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Japan Donates 12 Vehicles to Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission
Apr 15, 2024 0
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, Resident Representative, 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 799
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.        
Ethiopia, Japan Hold Inaugural Political Consultation in Tokyo
Apr 10, 2024 2463
Addis Ababa, April 10/2024 (ENA)Ethiopia and Japan held an inaugural political consultation, a significant milestone for diplomatic ties between the two countries. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two nations convened their inaugural political consultation in Tokyo, Japan on 9th April 2024. State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga and Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kiyoto Tsuji co-chaired the meeting. After the opening remarks by the co-chairs, participants engaged in a robust exchange of views, delving into the domestic landscapes of both nations and exploring avenues to strengthen bilateral ties. Discussions encompassed diplomatic and economic relations, as well as broader Japan-Africa relations, it was indicated.   Speaking at inaugural political consultation, Ambassador Mesganu underscored Ethiopia's profound commitment to nurturing its relationship with Japan, highlighting the pivotal role of platforms like political consultations in bolstering bilateral and multilateral cooperation. He advocated for the enhancement of trade and investment links, recognizing the mutual benefits such collaboration could yield for the two countries. Vice Minister Tsuji on his part, indicated Japan's aspiration for a robust partnership with Ethiopia. The deliberations also saw a comprehensive review of bilateral relations and constructive dialogue on various regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern. This inaugural political consultation marks a pivotal step in deepening the bond between Ethiopia and Japan, paving the way for enhanced collaboration and mutual prosperity in the years to come.
PM Extends Best Wishes to Muslims, Reiterates Vision to Repair Fractures and Strengthen Unity
Apr 9, 2024 496
Addis Ababa, April 09/2024 (ENA) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in his message to Muslims celebrating the Eid al-Fitr tomorrow, reiterated Ethiopia’s vision to repair historical fractures and strengthen multi-national unity. The premier praised the goods deeds demonstrated during the month of Ramadan. “The month of Ramadan that just ended was peaceful, and we helped the poor and the needy. It was a month when we supported one another; and Ethiopians of different faiths showed their multi-national unity. These are the beacons for our future journey,” he noted. Recalling the difficulties the country faced, the PM stated that those hurdles have given the nation lessons that help it to overcome challenges together. He added that like a good muslim who makes use of the blessing, spiritual power and ability gained during Ramadan to extend up to the next Ramadan, “we should take the values we gained in the month to enable us reach the next chapter where we ensure prosperity.” Abiy pointed out that peace, forgiveness and love are the values, and the main goal of the country is to overcome contemporary challenges with Medemer and forgiveness. Most importantly, for the prime minister, Ethiopia’s vision is repairing historical fractures and strengthening multi-national unity. He stressed that this will ensure the destination of Ethiopia to be an all round prosperity.  
Ethiopia to Complete Issuance of Digital ID for Refugees within Year 
Apr 7, 2024 814
Addis Ababa, April 7/2024 (ENA) The Refugees and Returnees Service (RRS) has pledged to conclude issuance of digital identification to over 1.1 million refugees within a year. Ethiopia hosted those refugees in 27 refugee camps, which makes the country continue to be one of the largest refugee-hosting nations in Africa, it was indicated. This initiative launched by the Refugees and Returnees Service, National ID Program, and UNHCR a month ago aims to streamline government and private services for the over 1.1 million refugees in Ethiopia. Refugees and Returnees Service, Deputy Director-General Biruhtesfa Mulugeta said the new refugee ID would allow refugees to access key services in Ethiopia. The previous accessing services were obstructed by forged documents and a cumbersome paper-based system, it was indicated. As a result, these digital IDs will create a secure and organized information system by eliminating these challenges, the deputy director-general explained. Noting on the special feature of the digital ID which is not a national ID, Biruhtesfa clarified that it has a unique identifier linked to our refugee management system, and will allow for efficient data sharing as well as improved service delivery. The concerted endeavors to expedite the issuance of the digital ID is part of the country’s longstanding commitment to the well-being of refugees, ensuring their safety and access to essential services, he elaborated. According to him, Digital IDs will empower refugees to participate more fully in Ethiopian society, fostering both social and economic benefits. Ethiopia has a long history of reputation in hosting refugees, following international law for over 40 years, it was stated.    
Authority Restates Commitment to Safeguarding Cultural Heritages of Addis Ababa
Apr 3, 2024 1059
Addis Ababa, April 3/2024(ENA- The Ethiopian Heritage Authority reiterated today its unwavering commitment to carefully oversee the development of the Addis Ababa Corridor Development Project with the primary objective of preserving the nation's cultural heritage. Addressing the media, Ethiopian Heritage Authority Director-General Abebaw Ayalew emphasized the authority’s steadfast dedication to the protection, restoration, and conservation of Addis Ababa’s priceless resources and heritage. However, he argued that all localities and buildings in the capital cannot be designated as heritage. The focus is on preserving structures that exemplify the architectural and historical significance of the capital city. The age of a building alone does not automatically render it to be eligible to a heritage status, the director-general elaborated, adding that the evaluation encompasses multiple aspects, including architectural style, construction techniques, external and internal appearance, design, and other pertinent factors. According to Abebaw, the authority, in close coordination with the city administration and relevant authorities, has been overseeing the Addis Ababa Corridor Development Project with the view to ensuring that heritages remain unharmed. The director-general highlighted the importance of striking a harmonious balance between development and heritage protection, asserting that it is both feasible and advantageous to integrate the two. At present, he said that the authority is conducting heritage registration based on "international best practices." Abebaw revealed that this ongoing process has identified that some previously registered sites do not meet the current heritage status criteria. Sites registered before and meeting the requirements would retain their heritage status, while those not meeting the criteria would lose their heritage designation, it was learned.
Ethiopian News Agency
2023