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Addis Ababa (ENA) November 29/2022 Ethiopian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Lencho Bati and Ambassador Mulugeta Kelil, Consul General of Ethiopia’s General Consulate in Jeddah, conferred with a Saudi delegation. The delegation led by Ambassador Mohammed Alshammari (PhD), consists of higher officials from Saudi Immigration, the Interior Ministry, and the Immigration Detention Center, Makkah region branch. The two sides discussed a variety of issues, including the resumed repatriation of Ethiopian nationals under difficult circumstances, convicts who served their sentences and are awaiting repatriation. They have also exchanged views on the ways in which Ethiopian nationals who entered the Kingdom through various routes but lost their legal residency in due course could be granted a special amnesty to leave the country without detention. The conversation also touched on the Ethiopian governments determination to stem irregular migration and it hopes that the labor agreement struck between the two governments will be implemented so that Ethiopians can come and work in the Kingdom while their rights and privileges are respected. Recalling the long historical ties between the two countries, Ambassador Alshammari noted the importance Saudi Arabia attaches to this relationship and congratulated the government of Ethiopia on reaching a milestone agreement, putting an end to the conflict in Northern Ethiopia. He also expressed Saudi Arabias commitment to assisting Ethiopia in the repatriation of its people from Saudi deportation centers, as well as his governments willingness to collaborate on the mechanisms proposed by Ethiopia for the repatriation of convicts who have served their sentences. He mentioned his governments steadfast commitment to implementing the special amnesty provided to Ethiopian nationals who had lost their legal residency status and were willing to return. He emphasized the efforts being made to safeguard the porous border through which illegal migrants enter the Kingdom.

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[l] at 11/28/22 10:19am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022 The Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Li Junhua said the advancement of digital technology must ultimately serve the broad and sustainable development and leave no one behind. The High Level Leaders panel discussion was conducted today following 17th Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Speaking at the panel discussion, Li Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs said advancing digital inclusion and literacy as well as enhancing and developing digital skills and confidences become the UN top priority. The UN Under-Secretary-General described policy as the number one problem with regards to affordable, inclusive and sustainable access to the internet. Therefore he stated; “We could have a sound policy from the government or from the member states. Sound and sustainable intergovernmental norms. Governing the connectivity and digital technology is imperative. As we all know, there is a huge digital divide.” “But how can we bridge the gap? We can accelerate the implementation plan of the action globally. That is accountability and responsibility for the multilateral organizations like the UN and other regional bodies,” Junhua  said.      The Under-Secretary-General also stressed the need for private and public engagement to reinforce the transformation of digital technology. Accordingly, IGF is a network of networks exploring solutions to connecting the unconnected population around the globe, he  noted. He further stated that the UN supports the integration of IGF activities with the work of the technology facilitation mechanism which has engaged thousands of scientific and technological stakeholders. On his part, Balcha Reba, Director General at Ethiopian Communications Authority who was the panelist said that to improve basic connectivity to the affordable and meaningful level, policy makers and regulators and other stakeholders can intervene by using tools. “This can encourage policy and regulatory programs and for me, one of which is introducing computation. When we introduce a competition, we can achieve the quality of service, affordability as well as accessibility and availability of infrastructure.” In this regard, the director general urged to introduce programs like Public-Private Partnership and private sector involvement and increase the coverage of the network.

