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Japan Donates 12 Vehicles to Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission
Apr 15, 2024 55
Addis Ababa April 15/2024 (ENA) The government of Japan has donated 12 vehicles to the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission that would be important for its operational activities. The Japanese embassy in Ethiopia hosted a ceremony to hand over these vehicles that will support the ongoing endeavors of the commission to see a national consensus by reaching on the most fundamental issues of national significance. Accordingly, the handover ceremony was attended by Chief Commissioner of Ethiopian National Dialogue, Mesfin Areya,UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative, Samuel Doe and Japan ambassador to Ethiopia, Shibata Hironori among others. Most importantly, those vehicles are expected to reduce the transportation burden that the commission may face in rural parts of Ethiopia. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chief Commissioner Mesfin thanked the Japan government for its longstanding relationship and commitment to support Ethiopia. The vehicles that have been donated by Japan will be fully utilized in the field works of the commission, he revealed. Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Shibata Hironori on his part reaffirmed his country’s commitment to support the success of the national dialogue commission and other various development activities in Ethiopia. Recall the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission consists of 11 members whose undertaking is to facilitate inclusive techniques of discussion and reconciliation that heal wounds, build consensus on key troubles, and assist Ethiopia in remedying its complicated issues.
Capital Market Boon for Startups: ESX
Apr 14, 2024 465
Addis Ababa April 14/2024 (ENA)The approval of the capital market in Ethiopia will bring greater opportunities for the growth of startups in the country, the CEO of the Ethiopian Securities Exchange (ESX) remarked. Ethiopian Securities Exchange CEO, Tilahun Esmael Kassahun told ENA that capital market and startups have supplementary relationship. Tilahun emphasized the crucial role startups play in a nation's future, particularly within the technology and innovation sectors, pointing out that many of the world's leading tech giants began as small startups. Previously, Ethiopian startups faced major hurdles, including securing capital and operational funds from the major financial institutions. However, Tilahun expressed assurance that the new capital market will enduringly address this bottlenecks. The government is providing great policy support to startups in the country, the CEO noted. The capital market will allow startup entrepreneurs to access financial services based on their ideas, he explained. This will also open doors for startups to become major players within the capital market themselves. Beyond just attracting capital, Tilahun believes the capital market will positively contribute to Ethiopia's financial inclusion. According to him, startups will not only have access to investment capital but also benefit from various financial instruments that can address operational cash flow needs. A strengthened Investment Bank, coupled with the ability of commercial banks to increase their deposit capacity through the sale of diverse financial instruments, will create a more favorable financial environment, he elaborated. "This will indirectly benefit those segments of society who are currently excluded from traditional financial services." The CEO anticipates the launch of the Ethiopian real estate market in 2025, offers further investment diversification, stating that it presents a fantastic opportunity for Ethiopians to participate in the privatization of government enterprises and become shareholders.            
New Agricultural Strategies Central to Food, Nutrition Security & Sovereignty: Agriculture Minister  
Apr 13, 2024 767
Addis Ababa ,April 13/2024(ENA) The agricultural strategies launched with a view to contributing to the food systems transformation in Ethiopia are expressions of the country's commitment to food, nutrition security ,and sovereignty, Agriculture Minister Girma Amante said. The ministry launched the three strategies: National Food Safety and Quality Strategy for Primary Agricultural Produce, National Nutrition Sensitive Agrifood Systems Strategy, and Post-Harvest Management Strategy today.   Speaking at the launching ceremony, Agriculture Minister Girma said the strategies are central to Ethiopia’s commitment to food and nutrition security and sovereignty. The strategies are critical contributors to attain food security, enhance health, and improve economic welfare as well as livelihood, he added. According to him, 30 percent of the food in developing countries is lost between production and consumption, before it reaches consumers. “One of the strategies I mentioned is therefore a post-harvest management strategy designed to reduce post-harvest loss,” the minster stated. Furthermore, Girma noted that ensuring food safety remains a challenge and the economic burden of food-borne diseases in low and middle income countries is significantly high. These problems are witnessed in Ethiopia, negatively impacting health, nutrition, inclusive growth and the economy at large. Consequently, the ministry has developed nationally important strategies that are crucial to the efforts to attain food and nutrition security, one of the outcomes of the Ethiopian food system transformation. The strategies provide a roadmap that helps to make informed decision, allocate resources, and increase success. Therefore, “we must now harness our collective knowledge, experience and resourcefulness to implement the strategies, drive growth, overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities along the food systems value chain,” the minister said.   FAO Country Representative Farayi Zimudzi told the Ethiopian News Agency that from FAO's point of view, these strategies are absolutely critical for food security as well as for functioning, efficient and strong food systems. As we know, food systems are made up by many different parts and issues of nutrition critical, issues of the safety of the food that people are eating, and also managing the losses that can come once food is produced. “So, all those three (strategies) are very important to achieving the country's aspirations towards food self-sufficiency and food security in the country. Without those three, it will not be possible for food security to be attained. So, in our view these are absolutely important.” The FAO representative commended the government and people of Ethiopia for developing the strategies, adding that “I think the key challenge now is to implement the strategies and make sure that the strategies are put into action.”  
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Japan Donates 12 Vehicles to Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission
Apr 15, 2024 55
Addis Ababa April 15/2024 (ENA) The government of Japan has donated 12 vehicles to the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission that would be important for its operational activities. The Japanese embassy in Ethiopia hosted a ceremony to hand over these vehicles that will support the ongoing endeavors of the commission to see a national consensus by reaching on the most fundamental issues of national significance. Accordingly, the handover ceremony was attended by Chief Commissioner of Ethiopian National Dialogue, Mesfin Areya,UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative, Samuel Doe and Japan ambassador to Ethiopia, Shibata Hironori among others. Most importantly, those vehicles are expected to reduce the transportation burden that the commission may face in rural parts of Ethiopia. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chief Commissioner Mesfin thanked the Japan government for its longstanding relationship and commitment to support Ethiopia. The vehicles that have been donated by Japan will be fully utilized in the field works of the commission, he revealed. Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Shibata Hironori on his part reaffirmed his country’s commitment to support the success of the national dialogue commission and other various development activities in Ethiopia. Recall the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission consists of 11 members whose undertaking is to facilitate inclusive techniques of discussion and reconciliation that heal wounds, build consensus on key troubles, and assist Ethiopia in remedying its complicated issues.
