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Addis Ababa October 07/2017 Enhancing integrated and qualified air traffic controlling is highly important to provide safe and efficient aviation service, according Ethiopian Air Traffic Controllers Association ( EATCA).

This was stated at the opening session of the 28th International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association Africa and Middle East Regional Meeting to be held until November 9 in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Air Traffic Controllers Association Vice President, Dereje Lemma told ENA that air traffic controlling technology has to grow in technology and manpower in order to support the fast growing aviation industry of Ethiopia.

It has been working with national and neighboring counterparts to enhance air traffic efficiency, he added.

According to him, the association has been playing vital role in developing the quality of air traffic by creating various platforms to discuss with the stakeholders of Ethiopian in the aviation industry.

Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Transport Ahmed Shide said air traffic controlling is one of the most complexes, dynamic, highly sensitive and stressful profession. It requires high level of concentration, carefulness and responsibility.  

He added that the Ethiopian government is highly committed to the growth and development of the aviation industry in general and air traffic service in particular.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has been training traffic controllers and other staff and the government will implement various plans to modernize the air traffic control system, the Minister stated.

More than 300 people are participating in the three-day meeting which will discuss the role of air traffic control system to enhance the security and quality of aviation industry.

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Addis Ababa November 07/2017 Ethiopia is preparing its first-ever National Food and Nutrition Policy to fulfill the nation's ambition to end malnutrition and stunting by 2030, the Ministry of Health said.

Nutrition case team coordinator at the Ministry Birara Melesse told ENA that the policy focuses on reducing malnutrition, stunting and other nutrition related problems among children and mothers.

The policy will also focus on complimentary feeding for children under five as these periods are crucial for children’s healthy growth, he mentioned.

The policy, being prepared on the bases of the national nutrition strategy, and program that have been under implementation since 2008, will be effective after two months.

By implementing the strategy and program, the nation has gained commendable results in reducing malnutrition; however, a policy gap remains to be the major shortfall in the area.

According to Birara, the formulation of the policy is intended to narrow the gap that is already identified.

“This policy envisages a legal framework in which the rights of children is fully respected with a provision of adequate nutritional nourishment which will enable them to attain normal growth thereby contributing to the well being of the child and its rights to education building their capacity to grow as responsible citizens who can contribute to the technological development and other spheres of nation building in their country”, he said.

He said the policy will provide a legal framework that supports the works that the country has been engaging to improve food and nutrition system in Ethiopia.

It will also help to coordinate bodies that are engaged in the implementation of the food strategy and program; and accountable in promoting food safety and quality in the country, he said.

The policy will also help to effectively coordinate efforts of non-governmental organizations engaged in the promotion of nutrition down to the lowest administrative levels.

Alive and Thrive is one of the stakeholders working with the government on improving nutrition in the country.

The organization’s Ethiopia Project Director Dr. Yewulsew Abebe said the organization is working in supporting the national nutrition program mostly on infants and toddlers.

 “We have been working from the regional level to zonal and woreda level down to the health extension workers and related to women development armies we work with them to increase their knowledge ”

The organization undertakes its activities aimed at promoting nutrition in four populous regional states – Amhara; Oromia; Southern Nations, nationalities, and Peoples; and Tigray.

It delivered innovative approaches towards improving feeding practices in three countries, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam from 2009 to 2014, during its first five years program.

In its second five year program, from 2014-2017, it is working to enhance infant and toddlers feeding and complimentary feeding practices.

By doing this the organization is aspiring to support Ethiopia’s efforts in ending malnutrition and stunting by 2030, which is part of the SDG targets and the country’s second five-year plan.

According to the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS), the country has managed to reduce child malnutrition from 58 percent in 2000 to 38 percent in 2016.

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Addis Ababa November 07/2017 Ethiopia can achieve and sustain the accelerated industrialization, growth and economic transformation if only it consolidates the successes achieved and builds on comparative advantages, Industry Minister Ahmed Abtew said.

In his opening remark at the Second High-level Forum for Phase ΙΙΙ of Policy Dialogue of Industrial Development in Ethiopia, the Minister stated that expansion of the industrial sector through diversification and introduction of new industries, industrial parks and clusters development is pivotal to the country’s vision of becoming a manufacturing hub of light industries in Africa by 2025.

