Addis Ababa February 09/2018 The Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has received the Export & Import Cargo Transportation Award in China on February 7, 2018.
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, Africa’s largest cargo operator, received the award at a Customers Symposium organized by Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport,
The Ethiopian Airlines told ENA that top 10 international cargo carriers, domestic cargo carriers and cargo agents took part in the symposium.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said “As one of the strategic business units under the Ethiopian Airlines Group, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has been registering remarkable growth and success in implementing our ambitious strategic road map, Vision 2025.”
He said “It is playing a leading role in supporting China – Africa investment and trade ties by availing critical air connectivity.”
With state of the art cargo terminals in its main hub in Addis Ababa, it is capable of accommodating one million tons annually.
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has eight dedicated freighters with another four on order.
Currently, it flies to 44 global freighter destinations globally covering five continents and is supporting the import-export of the continent.
Ethiopian has 13% share of the total international cargo transportation at Bayiun International Airport, according to the Ethiopian Airlines.
Addis Ababa February 09/2018 The first well-equipped African leather and leather products testing laboratory in Ethiopia is training experts from the continent and testing products from South Africa, Sudan, Rwanda, and Botswana.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Leather Industry Development Institute Communication Director, Berhanu Serjabo said experts from the four countries have been receiving training.
“…African countries are coming here to benefit from the institute through various ways like sending their experts for training and getting tested their products in our laboratories”, he added.
The Director stated that the institute has 3 well-equipped internationally recognized laboratories: Physical, chemical and instrumental. The physical lab has 2 units that test lather and leather products separately.
A leather sample that used to be sent to England to be tested for 500-1000 USD per piece is now tested in our own laboratories, Berhanu said.
According to him, the institute has managed to introduce the locally discarded sheep skin, wanke, to the export market.
Similarly, the institute is working on camel skin that will also be introduced to export market, it was learned.
The institute provides consultancy services for 14 local companies on problems related to skin preservative methods and use of technologies and supports through testing the leather samples for their conformity to standards.
The Director pointed out that the institute is also working with renowned international institutions in areas related to quality of skin.
Leather Industry Development Institute was awarded ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Systems Certification from the International Organization for Standardization in February 2016, after successfully passing an audit by the certifying body.
Addis Ababa February 09/2018 Ethiopia loses over 840 million US dollar from the post harvest loss of four crops, a study conducted by jimma University has revealed.
Post harvest professor at Jimma University and leader of the study team Ali Mehamed told ENA that the study focusing on reasons of post harvest loss and the solutions was conducted on wheat, maize ,Sorghum and Haricot beans.
He said the study has covered 14 woredas of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern regional states and engaged farmers, harvesters, merchants, consumers and researchers.
“The study shows that there is a high loss of products /yields/ in the country in quantity and in quality so that it will affect the country’s economy. But even if we try to protect this problem by using small technologies, we can minimize it,” the professor added.
According to the study the country is losing over 840 US dollar and 1.4 hectares of land from the post harvest of the above four food crops.
The professor pointed out that the impact of this loss is not only economical it will have a problem related to health caused by the low quality of food crops that are not properly managed.
“Our loss is not only economical; we are also facing human health problems due to low quality of these food crops, we will forced to cut trees to regain the wasted amount of crop and this leads to expand deforestation,” he stressed.
The study shows that sorghum has the highest post harvest loss which is about 30 percent and the average result of the four crops is 25 percent.
Lack of awareness, strategy, and shortage of trained man power, technology and financial problem are among the main causes of the problem indentified by the study.
The professor said the study recommended establishing an independent office under the ministry of agriculture and natural resources which will responsible for coordinating and following the issue attentively.
He also said private investors, universities and other study institutions have a good role in identifying the cause of the problems and introducing new technologies.
Ethiopia is working to reduce the level of post harvest loss from 20 percent to 5 percent by 2020.
Addis Ababa February 8, 2018 Some 47 Ethiopian immigrants who were detained in Mozambique returned home last night.
The Ethiopians have been detained in Mozambique for attempting to cross the border illegally to South Africa.
The immigrants returned through the joint effort of the Government of Ethiopia and the International Organization of Migration (IOM).
One of the immigrants, Assefa Shure, said "we experienced a lot of unbearable hardships on our way. I vividly recall the traumatic experience on the journey. The Ethiopian people need to learn from us."
"We stayed on a boat for 16 day with no food. After this, we will teach every Ethiopian not to undergo the same ordeal”, he stressed.
The other immigrant, Samuel Derilo, said, “We have to understand what we have passed through and learned. We have to be ready to work in our country."
He said they were 69 when they left and 40 were died. "I would like to see change without going abroad. I wish people don’t migrate. I prefer that they try to be successful in their own country.”
Bereket Yakob said that the youth resort to illegal migration due to lack of job opportunities. So, the government should focus on job creation programs, he noted.
Recently, 21 Ethiopians who were detained in Libya have been repatriated home.
Addis Ababa February 8, 2018 The 120th year of the establishment of diplomatic relation between Ethiopia and Russia will be commemorated both in Addis Ababa and Moscow, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Briefing the local media today about the events that will take place upon the commemoration, MoFA Spokesperson Meles Alem said a committee drawn from both Ethiopian and Russian Foreign Affairs ministries were established to successfully celebrate the day.