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[l] at 11/28/22 9:56am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022   Scholars, authorities on Black History, dignitaries, and prominent individuals in the United Kingdom have renewed their commitment to establish the Global Black History, Heritage, and Education Centre (GBHHEC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Speaking at the first anniversary of the initiative to establish the Global Black Centre, Ambassador Teferi Melesse said that it would not be an overstatement to say that it is so befitting and appropriate to establish the Global Black Centre in Ethiopia, a country that has sacrificed dearly for the independence and liberation of Africa. Ambassador Teferi underlined that Ethiopia has both the historical and moral assets to exhibit profusely in the center once it is established and becomes operational. The Ambassador further noted that Ethiopia has always been committed to preaching the virtue of Africanness and the greatness of Pan-Africanism, adding that its commitment is reflected not just in the words of its leaders and intellectuals, but also reflected in the historic deeds of its people, who, throughout their lives, promoted and defended the interest of Africa and its heritages. He finally thanked the scholars for believing in the potential of Ethiopia to safeguard and exhibit the history of Africa and all black people through the establishment of the Global Black Centre in Addis Ababa. In such score, he called upon all members of the initiative to renew their commitment and keep the momentum going forward, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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[l] at 11/28/22 8:51am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022  State Minister of Finance Semereta Sewasew expressed Ethiopia’s position at the 115th Organization of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Council of Ministers meeting on the need to strengthen the reform of the organization to make it fit for purpose. The State Minister is in Brussels leading Ethiopian Delegation at the 115th OACPS Council launched in Brussels on Sunday. The State Minister has taken part in the deliberations of the council which has covered issues of the strategic focuses that range from partnership within member States and their links with the European Union. The council has also been discussing on the expansion of its partnership and visibility within the global framework, enhancement of the Secretariat’s reform and current global issues, among others, food and energy crisis to climate change. During the first day of the council’s deliberation, Semereta expressed Ethiopia’s position on the need to strengthen the reform of the organization to make it fit for purpose, according to Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels. On global issues, the State Minister also noted the importance of emphasizing the need to realize concrete steps in the outcomes of the COP27. In this instance, she emphasized that member countries should pursue a strong position for the recently formed “loss and damage fund” to be a viable financing mechanism to support vulnerable countries.

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[l] at 11/28/22 8:28am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022 Ethiopian Minister of Innovation, Belete Mola underscored that building a resilient infrastructure is at the core of the Digital Transformation Agenda of Ethiopia. On the side session entitled: “Best Practices and Recommendations for Digital Inclusion Through Resilient Infrastructure (ITU),” was held in Addis Ababa today as part of the 17th Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) .     In his keynote address to the session, the  innovation minister said creating digital equity requires creating a situation where all individuals and communities have the digital capacity. This digital equity is vital for full participation in the society, democracy, and economy, he pointed out. “Without digital equity, it is hardly possible to ensure equal participation in civic and cultural activities, employment opportunities and access to essential services. Unless there is a coordinated effort by the stakeholders, the gap between those who have affordable access, skills, and support to effectively engage online and those who do not is expanding to the worst.” In this regard, such initiatives which envision ensuring available, affordable and resilient digital infrastructure, should be expanded and supported so that they can address the challenges of the list developed countries, Belete noted. As Ethiopia has prioritized resilient infrastructure in its Digital Transformation Agenda, the minister noted that the country has succeeded in ICT reform. “In the last three years, Ethiopia has scored remarkable achievements in reforming the ICT sector. There are also efforts made in connecting schools and health facilities throughout the country. Reforming the legal and regulatory environment to build a strong National Digital Ecosystem is also underway. We are also in the processes of launching a national study to redefine the national Broadband plan.” However, despite the recent significant growth of mobile and internet subscribers, significant part of the Ethiopian population still do not have accesses to the internet, Belete said. Noting that Ethiopia will continue its effort to ensure a meaningful access to the internet by the citizens, the minister reiterated the nation’s commitment to collaborating with partners to ensure the Digital Transformation of Ethiopia. Matthew Harrison-Harvey, Chief External Affairs and Regulatory Officer of Safaricom Ethiopia said on his part that Safaricom is working in partnership with Ethiopian government for transforming the digital landscape of the country. Specifically, Safaricom with its shareholders and the government is  committed to maximizing access to small phones and access to the internet in Ethiopia. “Working in partnership with the government and other stakeholders, we wish to explore a partnershipa working group pilot in Ethiopia, including finance and subside funding mechanisms, policy and  regulatory decision, investment incentives to reduce  the supply chain cost, digital literacy and skills development.” The 17th Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicked off today  under the motto: “Resilient Internet for shared and common future”.

