The Ethiopian Tourism Ministry hosted a briefing session with members of the diplomatic community and development partners in Addis Ababa, emphasizing the importance of tourism for the country’s people and economy.
The event, themed ‘Tourism Development, Opportunity and Challenges,’ aimed to encourage investment and support in Ethiopia’s tourism and hospitality sectors.
Tourism State Minister Seleshi Girma (PhD) highlighted Ethiopia’s immense potential in tourism and called on embassies and development partners to prioritize the sector. He emphasized the need for collaboration in areas such as service quality assurance, technology, heritage preservation, and wildlife conservation.
Deputy Chief of the Chinese Embassy, Shen Qinmin, expressed China’s support for Ethiopia’s tourism industry and highlighted the cultural and historical richness of both countries. Qinmin encouraged more Chinese tourists to visit Ethiopia and suggested collaboration to promote tourism between the two nations.
Moroccan Ambassador Nezha Alaoui M’hammdi also expressed optimism about partnering with Ethiopia in the tourism sector. She emphasized the significance of preserving cultural heritage and acknowledged the potential for south-south cooperation.
The briefing event aimed to promote Ethiopia’s tourism potential to both foreign and local audiences while fostering partnerships and cooperation in the sector. (Ethiopian Herald)
‘Let Ethiopia Produce’ Central to Transform Emerging Economy – Demeke
The ‘Let Ethiopia Produce Movement’ is playing a crucial role in transforming Ethiopia’s emerging economy and accelerating its economic growth, according to the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen.
The movement’s String Committee recently held discussions with stakeholders to explore ways of boosting production, productivity, and import substitution in the manufacturing sector.
Demeke, who chairs the committee, emphasized the need for effective leadership and problem-solving to achieve the movement’s goals.
The ‘Let Ethiopia Produce Movement’ is a flagship project of the Homegrown Economic Reform and aims to improve industrial production, substitute imports, and increase exports. To achieve these objectives, Ethiopia must produce high-quality products that meet local and international standards.
The Industry Minister, Melaku Alebel, highlighted the importance of enhancing service delivery, input supply, investment competitiveness, power supply, and addressing challenges faced by the manufacturing industry.
The movement has already yielded positive results, including import substitution savings of USD 350 million and the revitalization of over 360 industries, fostering job creation and industrial growth.
Over 5 million in Amhara, Tigray affected by drought like conditions
Over five million people are still reportedly affected by drought-like conditions in Amhara and Tigray Regions. Food insecurity is further aggravated by a shortage of agricultural input, disease, and pests, as well as interruption of farming due to ongoing hostilities and crop failures.
While the Meher harvest may provide some respite in food availability and access in some parts of Tigray between October 2023 and January 2024, it is anticipated that there will be below-average production, leading to early depletion of stocks.
A 50 percent animal feed shortage is likely in the following months. According to the assessment over 2 million people are at risk of food crisis.
The Ethiopian government allocated food for distribution for nearly 3.6 million people in September/October 2023.
OCHA Ethiopia stated that without sufficient assistance, the drought-like condition resulting in critical food and animal feed shortage risk increased negative coping strategies, malnutrition, reduced groundwater recharging, and animal disease outbreaks.
Scrapping multiple destinations will be disservice to Nigerians: Mesfin Tasew says
At a recent meeting with Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) and the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, Nigerian airlines operators urged the Federal Government to carry out sweeping reforms in the aviation sector including the cancellation of eight and ninth ‘freedom of free’ flights by foreign airlines into Nigeria.
The AON said some foreign airlines operating in the country have a dispensation to operate sabotage that gives them undue competitive advantage in the domestic market, to reduce the market size and increase the failure of domestic airlines.
But the Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr Mesfin Tasew, who met with Nigerian aviation reporters in Addis Ababa, recently, disagreed with the suggestions of the domestic airlines. He said if the Federal Government cancels multiple destinations, it is the Nigerian people that will suffer for it. He also speaks on other wide-ranging issues.