Capital Market Boon for Startups: ESX
Apr 14, 2024 465
Addis Ababa April 14/2024 (ENA)The approval of the capital market in Ethiopia will bring greater opportunities for the growth of startups in the country, the CEO of the Ethiopian Securities Exchange (ESX) remarked. Ethiopian Securities Exchange CEO, Tilahun Esmael Kassahun told ENA that capital market and startups have supplementary relationship. Tilahun emphasized the crucial role startups play in a nation's future, particularly within the technology and innovation sectors, pointing out that many of the world's leading tech giants began as small startups. Previously, Ethiopian startups faced major hurdles, including securing capital and operational funds from the major financial institutions. However, Tilahun expressed assurance that the new capital market will enduringly address this bottlenecks. The government is providing great policy support to startups in the country, the CEO noted. The capital market will allow startup entrepreneurs to access financial services based on their ideas, he explained. This will also open doors for startups to become major players within the capital market themselves. Beyond just attracting capital, Tilahun believes the capital market will positively contribute to Ethiopia's financial inclusion. According to him, startups will not only have access to investment capital but also benefit from various financial instruments that can address operational cash flow needs. A strengthened Investment Bank, coupled with the ability of commercial banks to increase their deposit capacity through the sale of diverse financial instruments, will create a more favorable financial environment, he elaborated. "This will indirectly benefit those segments of society who are currently excluded from traditional financial services." The CEO anticipates the launch of the Ethiopian real estate market in 2025, offers further investment diversification, stating that it presents a fantastic opportunity for Ethiopians to participate in the privatization of government enterprises and become shareholders.            
New Agricultural Strategies Central to Food, Nutrition Security & Sovereignty: Agriculture Minister  
Apr 13, 2024 767
Addis Ababa ,April 13/2024(ENA) The agricultural strategies launched with a view to contributing to the food systems transformation in Ethiopia are expressions of the country's commitment to food, nutrition security ,and sovereignty, Agriculture Minister Girma Amante said. The ministry launched the three strategies: National Food Safety and Quality Strategy for Primary Agricultural Produce, National Nutrition Sensitive Agrifood Systems Strategy, and Post-Harvest Management Strategy today.   Speaking at the launching ceremony, Agriculture Minister Girma said the strategies are central to Ethiopia’s commitment to food and nutrition security and sovereignty. The strategies are critical contributors to attain food security, enhance health, and improve economic welfare as well as livelihood, he added. According to him, 30 percent of the food in developing countries is lost between production and consumption, before it reaches consumers. “One of the strategies I mentioned is therefore a post-harvest management strategy designed to reduce post-harvest loss,” the minster stated. Furthermore, Girma noted that ensuring food safety remains a challenge and the economic burden of food-borne diseases in low and middle income countries is significantly high. These problems are witnessed in Ethiopia, negatively impacting health, nutrition, inclusive growth and the economy at large. Consequently, the ministry has developed nationally important strategies that are crucial to the efforts to attain food and nutrition security, one of the outcomes of the Ethiopian food system transformation. The strategies provide a roadmap that helps to make informed decision, allocate resources, and increase success. Therefore, “we must now harness our collective knowledge, experience and resourcefulness to implement the strategies, drive growth, overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities along the food systems value chain,” the minister said.   FAO Country Representative Farayi Zimudzi told the Ethiopian News Agency that from FAO's point of view, these strategies are absolutely critical for food security as well as for functioning, efficient and strong food systems. As we know, food systems are made up by many different parts and issues of nutrition critical, issues of the safety of the food that people are eating, and also managing the losses that can come once food is produced. “So, all those three (strategies) are very important to achieving the country's aspirations towards food self-sufficiency and food security in the country. Without those three, it will not be possible for food security to be attained. So, in our view these are absolutely important.” The FAO representative commended the government and people of Ethiopia for developing the strategies, adding that “I think the key challenge now is to implement the strategies and make sure that the strategies are put into action.”  
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Ethiopia Accomplished Grand Diplomatic Achievements in Reform Years, Says FM Taye
Apr 12, 2024 1347
Addis Ababa, April 12/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has registered grand diplomatic achievements over the last 6 years, Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie said today. In his opening remark to a panel discussion organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the accomplishments gained during the reform years, FM Taye said Ethiopia has prevailed despite challenges.   According to him, Ethiopia still remains the regional power pool. Through its efforts to ensure peace and security in neighboring countries, Ethiopia has played unparalleled role in maintaining stability in the Horn of Africa region, the minister noted. Joining BRICS was a remarkable achievement that will have paramount effect in uplifting the country’s diplomatic gains, the minister stated. Furthermore, FM Taye pointed out that the Green Legacy Initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was among the very commendable achievements in terms of climate change mitigation. Had the over 32 billion trees planted through the initiative been monetized, it would have been billions of USD worth investment on environmental protection, he emphasized. The minister pointed out that political sovereignty is often eroded due to poverty, adding that Ethiopia has in this regard accelerated its journey to ensure food security through boosting production and productivity of dry season wheat. Ethiopia is currently cultivating dry season wheat on 3 million hectares of land, and is expecting to harvest 120 million quintals. FM Taye noted that this will eventually increase and break the chain of poverty and ensure food self-sufficiency. Moreover, he stressed that the reform has enabled Ethiopia to ensure its development right with regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) through diplomacy.        
Council of Ministers Passes Decisions on Bills to Be Effective, Refers to Parliament
Apr 11, 2024 1710
Addis Ababa, April 11/2024 (ENA) The Council of Ministers, in its 29th regular session today has discussed various issues and passed resolutions, according to the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO). Initially, the Council deliberated on a draft bill of public service delivery and administration policy. The Statement issued by PMO stated that this public service delivery and administration policy has a paramount role in implementing and making the necessary follow up on the implementation of laws, policies and strategies as well as in accelerating the nation-state building process. Accordingly, the policy is based on seven pillars of activities on which the necessary action is to be taken. These include urgently developing free and impartial civil service delivery systems, building an inclusive and all embracing civil service, integrating public service structure and administration, ensuring efficient and accessible public service delivery systems. Moreover, the pillars comprise vital components such as developing a viable certification of competence for public servants and implementing them, developing a digital civil service delivery for acceptable and reliable services and solutions, ensuring and accelerating pragmatism approach for civil service and institution building. After its deliberation on the draft bill, the council passed a decision unanimously that the policy to become effective with additional inputs. The Council of Ministers then discussed a draft policy on small and medium enterprise development. The policy document incorporates the formation and development of micro small and medium enterprise development and it is vital to create an enabling environment for the expansion of enterprises. This would provide the necessary support for the sector with appropriate consideration to demand and supply, support regular trade and ensure their inclusive development, promoting their positive contributions to the economic development of the country. Having discussed the agenda, the Council decided the policy document to be effective. In addition, the Council deliberated on a draft decree on the Structure, duties and responsibilities of the Environmental Protection Authority. The draft decree considered the role of the authority as a regulatory body, its operational stricture, roles, tasks and building its capacity to implement ongoing environmental protection policy, laws and standards and international environmental agreements to which Ethiopia is a signatory and ensure their implementation. After incorporating additional inputs on the decree, the council unanimously decided the document to become effective as of its date of publication in the Negarit Gazette. Additionally, the Council discussed a draft bill on Ethiopian Standards. The draft bill was submitted to the council with a view to ensuring commodities and services and processes locally produced or imported must fulfill Ethiopian and international standards. And that the standards are to be implemented in the entire country and calls for the necessary coordination, accountability and transparency between regulatory bodies for the implementation of the bill. The council discussed the agreement in detail and unanimously decided to refer it to the House of Peoples’ Representative for approval. The Council of Ministers discussed a draft decree on national metrology institute, provided for enhancing the capacity of the institute in the areas of delivering internationally accredited metrology and calibration services on scientific instruments, trade and health service delivery, environmental protection and other instruments used by the public. The Council referred it for approval to the parliament after deliberations. The Council further delivered on the draft regulation to establish Ethiopian National Accreditation Office in order to promote national and international trade. The draft bill would establish a national accreditation system and to ensure healthy utilization of these services by ensuring environmental protection and safety, ensuring equitable and fair trade in the country. The Council also discussed a draft decree to reestablish Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise which would ensure the conformity of all export and import commodities through inspection, certification and by applying inspection laboratories in the enterprise. The council decided all the above decrees to be effective by its date of publication in the Negarit Gazette. Finally, the Council discussed a draft decree on the organizational structure, duties and responsibilities of Refugees and Returnees Affairs Service which would enable the service to conduct its activities in a more efficient manner. The decree provided for the protection, support and care that the country would provide for refugees and returnees based on the international agreements and conventions to which Ethiopia is a signatory. After deliberating on the draft decree, the council has unanimously decided the decree to be implemented right after it is published in the Negarit Newspaper.    
