Addis Ababa March 16/2017 Djibouti and Ethiopia are deepening their comprehensive bilateral relations, Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh said today.
In his joint keynote address to the House of People’s Representatives and House of Federation, President Guelleh highlighted the excellent bilateral relations and the bright future ahead.
He said that his presence here is in many ways a symbol of the longstanding relations of the countries.
The president urged members of the Houses to contribute their share for the further betternment of the relationship.
The Ethio-Djiouti railway line, which was closed for a decade and has begun connecting the two peoples, is a testament to the longstanding bilateral ties and underlines the commitment of the countries to foster and deepen their unique bondage, the president elaborated.
He further stated that the economic integration and desire of citizens for economic stability has been the guiding principles.
President Guelleh appreciated Ethiopia’s effort and leadership in creating regional economic integration between the two countries and setting example for Africa at large.
According to him, the best illustrations for the outstanding achievements are integration projects such as hydro power and fiber optic interconnection.
Moreover, the president stressed that the countries will continue to work together on peace and security issues.
“I have a firm belief that we cannot ensure sustainable growth to tackle our regional and national challenges without peace and security”, the president pointed out.
“We unfortunately live in a troubled region,” he said, adding that Ethiopia and Djibouti would work together on issues peace and security.
Addis Ababa March 16/2017 Donation for rehabilitating victims of the rubbish landslide at Qoshe here in the capital city has gained momentum.
Among the 3 organizations that extended assistance today, MIDROC sister companies contributed forty million birr.
Oromia Regional Government donated 5 million birr and Ethiopian Full Gospel Church 150,000 birr.
The donors have also extended their condolences over the death of citizens.
They further expressed their commitment to stand with the government in all its efforts to rehabilitate the victims.
Representatives of the organizations handed over the checks to Mayor Diriba Kuma.
The Qoshe landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's rubbish for more than 50 years and the rubbish landslide has reportedly killed 113 so far.
Addis Ababa March 16/03/2017 African Disabilities Forum (ADF) has concluded an agreement that would enable it to build its headquarters in Addis Ababa.
The agreement was signed here yesterday.
The forum, which was established at the Desmond Tutu Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2015, does not have a permanent seat.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Head of ADF Program Coordination, Birhanu Teferra, said that opening the headquarters of ADF in Ethiopia demonstrates the commitment of the country towards fulfilling its social responsibility.
According to the head, the establishment of the headquarters near the Africa Union and other international organizations will help it follow closely their deliberations and issuance of rules and regulations that affects the disabled.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Tewolde Mulugeta said the establishment of the headquarters in Addis Ababa would play a crucial role with regards to respecting the benefits and rights of the disabled across Africa.
Besides, it would enable countries to gain experiences on supporting disabilities, facilitating better conditions and other amenities for disabled persons.
African Disabilities Forum (ADF) consists of 48 member associations and 34 African countries, including Ethiopia.
The pan-African forum is created to unify and amplify the voice of persons with disabilities in Africa and strengthen the technical capacity of their organizations.
Addis Ababa March 16/03/2017 Madagascar Football Association Chief Ahmad Ahmad elected as the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes of the electorate of presidents of Africa's football associations, which was held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa today.
Ahmed's victory brings Issa Hayatou’s almost three decade reign as CAF president to an end.
Ahmad, 57, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the presidency of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
Before Issa Hayatou took the presidency, Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem and Abdel Halim Muhammad of Egypt and Yidnekatchew Tessema of Ethiopia ruled the 54 member CAF.
Addis Ababa March 16/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam said that economic development indicators for the current fiscal year show that the nation can make up for the loss sustained over the previous fiscal year.
In his first bi-annual report for fiscal year 2009 E.C to the House of Peoples' Representatives, Prime Minister Hailemariam said the achievements registered in the first half of this fiscal year in agriculture, manufacturing and other industries are better compared to the previous year.
Hailemariam said that harvest from the meher, second crop season in the country, is expected to grow by nine percent and if better harvest is earned in irrigation, the agriculture sector could register a growth rate of 12 percent.
A higher growth rate, expected in the agriculture sector, could have a positive impact on the entire economic development, Hailemariam said.
During the first half of this fiscal year, the manufacturing sector has registered 18.4 percent growth, while the construction has shown a performance growth of 25 percent, he added.
Various measures taken to keep inflation to a single digit has enabled the nation to keep inflation below 8 percent. This has helped the country’s economic development to continue in a stable manner.
