Addis Ababa October 06/2017 India's President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, accompanied by the first lady of India, visited Addis Ababa University today.
In his speech to members of the university community, Shri Ram Nath Kovind said the cooperation of the two countries in education should be strengthened.
He added that the strong relation between Ethiopia, the land of coffee, and India, the land of tea, will be consolidated.
Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Getahun Mekuria said India has taken the second place in contributing to the development of the Ethiopian education sector.
The Minister also said the long history of Indian and Ethiopian relation in the education sector is highly visible.
Addis Ababa University President, Professor Admasu Tsegaye appreciated the valuable contribution Indian scholars have made to the university and to Ethiopia.
He noted that the joint activities aimed at expanding and strengthening the works on progress need to be reinforced.
Ethiopia has benefited from Indian scholarships and short-term training through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programs.
India has made great contribution in training young Ethiopians especially in the fields of engineering, IT and social sciences.
Addis Ababa October 06/2017Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia announced that it will work to bring peace and harmony between border areas of Oromia and Somali regional states.
This was stated at the 9th Regular Annual Meeting of the Inter-Religious Council.
Addressing the meeting, Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch, His Holiness Abune Matiyas said the Council will work to curtail further conflict in the neighboring border areas by bringing peace and reconciliation.
Members of the Council are working with elders and religious fathers of Oromia to restore peace and harmony for the people in the areas, he added.
His Holiness Abune Matiyas revealed that the Council will also work to rehabilitate compatriots by providing financial, social and psychological support,
Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council President, Sheik Mohammed Amin said on his part all religions teach peace and tolerance among human beings.
In Islam too resorting to conflict after reconciliation is condemnable, he said, adding that the Council will work to rehabilitate the displaced to their previous peaceful lives.
Secretary-General of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Pastor Lukas Ode said that since the main objective of the Council is to keep the values of peace, coexistence, and tolerance, it is important to work together in resolving causes of conflicts before they escalate further.
Federal and Pastoralist Development Affairs Minister, Kebede Chane said the Council has been playing its role in the efforts to resolve conflicts and ensure lasting peace among people.
He appreciated the publishing of a teaching book on the values of peace by the Council and called upon the members to exert more efforts in creating religious tolerance and harmony.
Addis Ababa October 06/2017 Leaders of Ethiopia and India said that they are committed to further deepen bilateral relations and enhance their global engagement.
The leaders made the remark during a state banquet offered for the visiting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at the National Palace.
Speaking on the occasion, Ethiopia’s President Multu Teshome said “We believe we have built a solid relationship on the basis of mutual trust and respect between our two countries. We are committed to elevate this friendly relation to an even greater and strategic level”, he said.
He underlined the important role the Indian community particularly teachers in Ethiopia played in promoting bilateral relation.
“We in Ethiopia accord high importance to our relation with India. Our economic and development partnership is progressing well. India continues to be a major partner in our development projects in such sectors like sugar industry, power transmission and rural electrification”.
Mulatu noted that education and capacity building are high priorities in the cooperation between the two countries. “Ethiopia is a beneficiary from Indian scholarship and short term trainings through India Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC).”
Mentioning that India has become among the top three foreign investors in Ethiopia and bilateral trade has moved beyond one billion USD last year, Mulatu said the relationship in trade and investment has advanced.
The two countries have been also closely working in multi-lateral arena including the UN, Non Aligned Movement (NAM) and other international forums.
Mulatu said the visit of the Indian President to Ethiopia is a hallmark of longstanding friendship between the two countries.
As the two countries will celebrate 70 years of diplomatic ties in the coming year, Mulatu expressed hope for further consolidated friendship in the years to come.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on his part said “Under bedrock of our age long ties, we have together crafted a contemporary and modern partnership. I had fruitful meeting with Ethiopian leaders. Our two sides are committed to further deepen our bilateral and global engagement
President Kovind said he chooses Ethiopia for his maiden trip because of the strong partnership and the importance attached to the relationship between our countries.
“My visit marks a milestone in our bilateral relations, while India is celebrating 70 anniversary of independence” he said.