Ethiopian Airlines was established in 1945 and had its first flight to Cairo in 1946. So, we have been in operation over the last 77 years. Through this period, we have been growing consistently, both in good and difficult times.
Migrants from Ethiopian migrants found hiding among medical equipment in lorry at border crossing point
Authorities at the Nadlac Border Crossing Point in Romania detected three individuals from Ethiopia attempting to leave the country illegally. They were found hidden in a lorry that was transporting medical equipment.
The driver of the lorry, who is Bulgarian, claimed to be transporting the medical equipment from Bulgaria to Germany, as indicated by the accompanying documents.
However, based on a risk profile assessment, the border guards conducted a thorough inspection of the vehicle and discovered the three Ethiopian nationals in the cargo compartment.
The individuals were taken to the border police headquarters for further investigation. It was determined that they had legally entered Romania but were now being investigated for attempted fraudulent border crossing. Simultaneously, the Bulgarian driver is under investigation for migrant smuggling.
South Sudan reiterates commitment to deepen relations with Ethiopia
South Sudan has reiterated its commitment to deepen bilateral ties with Ethiopia, citing coordination efforts and cooperation on multiple fronts. South Sudan’s President Salva Kirr held a meeting with Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonnen in Juba.
Kiir described the relations between Africa’s newest nation and Ethiopia as “historical.”
Demeke in a statement to local media, said their meeting focused on strengthening people-to-people relations between the two nations. For his part, South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs minister, James Pitia Morgan said the meeting focused on connecting the two countries with roads, besides regional stability.
“There were a number of bilateral matters which they discussed. One of the issues was to explore and expedite not only how the two sides would consolidate and maintain the current relations but also how they could be deepened and coordinate efforts and cooperate in areas of mutual benefits to both countries, especially in inroads”, he said.
Juba and Addis Ababa enjoy a cordial relationship, spanning several years, noted Morgan.
Africa must build a new social contract for sustainable development says, ECA’s Claver Gatete
The new Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Claver Gatete, emphasized the need for a new social contract in Africa to accelerate sustainable development.
Speaking at the opening of the Fifth Session of the Committee on Social Policy, Poverty, and Gender in Addis Ababa, Gatete highlighted the importance of governments committing to forging new social contracts that ensure equal rights and opportunities for all.
He stressed the integration of employment, sustainable development, and social protection in these contracts and emphasized the role of high-quality education and lifelong learning in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and building new social contracts.
He called for affordable, accessible, and applicable education policies that enhance quality, institutional credibility, and align education with employable skills. Gatete also noted the significant influence of climate change, demographic shifts, rapid urbanization, and digital transformation on Africa’s future.
Gatete called for urgent and practical measures to enhance efficiency in public spending and foster more inclusive development to support the establishment of a new social contract in Africa.
The incoming Chair of the Committee, Florence Ayisi from Ghana, emphasized the importance of delivering social contracts anchored in human rights to rebuild trust and social cohesion. Ayisi urged African governments to accelerate actions for achieving the SDGs and leaving no one behind through resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and climate-resilient development pathways.
China, Africa to keep deepening industrial chain cooperation
The “Chinese Investment in Africa 2023” report examines the impact of China-Africa cooperation on the African industrial chain, by analyzing over 90 Chinese companies and 20 China-Africa cooperation projects.
It showcases examples of Chinese companies contributing to sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, digital economy, and infrastructure. With over 3,000 Chinese companies operating in Africa, China’s direct investment in the continent exceeded USD 47 billion as of 2022.
The report emphasizes China’s alignment with African development strategies through initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
Clean energy cooperation, particularly in Ethiopia, is highlighted. The report outlines six major models of China-Africa industrial chain cooperation. African officials and experts acknowledge the positive impact of Chinese investment on African industrialization. The Belt and Road Initiative and African integration efforts create a favorable trade environment and market opportunities for Africa. The report underscores the potential of China-Africa cooperation in driving Africa’s industrial transformation and promoting African integration.
(People’s Daily Online)