Addis Ababa April 14/2018 Canada will continue supporting Ethiopia in strengthening federalism, women empowerment and green economic development, Ambassador Philip Baker said.
In his email response to questions posed by ENA, Canada's Ambassador to Ethiopia Philip Baker said federalism is one of the areas the two countries have been discussing regularly and sharing experiences and best practices.
“Strengthening the federal parliament system is a clearly expressed objective in GTP II. The Canadian government also places a high priority on inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity, including the rights of women and girls and marginalized and vulnerable people, in our development efforts around the world,” Baker stated.
According to him, Canada and the House of Federation have designed 5.675-million-CAD five-year project entitled Strengthening Federal Governance and Pluralism in Ethiopia to strengthen the country's federalism.
He further said the empowerment of women and girls, and the realization of their social, economic, political and reproductive rights are important key priorities for Canada. The country is working in various intervention areas of women empowerment projects in the country.
Canada is, for instance, implementing 14.7-million-CAD project with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in Ethiopia, Baker added.
He stated that Canada currently supports Strengthening Climate Resilience in Africa project of the World Food Programme/African Risk Capacity Agency (ARC Agency) in which Ethiopia is one of the beneficiaries of this 40 million CAD multi-country project.
“Through the ARC Agency, Ethiopia is currently receiving an extensive capacity building program in disaster preparedness and response, including the development of a country-specific contingency plan, which will allow the rapid deployment of insurance payments using the existing structure of Ethiopia’s safety net programs,” he added.
Baker also pointed out that his country has been working with Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas since 2016 to strengthen Ethiopia’s capacity in promoting and managing the mining sector.
“Through a 15-million-CAD, Canada is working with the ministry to develop mineral license management guidelines, train staff on mineral licensing management, scale-up auditing and monitoring functions, design and install a new cadastre system accessible at federal and regional offices, and provide training in geosciences data generation and management. The aim is to see more direct benefits for people in mining communities,” he stated.
Ambassador Baker said Canada will continue its partnership with Ethiopia and it encourages Canadian companies to look at Ethiopia as a high growth and opportunistic market in the Eastern Africa Region.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Ethiopia started in 1962.
Mekele April 14/2018 Some participants of the discussion held with Prime Minister Abiy in Mekele yesterday appreciated his emphasis on active youth voluntarism prior to employment.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Tsegab Iyassu said the people had a chance to directly communicate their grievances to the PM instead of passing them to representatives.
Responding to the problem of youth unemployment raised by the participants, Abiy proposed that volunteer service prior to seeking employment would help the youth in many ways.
Tsegab said, “I agree with his idea that the youth serve voluntarily in any field so that they can carry out their social responsibilities and ensure that they are genuine public servants prior to applying for a job.”
He urged the youth to prioritize the maintenance of peace and stability in the country while practically displaying its commitment towards realizing the country’s growth which entirely rests on the shoulders of the youth.
Another participant, Haile Hagos said the youth must not forget that the sacrifice they pay shall only be for the greater good of the public which is the best way to express patriotism.
Moreover, the youth need to take into account that Ethiopia has limited resources and grab any job opportunity instead of wasting time on unattainable dreams.
Haile pointed out that the premier’s quick visit right after his appointment to some parts of the country signifies his strong commitment towards addressing public grievances.
The other youth participant, Ebe Legese, said the PM has given due attention to the youth and this is very appreciable since the youth can obviously be the source for destruction or growth.
According to him, greening the country and volunteering on urban sanitation could be a good opportunity for the youth in carrying out their social responsibilities and preserving the natural ecosystem and protecting public hygiene.
Prime Minister Abiy, in his discussion with the people drawn from Tigray Regional State yesterday, emphasized that the government will look into voluntary services of graduates in the years to come.
This is mainly because we believe that youth that cannot benefit the general public through voluntarism cannot be genuine civil servants and citizens when the they are employed in firms, he elaborated.
