Addis Ababa August 03/2017 The 17 national political parties, including the ruling party EPRDF have continued negotiations on the Proclamation for the Registration of Political Parties today.
Media Committee Chairperson of the Negotiation and Deputy Chairperson of Ethiopian Democratic Union (EDU), Gebru Berhe told ENA that the parties have discussed Articles 1-31 of Proclamation No 573/2008.
According to Gebru, the political parties in the closed door meeting they held have agreed to raise the minimum number of founding members for the formation of a country-wide political party from 1,500 in the proclamation to between 2,500 and 5000.
Similarly, the parties have agreed to raise the minimum number of founding members for the formation of a regional political party to 1,500 from 750 the proclamation provides.
However, the parties have yet to fix the exact minimum numbers for the formation of both country-wide and regional political parties, he added.
The parties have discussed about including an Article on strengthening political parties through financial support with appropriate guidelines to be prepared through further discussions.
The proclamation on the establishment and registration of political parties which was under discussion for the past two days is one of the 12 agenda items agreed upon for negotiations.
It is to be recalled that the national political parties had agreed to conclude their negotiation within three months.
The parties will meet on the 8th of August, 2017.
Addis Ababa August 03/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has met with Vera Songwe, the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), today.
During the discussion, the Premier said Ethiopia recognizes the contribution ECA in conducting various researches on Ethiopian economy that can be useful for other African countries.
Hailemaraim also appreciated the efforts ECA, AU and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have been making to reduce poverty in the continent.
The Prime Minister promised to provide support for the new Executive Secretary during her tenure in Ethiopia.
Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said “we talked about Africa’s development at the time when global economic change is taking place and the opportunities ahead of the continent in energy and agriculture, among others.”
Songwe added that the officials discussed about climate change and how Ethiopia has been leading the green economy endeavor of the continent.
Furthermore, she stated that the two sides have exchanged views on ways of making Africa a middle income continent.
According to the Executive Secretary, ECA has the privilege to be working with the government of Ethiopia on economic transformation agenda, industrialization as well as resource mobilization.
“We are looking forward at working with the government of Ethiopia on how to accelerate growth and ensure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, she said.
Vera Songwe was appointed early this year by United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, and takes over from former Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes.
Addis Ababa August 03/2017 United States announced today more than 169 million USD in humanitarian assistance to support those experiencing the effects of prolonged severe drought in Ethiopia and Kenya.
This additional funding, including nearly 137 million USD in Ethiopia and nearly 33 million USD in Kenya, brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Ethiopia and Kenya to more than 458 million USD in Fiscal Year 2017, according to a USAID press release.
With this new funding, the United States is scaling up emergency food assistance, while providing specialized nutrition supplies to treat malnourished children, and also furnishing safe drinking water and essential health services, the press release added.
An estimated 7.8 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance throughout Ethiopia, where the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) signals that, without immediate and sustained assistance, food insecurity could reach catastrophic levels for some families in the worst-affected areas.
In addition to Kenyans affected by the drought, the United States is also providing support for refugees in Kenya who have fled drought and conflict in their own countries.
Besides severe hunger, acute watery diarrhea is spreading in drought-affected regions, which presents a deadly triple threat of hunger, malnutrition, and dehydration, in addition to the displacement of affected populations, the press release stressed.
Humanitarian needs are also growing in Kenya, where an estimated 2.6 million people are acutely food-insecure, and malnutrition is on the rise as drought conditions persist.
Addis Ababa August 03/2017 Office of National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of GERD disclosed that it has collected 1.2 billon birr for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in the just-ended Ethiopian fiscal year, revealed.
It plans to generate 1.5 billion birr from the public this Ethiopian fiscal year.
According to the office, it had planned to collect 1.8 billion birr last fiscal year and secured 1.2 billon birr.
Some 1.1 billion birr was collected from domestic bond sales and donation, 129 million birr from the Diaspora, and 29 million birr from various income generation activities, the report indicated.
Since the launching of the project in 2012, over 4.7 billion birr was raised by public servants and private employees and the Diasporas contributed more than 783 million birr.
To date, the public has contributed more than 10 billion birr for the construction of the dam.
Deputy Prime Minister and Chairperson of the National Council, Demeke Mekonnen said public servants and the public have rendered immense contributions towards raising fund for the construction of the dam but more fund could have been raised by carrying out agitations based on the interest of the public.
He stressed that it is possible to collect more revenue by properly managing and accelerating community mobilization from federal up to kebele level.
National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of GERD Secretariat Director General, Roman Tesfaye stated that more than 58 percent of the construction of the dam is completed.
Some 28,000 persons from all walks of life, including the Diaspora, ambassadors, students and members of the armed forces have visited the project site of the dam, she added.
Moreover, extensive catchment management has been conducted through the participation of more than 19 million citizens to prevent the dam from being filled with silt.
Addis Ababa August 03/2017 A Chinese business delegation drawn from six companies is exploring investment opportunities in building low-cost houses and industrial park as well as generating power from waste in Ethiopia.
Delegation leader He Liehui, Chairman of Touchroad International Holdings Group, held talks today with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn.
The Premier, who described the visit as an extension of the strategic partnership of the countries, assured the companies that all the necessary support will be provided for them in line with Ethiopia’s investment policy which was revised four times in the last two decades in favor of investors.
The delegation leader, He Liehui, said the companies want to set up waste treatment plant to generate power and also build a lot of low-cost houses around industrial park.
According to Liehui, though the companies are interested to engage currently in these areas they are more than interested to invest in other fields too.
The delegation leader stated that Ethiopia is a very big country with very big population, and the government is very serious to develop the economy.
Noting the strong political commitment of the government and other opportunities, Liehui said “we believe Ethiopia will grow fast and we don’t want to miss this opportunity to involve and grow together”.
Large number of population, good and applicable policies, and a strong political will of the government are among the advantages that the companies considered in exploring investment here.