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January 21,2022 (ENA) The famous Ethiopian poet and playwright, Ayaleneh Mulatu, said the ongoing foreign interference and media disinformation campaign on Ethiopia originate from fear that the country would become beacon of anti-neocolonial struggle. The poet told ENA that Ethiopia has been facing unprecedented influences. “This is an exceptional historical experience of this century that the entire Western powers stood against Ethiopia, a poor country.” He noted that Westerners had also been behind Italy, which attempted to invade Ethiopia during the colonial era. Similarly, the US and its Western allies are fully supporting the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front that strives to overthrow the democratically elected government, and install the terrorist group and its cohorts to power. According to him, they are particularly afraid that Ethiopia would prompt other Africans to fight against foreign interference and stir a great movement of solidarity against white supremacists. The playwright also believes that Western powers have always been wary of African unity and solidarity which could lead to the drying up of their wealth and resources extraction across the continent. Noting that Ethiopia had played incomparable role for the unification of Africa by first defeating Italy, he stated that the victory was a shock for colonial powers and fueled the struggle for independence across the continent. “It was Ethiopia that showed the possibility of victory over white supremacists by defeating fascism when Africans were suffering from colonialism. This led to the rise of not only Ethiopians but also Africans against the colonial forces.” Now the white supremacist are afraid of Ethiopia it will be the center of anti-colonialism in particular as the #NoMore Movement has come up with this idea; and they are determined to destroy the country. Paradoxically, the foreign pressure and internal challenges the  country  that faced during the past months has brought the divided population for the past 30 years together and enabled them to thwart those enemies. “If you ask me why an internationally orchestrated war on the country has brought Ethiopians unified? I believe it is because the world is all-out to destroy and disintegrate Ethiopia. And every Ethiopian never allows to see this conspiracy realized; and  the situation has created a great solidarity.” Ethiopians inside and outside of the country as well as Africans have thus been joining hands to condemn foreign intervention, Ayalneh said. The poet finally called on the government to take this national and continental solidarity  forward through careful leadership.

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[l] at 1/21/22 7:41am
January 21/2022/ENA/  French Ambassador to Ethiopia, Rémi Maréchaux has visited Wollo University and Dessie General Specialized Hospital that were damaged by the terrorist TPLF group. During the visit, Wollo University President and Dessie Hospital Manager explained about the damages incurred to the delegation led by Ambassador Maréchaux. Wollo University President, Mengesha Beyene said the TPLF group looted properties of the university and destroyed what it could not take. The looting and damage was so rampant that it is not in a position to start operation any time soon, he added. According to the president, the ambassador has pledged to support the rehabilitation of the university during their discussion. He has also promised to enhance technology use and exchange of experiences by creating network with counterpart universities.   Even if the organized terrorist TPLF group inflicted heavy damages on the laboratory facility, ICT infrastructure and dormitories as well as dinning and teaching and learning buildings, the president revealed that the university will resume classes in March 2022 the latest. Wollo University had more than 26,000 students before the invasion, it was learned. Mengesha further noted that the visit made by the French delegation will help expose the lies of the foreign media. Dessie General Specialized Hospital Manager, Dr. Haimanot Ayele said on his part that the hospital used to serve inhabitants of East Amhara Zone, Afar region and part of Tigray regional state. However, the hospital was totally looted and destroyed by the terrorist group that harbors deep resentment  towards the people, the manager added. According to him, the hospital has started serving the public following the integrated effort to  restore it. Dr. Haimanot also said the ambassador has promised to extend assistance to the hospital.

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[l] at 1/21/22 7:24am
Addis Ababa, January 21/2022/ENA/  The efforts exerted by the Ethiopian Diaspora to protect the rights and interests of the country through the #NoMore movement and digital diplomacy have brought about concrete change, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). A national conference that discusses the contribution of the diaspora to diplomacy is underway in Gondar. Speaking at the opening of the forum, Foreign Affairs State Minister Birtukan Ayano said one of the reasons for the decision to hold the African Union Summit in Ethiopia was the large influx of diaspora to the country. The state minister recalled that the diaspora residing in the different continents have made a big difference by denouncing negative views and reports on Ethiopia through the NoMore movement and digital diplomacy. She further noted that the diaspora community has also contributed its share to alleviating the shortage of foreign exchange in the country by sending over 9 billion USD remittance during  the past three years. Birtukan finally thanked the diaspora for the commitment they have shown to help the country overcome its difficulties by accepting the homecoming call. Ministry Spokesperson Dina Mufti said on his part that countries like India have worked in collaboration with the diaspora to bring about development. Even if Ethiopia is also a country with a large number of diaspora, it has not been able to use them properly due to various reasons, he added. Following the reform, however, the effort to involve the diaspora in all national affairs is bringing about some change that will be further intensified. Gondar University President, Asrat Atsedewein said the various supports given to the university in technology transfer, creativity and other spheres by the diaspora is encouraging. He also cited the contribution of diaspora scholars in teaching, raising funds for research, and providing teaching materials. According to the president, the university is ready to identify investment alternatives and provide  consulting services to the diaspora. Members of the diaspora and federal, regional, zonal and city administrations officials are taking part in the conference organized by Gondar University and the city administration.