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[l] at 11/28/22 8:14am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022 The Government of Ethiopia condemned the cowardly acts of Al-Shabab on hotel Villa Rose, near the State house (Villa Somalia) on 27 November 2022. The government of Ethiopia has also conveyed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government of Somalia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. “The government of Ethiopia stands in solidarity with the government and people of the Federal Republic of Somalia at this difficult moment and expresses its readiness to closely work together with the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia in the fight against Terrorism,” it added.

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[l] at 11/28/22 7:42am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022 The establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Ethiopia will encourage foreign investment vital for the economic development of the country, private sector actors and experts said. The government of Ethiopia is working to strengthen international trade connectivity by establishing Special Economic Zones. In a bid to realizing this government is set to modify the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Proclamation. The proclamation aimed at strengthening the country’s drive to attract foreign direct investment, create jobs, enhance trade and productive sectors, integrate into global value chains, and generate sustainable growth. Members of the private sector actors and experts have lauded governments commitment to the establishment of Special Economic Zones which is believed to play a vital role in improving the export system of the country, increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and create wide employment opportunities.    GIZ Key Expert to E-governance, Elie Sawaya, said the establishment of SEZ will undoubtedly make Ethiopia a regional hub for manufacturing and service provision for neighboring countries. It is a good step where special economic zone allow improving service delivery and economic growth. According to him, SEZ will be a tool for the government in order to improve the services delivered by different branches of administration. China had applied this model back in the 70s, he said, adding SEZ’s has allowed rapid economic expansion in China. The country has grown from being a closed economy with little interaction beyond its borders, he said. It enabled it to spread economic development across different verticals, Sawaya said. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have also used the SEZ model in order to develop their economy, industry and their regional economic machines, he added. Mesfin Tafesse & Associates, Managing Director, Mesfin Tadesse, who provides legal assistance to companies in industrial parks, said, we in Ethiopia have been forming industrial parks in the past many years. The proposed  proclamation drafted with the objective to expedite the development of SEZ in Ethiopia will enable the country to expand and cover industrial parks that are primarily aimed at manufacturers, especially export oriented ones. ‘‘SEZ’s includes other sectors, for example, services; it enables broader intervention to improve better efficiency and effectiveness as a development endeavor.’’ he said adding ‘by bringing together different areas of activities and providing very targeted services to this organization, the business entities would be able to be more efficient in their services, in the treatment of their taxation status, in various ways to bring a better prospect for businesses operating in these zones.’’ The Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association in Ethiopia (ENLBA) Coordinator, Betelehem Fikre, on her part said that the planned SEZ modification will have a lot of benefits for businesses to flourish in Ethiopia.  Among the first one is a less bureaucracy and greatly improve doing business process. According to her, since the Netherlands is the 10th largest investor in Ethiopia and the largest in the European Union, the establishment of SEZ’s will be very beneficial to Dutch businesses as well. If done well, SEZs are a great vehicle for international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) to drive economic development, Betelehem stated. Until 2021, some 93 Dutch businesses have already invested over a billion USD in Ethiopia. It is to be recalled that Ethiopia had opened its first Free Trade Zone in Dire Dawa last August. The establishment of free trade zone, one of the initiatives set in the 10-year perspective development plan of Ethiopia, is aligned with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as well as realizing regional integration.

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[l] at 11/28/22 7:27am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen, appreciated Eswatini’s principled, solid, and balanced stance towards Ethiopia during testing time such as the recent security situation. Demeke received and discussed bilateral and regional issues with the Eswatini Foreign Minister, Thulisile Dladla today. During the occasion, Demeke briefed the Eswatini counterpart about the current developments in Ethiopia and the peace agreement signed in Pretoria. He stated that his government is moving forward with the peace agreements implementation, adding that Ethiopia is in a promising situation for a lasting peace. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eswatini, on her part, congratulated the people and Government of Ethiopia for reaching the peace agreement. She assured that her country is ready to provide all possible support for its successful implementation. She emphasized the value the Kingdom of Esawtini places on its relationship with Ethiopia and its desire to continue fostering cooperation for mutual benefits. Concluding their discussion, the two Foreign Ministers reached an understanding to work together to strengthen bilateral friendship and strategic multilateral cooperation between Ethiopia and Eswatini. Eswatini has its embassy in Addis Ababa since 2004 while the Ethiopian Embassy in South Africa is accredited to Eswatini.

