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Addis Ababa March 13/2018  Some 300 schools across the country are benefitting from digital technology introduced to promote quality education, Ministry of Education announced.

This was disclosed at a consultative meeting held today with the view to scaling up the project on the use of digital resources to enhance the quality of general education in Ethiopia.

A pilot project earlier implemented at two schools in Oromia and Amhara regions were successful, it was learned.

Education and Research Director at the Ministry, Zelalem Assefa said Ethiopia cannot abandon digitalized education system which will enable us to ensure high quality education in a world where information technology is expanding in all spheres.

Ministry of Education is working with development partners like the World Bank to utilize digital technology in 300 schools nationwide based on the experience from the two schools, the Director elaborated.

Zelalem said it also contributes significantly to resolving the issue of distribution of books and lack of teachers at various schools in the regions.

The project allows students to adapt new technologies and increase their access to educational materials and supportive resources without resorting to the use of the internet.

Oromia Regional Education Bureau ICT Director, Yusuf Mohammed stated that the pilot project on digital learning has made a great contribution in adding value to the promotion of the educational system in the region.

It has helped students to familiarize themselves with technological outputs like tablet which would enable them to increase their efficiency in their educational activities, he added.

According to Yusuf, the project would help to resolve the hurdle that many schools face in operating and using the Plasma technology as the students get access to soft copies of the educational materials to be used on tablets.

The pilot project reportedly started three years ago.

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Addis Ababa March 13/2018  A Japanese Pharmaceutical Company is considering manufacturing pharmaceutical products in Ethiopia.

Foreign Affairs State Minister, Aklilu Hailemichael held talks today with a delegation from the Japanese Rohto Pharmaceutical Company about realizing the company’s aspiration.

Rohto Pharmaceutical Company Deputy General Manager and delegation head Shunhun Yan told journalists that they came to Ethiopia to explore opportunities in pharmaceutical and health sectors.

She added that the two sides discussed about the fertile grounds in Ethiopia to realize the plan, including the free trade access agreement that the country has signed with over 50 countries.

“We talked about free trade access with Ethiopia, like we have agreed with other countries. I believe that currently there are about 50 countries which have a free trade access agreement with Ethiopia,” Yan said.

The State Minister has expressed Ethiopia’s commitment to deliver the necessary support for the realization of the company’s plan.

The delegation will visit Qilinto Industrial Park and meet State Minister of Health, it was learned.

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Addis Ababa March 13/2018 Some 7.88 million people need emergency food assistance in 2018, National Disaster Risk Management Commissioner Mitiku Kasa said.

Speaking at the launching the 2018 Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP)  document jointly produced by the government and humanitarian partners today, he said the figure is based on the Multi-Agency Meher assessment results.

"The total resource requirement to address the 7.8 million relief beneficiaries is estimated at 1.6 billion USD. Considering 215.3 million USD carry over resources, net requirement is estimated to be 1.44 billion USD," the Commissioner added.

He further elaborated that, the government of  Ethiopia has committed 138 million USD for drought responses and recovery/rehabilitation programs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a first installment for 2018.

Mitiku stated that the existing coordination system among government, UN agencies, NGOs and donors will further be strengthened to ensure a robust and effective humanitarian response.

“I am confident that the humanitarian requirements identified in this 2018 HDRP will be jointly addressed through concerned efforts of the government and partners”, he stressed.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie said the 2018 HDRP is an appeal for urgently required resources to address immediate humanitarian needs.

“The needs of the 7.88 million Ethiopians, which will be addressed through the plan, are very real and acute. In whatever manner we are able to assist, we need to do so immediately”, she emphasized.

According to HDRP document, of the total number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in 2018, 41 percent are in Oromia, 23 percent in Somalia, 12 percent in Amhara, 9 percent in SNNPR, and 7 percent in Tigray.

The remaining are in Afar, Gambella, Beninshangul-Gumuz, Harari regions and Dire Dawa Administration.

The number of the needy population has increased by 37 percent from 5.7 million in January 2017 to 7.8 million in 2018.

On the other hand, the 2018 needy population has decreased by 8.14 percent as compared to 8.5 million in Belg 2017.

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