Addis Ababa February 07/2018 Hungary has re-opened its embassy in Ethiopia today.
During the re-opening ceremony, Hungary's Foreign Affairs and Trade State Secretary Dr. Csaba Balogh said Hungarian and Ethiopian relations are based on mutual benefit and respect.
“Hungary wants to trade more and intensify the political relations,” he added.
Ethiopia is a strategic partner to Hungary in maintaining regional security in the Horn Africa, Balogh said, adding that “Ethiopia is an ally in fighting terrorism, people smuggling and illegal arms trade.”
The State Secretary lauded Ethiopia’s effort in hosting more than 1 million refugees by providing shelter, protection, job and training opportunities.
Recognizing the economic and social development of Ethiopia over the past decades, he said “our efforts are centered on technology, and knowledge transfer as well as innovation, mostly through supporting the small and medium enterprise sector.”
It is to be recalled that the Hungarian embassy in Ethiopia was closed in 1992.
Addis Ababa February 07/2018 The Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) ranked among the top world aviation training centers.
The Academy got the recognition by Aviation Voice, a global aviation news provider engaged in ranking of aviation training centers all over the world, a press release from EAA said.
Some 18 calibrated performance indicators that would provide the most comprehensive and balanced ranking were used for the ranking.
The Academy is an ICAO designated Regional Training Center of Excellence hosting ICAO courses. It is also working to become an IATA Regional Training Partner.
The over six decades old Academy is a world class Aviation Training Center equipped with state-of-the-art and best in class training equipment and technology offering full range of Aviation Training Programs.
Addis Ababa February 07/2018 The Ethiopian flower industry is flourishing, with the help of government incentives and low labor costs, the leading floriculture magazine "Floriculture" revealed.
According to the magazine, Ethiopia is now the second-largest flower exporter in Africa, with over 100 flower growers on 1,700 hectares of land.
“We are now second in Africa only to Kenya, and we expect to overtake them soon, "it quoted Berhanu Ludamo, Promotion and Information Service Head of Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association as saying.
“Ethiopia earned 250 million USD from horticulture export in 2014. The amount is expected to increase this year due to the expansion of horticulture farms.” Berhanu added.
The area will grow to 3,000 hectares, the head said, adding that Fontana Flowers will begin operation of its horticulture farm in Ethiopia at the cost of 11 million USD.
Fontana Flowers has leased 100 hectares of land at Wenjeta and Wegelta kebeles 20 Km from Bahir Dar in the Amhara Regional State.
Currently Fontana, which has hired 1,300 employees, is clearing land for growing roses and for warehouse construction. The company will exclusively grow different cut rose varieties.
It will first start growing on 65 hectares, with target revenue of 95.9 million USD a year.
The company will export to the traditional markets in the Netherlands, but it also has other direct markets in the Middle East. Four horticulture companies are already in operation in Bahir Dar.
Three other India-based companies have acquired investment licenses and land to engage in the horticulture sector.
Some 90 hectares of land is allocated to the companies with expected export revenue of 4.1 billon birr, he stated.
With the number of companies engaged in the flower exports currently reaching 90, more than 1,442 hectares of land are under flower cultivation countrywide. The horticulture sector in general has developed above 12,552 hectares of land, according to data obtained from Ethiopian Horticulture Development Agency (EHDA).
In the coming five years the revenue is projected to increase to 550 million USD, according to Berhanu.
Climate is a major competitive advantage. Parts of the country south of Addis Ababa are 2,000 meters above sea level, and this makes it an ideal environment for floriculture, Shiferaw Mitiku, a researcher and agricultural marketing consultant in Addis Ababa explained.
“The export-oriented agricultural policy, attractive incentives, macro-economic stability and cheap labor constitute the competitive edge for the Ethiopian flower industry,” he said.
According to Ethiopian Investment code 2001, flower growers are offered “a five-year tax holiday, duty free imports, access to bank loans and farm lands as well as a 100 percent exemption from payment of export customs duties.
The competitive advantages are attracting foreign flower growers. “They are coming from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and from Ecuador,” the researcher said. The Netherlands, which is the world center of the flower trade, is also investing in local flower farms.
Addis Ababa February 07/2018 The House of People's Representatives has endorsed today the appointment of 9 management members of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia.
The appointment of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and 7 Board Members was endorsed with 2 votes against and 2 abstentions.
Woizero Samia Zekaria was appointed Board Chairperson, and Ato Demoze Mame Vice Chairperson.
Kesis Belay Mekonen, Woizero Yeshihareg Damte, Professor Feteen Abay, Woizero Tsehay Menker, Ato Tekalegn Gebreselassie, Ato Jemal Mohammed, and Ato Habte Fchala were appointed members of the board.
The House appreciated the gender composition of the board which consisted of 4 women.
The Board Chairperson Samia Zekaria told ENA that she will work hard to ensure free electoral system in the country.
She also vowed to be impartial, just, and loyal to the constitution.
Woizero Samia Zekaria has been serving as Ethiopia's Ambassador to Nigeria since 2016.
Addis Ababa February 07/2018 A delegation of People to People medical group has discussed today its plan to establish Cancer Center of Excellence in the Black Lion Hospital with President Mulatu Teshome.
Following the discussion, Representative of the group Dr. Enawgaw Mehari said the aim of establishing the comprehensive cancer care is to save time and reduce excessive expense of patients travelling abroad.
The establishment of the center will provide well equipped radiologists, pathologists, and other health experts, among others, he pointed out.
Executive Director of Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society, Wondu Bekele said on his part "we have agreed to identify and provide well planed details that contain expected responsibilities from the government, NGOs and the public.”
President Mulatu said the government is ready to provide support for People to People since the project fits well with the strategy of the government on health sector.
Praising the commitment of the group, the President urged them to exert maximum effort for the realization of the project.
People to People, which was established in 1999 by the Ethiopian Diaspora members drawn from various countries, has over 55,000 members worldwide, it was indicated.
Addis Ababa February 07/2018 A fertility clinic that "provides the highest standard of infertility treatment across Asia Pacific and Africa" was inaugurated in Addis Ababa today.
The India-based Nova IVI Fertility Clinic will offer services related to infertility treatment for both men and women, including fertility evaluation, ultrasound monitoring, counseling and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Nova IVI Fertility Clinic Chief Operating Officer, Vinesh Gadhia, told ENA that the clinic is going to provide "world-class treatment" with the same quality and standard given in Europe or any other branches at fair price.
The clinic was inaugurated in the presence of Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and professionals.
Gynecologists and Obstetrician, Dr. Mekonnen Negash said physicians in the area would no more send couples for fertility test abroad as the treatment can be given in the clinic.
The service will bring new technologies to the sector, knowledge and experience sharing as well as job opportunity, he added.
Upon going fully operational the clinic will have over 70 employees, it was learned.
Nova IVI Fertility Clinic has branches in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania in Africa.
The prevalence of infertility rate in Ethiopia is estimated to be 20 percent of the population in the reproductive age struggle to conceive a child naturally.
An increasing number of couples suffer from infertility owning to disorganized lifestyle, unhealthy habits, and growing incidence of other diseases like obesity, cancer, late marriages, mental and physical stress, among others.