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  • Ethiopia, France to advance ties in various fields

    Ethiopia and France are poised to advance ties in the fields of fighting terrorism, technology transfer, climate resilience programs, peace and security.

     Ethiopian President Dr Mulatu Teshome conferred with the outgoing French Ambassador to Ethiopia Brigitte Collet at the National Palace early today.

    Dr Mulatu on the occasion called for a wider exchange in the areas of culture, education and investment between France and Ethiopia.

    According to an official who attended the talks, the President appreciated the commitment by the outgoing Ambassador to strengthen the business and investment ties between the two nations.

    Over the past three years, the two countries have been working on the Ethio-France Economic Forum (EFEF) to boost their business and trade ties.

    The forum helps promote Ethiopia's favorable investment and trade atmosphere to France investors.

    It was indicated that EFEF will be launched the coming December in Paris.

    Ambassador Collet on her part said France is desirous to strengthen the longstanding bilateral relation with Ethiopia.

    She said France has targeted to expand French language in secondary schools in Ethiopia.

     Source: ENA

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  • Ethiopia cements economic ties with Turkey with $13.5 million salt manufacturing plant

    An Ethiopian- Turkish deal that mulled creation of a salt manufacturing industry has come to fruition with the establishment of a $13.5 million plant covering 50,000 square meters at the afar regional state of Ethiopia.

    Currently, the manufacturing company has the capacity to create more than 300 job opportunities. This figure will reach 8,000 when the company becomes operational at its full capacity.

    The company aims to provide iodized salt to local chemical industries, as well as meeting the local demand and bringing significant improvements to the export market.

    In terms of production, the factory has capacity to provide 1,000tn of iodized salt and up to 140,000tn of salt for industries on a daily basis.

    The Afar region is the major supplier of salt in Ethiopia, specifically Afdera, producing three-quarters of the country's total.

    Many studies indicate that more than 250,000tn of salt is consumed annually in Ethiopia.

    Source: Africabusinesscommunities

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  • Singapore inks bilateral agreements with Ethiopia

    Singapore inked bilateral tax, investment and air services agreements with Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nigeria at the Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF).

    International Enterprise (IE) Singapore also announced at the forum the establishment of its third overseas centre in Africa. Due to open in Nairobi, Kenya in 2017, the centre will give Singapore companies access to the fast-growing East Africa region.

    Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)  Iswaran signed an avoidance of double taxation agreement with Ethiopia, an investment treaty with Mozambique and an air services agreement with Nigeria.

    The bilateral agreements are expected to clarify the taxing rights of the signatory countries on all forms of income flows arising from cross-border business activities, create greater confidence for investors, and facilitate people-to-people flows.

    In a joint statement issued by the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Finance and Transport, Mr Iswaran said Singapore companies must venture beyond traditional overseas markets to seize opportunities in untapped countries in regions such as Africa.

    "Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nigeria are three fast-growing African economies and the agreements signed today signify commitment on the part of Singapore and the respective African governments to support trade, tourism and investment between our countries," he said.

    Source: Strait Times

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  • Ass’n marks Golden Jubilee

    The 50th anniversary of Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) has been observed in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, with the government promising to maintain support to the association.

    President Mulatu Teshome and other senior officials and representatives of foreign partners attended the occasion.

    The event featured speech by the President who called the association a strategic partner to the government in the health sector, and assured that support will be maintained to its activities.

    The intervention by the association has been significant in increasing access to family planning and reproductive health services in accordance with the government's population policy, Dr. Mulatu said.

    The association is credited for being a pioneer to introduce family planning and reproductive health services in Ethiopia.

    Association President Maaza Kitaw for her part said the association is working to fill information and service gaps in sexual and reproductive health, with particular focus on the poor and underserved community.

    The association is also credited for bringing down the national average family size from eight in 1990 to four currently, while contributing to rise in life expectancy from 45 to 64 years.

    Source: ENA

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  • MoFA confers with co-hosts of Leaders Summit on Refugees

     Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held consultative meeting with co-hosts of Leaders Summit on Refugees which would be held on September 20 on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

    State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie noted, Ethiopia as the leading host for refugees in the continent  is doing its best to make refugees part of the sustainable development program in the country.

    According to Ambassador Taye Ethiopia has finalized a proposal that is expected to make a significant number of refugees beneficiary by generating job opportunities and providing access to education and enrollment packages, health services, vocational trainings, etc.

    Ms. Clementine Nkweta-Salami, Representative of the UNHCR, noted her office was working closely with the government of Ethiopia to improve the living conditions of refugees by embarking on sound policies and strategies.

    She said the LSR would galvanize significant new global commitments to increase funding to humanitarian appeals.  

    US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach on her part said the U.S. government looks forward to continue fostering partnership and commitment with Ethiopian government regarding refugee issues.

    Two weeks ago, the US Embassy in Ethiopia announced: "the importance of Ethiopia as a key player in responding to refugee needs is highlighted by the fact that Ethiopia will serve as one of 7 co-hosts for President Obama's Leaders Summit on Refugees."

    The Leaders summit is said create platforms to urge countries admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways and increase refugees' self-reliance and inclusion through opportunities for education and legal work.

    Source: MoFA

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  • Kenya to back Ethiopia's candidate for WHO director-general

    Kenya appears to have thrown its weight behind Ethiopia's candidate for the position of executive director of the World Health Organisation.

    Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the only African vying to head the WHO.

