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Ethiopia experiences 5.4 percent urban population growth annually

Ethiopian urban areas are experiencing population growth rate of 5.4 percent on an annual basis, according the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MoUDC).

This was revealed on Wednesday at a consultative forum which was jointly organized by MoUDC and UN-HABITAT to discuss urbanization in Ethiopia.

Engineer Aisha Mohammed, Minister of Urban Development and Construction said that migration from rural to urban centers are the main reason for the high rate of urbanization in the country.

However, she said, the number of people living in urban areas of Ethiopia is low compared to other sub-Saharan countries.

The Minister said the joint efforts of all stakeholders are vital to properly manage problems that will result in from urbanization, including unemployment.

According to her, today’s event was organized to determine the share of sectoral offices in the efforts to deal with the problem.

The event also reviewed the strategic plan prepared by the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction to address the problem. (FBC)

Authority to grant license to 3 FM stations

The Ethiopian Broadcast Authority (EBA) on Wednesday disclosed that it has issued a tender notice to license three new commercial radio stations in Addis Ababa.

Deputy Director-General of EBA, Wondwosen Andualem, told ENA that three new radio stations will be granted licenses to operate in the capital city.

The growing number of the media in the country will create opportunity to entertain diverse ideas, he added.

He, nonetheless, pointed out that licenses will not be issued for radio stations outside Addis Ababa this Ethiopian fiscal year. Instead, focus will be made on strengthening the existing community radio stations.

According to him, community radio stations have been facing various challenges, including lack of capacity of professionals, administration, and equipment.

Wondwosen pointed out that the authority has been undertaking several measures to empower the existing media stations in general in order to help them meet their responsibilities.

The authority plans to build a mass media capacity building center within two years in collaboration with the government of Qatar. (ENA)

New batch of Ethiopians embark on training to master train operations

A new batch of young Ethiopian trainees have embarked on practical and theoretical railway technology operation trainings as they aspire to master train operations at the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway.

Some 30 Ethiopian railway civil maintenance trainees earlier this week attended an opening ceremony of the 2019 Overseas Training Course on Ethiopian Railway Operation Technology at the Lebu Station on the outskirts of Addis Ababa -- marking the first phase of training by Beijing Jiaotong University on railway technologies that are set to enable the future local employees to effectively takeover Africa's first fully-electrified transnational railway.

Tilahun Sarka, General Director of the Ethiopia-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway Share Company (EDR), also told trainees during the opening event to tap into the training as it signifies a new chapter in Ethiopia's modern transportation history.

"Railway is a new technology to our country. As Ethiopia's first railway technology operators, you have to consider the greater responsibility that the country puts on you," Tilahun told the 30 trainees. (Walta)

Number of Ethiopian returnees assisted by IOM on track to double

Ethiopian returnees from Africa’s Eastern migratory route are coming back to their country at a rate of about 1,000 migrants per month, IOM reported this week.

Since January 2019, IOM Ethiopia has assisted 9,200, according to IOM’s statement which also underlined that this represents close to a two-fold increase compared to 2018, when it assisted only 5,382.

Most Ethiopian returnees were assisted after they found themselves stranded on traditional migration trails, such as the Eastern migratory route, which stretches from HoF to Persian Gulf emirates.

Many migrants who undertake the dangerous journey fall into highly vulnerable situations that require various forms of support. These include financial help, immediate post-arrival assistance with shelter and medical screening, as well as specialized support like family tracing and reunification services for unaccompanied children.

Last week, IOM assisted 140 Ethiopians returning from Djibouti by train. Some migrants even return to conditions worse than when they left, in debt or with their savings exhausted paying for the trip. (Relief Web)