PM Abiy’s Visit to Rwanda Instrumental To Forge Strategic Partnership with Ethiopia: Press Secretary Billene
Apr 8, 2024 2001
Addis Ababa, April 08/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's official visit to Kigali, Rwanda, was instrumental to forge the strategic partnership between Ethiopia and Rwanda, Head of Press Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Billene Seyoum said. The press secretary gave briefings to the media on the official visit of Prime Minister Abiy Aimed to Kigali. Various activities were carried out during the visit, proving the strategic partnership between the countries, Billene stated. The premier's visit to Rwanda had two objectives, she said, adding, firstly, he had successful and productive bilateral discussion with Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame. In their discussion, the two leaders emphasized that Ethiopia and Rwanda should work on sharing their successful experiences in the agricultural sector in East Africa and the continent, the press secretary head said. She added that the second was that the premier attended the 'Kwibuka30’ anniversary where he stated that Ethiopia showed its solidarity with the people of Rwanda. Moreover, she stated that members of the delegation also held bilateral discussion with their Rwanda's counterparts on various spheres. Prime Minister Abiy began his official visit to the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture, where good experience was gained, she said, adding that it has been witnessed that the institute is engaged in similar activities in animal breeding and agricultural projects in Ethiopia. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taye Atske-Selassie with his Rwandan counterpart laid cornerstone for the construction of Ethiopian embassy in Kigali on 7,700 square feet plot of land it received from the government of Rwanda. This confirmed the strategic partnership between the two countries and will take the relationships between the two countries to new heights, she indicated. At the same time, she added that the mayor of Addis Ababa City Administration, Adanech Abiebie, has signed sister cities agreement with the mayor of Kigali City, Samuel Dusengiyumva. The agreement will enable the two cities to share experience and work together on green development, eco-tourism, and solid and liquid waste disposal, Billene indicated.          
Parliamentary Diplomacy Fruitful in Past Two Years: HPR Standing Committee Chairperson
Apr 6, 2024 2268
Addis Ababa, April 6/2024 (ENA) Activities carried out in the past two years to strengthen parliamentary diplomacy and build Ethiopia's image have been productive, House of People's Representatives (HPR) Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Chairperson, Dima Negewo told ENA. Dima said that strengthening parliamentary diplomacy is one of the priorities of the Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee of HPR. Stating that the house has received members of parliaments (MPs) from various countries and discussed on various issues in the past two years, he said the discussions have been instrumental to strengthen people-to-people relations and parliamentary diplomacy. Dima further said that discussions held with MPs and ambassadors of various countries were crucial to properly explain the current situation of Ethiopia, which helped to further bolster existing relations with the country. The discussions held with representatives of a host of countries were pivotal to build the image of the country, he added. Explanations were also given to MPs and ambassadors of various countries on ongoing projects in the country including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which is of great significance not only to Ethiopia but also to the region and the Green Legacy Initiative, which is instrumental to build Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE), Dima highlighted. The chairperson reaffirmed the commitment of the standing committee to work with diligence to further strengthen parliamentary diplomacy for the intended results.  
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Ethiopia Accomplished Grand Diplomatic Achievements in Reform Years, Says FM Taye
Apr 12, 2024 1347
Addis Ababa, April 12/2024 (ENA) Ethiopia has registered grand diplomatic achievements over the last 6 years, Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie said today. In his opening remark to a panel discussion organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the accomplishments gained during the reform years, FM Taye said Ethiopia has prevailed despite challenges.   According to him, Ethiopia still remains the regional power pool. Through its efforts to ensure peace and security in neighboring countries, Ethiopia has played unparalleled role in maintaining stability in the Horn of Africa region, the minister noted. Joining BRICS was a remarkable achievement that will have paramount effect in uplifting the country’s diplomatic gains, the minister stated. Furthermore, FM Taye pointed out that the Green Legacy Initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was among the very commendable achievements in terms of climate change mitigation. Had the over 32 billion trees planted through the initiative been monetized, it would have been billions of USD worth investment on environmental protection, he emphasized. The minister pointed out that political sovereignty is often eroded due to poverty, adding that Ethiopia has in this regard accelerated its journey to ensure food security through boosting production and productivity of dry season wheat. Ethiopia is currently cultivating dry season wheat on 3 million hectares of land, and is expecting to harvest 120 million quintals. FM Taye noted that this will eventually increase and break the chain of poverty and ensure food self-sufficiency. Moreover, he stressed that the reform has enabled Ethiopia to ensure its development right with regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) through diplomacy.        