According to him, the Ethiopian Embassy, Ethio-Russia People Friendship Association, the Russian Foreign Ministry and other stakeholders will commemorate the event in Moscow.
Similarly, the Russian Federation, the Institute of African Studies, the Peoples Friendship University of Russia, and Ethio-Russian People Friendship Association will celebrate the day in Ethiopia.
Meles added that a scientific conference that aims to evaluate the overall aspects of official diplomatic relation between the two countries will also take place at the Peoples Friendship University of Russia.
The aim of the conference is to discuss the progress of political, economic ties and cultural education exchanges that have been achieved through the diplomatic relations, he stated.
The Spokesperson pointed out that the challenges that are facing the strong relationship and their possible resolution will be covered in the scientific conference.
Addis Ababa February 8, 2018 A National Post-Harvest Management Strategy was launched here today.
The five-year strategy launched by Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) aims at reducing the level of post-harvest loss from 25 percent to 5 percent by 2020.
Director- General for Agricultural Extension at the ministry, Wondale Habtamu , said the strategy could be used as a platform for creating integrated reduction of post-harvest loss through systematic and structured mechanisms.
This strategy will be a working tool in reducing quantitative and qualitative food losses through adoption and implementation of appropriate post-harvest management systems along the agricultural values, he added.
Input and output market efficiency, access to financing and investment and promoting value addition are among the areas emphasized in the new strategy.
Currently, Ethiopia is facing 15-20 percent loss from crop production due to the problems associated with post-harvest management.
“If the country produces 300 million quintals of crop and there is 20 percent post -harvest loss, the country will loss over 60 million quintals yield which will cost us billions of birr”, the Director- General explained.
The strategy has included the country’s post-harvest management situation, post-harvest loss management directions and implementation plans.
Wondale further stated that the strategy will also create effective post-harvest management coordination systems, public and private partnerships and facilitate evidence based studies.
The ministry has earlier launched a 3-year Horticultural Management Strategy.
Addis Ababa February 8, 2018 Hungary has expressed desire to enhance cooperation with Ethiopia in various areas including investment, biotechnological innovations in agriculture, water management, ICT, and tourism, an official said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, State Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr. Csaba Balogh said Hungary is ready to enhance its cooperation with Ethiopia in the economic areas.
Hungary has re-opened its embassy in Addis Ababa on Wednesday after two decades, to sustain the long tradition of diplomatic ties.
“The first one is agriculture, we can offer very important and good biotechnological solutions for the Ethiopian and generally the African agriculture and second one is water management which is also essential everywhere in the continent,” Balogh pointed out.
He said Hungary is keen to work in the water sector to help Ethiopia address challenges that it faces related to potable water supply and management of water resources.
“I do not think trade is the main objective between the two countries” mainly because of the geographical distance, he said and added “instead we can cooperate in enhancing production in various sectors.”
“I think we have a lot of possibility to make joint ventures here in Ethiopia. You need production, you need workplaces for your people and you need export and we are ready to come with technology, with partnership and create that kind of cooperation” he said.
Stating that ICT is crucial part of development for any country, he said his country is ready to work closely with Ethiopia. “We are smart enough in that job and to come with some solutions, which are solutions of the future.”
Mentioning the possibility of establishing joint ventures among business persons of the two countries in the years to come, he said the new embassy will have a significant role in facilitating things for future partnerships.
According to the state secretary, Hungary wants to raise the number of scholarship grants to Ethiopian students from 30 to 50 annually.
Hungarian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Gabor Sagi on his part said tourism could be among the areas that the two countries could cooperate.
Noting that Ethiopia has a huge potential for tourism through the natural, historic and cultural heritages, he said that his country could share its rich experience in properly utilizing this potential.
“The only thing it needs is of course investment in the infrastructure to have more hotels and better roads, but there are I think very good opportunities or chances to develop,” the Ambassador pointed out.
Ethiopia and Hungary established their diplomatic ties many years back but the embassy of Hungary was closed in 1992 and is now reopened.
Addis Ababa February 8, 2018 Some 746 prisoners and suspects will be pardoned and released, the Federal Attorney General disclosed today.
It is to be recalled that the Executive Committee of EPRDF had passed a decision to drop the cases of suspects under custody and those of prisoners after their cases are examined.
The individuals to be pardoned do not include those involved in murder, serious physical injury, destruction of the national economy, and attempt to forcefully undermine the constitution.
Accordingly, 417 prisoners sentenced at federal level for involvement in terrorism, chaos and disturbances, religious extremism and other crimes will be pardoned and released.
From among those to be pardoned, 298 are in the Federal Correctional Center and 119 in correctional centers in Amhara Region.
Among the prisoners to be pardoned are Eskender Nega and Andualem Arage who were sentenced for involvement in terrorism.
Similarly, the cases of 329 suspects were dropped. Of these 278 are at federal level, 33 in Tigray and 18 in Amhara regional states.
The pardoned prisoners and suspects will be released after receiving reform training.
The list of the prisoners to be pardoned and released has to be approved by the president before their release.
The Amhara and Oromia regions had released 6,376 prisoners and suspects in line with the decision passed by the Executive Committee of EPRDF.