It has been a week now since the government of Ethiopia reintroduced the latest round of power rationing measures that rotates every two shifts during the course of a day. Although not new to Ethiopia, the power outage is already taking its toll on some of the major industries in Ethiopia like cement, metal and grinding mills, threatening the overall economy in terms of exacerbating the already built-up inflationary pressure and deteriorating export sector.
The African Regional Hemp & Cannabis Report, 2019 industry outlook, a study by New Frontier Data, a Washington based research institute, indicated that cannabis, which is a genus of flowering plants in the family of Cannabaceae, recognized for its use in medical or recreational purposes, potential in Ethiopia has a market potential of USD 9.8 billion, standing second in the continent only following Nigeria’s USD 15.3 billion industry.
The newly amended Ethiopian labor law, which is initiated by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) and currently under review by the parliamentary standing committee, is said to have incorporated provisions that would help protect the basic rights of workers in terms of safe working environment and decent and livable wages, at the time when global rights advocates are increasingly publicizing the so called “exploitative” wages paid to works at newly built industrial park structures.
The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) has approved a draft legislation for the establishment of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Supply and Distribution Regulatory Authority. First tabled before the House in April this year, entitled, ‘a Proclamation to provide for the Establishment of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Supply and Distribution Regulatory Authority, was referred to the Trade and Industry Affairs Standing Committee for further revision.
Society | May 25
Plan International Ethiopia is set to collaborate with Girls Get Equal (GGE), the world’s biggest global campaign,demanding power, freedom and representation for young girls and women. The new campaign is to complement an international effort of Plan International, calling for gender equality and the feminist agenda.
On the hills of a successful launch of the non-alcoholic product line, ‘Negus’, HabeshaBrewaries S.C. – now one of the most recognizable beverage producer in the nation – is set to launch the draught version of its signature beer ‘Habesha beer’later this year, The Reporter has learnt.
Interview | May 25
Angel Villa is Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the African Union. Since the early 1990s he has worked in various positions at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Interview | May 11
Louise Chamberlain is the departing resident representative for the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) in Ethiopia, a position she has held since August 2018. Since July 2017, she served as UNDP Ethiopia Country Director. She has witnessed a lot going on in the country during her time in Addis Ababa and she believes the current reforms in Ethiopia are “mind boggling” and “impressive”.
Interview | May 04
“There needs to be an active support from the financial sector and international organizations for small businesses”
Rahel Getachew is a public health nurse, as well, the Engagement Committee chair of Yali Alumni Chapter of Ethiopia, a United States Obama era initiative to help empower and motivate leadership within Africa’s youth.
Interview | Apr 20
Ann Cairns, the President of International markets with MasterCard, was in the capital earlier this week invited to take part on a high-profile panel on women empowerment during the visit of Ivanka Trump.