Addis Ababa March 14/2017 Cornerstone was laid today by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for the Integrated Agro-Industrial Park to be developed around Yergalem town in SNNP regional state.
Speaking at the occasion, the Premier said that the park will enable farmers improve quality and amount of production thereby transform the agriculture sector.
Farmers who were producing for only household consumption two decades ago when the extension program started, are now managed to harvest surplus that even pave the way for the opening of agro-industries, Hailemariam said.
He also added that the nation has reached at this very important stage through the strong efforts of the farmers.
The park will provide an opportunity to value add to agricultural products particularly coffee grown in the area, he added. Two of Ethiopia’s finest coffees namely the Sidama and Yirgachefe are grown in Southern Ethiopia.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Director-General Li Young, said that UNIDO is working to see the development of industrial parks in Africa.
Ethiopia is a pilot for this innovated mechanism in implementing development of industrial park which would enable to transform the agriculture sector, he added.
It makes Ethiopia a model in accelerating sustainable development through industrial parks in Africa, the director said.
He noted that UNIDO is committed to further expand its contribution to ensure structural transformation in Africa through development of industrial parks in Africa.
The Integrated Agro-Industrial Park to be built in Yirgalem is expected to consume 2.6 billion Birr.
Addis Ababa March 14/2017 The 3rd Integrated Agro-Industrial Park to be built in Yirgalem town of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People Regional State will attract domestic and foreign investors and enhance the industrial transformation of the country, according to Ministry of Industry.
Industry State Minister Dr. Mebrahtu Meles said the park will contribute to the transformation of the country’s agricultural economy to an industrial one.
The park, which is expected to be completed after a year, will have agricultural produces processing factories, transformation center and rural produces collection center, he added.
The agro-industrial park will produce up to 233,000 tons of produces and generate 6.2 billion birr annually, it was indicated.
The finalized design of the park comprises model agricultural processing and manufacturing buildings, solid and liquid waste management, warehouse for raw materials, training hall and laboratory.
One stop service centre and green areas are also included.
Southern Nations, Nationalities and People Regional State Regional Chief Administrator, Dessie Dalke, said the industrial park will benefit farmers as it would create market for their produces .
Upon completion, the industrial park will create jobs to 393,000 citizens.
Addis Ababa March 14/2017 President Mulatu Teshome bade farewell to the outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today at the National Palace.
During the occasion, the outgoing Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that she tried to facilitate the situation to build a better Africa that everybody wants during her tenure.
“We think in the four and half years, we were able to galvanize Africans in all sectors to reflect on the Africa we want”, she said.
To create better Africa that everybody wants, Zuma said that she tried her best to carry forward the major program of agenda 2063 that will enable Africa to become, prosperous, peaceful and integrated Africa.
“Of course, not all things will be achieved in the same time. The priority we are looking at now which I hope the AU commissions take with spirit and determination is the issue of the continental free trade area”, Zuma said.
Enhancing intra-Africa trade and single market is going to be very important for Africa, Zuma noted, saying that it will lead to fast economic growth, create a lot of jobs and accelerate industrialization.
According to the commissioner, a lot of improvements have been made in the area of developing agriculture, transport, ICT infrastructure across the continent.
She said that the continent has witnessed a lot of improvement in terms of good governance and democracy, however, there is more to desire in silencing the gun in conflict management in Africa.
“We have also been able to mobilize the youth, women to be part of every area of women endeavor because it is very important that we mobilize all our talent, all our strength in order to move our continent forward”.
President Mulatu appreciated Zuma’s role in the African Union in integrating African countries, strengthening AU and mobilizing countries to bring desired results.
The president urged her to continue in her efforts on the possible ways to strengthening bilateral relationship among the African nations.
During her term as a chairperson, Zuma has been working to ensuring good governance, rule of law and democracy as well as empowering women, Mulatu added.
Addis Ababa March 14/2017 Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has arrived in Addis Ababa for the 39th regular meeting of the General Assembly.
While briefing journalists on his arrival, Issa Hayatou said, “Ethiopia, one of the founders of CAF is always in the heart of African football right from the beginning and currently its national team is coming to the CAF tournament which is also nice.”
Ethiopia is among the founders of CAF in 1957 in Khatoum, Sudan along with Egypt, South Africa and Sudan.
Regarding the efforts to increase Africa’s representation in the world cup, the President said that efforts are underway to raise the number of countries participated in the tournament to 10.
“We are striving to increase the number of countries representing Africa in the world cup whereby there are bright sides of it that efforts are still underway to let Africa have ten representative countries in the World Cup, the president added.
