Addis Ababa March 18/2017 The government of Ethiopia is working to sustainably rehabilitate victims of rubbish dump landslide that costs the lives of 113 people.
In a press briefing he gave here today to journalists, Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office, Dr Negeri Lencho said the government has given priority to resettling survivors of the incident and families residing in the vicinity.
“The government has planned and set committee to resettle these people permanently, because they have lost their property, homes and the government is responsible for resettling these people and help them to live their own life in the future” he said.
According to Dr Negeri, investigation to know the cause for the landslide will be conducted. “We don’t blame anyone for the causes, because we haven’t yet known the cause of this accident. But the government decided to investigate.”
Two institutions, the Addis Ababa University and Texas University, have been selected to conduct the investigation, he added.
Fifty-five million Birr has so far collected to rehabilitate the victims, Negeri said.
Regarding to the impact of drought in the country that affected 5.6 million people, the minister noted that the Ministers assured that there is no risk of famine in the country.
“I can assure you that there is no risk of famine because Ethiopia has enough store to respond”.
Even if the country has facing challenges including drought, the government has long and short term plans that will allow to overcome challenges and sustain the ongoing development, he added.
So far, the efforts in minimizing the impact of drought are successful and it will continue strengthened, the Minister said.
Saying that there are some health related problems in some parts drought affected areas, the Ministry of Health has sent a team to study the problems and handle the situation.
Responding to questions raised regarding the recent attack by the Murle Tribe that killed 18 peoples and kidnapped many, the Minister said the attackers don’t represent the position of the Sudanese government.
"The two counties leaders identified the areas that they have to work on together.We share very vast area and we have to secure the border areas together", he said.
He added that this problem cannot be continued in the future as the government has set plan to build infrastructures between the two countries to further enhance cooperation.
Negeri said “Such kinds of crisis including the drought or any such incident cannot stop the development programs that are already launched.”
Addis Ababa March 18/2017 Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh has travelled back home after a successful state visit to Ethiopia.
Foreign Minister Dr Workneh Gebeyehu saw off the President at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
President Guelleh's visit will help to further consolidate ties between the two countries, Dr Workneh said.
The Minister said that the bilateral relationship between the two countries is based on mutual benefit. That's the basic reason which helped the two countries maintain strong ties.
The role that President Guelleh has contributed for the strong relationship is vital, he added.
The fact that 90 percent of Ethiopia's import and export goes through Djibouti, makes the partnership between the two countries critical, Dr Workneh added.
He assured that the governments of the two countries will work hard to further consolidate this partnership.
During his stay, the President has delivered a spech to the House of Peoples' Representatives and discuss with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on bilateral and issues of mutual concern.
The President along with Prime Minister Hailemariam has also laid a cornerstone for the construction of residence for Ambassadors of Djibouti in Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa March 18/2017 The aviation technologies that the Ethiopian Airlines are using to undertake daily activities and maximize safety demonstrate the level of growth that the airline has reached, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh said.
The President made the remark following a visit to the Boeing 787 simulator, where the airline trains its pilots and pilots from Africa or other parts of the world on Saturday.
“It’s is my second time visiting the simulator, at that time it was Boeing 767, but now it is Dreamliner", the President said expressing its astonishment.
This shows that how far the airline has gone to technologically equip itself and grow over the years.
Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said on his part that the airline has been working to advance its technological capability.
A number of African countries are sending their pilots to Ethiopia for the training provided by the Ethiopian Airlines, he said.
Since Djibouti has an interest to train its pilots in Ethiopia, Tewolde said that agreement has reached with Djibouti that would enable the later send its pilots to Ethiopia for the training.
The Ethiopian Airlines inaugurated the Boeing 787 simulator, which is the first in kind on the continent in March 2015.
Since there are very few787 simulators in the world, it puts the airline in a position to train many pilots from anywhere in the world.
Addis Ababa March 18/2017 European Union (EU) announced on Friday additional 165 million Euros support to respond to the crises in South Sudan, Somalia and neighboring countries, a press release said.
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica announced the support during an official visit to the African Union.
From this package of support, 100 million Euros allocated to respond to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Out of this, 30 million Euros will be provided for lifesaving assistance.
The 65 million Euros is planned to respond to the droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Changing climatic conditions and successive failed rains during the past three years are triggering humanitarian crisis of huge proportions.
The negative effects of the droughts are likely to intensify in 2017, as rains are projected to be below average during the next rainy season.
The situation is particularly dire in Somalia, where the number of people in need has increased drastically to 6.2 million, that is half the population, and where there is a real risk of famine later in 2017. A pre-famine alert has already been issued in February of this year.
Commissioner Mimica said: "The sooner we act the more lives we can save. This package of €165 million will support the urgent needs of South Sudanese people in the country and the region but also the millions of people at risk of famine in the Horn of Africa. With this additional support, the EU shows the way to other members of the international community to also respond urgently."