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Addis Ababa January 21/2022/ENA/ The Government of Japan will provide a new humanitarian assistance package worth about 14 million USD to Ethiopia through its partnerships with various international organizations. As a follow-up to the commitments made at TICAD 7 in Yokohama in August 2018, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, Japanese humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia, to be implemented in Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) 2021/2022, is focused on food security and nutrition, health and WASH as well as emergency shelter, non-food items and protection. Accordingly, Japan will provide over 2 million USD to the WFP to prevent and treat acute malnutrition for over 29,800 children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women in Afar, Amhara and Tigray.    In order to meet acute needs, Japan will provide about 7 million USD to ICRC, UNICEF and UNOPS, the Embassy said.    “This assistance will be needed to enhance access to primary health care and improve water and sanitation services and facilities for IDPs and host communities in drought and conflict affected seven regions namely Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali and Tigray.  It is estimated this assistance will benefit over 1 million people.”           The embassy further stated that in order to improve access to the protection and lifesaving support through the provision of emergency shelter, NFIs and basic services for IDPs, returnees and host communities in conflict and COVID-19 affected areas in all 10 regions except Harari and Sidama, Japan will provide about  5 million USD to IOM, OCHA, UNFPA and UNHCR.   

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Addis Ababa January 21/2022/ENA/ The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) launched Etihad 7 program to fund renewable energy projects in Africa at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2022. According to the Ministry, Etihad 7, a UAE-led innovation program, is dedicated to securing funding for renewable energy projects in Africa with a view to supply clean electricity to 100 million people by 2035. The program will raise funds from the public and private sectors for clean energy investment with guidance and coordination from the UAE’s MoFAIC and Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change. The ambitious initiative builds on the UAE’s longstanding and deep ties with Africa and will be a focal point of the country’s efforts to contribute towards the global sustainability agenda over the next decade, the Ministry said.   The Etihad 7 initiative will help African nations meet fast-growing energy needs without the corresponding surge in greenhouse gas emissions, it pointed out.   Commenting on the initiative, Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, State Minister of  Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said: “We will leverage our existing relationships in Sub-Saharan Africa, including diplomatic, humanitarian, and development cooperation, to share the UAE’s renewable energy expertise to advance economic and human development.” Furthermore, he noted that the UAE already has a number of agreements in place with Sub-Saharan African partners under Etihad 7 to join them in pursuing their clean energy and economic aims.

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The Council of Ministers announced today that it has approves regulations, most of them on road transport, and referred a proclamation to the House of Peoples Representatives (HPR). According to the statement of the Office of the Prime Minister, a draft regulation that would put in place a system which effectively channels accurate information to citizens and enables them to participate actively in national development and inclusive democratic process was discussed and approved effective today. A draft proclamation on road transport that would further enhance the contribution of road transport services to the economic and social development of the country was referred to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) for endorsement. Upon approval, it is expected to make federal and regional road transport executive bodies work in coordination and integrated manner. The other proposed regulation the council discussed was concerned with the establishment of road safety and road fund service. The regulation, which is believed to fundamentally solve the problem of the sector, was therefore approved by the council to become effective as of its date of  publication on Negarit Gazette. Next, the council discussed the draft regulation on drivers qualification certification license. Stressing the need for the development of well-trained and safe road transport system, it approved the regulation by clearly delineating the duties and responsibilities of the bodies involved in the process. The council decided to implement the regulation effective its date of publication on Negarit Gazette. The council also discussed the draft regulation on speed limit for motor vehicles and decided its  implementation effective its date of publication on Negarit Gazette. Similarly, the council discussed the draft regulation to determine and control vehicle size and weight in order to minimize damages on road and ensure road safety. The regulation was approved and cleared for implementation effective its date of publication on Negarit Gazette. In addition, the council discussed the draft regulation on re-establishment of the public transport service and approved its effective implementation as of the date of its publication on Negarit Gazette. Finally, the council of ministers discussed the draft regulation on re-establishment of finance intelligence service in order to make the institution compatible with the development of modern technology and competent enough to tackle financial crimes. The regulation was approved and decided its effective implementation as of the date of its publication on Negarit Gazette.

