Adama March 01/2018 A Crop Protection Strategy that would help enhancing crop protection from trans-boundary pests including the Fall Army worm was officially launched.
A national consultation forum aimed at creating awareness on the strategy to facilitate stakeholders contribution towards the implementation of the strategy was kicked off at the town of Adama.
Speaking on the occasion, Tesfaye Mengiste, State Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources said that the strategy is aimed to ensure sustained and organized control on trans-boundary pests.
The state minister added that the strategy will also help to address gaps in awareness among pastoralists and semi-pastoralists and help them to be stakeholders in the implementation of the project.
The strategy document is designed to control trans-boundary pests in cooperation with the leadership, professionals and research institutes, development workers, farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralist.
Tesfaye added that the implementation of the strategy will ensure the replacement of scattered attempts by the stakeholders with an integrated campaign that combines traditional and modern means of pest control.
The strategy document will be implemented starting from this year in eight regional states including Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, and SNNP, Tesfaye noted.
Apart from facilitating national pest control activities, the strategy will help to promote food security programs in various regions of the country.
FAO country representative, Fatouma Seid remarked that the proliferation of trans-boundary pests like fall armyworm would frustrate government and stakeholders’ efforts to ensure food security programs at household level.
She said that FAO will continue to support the government efforts in controlling trans-boundary pests.
The representative appreciated the preparation of a comprehensive strategy by the government and aid along with the control of trans-boundary pests.
She said the strategy is instrumental in implementing government programs to ensure national household food security projects, she added.
The Ministry will provide technical assistance, capacity building and logistics services for all agricultural bodies in the regions from top to bottom for the full implementation of the strategy.
Addis Ababa March 01/2018 Foreign Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Russia will visit Ethiopia aiming at strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the respective countries, Spokesperson Meles Alem said.
In his weekly briefing to local journalists today, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Meles Alem said Ethiopia had first-class ties with both UAE and Russia and would like boost it.
Mentioning that UAE is one of the Gulf countries with whom Ethiopia has a strong cooperation, the Spokesperson pointed out “this will be a platform for both countries to further enhance their existing relations.”
According to Meles, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Co-operation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed on his visit will confer with Ethiopian counterpart Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu.
The three day Ethio-UAE joint commission meeting will also be held from March 5-7, 2018 to deliberate on the technical and ministerial meetings.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit as well is aimed at bolstering the 120 old cordial bilateral relationships and taking it to the next level, he added.
The effective implementation of the agreements signed between Ethiopia and Russia will also be reviewed during the visit.
In related news, the Spokesperson revealed that Ethiopia has registered remarkable achievements over the last six months in economic diplomacy especially, attracting anchor companies, increasing tourist flow, creating global market link as well as technological transformation.
Accordingly, some 158 foreign companies, most of which are from Asia and Oceania, have started operation and business ties have been facilitated for 41 domestic companies to enable them to work with oversees business firms.
Towards realizing increased flow of tourists, the ministry has facilitated in selecting 21 global tour operators to include the country’s tourist attractions in their tour packages and is planning to have a familiarization trip in three countries.
Technology transfer mainly in the areas of agriculture, engineering, construction, health, agro-processing and manufacturing industry, it was learned.
Addis Ababa March 01/2018 The Ethiopian Airlines received the “Fastest growing International Cargo Airline of the Year” at Air Cargo India International conference held in Mumbai on February 21, 2018.
The awarding ceremony has held in conjunction with the seventh edition of Air Cargo India exhibition and conference, recognizing cargo carriers with immense progress and leading innovations in the air freight industry while enhancing customer experience.
During the Awarding ceremony, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are very honored by this prestigious award. Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics is one of the fastest growing strategic business units of the Ethiopian Airlines Group”.
The airlines have over 110 international destinations by flying to 44 dedicated freighter destinations on 5 continents using 8 dedicated freighters including 6 wide body ultra-modern Boeing B777-200LRF with another 4 on order and operates cutting-edge cargo terminals in Addis Ababa with a capacity to accommodate 1 million tons annually, he said.
According to him the airlines transports around 400,000 tons cargo annually to support the Africa’s trade and economic growth.
He also said it’s aimed at doubling the figure to 800,000 tons annually to contribute to the economics renaissance of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular in 2025.
Addis Ababa March 01/2018 President of the United Nations General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, call for Ethiopia's support in the areas of peace, security, and prevention of migration.
President Mulatu Teshome has conferred yesterday with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak on the priority areas of the UN.
During his meeting with the President, Miroslav Lajcak, President of the UN General Assembly asked Ethiopia to help and support for the priority agendas of the 72th Session of United Nations General Assembly.
“Right now Ethiopia is among the member states of UN Security Council, so its voice is heard all over the system and all over the planet and I asked the president to help and support our priorities, which are peace and security, prevention of conflict migration and our ambition to adopt the first ever document dealing in migration issues by July this year,” he explained.
Lajcak also praised Ethiopia for its active role playing as a member of the UN that is among the leading countries in providing peacekeepers for UN peacekeeping mission.
“Ethiopia is well known for being among the leading providers of security peacekeeping forces and is a global leader when it comes to women peacekeepers. So, Ethiopia is serving as such an example for other member states,” he pointed out.
According to him, the two parties discussed on financing young people and the reform process taking place at the United Nations, including reforms in the UN Security Council.
President Mulatu Teshome said on his part Ethiopia has been a historical and active role player in priority agendas of the United Nations and it is committed to continue this role.
He also said that Ethiopia is playing a significant role in supporting the UN, especially hosting large number of refugees and treating as a family apart from providing peacekeeping forces.
On the other hand, President Mulatu Teshome has discussed with a delegation of South Korea World Vision group lead by the Dong-Yang Daily News CEO, Jo Cheol -Ho.
The president appreciated the contribution of South Korea's development support for Ethiopia through the programs of World Vision and call to sustain its support.
Addis Ababa February 28/2018 African countries should invest in all sections of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to achieve the 2030 Agenda, United Nations Development Program SDGs Advisor Alessandra Casazza said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Casazza said Agenda 2030 and the SDGS are interconnected and integrated solutions for the challenges of development problems. They, therefore, call for balanced approach of investments in all dimensions of development in economic, social, environmental and e governance dimensions.
“Traditionally and historically countries particularly in this continent are focused very much on economic growth. So the idea was that investing first on economic growth would bring development all across other dimensions. But this strategy does not work anymore for countries that aspire to realize sustainable development for all,” she noted.
Casazza added that African countries have still a long way to go to realize the Sustainable Development Goals because they started the program much later than other countries across the world.
African countries are dealing with some of the biggest challenges such as conflict, fragility and security issues. Hence there is a need of higher level investment and support from the international community to bring forward the agenda.
UN Resident Coordinator Eziakonwa-Onochie told ENA that the good thing is SDGS are embedded in Agenda 2063 and there is a continental commitment and framework to achieve SDGs.
“We have continental framework at a country level. If I take Ethiopia as an example, the development agenda of Ethiopia has a full alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 16 where it talks about building democratic institutions and justice for all Ethiopian citizens,” she pointed out.
The Resident Coordinator explained that Ethiopia is one of the leading countries in owning and leading the SDGs by undertaking various development measures.
Embedding SDG goals in its Growth and Transformation Plan and other development plans, conducting need assessment on SDG and presenting its voluntary review report on the implementation of SDGs are among the key measures taken by the country, according to Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie.
She further said there is a very strong effort on the part of the government showing that the SDGs are not confined only to the capital city, but there is great awareness and sensitization outside in different regions of the country.