Addis Ababa April 16/2018 Some participants who attended the public address by Prime Minister Abiy at the Millennium Hall yesterday have expressed their readiness to support the effort of the government to bring peace, unity and solidarity.
They further urged the public, federal and regional government officials, women, youth, religious leaders and other key stakeholders to join hands in maintaining and protecting peace in the country.
Among the participants, Haji Mohammed Alula from Tigray region said peace is everything and all stakeholders need to build peace and harmony among the people they represent.
“Development is possible only in an environment where there is sustained peace. Nothing can be achieved without peace. We must aspire for peace and teach about the value of peace,” he added.
According to him, Ethiopia is a uniquely diverse country; and there is nothing that could balkanize Ethiopia. All should stand for peace and work hard to maintain and protect peace and unity.”
A youth representative from Silte Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (SNNPR), Mustaf Tebarek promised that he will stand by the government to protect the peace of his country thereby strengthening the existing unity among the peoples.
He stressed that the government should work closely with youth by designing inclusive agenda that the youth can carry through.
Another participate from Gambela Region Thokhat Nhial Lual expressed his hope that the Prime Minister will do good things for his country by ensuring peaceful and comprehensive development.
“I believe that the Prime Minister will deliver good things to all the people of the country,” he noted.
Lual added that the peace and unity of the country will be built on a very strong ground and we should discharge our responsibilities to maintain and protect the country.
Addis Ababa April 16/2018 The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix commended Ethiopia’s efforts in peacekeeping highest achievement.
State Minister, Hirut Zemene conferred today with the Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
Speaking to ENA, Jean-Pierre Lacroix said they have highlighted on the quality of peacekeeping operations between Ethiopia and United Nations.
He said “Ethiopia is a great contributor to peacekeeping; Ethiopia’s peace keeping troops have outstanding record of discharging their duties with dignity and discipline, I want to thank the government for this.”
Ethiopia is a key player in peacekeeping efforts, particularly very active in promoting the peace process in South Sudan, he added.
According to him, Ethiopia has also been playing great role in the Framework of the Revitalization of the South Sudanese Peace Process.
He said “I have earlier reiterated that this process of the revitalization of the South Sudanese peace process is strongly supported by the UN.”
State Minister, Hirut Zemene has expressed her gratitude for the attention given by the UN Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations in Africa and elsewhere in the world on top of continued cooperation with Ethiopia.
Ethiopia had been playing constructive role in promoting peace and stability in the region, she said that adding "Ethiopia considers peace and stability in the neighboring countries as her own."
She pointed out that the country would further strengthen its efforts to bring peace and stability in the Horn of Africa in general and in South Sudan in particular.
Ethiopia is one of the top peacekeeping force contributing countries to the UN with more than 8,500 peacekeepers on the ground, according to the UN.
Addis Ababa April 16//2018 The fifth Ethio-Saudi Joint Ministerial Commission meeting that focuses on issues of bilateral cooperation and validity of agreements has kicked off today here in Addis Ababa.
In his opening remark on the joint three-day long senior officials meeting today, State Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Kaba Urgessa said several agreements, which have laid the basis for further expansion of cooperation have been signed since the establishment of the Joint Ministerial Meeting in 2001.
Pointing out that Ethiopia is one of the top four destinations of Foreign Direct Investment in the continent, the State Minister emphasized “Ethiopia offers the right mix of opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership for trade and investment.”
According to him, disciplined, affordable and trained labor force, abundant natural resource, cheapest energy resources, attractive policy and financial incentives for competitive environment are among the unique features that Ethiopia offers.
Recalling that trade volume among the two countries had reached1.4 billion USD in 2014 and declined to 659 million USD in 2017, Dr. Kaba said “this shows the potential that both countries could harness if they deploy all of their resources.”
Further, he added that there is a positive trend in attracting investment from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but much remains to be done.
Mentioning that both countries are located in a region where there is frequent challenge of security, such as terrorism and evolving of extremist elements, Kaba said “this requires the creation of mechanisms that enables them to work closely.”
The leader of Saudi delegation, Deputy Minister of Animal Resources Hamid bin Abdulaziz Al-Batshan said on his part "I am very hopeful that we will reach on understanding in every issue that we will be dealing in the coming days."
We have strong relationships that goes through a longer timeline and that always warms our hearts to go back to that time of the first Hejira he added.
The Deputy Minister said “therefore we should strengthen our relationship for both countries have plenty to offer to one another.”
The delegation received presentation on the issues related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and its impact towards regional cooperation and economic integration.
On the occasion, Foreign Affairs Trans-boundary Resources Affairs Director, Zerihun Abebe said GERD is being constructed up to the scale of international standards and with full research on eliminating any possible harm.
“We in Ethiopia believe that like Nejashi, like the Nigus who gave sanctuary for our brothers from Saudi during that bad time, the Nile is the same. It is impartial, it is unbiased and all benefiting,” Zerihun stressed.
Over the next three days, the Ethio-Saudi Joint Commission is expected discuss on political, justice and consular affairs, cooperation and economic sectors as well as on issues of social significance.
Addis Ababa April 16/2018 Strengthening the capacity of competing political parties and enhancing their involvement in the political course is imperative for consolidating a meaningful democratic system in Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.
While addressing some 25,000 representatives of civil society organization, youth and professional associations drawn from all parts of the country in Addis Ababa at the Millennium Hall, Premier Abiy said building a democratic system requires joint efforts of all concerned in carrying out their national obligations in line with the principles of building a democratic order.
In connection to this, he pledged that his government would work hard to make the upcoming election peaceful, free, fair and democratic.
Moreover, he underscored the importance of strengthening the justice system as one of the key pillars of establishing a democratic order with due consideration to the rule of law and administration of justice, the Primer noted.
He expressed the full commitment of the government in ensuring the right administration of justice and the rule of law.
The Prime Minister stressed on the current and future role of the youth in the process of the socio-economic development of the country and the decisive role to be played by the youth.
The government will make necessary improvement by identifying the underlying factors for the violation of human right and causes for miscarriage of justice.
Premier Abiy also indicated that the government will do everything to strengthen the national unity by ensuring the participation of the youth, women and other key stakeholders of the social fabric.
Furthermore, he assured that his country will work to improve the quality of education and work on the betterment of the livelihood of persons with disabilities by ensuring their participation in all sectors of the country’s development programs.
He stressed on the significance of quality education as the backbone of the country's multi-sector development.
The Premier had visited Somali, Oromia and Tigrai Regional States and conferred with the representatives of the public late this week.
He also hosted a welcoming banquet for opposition party leaders last Thursday, pledging to work together in the major national issues.
Addis Ababa April 15/2018 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that his government is committed to ensure the benefit and participation of the youth from the nation's development.
Premier Abiy today addressed some 25,000 representatives of the society drawn from all parts of the country in Addis Ababa Millennium Hall.
Officials from Federal and regional governments, women, youth, religious leaders, heads of institutions of higher education, scholars, elites, representatives of the diplomatic community and artists presided over the meeting.
Speaking at the welcoming ceremony, Premier Abiy said that the youth are facing various challenges including unemployment which leads to migration, criminal and diverse addictions.
According to him, his government will work to overcome these challenges that the youth are facing.
He reaffirmed that ensuring the active participation of the youth will be the key agenda of the government.
Moreover, the government is committed to promote the participation of different opposition political parties towards building consensus through dialogue, he said.
The gathering aimed at working closely with the public to build peace and democracy, ensure good governance, and step up national development.