Bishoftu February 1, 2018 The AU Continental Vaccine Bank, which is located at the Veterinary Health Institute in Bishoftu, was inaugurated by AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat yesterday.
During the occasion, the Chairperson said African livestock resources development needs to be enhanced by injecting modern technologies and research outputs to increase benefits from the sector
The inability to get the proper benefit from the animal resource is due to the fact that the sector is now only at take off stage, he added.
The vaccination bank is significant to accumulate and store veterinary vaccines in their international standard in quality and quantity.
According to Mahamat, the vaccination bank and the modern technology cooperative laboratory will contributes greatly to improving livestock productivity, ensuring food security, and providing nutritional needs and benefiting producers from the sector.
The Chairperson said the AU is committed to strengthening the vaccine bank's financial, technological and capacity building efforts and thanked the Ethiopian government for the support.
He also noted that the contribution of livestock to the continent should be further supported by technology and research to enhance the benefit earned from the sector.
State Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Mesrak Gashaw said the veterinary bank is in reality because of African Union's material, professional and technical support.
In addition to designing and implementing livestock development policies and strategies, the Ethiopian government is working to organize various animal health institutions and research institutes, she added.
African Agricultural Rural Economy Commissioner Joseph Lioley said it is necessary to work hard to combat various diseases affecting animals and elevate the income that is expected from the sector.
Addis Ababa February 1, 2018 Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA), the largest aviation academy in Africa, has graduated 14 aircraft technicians from Nigeria, Tanzania and Cote D’Ivoire.
The technicians graduated after successfully completed classroom and on-the-job training on Q-400 and B737 aircraft from one to six months, the press statement the Academy sent to ENA said.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Solomon Debebe, Managing Director of EAA said, “As part of our pan-African Airline, the aviation academy needs to build skilled man power in the African continent. Today’s trainees are models for this objective. I also believe that the training they attended would be contributing positively towards their performances as they return back home.”
The trainees have extended their gratitude to the Academy for the professional service rendered to them.
They also pointed out that their stay at the Academy was fruitful, warm and very educating.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy expressed its expectations to receive more trainees from these and other countries in Africa in the months to come.
Addis Ababa February 1, 2018 A job creation project for potential migrants in Addis Ababa, returnees and Eritrean refugees, which aims at contributing to Stemming Irregular Migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia (SINCE), was launched today here in Addis Ababa.
The two-year project with over 61 million birr budget is financed by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa.
Among the direct beneficiaries of the project are 1,500 potential migrants and returnees, and 200 Eritrean refugees, according to the press release of SINCE.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Addis Ababa Bureau of Finance and Economic Development Deputy Head Girma Gidi said the project is expected to support the ongoing development process of alleviating the challenges with the lives of potential migrants and returnees in Addis Ababa, especially migration prone sub-cities.
The project areas in Addis Ababa are Arada, Addis Ketema, Kirkos, and Yeka sub-cities, while the value chain areas are leather construction and metal, it was indicated.
The Deputy Head said the project "is invaluable for it is in line with the Second Growth and Transformation Plan for which youth employment is a high priority as well as manufacturing development, especially in leather, construction, and metal work sectors."
Consortium Coordinator for the project, Sara Worku said, "Our project is entitled Job Creation for Potential Migrants in Addis Ababa. So whatever we are doing, it has to contribute to the overall Stemming Irregular migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia (SINCE) program."
The overall goal of SINCE is to contribute to the reduction of irregular migration from northern and central Ethiopia by improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable population, including potential migrants, and returnees with specific focus on youth and women.
Addis Ababa February 1, 2018 Ethiopia has successfully hosted the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union, which was attended by more that 10,000 delegates, 49 heads of state, the UN Secretary-General, and Arab League officials, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During his briefing to journalists today, Foreign Affairs Spokesman Meles Alem said the session was peacefully conducted due to the strong commitment of the Ethiopian government and the public.
Close to 680 journalists from all over the world covered the event.
According to Meles, the capacity exhibited by Addis Ababa as Africa's center for diplomacy and political affairs was demonstrated by the successful conclusion of this summit.
Ethiopia has also played a significant role for the success of AU agenda by forwarding constructive ideas that contributed to the success of the summit, he added.
The country has achieved successful results from the summit in diplomatic relations, image building, political and economic aspects, the Spokesperson stressed.
"Most of the leaders started their speeches by praising Ethiopia as the heart and the gate way to Africa. The summit also attracted a large number of leaders and international organization representatives. This in turn helped the Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister to hold discussions with over 30 head of states, the UN Secretary-General and other representatives of organizations", Meles added.
Ethiopia's contribution to peace and security in Africa and the entire world was also recognized, the Spokesman stated.
"There were three great events that have reflected Ethiopia as the anchor state for peace and security of Africa. The IGAD summit on South Sudan, the successful meeting of the leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, and the UN, African Union and IGAD meeting on South Sudan were successful in showing the country's role from this perspective," he explained.
Meles also pointed out that many countries have shown interest in working with the Ethiopian Airlines to strengthen their aviation industry.
The 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union was held from January 22-29 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.