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Addis Ababa September 08/2017 Ethiopia’s meat industry has been attracting new investors from various countries, according to the Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute.

The sector has been steadily growing and domestic and foreign investors are showing interest, Director-General of the institute Hailesillasie Wores told ENA.

Currently, companies from China, India, France and Pakistan are engaged in the sector mainly meat processing.

Some 12 modern abattoirs including Luna, Organic, Aksheker and Mojo Modern Export are among the companies operating in Ethiopia with various execution capacities.

Companies from China, Morocco, South Africa and India have shown interest to in the industry.

Frigorifico Allana, part of the Allana group which is the largest agri business group in India, is among the new comers. It is a leading manufacturer and exporter of processed food products ranging from processed meat, processed fruit pulp, spices and pulses among others.

Despite huge potential in the sector, the country benefits little from export of meat and dairy products. Last year, over 104 million USD in revenues have obtained which shows slight progress compared to the previous year.

The performance of the sector during the first two year of the GTP-II – the second five-year development plan- the country has obtained  207.4 million USD from the planned 266 million USD.

To properly utilize its livestock resource, the country is working to expand its market destinations as Dubai and Saudi Arabia are the main destinations for Ethiopia’s meat export.

 “Earlier in the year, there was shortage of market linkage, but now Qatar, Kuwait, Bangladesh and Vietnam are among the new market destination we have entered this year”.

This year, the institute has planned to work hard in bringing development to the sector by attracting more companies and enhancing human resource development.

According to Hailesillasie, the institute will work to attract 20 companies to the country to improve the benefits of the country from the sector. The country plans to obtain 180 million USD from export of meat.

Enhancing the development of human power in the area in collaboration with universities and technical and vocational colleges is the other area that the institute will engage this year to fill the gap in manpower.

Efforts are being underway to start undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the sector, in two institutes, Hailesilassie said. Meat, milk, fish and honey processing and processing technologies are the areas to be covered by the courses.

Shortage of livestock supply and market destination are among the major challenges of the sector, Hailesilassie said, adding efforts are being exerted to ease the problem.

Mojo Modern Export Abattoir Technical Manager Dr. Saleamlak Abnew agrees that shortage of livestock supply is hindering companies from becoming fully operational.

Despite the huge livestock resource in the country – estimated to be the leader in the continent- there is a shortage of supply.

This situation is creating unfair competition which led to inflated prices, he told ENA in a telephone conversation.

Referring to the company’s last year performance, the manager said that the shortage is hindering its company from achieving its goal.

Despite the plan to earn more than 26 million USD, Mojo Modern Export Abattoir earned 21 million USD – low not only compared to the plan but also the previous year’s performance.

He emphasized the need to diversify areas that supply live animals to companies engaged in the sector, since all abattoirs are currently getting from few suppliers.

The Manager pointed out that more needs to be done by the companies themselves by opening their own ranches to permanently solve supply and quality problems.

By solving challenges facing the sector, Ethiopia aspires to obtain 1.4 billion USD from export of over 92,000 tons of meat by the end of GTP-II.

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AddisAbaba September 08/2017More work needs to be done to financially support peace missions in Africa, UNSC President for the Month of September said.

Briefing journalists at the conclusion of the two-day consultative meeting between the AU Peace and Security Council and UN Security Council today, Meeting Co-Chair Ambassador Tekeda Alemu said there is lack of convergence of views within the Security Council about financing AU authorized peacekeeping missions.

Therefore, the Security Council needs to do more work to finance peace missions in Africa, he added.

Besides, the joint consultative meeting has discussed about partnership between UNSC and AU Peace and Security Council, and post conflict peace building in Africa.

The two sides have reached understanding to strengthen their partnership.

According to the Co-Chair, the council members had useful discussion about post conflict peace building in Africa, which has been going on for 11 years now. Under post conflict peace building in Africa were discussed Somalia and South Sudan.

There is a broad convergence of views on both Somalia and South Sudan, Ambassador Tekeda said, adding that the meeting observed that Somalia is getting into a new phase after the establishment a new government. 

However, the fact that AMISOM is not getting the necessary support was raised very passionately from AU Peace and Security Council, the Co-Chair pointed out.

The South Sudan Peace Agreement in 2015 needs to be protected and implemented, and revitalization of the process will support this.

Co-Chair Mmamosadinyana Molefe said on her part the South Sudanese parties should commit themselves to the peace process.