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Addis Ababa January 20/2022/ENA/ Chinese government has donated some 2.2 million Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines to Ethiopia. The Chinese Embassy in Addis Ababa and the Ministry of Health signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding ) today for a hand over of  2.2 million doses of Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines the People and Government of China has donated to Ethiopia. Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan and Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse  signed the MoU. Briefing journalists today, Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse lauded the Government and People of China  for the continuous support in the prevention effort of COVID-19 pandemic in Ethiopia. Dr. Lia said that the current 2.2 million doses of Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines are  the 5th round donation of Chinese government support extended to Ethiopia over the year last year. China has been supported a total of some 7.5 million doses of Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines to Ethiopia, she stated, noting that it has been greatly contributing for the access of COVID-19 vaccination to the community. “Today’s donation is 2.2 million doses of Sino-pharm vaccine, which makes the total donations so far from the Government of China to 7.5 million doses of Sino-pharm vaccines, helping to access the vaccines to our community and protect from COVID-19 pandemic and help us in the mitigation of the pandemic,” she underscored. The support of China to Ethiopia in the effort to mitigate the pandemic has not been limited to provision of COVID-19 vaccines rather China has also been supporting Ethiopia in prevention, treatment, detection and testing, she stated.   Besides to the provision and donation of COVID-19 vaccines, China has been alongside with Ethiopia in support of  other sectors of the country, she pointed out. Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan on his part said the arrival of 2.2 million vaccines to Ethiopia demonstrates that China is turning its commitments of friendship into visible and tangible outcomes. China and Ethiopia are friendly countries that are supporting each other in time of hardship, he noted. It is also a timely support that boosts Ethiopia’s confidence and capacity in copping up the pandemic, he said, adding that China will continue providing more vaccines to Ethiopia and other developing countries through various means so as to make greater contributions to equitable access to vaccines and an early victory over the pandemic. The Ambassador stated “everyone knows China and Ethiopia are both brothers and sisters. We always support each other. We will continue to support Ethiopia to fight against COVID-19. And, in 2022, we will make more vaccines to deliver here .”

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[l] at 1/20/22 5:31am
Addis Ababa January 20/2022/ENA/Preparations are well underway to host the upcoming 35th African Union Summit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of Ministerial Session and the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU Heads of State and Government will take place from 02-06 February, 2022, it was indicated. This year summit will be held under the theme “Building Resilience in Nutrition on the African Continent: Accelerate the Human Capital, Social and Economic Development.” In his weekly media briefing, Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dina Mufti said a national committee composed of all pertinent institutions is established to oversee preparations to host the African Union Ministerial and Heads of State and Government Sessions. “There were a lot of doubts about whether it was going to be a virtual or physical but after intensive lobbies and diplomatic interactions with African countries,  finally it was decided that the AU Summit will take place physical in Addis Ababa,” Dina indicated. Dina said that this is actually, a heavy blow to those people who are professing dooms day here and propagating about instability in the city so that the city is not capable of hosting African leaders, adding: “It is big diplomatic success as well.” Dina recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a statement over the week appreciating the decision of the African Union member states to convene the 35th AU Summit in person in Addis Ababa. The premier said Ethiopia is pleased with the current leaders of Africa for acknowledging Ethiopia’s historic and unwavering stance to advance African and Pan-African agendas. The implications of hosting the summit in Addis Ababa are enormous, saying that it would demonstrate peace and stability in the country. Prime Minister also stated that it would also create opportunities for us to restate our stance on the African Agenda and practically exhibit Ethiopias good status to our African allies, according to spokesperson. On other hand, Dina said that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau had a conversation over the week on issues of common interest, regional matters and related issues. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affair, Demeke Mekonnen also had a phone conversation over the week with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, Anniken Huitfeldt. Moreover, Ethiopians in the Diaspora and friends of Ethiopia who have responded to the Great Ethiopian Home Coming Challenge have continued to participate in various activities aimed to rehabilitate affected people and reconstruct damaged properties due to the conflict. As they did in Lalibela, they have flocked to Gondar City to celebrate epiphany with a record-breaking number of Ethiopian Airlines flights, it was indicated.

