Addis Ababa July 12/2017 The U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa has expressed its commitment to strengthen peace journalism in Ethiopia.
At a panel discussion the embassy organized in collaboration with the Center for Global Peace Journalism in Jimma University yesterday, Embassy Representative Nick Barnet said strengthening institutions of higher learning with qualified manpower and appropriate media tools and making them work closely with international media is crucial to enhance the growth of the media in Ethiopia.
The embassy will support Ethiopian media outlets by arranging a program on sharing best experiences of international journalists, he added.
Barnet said the recent expansion of FM and community radios will have big contribution to the growth of the media in the country.
Center for Global Peace Journalism Director, Associate Professor Steven Youngblood said on his part the coverage the Ethiopian media give for peace is encouraging, especially in showing the damage inflicted by terrorism.
Further training and experience sharing opportunities will be created for journalists to support their reports with well organized evidences in collaboration with Ethiopian Universities, he stated.
Peace journalism should be free of any agenda and the voice of the voiceless, the Director stressed.
He also urged journalists to heed that their reports are free from any provocative words and anti-peace thoughts.
Students of Journalism and lecturers of Jimma University attended the discussion, it was learnt.
Addis Ababa July 12/2017 The Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom announced yesterday 90 million British Pounds support for family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years.
According to Gov.UK, the program will work with Ministry of Health to give millions of women access to modern, voluntary family planning services across the country.
The program aims to provide 13 million women with direct access to family planning information, support 6 million current family planning users and attract three million more voluntary users, prevent 15 million unwanted pregnancies and 300,000 maternal child deaths, it added.
Furthermore, it will enable over 3,000 health facilities, mostly rural health centers, to provide quality family planning services.
It will also help to establish 100 Quality Assurance Hubs at referral and general hospitals and 10 family planning Centers of Excellence at teaching hospitals.
By providing family planning choices for everyone who wants it, Ethiopia will be able to increase women’s voice, choice and control over their reproductive health, slow down population growth and enhance economic growth, the website stated.
This program is part of the UK’s global leadership on family planning, and was announced as part of a package of UK support around the world at the London Family Planning Summit on 11 July 2017.
Addis Ababa July 12/2017 Substituting imported goods in the public procurement system with local products has helped to save foreign currency used to import the goods, the Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS) disclosed.
The government has taken the initiative few years ago to encourage local producers supply products to government agencies through public procurement system.
The Director-General, Yigezu Daba told ENA that this initiative has brought positive impacts by enabling the country save foreign currency used to spend on imported goods and improve capacity of local producers.
Previously, the institute was issued international bids for all procurements due to lack of sufficient amount and quality of products locally.
Since 2005 E.C, the institute has been purchasing some products from local producers, Ygezu said. Over 2.3 billion USD was saved because of this initiative.
Vehicles, tires, reinforcement bars, elevator, construction materials, toner, stationary materials and furniture among others have been purchased from local producers.
Addis Ababa July 12/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has called on senior government officials who completed training at Meles Leadership Academy to serve the public efficiently and with dedication.
Speaking at the graduation of the 468 senior leaders yesterday evening, the Prime Minister stressed that they should prepare themselves for further struggle in the attempt to solve the problems and issues raised by the public.
He said “we are of the opinion that such training would help the participants to make preparations to pay scarifies needed to deliver better services to the public and thereby enhance the pace of the country’s renaissance.”
The premier added that the training would also help solve the problems that crop up in the journey toward establishing a democratic system and in efforts to effectively resolve unaddressed issues of good governance and democracy.