Hawassa Sptember 04/2017 High-level officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and heads of Ethiopian missions overseas are discussing on last year’s performance of the country in the diplomatic frontier.
While opening the meeting, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said that diplomatic activities carried out over the last Ethiopian fiscal year were successful.
He noted that the work done in the political diplomacy has contributed a lot to the economic growth of the country.
In addition to using diplomacy to enhance development, the country has been applying diplomacy to foster good neighbor relations.
In this regard, Ethiopia is considered as one of the nations in the forefront in conducting extensive diplomacy, he added.
This diplomacy has enabled Ethiopia to maintain strong and peaceful relationship with neighboring countries and contribute to initiatives that aimed to bring peace in Somalia and South Sudan, he said.
Ministry Spokesperson, Meles Alem told ENA that Ethiopia has maintained the strong bilateral and multilateral relationship with governments and international organizations even during the emergency ruling.
According to him, this success displays the effectiveness of Ethiopia’s diplomacy.
Noting that economic diplomacy is at the center of Ethiopia’s foreign relations, Meles said fruitful activities were done in this regard.
Ethiopian missions abroad have been working to lure more foreign direct investment and tourists, create market linkage and enhance technology transfer.
The annual meeting which is being held in the town of Hawassa, which lasts for five days, is expected to thoroughly discuss last year's performance and the 2010 fiscal year plan of the country.
Addis Ababa September 04/2017 Ethiopia will exert utmost effort to successfully fulfill its responsibility as UN Security Council President, the Country's Permanent Representative to the UN said.
Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia and President of the Security Council for the month of September told a press conference in New York that Ethiopia accepted the council's presidency with high feeling of responsibility.
Recalling that Ethiopia was founder of the United Nations, he added that this is the third time that the country is serving as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
There are a number of major events being planned during Ethiopia's presidency in September, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
These include a High-Level Open Debate on the reform of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and the 11th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting of the UNSC and the AUPSC.
The aim of the High-Level Open Debate is to provide an opportunity to discuss the reform of UN Peacekeeping and push forward implementation and follow-up of peacekeeping reforms which should form an important basis for strengthening UN Peacekeeping to make it fit for its purpose in the 21st century.
A number of other briefings and consultations on peace and security issues will also be discussed by the Security Council during Ethiopia's presidency.
The Security Council, in collaboration with the African Union, will conduct meeting in Addis Ababa from September 10-11, 2017.
A partnership and cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations Council is important for the African Peace, a statement from the Office of the Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted
Addis Ababa September 04/2017 Day of Peace was marked today in Addis Ababa as part of the ten-day special events as a prelude to the New Year.
Speaking at Meskel Square where the event was held, Inter-Religious Council Secretary-General Pastor Zerihun Degu said the fast growth registered by Ethiopia over the past decade was made possible due to the prevalence of peace and stability in the country.
The Secretary-General urged the gathering to work hard in accelerating the ongoing development by maintaining peace.
Pastor Zerihun stressed that the nation should work in unison for peace in the coming years as peace is the key to the struggle against poverty and backwardness and to ensure democracy.
South Gondar Parish Pope and Member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Holy Synod, Dr. Abune Aregawi said followers of all religions should speak loudly for peace as it is the foundation for development.
He said the country has made a lot of progress by sustaining peace.
As a result, "we are carrying out various development programs, including education, worship and leading our daily life because of peace in the country”, Pope Dr. Abune Aregawi underlined.
According to him, all the nations, nationalities and peoples have responsibility to sustain peace and stability in the country.
In this regard, he called upon the government and the society to maintain peace in the entire country.
Representative of Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, Hajji Kedir Hussien said religious fathers are responsible to teach the value of peace to the people.
“We are therefore calling upon all to maintain peace of this nation as representatives of Inter-Religious Council”, he added.
According to the event calendar of the 10-day special events, tomorrow will be marked Day of Reading.
Addis Ababa September 04/2017 The number of persons receiving medical services at health service delivery institutions has reached 75 percent over the past decade, according to Ministry of Health.
The Ministry revealed that the number of outpatients who received medical treatment before ten year ago has jumped from 20 million to 75 million at present.
This resulted due to the increase of health posts from 10,000 in 2007 to over 16,000 to date, health stations from 700 to 3000, and hospitals from 93 to 311.