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Addis Ababa January 20/2022/ENA/ Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) holds multiple benefits for the two downstream countries of Sudan and Egypt, as well as the East African region at large. In his statement released today, the premier described the renaissance dam as a good example that is demonstrative of the principle of cooperation. “The dam has been constructed through the earnest contribution of all citizens of Ethiopia and holds multiple benefits for the two downstream countries of Sudan and Egypt, as well as the East African region at large,” according to the prime minister. Noting that the benefits for downstream countries are often untold, Abiy said that in Sudan, for example, the GERD provides ample protection against devastating floods and the effects of water shortage during drought and dry periods.” He added it will help Sudanese water infrastructure to be operated optimally as they receive regulated flow. “This means that more electricity could be generated from existing infrastructure and adequate and regular water could flow in the river downstream throughout the year to enable reliable water supply for people, agriculture, and the ecology. The GERD also brings more energy to the already interconnected systems of Sudan and Ethiopia as well as to others.” Speaking the benefit of Egypt specially to Egypt as a downstream country, the statement  said that the country also benefits from water conservation at the GERD instead of wastage of billions of cubic meters of water to evaporation and in downstream flood plains. “The GERD also helps to prevent future spillage that overtops the Aswan Dam. Globally and in the Nile region, the GERD as a clean renewable energy source would help to reduce emission that could avoid up to 10.6 million tons of greenhouse gases if it were produced from fuel, coal or gas plants.” he indicated. Hence, development of the GERD plays an important role in meeting and increasing renewable energy generation share towards Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 7 and better water management of Goal 6 of the SDGs, as well as meeting many targets of Africa’s Agenda 2063. The statement  further stated that for the Nile region and for all its citizens, the GERD has a potential to stabilize energy mix.  He also stressed the need to downplay such negative discourses regarding the renaissance dam since it holds multiple benefits for the Nile region. “While perceived negative factors have been made more visible in the GERD discourse, the positive attributes rather outweigh the opposing rhetoric and downplay the potential for cooperation to mitigate negative factors, if such factors exist.”   Consequently, Prime Minister Abiy urged that “ it is time for our three countries of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to nurture the narrative towards building peace, cooperation, mutual co-existence and development of all our people without harming one another. Nile in general and the GERD project in particular are opportune for such a higher purpose.” Moreover,  the major function of the GERD is to manage the highly variable flow of the Abbay and produce 15,700-Gigawatt-hour per year  electricity since for Ethiopia electricity remains a resource that is enormously lacking, he pointed out. “ Large quantity of the flow (about 90 percent) occurs within four months of the rainy season and during the rest of the year the mighty Abbay trickles like a small river. The dam is needed to regulate this variable flow by reducing flooding and augmenting dry flow.”

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[l] at 1/19/22 9:57am
Addis Ababa, January 19/2022/ENA/ An Italian photographer, Jacopo Brogioni, who is in Addis Ababa to partake the Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket) said that visiting Ethiopia is like visiting many countries in one place. While attending the Ethiopian epiphany – Timket celebration at Jan Meda, in Addis Ababa, Brogioni told ENA that there are so many different places in Ethiopia to visit. Ethiopia is a country full of culture and history; it’s like having a thousand different landscapes of various countries in a single country, he added.  ‘…I have the honor and pleasure to come and visit this country full of history and culture, as you see I am lucky that I am here during this incredible celebration. I am completely happy and completely safe to be here, Brogioni said. According to him, Ethiopians are unique people in terms of culture and history since the beginning of the world. For us the way Ethiopians celebrate, honor and respect the culture and religion is a gift for our eyes,:  the photographer stated. He further said that I look forward that after the pandemic it will be possible to go around and visit the city and the country.  Brogioni expressed hope that many tourists will come back here to visit this incredible country. Followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church across the nation have celebrated Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket) on Wednesday to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan in the presence of several foreign tourists and Ethiopian Diaspora.

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[l] at 1/19/22 9:47am
The Ethiopian Epiphany has been colorfully celebrated in liberated areas of Amhara region from terrorist TPLF including in the towns of Dessie, Woldia, Seqota and Kemisie. Ethiopian Epiphany was celebrated colorfully and peacefully across Amhara region including the areas that were invaded by the terrorist group and now are liberated. Residents of Dessie said that this year’s celebration of Timket is special since they are able to observe the festival in a special spirit after the horrific abuse committed by the terrorist  TPLF. Speaking to ENA, Bililgn Eshetu stated that during terrorist TPLFs invasion of Dessie town, the group not only robbed and destroyed properties but it also inflicted heavy casualties on innocent civilians. Even religious institutions had been looted and vandalized by the terrorist TPLF to achieve its aim of destabilizing Ethiopia, he added. However, now the residents of the town are celebrating the festival today as the group had been dragged out of the region, he added. This years celebration of Epiphany in Dessie is unique as we are able to observe the day after the inhuman acts, suffering and abuse committed by the invading terrorist TPLF forces on the residents, Bililgn said. Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Dessie Diocese Manager, Sirak Melese, on his part said Timket is being celebrated with love and unity. Our Muslim brothers and sisters in particular are helping the Christians to clean areas for the celebration of the festival,” he added. What Muslim brothers and sisters did during the festival has been amazing which demonstrates the strong culture and values ​​of the people, he pointed out.