Hailemariam said that continuous and steady growth in government and private investments and undertakings in agriculture and manufacturing areas have contributed to continuous growth in the commanding heights of the national economy.
Addis Ababa March16/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said a directive geared for gradual shift from the implementation of the provisions of the State of Emergency to regular process of law enforcement has been prepared.
In his bi-annual briefing to the House of Peoples Representatives, the Premier said a preliminary assessment made by the command post of the state of emergency led to the preparation of a directive that would enable gradual transfer to regular process of law enforcement mechanisms.
The measures being taken to the transfer indicates that normalcy has returned to the country, he said.
Although relative peace and stability has been restored in the country, incidents that could be threats to peace and stability in some areas have still not been eliminated, he added.
He said that incidents of robbery in major streets, smashing vehicles, disrupt the teaching-learning process by creating havoc in some schools, throwing grenades on individuals homesteads and compounds of institutions are some of the illegal activities.
Since such incidents have occurred in limited areas, more efforts will be made to ensure sustained peace and stability by conducting additional public consultations and implementation of corrective measures, the Premier added.
Because of the reasons mentioned above, there is a tendency among the public that the extension of the proclamation of the state of emergency for another period will help to cement sustainable peace and stability in the country, he said quoting the survey conducted on the issue.
The assessment indicates 82 percent of the public included in the survey is in favor of full or partial extension of the state of emergency, Hailemariam added.
He said that a comprehensive study will be conducted in the coming month and the findings will be presented to the House of Peoples Representatives for approval.
Addis Ababa March 16/2017 Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh has arrived in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia for a three-day official visit.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has welcomed the President upon his arrival at the Bole international airport in Addis Ababa.
President Guelleh is expected to deliver a speech to the House of Peoples' Representatives today in the afternoon.
During his visit, the President is expected to meet President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other high level government officials.
He is also expected to discuss with officials of the African Union Commission.
A visit to Bole Lemi industrial park in the outskirts of Addis Ababa and laying a cornerstone for the construction of an embassy are also among the activities the President will undertake during his three-day stay in Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa March 16/2017 More than 52 million Birr was secured from one of the fundraising programs organized in connection with the sixth anniversary of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Office of National Council for Coordination of Public Participation on Construction of GERD said.
PR and Communications Head at the Office, Hailu Abreham told ENA that 52.2 million Birr was secured from the bond sold between 27 February and 8 March across the country.
The bonds were sold across the nation through banks and tents established for this purpose, he added.
According to the Head, the bond sell in the regional states of Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz and Ethiopian Somali is being held because of late commencement of the program.
Despite the delay in the commencement of the event because of challenges related to human power and organizational issues, the program is well underway in the regional states, he added.
The country has set plan to raise 1.8 billion Birr for the construction of the dam, being financed locally, during the current Ethiopian fiscal year through various fundraising programs. 800 million Birr was raised so far, he said.
In addition to selling of bonds, the public is extending its contribution through the renaissance trophy that has been travelling across the country.
The trophy is now in the regional state of SNNP. More than 305 million Birr was raised from three zones where the trophy has travelled so far since 8 December 2016 when the trophy entered the regional state, the Head said.
The public has contributed 9.4 billion Birr for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam since construction was launched.
Addis Ababa March 16/2017 Ethiopia and Russia signed protocols and Memorandums of Understanding that would enable them cooperate in various areas.
The sixth joint commission meeting held for the past three days in Addis Ababa concluded by inking 12 protocols and two MoUs in economic, scientific, technical and trade areas.
Minister of Cabinet Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Joint Commission, Alemayehu Tegenu said the agreements would help to forge bilateral relations.
During the discussion, the countries have agreed to work closely in all aspects. Direction was also set to hold discussions on specific fields and reach specific agreements, he noted.
He mentioned that sectors that Russia has rich experiences such as mining, science and technology as well as industrial development are among the sectors that the two sides have agreed to conduct particular discussions.
Apart from preparing agreements and striving for their implementation, activities have been carried out to identify areas that the two countries can cooperate, Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia Vsevolod Tkachenko said.
The Ambassador indicated that mining and geological survey, science and technology as well as trade are among the areas the countries are working together.
In addition to this, discussions have been conducted to identify potential areas for investment that Russian companies can invest using the conducive investment atmosphere in Ethiopia, the ambassador noted.