Council of Ministers Passes Decisions on Bills to Be Effective, Refers to Parliament
Apr 11, 2024 1710
Addis Ababa, April 11/2024 (ENA) The Council of Ministers, in its 29th regular session today has discussed various issues and passed resolutions, according to the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO). Initially, the Council deliberated on a draft bill of public service delivery and administration policy. The Statement issued by PMO stated that this public service delivery and administration policy has a paramount role in implementing and making the necessary follow up on the implementation of laws, policies and strategies as well as in accelerating the nation-state building process. Accordingly, the policy is based on seven pillars of activities on which the necessary action is to be taken. These include urgently developing free and impartial civil service delivery systems, building an inclusive and all embracing civil service, integrating public service structure and administration, ensuring efficient and accessible public service delivery systems. Moreover, the pillars comprise vital components such as developing a viable certification of competence for public servants and implementing them, developing a digital civil service delivery for acceptable and reliable services and solutions, ensuring and accelerating pragmatism approach for civil service and institution building. After its deliberation on the draft bill, the council passed a decision unanimously that the policy to become effective with additional inputs. The Council of Ministers then discussed a draft policy on small and medium enterprise development. The policy document incorporates the formation and development of micro small and medium enterprise development and it is vital to create an enabling environment for the expansion of enterprises. This would provide the necessary support for the sector with appropriate consideration to demand and supply, support regular trade and ensure their inclusive development, promoting their positive contributions to the economic development of the country. Having discussed the agenda, the Council decided the policy document to be effective. In addition, the Council deliberated on a draft decree on the Structure, duties and responsibilities of the Environmental Protection Authority. The draft decree considered the role of the authority as a regulatory body, its operational stricture, roles, tasks and building its capacity to implement ongoing environmental protection policy, laws and standards and international environmental agreements to which Ethiopia is a signatory and ensure their implementation. After incorporating additional inputs on the decree, the council unanimously decided the document to become effective as of its date of publication in the Negarit Gazette. Additionally, the Council discussed a draft bill on Ethiopian Standards. The draft bill was submitted to the council with a view to ensuring commodities and services and processes locally produced or imported must fulfill Ethiopian and international standards. And that the standards are to be implemented in the entire country and calls for the necessary coordination, accountability and transparency between regulatory bodies for the implementation of the bill. The council discussed the agreement in detail and unanimously decided to refer it to the House of Peoples’ Representative for approval. The Council of Ministers discussed a draft decree on national metrology institute, provided for enhancing the capacity of the institute in the areas of delivering internationally accredited metrology and calibration services on scientific instruments, trade and health service delivery, environmental protection and other instruments used by the public. The Council referred it for approval to the parliament after deliberations. The Council further delivered on the draft regulation to establish Ethiopian National Accreditation Office in order to promote national and international trade. The draft bill would establish a national accreditation system and to ensure healthy utilization of these services by ensuring environmental protection and safety, ensuring equitable and fair trade in the country. The Council also discussed a draft decree to reestablish Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise which would ensure the conformity of all export and import commodities through inspection, certification and by applying inspection laboratories in the enterprise. The council decided all the above decrees to be effective by its date of publication in the Negarit Gazette. Finally, the Council discussed a draft decree on the organizational structure, duties and responsibilities of Refugees and Returnees Affairs Service which would enable the service to conduct its activities in a more efficient manner. The decree provided for the protection, support and care that the country would provide for refugees and returnees based on the international agreements and conventions to which Ethiopia is a signatory. After deliberating on the draft decree, the council has unanimously decided the decree to be implemented right after it is published in the Negarit Newspaper.    
PM Abiy’s Visit to Rwanda Instrumental To Forge Strategic Partnership with Ethiopia: Press Secretary Billene
Apr 8, 2024 2001
Addis Ababa, April 08/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's official visit to Kigali, Rwanda, was instrumental to forge the strategic partnership between Ethiopia and Rwanda, Head of Press Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Billene Seyoum said. The press secretary gave briefings to the media on the official visit of Prime Minister Abiy Aimed to Kigali. Various activities were carried out during the visit, proving the strategic partnership between the countries, Billene stated. The premier's visit to Rwanda had two objectives, she said, adding, firstly, he had successful and productive bilateral discussion with Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame. In their discussion, the two leaders emphasized that Ethiopia and Rwanda should work on sharing their successful experiences in the agricultural sector in East Africa and the continent, the press secretary head said. She added that the second was that the premier attended the 'Kwibuka30’ anniversary where he stated that Ethiopia showed its solidarity with the people of Rwanda. Moreover, she stated that members of the delegation also held bilateral discussion with their Rwanda's counterparts on various spheres. Prime Minister Abiy began his official visit to the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture, where good experience was gained, she said, adding that it has been witnessed that the institute is engaged in similar activities in animal breeding and agricultural projects in Ethiopia. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taye Atske-Selassie with his Rwandan counterpart laid cornerstone for the construction of Ethiopian embassy in Kigali on 7,700 square feet plot of land it received from the government of Rwanda. This confirmed the strategic partnership between the two countries and will take the relationships between the two countries to new heights, she indicated. At the same time, she added that the mayor of Addis Ababa City Administration, Adanech Abiebie, has signed sister cities agreement with the mayor of Kigali City, Samuel Dusengiyumva. The agreement will enable the two cities to share experience and work together on green development, eco-tourism, and solid and liquid waste disposal, Billene indicated.          
Parliamentary Diplomacy Fruitful in Past Two Years: HPR Standing Committee Chairperson
Apr 6, 2024 2268
Addis Ababa, April 6/2024 (ENA) Activities carried out in the past two years to strengthen parliamentary diplomacy and build Ethiopia's image have been productive, House of People's Representatives (HPR) Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Chairperson, Dima Negewo told ENA. Dima said that strengthening parliamentary diplomacy is one of the priorities of the Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee of HPR. Stating that the house has received members of parliaments (MPs) from various countries and discussed on various issues in the past two years, he said the discussions have been instrumental to strengthen people-to-people relations and parliamentary diplomacy. Dima further said that discussions held with MPs and ambassadors of various countries were crucial to properly explain the current situation of Ethiopia, which helped to further bolster existing relations with the country. The discussions held with representatives of a host of countries were pivotal to build the image of the country, he added. Explanations were also given to MPs and ambassadors of various countries on ongoing projects in the country including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which is of great significance not only to Ethiopia but also to the region and the Green Legacy Initiative, which is instrumental to build Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE), Dima highlighted. The chairperson reaffirmed the commitment of the standing committee to work with diligence to further strengthen parliamentary diplomacy for the intended results.  
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Japan Donates 12 Vehicles to Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission
Apr 15, 2024 55
Addis Ababa April 15/2024 (ENA) The government of Japan has donated 12 vehicles to the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission that would be important for its operational activities. The Japanese embassy in Ethiopia hosted a ceremony to hand over these vehicles that will support the ongoing endeavors of the commission to see a national consensus by reaching on the most fundamental issues of national significance. Accordingly, the handover ceremony was attended by Chief Commissioner of Ethiopian National Dialogue, Mesfin Areya,UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative, Samuel Doe and Japan ambassador to Ethiopia, Shibata Hironori among others. Most importantly, those vehicles are expected to reduce the transportation burden that the commission may face in rural parts of Ethiopia. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chief Commissioner Mesfin thanked the Japan government for its longstanding relationship and commitment to support Ethiopia. The vehicles that have been donated by Japan will be fully utilized in the field works of the commission, he revealed. Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Shibata Hironori on his part reaffirmed his country’s commitment to support the success of the national dialogue commission and other various development activities in Ethiopia. Recall the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission consists of 11 members whose undertaking is to facilitate inclusive techniques of discussion and reconciliation that heal wounds, build consensus on key troubles, and assist Ethiopia in remedying its complicated issues.