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[l] at 1/19/22 9:41am
Addis Ababa, January 19/2022/ENA/  A huge number of Ethiopian Diaspora and foreign tourists have joined the special Timket (Epiphany) festival celebration in the historic city of Gondar in Ethiopia’s Amhara region today. The participation of the Diaspora, foreign tourists and hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Church followers as well as people from other religions in the huge gathering of magnificent Timket celebration made the festival special. The celebration of epiphany with the Diaspora and tourists from different countries disproved groundless western propaganda that Ethiopia is insecure to go but to evacuate. The Ethiopian Diaspora and tourists have celebrated the special epiphany celebration in Gondar and the faithful celebrated it with religious rituals, cultural dressing, traditional songs, dances, and prayer. The spread of COVID-19 coupled with baseless security threats have been diminishing the routine influx of foreign tourists to Gondar until this special Timket gathering disproved the flawed narrative. Amhara region President, Yilkal Kefale on the occasion thanked the Diaspora for their struggle against western pressure on Ethiopia and the impact they created through the No More movement. The fact that this epiphany is celebrated in Gondar peacefully and in a unique atmosphere sends clear message to the international community to understand the real situation on the ground and prioritize cooperation with Ethiopia, he added. The president observed that celebrating epiphany in Gondar has a special joy and feeling. If Gondar makes good use of its culture and heritage, it can play an important role in the tourism sector, Yilkal said. The president has also said that the baptismal font should be named after Emperor Fassilides baptismal font as before without any further permission, he added. The out-door celebration of the Timket in Gondar city with huge public gathering has astonished foreign tourists such as Canadian Historian, Novelist and investigative journalist, Jeff Pearce, who exposed the infamous virtual discussion of senior western diplomats. He is impressed by the special Timket celebration. “Timket is special in Gonder. The celebration is amazing and difficult to explain the feeling. I am not a Christian. However, I love everything here,” Pearce said.  He is known for his relentless support to Ethiopia in terms of defending the undue western pressure by providing information about the reality in the country and the government’s stance.   Pearce is now in Gondar, one of the places where Timket is celebrated in Ethiopia with huge gatherings including tourists of various countries across the globe. Gondar is known for the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound, once the seat of Ethiopian emperors, dominating it is the immense 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides. King Fasil settled in Gondar and established it as a permanent capital in 1636 and lately before his decline in the late 18th century the royal court developed from a camp into a fortified compound called Fasil Ghebbi. The UNESCO inscribed Fasil Ghebbi that includes castles of Emperor Fasiledas and Iyasu as well as the palace of Mentuab among other magnificent historical attractions for foreign tourists and domestic visitors.

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[l] at 1/19/22 9:36am
An American Church Reverend and Assistance Pastor in Atlanta, Bronson Ellwood called on media outlets in the West to stop disseminating fake news about Ethiopia. In spite of the disinformation campaign by some media outlets in the west about the real situation in the country, Ethiopians have colorfully celebrated Timket in the presence of several members of the Ethiopian Diaspora and foreign tourists. The Reverend is here leading a 20 member delegation to participate in the celebration of Ethiopian Epiphany. The Reverend criticized the disinformation campaign orchestrated by some of the west media about Ethiopia. Despite some western media’s propaganda against Ethiopia, he said “I felt like I am in heaven as I have celebrated Epiphany in Ethiopia.” This year’s Timket is unique for it is celebrated at a time when the ill intention of Ethiopia’s enemies to dismantle the nation has been foiled. The celebration is also unique as many Ethiopian diaspora have participated in this world heritage religious festival.   The Reverend told ENA at the celebration in Addis Ababa that the delegation is in Ethiopia to express solidarity to the people of the country. Expressing his joy for partaking in this large religious festival, the Reverend said most members of the delegation are in Africa for the first time.   He also pledged to regularly work in order to promote Ethiopia by leading other similar delegations.   The Reverend further stated that reports being disseminated by some media outlets in the west entirely contradict with the reality on the ground in Ethiopia.  

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[l] at 1/19/22 7:15am
Addis Ababa January 19/2022/ENA/  Participants of Timket celebration in Addis Ababa called on all people to stand together and help the destitute during the festival of Timket as the celebration preaches love, unity and fraternity among human beings. Timket, which is registered by the UNESCO as the world intangible cultural heritage, was colorfully celebrated  throughout Ethiopia today to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Speaking to ENA, Liqe Mezemran Tibebu Mengistu said Timket preaches humanity to the people of the world to live in peace and harmony. It is a symbol of peace, unity and integrity as Jesus Christ preached peace and harmony among human beings, he added. Moreover, the festival brings love and unity among Ethiopians since it is celebrated with reverence, lending a hand and helping one another, he pointed out. “Epiphany cleans us from our sin. Besides to its spiritual value, Timket is a festival of unity and togetherness among human beings,” Liqe Mezemran Tibebu added. Church choir, Solomon Teshome said the celebration promotes love, coexistence and tolerance among humans rather than animosity between people of the world. “It is the festival of love and peace. We are celebrating Timket with reason that the baptism of Jesus teaches us humbleness and respect of one another,” Solomon said. The other choir Seyum Derbie on his part reiterated that Timket festival helps to enhance unity and fraternity among Ethiopians. “Respecting one another, tolerance, coexistence among others are values we could learn from the values of Timket, noting that division, racism and animosity are against the values of the festival,” he underscored. Sharing and caring one another is another value of Timket festivity, he noted, followers need to celebrate the festival along with peoples who are in need of help or assistance.

