Addis Ababa Feburary 04/2017 Former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki has urged all African countries to draw important lessons from the historic victory at Adwa.
Speaking at the panel discussion held here, Thabo Mbeki said “We should reflect on the matter of the important lessons we should draw from the historic victory at Adwa.
Mbeki said the first lesson to be learnt from victory of Adwa is unity. “In as much as the victory at Adwa was achieved through the united action of the Ethiopian people, one of these lessons is the importance of national unity behind a progressive vision as fundamental condition for the realization of our strategic goals”.
“I am certain that in this regard we are familiar with the diplomatic, political, logistic and military preparations which were essential to secure the victory of Adwa”, he said.
According to him, the third lesson that should be drawn from it is that only through struggle that goals can be achieved.
“since it is only through struggle that we will achieve our strategic goals, we must therefore be ready to make the necessary sacrifices as we strive to overcome the resistance of those who will oppose us”, the former president said.
He said that the fourth lesson to be learnt “is the need for us to develop the necessary principled, courageous and determined leadership which must stand at the helm of the African masses as they engage in sustained struggle to achieve the strategic victories our countries and continent need.”
The victory of Adwa, confirmed to Africans that their continuing resistance and liberation struggle, despite their defeat during the colonial wars, would sooner or later bring the purpose of the Treaty of Berlin to naught, he elaborated.
“I would like to assert that it is indeed important that both Ethiopia and the whole of our continent should continue to celebrate the historic victory at Adwa as this serves to give inspiration to all of us to pursue our progressive strategic goals, confident of success,” he said again.
Zenebe Beyene (PhD), Director for Office of External Relations at the Addis Ababa University said on his part that the victory of Adwa is a symbol of African resistance against global injustice and colonialism.
In this regard, the history of Africa without referring to the victory of Adwa is incomplete, he added.
“I think that is the reason why some argue that ‘if you want to understand the history of Africa, you need to understand the battle of Adwa,” he said.
Addis Ababa Feburary 04/2017 The International Women’s Day, March 8 of 2017 will be celebrated on the thematic of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” after a few days.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The United Nations stated that the idea of the theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda in building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Particularly, to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning, it was learnt.
The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step it up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
Beijing Feburary 04/2017 China vows to further synergy its cooperation with African countries in the years ahead.
This was expressed on the Fifth Annual Session of the 12th Congress of the National Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing. More than 2,000 participants attended the congress.
Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC delivered the performance of the previous year and the plan for this fiscal year where he confirmed that China is determined to pursue its overall cooperation with Africa.
China will continue its support in expanding the accessibility and modernization of the health sector in Africa.
It was also revealed that China will strongly keep on networking Africa through the ongoing "One Belt, One Road" infrastructure development initiative for Africa.
Besides, promotining people to people relations, other possible ways will be implemented to deepen and scale up the existing cooperation into higher level.
China`s foreign direct investment to Africa in the previous year reached about three billion USD, according the Chinese Ministry of Trade.
The two days forum is expected to discuss on China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and pass decisions on various economic, political and structural reforms to address alternative ways to strengthening the investment ties with Africa.
In a briefing he delivered to foreign and domestic journalists, Spokesperson of the CPPCC, Wang Guoqing said China contributed a lot to the global economic development over the previous year.
According to the spokesperson, China's financial support in 53 African countries through the "One Belt, One Road" initiation has reached about 14.5 billion USD.
Wang Yiwei, a Professor at the School of International studies in Renmin University of China said that China is working with full commitment to enhance the infrastructure projects in Kenya, Djibouti, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Nigeria and Ethiopia.
The professor also said, “China is the largest and strategic development partner of Africa” and added that the cooperation with the African countries is a showcase of the south-south cooperation.
Addis Ababa March 04/2017 Twenty-two national political parties including the ruling party, EPRDF reached agreement on the basic agendas of the negotiation.
Having set their primary goals of the final objectives of the negotiation, the parties have come to a consensus yesterday.
EPRDF has invited national parties for dialogue so as to improve their contribution to the national development, following the in-depth reform it has made.
Accepting the invitation, 21 political parties have registered for the dialogue and have been discussing on the modality of the negotiation.
Shiferaw Shigute, executive member of the EPRDF who led the meeting due to agreement reached among the parties earlier, said that all the parties have agreed on five objectives of the negotiation, including on the principle of addressing barriers to multi-party system.
Accordingly, the parties have agreed to use the various issues that will be raised during the negotiation as an input in amending and improving some of the rules that exhibit a short coming.
Shiferaw said that rectifying weaknesses; strengthening the relationship between political parties and their role in peace and democratization; enable the public make knowledgeable discussion, knowing the alternatives proposed by the parties; and contribute to national consensus, are mentioned as agendas agreed by the parties.
The parties set to meet on 9 March, 2017 to discuss and approve on the draft document for the negotiation.