Addis Ababa July 15/2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu called for joint efforts to combat terrorism, since it has become a global threat, according to a press release the Ministry issued to ENA.
In a speech he delivered to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS that took place in USA, Workneh said the international community should join hands against terrorism, since it is not an issue to be dealt by few countries.
He also reaffirmed Ethiopia’s stance to continue working to fight terrorism jointly with different countries and international organizations to.
The Minister has also recalled that the terrorist group had slain 30 Ethiopians in Libya a few years ago.
International coalition aimed to deter terrorism helps to exchange experiences in controlling terrorist activities and network along border areas and build capacity of countries in this regard, he said.
The Global Coalition against ISIS was formed in 2014 by the U.S. with the objective of decapitating and ultimately defeating the terrorist group.
The Coalition is composed of 72 member countries including nine African nations committed to the goals of eliminating the threat posed by ISIS.
Addis Ababa July 15/2017 President Mulatu Teshome said efforts exerted to rehabilitate Ethiopians who are returning from Saudi Arabia should be done in a sustainable manner.
While receiving a committee established by the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sector Associations (ECCSA) to rehabilitate returnees, the President emphasized that permanently rehabilitating them should be the center of the support intended to be provided by the business community.
The support from the business communities should focus on provision of training and consultancy to enable them attain self-sustenance.
Noting that the poverty reduction policy of the country will provide employment opportunities, the president emphasized the need to develop skill of returnees to use these opportunities.
He mentioned the textile industries being expanded in the country along the development of industrial parks as one of employment opportunities.
President of ECCSA, Solomon Afework briefed President Mulatu about the willingness of the business community to support the returnees.
The committee pledged to organize fundraising program to provide financial support for the returnees, provide trainings to enable them engage in income generating activities and consulting who have financial capabilities.
Addis Ababa July 15/2017 Fall armyworm has the potential to affect over 300 million people in Africa, who directly and indirectly depend on maize for food, according to International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).
Speaking at a two-day workshop held in Addis Ababa Director of Research and Development at ICIPE, Dr. Sunday Ekesi said “Across Sub-Saharan Africa it is estimated that over 13.5 million tons of maize valued at 3 billion USD is at risk from fall armyworm in the next year.”
Noting the importance of conducting a collective action to curb the spread of fall armyworm in a sustainable manner, he said “research organizations, government institutions, farmers’ organizations, private sector must combine our resources and our shared commitment to safeguard food and health of our communities in Africa.”
Developing the integrated pest management is of paramount importance to control the pest in safe, environmentally friendly, affordable and effective manner, he elaborated for the meeting gathered to discuss ways of preventing the pest.
Representatives of international and regional research institutions, private companies and countries affected y the pest were discussing means of prevention and control at the workshop held under theme: ‘Fall Armyworm Workshop for East Africa’.
The pest has spread to more than 25 African countries, with devastating impacts on over 1.5 million hectares of maize and other cereals, it was learned.
Ethiopia is one of the affected countries. Out of the total 2.4 million hectares land covered with maize in six regional states about 455,081 hectares of land was attacked by the pest.
Some 85 percent of affected land has been treated with pesticides and handpicking.
ICIPE Country Head in Ethiopia Tadele Tefera said “the impact of fall armyworm is high. Million of framers have been affected, millions of households have been affected, and how much yield to be reduced by this armyworm is yet to be determined.”
It is require regional action to manage the pest as it transcends borders he said, adding development partners, research institutions, among others need to join hands to stop the spreading the pest.
He stated that the workshop will create opportunity in sharing experiences, awareness creation among the participants on the control of fall armyworms.
Addis Ababa July 14/2017 Even if Ethiopia has made impressive gains in family planning during the past years, the country’s population that is over 100 million is likely to double again in the next 35 years, weakening its aspiration to reach middle income status by 2025.
This was stated at a joint press conference held by Jo Moir, Head of Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, and Minister of Health Professor Yifru Birhane.
Despite the progress made, Ethiopia’s population has doubled in the last 25 years from around 50 million in 1991 to 102 million in 2016, Moir added.
According to the head, the country’s population is likely to double again in the next 35 years if the current fertility trend continues.
By providing family planning choices for everyone, Ethiopia would be able to increase women’s voice, choice and control over their reproductive health, slow down population growth and enhance economic growth, Moir elaborated.
“With better access to comprehensive family planning, women can take control of their lives, finish their education, get better jobs and in turn provide for smaller, planned families,” the head stressed.
The United Kingdom, through DFID, has announced today its new Family Planning by Choice program, which will provide 90 million British Pounds of support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years.
Health Minister Yifru said on his part the UK government has been supporting Ethiopia for long time in different sectors, particularly in family planning services.
Over the last two decades the support the nation has obtained from UK has brought significant contribution to the health service delivery in terms of strengthening and health service delivery development, the Minister stated.
According to him, family planning is one of the main pillars in the economic growth of both developed countries and developing world.
“As a developing country, we are hoping to bring about trajectory economic growth. So we need to scale up the family planning services we are able to achieve with contraceptive prevalence rate from about 5 percent to thirty five percent,” he pointed out.