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[l] at 11/28/22 5:38am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 28/2022 A National Peace Council has been established today with a view to support the ongoing efforts to bring lasting peace in Ethiopia. The Council, the first of its kind in the country, aims at helping the efforts to achieve lasting peace in the country. Minister of Peace, Binalf Andualem said during the launching ceremony, the Council will provide opportunity to enhance activities being carried out on peace building in a coordinated and collaborated manner. “Peace is a common agenda, path and destination,” he said, urging all to discharge responsibility for its realization. He stressed that the council should work hard to inculcate a culture of addressing disagreements through dialogue and patience. Noting religious institutions have a great role in creating citizens dedicated to the peace of the country, the minister said, calling the institutions to contribute their role by participating in the newly established Peace Council. Moreover, he stated that one of the ways to help build lasting peace in Ethiopia is the through National Dialogue Commission. In this regard, the Minister emphasized that the council should play its role in supporting the efforts of the commission. The council includes religious institutions, civil society representatives, security institutions, higher education institutions, intellectuals and political parties as members. The council will work to create a national consensus and work on conflict trend analysis and solution, it was indicated.

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[l] at 11/28/22 4:21am
Addis Ababa, November 28/2022/ENA/  The 17th Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has kicked off today in Addis Ababa. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia are hosting a five-day Forum that is expected to attract more than 2,500 participants across the world including representatives of governments, international organizations, private sectors as well as academician.   The forum is organized under the theme: “Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future.” The meeting will aim at accommodating the participation of stakeholders present in Addis Ababa or participating online.   The IGF, convened annually by the UN Secretary-General, is a critical platform for enabling open and engaging discussions on internet governance, including the internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.   The major sub-themes of the forum, among others, are connecting all people and safeguarding human rights, avoiding internet fragmentation, governing data as well as protecting privacy, enabling safety, security and accountability as well as addressing advanced technologies, including AI.   IGF is a global multi-stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet.

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[l] at 11/27/22 11:40pm
Addis Ababa November 28/2022/ENA/ Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen urged Ethiopian diplomats to promote pan-African principles and Africas ability in solving its problems through its own initiatives. The 21-day training provided to diplomats by Ethiopias Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the African Leadership Excellence Academy concluded on Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister handed over certificates of recognition for the trainees. During the occasion, Demeke also tabled a presentation highlighting the new trajectory for Ethiopia’s diplomacy and what is expected of the trainees. In his presentation the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister explained Ethiopias new diplomatic trajectory and what is expected of the trainees. He stated that meritocracy and professionalism will be the ministrys defining characteristics, and pragmatic ways will define Ethiopias diplomacy in line with the objectives of the ongoing reform process. Ethiopia, according to Demeke, needs to reorganize its diplomacy, focusing on deepening existing ties, forging new partnerships, widening its sphere of influence, and safeguarding national interests. He urged the diplomats to promote pan-African principles and Africas ability in solving its problems through its own initiatives, citing the successful African Union-led negotiations over the GERD and the Pretoria Peace Deal. Foreign Affairs State Minister Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, for her part, expressed her hope that the trainees will put the training sessions significant inputs into practice.