Ministry of Health Policy Planning Deputy Director, Masoud Mohammed told ENA that the ministry is implementing a twenty-year health strategy that is divided in four chapters.
Reduction in mortality rate for mothers and under five children and prevention of communicable diseases was one of the major areas of focus in the ministry.
Major positive changes have therefore been registered in maternal and infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other communicable diseases as well as nutrition
In addition, pre-natal services that stood at 61 percent have now been fully met.
The number of health extension workers has also increased from over 24,000 to 38,000, of nurses from over 16,000 to more than 60,000 and of medical doctors from 2,000 over 6,700.
However, the number of specialist doctors is still low.
Member of Medical Professionals Association, Dr. Yeneneh Getachew said on his part that shortage of specialists is a critical area that requires special attention.
Health Policy Planning Deputy Director Masoud disclosed on his part that in addition to the present 1000 specialists in the country 1,050 have applied for enrollment in the upcoming academic year.
He added that the ministry is implementing a five-year that can solve lack of quality health service delivery system and other hurdles in order to realize the transformation of the health sector.
Addis Ababa September 04/2017 Ethiopia’s year-on-year inflation rose to 10.4 percent in August from the 9.4 percent in July, due to higher food prices, the Central Statistics Agency said.
Food inflation rose to 13.3 percent from 12.5 percent in the previous month, trigger by increase in prices of cereals, the agency said.
Non-food inflation was also rose to 7.1 percent in August from the 5.9 percent in July, mainly due to rise in the prices of chat, clothing and footwear, housing and energy, and household goods and furnishings.
Xiamen-China September 04/2017 Chinese President Xi Jinping urged BRICS countries to uphold global peace and stability, while emphasizing the need to take holistic approach in fighting terrorism.
President Xi made the remark while addressing the BRICS Business Forum, kicked off at the Chinese South East coast city of Xiamen.
President Xi noted that though peace and development underpin and reinforce each other in some part of the world, some issues are posing challenges to the global peace.
"The long road to global peace and development will not be a smooth one which more than 700 million people are still living in hunger, tens of millions of people have been displaced and become refugees, while many people including innocent children have been killed in conflicts”, said.
The global economy is still not healthy enough and remains in a period of adjustment featuring weak grace and economic globalization is facing uncertainty, he said revealing concern.
The intertwine threat of terrorism and lack of cyber security among others have cast shadow on the peace and stability of the world.
The president says "I am convinced that as long as we take a holistic approach to fighting terrorism in all its forms, and address both its symptoms and root causes, terrorists will have no place to hide."
Resident Xi said that the block has faced several challenges and influenced by domestic and global scenarios over the past decade.
The block’s formation, which made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, came with the pledge that would change global economic and governance order.
Inconsistencies within and among BRICS member countries, the growing trend of protectionism against globalization, and the sluggish global economic recovery are among the major challenges that the block has facing.
President Xi says “we expect to reach consensus for actions in support of the multilateral trade system and oppose trade protectionism”, as he opposed the move.
He stressed that the BRICS countries should have come to "a crucial stage where we must work harder to overcome difficulties."
In 2006, foreign ministers from China, Russia, India and Brazil gathered in New York City to officially set up the BRIC consortium. Later in 2010 South Africa joined the block and the ellipsis shaped into BRICS. Ever since this mechanism came into existence, member countries have created tremendous opportunities for the world economy to improve.
President Xi said, though the five emerged economies “have encountered headwinds of varying intensity but the growth potential and growth trends of these countries remain unchanged.”
“In the past decade, BRICS’s combined GDP has grown by 179%, trade by 94% and urban population by 28%,” he underscoring the rising influence of the five countries.
“Global economy has resumed growth, with emerging markets and developing countries delivering a strong performance, a new round of technological and industrial revolution is in the making, and reform and innovation are gaining momentum” Xi expressed potential opportunities of BRICS to the world.
The 100 billion USD BRICS CRA has become fully operational following the inaugural meetings of the BRICS CRA Board of Governors and the Standing Committee in the Turkish capital of Ankara in 2015.
BRICS, therefore, should demonstrate its role as an alternative source of power, derived from the combination of global rising powers that can contribute to the stability of the world order and introduce new rules of behavior, and new rules of cooperation on an international scale.