CAF, one of the six biggest continental confederations of FIFA, currently has 5 slots out of the 32 available since the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Issa Hayatou, 70, is seeking his eighth consecutive term as head of the body that governs African football.
The President expressed his confidence regarding the CAF presidency election saying “If I am not sure that I would win the election I would not be part of it.”
Issa Hayatou is contending with the Malagasy football president, Ahmed Mohamed for the CAF presidency.
He also pledged to provide his full support for Morocco`s request of hosting the 2026 World Cup.
The President is expected to inaugurate St. George Club`s football academy named after Yidnekachew Tessema former president of CAF.
Addis Ababa March 14/2017A three-day regional workshop to share experience on development of value chain management curriculum to train extension workers with technologies and practices kicked off yesterday in Addis Ababa.
The main purpose of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) program is to bring African agricultural universities and colleges into rural development process to create new innovative extension education program and build capacity of frontline agricultural extension workers.
Representatives of partner universities from different African countries and professionals and researchers from 9 universities in Ethiopia took part in the workshop.
More than 30 papers and case presentations are to be delivered on the workshop.
While addressing the workshop, Dejene Habesha from the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources said that the program is supporting the nation in designing pastoral and agro pastoral oriented curriculum.
“I am glad to know that through SAFE’s leadership, we now have specially designed pastoral and agro pastoral oriented curriculum which focuses more on pastoral and agro pastoral issues compared to the previous ones.”
He said “This is in line with Ethiopian government plan to pay special attention to pastoral and agro pastoral subsector.”
One of the participants Dr. Desalegen Mola, Dean of Environmental Science from Bahir Dar University said that the program helps to build capacity of extension workers who are unable to attend regular classes.
Dr. Muluken Gezagene, from Haramaya University said that the role that the project has been playing in building the capacity of extension workers in Ethiopia is important.
Dr. Jefferson Mutimba, one of SAFE Regional Coordinators said the project is aimed at building capacity of extension workers in collaboration with universities so that the professionals could be effective.
The project focuses on small holder agriculture with the aim of enhancing economic benefit of farmers through boosting production and benefit them from promotion of agricultural value chain management through supervised enterprise projects (SEP), the organizer said.
SAFE deals with the innovative aspects of mid- career agricultural extension BSc Program to upgrade the capacity of extension workers in the agriculture sector, it added.
Ethiopia has the highest number of extension workers in Africa and one of the densest agricultural systems in the world with over 20 development agents per 10,000 farmers.
With SAFE program in progress, the country expects to produce more qualified extension workers to reach out to farmers with quality services.
Addis Ababa March 14/2017 The House of Peoples Representatives has declared a three-day national mourning for victims of rubbish dump landslide, which led to the death of 72 people.
Flags will be half-mast for three days starting from Wednesday, according to a press release the house sent to ENA.
The Ethiopian flag in all regional state, city administrations, Ethiopian embassies and consulates as well as Ethiopian ships will be flown half-mast.
The house expressed its deepest condolence to families, relatives and people’s of Ethiopia.
The rubbish dump landslide occurred on Saturday night has killed dozens. The death toll has reached 72.
Rescue teams are working to find any survivors from the landslide, which buried several makeshift homes
The Koshe landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's rubbish for more than 50 years.
Addis Ababa March 14/2017 African countries need to enhance their capacity to improve management of natural resources, so as to maximize the benefit from the resources, Chairperson of Tana Forum and Former President of Nigeria Olesegun Obasanjo said.
In a press briefing he gave in connection to the 6th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, Obasanjo said that there is a gap in capacity regarding governance of natural resources that hinder maximum utilization.
The continent has 12 percent of global oil reserves, 40 percent of global gold deposits, and about two thirds of the world’s most suitable land for farming and forests.
Unfortunately, the continent has not been able to fully maximize the developmental benefits that should have accrued from exploiting the resources.
This is because of lack of knowledge, skill and institutional capacity, Obasanjo said.
The gap is also undermining the benefits that the continent could get from the development its natural resources by weakening its negotiating capacity, he added.
To reverse this, countries need to work hard to enhance the management of natural resources, Obasanjo said.
Countries should give emphasis to produce skilled labor and build institutional and policy frameworks.
Acknowledging the gap and the need for intervention, this year’s Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa will be held in Bahir Dar on April 22 and 23 focusing on the theme of “Natural Resource Governance in Africa”.
The Forum will solicit mainstream and alternative perspectives on how issues to the management of natural resources might be tackled in a holistic and sustainable manner
It will also explore ways to boost the capacity of African countries for renegotiation of the terms and conditions of their engagement with international capital.
The Forum will explore the spectrum of new governance infrastructure, mechanisms and regimes required to ensure the effective management of Africa’s natural resource sector.