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[l] at 11/27/22 9:01am
Addis Ababa November 27/2022/ENA/ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen has urged diplomats to exert the utmost efforts to defend Ethiopia’s interest by drawing good lessons from past experiences and understanding the prevailing objective realities. The three week intensive training program organized for senior diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the African Leadership Excellence Academy in Addis Ababa winded up today.   The training aims at defining the directions, dimensions, and domains of Ethiopian diplomacy and was conducted focusing on the participation of Ethiopia in the international relations and diplomacy. It was also designed to update the knowledge and skills of diplomats in line with the new global-level realities in the economic, social, geopolitical, and digital arenas. At the closing ceremony of the training, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said diplomats must carry out their diplomatic activities in a timely and systematic manner in order to defend the national interests of Ethiopia. In this regard, the three week training is believed to help enable the diplomats promote Ethiopia’s truth and interest by carrying out their tasks in line with the dynamism of world geopolitics, he added.   Demeke further stated that the training is expected to contribute a lot for the effective accomplishment of national duty, urging the diplomats to effectively discharge their responsibility by translating the knowledge they acquired from the training.    Several scholars and senior government officials including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Sahle-Work Zewde, Former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Former President Mulatu Teshome have given training to the diplomats in various topics.   

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[l] at 11/27/22 8:19am
Addis Ababa November 27/2022/ENA/ The 17th Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be officially opened tomorrow in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia are hosting the five day Forum that is expected to attract more than 2,500 participants across the world including representatives of governments, international organizations, private sectors as well as academician.   The 17th IGF, organized under the theme: Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future, will discuss range of issues related to the opportunities and challenges of internet. Connecting all people and safeguarding human rights, avoiding internet fragmentation, governing data and protecting privacy, enabling safety, security and accountability as well as addressing advanced technologies, including AI are the major sub-themes of the forum.   IGF is a global multi-stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.

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[l] at 11/27/22 5:54am
Addis Ababa November 27/2022/ENA/ Following the peace agreement signed between the Government of Ethiopia and  TPLF, the government  has been restoring services and making humanitarian aid available in Korem Town, residents of the town told ENA. The residents have also pointed out that the government has been demonstrating its commitment to restoring services and providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the town, adhering to the peace agreement. Eskedar Haile, a resident of Korem, recalled that the residents of the town had endured hardship and misery for over a year. However, the prevalence of peace and security in Korem and its surroundings following the peace agreement, has led life in the town to return to normalcy, Eskedar noted. “The food aid delivery has eased the problems of the people,” she said. Priest Hagos Ararso also recalled that residents of Korem and its surroundings had experienced severe humanitarian crisis due to the conflict. The people have returned to their previous livelihood after the prevailing of peace in Korem and its surroundings, Priest Hagos observed, adding that the agreement reached between the government and TPLF would usher in lasting peace to the people. The delivery of emergency food aid to people in need by the government has eased the chronic problems of the people, he explained. The priest called on all to play their role to the implementation of the agreement. Meles Aderu, a youth resident of Korem, said he resumed his previous market activities in the town following the peace agreement. Stating that people who were displaced due to the threat of conflict have returned to their homes , Meles said, adding that the government’s relief assistance to people in need has eased the sufferings. Mayor of Korem City Administration, Zemachu Belay said the conflict has caused loss of lives and material damage. Following the damage on public utilities in and around the town, the government is undertaking reconstruction work, the mayor stated. Accordingly, telephone, electricity and water services have resumed recently, and health institutions and government services are being restored, he pointed out. Apart from this, the mayor said that 9,000 quintals of food for a month is being made available beginning from this week to over 53,833 people who are in urgent need of food aid due to the conflict.  He also explained that the government has kept its promise of humanitarian aid to the needy, where the fast delivery of food is helping the people to return to their normal activities quickly. He said Korem town has been returning to normalcy, stating that public transport has also resumed from Korem to Alamata and Sekota towns and vice versa. The rehabilitation of health and education institutions destroyed by conflict including banking services, will be carried out, he stated.

