Addis Ababa July 05/2017 The Ethiopian government has reportedly pledged to support the Ethiopian Quality Award Organization (EQAO) so that it could strengthen its effort to ensure quality.
EQAO Board Member and Chairperson of the Jury, Professor Abebe Dinku told journalists, after meeting Prime Minister Hailemeriam, today that the Premier has promised to provide all the necessary support for the organization.
According to him, the discussion focused on ways of making the organization competitive at international level.
The government has been providing support for EQAO, but there is shortage of finance, Professor Abebe said.
The organization is undertaking various activities that would contribute to national development and it has been giving awards to companies categorized under 7 sectors, including construction, higher education, and hospital, among others.
The Ethiopian Quality Award Organization (EQAO) will undertake preparations to give the 5th round award by the end of August, he revealed.
Some 63 companies are expected to participate in the competition to win awards, it was learned.
Addis Ababa July 05/2017 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has urged countries today to recognize the vital role of rural women in freeing the world from hunger and poverty.
Rural women and girls are key agents of change to free the world from hunger and extreme poverty, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at a special side-event on gender equality and women's empowerment on the sidelines of the organization's Conference.
"Their role goes beyond agricultural production and extends throughout the food system but, as we all know, rural women continue to face multiple constraints," he said, noting that they have less access to productive resources and employment opportunities.
He also stressed that women are more affected by the consequences of conflicts and crises.
"During a drought situation, for example, a greater workload is placed on women. In Africa and Latin America, women can spend many hours a day searching for water in times of drought and then need to walk many kilometers carrying a bucket of water on their head," FAO’s website quoted the Director-General as saying.
Graziano da Silva also highlighted the importance of partnerships in supporting rural women.
"Together, we are supporting national governments to implement a global program called ‘Accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women’. This program aims to improve rural women's livelihoods in seven countries, including Guatemala, Nepal and Ethiopia," he stated.
"As a result, more women in these countries have been able to open bank accounts in their own names. More women are accessing credit. And more women are running their own individual businesses," according to the FAO chief.
FAO provides technical support to empower rural women in more than 15 countries, including Rwanda, Belize, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Tunisia.
Addis Ababa July 05/2017 The recognition African leaders gave to former Ethiopian leaders attests to the fact that Ethiopia has been loyal to Africans under all the systems during the past 54 years, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
At a press conference MoFA Spokesperson Meles Alem held today, he said the recognition given to Emperor Hailesellasie and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is an award given to every Ethiopian for their contribution to the AU/OAU.
The government of Ethiopia and the people have been playing pivotal role in hosting the summit without any problem for over half a century, he added.
Furthermore, the Spokesperson stated that African leaders have also recognized and pledged to support Adwa Pan-African University to be built in Ethiopia.
According to Meles, Ethiopia will continue voicing African issues at different forums.
He said that the 29th African Union Summit concluded successful and Ethiopia has made active participation as in any meeting of the continent.
The leaders have successful deliberated on issues of peace and security, migration, AU reform, youth employment, among others, it was indicated.
Addis Ababa July 05/2017 Ethiopia is a key country in supporting the implementation of the policy and strategies of the African Union, AU Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, he said Ethiopia is providing commendable support for the Union in all aspects, including efforts towards fulfilling Agenda 2063 and in areas of finance and a number of reform programs.
Ethiopia is a major and key country in its contributions to African liberation, integration and other areas, he added.
Quartey congratulated Ethiopia for successfully hosting the AU for the last 50 years.
According to the Deputy Chairperson, the heads of government and state have deliberated on AU reform, financing the Union as well as issues of peace and security and migration.
He reminded the parliament of member countries to play their role as they have an input in the full implementation of the AU agenda in their respective countries.
The issue of migration is also a common problem for African Union and they have reached agreement on way of finding sustainable solution.
"The answers to migration, we think is to have steady, sound well managed economies, applying good governance and rule of law to stay with Africa and work with Africa and attempt less and less to get into Europe," Quartey stressed.
Addis Ababa July 5/ 2017 Africa has recorded robust growth with international tourist arrivals and tourism revenues growing at 6 percent and 9 percent respectively each year between 1995 and 2014 over the last two decades.
This was disclosed at the launching of UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa report 2017 today.
The report, which failed short of reporting the years 2015 and 2016, said the years’ report encourages African countries to harness the dynamism of the tourism sector.
By collecting and comparing data from two different periods, 1995-1998 and 2011-2014, the report revealed that international tourist arrival to Africa increased from 24 million to 56 million. The figure is forecast to grow to 134 million by 2030.
Tourism export revenues have more than tripled, increasing from 14 billion USD to approximately 47 billion USD, between 1995 and 2014. As a result tourism is now estimated to contribute about 8.5 percent to the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP), it stated.
Some 4 out of 10 international tourists in Africa came from the continent itself, the UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa report said, adding that data backing these findings show that, contrary to the reception, Africans themselves are increasingly driving tourism demand in Africa.
The first 10 year implementation plan of the African union’s Agenda 2063 aims at doubling the contribution of tourism to the continent’s GDP.
To unlock the tourism potential, African governments should adopt measures that support local sourcing, encourage local entities participation in the tourism value chain and boost infrastructure development, the report recommended.
Addis Ababa July 05/2017 The World Heritage Committee decided to remove Simien National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger in recognition of improvements in its management and of measures taken to reduce overgrazing and visitor impact, UNESCO said.
The Committee welcomed Ethiopia’s commitment in building an alternative road to alleviate the disturbance of traffic on the main road that crosses the property, reduce cattle overgrazing and visitor impact.
Simien National Park is home to extremely rare animal species.
The Committee, gathered in Krakow, Poland for its 41st session meeting, furthermore welcomed the stabilization of the site’s endemic animal populations of, notably, Walia ibex and Gelada baboons.
Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500m.
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978, the site was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1996 due to the impact of a new road across it, excessive cattle grazing, agricultural encroachment and a drop in Walia ibex, Simien fox and other large mammal populations.
The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions, which threaten the very characteristics for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List, and to encourage corrective action.
Typical threats that lead to danger listing include armed conflict, natural disaster, unplanned urban developments, poaching and pollution.
Addis Ababa july 04/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia rejects the negotiation for the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), considering its effect on the economy of the country.
Seven countries including Ethiopia disagreed on the negotiations to fully open their doors for the continental free trade area.
They argued the need to open their doors step by step as it requires readiness in the side of the countries, Hailemariam said during a press conference.
To fully open its doors for the free trade area, Hailemariam noted that it is important that the country need to create a conducive atmosphere that complies with the situation.
In this regard, Ethiopia believes that it is proper to open its doors to the free market step by step since its economy is not ready yet, he said.
"We took a stand on sensitive issues that would bring negative impact on the country and the people, and we are happy that this stand of ours has been accepted by other countries."
"Our decision is to work together and trade with our fellow African countries in areas other than the sensitive issue" Hailemariam underlined. "We are also happy that our difference was respected."
Some 86 percent of the expected 90 percent of African countries have agreed for the implementation the continental free trade area.
In a briefing he gave to journalist on the current progress of CFTA process Tuesday, Niger President, Issoufou Mahadou said the negotiations will continue with the countries that disagree on the implementation to put into practice the CFTA in 2018.
The first phase of the negotiations to be completed by 2017 is focusing on trade in goods and services, while the second phase will focus on competition, investment and intellectual property rights.
In line with the Abuja Treaty and the African Union Agenda 2063, African heads of state and government launched the negotiations for the Continental Free Trade Area in 2015. The target date set for completing the first phase of the negotiations is 2017.