Addis Ababa October 04/2017 The ongoing efforts to fully stop the border conflict between Oromia and Somali regional states and to stabilize, create peace and tranquility need to be further consolidated, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said.
The PM made the remark at a discussion attended by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, leaders of the disputing states, high officials.
The premier added that the efforts to restore peace and stability in the bordering areas of the two regional states have to be further strengthened.
He stressed that rehabilitation of the internally displaced people from the two regions due to the conflict has to be given attention.
Since bringing to justice suspects that violated human rights during the conflict is a matter of ensuring the prevalence of rule of law, the federal government will fulfill its constitutional obligation upon receiving a detailed report from the body entrusted with investigating the case, the Premier underscored.
Hailemariam further stressed that the age long tradition of tolerance and peaceful coexistence of the Oromo and Somali people should be cherished and inherited to the next generation.
Addis Ababa October 04/2017 India’s President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived here this afternoon for a two-day official visit to Ethiopia.
President Mulatu Teshome and other high government officials welcomed President Kovind upon his arrival at Bole International Airport.
During his stay the President will discuss bilateral and multilateral issues that enhance relations between the countries and meet the Indian community in Ethiopia, it was learned.
President Kovind is the first Indian president to visit Ethiopia in over 54 years.
India's relationship with Africa has been growing since the Indo-African Summit in 2015 in Delhi which saw the participation of more than 40 African leaders.
Over 584 Indian companies have invested over two billion USD in various areas, including textile and garments, education, technology, among other sectors.
Ethiopia and India first established diplomatic relations in July 1948.
Addis Ababa October 04/2017 A two-day meeting that raises fund for sustainability activities in about 140 countries, including Ethiopia, through the Global Environment Facility is underway here in Addis Ababa.
Some 150 representatives of 40 countries are taking part in the meeting, it was learned.
In his opening speech, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Gemedo Dale said the unsustainable utilization of natural resources and eco-system degradation contribute to conflicts and displacement of people, including migrations.
National governments need to therefore develop and implement strategies and projects that include the three objectives of sustainable development, namely economic growth, environmental protection, and social progress, he added.
Global Environment Facility advisor to the CEO, Claus Astrup on his part noted that all the funding should go within the context of a sort of development.
According to the advisor, that is why GEF donates a big deal of money to biological diversity, combating desertification, tackling climate change, and mercury issues along with persistent organic pollutants.
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change State Minister Kare Chawicha said the meeting, through its fund-raising scheme, is destined towards minimizing disasters that human beings suffer from.
Global Environment Facility is an international organization composed of 183 countries and makes donations available to member countries, particularly recipient countries.
Addis Ababa October 04/2017 Ethiopia has been proactively implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), experts said.
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Consultant, Dr. Thomas Lehr said Ethiopia has been proactive in designing the core components of 2030 goals as it has fully understood the potentials it possesses for implementing the SDGs for the country’s development.
Commenting about the energy potential of the nation, he said Ethiopia has the potential to produce energy that can meet its need and share with neighboring countries.
Dr. Lehr added that “Ethiopia is, from my perspective, taking an active role not only in fixing its own thing but also contributing for global agenda.”
Inter-Regional Adviser on Sustainable Development Policy and Planning at UN, Dr. Francois Fortier said “Ethiopia has huge potential to do very interesting work in the implementation of SDGs and for its national development plans.”
This is not about adapting the Sustainable Development Goals with the Growth and Transformation Plan II, but connecting SDGs with GTP-II in terms of national priorities, he elaborated.
“We need to understand this for both the implementation of GTP-II and SDGs,” he stressed.
Furthermore, Dr. Fortier recalled that Ethiopia has huge natural and human resources potential which are major assets for the implementation of SDGs.
He also noted that Ethiopia is in a good position for the development of renewable energy and mitigating climate changes.
Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Sustainable Development Goals Consultant, Semu Moges said the nation is on the right track to achieve the 2030 agenda.
“The achievement of the SDGs depends on the future certainties. There are climate change issues and there are financial constraints that come into perspectives,” Semu added.
In this regard, the country needs the collaboration of all concerned bodies, he noted.
The Sustainable Development Goals has 17 areas, with a total of 169 targets, envisioning ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity within the next fifteen years.
Addis Ababa October 04/2017 Over 230 notable global companies in textile, garment, apparel, and fashion gathered in Addis Ababa for the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) 2017 being held at Millennium Hall.
This year’s ASFW focuses on sustainability and its central theme “Sustainability in Clothing”. A fashion show, trend area and matchmaking platform for finding business contacts are just some of the programs
Companies drawn from 25 countries that are engaged in textile, apparel and footwear industries exhibit their products at the exhibition to be open for public from October 3 to 6 at the Millennium Hall.
The event is aimed at making the value chain in the continent more visible as a source of supply of cotton, textiles and apparel products for domestic, regional and international buyers.
According to the organizers, this event aims at creating business venture and partnership between the participating countries
The ASFW serves as a meeting point for garment manufacturers and the east African textile industry, focusing on apparel fabrics, leather, fashion and fashion accessories.
Machine manufacturers for garment production, computer-aided design and manufacturing systems, printers, inks and accessories also have a strong presence.
Addis Ababa October 04/2017 The National Horticulture Development and Transaction Strategy which can create conducive environment for modernized horticulture development has been launched.
The strategy will play a significant role in improving productivity and quality of horticultural products, said Tesfaye Mengistu, State Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resource, while addressing the launching event.
Improving quality and productivity, as well as modernizing the sector are the priority areas expected to attain through the strategy.
The strategy, to be implemented over the next ten years, will allow providing extension services for small-holder farmers and investors that would enhance the development of the sector.
Lack of knowledge, early warning, evaluation, and observation mechanism as well as up-to-date technologies are some of the constraints that hinder the development of the sector.
The strategy is aimed at enhancing the development of the sector by addressing these and other existing bottlenecks in the sector.
It will also play important role in improving supply of raw materials for agro-industries that are expected to flourish with the development of integrated agro-processing industrial parks, Tesfaye said.
He further explained that the strategy will create conducive environment for stakeholders by creating strong logistics, information and financial systems.
Ethiopia, through the second five-year GTP, has planned to develop horticultural products on 4.1 million hectares of land.