Addis Ababa January 02/2018 Civil societies have vowed to closely collaborate towards preserving peace and stability.
This was revealed during a day-long consultative meeting held today on the role of civil society in preserving peace and stability in the country.
Network of Ethiopian Women Association Director, Saba Gebremedhin complained that women are never included in any of the national reconciliation process. “We all need to change this and make women the main actors in preserving peace and stability,” she underscored.
Peace is not lost only in the presence of conflict, according to the Director, “but most of all during the absence of peaceful communication.”
Inter-religious Council of Ethiopia Deputy Secretary-General, Hulluf Weldesilassie said starting from its establishment seven years ago the council is committed to promote peaceful co-existence and collaboration among religious institutions and communities in Ethiopia.
Noting that the council has continued advocating for peace, all-inclusive dialogue, and reconciliation at regional and local levels, Hulluf said, "understanding the sense of urgency of the situation we are in by stepping up efforts to match the demand for peace is crucial."
Hulluf emphasized that we all need to eradicate mistrust to preserve peace.
Conflict Prevention and Resolution Director General at the Ministry of Federal and Pastoral Development Affairs, Sisay Melese stated that a number of mechanisms were set to handle conflicts and they have paid off; though there still remains much to be done.
Explaining that enhancing the culture for building peace at all times has its fruits, Sisay said “early warning and response mechanisms have to be capacitated”.
He pointed out that “Our educational curriculums should include the essentiality of the culture of building peace and tranquility for a nation to survive and develop.”
Addis Ababa January 02/2018 Charities and societies operating in the country have expressed their commitment to continue supporting the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam held discussion with the charities and societies on how to coordinate future support that the organizations can render.
Chief Executive Officer of Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations, Dr. Meshesha Shewarega said the consortium has so far purchased bonds worth 50 million birr to support the construction of the dam.
He, however, added that their contribution is far less than the huge potential at the disposal of the charities and the societies.
The CEO also noted that the purchase of bonds was so far conducted in a disorganized and haphazard manner, limiting the level of securing the desired support in purchase of bonds.
Dr. Meshesha, who said a total of 3,119 international and local NGOs are currently operating in the country, added that the charities and societies will continue to support the national effort to complete the construction of GERD in a sustained manner.
Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Secretariat Executive Director, Roman Tesfaye said the charities and societies have not raised fund at the desired level although they have been supporting the effort.
The Executive Director said “the people of Ethiopia are the owners of GERD", calling on the charities and societies that have millions of members to scale up their support.
The National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam is expected to conduct extensive discussion with various civil society organizations, government offices and media outlets on further expanding the support to be provided towards the construction of the dam.
Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Dr. Abraham Tekeste, said on the occasion supporting GERD is not only our obligation as citizens but also our share in the duty of contributing towards the construction of the dam.
He added that the objective of charities and societies in fighting poverty could hit its target when they join forces in supporting GERD.
Reports indicate that 63 percent of the construction of the dam has been completed.
Addis Ababa January 02/2018 Ethiopia is among the 17 economies that will grow faster than China in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) this year, according to projections of Price Water House Coopers’ (PwC’s) Global Economy Watch.
The other countries include India, Ghana, and the Philippines, New Telegraph reported.
The newspaper quoting PwC’s analysis added that eight of the ten fastest growing countries in 2018 could be in Africa.
According to PwC’s, China, the world’s largest economy in PPP terms, could grow by 6-7per cent in 2018, slower than previously, but in line with expectation.
New Telegraph further reported that the global economy is set to grow by almost 4 percent this year in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) terms, adding an extra 5 trillion USD to global output at current values.
The firm stated that the main engines of the global economy – the US, emerging Asia and the Euro zone – are expected to contribute almost 70 percent of economic growth in 2018, compared to their post-2000 average of around 60 percent.
PwC said growth in the Euro zone is predicted to be above 2 percent in 2018, adding that it expects the peripheral economies to outpace the core for the fifth consecutive year.
Specifically, it stated that of the larger Euro zone economies, the Netherlands is expected to lead the way with economic growth at around 2.5 percent while uncertainty relating to Brexit is expected to drag on UK growth, which is predicted to be 1.4 percent in 2018.
With the fastest level of growth for several years, 2018 is predicted by PwC to be the most energy hungry on record too.
Almost 600 quadrillion British Thermal Units of energy could be consumed by the global economy in 2018, the highest level on record and double that of 1980, the firm stated, adding that India and China alone are expected to consume 30 percent of global energy.
Despite this, PwC’s outlook predicts oil prices are set to remain broadly stable in real terms, with OPEC and its allies extending its 1.8 million barrels per day supply cut until the end of next year.
The United Nations had in its world economic prospects report launched early last month stated that the world economy is expected to remain stable in 2018 and 2019, maintaining the growth rate of 3 percent in 2017.
Addis Ababa January 02/2018 A restoration program aimed at replacing the temporary shelter of one of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Biete Golgotha Mikael, will start this month, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) disclosed.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, ARCCH Cultural Heritage Conservation Director Hailu Zeleke said study of the project had to pass through critical evaluation from all stakeholders before approval.
The study conducted by international companies was followed by the assessment of Addis Ababa University and experts from the Authority.
According to the Director, the restoration is expected to get finalized by the middle of July this same year.
The rehabilitation project experience of Biete Golgotha Church is a pilot project to restore the other “Wonders of Lalibella,” Hailu revealed.
The U.S Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) program and the World Monuments Fund cover the conservation cost of Biete Golgotha, which is expected to cost about 20 million birr, it was learned.
The temporary shelters of Biete Golgotha and the rest of the Rock-hewn churches were erected in 2008 with an outlay of 10 million Euros by the European Union to protect the heritage sites of Lalibela from damage.
The Director stated that the formation of fractures is one of the main problems causing water to sip into in the monument’s interior rooms.
Recent assessments have also revealed that the shelter is uninviting for visitors and not in tune with the world-class monuments despite its temporary benefit in protecting the heritage from wind, rain and sun.
Hailu urged all stakeholders to exert every support to protect such wonderful heritages sites.
The Director further noted that a conservation work can never be considered a finite operation as it is very important to also constantly monitor situations to assure the efficiency of the solutions applied to the monuments.
The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are among the marvels inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1978.