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Authority takes measure on 42 bars for defying smoking ban

The Ethiopian Food and Drug Administration (EFDA) disclosed that it has closed 42 bars that were flouting smoking and serving shisha or hookah.

In a press release the Authority issued on Tuesday, measures have been taken on owners and managers of 42 bars as a result of investigative work the Authority carried out with local police and other relevant stakeholders. The Authority vowed that it will take future measures on bars or any entities that allow illegal smoking of cigarettes and Shisha by working together with state supervisors and the Police.

As it is known, in what has been dubbed by some as Africa’s strongest anti-tobacco law, Ethiopia has passed tobacco control law that requires 100 percent smoke free public and work places, bans tobacco advertising and promotions, restricts the sale of flavored tobacco products and mandates pictorial warning labels covering 70 percent of the front and back of all tobacco products.

The law also bans the sale of heated tobacco products, e-cigarettes and Shisha. (The Ethiopian Herald)

Kunshan investors to build industrial park in Dire Dawa

Investors from Kunshan, a city in Jiangsu province of China, are set to build an industrial park dedicated to textile production in the city of Dire Dawa with over half a billion US dollars.

A delegation led by Du Xiaogang, Mayor of Kunshan, on Wednesday visited Dire Dawa, about 500km east of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Speaking after the visit, the Mayor said investors from the city have finalized preparations to establish a textile industrial park within the coming two years, which according to him testifies the strong bilateral ties between the two countries.

China is ready to share its experience to Ethiopia in order to make industrial parks in the country more productive and successful, he said.

About 30 professionals drawn from all industrial parks are currently receiving a 10-day training on industrial park management at a training center built in Dire Dawa.

Industry and investment bureau of Dire Dawa said it would provide all needed support for the establishment of the industrial park. (FBC)

Ireland extends about 23 mln Birr support to NEBE

Ireland has extended financial support worth 700,000 Euros, which is equivalent to 23 million birr, to support the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to run the 2020 national elections.

The support NEBE will be channeled through UNDP’s Programme, “Supporting Elections for Ethiopia’s Democracy Strengthening (SEEDS)”, it was indicated.  

The SEED project will target key areas including capacity building to deliver on NEBE’s mandate, build staff capacities to lead an electoral process and particularly in applying any newly adopted technologies. 

Irish Ambassador to Ethiopia, Sonja Hyland and Turhan Saleh, UNDP Resident Representative has signed the support agreement in Addis Ababa today.

During the signing ceremony, Ambassador Hyland said the support is part of the Irish government’s commitment in strengthening Ethiopia’s democratic elections.

“We wanted to initiate this signing in these relationships because this is an extremely important time for Ethiopia.   In the democratic cycle we have just really a year now more or less until the 2020 election,” Ambassador Hyland stated. (ENA)

Ethiopia to issue revised foreign policy soon: Ministry

The process of revising the over one and half decade foreign policy is almost finished and the policy will soon made public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

The Ministry’s spokesperson Nebiat Getachew recently told EPA the revised foreign policy is being prepared taking into account the current international and regional political situations.

“For instance, the previous foreign policy had shortcomings related to Ethio- Eritrea relations and South Sudan. With regard to Eritrea, the two countries have restored their diplomatic ties ending the enmity that lasted for two decades. Plus, South Sudan had not become independent state when the policy was formed.”

As to the Ministry’s spokesperson, the revised foreign policy gives special attention to the efforts of economic integration with neighboring countries and people to people ties across the Horn of Africa and beyond.

The coming policy will put top the activities to safeguard the fundamental human rights of fellow citizens residing abroad, he said. (The Ethiopian Herald)