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Addis Ababa November 27/2022/ENA The government has completed the construction of three ago-processing industrial parks at a cost of 30 billion birr and is made them ready to potential investors. At the investment forum organized to introduce the Bure Integrated Agro Industrial Park to potential investors, some 103 investors expressed their interest to start work in the park. Speaking at the forum, the Chief Administrator of Amhara region, Yilikal Kefale said that the growth of agricultural production and productivity in the region is creating a favorable environment for the acceleration of the industrial sector. The Bure Integrated Ago Industry Park has been built to add value to the agricultural products and supply them to the domestic and foreign markets, he added. According to him, the park is constructed with the necessary facilities including asphalt roads, water, electricity, standard waste disposal system, the internet and other vital infrastructures. The Chief Administrator called upon potential investors to enter the industrial park and commence production in a short period of time to benefit themselves and contribute to the efforts being underway to realizing the prosperity of the country. Speaking on his part, Minister of Industry Melaku Alebel said the country has been working hard to fight poverty with all its ability. The federal government has planned to build ago-processing industries in seven corridors in the country out of which four have already started operation, he said. The Bure, Bulbula and Yergalem Agro Processing Parks, which the government built at a cost of 30 billion birr, have also been completed and opened to investors, the Minister noted. The Bure Integrated Agro-Industrial Park is among these projects built by the government with a cost of 8 billion Birr in the Amhara region. He further stated that the industrial parks are conducive to job creation, technology transfer, earning foreign currency and competitive investors. The owner of Rich Land Factory, Mulat Mengesha, said, Entering and working in the Agro Industry Park has many benefits. According to him, working in the parks will bring nine years of tax relief, tax-free entry of construction and factory machinery, and the country will give 100 percent subsidy to the investor. At the investment forum held in Bahir Dar, some 103 investors announced their interest to join in and develop Bure Agro Industrial Park.

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[l] at 11/27/22 1:40am
Addis Ababa November 27/2022/ENA/ Some 32,000 metric tons of food and more than 360,000 liters of fuel have been made accessible to Tigray region after the peace agreement between the Government of Ethiopia and the TPLF, the Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed. Following the peace agreement, the government has also intensified its efforts in making humanitarian aid widely accessible to northern Ethiopia, including Tigray region, and other areas. Ethiopian Disaster Risk Management Commissioner Ambassdor Shiferaw Teklemariam told ENA that access to humanitarian aid continues to be widely distributed in Tigray region. In keeping with the promise the government made in the Pretoria Peace Agreement, it is providing unlimited humanitarian aid for Tigray region. In addition to using its own capabilities, the government is undertaking wide campaign for humanitarian aid by coordinating with international aid organizations, the commissioner added. Accordingly, humanitarian aid is being made accessible through four corridors, including via Mekele and Shire airports. Commissioner Shiferaw elaborated that after the peace agreement and up until yesterday, the government has provided humanitarian aid of 13,000 metric tons of grains and nutritious food. Humanitarian aid organizations have also distributed 19,000 metric tons of food to Tigray region, he revealed. According to him, the humanitarian aid sent to the region in the last few weeks will benefit more than 2 million people. The commissioner further stated that over 360,000 liters of fuel has also been sent to the region and neighboring regions. The fuel that arrived at Mekelle will be used for the objective set through the World Food Program (WFP). On other hand, the government is making accessible medical supplies, water and sanitation as well as materials for schools and local residents. The humanitarian support from the government will continue to be strengthened, the commissioner said, adding that the government is working in coordination with partners and citizens. In addition to the governments efforts in helping the people affected by conflict in various areas of the Amhara and Afar regions, the participation of the community is commendable and needs to be strengthened, Shiferaw stated. The commissioner, who stated that there are approximately 5.3 million beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance in Tigray region, said 4.5 million are receiving support on a regular basis. Moreover, he stated that the government has organized a coordinating committee to help displaced citizens to return to their villages and rehabilitate them in a sustainable manner. Besides resuming regular services, preparations have been made to continue strengthening humanitarian support until citizens return to normal lives, the added. Noting that the government has been working to mobilize the capability of aid organizations, he urges the Ethiopian Diaspora to support the effort.