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[l] at 1/19/22 5:58am
Addis Ababa January 19/2022/ENA/  Followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church across the nation have celebrated Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket) on Wednesday to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. In the capital Addis Ababa, the celebration was held in a grand religious ceremony at Jan Meda in the presence of hundreds of thousands of  faithful including foreign tourists. During the occasion, religious fathers conducted ritual ceremonies including the showering of blessed water on the faithful to commemorate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist at River Jordan.   Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church General Manager His Grace Abune Yared, said at the celebration that Timket celebration is a symbol of unity, love and care. Abune Yared, who is also an Archbishop of Arsi & East Gojjam called on the faithful to enhance their unity and love.   Timket has been considered by the world as one of the distinctive and unique phenomena across the globe as it is celebrated colorfully in unison among the Ethiopians.      Though Ethiopia had experienced natural and man made challenges over the past years including the war in the northern part of the country and COVID-19, the nation has now been able stand together to ensuring peace, development and harmony by surpassing the challenges, he added. He further underscored that the undue pressures exerted against Ethiopia from various directions would not affect the unity and peace of the nation.  “No matter how we have been through our togetherness as Ethiopian will not be cracked,” Abune Yared said. He called upon all Ethiopians to contribute their share to preserve the traditions and practices of Timket, which is registered by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage. Ethiopian Epiphany has been inscribed in 2019 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

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[l] at 1/19/22 1:56am
Addis Ababa January 19/2022/ENA/ Tourists from Germany who came to visit Ethiopia excited for being part of the celebration of Ethiopian epiphany locally known as Timket. Despite fake news by some western media, Ethiopians across the country have celebrated the eve of epiphany (Ketera) colorfully. In the capital Addis Ababa, hundreds of thousands of residents of  the capital city and several foreign tourists have participated at the celebration of Ketera at Jan Meda where most of the tabots (replica of the Ark of the Covenant) come together to spend the night accompanied with various religious rituals and other cultural ceremonies. Adrian Barchet and Anabel Miriam, from Germany are some of the tourists attending the celebration at Jan Meda in Addis Ababa. Adrian Barchet told ENA that he attended the colorful celebration in Ethiopia for the first time.   Expressing his admiration of the traditional attire of Ethiopians, Barchet said that he wants to learn more about the Ethiopian culture. “It is really exciting for me; it is a new kind of celebration. I love the traditional clothing and everything is right and I love it. I don’t know much about how to celebrate culturally, but I need to learn so and it is really nice.” The celebration demonstrates the unity of the people as they celebrate it together with similar feelings, he said.    “It makes me happy because people sitting together, the community celebrate together, share the same feelings and it is truly nice to see such thing.”    Anabel Miriam on her part said I think the celebration is nice that people are making the same experience and this is really important at this time.       Stating that she visited Hawassa city, Miriam wants to visit Lalibela and some places in the eastern part of the country. Timket (Ethiopian epiphany) is celebrated to commemorate Christ’s baptism and takes place for 3 days. The most important day is the 19th of January and this is when the blessing of water and reaffirming of baptism vows to take place. Pilgrims come from far and wide to take part in the festival and witness the re-enactment of the baptism. All over the country large crowds assemble as the religious festivities commence, with spectacular procession, song, dance and prayer.

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[l] at 1/19/22 1:45am
Addis Ababa January 19/2022/ENA/ President of Somaliland Musa Bihi Abdi has arrived in Hawassa, the capital city of Sidama regional state in Ethiopia today. Upon arrival at Hawassa Airport, the President of Somaliland was warmly welcomed by Sidama regional State President Desta Ledamo and higher officials of the regional state. Finance Minister Ahmed Shide, Foreign Affairs State Minister Redwan Hussein and other government officials were also present at the welcoming ceremony. The delegation led by the president of Somaliland is expected to discuss with officials in various bilateral issues.

