AddisAbaba September 09/2017 The special events that have been organized over the past few days to welcome the Ethiopia New Year were successful, the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said
In a press briefing he gave here today, Minister of GCAO, Dr. Negeri Lencho told reporters said the events have achieved their goals.
Ethiopia has been hosting special events to welcome its New Year by recognizing the achievements that the nation has gained over the past decade in various starting from 1September 2017.
The 10-day special events will be concluded on Sunday – eve of the Ethiopian New Year.
As the public has managed to own the agenda, the events organized for the past eight days have become successful, the minister said.
The events are also aimed at showing the direction for the upcoming years where the nation should be heading in order to achieve its vision of becoming middle income economy by 2025.
Regardless of different challenges facing the country such as drought, the nation has managed to register strong economic growth, he said.
In addition to the economic growth, development endeavors launched in various areas and a lot of activities that benefit the public have been carried out over the past years.
He mentioned the inter-party dialogue which intended to enhance the process of democratic system building as one of the successes.
The Minister said that the efforts towards development of mega projects in power, road and other areas are displaying the future development of the country.
The government of Ethiopia is working with the public to make the coming years a time for Ethiopia’s glory, Negeri said.
AddisAbaba September 09/2017Ahigh-level delegation of the African Development Bank (AfDB), financier of the Addis Ababa - Nairobi - Mombasa road project, visited the progress of the project in the Ethiopian side.
Though the road was expected to be completed this year, the project is going well Executive Director of the East African Constituency of AfDB Nyamajeje Calleb Weggoro said
“The project is going well. We have witnessed some sections that have already completed and some are making progress. We haven’t gone very fine expectation as the original plans but a lot of mobilization has already done in fact,” he said.
Noting the road project from the Kenyan side has completed a year ago, the Executive Director said “I hope the section remain on the Ethiopia side will also be done quick enough, so we will complete the corridor to connect the two countries as planned with the schedule.”
He said the “We can say that this project is regional project which as you know it will connect the two countries, basically it will connect the East African region.”
As Ethiopia is one of the countries least connected in the region, the Executive Director noted that “now it is being connected with excellent road facility.”
The project will promote trade between countries the East African Community and also enhance integration.
He added that the Ethiopian government is doing its work excellently for the implementation of the project.
Chief Transport Engineer Ethiopia Country Office, Mumina Wa-Kyendo said the project that of the total 700 km Hawassa-Moyale road, the 300km Hageremarima-Moyale road has already completed.
Noting that the road between Hawassa and Hagerimariam has delayed due to various reasons, he expressed hope that it will be finalized by the end of 2018.
The construction of the project is part of the efforts by the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya to improve trade and regional economic integration between the two countries and socio-economical development in the region.
Up on completion, the road connects Ethiopia and Kenya and will enable Ethiopia access the Mombasa port for its import-export trade.
The Addis Ababa-Nairobi-Mombasa road project is an important section of the Cairo-Cape town trans-African highway, which will traverse nine African countries.
Addis Ababa September 09/2017 The National Veterinary Institute of Ethiopia is preparing to manufacture veterinary drugs to substitute imported drugs, an official said.
The Institute, the sole veterinary vaccine production center in Ethiopia, will start to produce drugs at the end of this year, Director General of the Institute Dr.Marta Yami told ENA.
The infrastructure of the Institute, which well developed, has attracted the Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Control Center (PANVAC) and enable it get the responsibility to produce and supply vaccines for preferential trade area countries of Eastern, Western and Southern Africa.
The drug manufacturing plant which costs over 100 million Birr is expected to start trial production by the end of this year, the Director General said.
“So far we have been focusing on the delivery of vaccines to the animals affected by diseases, but now in line with the institutional responsibility entrusted to us by the government in GTP-II we are getting ready to embark on producing veterinary drugs”., the director general noted.
Ethiopian Veterinary Association President Dr. Bewuket Siraw slightly differed on the issue stressing that the institute should give more emphasis to producing vaccines rather than drugs.
There are a number of options that could be implemented in controlling animal disease of which the production of vaccines is one.
The Institute has been producing some 21 kinds of vaccines which he said play a crucial role in improving the health of the country’s livestock resource.
Noting the important role that the Institute played in the area, he insisted on the need for the Institute to continue to focusing on vaccines.
Despite successes in vaccine production, the Institute has been challenged by price hikes on raw materials and disparity between supply and demand among others.
Using state of the art equipments and materials appropriate for modern research and production techniques, the Institute with the production capacity of 200 million doses per year, exports vaccines to over 26 African countries.
Disease Prevention and Control Director at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Alemayehu Mekonen agrees on the aspirations of the Institute in producing drugs in addition to vaccines.
“We are not importing vaccines, the national veterinary institute is capable of producing wide quantity and quality vaccines even for export beyond local consumption”, he said.
The Institute is contributing a lot to the country’s efforts in controlling diseases that would seriously affect the production and productivity of livestock and negatively impact on the quality of hides and skins.
The vaccines produced by the Institute are used in campaigns aimed to eradicate some animal diseases the regional campaign against goat and sheep PPR (peste des petis ruminnat), he added.
There will also be a continental campaign which will be followed by a global eradication program that is already scheduled for the coming ten years.
“But on our side, we have already started it before two years, specially focusing on pastoral communities especially in Afar, Somali, Borana corridor and also some parts of South Omo”, he added.
According to Mesfin Taddese Marketing and Case Team Coordinator at NVI, vaccine sale has been increasing from time to time and the demand is equally in the rise.
“During the closed Ethiopian budget year, we produced some 265 million doses of vaccines and distributed across the country. Furthermore, we planned to export 37 million doses but managed to sold 32 million doses and earned 1.1 million USD”
By the end of the second five-year Growth and Transformation Plan period, the Institute has planned to increase vaccine production to over 351 million doses.
Established in Bishoftu in 1964, the institute produces vaccines mainly for cattle, goat, sheep, donkey, camels and dogs.