    On Monday, Health CS Cleopa Mailu held private discussions with Dr. Tedros in Addis Ababa during the just-ended WHO's regional meeting on implementation of the universal health coverage.

    Dr. Tedros said if appointed, he will work closely with Kenya to learn how homegrown solutions have transformed healthcare in Kenya and how they can be replicated in the rest of the region.

    He also promised to make Africa his priority.

    "As the former Minster of Health in Ethiopia he understands the regions diseases burden," said a statement from Kenya's Ministry of Health.

    Mailu told Dr. Tedros to help African countries gain more control of their health agenda through domestic financing.

    Dr. Tedros would be the first African to head the global health body.

    A respected malaria researcher, Dr. Tedros has received global praise for introducing reforms that have transformed healthcare in Ethiopia, making it a case study for most African countries.

    The election is scheduled for May 2017 during the 70th World Health Assembly, with the new Director-General taking office on July 1, 2017.

    The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer and oversees policy for WHO's international health work.


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  • UN vows to provide support to realize Ethiopia's carbon free target by 2015

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn met with the recently appointed UN Environment program (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim.

    Minister of Forest and Climate Change Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam who attended the event said the they discussed directions of implementing Ethiopia's environmental conservation programs.

    According to the Minister deals which have been reached at the Paris climate conference have been the center of discussion.  

    UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim said UN is ready to provide all the necessary support to realize Ethiopia's efforts for a carbon free middle income economic nation by 2025.


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  • Budget approval brings Jews in Ethiopia a step closer to Israel

    A member of the Falashmura Jewish Ethiopian community carries her baby on her back before attending the Passover prayer service, in the synagogue in Gondar, Ethiopia. April 22, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

    Israel’s two year budget earmarks funds for the immigration and resettling of 1,300 Ethiopian Jews

    It has been a while since activists have been campaigning to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Now, they are a little closer to their goal, as Israel approves budget last Friday. The Finance ministry has allocated a budget that would enable 1300 Jews to perform Alliah, the return trip to Israel.


    Even though the trip to Israel could resume as early as November 2016, it is said, with a rate of one hundred people per month, the activists are not holding their breath. The reason for that is because there have been many delays before. For instance, the state of Israel approved ninety people to make the trip to Israel three years ago, but they still remain in Ethiopia.

    The state of Israel has been very selective about the whole process. Even though there are around 9000 Jews in Ethiopia, most of them having first degree relatives in Israel, they been denied Alliah for the sole reason of “not being Jewish enough”. That being said, Gezahagn Dereve and Demoz Deboch, youth leaders from Ethiopia’s Jewish community in Gonder who are currently in America on a speaking tour trying to raise awareness, still remain hopeful. Deboch said the decision was a step in the right direction. “But it’s only 1,300, and there are 9,000 Jews,” he said. “The second thing is — they decided, so why not start it today? Why even wait a week? We don’t want to see decisions, we want to see people making aliyah,” he said. “Many times we’ve heard that they’ve said they’re bringing some people, 1,000 people this year, or something like that, but they’re just talking, they’re not doing anything,” he said. “And what is this 1,300? There are 9,000 Jews. Does this mean that my mom can go, but my sister can’t?”


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  • Amb Taye briefs Addis-based Africa Ambassadors on current affairs


     State Minister Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie on Friday briefed Addis-based African Ambassadors on current situations in the country, particularly on the recent protests in parts of Oromia and Amhara Regional States.

    The series of unrecognized demonstrations in parts of Oromia and Amhara had legitimate concerns, Ambassador Taye told the diplomats.

    He said the legitimate concerns of the protestors were lack of good governance, slow and sluggish government response towards public concerns, and a huge number of unemployed youth.

    There was also a considerable gap in creating public awareness and consensus with regard to the constitutional federal arrangement and a growing demand for more improved facilities which clearly sprang from the government's unreserved effort in creating strong and demanding society whenever there is a lag in the service, Ambassador Taye said.

    However, these legitimate questions were taken over by anti-peace elements, he noted; the demonstrations were openly marked with violence and an act of lawlessness which amounted to loss of lives.

    In both cases, demonstrations were funneled through the aid of social media and other media outlets infamous for pouring extremist agenda, the State Minister added.

    With regard to the ongoing government efforts in responding to the situation, Ambassador Taye noted that the government is conducting series of peace and development conferences in all regions.

    The ambassadors on their part commended the government for preparing such briefings which had helped them clearly understand the difference between what the media propagate and the reality on the ground.

    Ambassador Katendea from Uganda said unemployment is a common problem in Africa but which is always subject to manipulations from anti-peace elements if African governments could not be cautious.

    Asked whether there was a need for a third part to investigate the situation the State Minister stressed, "The government has constitutional obligation and a home-grown mechanism to carry out an independent, impartial and thorough investigation."

    Source: MoFA

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  • 66th session of WHO Regional Committee kicks off in Addis

    (EBC; August 19, 2016) - The 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa (RC66) Kicked off on Friday at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Addis Ababa.

    The five-day conference which brought together health ministers and various countries in the WHO Africa region as well as other representatives of continental and international organizations to share experiences on a range of public health issues in Africa.

    Regional oral health strategy 2016-2025, regional strategy for health security and emergencies, and multi-sectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing are among the core thematic agendas in the conference.

    The Regional Committee, comprising health ministers from the 47 countries in the Region, is the Governing Body of WHO in the African Region.

    Source:EBC NEWS 

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