expeditiously implemented in accordance with the plan charted out by the Rehabilitation Commission. Efforts to resettle those displaced by the war must be accelerated, but IDPs should be returned to their settlements as civilians, not with arms. The issue of administrative border demarcation should be addressed constitutionally, not by resorting to military means. The people of Tigray have greater expectations for the implementation of the peace agreement because much of their current and future aspirations depend upon the full implementation of the Agreement for which the government has paid special attention. The AU and international community are fully backing the timely implementation of this agreement which is of crucial importance for both the national peace and security as well as the stability of the Horn of Africa. Failing to learn from past mistakes is more problematic than committing the mistakes in the beginning. Without drawing lessons from our past mistakes, it will be difficult to whole heartedly collaborate with those who wish to perpetuate the problems we face today. Thus, sustaining the achievements so far registered by the federal government to accelerate the full implementation of the agreement seriously requires the other signatory to contribute its part in the peace process with no reservations and excuses as the terms of the Agreement entail legal accountability at all levels. All told, the federal government has gone a long way to fully implement the peace agreement. It is vehemently working for durable peace and stability, upholding the rule of law. Hence, the National Dialogue is under implementation to resolve differences of opinion among citizens on fundamental issues and forge a national consensus and address Ethiopia’s backlogs of problems through extensive public discussions. The government has also put in place a Transitional Justice Policy Framework, anchored on the pillars of justice, accountability, reconciliation and redress past mistakes. Inevitably, Ethiopia’s prosperity will thrive on.
Ethiopian News Agency
2023