The forum is part of the on-going policy dialogue on industrial development between the governments of Ethiopia and Japan. Today’s forum is centered on productivity enhancing measures taking models from Sri Lanka and Vietnam, Ahmed elaborated.

The manufacturing sector is expected to grow at an average of 22 percent and contribute 18 percent of the GDP, and 40 percent of the national export earnings in the country by 2025, it was learned.

Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation (JiCA) Ethiopia, Ken Yamada said Japan is supporting the growing economy of Ethiopia through sharing the Asian industrial development experience and system of their economic transformation to industrialized country.

The forum is a contributing factor for the implementation of the GTP ΙΙ and for the formulation of relevant development plan, he added.

High level officials from different ministries, researchers from Japan, EDRI and Addis Ababa University (AAU) took part in the half-day forum.

The forum was jointly organized by Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) and JiCA.

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Addis Ababa November 07/2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs Workeneh Gebeyehu has briefed diplomats today on various issues, including border conflicts in parts of Oromia and Somali regional states, the political reform in the country, and devaluation.

The Minister noted that the federal government and the two regional governments have worked closely to amicably resolve the conflict which took the lives of innocent people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

“The conflicts are contrary to the longstanding ties and peaceful coexistence between the communities around the border. They are not in line with the role of democratic nationalism which offers space for pluralism in the country. They were driven by selfish economic gains and political benefits in attempting to control the cart trail route, ” he said.

According to investigations undertaken by the government, he said “The clash had been instigated by individuals and groups who want to take advantage of the conflict”.

He said the government is now working to dismantle the activities of these rent-seeking groups along the border areas.

Mentioning that the government had held a series of discussions with residents, community elders and presidents of the two regional states following the incident, Workeneh said “understanding was reached that the problem is largely contained with some pocket conflicts”.

Noting that the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is investigating the causes of death and alleged abuses, he said “once the investigation is finalized, the government will take actions in accordance with relevant laws of the state on perpetrators of the recent killings and displacement”.

The government along with community elders is working to repatriate and rehabilitate the displaced people.

Peace conferences that include community elders, religious leaders and the population at large, will be held soon and a forum will also be set up to bring the regional forces of both states to take stoke of situations and find lasting solution.

Noting that all necessary measures are undertaken to stabilize the situation in the conflict affected areas, he assured the diplomats that a delegation was sent to neighboring countries to discuss matters and ensure that the case is contained within the country.

Regarding the protests that occurred in eight towns in Oromia resulting in the death of eight persons in Shashemene and Borena and damaging of properties are already contained and measures have been taken on the responsible persons.

“The Oromia regional state has taken measures against those criminal offenders who targeted civilians by hundreds and the federal government is also supporting this endeavor.” 

The government has also arrested a member of the police and military servicemen who violated the law of the land and acted irresponsibly.

Speaking of the government’s firm commitment in widening the political space, the Minister said that the political dialogue and negotiation that has been taking place has brought changes in helping to create a more inclusive electoral system.

He noted that the country will follow the new mixed electoral system which was endorsed by the negotiating political parties, after some legal procedures.

“Under the new electoral law, Ethiopia will have a hybrid electoral system composed of 80 percent simple majority vote and 20 percent proportional,” he said.

Besides, agreement has also been reached among the negotiating parties in financing political parties and forming national and regional political parties.

Concerning the recent devaluation of the Birr, Workneh said it is aimed at stimulating the export sector of the country which remained stagnant over the past five years.

Ethiopia’s export performance was falling off target mainly due to weaker global markets, he added.

The country has also raised the savings interest from five to seven percent, hoping to stimulate savings and keeping inflation at bay.

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Addis Ababa November 07/2017The visit of Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon Magnus to Ethiopia after 51 years will open a new chapter to “excellent” bilateral ties of the two nations, President Mulatu Teshome said.

Addressing the media, President Mulatu said "I have pointed out to His Royal Highness that his visit will further transform the bilateral ties between Ethiopia and Norway to a new chapter."

The president also extended gratitude to Norway through the Crown Prince for its partnership in the realization of Ethiopia's green economy.

"We have now reached consensus to take additional measures to boost trade and encourage investment which is below the level of our expectation," he stated.

The president further called on the Norwegian side to support Ethiopia's quest for industrialization by investing in manufacturing and renewable energy sectors.

Crown Prince of Norway, His Royal Highness Haakon Magnus said on his part that “it is really great to be here. My late grandfather had visited Ethiopia 51 years ago and I am very pleased to be able to retrace some of his footsteps.”