Addis Ababa April 14/2018 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will meet tomorrow 25,000 people drawn from all over the country in Addis Ababa, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister Negeri Lencho said.
Briefing the local media today, Negeri said the meeting is part of the recent activities of the PM who held discussions with the public in Jigjiga, Ambo, and Mekelle with the view to strengthening the unity of Ethiopians.
Abiy, who sworn in as PM recently, also met leaders of rival political parties, civic societies, and artists as part of the efforts towards reconciliation.
Communication Affairs Minister Negeri stressed that working closely with the people is crucial to ensure sustainable peace, unity, democracy, development and good governance in the country.
Senior officials from federal and regional states, women, youth, religious leaders, leaders of institutions of higher learning and scholars, representatives of the diplomatic community will attend the event organized under the theme: "Pledge to Love and Unity".
Meanwhile, responding to a question raised about the lifting of state of emergency, Negeri said the issue is in the hands of the public, not the government or the parliament.
According to him, there would be no need of state of emergency if the people all over the country ensure peace and stability of the country.
Addis Ababa April 14/2018 Ethiopia and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have signed yesterday a 57-million-USD agreement to pave way for renovation and modernization of the iconic Africa Hall, the birthplace of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
ECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe and Foreign Affairs State Minister Hirut Zemene signed the renovation agreement that will see the modernization of the halls and facilities with international standards.
A press release of ECA quoted Songwe as saying that the renovation would bring state-of the art technology to Africa Hall and insure it serves more African citizens than before.
"This is not just about signing a piece of paper, it's a continuation of the history that the United Nations family has with the government of Ethiopia, that the continent of Africa has with Ethiopia," she added.
The Executive Secretary thanked the government of Ethiopia and the UN staff for working tirelessly to insure repairs to transform Africa Hall into a rejuvenated structure by preserving and restoring historical and cultural values embedded in its architecture.
Foreign Affairs State Minister Hirut Zemene said on her part Ethiopia will work with UNECA to insure the project is delivered on time, adding that the project will encourage African youth to learn more about their history, especially the decision by pan-African leaders to work together and speak as one with the formation of OAU.
"I would like to pay give special tribute to our leader Emperor Haileselassie for being conscious of the importance of coming together as a continent back then."
The African Hall was built between 1959 and 1961 and inaugurated by Emperor Haileselassie on 26th February 1961.
The renovation project is expected to be completed by 2021.
Addis Ababa April 13/2018 Small farmers across the country have secured over 306 million quintals of grain during the last main harvesting year, registering about 15.7 million quintals over the previous year, according to Central Statistics Agency (CSA).
CSA post-harvest survey shows the harvest was collected from 12.6 million hectares of land covered by the small farmers.
According to the survey, of the total yield the share of cereals and crops was 87.4 percent, legume accounted for 9.7 percent, and oil seeds 2.8 percent.
Central Statistics Agency Deputy Director-General, Amare Legesse told journalists that the survey was conducted with GPS and other technologies by deploying specially trained experts to get accurate results.
According to him, the survey does not include big and medium commercial farms and irrigated farms.
The survey also shows that the use of agricultural technology inputs, including fertilizers and agricultural mechanization, has increased.
Addis Ababa April 13/2018 Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of GERD announced that it has managed to collect over 84 million birr in sale of bonds on a fund raising weeklong event dedicated to the 7th Anniversary of the Construction of GERD.
Resources Mobilization Senior Expert at the office, Mekonnen Mengesha, told ENA that the bond sale was carried out throughout the country from March 19 to 26, 2018.
Citizens have been highly involved in donation and the event of auction of bonds as a result of their growing desire to see the completion of the dam, he added.
According to Mekonnen, the project site of the dam has been visited by more than 260,000 people since the construction of the dam started.
Reports of sell from regional states where the bond sale started late have not so far been forwarded, he added.
Out of the 12.4 billion birr pledge made for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, over 11 billion birr has been collected.
The 7th Anniversary of GERD was celebrated at Guba before two weeks, and the construction of the dam has jumped over 65 percent.