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Addis Ababa March 9, 2017 President Mulatu Teshome received credentials of newly appointed ambassador of six countries to Ethiopia.

The newly appointed ambassadors of Senegal, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Sri Lanka and Malta are tha ambassadors who presented their credentials.

Speaking at the occasion, President Mulatu said that Ethiopia will continue to work with the countries to further enhance diplomatic relationships.

The country will strive to strengthen cooperation in bilateral, continental and global peace and security, trade, investment, infrastructural integration, technological and knowledge transfer, he added.

The president pledged to extend the necessary support to the ambassadors so as to enable them heighten bilateral ties.

The newly appointed ambassadors for their part reiterated commitment to boost bilateral relations in trade & investment, education, health, infrastructural integration and diplomacy.  

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Addis Ababa March 9, 2017 A Chinese manufacturing tycoon announced that it plans to bring 100,000 new jobs to Ethiopia and make the country become an international manufacturing hub.

Chinese footwear producer Huajian Group President, Zhang Huarong reportedly said that “by building factory in Ethiopia, our company has created significant fiscal revenue for local authorities and offers more opportunities for citizens. In return, we have enjoyed cheaper production costs and preferential land policies”.

Opened in 2012, the shoe factory has become a major enterprise here in Ethiopia.

According to the website of the newspaper People's Daily Online, the president said “I would like to create 100,000 jobs for the African country, and make my company a 10 billion USD enterprise.”

The humming production line has created job opportunities for 6,000 locals, the president said at a seminar held by Center for China and Globalization yesterday.

The company has also helped the country obtain more foreign exchange, as its products are favored by many western companies, the president indicated.

Huarong added that though the company’s business in Ethiopia is thriving there are still obstacles hindering its development, including a lack of familiarity with the local people.

President, Zhang Huarong, who denounced the Western media for propagating neocolonial accusations against China,  stated that Chinese companies have not only helped to spur the development of local economies but also brought advanced technologies and management concepts to the continent, offering African nations the opportunity to reshape their economic structure.

He stresssed that more favorable policies be made for Chinese enterprises in Africa in an effort to help more people enjoy the benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative. 

The Belt and Road Initiative is a development strategy and framework that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily between China and the rest of Eurasia, which consists of two main components, the land-based "Silk Road Economic Belt" (SREB) and oceangoing "Maritime Silk Road" (MSR). The strategy underlines China's push to take a bigger role in global affairs and its need for priority capacity cooperation.

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Addis Ababa March 09/2017 Ethiopian Airlines announced that it will be part of the annual Global Greening initiative of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2017. 

As part of the "Greenification of the World" campaign launched by the Irish Tourism Board 8 years ago, Africa’s first Ethiopian A350 will join a string of world landmarks in this campaign, according to a press release of the airline.

According to the press release, Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airline is “proud to join the world global landmarks for St. Patrick’s Day greening Africa’s first A350 XWB, our latest and game changing flying machine”.

The A350 is among the notable landmarks in Ethiopian’s 70-year history, with which Ethiopian has pioneered the extra effect to the African continent, it was indicated.

The CEO pointed out that “this collaboration is a continuation of the long standing social, cultural and economic collaboration between Ethiopia and Ireland.”

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Addis Ababa March 09/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said his government has been implementing various programs that would help to protect the rights of women who travel abroad to seek employment.

Addressing a gathering of women’s representatives drawn from all regions to mark the International Women's Day, the Prime Minister said efforts are underway to prevent the abuse of women and protect their rights while they are travelling to various countries to seek jobs.

He added that a study is underway to advise Ethiopian embassies abroad to prepare temporary shelters for women before they are ready to move to their place of work.

He added that Ethiopia will not allow citizens to travel to countries with whom Ethiopia has not signed official agreements relating to employment, Hailemariam underlined.

He also said that women who have not completed elementary school or have not graduated from technical and vocational training schools are also not allowed to travel abroad for employment.

The government has already concluded agreements with designated Gulf countries with the intention of minimizing human rights violation. 

 

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Addis Ababa March 09/2017 The United Nations called for empowering and educating women and girls to reach gender equality in the work place while marking the International Women's Day.

In messages for the Day and events around the world, senior UN officials reflected on the significant impact of women's participation and contribution to the global economy, and international goal of reaching 50-50 equality in employment around the world by 2030.

Secretary-General António Guterres noted that leadership positions are predominantly held by men, and “outdated attitudes and entrenched male chauvinism” are widening the economic gender gap.

“Around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women's rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices,” the Secretary-General said.

He underscored that denying women and girls their rights “is not only wrong in itself; it has serious social and economic impacts that hold us all back.”

Closing the gender gap, for example, would add 12 trillion USD to global gross domestic production (GDP) by 2025.

In her message, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, decried the lack of opportunities for women and girls, saying “too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities.”

She called for construing a different world of work for women: “As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science,”

This change needs to start at home and in the first days of school, and include adjustments in parenting, curricula, educational settings and cultural stereotypes propagated in entertainment and advertising.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said women and girls must be ready to be part of a digital revolution and study science, technology and math if they are to compete successfully for high-paying new jobs.

In her message, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said equality lies in destroying stereotypes. It “lies in ridding the media and collective imagination of prejudice by highlighting the women scientists, artists and politicians who are moving humanity forward in all fields,” Irina Bokova said.

She called on governments to invest in education and training, and allowing women to exercise their own choices when it comes to their bodies and their lives – just as men do.

Bokova  said “Everywhere, women and men are determined to change things, to denounce discrimination and demand genuine equality, and we must support and accompany them.”

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