The Crown Prince added that the strong relationship between the two countries is built on longstanding friendship. "Today our mutual interest covered areas such as climate change managing migration, access to education, and investing in health as well as others.”

The signing of the agreement for potash exploration in Ethiopia has witnessed the next major area of partnership, he pointed out.

Crown Prince Magnus said “we are accompanied by a large business delegation looking to establish new partnership and to explore new opportunities in Ethiopia.”

An agreement on large-scale potash production in Afar Regional State with over 731 million USD was signed today at the National Palace.

The agreement was signed by Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Motuma Mekassa and Yara Dallol BV Potash Project CEO Sanjay Singh Rathore.

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Addis Ababa November 07/2017 High-level officials of the Somalian government and experts have started to share best practices from Ethiopia and Kenya on federalism and devolution in Addis Ababa.

 High-level delegation of Somalia, which decided to have a federal system of governance, has been made visits to various countries to better understand the system and learn from best practices of countries so as to choose the suitable model for it.

 The visit to Ethiopia is part of this national effort and the experience sharing workshop will benefit Somalia a lot, said Abdullahi Mohamoud, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Internal and Federal Reconciliation.

 “The federalism system in Somalia is still at its infancy stage. In our effort to understand better and consider most suitable federal model for our country, we have made visits to other countries such as Switzerland for its federalism experience and Kenya to learn from its devolution system,” he said.

 “We know we cannot make a haste decision on which type of federal model we will adopt for Somalia. Each and every country has their own unique situations and has adopted models that are suitable for their own context. We have come to Ethiopia in pursuance of such effort,” Mohamoud stated.

 The Permanent Secretary, who is also leader of the delegation, told ENA that “We are here to get more experience about federalism especially from the Somali regional state of Ethiopia and devolution of the Kenya system”. 

 “We are here to learn about fiscal federalism, how Ethiopia’s federalism is working and how they [Ethiopians] you know can share the resources of their country”, Mohamoud said.

 Somalia wanted to have a federal system of governance as a remedy to the challenges that persist following the civil war and an alternative solution to the unitary system that the country has witnessed previously, he added.

  The workshop is aimed at supporting Somalia in its efforts to adopt a federal system and implement decentralization, said Tewolde Gebre-Meskel Peace and Security Director at IGAD.

 The event is fundamental for member state to share their experience on the   positive development and challenges of federalism, he said.

 When it comes to federal system of governance, he said “They [member states] always choose Ethiopia as an example because federalism has been worked for two decades so far”.

 “It [Federalism] is the only a system that helps to avoid the marginalization, there is an accommodation of diversity, and this is all what federalism is basically.” 

 Deputy Speaker of the House of Federation of Ethiopia Mohamed Rashid said that Ethiopia survived as a nation and realized sustainable development because of federalism.

 “In an environment of deep and multiple diversities, peace and sustainable development can only be achieved with a mechanism that ensures equitable and fair sharing of power and resources, with economic opportunity availed for all without discrimination. What Ethiopia has done is exactly the same”, Mohamed said.

 The delegation that consist representatives from the federal ministries of foreign affairs, constitutional affairs, and planning as well as ministries from the states of Puntland, Jubbaland, Southwest, Galmudug, and Hirshebelle, and Benadir regional administration will take part in the three-day workshop.

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Addis Ababa November 07/2017 The Somali high-level delegation has arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday to attend a three-day experience sharing workshop on federalism.

 The delegation, which led by the Permanent Secretary of Internal and Federal Reconciliation Ministry, Abdullahi Mohamoud,  will attend the workshop on federalism and devolution.

 Enhancing the capacity and understanding of Somali government officials and experts, learning from Ethiopian and Kenyan experiences on federalism and devolution respectively, are the objectives of the workshop.

 Senior officials and experts from the Federal Government of Somalia, as well as the regional state administrations of  Puntland, Jubaland, South West, Galmudug, Hirrsheblle and Banadir are going to take part in the workshop.

 Representatives of civil society organizations, youth and women groups and the media are also expected to participate.

 The workshop will be opened today with the presence of high-level Ethiopian government officials, the IGAD Special Envoy to Somalia and representatives of the Somalia Embassy in Addis Ababa.

 The IGAD Special Mission to Somalia (IGAD SMS) in collaboration with European Union has organized the experience sharing workshop.


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