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[l] at 11/26/22 8:39am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 26/2022 Representatives of religious leaders, elders, and others drawn from zones of Oromia regional state have pledged to provide all the necessary support for the National Dialogue Commission in the effort to find solutions to Ethiopias problems. The pledge was made at a discussion underway in Jimma city.  Aba Gadas from different zones of Oromia region, religious leaders, elders and other representatives of the society are taking part at the discussion organized by the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission.   Among the participants of the discussion, Aba Gada Tesfaye Tujo from Woliso noted that Ethiopians can solve their problems through consultations and dialogue as Ethiopia is an ancient civilization.  The efforts that have started by the National Dialogue Commission to solve problems through dialogue should be strengthened, he said.  According to him, the National Dialogue Commission should therefore be supported to discharge its responsibility.  Reverend Takele Dadi noted on his part that the commission offers a great opportunity to correct the polarized ideas and distorted narratives in the country.  The reverend added that he will support the process in all possible ways and indicated that he is confident that peace will prevail in the country.  Ashebir Tadesse said we must all work together to solve the problems we face as a country through peace and dialogue.  Most of Ethiopias problems originate from political interests and distorted narratives, he said, adding that the commission should focus on bringing these different views closer.  National Dialogue Commission Commissioner, Melaku Wolde Maryam said that the commission could facilitate grounds for solving the problems and disputes that have arisen in the country due to various reasons.  Therefore, all Ethiopians should help the commission by gathering the agenda and questions which have to be raised in the national dialogue.  Above all, everyone should believe that the differences that are observed in Ethiopia can be narrowed only through dialogue.  He also called on citizens to submit suggestions for input to the National Dialogue Commission based on the objective situation of their respective localities.

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[l] at 11/26/22 8:31am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 26/2022  Germanys KfW Development Bank-funded 5 high-quality combine harvesters were handed over to lease finance customers today as part of the Agricultural Mechanization Leasing Project in Ethiopia. ​​ The fourth round KFW-funded Agricultural Mechanization Leasing Project in the country has so far handed over 50 agricultural mechanization machines worth 13 million Euros to lease finance customers, it was learned. The machineries funded by KfW Development Bank-fund have been purchased by the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE). KfW Ethiopia Director, Diana Hedrich said on the occasion that KFW Development Bank has been financing investments, equipment (agricultural mechanization machines) and infrastructure. The 5 high-quality combine harvesters seen here right now are financed by the development bank, she added.   According to her, KFW and Development Bank of Ethiopia started cooperation in 2018 when the German Ministry provided 13 million Euros for the project.   The project is strengthening Ethiopia’s agricultural mechanization and the strategy of Ministry of Agriculture, including the wheat production to be wheat import independent, the director stated.   Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) Vice President, Asfaw Abera on his part stressed the need to increase partnerships like this to enhance agricultural mechanization in Ethiopia. “Our country, with a key partners like KFW, needs to strengthen the efforts for the expedition of the import of agricultural machineries. In this regard, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has been supporting the initiative of this grand mechanization project through KFW,” he said. KFW is supporting the government’s initiative to enhance agricultural mechanization and modernize the agricultural practice in Ethiopia. DBE Vice President Asfaw pointed out that the project is improving productivity and production, livelihood of farmers, creating jobs, building capacity, and boosting the effort to ensure food security in the country. Some 32 combine harvesters, 9 tractors and 9 implements, 50 agricultural mechanization machineries in total, have been handed over to service providers and farmers so far. He revealed that 61 agricultural mechanization machines are also in the process of procurement. Agriculture Ministry Advisor, Tamiru Habte thanked KFW, Development Bank of Ethiopia and the government for their role to the implementation of the project to enhance agricultural mechanization. The Government of Ethiopia has exempted agricultural mechanization machines from import tax to enhance mechanization. The Agricultural Mechanization Leasing Project has been funded by Germanys Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through KFW and executed by the Development Bank of Ethiopia in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture to accelerate agricultural mechanization and realize the potential of the agriculture sector. The project launched in 2018 and is the first for KFW in Ethiopia.