14 Million Youth Participate in Nat’l Voluntary Service Program: Ministry of Peace
Apr 13, 2024 800
Addis Ababa ,April 13/2024(ENA)- Some 14 million youth have participated in the national voluntary service program to foster their contribution in Ethiopia’s aspiration of development and prosperity, according to the Ministry of Peace. The Ethiopian national voluntary youth service program was launched in 2020 to mobilize volunteers across the country, it was indicated. Essentially, the government of Ethiopia has introduced the program with the objective of fostering a sense of national unity, social cohesion, peace and stability, volunteerism and public service. In response to this voluntary youth service program request, 14 million youths have participated in the program, the National Volunteer Service Lead Executive with the Ministry Gemechis Eticha told ENA. Tremendous youths of the country have received training in eight rounds since the inception of the national voluntary youth service program. The Ministry of Peace has trained 48,000 young people so far, he indicated According to him, the engagement of the youth volunteers has brought about positive results and enabled the youth to play their role in national reconciliation and develop a sense of patriotism. The lead executive added that the volunteers are playing an important role in nurturing peace and they are providing services that would solve social problems and benefit the society. He also figured out that this year alone, some five million young people participated in the forums organized under the theme: “Adwa for sustainable peace and nation building.” Stressing the need for consolidating the nation-state building and realizing lasting peace, Gemechis said a national voluntary youth service program has been put into action and will be reinforced through generations. As a result, the Ethiopian youth voluntary association is being formed for this purpose, mentioning that 34,000 members have been registered so far. The 9th round of the national voluntary service training is anticipated to be started next week and it will bring about 1,500 young volunteers, it was learned. Finally, Gemechis called on non-governmental organizations and the community to support the government's efforts to strengthen voluntary services in Ethiopia.        
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Capital Market Boon for Startups: ESX
Apr 14, 2024 465
Addis Ababa April 14/2024 (ENA)The approval of the capital market in Ethiopia will bring greater opportunities for the growth of startups in the country, the CEO of the Ethiopian Securities Exchange (ESX) remarked. Ethiopian Securities Exchange CEO, Tilahun Esmael Kassahun told ENA that capital market and startups have supplementary relationship. Tilahun emphasized the crucial role startups play in a nation's future, particularly within the technology and innovation sectors, pointing out that many of the world's leading tech giants began as small startups. Previously, Ethiopian startups faced major hurdles, including securing capital and operational funds from the major financial institutions. However, Tilahun expressed assurance that the new capital market will enduringly address this bottlenecks. The government is providing great policy support to startups in the country, the CEO noted. The capital market will allow startup entrepreneurs to access financial services based on their ideas, he explained. This will also open doors for startups to become major players within the capital market themselves. Beyond just attracting capital, Tilahun believes the capital market will positively contribute to Ethiopia's financial inclusion. According to him, startups will not only have access to investment capital but also benefit from various financial instruments that can address operational cash flow needs. A strengthened Investment Bank, coupled with the ability of commercial banks to increase their deposit capacity through the sale of diverse financial instruments, will create a more favorable financial environment, he elaborated. "This will indirectly benefit those segments of society who are currently excluded from traditional financial services." The CEO anticipates the launch of the Ethiopian real estate market in 2025, offers further investment diversification, stating that it presents a fantastic opportunity for Ethiopians to participate in the privatization of government enterprises and become shareholders.            
New Agricultural Strategies Central to Food, Nutrition Security & Sovereignty: Agriculture Minister  
Apr 13, 2024 767
Addis Ababa ,April 13/2024(ENA) The agricultural strategies launched with a view to contributing to the food systems transformation in Ethiopia are expressions of the country's commitment to food, nutrition security ,and sovereignty, Agriculture Minister Girma Amante said. The ministry launched the three strategies: National Food Safety and Quality Strategy for Primary Agricultural Produce, National Nutrition Sensitive Agrifood Systems Strategy, and Post-Harvest Management Strategy today.   Speaking at the launching ceremony, Agriculture Minister Girma said the strategies are central to Ethiopia’s commitment to food and nutrition security and sovereignty. The strategies are critical contributors to attain food security, enhance health, and improve economic welfare as well as livelihood, he added. According to him, 30 percent of the food in developing countries is lost between production and consumption, before it reaches consumers. “One of the strategies I mentioned is therefore a post-harvest management strategy designed to reduce post-harvest loss,” the minster stated. Furthermore, Girma noted that ensuring food safety remains a challenge and the economic burden of food-borne diseases in low and middle income countries is significantly high. These problems are witnessed in Ethiopia, negatively impacting health, nutrition, inclusive growth and the economy at large. Consequently, the ministry has developed nationally important strategies that are crucial to the efforts to attain food and nutrition security, one of the outcomes of the Ethiopian food system transformation. The strategies provide a roadmap that helps to make informed decision, allocate resources, and increase success. Therefore, “we must now harness our collective knowledge, experience and resourcefulness to implement the strategies, drive growth, overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities along the food systems value chain,” the minister said.   FAO Country Representative Farayi Zimudzi told the Ethiopian News Agency that from FAO's point of view, these strategies are absolutely critical for food security as well as for functioning, efficient and strong food systems. As we know, food systems are made up by many different parts and issues of nutrition critical, issues of the safety of the food that people are eating, and also managing the losses that can come once food is produced. “So, all those three (strategies) are very important to achieving the country's aspirations towards food self-sufficiency and food security in the country. Without those three, it will not be possible for food security to be attained. So, in our view these are absolutely important.” The FAO representative commended the government and people of Ethiopia for developing the strategies, adding that “I think the key challenge now is to implement the strategies and make sure that the strategies are put into action.”  