This new package will scale up and strengthen over 400 million Euros that the EU allocated in 2016 to address the humanitarian crises and the effects of El Niño in the region.
It will also complement the 200 million Euros which the EU approved in February this year to support the new Government of Somalia to continue transitioning out of fragility and building a resilience society, the release indicated.
Addis Ababa March 18/2017 The foreign policy, Ethiopia is pursuing, and the development the country has witnessed attracts many leaders from neighboring countries and Africans as a whole, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Recently, leaders of South Sudan, Liberia and Djibouti have visited Ethiopia. During their visit the leaders had visited various developmental projects the country has been engaged with.
Ethiopia’s foreign policies clearly stipulate that the major focus of the country’s diplomatic activity mainly target neighboring countries and Africa as whole.
“In order to implement this foreign policy, we have to have close consultation, visit exchange programs and close relation with African countries”, Africa Affairs Director-General at the ministry, Metasebia Tadesse told ENA.
“The reason is that when it comes to African countries, we have common problems, issues to discus and visions and aspirations. That is why we are having more and more visits from African countries as well as visit from Ethiopia to other countries as well” he said.
To achieve its development goal, Ethiopia have to work closely with African, particularly with neighboring countries, Metasebia said.
In addition to the foreign policy, the fast record of rapid economic growth that Ethiopia is registering over the past years is another factor for the leaders to come to the country.
“Our economic growth is broad based, multi-sectoral, so it can be a lesson for other developing countries as well. So many countries want to share the experience of Ethiopia with regard to having fast economic growth in different areas”, he said.
The close consultation and cooperation with African countries is enabling Ethiopia to have more access to market, to attract investment and other business opportunities.
Believing in mutual benefit and peace and stability is critical to realize development, Ethiopia is highly involved in establishing peace and development in the region and in Africa.
“Our engagement in the affairs of Africa is highly welcomed and we reflect the interest of Africa in various international forums, so that African interest can be promoted at the international arena", he said.
As Ethiopia is a non-permanent member at the UN Security Council, close consultation is needed with African countries, in order to raise and promote issues related to the interest of Africa in UN or any other international fora, Metasebia said.
“Our diplomatic effort to have a peaceful, stable region in the horn of Africa is part of our development effort with in the country, so our foreign policy is definitely the reflection of the domestic policy that we have: he said.
“The peace and stability, fast economic growth registered in Ethiopia highly encourage other African countries to come to Ethiopia to see the scope of development and to learn from Ethiopian experience” the Director-General added.
There are untouched opportunities of cooperation among African countries, especially in the economic and trade areas, he said adding that this is one area where not only Ethiopia but also all African countries should work on.
Ethiopia has one of the most comprehensive foreign policy document that clearly links the nation’s domestic policies with its foreign policy objectives of national development, peace and democracy.
Addis Ababa March 18/2017 Members of the Political Parties Joint Council expressed their readiness to work with the government in the efforts towards rehabilitating families survived from the rubbish landslide in a sustainable manner.
Members of the council have visited families who are victim of the landslide that left 113 people in Kolfe-Keraneyo Sub-City in the outskirts of Addis Ababa on Friday.
The rubbish landslides that buried a number of makeshift homes occur on Saturday night March 11, 2017.
Following the incident, the House of Peoples’ Representatives declared a three-day national mourning and the City Administration, communities, different organizations and institutions are providing consolation and support.
Ethiopian Justice and Democratic Forces Front (EJDFF) Chairperson, Geresu Gessa said alongside the government, member parties will engage in mobilizing the public to rehabilitate families who lost their loved ones.
Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party Chairperson Ayele Chamiso on his part said that rehabilitating the victims is not an issue to be left just for the government.
In this regard, the Chairperson said that members of the council will play role in mobilizing the public.
Ethiopian Unity Movement Party Deputy President Samuel Birhanu on his part affirmed their readiness to support victims alongside the public.
Addis Ababa March 18/2017 The five-year System for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Activity (SIAPS) that improved pharmaceutical governance and service delivery, concluded.
A press release issued by USAID said “the activity strengthened pharmaceutical management, supported the development of treatment guidelines and health facility standards and reduced health and corruption in the pharmaceutical sector.”
The release indicated that over the last five years, the program trained 8,000 Ethiopian professionals which resulted in improved motivation, higher retention and a more skilled workforce.
Among other things, the program supported 77 health facilities across Ethiopia and 128 health facilities to establish drug information services.
Furthermore, by way of improving pharmacy data management, 208 health facilities established drug information services that resulted in patient centered approach. Besides, 1000 health facilities were provided with ART services.
The program was implemented with a budget of 17.6 million USD with funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Precedent’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The program, according to the press release, has helped to significantly improved pharmaceutical governance and service delivery, provided pharmacy data for decision making and optimized the use of financial resources.
Management Sciences for Health and the Ministry of Health implemented the program.