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[l] at 1/19/22 12:18am
BY SOLOMON DIBABA Timket, meaning baptism is a UNESCO inscribed religious festival celebrated with much paraphernalia in Ethiopia. The festival is a major outdoor celebration colorfully marked in cities, small towns and rural areas of the country including Addis Ababa and Gondar, where the celebrations are highly spectacular. The festival is particularly celebrated by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian believers to venerate Christs baptism in the River Jordan. Apart from its religious and cultural importance, Timket has always remained a major tourist attraction festival in Ethiopia. Although the festival is observed by orthodox Christians all over the world, in Ethiopia it takes on a special significance as it is the most colorful event of the year. The most relevant symbol of the festival is colorful embroidered umbrellas to honour the sacred Tabot is a replica of the original ark brought down from Mount Sini. Traditionally, Timket is celebrated on 19th January every year with an exception in the leap year when it is celebrated on 20th January. The celebration corresponds to the 10th day of Tir according to the Ethiopian calendar. The festival is famous for the baptism ritual of Christ at the River Jordan. The traditional ceremony of the festival includes respectfully carrying the Tabot wrapped in rich silk cloth by the priest on his head to the nearby water body locally known as Timkete Bahir. Timket is celebrated in a restive season in which farmers enjoy their harvest. January is also a month in which traditional and modern marriage ceremonies are conducted. Traditionally, Timket sets a special occasion for young boys and girls where the former throw lemon to the latter as a sign of love for serious relationship, engagement and marriage in the future. Although Timket is a religious holiday, it is also celebrated as a festive cultural occasion on which everyone celebrating the occasion is attired with new dresses and outfits. An Amharic anecdote goes “Le Timket Yalehone Libse Yibetates” (literally translated as ‘let the dress that is not for Timket end into shreds’. The cultural dresses worn on the occasion by the faithful vividly depict a mosaic of dresses worn by men and women of different nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia. As indicated above, Timket is also an occasion in which young men choose their life partners in an event called Lomi Bewerwir on which unmarried young men throw lemons at the girl of their choice for possible future marriage. Timket is marked by a variety of cultural dances from nations, nationalities and peoples enjoy together. A sprit of respect, coexistence and understanding have prevailed as the peoples of this country have come to realize the importance of unity in diversity. Timket is celebrated on the occasion when peace and normal life is being restored in various parts of Amhara and Afar, encouraging many tourists to come and visit the country. In this respect, the nation is expecting to host thousands of tourists who would like to enjoy the festivities of Timket and the warm weather in Ethiopia. The colorful celebration of Timket is marked with full hope and optimism where efforts are underway to consolidate peace and development in the country. This year’s Timket is also celebrated at the critical time where the terrorist TPLF carried out aggression in Amhara and Afar states, with the support of some external forces to dismantle the elected government of Ethiopia, threatening the unity and sovereignty of the country. Thanks to the commitment of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) and other regional security forces, the danger was successfully reversed. Terrorist TPLF looted, vandalized and destroyed churches and mosques in Amhara and Afar. The terrorist organization showed its utter disrespect for all religious values and killed monks and priests in the areas it temporarily occupied in Amhara region. Despite these barbaric activities by terrorist TPLF the faithful in Amhara and the rest of Ethiopia recently celebrated the Ethiopian Christmas. And today, as the result of the Great Coming Home Challenge, launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, hundreds and thousands of Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin are celebrating Timket among their compatriots.

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[l] at 1/18/22 9:18am
Addis Ababa January 18/2022/The Government of Ethiopia is creating favorable business environment for investors interested in the innovation and technology sector, according to Ministry of Innovation and Technology. Innovation and Technology State Minister Huria Ali told ENA that the government has been   improving the law framework to attract robust private sector investments on innovation and technology and is committed to resolve challenges in the practical process on the ground.   “We are especially resolving bottlenecks such as the law frameworks. Take for example, the approved Electronic Transaction Proclamation and the draft Startup Business Proclamation under scrutiny of Ministry of Justice. We are also working on data protection. That means we are  on the way of resolving the main bottlenecks to create a conducive environment,” she said, adding that private data protection is urgent and of concern for investors in Ethiopia. The House of Peoples Representatives approved in May 2021 the Electronic Transaction law, giving legal recognition to e-commerce. Upon approval, the Startup Business Proclamation would also encourage innovation and technology, job creation, and remove entrepreneurship barriers by easing procedures for establishing new, running, expanding and closing businesses. In its 10-year development plan unveiled in mid-2019, the government has identified innovation and technology as one of the key development pillars, the state minister noted. Huria stated that Ethiopia, like any developing country, faces challenges on the ground that are surmountable with effective coordination of government offices and investors as the country has latecomer advantage from the best experiences of other countries to improve them in a short time span. “In particular,” the state minister said, “the Ethiopian Diaspora ought to contribute their share to the emerging innovation and technology investment option. They have to invest their knowledge and resources in their country. On our part, we will solve obstacles in coordination with them because it is when they invest that we can see the challenges they face and resolve them. It’s only when they start working that we can find out challenges.” According to Huria, the government is very much committed to cooperating and resolving  challenges investors face in the sector.   Orbit Health CEO Pazion Chernet, an Ethiopian Diaspora investor, told ENA that the business condition in the innovation and technology sector is improving fast. The Startup Proclamation, which was extensively discussed, would hopefully make the business environment very conducive for companies to come in and start business and smoothen the journey for startups operating in the country, he said. “Once this becomes the law of the land, it would create the most conducive environment for any business to come and invest in the country, and start a company.”    The investor stated that he has witnessed a swift change during his tenure in the private sector in the past six years.“Things have been changing dramatically since when we started (this business) six years ago. I anticipate that things will be extremely viable for people to come and invest and be profitable and make an impact in the coming few years.” Millions of educated ready youth from universities are available and investors can help them adjust to their investments easily, the CEO said, adding that the telecom liberalization is a bridging asset for the emerging innovation and technology investment. Pazion stressed, “Telecom is the new digital age bridge. Whatever we are imagining may not be practical without telecom or liberalization of telecom, advancement of telecom, and modernization of telecom.” Ethiopian Diaspora and investor of the HealthyFire Plc., Tsegaye Nega has established a company that addresses environmental problems in the country by developing the first spatially explicit and policy-driven simulation model for household cooking such as gasifier stoves. The professor of Conservation Biology/Landscape Ecology in the Environmental Studies program at Carleton College, Minnesota (USA), stated that he faced ups and downs when he tried to realize the project about nine years ago. Professor Tsegaye stressed the need to provide information pathway for investors and effective coordination among relevant government offices as well as quick pronouncement of the laws on the ground.   The HealthyFire company produces cooking stove that the investor describes as not ordinary cooking stove. “It is not just simply imported from somewhere else. We designed it from the ground up here,” Professor Tsegaye said, adding that he has developed recipes to convert waste biomass into fuel pellets and converting the bio char produced from burning the pellets to fertilizer. The business environment has to be improved, he insisted, adding that the Healthy Fire Plc. would not have materialized without the support of the former Innovation and Technology minister Getahun Mekuria.