Ethiopia's Energy Strategy Crucial to Attract German Companies: Embassy Economic Section Head 
Apr 13, 2024 854
Addis Ababa ,April 13/2024(ENA) The National Sustainable Energy Development Strategy of Ethiopia, which gives priority to Public-Private Partnership (PPP), will be instrumental in attracting German companies, according to Economic Section Head Rebecca Alt of the German Embassy. The National Sustainable Energy Development Strategy (N-SEDS) seeks to achieve energy access and social equity, economic growth and competitiveness, energy efficiency and conservation, energy security and resilience and environmental sustainability. The Economic Section Head at the German Embassy in Ethiopia, Rebecca Alt, told ENA that Ethiopia has abundant renewable energy resources including hydro, solar, geothermal and other areas. Since Public Private Partnership (PPP) is given high priority in the national sustainable energy development strategy, German companies could be interested to engage in the sector, she said. ''We have huge companies in Germany in the energy sector, and I will make sure that they know about the opportunities here in Ethiopia." According to her, companies in Germany have been developing projects for smart city, infrastructure, and vehicles, among others. Germany and Ethiopia are committed to fostering a secure and sustainable supply and utilization of energy in the light of international climate protection efforts. Both countries recognize the importance of private sector participation in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as the fundamental role of communication strategies to raise public awareness of energy transition. State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Jennifer Lee Morgan reaffirmed last July that Germany is supporting Ethiopia’s effort in its energy transitions, including in preserving and developing natural resources in the advent of concerns over climate change, food, and agriculture. Accordingly, Germany will continue its support to Ethiopia’s efforts in addressing access to modern energy services and reliable and efficient supply of energy to the economy and especially to decentralized and coordinated power generation. Ethiopia is endowed with various energy resources, namely hydropower, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, fossil fuel reserves, and biofuels. The country has abundant renewable energy resources and has the potential to generate over 60,000 megawatts (MW) of electric power from hydroelectric, wind, solar, and geothermal sources. With the goal to guide actions for a sustainable and inclusive energy future in Ethiopia, the Ministry of Water and Energy launched a National Sustainable Energy Development Strategy of Ethiopia (N-SEDS) 2024-2030 on Friday.  
Ethio-S.Korea Relation Needs to be Enhanced Per Economic Opportunity, Investment: Amb. Kang
Apr 13, 2024 746
Addis Ababa ,April 13/2024(ENA)- The bilateral relationship between Ethiopia and South Korea needs to be enhanced in line with the opportunity in economic and investment fields, South Korea Ambassador Jung Kang said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the ambassador said his country has very special relationship with Ethiopia, whose soldiers fought bravely in the Korean war. The sacrifice paid by the Ethiopian infantry battalion during the war has immensely contributed to strengthen bilateral relations, he added. “So basically, all Koreans remember that, and all Koreans try to repay what we have received by Ethiopians.” Political, economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties have been improving over the years, Ambassador Kang stated, adding that the bilateral relations have thrived since the start of diplomatic relations in 1963. With respect to economic relations, he pointed out that the current trade volume is small, but increasing every year. “I think this is not enough and we can do more. Specifically, we can do more in economy not just development aid and cooperation. We can diversify economic relations by enhancing the trade volume and also inducing more investment to Ethiopia,” the ambassador elaborated. South Korea imports agricultural products such as coffee while exporting medical products to Ethiopia. Ambassador Kang suggested that both countries discuss to resolve any hurdles and improve the trade volume. Furthermore, he said South Korea can expand its import items since Ethiopia has various quality agricultural products. Speaking of technology transformation and the existing cooperation, the ambassador stated that Ethiopia and South Korea are already cooperating in enhancing digitization and setting up laboratories in Addis Ababa Science and Technology and Adama Science and Technology universities as well as carrying out research that lead to industry cooperation. According to Ambassador Kang, Ethiopia “has many young, smart and educated population, and I think in the near future Korean companies, high-tech companies can also invest here. They can set up some factory and operate in stable bases here. I hope I can contribute to the trend during my tenure.”
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Gov’t Committed to Support AI Products to Achieve Excellence in Digital Transformation  
Apr 12, 2024 925
Addis Ababa, April 12/2024 (ENA) Efforts are being made with a view to achieving excellence in digital transformation in Ethiopia by supporting products of artificial intelligence (AI), Deputy Prime Minister Temesenge Tiruneh remarked. Robot Desta performed a musical performance with the distinguished Jazz musician, Mulatu Astatke last night. The Deputy PM, high ranking government officials, technology innovators and other invited guests were in attendance at the event. On the occasion, Deputy PM Temesgen said Ethiopia is working to accelerate the transformation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology transfer. Temesgen mentioned the importance of AI in tackling the complex challenges facing African nations, including Ethiopia, and said that the government is exerting efforts to accelerate the growth of the sector and other digital alternatives by establishing Digital Transformation Council and taking other crucial measures. Thus, he continued, the country's digital transformation will be intensified through accelerating the development of AI technologies like Robot Desta.Director General of Ethiopia’s Artificial Intelligence Institute, Worku Gachena for his part described the significance of AI in supporting the ongoing digital transformation process in the country citing efforts being made to use AI in the development of agriculture, health, education, industry parks and other economic sectors. The Musical performance was organized by Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and iCog Labs in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines and Ethio-telecom. Robot Desta has been made to speak Amharic, demonstrates other feelings including happiness. Desta delivered a speech in Amharic at the event. Robot Desta, which is in display at the Science Museum, has been developed by Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and iCog Labs in collaboration with other institutions.
PM Abiy Visits ‘Startup Ethiopia Exhibition’, Encourages Participants   
Apr 11, 2024 1159
Addis Ababa, April 11/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has visited ‘Startup Ethiopia Exhibition’, a national event that opened at the Science Museum in Addis Ababa last Monday. The exhibition, that depicts the innovative efforts of various Startuppers, is being visited by the public. The exhibition remains open for the coming 17 days for visitors. Startuppers engaged in various fields of development including Information technology, agriculture, health, education, industry and finance have been participating at the exhibition. Premier Abiy has today visited the exhibition and encouraged the participating Startuppers. He said the exhibition showcases the aspirations, ingenuity, and innovation capabilities of participants in the ecosystem recommending the public to visit the exhibition and interact with the exhibitors. The participating Startuppers expressed their joy by the encouraging words of the premier during his visit.   Edom Dawit, representative of Cubic Startup, which engaged in the manufacturing of materials vital for the construction of low cost houses by recycling plastic garbage, appreciated the commitment of government to support startups in Ethiopia.   Abdu Jemal, representative of Ethio-Charge, a Startup making efforts to install vehicle electric charging infrastructure in the country, said Prime Minister Abiy has encouraged them on his visit hailing the policy measures being taken by the government to create conducive environment to Startups. CEO of Enabler, the other Startup, Yidnelkachew Kedir for his part stated that ‘Startup Ethiopia Exhibition’ is a vital opportunity for the various Startups to interact each other, exchange experiences and create business linkages with pertinent companies.  
