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Addis Ababa April 030/2018Ambassadors of China and Turkey vowed to strengthen and continue the multifaceted cooperation with newly elected leadership of Ethiopia.

 In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Ethiopia, Tian Jian said his country, as a strategic partner was watching the election process closely.  

 “I think this is clear demonstration to this very healthy and robust democracy of Ethiopia after some internal discussions and debates now you have come up with the new Prime Minister Abiy.”

 Stating that there has been very close cooperation between the parties, government and people of the two countries, Ambassador Jian said “We look forward to work very closely with the new leadership to promote further our bilateral relations.”

 “I do believe that with assumption after premiership by Abiy as he has two titles as a Prime Minister and the Chairman of EPRDF, so we are looking forward to further promote how we flourish the comprehensive, strategic partnership between our two great countries.”

 Noting that his country wants to see the very focus of the new Ethiopian leadership, he pointed “I think that we ready and willing to discuss with our Ethiopians partners, we have many projects here and we want to maximize the benefit of those projects.”

 According to him, China will engage in Ethiopia focusing in major areas including job creation, promoting export, infrastructure, human resources and industrial park developments.

  “There are so many areas that I think we will talk with our Ethiopian official in how to prioritize the areas of cooperation and I do believe together we can do a lot.” 

 Turkish Ambassador to Ethiopia Fatih Ulusoy said on his part “Turkish investors are interested here in Ethiopia and we will continue our investments without any hesitation.”

 Speaking of the newly appointed Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ambassador Ulusoy said “We are very happy to see that this democratic power transfer in this country and this is what we have all expected from Ethiopia.”

 “Ethiopia is a country with very ancient civilization and it has a very long historic state system and so we are happy to see the peaceful power transfer in this country and we will continue strengthening our ties in economic, infrastructure and investment.”

 Turkey regards Ethiopia’s unreserved efforts and role of paramount importance bring stability and peace in the region, he added.

 The House of People’s Representative (HPR) yesterday has appointed the 42 years old Abiy Ahmed as the new Prime Minster of Ethiopia following the resignation of Hailemariam Dessalegn.


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Addis Ababa April  02/02018T he House of People’s Representative (HPR) has appointed the 42 years old Abiy Ahmed (PhD) as the next Prime Minster of Ethiopia on Monday.

It was recalled that the ruling party Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Front (EPRDF) has elected Abiya as reviewed the detailed reports of its Executive Committee of the Front, performances of each national party towards the implementation of the in-depth renewal program since March 20, 2018.

 Abiy has elected as the chairman of the ruling party following the resignation of Chairperson Hailemariam Dessalegn.

 On his previous carrier Abiy has served as head of OPDO Secretariat and Oromia Housing and Urban Development Office with the title of Deputy President of the Oromia Region.

 He has also served as Director-General of Science and Technology Information Center (STIC) and Minister of Science and Technology (MoST) after he became executive member of OPDO in 2015, Abiy.

 He has also served in the Ethiopian armed forces in the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel.

 Accordingly, he joined the struggle during early 1991, just a few months before the downfall of the military regime, at the age of 15.

 He also was sent to Rwanda, as a member of the UN peacekeeping force mission from 1993 to 1996.

 He was appointed as the Minister of Science and Technology as Hailemariam Deesalegn presented him to the House of people's Representative in 2015.

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Addis Ababa April 03/2018 The African Union (AU) Commission and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), on Monday welcomed the smooth power transition in Ethiopia and vowed to work closely with the new Prime Minister, according to a statement.

 Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of AU Commission who congratulated Abiy Ahmed on his confirmation as the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Monday, welcomed the peaceful and smooth transition, calling the move as "a demonstration of political maturity."

 Mahamat further reiterated AU's full support to the people and government of Ethiopia as they strive to achieve greater strides in the interest of their country, the region and the entire continent, according to the statement.

 The chairperson also vowed to work closely with Ahmed towards the achievement of the objectives set in Agenda 2063, including the promotion of peace and security and the advancement of continental integration.

 Mahamat is "convinced that, under the leadership of the new Prime Minister, Ethiopia will successfully meet the tasks at hand and further consolidate the remarkable social-economic progress it has made over the past two decades," according to the statement issued by the AU.

 Mahamat also commended Ethiopians for their ability to mitigate recent challenges, saying that "throughout their long and proud history, the Ethiopian people have shown their ability to overcome challenges and unite in the pursuit of the higher interest of their country."

 The chairperson highly praised the former Premier "for his commitment and contribution to the advancement of Ethiopia and the continent as a whole."

 Similarly, IGAD congratulated Prime Minister Abiy and welcomed him as the new Chairperson of IGAD.

 “IGAD commends the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) for the wise and principled election of its new Chairperson, Abiy Ahmed, who is also the Chairperson of the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of the four member parties of the Front,” the East African bloc said in a statement.

 IGAD strongly believes that Prime Minister Abiy, one of the young, dynamic, and highly educated members of the EPRDF leadership is up to the mark to lead the Coalition, which has deservedly been applauded as the architect of Ethiopia’s benchmark status regarding the economic and social progress in the continent, it added.

 IGAD also welcomed Prime Minister Abiy as the new Chairperson of IGAD.

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Addis Ababa April 03/2018 Ethiopia’s peaceful and successful power transition is an important moment for the country and the African continent, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held talks with AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat today.

Premier Abiy assured Mahamat about his commitment to the enhancement of peace and security in Africa and his desire to work with AU.

AU Commission Chairperson Mahamat told the media that he congratulated the newly elected Prime Minister and discussed cooperation and areas of integration.

“It is a very important moment for Ethiopia because it is for the first time that there was a peaceful and successful political transition”, he noted.

Mahamat also lauded Ethiopia’s commitment to play a significant role in the regional peace, security and integration issues.

As you know Ethiopia is leading Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and we have a process of revitalization in South Sudan. Ethiopia is also committed in Somalia. So it has played a very heavy tribute for the peace and security of the continent,” the Chairperson elaborated.

The two leaders have also discussed the effectiveness of Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the internal situation of the country.

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Addis Ababa April 03/2018 Construction of an export standard modern abattoir that has the capacity to slaughter daily more than 20,000 animals and an integrated animal byproducts processing center will begin soon, according to Addis Ababa Abattoirs Enterprise (AAAE).

The aim of the enterprise is to provide healthy and standard slaughtering services for both local and international demands.

Addis Ababa Abattoirs Enterprise Public Relations Head Ataklti Gebremichael told ENA that the construction of the modern abattoirs will ensure accessibility of slaughtering services with improved quality.

The enterprise will be built with 70.5 million Euros loan from the French Development Agency (AFD). It will be utilized for relocation, expansion and modernization of the present Addis Ababa Abattoirs Enterprise, the PR Head added.

Ataklti said “the construction of the facility would help to meet the increasing local and international export quality standard.”

According to him, the abattoir will also help save the over half a million birr the city has been losing annually from illegal slaughtering. 

He stated that the occasional smell from the present abattoir located at Qera would not occur in the facility to be built.

The Addis Ababa Abattoirs Enterprise was built in November 1956 with over 1.3 million birr capital.

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