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Addis Ababa March 11, 2017 The first batch of 40/60 condominium houses built in two sites in Addis Ababa under the 40/60 housing program inaugurated today.

The 1,292 condominium houses which inaugurated today are part of more than 39,000 condominium houses being built in 13 sites in Addis Ababa.

The project known as the 40/60 housing program is part of the government's initiative in developing condominium houses so as to ease housing shortages in the capital and major towns.

These types of condominium houses will be transferred to beneficiaries who saved 40 percent of the cost of the houses.

The houses expected to be transfer for beneficiaries in the near future, according to officials.

Published in Economy
Saturday, 11 March 2017 19:51

World Facing Huge Humanirarian Crisis

Addis Ababa March 11, 2017 The United Nations reports that the world is facing a huge humanitarian crisis since 1945, issuing a plea for help to avoid "a catastrophe".

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

UNICEF has already warned 1.4m  children could starve to death this year.

Mr O'Brien said 4.4 billion USD (3.6 billion Euros) was needed by July to avert disaster.

"We stand at a critical point in history," Mr O'Brien told the Security Council on Friday. "Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations."

"Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease” he said.

Without collective and coordinated global efforts, he warned, people risk starving to death and succumbing to disease, stunted children and lost futures, and mass displacements and reversed development gains.

Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions, he added.

Reiterating the appeal by the UN Secretary-General last month, he said, “I continue to reiterate the same message to all: only a political solution will ultimately end human suffering and bring stability to the region”.

Recommending pledge by donors for 672 million USD in the Oslo Conference on the Lake Chad Basin, Mr O'Brien noted that more was needed to fully fund the 1.5 billion USD required to provide the assistance needed across the region.

“Now we need the international community and this Council to act,” he highlighted, urging prompt action to tackle the factors causing famine; committing sufficient and timely financial support; and ensuring that fighting stops.

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Addis Ababa March 11, 2017 Ethiopia’s work to keep its environmental programs sustainable while local communities benefit from forest preservation is set to boost, according to Mongabay, a website working on environmental issues.

The country’s most prominent program to mobilize resources toward its net carbon neutral by 2025 goal, the Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP), is scheduled to start this year.

The 68 million USD project, established through two World Bank funds, is aimed at the restoration of forests on degraded land and carbon sequestration assessment and performance enhancement.

It is designed to build on existing landscape protection and project approaches to REDD+ in an effort to scale up and finance improved land use across Oromia.

Ethiopia wants to use projects like the OFLP to implement change while gaining financial benefit.

Ethiopia’s National Representative for REDD+ at Ethiopia’s Ministry of Forestry, Environment and Climate Change (MoFEC), Yitbetu Moges, said that the real progress will require intensive collaboration.

He said “Reducing deforestation and improving [the] livelihood of local communities that depend on forest resources will ensure that carbon credit can be sold to the likes of World Bank, Norway and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”

Furthermore he stated that most of the money will be invested in rural development as part of anti-poverty, pro-forest, rural economy-oriented programs.

He added that when REDD+ goes operational, revenue earned by carbon trading goes directly to the local community while helping prevent floods and droughts.

The OFLP will also look at studies commissioned by the Ethiopian government and World Bank that analyze key items including drivers of deforestation, forest degradation among others.

The nation aims to accomplish key economic goals while reducing GHG emissions through efforts that include carbon trading. Such an accomplishment would involve the country doubling its forest cover to around 30 percent of its landmass.

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Addis Ababa March 11, 2017 The governments of Ethiopia and Kenya expressed keenness to further enhance bilateral relationships.

The two sides reiterated their stance during a consultation between Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyheyu and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on bilateral and issues of mutual interest.

They discussed on how both countries can work together on regional peace and security issues, particularly on ways of ensuring peace and stability in South Sudan and possibilities of working with the new government in Somalia.

Both officials have also resolved to work together on successful conduct of  the upcoming IGAD conference on the refugees from Somalia at the end of this month.

During the occasion, Dr. Workneh delivered a special message sent from Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegene to President Kenyatta.

The Foreign Minister has also held discussions with Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Amina Mohammed.

The two officials also discussed on the implementation of bilateral trade, investment, integrated border development programs, peace and security and cooperation on border control between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed on effective implementation of transport and transit network project prepared to strengthen the north corridor network.

