Addis Ababa November 14/2017 Efforts of enhancing equitable access land by youth will significantly contribute towards the realization of the Africa we want as envisioned in Agenda 2063, AU Rural Economy and Agriculture Commissioner Janet Edeme said.
A three-day conference on land policy in Africa kicked off today.
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Commissioner Edeme said inclusive participation of the youth in decision-making and empowerment through access to land and other resources will unlock Africa’s economy potential through harnessing the demographic dividend and provide opportunities for gainful employment.
According to her, “reforms that put land in the hands of young people and increase their productivity and relevance in society cannot be delayed any further.”
The conference is expected to have a catalytic effect on land policy development and implementation in Africa through creating space for presenting research findings on land policy and governance and drawing the attention of African researchers, governments, civil society, private and development partners on emerging land issues and challenges.
Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Dr. Eyasu Abraha said land is one of the major resources that should be properly managed and used for the benefit of current and future generations of our people.
The Minister called on Africans to jointly strengthen the African-owned land policy platform through strengthening the Africa Land Policy Center which is recently launched and institutionalized.
Qatar -Doha November 14/2017 Ethiopia and Qatar have signed agreements that would enable them to boost bilateral relations in the economic and diplomatic spheres.
Waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports and protection of investment are the agreements signed between the countries.
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman signed the agreement providing for waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
Finance and Economic Cooperation Minister Dr. Abraham Tekeste and Qatari Economy and Trade Minister Ahmed Bin Jassim signed the protection of investment agreement.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is in Doha on an official visit, and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani witnessed the signing of the agreements.
The signing of the agreements would enable to enhance the ties between the two countries.
According to Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, the visit of the Premier and his delegation is aimed at strengthening the ties with Qatar based on a win-win principle and to discuss the implementation of the various agreements signed between the countries during the Emir's visit to Ethiopia.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs said as Ethiopia encourages countries to resolve disputes through peaceful means, it supports the efforts of Kuwait to resolve the dispute between countries in the Gulf.
Regarding the meeting the Premier held with the Ethiopian Community in Qatar today, Dr. Workneh said the meeting was successful and the Ethiopian diaspora were briefed about the current situation in their country.
The community members raised ideas that would enable them to enhance their participation and the role they play in the economy of Ethiopia.
There are more than 20,000 Ethiopians living in Qatar.
Addis Ababa November 14/2017 The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and four opposition parties have continued negotiating on the electoral law, despite the decision of the group of 11 not to take part in the process and remain observers.
The group of 11 opposition parties declined to negotiate as the naming of the present National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) was not changed to National Electoral Commission.
The 5 remaining political parties, including the ruling party, discussed 61 Articles of the Amended Electoral Law of Ethiopia Proclamation No 532/2007.
The ruling party EPRDF proposed that the Secretariat of the Board be appointed by the House of People's Representatives and that the House also appoints competent and non-partisan regional branch office heads.
Similarly, it suggested that the number of voters assigned to each polling station be raised from 1000 to 1,500, explaining that it can facilitate election. The term of office of the Electoral Board was also proposed to be raised from 5 to 10 years.
As regards public observers, the party suggested that each polling station have 3-5 impartial observers elected by the people.
The opposition YeEthiopia Raie Party, on the other hand, proposed the office term to be 5 years.
With respect to power and duties of the Electoral Board, the party said Deputy Board Chairman needs to be appointed from among opposition parties.
Furthermore, the party stated that the registration timetable for general elections throughout the nation should be from 15-20 days.
All Oromo People's Democratic Party on its part argued that each regional state and city administration should have Regional Electoral Board that are to be appointed by Chief Administrator and Mayor of the particular region or city administration.
Gadaa System Advancement Party proposed the inclusion of judges in the NEBE to ensure justice and the change of name of regional branches to either agency or commission.
Meanwhile, EPRDF rejected the introduction of electronic voting system stating that a number of impediments that are related to capacity might bring unwanted results.
The parties agreed to meet on November 15, 2017 to proceed with the negotiation on Articles 62-111 of the electoral law.
Addis Ababa November 14/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, who is on an official visit to Qatar, has held discussion today with Ethiopians residing in the country.
During the discussion, the Premier acknowledged the contribution the diaspora made to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and called on them to continue supporting the dam, according Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Hailemariam said the government will provide all the necessary support for the Ethiopian community in Qatar.
He reportedly informed the diaspora that peace is restored in areas where conflicts had occurred and the government is working along with the people to create stability in those parts of the country.
According to the Premier, Ethiopia’s economy has been growing annually by 10.9 percent on average.
The diaspora on their part thanked the government for the effort it had exerted to take Ethiopians living in Saudi Arabia back to their homeland.
Appreciating the country's economic growth, they asked the Prime Minister to support the community to open a community school in Qatar, it was learned.
Addis Ababa November 14/2017 President Mulatu Teshome has received today the credentials of 10 newly appointed Ambassadors from Switzerland, Madagascar, Uganda, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, USA, Jordan, Cuba, and European Union.
Among the newly appointed Ambassadors, Rebecca Amuge of Uganda told reporters that Uganda benchmarks Ethiopia on several areas such as infrastructure, education and health among others.
German Ambassador Brita Wagener on her part highlighted the main expected prioritized areas of Ethio-Germany cooperation.
Supporting Ethiopia in its very ambitious development, encouraging Ethiopian authorities to make reform that attracts German business and investment, and assisting Ethiopia in maintaining long-term stability through economic and political reform are among the priority areas, Wagener added.
European Union Ambassador Johan Borgstam stated that the major cooperation areas of EU with Ethiopia include health, education, infrastructure, environment, and climate.
US Ambassador Michael Arthur pointed out that promoting the economic growth of Ethiopia and increasing opportunities for US commercial private sectors and their engagement in Ethiopia will be the next major areas of USA-Ethiopia cooperation.
President Mulatu urged the newly appointed Ambassadors to work hard to boost trade and investment and collaborate with Ethiopia in ensuring peace and security in the Horn of Africa.
Ambassadors Daniel Hunn of Switzerland, Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba Alain of Madagascar, Sonja Hyland of Ireland, Torbjorn Pettersson of Sweden, Wasfi Ayyad of Jordan and Vilma Thomas Ramirez of Cuba were the other dignitaries who presented their credentials to the President.