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Addis Ababa April 05/2018 Ethiopia’s investment in the healthcare extension program in terms of physical access is a model to other African countries and the rest of world, WHO Representative to Ethiopia Akpaka Kalu said.

During a joint press briefing he held with Health State Minister Kebede, Kalu said “The investment in this country (Ethiopia) in the health extension program is a model for Africa that you are extending health care to where you are living and working.”  

He added that there is investment to even upgrade health extension programs; and that is key example to Africa and the world. "We are encouraging many countries to draw this lesson from Ethiopia. Recently there is investment to extend secondary healthcare and enhance referral systems.”

Kalu also pointed out that he notices investment in implementing community-based health insurance in the country, which he said is a move in the right direction.

“We as World Health Organization reassure you that we are committed to support Ethiopia, and support countries especially in Africa to ensure that universal healthcare coverage becomes a reality. When we say Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to Everyone, Everywhere we are implementing the vision that no one should be left behind by 2030,” the WHO Representative elaborated.

Health State Minister Kebede Worku said on his part Ethiopia has been registering encouraging results in terms of providing healthcare for all communities across the country through the implementation of health package, which is foundation for the health extension program.  

Kebede added that the nation has managed to register tangible results through the implementation of health packages and building health institutions across the country.

In her message she sent in connection with the 70th anniversary of the World Health Day, WHO Regional Director for Africa Mathshidiso Moeti said adequate and sustained investment in health is necessary for ensuring equitable access to health services.

The regional director added that several countries in the Region, including Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal and Uganda, have demonstrated that removing user fees systematically increases utilization rates of health services.

Rwanda's health insurance scheme expanded access to quality health services for poor people from 7 percent in 2003 to 91 percent in 2010, according to Moeti.

She said “Ethiopia exemplifies how investment in health workers, and specifically community health workers, contributes to improved delivery of essential health services.” 

Moeti stated that “WHO will continue to support countries to build stronger, more resilient and responsive health systems to advance Health for all.”  

The 70th World Health Day is celebrated on April 7, 2018 under the theme: “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, everywhere.”

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Addis Ababa March 05/2018  Stakeholders need to work in collaboration with the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) to bring improvements in tax collection, according to the Standing Committee of Customs and Revenues at the House of People Representatives.

The Standing Committee attended a report along with a panel discussion with stakeholders yesterday to evaluate the challenges seen in the sector.

Over 20 stakeholders took part in the discussion including the Investment Commission, Ministry of  Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Trade, Ethio-telecom and a number of partners which create revenue for the Authority among the others.

According to the discussion, lack of periodic monitoring and evaluation on the tax payers, shortage of trained man power, lack of modernized tax revenue system and huge amount of uncollected tax are said to be costing the country a huge sum of money every year.

Ethiopia has only 13 percent performance in tax collection while most of the neighboring countries have surpassed 18 percent, which is still below the continental average.

The country’s low potential in tax collection, taxpayer’s poor awareness, and illicit acts are the main factors that keep Ethiopia’s annual tax revenue performance low, it was learned.

The Standing Committee said the traditional way of working needs to be changed and stakeholders must closely work in collaboration with the Authority.

Nevertheless, the Authority said it’s making effort to make the service more modernized by establishing a training center, center of excellence in audit and having discussions with concerned bodies to enforce laws. 

The Authority also underlined on the issue of working in collaboration with the board and other stakeholders.

Stakeholders stressed on sharing responsibilities, formulation of public private partnership (PPP) and conducting periodic discussion forums between stakeholders to work together with the Authority.

The Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) is the body responsible for collecting revenue from customs duties and domestic taxes.

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Addis Ababa April 05/2018 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Ethiopian Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Major General Woldezgu succeeds his fellow citizen Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael who will complete his assignment on 23 April 2018. 

The Secretary-General appreciated Major General Tesfay Gidey for his tireless dedication and invaluable service and effective leadership of UNISFA.

According to UN, Major-General Woldezgu brings 38 years of experience in the Ethiopian Army, regularly travelling to Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and the African Union Mission in Somalia to coordinate common security and border issues with neighboring countries as well as being fully involved in force preparations, planning and deployment of forces for international and regional peacekeeping operations.

Major-General Gebre Adhana, who has served as a Division Commander from 1999-2008 and Mechanized Deputy Division Commander from 1995-1998, is currently a Director in the Ethiopian Ministry of National Defense.


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Addis Ababa March 04/2018 The activities and efforts of the Ethiopian News Agency to become a competitive news provider and cover the country in the past few years demonstrate that it is on the course of change, according to House of People's Representatives.

Culture, Tourism and Mass Media Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representative (HPR) visited the headquarters of the news agency today.

During the visit, Chairperson of the Standing Committee Mesfin Chernet said the activities of the quality and change teams, planning and implementation have contributed hugely to the increase in quality of news.

He particularly appreciated the agency for accepting the last feedbacks it received from the HPR, constructive ideas forwarded by the Auditor and proper utilization of the budget allocates that helped it register better performance.

Its effort to cover the country by opening branches in places like Humera, Sekota and Metema that need attention should further be strengthened, Chairperson Mesfin added.

Standing Committee Members Momina Mohammed and Teyiba  Abafogi  said  the activities the news agency has been carrying out in disseminating timely news using online television and face book as well as social media are strengths of the agency.

In addition, the effort to increase the accessibility of the agency by building media complex that incorporates radio and television studios are also to be views as encouraging.

The Standing Committee also stressed the need for a clear and engaging forum for discussion about issues related to employee benefits and wages.

He also stressed the need to introduce transparency in internal vacancies, identify good governance problems and solve them.

Ethiopian News Agency Director-General Bekele Muleta said the study on the structure of the organization will address the salary and other related questions.

The Standing Committee has finally promised to closely support the institution in solving the problems it encounters.

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Addis Ababa April 04/2018 President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa have extended warm congratulations to Dr. Abiy Ahmed on being chosen to lead the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and his subsequent swearing-in as Prime Minister.

In his phone call to PM Abiy, President El-Sisi expressed his belief that the diplomatic and economic relation of Egypt and Ethiopia would further be strengthened.

Prime Minister Abiy on his part congratulated President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for being reelected as Egypt's President.

According to the Spokesperson of the Office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he also assured El-Sisi that Ethiopia exert more effort to further consolidate its cooperation and relationship with Egypt as it gives due emphasis to ties with Egypt.

President Ramaphosa of South Africa also congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed on his being elected as Chairperson of EPRDF and Prime Minster.

President Ramaphosa said: “Your election is a vote of confidence in your leadership by the various parties of the ruling coalition and holds the hope that a stable leadership transition and the widening of political dialogue can open the way to peaceful development in the country.”

Horn Diplomat reported that Ethiopia plays a leading role in the African continent, not only as the seat of the African Union, but as a historic beacon of the values of freedom and sovereignty as embodied in the life of late Nelson Mandela, whose centenary we celebrate this year.

The interests of the countries and people of Africa remain at the top of South Africa’s strategic priorities, as evidenced by the commitment to forging closer cooperation with Ethiopia displayed by discussions during the recent South Africa-Ethiopia Senior Officials Meeting in March 2018.

“I look forward to working with you, Mr. Prime Minister, to further strengthen the strong bilateral relations between our two countries, focusing on economic cooperation for the mutual benefit of our respective countries and peoples,” President Ramaphosa concluded.

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