The foreign ministers of both countries discussed on issues of common interest in which both countries share similar views, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Addis Ababa March 11, 2017 An exhibition aimed at promoting utilization of agricultural technologies that would help to improve productivity and modernize the sector opened in the town of Adama on Friday.

The exhibition is part of the 28th farmers’ and semi pastoralists’ day being observed across the country.

While opening the exhibition, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Iyasu Abrha said the event creates an opportunity for the farmers to get used to agricultural technologies that could boost productivity.

Noting that utilization of technologies is critical to improve production and productivity, the Minister said that the exhibition will play important role in this regard.

It will also help to create market linkage between farmers, producers and suppliers, beyond enhancing productivity, he added.

Thirty private and government institutes are displaying products in the exhibition which will last for eight days.

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Addis Ababa March 11, 2017 Emergency school feeding program has been underway in drought-affected areas of the country to curb drought-induced school dropouts, Education Minister Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam disclosed.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Dr. Shiferaw said the government has allocated close to 200 million Birr for emergency school feeding program.

 “A total of over 1.7 million children are now covered under the emergency school feeding program”

Of the total 2.2 million children who require school feeding, close to 1.2 million are being provided with food at schools by the government and additional half a million by partners.

By alleviating short-term hunger at school, the emergency school feeding program helps to reduce the number and frequency of school dropouts and to prevent child trafficking, Dr. Shiferaw said.

“Although we are now massively engaged in responses triggered by the El Niño effect, there are a number of regular school feeding programs going on over the nation.”

Dr. Shiferaw pointed out that the need to identify and prioritize the response in consultation with stakeholders is of a great concern.

“What we are doing at the ministry, in collaboration with a number of other stakeholders like Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity is to combine all efforts together because ones we are in the school health, water and sanitation as well as hygiene is an issue.”

According to Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), an estimated 30.5 million USD is required to address the emergency school feeding program.

Dr. Shiferaw, who revealed that the government has so far allocated 9 million USD, urged the international community and development partners to contribute their share to the effort of responding to the food needs of school children as the government would not be able to shoulder the burden single handedly. 

The minister stated that the government was able to feed about 2.9 million children with a budget close to 600 million Birr last academic year.

More than 40 farmers’ cooperative unions were involved and benefited from providing the required food supplies for the emergency school feeding program.

 

Published in Social

Yrgalem March 11, 2017 A cornerstone for the construction of an Integrated Agro Industrial Park (IAIP) in Yirgalem area, SNNP regional state will be laid on Tuesday, the Ministry of Industry disclosed.

This would be the third integrated agro-industrial park, which the country has planned to develop in this five-year growth and transformation plan period.

State Minister of Industry Dr. Mebrehatu Meles told ENA that the park is going to be built on 215 hectares of land with further expansion to 1,000 hectares.

The construction of infrastructural facilities would reportedly be finalized this year and it would be ready for production next year, the Minister added.

The construction of the park including infrastructure development and construction of shades is expected to consume huge capital, the minister said. 

Ethiopia has set a strategy to ensure certain structural transformation of the economy through development of integrated agro industrial parks over the coming 10 years.

The development of the parks will enable Ethiopia improve agricultural production & productivity, attract anchor companies, build capacity of domestic enterprises and thereby facilitate the situation for institutional transformation.

It also aspires to enhance the contribution of agro-processing sub-sector to the national GDP to 6.7 percent by 2025. 

Furthermore it aims to increase the contribution of the industry sector to the GDP to 28 percent by 2025 from 15 percent in 2015.

Of the total 17 agro-processing parks, four will be developed during the current five-year plan period, in Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and SNNP regional states.

Construction of two of the four parks planned to be built in Amhara and Tigray regional states has already launched this year.

The construction of the park in Southern Ethiopia is also expected to commence soon.

The development of park in the regional state is being underway based on the assessment conducted on the untapped agricultural resources in the area, Mebrehatu added.

The park would process and pack various agricultural products for export so as to generate hard currency for the country.  Livestock, horticulture products, coffee as well as honey are among the major agricultural products to be processed in the park.

In addition to the revenue to be earned from export of products, the park is expected to generate 700,000 direct employment opportunities for community members in the area.

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