Addis Ababa January 10/2018 A nationwide conference that publicizes the activities carried out in connection with the establishment of Adwa Pan African University and establishes the way forward will be held from January 15-16, 2018.
Speaking at a press conference held today, Adwa Pan African University Steering Committee Chairperson Bitew Belay said the conference will discuss about the solidarity of the Ethiopian people and their commitment to preserve the historic effort in protecting the country.
The contribution of each citizen towards the establishment of Adwa Pan African University will also be discussed in the conference, he added.
Steering Committee member, Associate Professor Ayele Bekerie said on his part the conference will discuss national unity and the solidarity in fighting against colonialism.
Adwa Pan African University will serve as a cultural centre for study about Africans, he added.
The university will begin work by offering courses in social sciences, humanity and ICT when it becomes operational after two years, Associate Professor Ayele stated.
This initiative to establish the university came from concerned Ethiopians and was endorsed by African leaders, it was learned.
According to Associate Professor Ayele, the university will also be an institute which would focus on researches related to Africans' interests.
The foundation for Adwa Pan African University was laid by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and President Yoweri Museveni on April 24, 2017 at Adwa town.
Addis Ababa January 10/2018 The United Arab Emirates will support Ethiopia's economic development, according to UAE's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
This was disclosed during the meeting held between Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan today.
According to the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said UAE is keen to prop up Ethiopia's remarkable economic trajectory by giving particular weight to the infrastructure sector of the country.
He specifically expressed the commitment of the UAE Government to speed up the finalization of Gedeo-Lemlem road in Oromia Regional State.
Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu praised UAE's concern to buttress the economic growth in his country adding that his Government is committed to further heighten the bilateral ties by mapping out new areas of cooperation.
In related news, the Minister said Ethiopia will take part in United Arab Emirates Expo 2020.
Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu told Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy that Ethiopia will participate actively in the exposition, a press release of the ministry stated.
Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy said on her part that the expo is a good opportunity to connect the United Arab Emirates with the entire world.
It will also be a good opportunity for Ethiopia to introduce its culture, history, and investment potential.
Addis Ababa January 10/2018 Huge number of armaments that were to be smuggled into Addis Ababa was intercepted over the last two months, the National Security Council has disclosed.
In a press briefing he gave to journalists today, Head of the Secretariat of the Council Siraj Fegiessa said the intercepted armaments include about 270 Kalashnikov rifles, and 200 pistols, 66,000 round of bullets.
Siraj, who is also Minister of Defense, said that the weapons were intercepted at the checking points of Assosa, Metema and Togowuchalie.
By smuggling the weapons into the capital, the plan was to aggravate the prevailing situation by inciting unrest and armed conflict, Siraj pointed out.
Regarding institutions of higher learning, Siraj said activities aimed at ensuring peace and stability at the institutions has bore fruits, referring the resumption of learning process at the universities.
Siraj said the investigation being carried out on the cause of the conflicts and individuals who fuel the clashes will continue in collaboration with the public.
He appreciated the initiative and participation of the public in helping security forces intercept the smuggled weapons as well as efforts towards ensuring peace and stability.
Regarding allegations against members of the defense force of killing innocent people, Siraj said the rumor is baseless.
Siraj said the accusations against the Defense Force known for its discipline are just “rumors that are never supported with a single evidence”.
According to him, these rumors are fabricated stories aimed to tarnish the image of the Defense Force, which has got good recognition at the global arena for its commitment and respecting the rights of people.
Addis Ababa January 10/2018 The House of People's Representatives has approved a proclamation that bans the adoption of Ethiopian children by foreign families.
The newly amended Family Law Proclamation will enable children to grow up in Ethiopian culture, custom, social values and practices of their birth place.
The previous proclamation allowed orphans and children vulnerable to extreme poverty to be adopted by foreigners. But this exposed the children to various crimes and social crisis in the country they grew up, it was learnt.
It also made the adopted children vulnerable to identity crisis, psychological problems, and violation of rights.
The proclamation was thus amended to ease such problems.
The revised proclamation encourages local adoption, family reunification and reintegration that will enable children to grow up in the midst of their fellow citizens, it was pointed out.
It was highlighted during the discussion that the existence of many NGOs working in the area and the initiation of fellow Ethiopians to adopt children has created opportunity to amend the proclamation.
Meanwhile, the House has also approved the proclamation on the merger of the federal judicial services training centre and the legal and justice systems research institute.
The two governmental institutions are reorganized as “the federal Justice and Legal Research Institute.”
In addition, the House approved federal electronic signature proclamation that encourages electronic trade and electronically supported governmental services