“The relationship between India and Ethiopia is growing in a more greater momentum. We are testing the frontiers of science together, our youth are growing ever innovating together, our education continues to be an upward trajectory” he added.
He added that “we see Ethiopia as a sole partner in our growing engagement together; we must vigorously fight terrorism in all forms of manifestation”.
Though, historical linkages between India and Ethiopia go back about 2,000 years of recorded history, the two started diplomatic ties in 1948, soon after India had achieved independence at legation level.
The two countries improved their relations to ambassadorial level at the beginning of the 1950s.
Addis Ababa October 06/2017 The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) launched a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for the development of two solar photovoltaic projects totaling 250 MW.
The tender is part of the government plan to develop up to 500 MW of solar photovoltaic through the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program.
The RfQ round will pre-qualify prospective bidders with the requisite experience, expertise, and financial resources to rapidly deliver the two IPP projects.
Through the tender, EEP is looking for parties with the required experience, expertise and financial resources to rapidly deliver the projects.
The RfQ exercise will prequalify bidders, who will move to the request for proposals (RfP) stage.
The Ethiopian tender represents the fifth Scaling Solar tender in Africa to date, after the recent RFQ launch for Madagascar. Zambia, Senegal, and Madagascar are also in different phases of Scaling Solar tender.
Through the EEP, Ethiopia, the fourth country to join Scaling Solar program, signed an agreement with IFC to advise on developing up to 500MW of solar power under the initiative.
October 6/2017 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has recognized an Ethiopian law student for winning an essay competition on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL).
Rahel Alemayehu, from Mekelle University, won the 2017 East African competition organized by the ICRC.
Rahel received a certificate and prize from the head of the ICRC delegation in Ethiopia, James Reynolds, at a ceremony on Oct. 3 at the ICRC office in Addis Ababa.
“Prior to the competition, my knowledge about IHL was insignificant. But ever since I read an article dealing with last year’s essay competition winner on the ICRC website, I did a lot of reading and attended a number of lectures that helped me to deepen my knowledge about the substantive and procedural laws of IHL,” remarked Rahel.
“The Application of International Humanitarian Law to Emerging Cyber Warfare” was the title of Rahel’s winning essay. Entries came from 19 universities in East Africa taking part in the competition.
Reynolds said the ICRC, in partnership with universities, organizes an IHL essay competition every year with the intention of initiating interest among law students in the subject of IHL. “The award aims to motivate other students to participate in the competition, thereby doing research on the subject. It was pleasing to see an Ethiopian student produce such a good essay in an emerging area of public international law,” Reynolds said.
This was the second time for an Ethiopian student to win the regional IHL essay competition, according to Eyerusalem Teshome, ICRC Legal Officer.
In Ethiopia, the ICRC shares information on IHL among members of academic institutions through trainings and seminars.
Addis Ababa October 06/2017 The African Union Commission and the government of Germany have agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas of infrastructure development, capacity building, and peace and security.
Areas identified for cooperation are expected to support AU’s theme of the year “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in the youth”.
The two sides agreed to foster cooperation during the annual bilateral consultation held in Addis Ababa.
Accordingly, they agreed on advancing the cooperation in job creation through enhancement of technical and vocational as well as entrepreneurship skills.
During the joint press conference, AUC Deputy Chairperson Kwusi Quartey appreciated Germany’s support to development and capacity building programs of the AU.
Appreciating the country’s commitment in supporting Africa during its presidency of the G20, Quartey said the current cooperation will have a good contribution in the efforts towards achieving AU's plan to have every African child in school by 2020.
German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa Gunter Nooke affirmed Germany's commitment in supporting the African Union.
Nooke said "We have agreed with AU and NEPAD to jointly do more in the areas of training, economic growth and digitalization".
Since development is not possible without peace and security, the AU and Germany will work jointly to ensure peace and stability in Africa, said Georg Schmidt Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel at German Foreign Office.
Germany has been supporting the African Union key development and capacity building programs in education, job creation, infrastructure development, and peace and security.