Addis Ababa July 13/2017 The Constitutive Meeting of the Media Forum of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) held in Niamey, Niger, has elected the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to lead the Media Forum.
Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) is a non-governmental organization established by 47 African political parties representing 35 African countries in the constitutive conference held in Khartoum, Sudan, in April 2013.
According to a press statement issued by EPRDF, the party’s representative at the meeting, Kebede Kassa, commended the confidence the political parties have shown on Ethiopia and its ruling party.
He also reiterated his party’s readiness and commitment to carry out the role of presidency with utmost responsibility.
The Media Forum is an organization for the media cadres of the African Political Parties to advance their profession through updated technologies, discussions on issues of interest and exchange of experiences, it was learned.
On the occasion, Secretary General of Council of African Political Parties (CAPP), Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie explained the need for the establishment of the Media Forum to realize the objectives of the council.
According to him, “the Media Forum should play to correctly introduce Africa instead of the negative perception regularly viewed in particular by the western media.”
The objectives of CAPP are acting as a vehicle of cooperation and coordination between the political parties, promoting the culture of peace and the settlement of conflicts through peaceful means and fighting against poverty.
Addis Ababa July 13/2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Workneh Gebeyehu, who is in the USA to attend the forum on Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, has briefed members of the US Congress and employees in Capitol Hill on Ethio-American relations, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Minister said Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs and National Security Strategy and Policy gives utmost priority to sustained economic growth, building a democratic system and ensuring peace and stability to the benefit of the region.
Ethiopia has become a major investment destination in Africa and the ongoing establishment of industrial parks, mega hydropower projects, linkage in infrastructure with neighboring countries, and hosting of major international and regional summits are also attributes of the sound foreign policy and strategy, he added.
On regional matters, Dr. Workneh said, Ethiopia is very active in the promotion of peace and stability in the sub-region.
The participants have commended the role Ethiopia played in the stability of the Horn of Africa and called for more similar discussions to be held in the future, MoFA’s website stated.
Meanwhile, the Minister met also members of the Senate. He held an extensive discussion with Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations, which is the highest body of the senate in charge of foreign relations of the USA.
Senator Corker on the occasion said Ethiopia and the US have strong ties that date back to more than hundred years, adding that Ethiopia has been a friend of the United States of America.
He commended Ethiopia's contribution to the stability of the Horn of Africa, noting that Ethiopia is an anchor of peace in the region.
Dr.Workneh also met Senator Inhof from Oklahoma and expressed his desire to further deepen Ethio-American ties.
Senator Inhof, who knows Ethiopia for the past 40 years, commended the developments in the country.
The Minister is expected to meet with State Department officials and Senators, it was learned.
Addis Ababa July 13/2017 Guinea is keen to learn from Ethiopia’s experience in the economic sector, Ambassador Sidibe Fatoumata Kaba of Guinea said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, the Guinean Ambassador to Ethiopia said her country has good relationship with Ethiopia, which is among the ten countries that which have maintained fastest economic growth in the world.
Guinea therefore “want learn more from Ethiopia in the economic field”, she said.
Ambassador Kaba stated that her country wants to learn from Ethiopia’s experience because a considerable number of its population lives in rural areas. “So it is very important for us to know how the country is dealing with its agriculture”.
According to her, President Alpha Conde has given instruction to ministers of finance, industry and international cooperation to benchmark Ethiopia’s development experience in various sectors, including agriculture.
Citing the regular flight of Ethiopian Airlines to Guinea thrice in a week since last February, she said it “is a big achievement because before that our business persons suffered a lot in taking long routes to China, Dubai, Singapore. And this was very difficult to them”.
Ethiopian citizens have also started to travel to Guinea to do business and “I met some of them who plan to open Ethiopian restaurant in the country”, she added.
“I am proud of all this because since my arrival here I have been working closely with Ministry of Foreign Affairs to improve our bilateral relationships”, Ambassador Kaba pointed out.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Meles Alem said on his part many African countries want to learn from Ethiopia’s experience.
“A lot of countries wish to create ties with Ethiopia. In addition, many leaders of African countries had the opportunities to visit the country during the 1990s and have expressed their admiration for the development of the country,” he added.
Guinea's economy is largely dependent on agriculture and mineral production. It is the world's second largest producer of bauxite and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold.
Addis Ababa July 13/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia will not rely on any country to launch its own satellite, which would be instrumental in speeding up the overall economic growth.
Hailemariam said at the first ordinary meeting of the Ethiopian Space Science Technology Council on Wednesday, satellite launching programs of the country need to be considered differently when it comes to financial assistance.
Hailemariam, who is the Chairperson of the Council, said Ethiopia will develop and launch its own satellite technology by itself.
The Council that discussed on the proposed 12-year plan for the area, agreed on the need first to formulate policy and strategy that would guide the development of space science technology in Ethiopia.
To realize this, the Council has agreed for the establishment of a technical committee to monitor the progress.
Members of the Council have also agreed on having work guideline and reached a consensus to regularly meet every year.
Similarly, the 8th regular meeting of the National Science and Technology Innovation Council was held on Wednesday.
The meeting, chaired by PM Hailemariam has emphasized the need to prioritize massive human resource development which has been a hurdle to the development of the sector.
Noting that far less of the expected outcome was performed in industry-university linkage in taking large number of internships on the basis of mutual benefits, the premier urged the Council to come up with a legal framework to enhance it.
In this regard, the Ministry of Science and Technology has finalized preparations to open a school for talented and gifted students with exceptional intelligence in science and technology as part of human development.
After discussing on the proposal on the implementation of collaborative research to maximize foreign fund for researchers in the area, Hailemariam emphasized the need to focus on local resources to fund science and technology innovations.
As collaborative researches tends to focus on donor driven projects, they will fail to address social problems and force researchers to focus on interests of donor that may not tally with the basic development needs of the country, Hailemariam indicated.
“To date the fund allotted for research has grown from 5 to 179 million USD and if that is not sufficient we can raise it up to one or two billion, but that is not the real problem as we must ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the researches in alleviating social problems in the country,” the premier stressed.
he council has also came up with a roadmap with some 20 priority areas, which are crucial in minimizing duplication of efforts and loss of resource, with specific focuses on cement, railway, textile and other areas.
After evaluating activities carried out in science and technology in universities, the Council has appreciated the preparation of launching 65kg Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, the progress of Assembling Integrating and Testing (AIT), and the completion of feasibility study on launching a satellite for communication and broadcast.
Addis Ababa July 12/2017 Corruption is undoubtedly the most pressing governance and development challenge that Africa is confronted with today as its debilitating and corrosive effects reverse hard-won developmental gains and threaten progress, stability and development of the continent, AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said.
African Anti-Corruption Day, which is dedicated to giving prominence to the anti-corruption fight on the continent, was observed yesterday.
According to AU press release, Chairperson Mahamat “noted with appreciation that the dedication of a specific African Continent’s fight against corruption marks an important step towards the Africa we want to see.”
He further emphasized the “need to wage an aggressive fight against those who practice corruption and institutions that benefit from the proceeds of corruption to restore public trust in our institutions on the continent.”
The Chairperson urged all member states of AU, that have not yet done so, to ratify and accede to the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) in order to solidify the continent’s political commitment towards a corrupt free, citizen-driven, democratically governed Africa, as envisioned by Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.