“The peace process cannot succeed if you have continued violence and fighting. For negotiation and for discussion to take place, violence has to be stopped”, she underlined.

The AMISOM and Multi-national Task Force in the Lake Chad Basin have done great work and they have managed to degrade the terrorist activities of Boko Haram in the basin, she stated.

The Co-Chair said the situation in Lake Chad Basin is multidimensional because of Boko Haram and terrorist activities which have impacted on socio-economic development activities in the area.

The United Nations Security Council and AU Peace and Security Council have been working closely on the Lake Chad Basin countries to find solutions.

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Addis Ababa September 08/2017The United Nations Security Council and Peace and Security Council of the African Union are discussing on how to bring lasting peace in Somalia, South Sudan, and Lake Chad Basin.

While opening the joint consultative meeting held in Addis Ababa, UNSC President Ambassador Tekeda Alemu of Ethiopia emphasized the importance to strengthen the cooperation and joint work between UNSC and AUPSC.

Noting that the two councils are key organs for the promotion and maintenance of international and regional peace and security, he urged the need to forge the cooperation.

The joint consultative meeting has served as a platform for the councils to address common peace and security threats facing Africa and the international community.

In addition to the consultative forum, Tekeda said “The two councils should explore measures that could further strengthen their cooperation and working relations including field visits and the harmonization of their respective programs of works”.

UN Representative to the AU, Haile Menkerios said the UN Secretariat and the AU Commission are focused more than ever on early and sustained engagement in conflict prevention management and resolution.

Regarding peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Haile said AMISOM and its troop and police contributing countries have played crucial role in advancing peace and security over the last ten years.

“Without their effort and sacrifices Somalia would not be where it is today,” he added.

According to Haile, predictable, adequate and sustainable funding arrangements for AMISOM need to be addressed as a priority.

Speaking on situation in South Sudan, the Representative said, as the signatories to the August to 2015 agreement have not implemented it in earnest, the intervening years have led to even deeper divisions among the leaders of South Sudan.

“Massive displacement, pervasive food insecurity, and ongoing human rights abuse are sowing the seeds of conflict and instability for years to come” he said.

Noting the efforts by IGAD to bring the parties to a ceasefire agreement, Haile said “IGAD will need close support from and greater coordination between AU and UN to succeed.”

He asserted that the UN will continue to closely work with the AU, IGAD and the international community to support initiatives towards peace in South Sudan.

Regarding the situation in Lake Chad Basin, Haile recognized the troop contributing countries for the efforts and sacrifices in the fight against Boko Haram and bring the crisis to an end.

Noting that the solution for this crisis is not only military, the Representative highlighted the need to implement “the seven-pillar strategy developed by the UN to address the root causes of the situation”.

Chairperson of AUPSC, Mmamosadinyana Molefe noted that importance of partnership between the two councils recognizing that nearly 75 percent of the agenda of UNSC is on matters relating to peace and security in Africa.

Saying that this year’s consultative forum is taking place at better time, the Chairperson said “This is an exceptional window of opportunity to innovatively reflect on the best ways and means of how we can together implement the AU Master Roadmap in solving some of the conflict situations on the continent”.

The 11th joint consultative meeting that kicked off today in Addis Ababa is expected to come up with solutions for the conflict situations in Somalia, South Sudan and Lake Chad Basin.

 

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Addis Ababa September 08/2017 A business delegation from Shandong Province of China, led by the province’s Vice Governor, Wang Shujian is in Ethiopia to assess investment opportunities.

The companies that are part of the delegation are interested to engage in urban and infrastructure development, manufacturing spare parts and tourism sector.

After discussing with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Vice Governor Wang Shujian told reporters that the visit came as per the agreement reached between the leaders of Ethiopia and the province last May to encourage more Shandong companies to invest here.

Shandong was among the provinces visited by the Prime Minister in May and reached agreement to further enhance the flow of FDI to Ethiopia through China’s Go Global policy and support the country’s efforts in the expansion of industrial parks.

“During the visit of the Premier in May, we were reached an agreement to promote trade and establishments of industrial parks in Ethiopia and also to boost up agriculture and infrastructural programs”, he stated.

The visit is focused particularly on discussing with high level officials on how to encourage more companies, he said. “We have a very practical discussion just now and I believe more Shandong enterprises and investors would come to the local market of Ethiopia.”

“I have a great expectation and great confidence in the future of our cooperation”, he underlined noting that the visit is part of the implementation of the agreement reached between the two sides.