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Addis Ababa January 18/2022 /ENA/ Members of the diaspora have stressed today the need for cutting bureaucratic bottlenecks hampering the engagement of the Ethiopian Diaspora in trade and investment. Members of the diaspora who responded to the Great Ethiopian Homecoming Initiative had  discussion about investment opportunities in the country with the business community at the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations. After the discussion, Ferdusa Munir  one of the members of the diaspora who came from Atlanta Georgia, USA, said that she is interested in undertaking agricultural activities that enable her to export products. However, she stressed that there are some regulations that discourage investment and need urgent revision. She suggested the revision and introduction of regulations and procedures that motivate the diaspora and cut bureaucratic bottlenecks hampering trade and investment. Dagnachew Fisseha, another member of the diaspora who came from Washington D.C,  said there are many members of the Ethiopian diaspora that can invest in the country. Even if he urged members of the diaspora to face the challenges and invest, Dagnachew stressed the need for solving good governance and bureaucracy related problems. Addis Ababa City Investment Commissioner, Girma Seifu noted that there are wide investment opportunities in the country further stating that the commission is keen to support the diaspora in every way.  

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By Getnet Shenkute Unlike many holidays observed indoor, the Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket) is celebrated openly and outdoors which always brings together numerous people from home and abroad. In contrast to celebrations of holidays like New Year’s Day, X-Mas in Ethiopia that are usually observed in-doors with families, friends and relatives getting together for the festive season, Timket is the most essential holiday of the year for public gathering celebrations. The nationwide main religious festival, Timket, takes place at the huge open-air venue in every part of the country. Traditionally, the day for Timket falls on 20th January, except for leap years, and stays for three days. The colorful festivity starts with Ketera, the eve of the Ethiopian Epiphany, which is taking place today, followed by the actual Timket Day and the following day in which the remaining tabots (the replica of the Arc of the Covenant) are returned to their host churches. According to the dogma of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the tabots are sacred replicas of the Ark of the Covenant and march on this day to places where they stay for one or two nights. The procession to and from outdoor enclosures for the tabots bewilders many Ethiopians irrespective of their religious background. For centuries such religious rituals nurtured unity among citizens and kept it strong. Along with its religious and spiritual value, Timiket is a cultural event where the public sings cultural songs, performs traditional dances and parades with the most attractive traditionally decorated dressing. During the days of Timket, many glorious social and religious events take place. Where on one side the clergy, the canonical and ecclesiastical ceremonies are conducted, numerous social and public events take place on the other. The clergy celebrate the feast with the canonical hymnology of Saint Yared and the public sing cultural songs and dance. Timket is the most important day of public gathering that everyone considers necessary to take part in this event and the festival allows for various cultural and social happenings such as sharing, reconciliation, annual greetings; and serves as a symbol of social bondage. Beyond strengthening bondage among people of diverse backgrounds, the celebration of Timket develops the artistic and innovative side of the society offering opportunity for knowledge exchange. Oral traditions also go along with the festive season as people dance and sing popular songs irrespective of languages, ethnic groups and other individual backgrounds. In rural Ethiopia, the feast of epiphany is celebrated with less field work, farmers finishing collection of harvests. Rivers also run low and dry land appearing with a shiny sky. Meanwhile, in the urban areas, students break from schooling with the academic calendar closing for half a semester, creating the platform for socializing. The Ethiopian Epiphany is merely the time of feast, love and joy as well as reconciliation as people share what they have during the day, passing the night at the field by singing and praying as the festival discourages hatred, jealousy and other bad attitudes. Since the festival is a magnet for tourists, many foreigners brace for the slow procession and huge crowd to enjoy the colorful church services along the streets and in the outdoors where the tabots are passing the night. Particularly, this annual festival has come at a time when many diaspora, as part of the Great Homecoming Initiative to Ethiopia, are making this year’s Timket celebration more colorful than ever before. Jan Meda is the centerpiece for the celebration of the festival in Addis Ababa, while the ancient city of Gondar is the ideal place for foreigners to join the tourist attracting religious ritual. As Ethiopian Epiphany is the time of gathering, love and joy as well as reconciliation, this years celebration is expected to promote unity and reconciliation.

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