Semera November 3, 2017 Hosts of the Nations’, Nationalities’ and Peoples’ (NNP’s) Day celebrated every year are benefiting from infrastructure networks build for the celebration.
Each year, new infrastructures will built in the host towns to welcome thousands of people who converge to the host town to celebrate the day being marked for the past 11years.
Semera, the regional capital of Afar state is the host for this year’s NNP’s Day celebration.
Mohamed Awol, head of the 12th NNP’s Day coordination office said facilities constructed in preparation of the event will accelerate region's long-term infrastructure development.
Towns chosen to host the event are expected to build stadiums, guest houses, traditional and cultural houses, museums, and airports, among others.
According to Mohamed, construction of such facilities is being underway as part of the preparation for the day.
The construction of the Semera stadium and airport, a conferences hall, modern guest houses, and road expansions are among the infrastructures under construction, he added.
According to him, these development activities, realized within a short period of time are going to be assets.
Secretary of National Committee for the NNP’s Day, Freweyni GebreEgziabher said the Day helps the host regions to boost their infrastructure development activities and promote tourism and investment potential.
Currently more than 30 hotels are being constructed in Afar in connection with the celebration and this will boost the tourism industry of the region by providing modern accommodation s that fit the needs of tourists, Freweyni added.
The main objective of celebrating the NNP’s Day in Ethiopia is to strengthen people-to-people relation among nations, nationalities and peoples and create common understanding about the principles of the constitution and the federal system.
Addis Ababa November 3, 2017 The Council of Ministers has approved two mining license agreements, Monitoring and Evaluation system for the National Growth and Transformation Plan, and a National Film Policy today.
It has also forwarded the draft Proclamation for Leather and Hides Marketing.
The Council approved the mining license agreement concluded between the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Yara Dalol BV, which extracts potash, and Homa Construction PLC that produces limestone and gypsum respectively.
Yara Dalol BV is a Netherlands based company and Homa Construction PLC a local company established by Ethiopians Americans, it was learned.
The Council also approved the draft Monitoring and Evaluation system for the National Growth and Transformation Plan realizing the importance of the system which will address the problems of implementing GTP and achieve the vision of the country.
The draft National Film Policy was amended and approved by the Council.
The draft Proclamation for Leather and Hides Marketing was forwarded to the House of People's Representatives for approval.
Addis Ababa November 3, 2017 Ethiopia will reflect the stand of Least Developed Countries in the upcoming 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Climate Change Conference, according to Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Briefing the media today, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minster, Dr. Gemedo Dale said the country will reflect the position of itself and other developing countries on various climate change issues, including the Paris Agreement.
He added that Ethiopia is leading 48 of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
According to the Minister, the country has submitted 20 different documents that reflect the stand of LDCs on environment and climate change.
Preparations are also made to make bilateral and multilateral negotiations for mutual benefits.
Accordingly, some 24 persons drawn from governmental organizations and 30 persons from non-governmental organizations will take part in the conference.
The Minister said the conference is in addition expected to finalize pending issues, including the adaptation fund to implement the Paris Agreement.
The UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany, which is the seat of the UN Climate Change Secretariat.
Addis Ababa November 3, 2017 Germany has extended a total of 212.6 million Euros for projects and programs in agriculture, education and biodiversity.
Finance and Economic Cooperation State Minister, Dr. Admassu Nebebe and Germany's Director-General for Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Stefan Oswald, have signed a three-year framework agreement today.
The State Minister said on the occasion that Ethiopia has immensely benefited from its development cooperation with Germany.
“Our priority areas continue to include education, agriculture, food security, conservation and biodiversity. We have also included support in areas including refugee, migration and health”, Dr. Admassu pointed out.
The continued support in the efforts to enhance higher education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training is crucial as it remains critical to meet the country’s growing demand for skilled labor.
According to him, both countries have agreed to continue cooperation in sustainable land management, strengthening drought resilience and enhancing agricultural productivity, including agricultural mechanization and technology for small-holder farmers.
The agreement will also support conservation and sustainable use of Ethiopia’s huge biodiversity resources.
The State Minister assured his counterpart that all resources that are signed will be used for the intended purpose effectively.
Germany's Sub-Saharan Africa Director-General, Dr. Stefan Oswald said on his part the agreement was reached looking at the very strong drive of Ethiopians in implementing their projects.