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[l] at 11/26/22 4:11am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 26/2022 The government of Ethiopia needs to intensify the fighting against corruption to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and benefits from sustainable economic growth, Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations (CEHRO) Executive Director, Mesud Gebeyehu said. Recall that the Government of Ethiopia has announced a national committee to coordinate its anti-corruption campaign by taking into account that corruption has become a threat to the security of the country. The newly established committee will bring culprits before court of law by identifying the actors, in addition to those who had already been identified, it was learned. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Mesud said the committee that the government has recently established to fight corruption demonstrates governments commitment to taking practical actions beyond condemning the act. As corruption negatively impacts the FDI inflows, decreases FDI volume, it is very gratifying to learn that the government is preparing to take action, he pointed out. “Any investor who is engaged in business wants to get any service that is time-measured, standard known, what needs to be met and what should not be met, and get service based on that,” he said. “In the process of getting this service, if there is a chain of corruption and theft, there is a situation where the person who wants to invest will be subjected to additional expenses without realizing the investment. The business itself will be hacked by the chain of theft and its productivity will be uncertain, so the investor will not be encouraged to increase its productivity,” he added. In this regard, the anti-corruption is highly useful and encouraging for investment and any public service matters—calling for everyone thus to contribute to the success of governments  efforts. Citing China as an example, he stated that they have been taking strict stance against corruption and developed a strong system that prevents anyone who thinks that they can take advantage of theft without doing any work and without toiling. As a result, they were able to benefit from development and have been able to set up an economy that will set an example for others beyond the country. It is necessary at both institutional and individual levels to stand by the government and hold the corrupt accountable by law, and benefit from development by creating a society free from corruption.

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[l] at 11/26/22 3:49am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 26/2022 National Disaster Risk Management Commission said that the first-round humanitarian assistance has reached more than 450,000 people in Tigray from Shiraro to Adwa. Following the peace agreement reached between the government of Ethiopia and the TPLF in Pretoria, South Africa, the Ethiopian government has been facilitating humanitarian supplies to people in Tigray on roads in four corridors and by air transport as well.  National Disaster Risk Management Commission, Office Head and Assistance Coordinator, Zerihun Zewde said governments support to the people who are in difficulties conditions in the Tigray region has been reinforced. He added that unrestricted supply of humanitarian aid  is being provided in all areas from Shiraro to Adi Hagerai, Adi Nebri, Shire, Selkleka, Axum and Adwa.    Accordingly, in the first round alone, more than 90 thousand quintals of wheat and nutritious food were distributed to more than 450 thousand people, the coordinator pointed out.  Zerihun also noted  that food and medical equipment needed for children and adults are being provided in these areas.  Food and medical equipment needed from children to adults are also being provided to these areas, he added.  Currently, more than 60 heavy vehicles loaded with humanitarian supplies have arrived at their destinations; and are unloading and distributing to the community, according to the coordinator.  Moreover, the supply of emergency food assistance to reach the displaced people living in 70 shelters in the region will be strengthened, Zerihun said.  He added that the commission in collaboration with WFP will continue providing assistance to the displaced people on a large scale.  Agreement has been reached with humanitarian organizations operating in the Tigray Region on ways of conducting their operations in a legal manner, he indicated.  Accordingly, these humanitarian agencies have started activities to provide food, medicine and medical supplies as well as clean drinking water.

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[l] at 11/26/22 2:10am
Addis Ababa (ENA) November 26/2022 Residents of Axum, Adwa and Shire cities told ENA that the people of Tigray have started to breathe the air of peace and called on every citizen to play their part for the implementation of the peace agreement. The residents said they are very happy with the peace agreement reached between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF after a two-year long conflict.  Following the peace deal, they noted that the agreement has brought about relief and hope in ensuring lasting peace in northern Ethiopia. Now the youth who could not go to school have started dreaming of a better tomorrow and mothers are waiting for their children to come back from the war fronts.  According to the residents of Shire, Axum and Adwa cities, the peace agreement is a victory for all Ethiopians.  The war has destroyed lives and property, and Ethiopia should not face more problems, the inhabitants stated.  We Ethiopian are brothers; and now is the time to show that we are united to solve our problems peacefully, they underscored.  The people of Tigray are tired of war, the residents said, adding that all Ethiopians are beneficiaries of the peace agreement.  They, therefore, called on every citizen to work with determination for the implementation of the peace agreement so that they can return to their normal lives.

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