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Great Ethiopian Run Instrumental to Promote Tourism, Investment : World Figure Athletes
Nov 20, 2023 17091
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 20587
Addis Ababa ,November 19/2023(ENA)-Tens of thousands of people have gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa today for the 10-kilometre Great Ethiopian Run, the largest road race in Africa. Today, the streets of the capital city are filled with the energy and excitement of the Great Ethiopian Run which started early morning and attracted more than 45,000 participants from Ethiopia, Africa and all over the world.   The runners, including elite athletes, recreational runners, and walkers, made their way through the city's vibrant asphalt streets, cheered on by thousands of spectators. This year's race is particularly significant as it marks the 23rd anniversary of the Great Ethiopian Run. The event was founded in 2001 by renowned world-class Ethiopian Athlete Haile Gebrselassie to promote running as a healthy and accessible activity for all Ethiopians. The Great Ethiopian Run has since grown to become a global phenomenon, attracting participants from many countries. It is also a major economic boost for Addis Ababa and the country generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. The Great Ethiopian Run is more than just a race; it is a celebration of Ethiopian culture and unity. It has been contributing a lot in maintaining and promoting peace and unity among Ethiopians.   The event brings together people from all walks of life to share a common goal: to finish the race and celebrate the joy of running. As the runners crossed the finish line today, they were greeted with cheers and applause from the crowd. The atmosphere was one of pure joy and celebration. The Great Ethiopian Run is a testament to the power of sport to unite people and promote positive change.  
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Pakistan Agrees to Launch PM Abiy's Green Legacy Initiative in Major Cities
Apr 9, 2024 1381
Addis Ababa, April 09/2024 (ENA) Pakistan has agreed to launch Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative in the major cities including Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta, Sialkot and others. This was agreed upon in a meeting between Jemal Beker, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Pakistan, and Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Environmental Coordination Romina Khurshid Alam. Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious campaign of planting billions of trees every year in an effort to achieve a greener and cleaner environment and tackle the adverse effects of the climate crisis. As part of the ambitious Green Legacy Initiative to plant 50 billion trees in two phases, so far the country has planted more than 32.5 billion trees through the initiative launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2019. Ethiopian Ambassador to Pakistan Jemal lauded the role played by the coordinator of Pakistan’s prime minister on climate change and environmental coordination in initiating a joint collaboration between Ethiopia and Pakistan last year for addressing climate related issues. He recalled the launch of Green Legacy Initiative in Islamabad last year in the presence of senior ministers, government officials, diplomatic corps, business community, media and civil society. The Ambassador stressed the need for enhanced collaboration between the two countries to address climate issues through skills, technology, information and knowledge sharing. He said the government of Ethiopia stood ready to work together with the Pakistani government in addressing climate-related issues such as floods, food insecurity and others. Ethiopia would extend all-out support to Pakistan on climate mitigation through technological transfer and experience sharing, the ambassador remarked. He also congratulated Romina Khurshid Alam on assuming the charge of the Coordinator to the premier on Climate Change. On her part, Romina Khurshid Alam expressed keen interest in the launch of the Green Legacy initiative in different cities of her country. She said climate change was a global phenomenon and joint efforts against climate changes were the need of hour. The government of Pakistan is looking forward to working with Ethiopia to deal with climate change, she added.
EMI Predicts Higher Probability of Rainfall in Ethiopia
Apr 5, 2024 1787
Addis Ababa, April 5/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Meteorology Institute (EMI) has predicted that there will be a higher probability of rainfall in the upcoming April to May 2024, across most parts of the country. Briefing the media today, EMI Director General Fetene Teshome emphasized that the upcoming two months might witness substantial rainfall. Stressing the need for paying due diligence, Fetene highlighted the anticipated heavy rainfall and the potential risk of flooding across various regions of the country. The Belg which is considered Ethiopia's short rainy season, is expected to experience better rainfall across various regions of the country during April and May, he elaborated. According to him, these anticipated rainfalls are expected to benefit much of the seasonal rain-dependent regions of Ethiopia. Fetene also believed that the expected enhanced rainfall is likely to positively impact on Ethiopia’s agriculture, water resources, and overall livelihoods. However, the director general warned the weather condition would lead to normal to above-normal rainfall, adding that the EMI cautions about the higher risk of flash floods in vulnerable areas. These areas, including city administrations and regions of Ethiopia with unprecedented past flooding experience are urged to take necessary preparation. The Ethiopian Meteorology Institute emphasizes the importance of staying informed about weather forecasts and taking necessary steps to prepare for the anticipated conditions. Fetene further explained that by staying vigilant and implementing appropriate measures, individuals, communities, and authorities can minimize the potential risks associated with heavy rainfall and flash floods. On his part, Early Warning Division Deputy Director General Asaminew Teshome shed light on the contributing factors, stating that a combination of the Neutral-IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) and ENSO-El Nino episode is expected. These two significant climate phenomena could lead to heavy rainfall and the possibility of flash floods. He also mentioned some of the areas that would benefit from these Belg season rainfalls. As a result, south, south east and north east parts of the country dominated under moderately wet to extremely wet weather, he said, thus, the rainfall performance has been suitable for agriculture and water sectors. The EMI will continue to monitor the weather patterns closely and provide regular updates to keep the public informed, Asaminew reaffirmed.      
Deputy PM Temesgen Stresses Need for Public Involvement to Minimize Climate Change Impacts
Mar 29, 2024 2704
Addis Ababa, March 29/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh underlined that Ethiopia's environmental protection endeavors should involve the community in order to minimize the climate change impacts. A national public mobilization campaign that aims at combating environmental pollution and its complications was launched today. In his remarks at the launching ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh said climate change and environmental pollution have become pressing issues at the global level. Ethiopia has embarked on enormous environmental protection activities to minimize climate change negative effects and environmental pollution, he added. According to him, the country is carrying out commendable jobs to have beautiful and clean cities and develop river sides besides the Green Legacy Initiative. The deputy prime minister also mentioned other successful initiatives like the Bounty of the Basket (Ye Lemat Tirufat) and agricultural endeavors to increase production and productivity. Noting that environmental protection from pollution and waste of natural resources is a matter of existence, Temesgen pointed out that the movement will make a great contribution to pass on a clean and prosperous country to the next generation. Therefore, he stressed that all relevant parties should actively participate in the campaign. Cities are expected to build a beautiful and convenient lifestyle by properly disposing of the waste materials. The deputy premier also underscored the need to focus on reducing air, water, soil and noise pollution by involving the community. Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority (EEPA) Director General Lelise Neme stated on her part that the six-month campaign will focus on protecting air, soil, water and noise pollution. The launching ceremony was attended by regional chief administrators, heads of regional environmental protection bureaus, and representatives of international organizations.