“In this case, Ethiopia is a positive example in implementing Agenda 2063 of the African Union”, he stated, adding that if a country is to achieve the Agenda Ethiopia would be one of those.
Noting that Ethiopia’s large population is an opportunity and a challenge at the same time, Dr. Oswald stressed that “in this regard mobilizing and releasing the strings on the private sector is certainly a very important issue”.
Germany's Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Brita Wagener, said she will go around the country to observe how the projects are benefiting the people.
“I am very confident that what we concluded today will really enhance German-Ethiopia relations further” she said.
Addis Ababa November 3, 2017 All the national political parties taking part in the ongoing negotiations on electoral law, except YeEthiopia Raie Party, have agreed on 20 percent proportional representation in mixed electoral system.
The group of 11 opposition parties said the proposed percentage can serve as a turning point that might rise in the years to come, though it is insufficient to ensure the participation of political parties.
In addition, they suggested that the percentage and mixed electoral system be included only in the proclamation to be amended but not in the Constitution. They argued that doing so would make it difficult to either amend or revise the Constitution.
However, YeEthiopia Raie Party stuck to its earlier stand that full proportional representation or first-past-the-post electoral system should be embraced.
Appreciating the consensus reached the ruling party EPRDF noted that the opposition political parties are playing pivotal role in strengthening the democratization process and in widening the political space.
In related news, the political parties continued their negotiations on how the National Electoral Board should be organized and named.
Majority of the parties argued for changing the name of National Electoral Board of Ethiopia to National Electoral Commission, while the ruling party rejected it saying that it would be illogical to change it unless there are grounds that hinder the process of widening the political space.
EPRDF stressed that changing the name is just a change in form rather than content. It might be appropriate to discuss matters related to human resource and capacity of the Board when necessary, it added.
The group of 11 opposition parties argued that changing the name of the Board has a direct impact and role in building trust among the people and the opposition parties.
The negotiating parties agreed to meet on November 8, 2017 to further discuss on closing the gaps on issues they differed.
Addis Ababa November 3, 2017 Ethiopia is preparing a strategy that would enable it enhance the development of bamboo forest so as to maximize benefit, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said.
Senior Forest Development Expert, Ashebir Wondimu told ENA that the 10-year strategy will enable it to properly develop, manage and utilize bamboo forests.
The strategy, which is expected to be endorsed this year, will enable the country develop the four million hectares land suitable for bamboo, including the recently identified three million hectares.
By properly developing bamboo forests, the nation aspires to substitute imported wood products and become major exporter.
According to Ashebir, the strategy takes into consideration the values of bamboo in food and beverages, furniture, construction, textile, paper and pulp, and medicine.
According to him, Ethiopia which has 67 percent of bamboo cultivation potential in Africa, could earn 60 million Birr per annum from its bamboo forests.
The strategy is part of the national plan to adopt the required knowledge, technology and management in order to promote bamboo forest cultivation in Ethiopia.
It also considers the attraction of more companies to the area. Currently, three companies are engaged in bamboo development - Bamboo Star Agro-forestry, ADAL Industry and African Bamboo.
By developing its potential in bamboo cultivation, the Horn African nation has also aspired to minimize deforestation caused by the logging of softwoods for cooking fuel and house materials.
The demand for wood is expected to increase by 27 percent over the next 20 years, due to population growth and economic development.
To minimize the burden on the country’s forest resource, the government is advocating sustainable alternatives such as bamboo.
Senior Researcher at Wood Technology Research Centre, Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institutes, Seyoum Kelemwork said the different bamboo species found in Ethiopia are proved to be stronger and more suitable for different functions than foreign species.
A research conducted on highland and lowland bamboo species in Malaysia and China displayed this fact, he said.
Seyoum said the bamboo species in Ethiopia are more suitable for textiles, paper and pulp production, apparel, among others.
However, due to the gap in supply, most business persons in Ethiopia are dependent on Chinese bamboo species for their products.
As a result, the researcher said Ethiopia has become a market place for foreign bamboo products, in spite of its large bamboo forests.
To tap its resource, he urged the need to properly develop and manage bamboo forests.
Six of the regional states in Ethiopia - Amhara, Benishangul-Gumaz, Gambella, Oromiya, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’, and Tigray -have huge potential for bamboo cultivation.