Addis Ababa August 07/2017 Close cooperation of Ethiopia, Confederation of African Football (CAF), and Fédération International Football Association (FIFA) is crucial to boost Ethiopia’s football, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said.
Following his meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this afternoon, the President said “everybody recognizes that Ethiopia is a very historical country and we all know the Ethiopian CAF President [Yidnekachew Tesema].”
Speaking about the facilities he visited in Addis Ababa, Ahmad said “the government of Ethiopia has been investing a lot of money for football."
The President, however, stressed the importance of close cooperation of regional and international bodies to improve Ethiopia’s football.
He said “the government of Ethiopia, CAF, and FIFA have to work very closely to help the federation; and the federation has to be strong to manage and organize football in this country.”
According to Ahmad, “the government is very ready and they have already started acting. I am sure that we can work together and do something for the youth in this country.”
PM Hailemaraim said on his part that Ethiopia has been working to develop football by particularly building international standard stadiums, among others.
The Premier, who noted that Ethiopia was one of the founders of African football, added that the government has therefore given priority to the sector to regain its status and build healthy citizens.
He has urged CAF’s President to consider Ethiopia on continental activities, including hosting tournaments and conferences.
Ahmad became the seventh CAF President in the body's 60-year history during the March 2017 election which was held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa August 07/2017 Resident Ambassadors in Ethiopia appreciated today Ethiopia’s role in stabilizing the Horn of Africa, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Ministry Spokesperson Meles Alem said the ambassadors have recognized that Ethiopia has been playing a crucial role in stabilizing the region and Horn of Africa.
The ambassadors were briefed today about the lifting of the state of emergency by the House of People’s Representatives last Friday.
They have reportedly appreciated the relentless efforts being exerted by the government and the people of Ethiopia in ensuring peace and stability in the country and beyond.
In this regard the lifting of the state of emergency would further enhance the government’s effort in peace building and increase cooperation with various stakeholders.
The ambassadors have pledged to provide support for Ethiopia in its effort to further enhance the democratization process and called on the government to maintain sustainable peace in the country, Meles elaborated.
While briefing the ambassador, Government Communication Affairs Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said Ethiopia is committed to continue to be a linchpin for stability in the region, no matter the challenges.
The painstaking follow up of the Command Post on the fulfillment of the necessary requirement for law and order has resulted in the lifting of the state of emergency that lasted for ten months, he added.
“We are grateful to our partners for their understanding and patience during our predicaments in the past ten months. We are highly appreciative of your confidence on our leadership ability to overcome the crisis”, Dr.Negeri said.
He noted that it is regrettable that dearest lives were lost, but Ethiopia has come out of this turn of events with a much sober approach to tackling the economic and social malice that have resulted in unnecessary enfoldment of anti-peace elements.
According to the Minister, Ethiopia has shown to its foes and friends that the democratization process is built on a solid ground.
Therefore, the government leaves no stone unturned to address the issue of good governance, sustainable and equitable development as well as democracy, he pointed out, further stressing that "you have a strategic partner to count on in this part of Africa."
Addis Ababa August 07/2017 Some 60 percent of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is reportedly completed.
Chairman of the Ethiopian Electric Power Management Board and Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael has visited the civil, hydro and electromechanical activities of the dam.
After the visit, Dr. Debretsion has conferred with officials of the two contracting companies and the consultant about the ongoing activities of the dam.
The Board Chairman noted that the civil and mechanical works of the dam are progressing at same pace as in the dry season during this rainy season. He appreciated the caution made with regard to flooding. He also lauded the commitment of the workers and contractors who are fulfilling the responsibilities entrusted upon them by the public and the government.
Stating the effective execution of the construction of the dam, Dr. Debretsion added that the power generation chapter is closer.
Power generation will begin within two years as disclosed by the government last week, he recalled.
Activities have been geared accordingly to meet the plan, the Chairman said.
The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam kicked off six years ago.
Addis Ababa August 07/2017 Somali officials are here in Addis Ababa for a week-long visit to share Ethiopia’s best practices in Federalism.
The experience sharing is expected to benefit Somalia in its endeavor to exercise federalism system.
Ministry of Federal and Pastoral Development Affairs (MoFPDA) State Minister, Mulugeta Wuletaw said the delegates will be briefed on how the system and the relevant institutions operate.
Through federalism Ethiopia has managed to build a democratic system that embraces scores of nations, nationalities and peoples who live in harmony and administer themselves, he added.
The country has also managed to enable these nations, nationalities and people live peacefully together by maintaining unity in diversity, according to state minister.
Above all “we are promoting and nurturing the culture of peace that we maintain and will pass on to the new generation and beyond. We are very happy to share with you what we have and are ready to learn from your experience,” Mulugeta told the delegation.
Somalia’s Internal and Federal Reconciliation Ministry Permanent Secretary, Abdullahi Mohamoud Hassen said on his part his country chose the federal system in order to rehabilitate and resurrect itself from the over twenty year crisis.
According to him, strengthening further the federal system would have significant contribution for Somalia’s peace.
He added that the federal system is the option that will help demolish terrorist entities once for all through peace protecting process.