Addis Ababa July 07/2017 The House of People’s Representatives has endorsed four draft proclamations and referred one to the pertinent standing committee today.
The endorsed proclamations were on railway transport administration, vital events registration and national identification card, establishment for Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, and coffee marketing and quality control.
The House referred the draft public-private partnership proclamation to the pertinent committee for further scrutiny.
HPR has approved over 320 billion birr budget for the new Ethiopian fiscal year.
Addis Ababa July 07/2017 Ethiopia, which has large agricultural population and rich heritages, needs to strengthen inter-sectoral linkages between tourism and agriculture in order to improve value supply chain in rural areas, according to UNCTAD.
Chief African Section Research and Policy Analysis at UNCTAD, Junior Davis told ENA despite the strong growth of the tourism sector, work need to be done to benefit communities in rural areas that has huge potential in the sector.
“I think that tourism has grown very strongly. If we look at air passenger transport and air passenger transport revenues, Ethiopia is one of the strongest performers on the continent.”
Ethiopian airlines – the major air traffic hub for the continent plays crucial role in this regard. It is one of the strongest players in the region, the expert assured.
In nine months of the last Ethiopian fiscal year, tourism sector has enabled the country to generate a sum of 2.7 billion USD from the 712,111 visitors.
In Ethiopia, contribution of tourism to the GDP is higher at 10.6 percent, according to the 2014 UNCTAD report. The African average during the reported period was 8.5 percent.
More could be done to strengthen inter-sectoral linkages between tourism and agriculture particularly in terms of getting farmers into tourism value supply chains.
By doing so, Ethiopia would manage to minimize its spending on imports in the sector and will be able to provide employment and income generation opportunity for its own people.
Tourism provides decent jobs which are accessible both to women and men and precisely with less relatively low entry barriers into the sector, according to UNCTAD.
Tourism is very labor intensive. Between 2011 and 2014, it generated 21 million jobs - 1 in 14 jobs - in the continent, while in Ethiopia it creates on average 1 million jobs.
“The countryside is fantastic many of my own countrymen live here because they love the culture, the rich diversity, the food and the climate”, he affirmed.
This rich diversity in culture, food and climate is a good opportunity for Ethiopia’s tourism sector, he said.
“I think it has a lot to offer for tourism destinations not only just business but also for leisure and for ecotourism and for cultural tourism especially for cultural tourism” he underlined.
Ethiopia, the Land of Origins, has named as the world’s most welcoming country by global followers of Rough Guides recently, a publisher that provides up-to-date content for travelers.
Ethiopia has set a target to secure seven billion USD in revenues from tourism by the end of the second five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period in 2020.
Addis Ababa July 07/2017 Ethiopia is closely following the crisis in Gulf countries and the tension between Djibouti and Eritrea, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said.
Responding to queries raised by members of House of People’s Representatives today, he said “we are not only following the situation, but are also mindful of the fact that our country will play a role in helping to resolve the problems peacefully.”
According to him, the crisis will also affect countries of the Horn of Africa as the development is more intertwined with peace, security and development of the Horn, with its proximity to the Red Sea littoral countries.
Horn countries need to work together to exploit the opportunity to ascertain sustained peace in the region, Hailemariam added.
He stressed that “Ethiopia holds a firm position that the issues should be resolved peacefully and calmly."
The Premier stated that Ethiopia supports the initiative taken by Kuwait to resolve the crisis through peaceful dialogue.
“We have been pushing the countries to resolve the problem quickly, not only by ourselves but also through the African Union and IGAD, which are also supporting a swift solution of the problem through peaceful negotiations and dialogue,” the Premier revealed.
Speaking about the border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti, the PM said Ethiopia has the position to resolve the dispute peacefully.
Furthermore, Hailemariam said IGAD member states have asked AU to follow the dispute and AU is following the situation closely.
He underlined that international institutions should also play their part to resolve the conflict peacefully.
Djibouti has accused Eritrea of occupying the Dumera area shortly after 450 Qatari peacekeepers withdrew from the territory.
Following this, the IGAD Council of Ministers urged the African Union to fill the vacuum created in order to expedite the demarcation and the delimitation of the border of Dumera and the Island of Dumera to avoid any escalation of conflicts between Eritrea and Djibouti.
Addis Ababa July 07/2017 The House of People's Representatives has approved over 320 billion birr budget for the upcoming Ethiopian Fiscal Year.
Of the total budget, 114.7 and 117.3 billion birr are allotted for capital expenditure and budget subsidy for regional governments respectively.
Some 7 billion birr will be utilized for sustainable development goals (SDGs), while 81.8 billion birr is allocated to regular expenditure.
The budget reveals a 53.9 billion birr deficit, which is planned to be obtained from domestic loan which in turn will play its role in stabilizing the macro economy.
Priority areas, including infrastructure, education, agriculture, water, health and rural electrification, constitute 61.8 percent of the total budget.
The share for regional governments’ subsidy amounts to 36.6 percent of the total budget, registering a 16.9 percent rise from the last fiscal year.
The approved budget has grown by 9.6 percent when compared to that of the last fiscal year.
Addis Ababa July 07/2017 Ethiopia is playing an exemplary role for the economic integration of Africa, which the African Union has aspiring to achieve, said participants of 29th African Union Summit whom ENA talked to.
Ethiopia, a strong advocate of Pan-Africanism since its beginning, has intensified its efforts for the realization of the integration, said the participants.
Kenya's Foreign Minister, Amina Mohammed said Ethiopia has long been optimistic towards the creation of one Africa.
In this regard, the country has been widely engaged in the development of power and transport infrastructures that would connect it with countries in the region.
Saying that Ethiopia is pursuing on infrastructure development that would help integrate East African countries, the Minister mentioned infrastructure networks aimed to link it with Kenya through road and air transport as a model.
Chair of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Business Council, Dr. Amany Asfour on her part said Ethiopia is exemplary as it is working in the expansion of infrastructure that integrate it with neighboring countries.
Ethiopia is constructing roads and railways that interconnect it with neighboring countries and the rest of the world, she added.
The development of the infrastructures is making trade and other interactions between Ethiopia and other countries easier.
Because of the low level of infrastructure, intra trade remains low in Africa. The African share of the 287 billion USD from world's annual trade does not exceed 22 billion USD, it was learned.
Initiatives by member countries such as Ethiopia towards expanding this limited infrastructure are expected to change this reality.
Economic Affairs Commissioner of AU, Dr. Anthony Mothae Maruping said Ethiopia's import-export trade is rising every year. It has exported an average of 623 million USD worth of commodities over the past ten years.
He attributed the success to the priority given by Ethiopia for infrastructure development, which increased the link with neighboring countries and the global market, he said. The ongoing infrastructure development projects that are already under construction will further expand the trade tie.
Spokesperson of Minister of Foreign Affairs Meles Alem said Ethiopia believes that Africa can attain its ambition with regard to integration only if it first interconnects itself with infrastructure network.
It is Ethiopia's firm stance that development of infrastructure networks that allow smooth trade relations among African countries is critical for future integration.
In this regard, it is working to on development of infrastructure networks that would facilitate the way for the economic integration, Meles said.
Ethiopia is working to be connected with Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan through road, railway and air transport as well as telecommunications and power connections.