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Ethiopian Diaspora Demand Egypt to Change Counterproductive Posture on GERD
Apr 4, 2023 45247
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 40948
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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Unlocking Growth of Startup Ecosystem in Ethiopia
Apr 9, 2024 1419
A startup business is an entrepreneurial venture in the early stages of operations, typically created for resolving real life problems. It often focuses on developing innovative products, services, and solutions to address market needs and societal challenges. As startups solve society's needs, they attract investors and funders because of the tremendous growth opportunities. In recent years, Ethiopia has emerged as a beacon of opportunity in the global startup landscape. The country's commitment, both from the government and the private sector side, has set the stage for a remarkable transformation. During a recent panel discussion, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed emphasized the need to foster a strong startup ecosystem in Ethiopia. He pointed out the country's unique potential, citing the huge number of youth with a strong technological aptitude — over 60 percent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at university level. These factors, the premier argued, could be instrumental in tackling Ethiopia's challenges, including high unemployment, low Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and limited tax collection. According to the premier, startups in Ethiopia range across all sectors. A very good thing is that international financiers are making commitment to finance Ethiopian startups. For example, Master Card Foundation has promised to invest about 700 million USD for startups, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also extends a lot of support in this regard. The PM further recalled that Khalifa Foundation has announced the launch of a 100-million-USD fund for startups, small and medium scale businesses in Ethiopia. There are many interests from outside to support Ethiopian startups. Moreover, the premier reiterated the government's commitment to supporting startups, primarily driven by the private sector. This support will encompass policy frameworks, administrative assistance, and the creation of a favorable ecosystem for innovation. Noting the several key government initiatives taken to support the startup ecosystem, Abiy pointed out that the government's Ten-Year Development Plan positions technology as one of the five pillars for achieving prosperity – a critical policy move for startups. Above and beyond the supports, a National Steering Committee led by Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh has been established to oversee the overall functions of startups. The recent legalization of Fintech, which the government previously deemed illegal, demonstrates its commitment to embracing new technologies. Additionally, intellectual property rights are now recognized to address investor concerns. Artificial intelligence is also actively explored and adopted. The prime minister revealed that universities across the country have various incubation centers to nurture startups. "By implementing all these initiatives, we are laying the groundwork for a flourishing of robust startups ecosystem, offering a roadmap for sustainable growth and success,” Abiy pointed out. Furthermore, the premier noted the common practice of previous governments were banning new technologies due to lack of understanding and fear of potential risks. However, he emphasized that such a stance has detrimental effects, often leading to illegal activities. The new approach is to assess both the benefits and risks of emerging technologies. By taking calculated risks and learning from experience, the government aims to decree laws that minimize risks while maximizing the potential benefits. Prime Minister Abiy underscored that this commitment to continuous learning represents a significant leap forward in strengthening the startup ecosystem. While much work remains to be done to support the initiative, Ethiopia is poised to reap the rewards, potentially nurturing homegrown tech giants in the years to come. Encouraging startups in sectors like technology, healthcare, renewable energy, and consumer goods can intensify Ethiopia's resilience to economic shocks and global market fluctuations. Ethiopia's journey towards becoming a startup hub has been fueled by an unwavering commitment from both the government and private entities. This commitment is not just a paper work but a tangible investment in the future. Government initiatives, coupled with the enthusiasm of private enterprises, have created an ecosystem where startups can thrive.    
GERD: A Dream that Ethiopians Have Realized With Perseverance 
Mar 22, 2024 3953
BY A Staff Writer Ethiopians of all walks of life here and abroad are waiting for the 13th anniversary of the commencement of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) whose cornerstone was laid by the late Prime Minister Melese Zenawi in 2011. The news of GERD was so overwhelming among Ethiopians in changing the status quo ante to shatter the age-old perception that Ethiopia would not be allowed to develop the Abbay River and generate hydropower. For many centuries, Ethiopia has been deprived of its natural rights to develop Abbay and getting loans from international financial institutions. In 2011, the Ethiopian government had to confront this age-old hegemony of the waters and doable standards imposed on the country with determination. Ethiopians regardless of ethnic identity, religion and ideology swiftly responded to the call of the government in unison and geared up to do whatever it takes to build the dam and generate electricity. Although the timeline was five years to complete the GERD, due to various factors, the dam has almost taken 13 years to complete. Over the last 13 years, Ethiopia has faced multiple challenges from both within and outside of the country. In particular, Egypt put pressure on Ethiopia to halt the construction of the dam. Ethiopia’s position has been clear. Abbay is a transboundary River; hence the resource is common to all Nile riparian countries and has to be utilized on win-win approach. Accordingly, Ethiopia called for collaboration and cooperation among the river basin states for mutual benefits and fair use of the waters. To this end, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed Declaration of Principles in 2015 in Khartoum. And there have been several tripartite negotiations afterwards, though they did not bear fruits due to the old colonial position of Egypt. Ethiopia has also made it clear that the construction of GERD is based on international conventions on the utilization of Transboundary Rivers and was not intended to harm the lower riparian countries in any way but is intended to provide light and power for more than 60% of its population who are still dependent on unhealthy bio-fuel resources. Following the last five years where the incumbent government launched comprehensive reforms, the people and the Government of Ethiopia worked in unison, with untold tenacity and determination to address the challenges encountered and complete the dam. Apart from generating electricity, GERD has also huge potential for fishery and ecotourism. In line with Agenda 2063 and other sub-regional initiatives envisioned by African Union, GERD offers enormous potential and opportunity for regional development and integration in the Horn of Africa and Africa at large. It will serve as great inspiration for cooperation and coalition building among African countries. Indeed, the future economic development of Africa, to a greater extent, depends upon coalition building for collaboration and cooperation. GERD has also potential for tourist development in addition to sharing renewable energy which is very important for African economic self-reliance by developing continental energy resources. There are 70 islands created in the dam, waiting for local and foreign investors to engage in the hospitality industry. All told, thanks to the unreserved commitment of the people of Ethiopia and the government, the flagship Ethiopian mega project has reached 95% to be completed in few months of Ethiopian fiscal year. GERD, as the biggest hydropower dam in Africa is being built at the cost of 5 billion USD, clearly exhibits what miracles can Ethiopians perform to their beloved country regardless of the challenges facing them. Ethiopia is building the dam to generate electricity to about 60% of its 120 million citizens. While the electricity demand is growing by 30% every year, the dam’s over 5000 megawatt energy would not meet the country's growing needs. Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti are already connected with power grid, Ethiopia has also reached agreement with Tanzania to connect with power. In brief, GERD is a vivid manifestation of Ethiopia’s resolve to prosperity. Ethiopians ranging from school children to water fetching women, from firewood collectors to public servants, from farmers/pastoralists to investors and foreign citizens of Ethiopian residing overseas have made great contributions to the success of GERD. Not least but last, the local and foreign contractors and engineers labored much from dawn to dusk in a hostile climate along with members of the ENDF to protect the area from any threats.
Ethiopian News Agency
2023