During the discussion, PM Hailemariam briefed the delegation about Ethiopia’s favorable atmosphere for investment, which attracts anchor companies from all over the world.

The Premier pledged to extend support for those companies that are desirous to engage in the country`s prioritized areas, according to a high level official who attended the meeting.

During PM Hailemariam’s visit to China, the two countries have advanced their partnership into the highest level and consensus was also reached with four provinces including Shandong to enhance cooperation in trade and investment.

 

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Friday, 08 September 2017 19:32

Prof. Tekalign Mamo of Ethiopia Dies Aged 61

Addis Ababa September 08/2017 The distinguished soil scientist and former Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture, Professor Tekalign Mamo has passed away at the age of 61.

Professor Tekalgn has passed away abroad while receiving treatment. His body is expected to arrive on Friday in Addis Ababa.

His funeral will be held on Saturday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the presence of high-level government officials, his colleagues and family members.

Professor Tekalign is a graduate of soil chemistry from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

He served as Vice President of Haremaya University, State Minister of Agriculture, Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Agriculture of Ethiopia from 2004 to 2010.

The late Tekalign published more than 75 research articles and books on soil chemistry and fertility and crops, among others.

He was also the founder and chief editor of Natural Resources journal of Ethiopia while also working as lecutrer in both local and international Universities.

He received several awards for his contribution, including the 2014 African Green Revolution Yara award and a FAO Special Global Ambassadorship role for 2015 International Year of Soils.

The Professor was also recognized by the American Biographical Institute through the Swiss Trans-disciplinary award.

The soil scientist benefited some 11 million farmers who were involved in small scale farming through his studies on soil fertility and conservation of natural resource. He received the Norman Borlaug award for this contribution.

Professor Tekalign has been serving as General Director of an international fertilizer factory based in Morocco till his death. The late Tekalign survived by two daughters.

 

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Addis Ababa September 07, 2017 Some 12 opposition political parties have created a coalition that will enable them to negotiate with the ruling party EPRDF.

 The agreement signed by the political parties will presumably create good relationship among the parties and forward organized and strong negotiation points.

In a press conference they held here today, representatives of the parties said the agreement will have crucial role in bolstering the multi-party system in the country.

Secretary-General of All Ethiopian Democratic Party, Zemenu Molla said the coalition will entertain strong ideas that make practical application of democracy possible well beyond theoretical concepts.

 He also said the coalition will enhance mutual respect, understanding and tolerance among the parties, and ensure upper hand in proposing ideas by setting agendas based on knowledge and information during the negotiations.

All Ethiopian Unity Organization Vice President, Mulugeta Abebe said the government and opposition political parties should be committed to widen the political space and let citizens be led by the party of their choice.

He added that unless the political space is widened his party will either boycott or withdraw later from the election that will take place in Addis Ababa Administrative City.

Ethiopian Democratic Party President, Dr. Chane Kebede said on his part the coalition will supplement the negotiation meant to discuss implementations of all laws, including the constitution.

According to him, the ongoing negotiation based on the principle of give-and-take is progressing well.

The coalition will have a significant role in discarding any law that hampers the formation of strong political party by stifling democracy and adding others that enhance democracy.

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Addis Ababa  September  07, 2017 Sugar factories which will become operational this budget year fully meet the domestic demand, Minister of Public Enterprises disclosed.  

This was stated on the sidelines of a consultative forum held today on strengthening effective collaboration between ministries of Industry and Public Enterprises.

Public Enterprises Minister, Dr. Girma Amente said there are encouraging improvements in the production of sugar, though we are late by two years in meeting the plan to export sugar.

“Of course we are late, but we are leaping forward,” he stressed.

According to the Minister, the recent export of sugar to Kenya was mainly meant to assess the market for future venture.

Yet, Dr. Girma said, meeting the demand for fine sugar will take some time as the demand is huge and requires the investment of foreign and local companies that are interested in investing in the country.

He revealed that import of sugar, which was 300,000 tons of sugar last Ethiopian year, has dramatically fallen to 50,000 tons.

Of the 370 public enterprises at the start, there are only 20 that would be privatized gradually, it was learned.

“Government has set a clear direction that inefficient and incompetent public enterprises will not receive any protection,” Dr. Girma underlined.

Meanwhile, participants of the forum have urged in-depth research on the best possible ways of utilizing byproducts of sugar, fishing, incense, and others.

 

 

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