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Nation saves USD 2.8 mln from logistics

A reform undertaken over the past one year to improve the logistics service sector in Ethiopia has enabled the nation to save USD 2.8 million, Minister of Transport, Dagimawit Moges, said. 

Dagimawit said that the new reform measures have improved the logistics service system that was tedious and incur the nation for unnecessary expenditure due to for instance a prolonged time spent by Ships docked at the sea ports.  

Following the reform, the time spent by the Ships on the sea ports has reduced to 17 days from the previous 22 days, Dagmawit said.

Locally packed freights to be transported via the port of Djibouti have also increased from 33 percent to 51 percent, she said.

Dagmawit said the reform undertaken in collaboration with all stakeholder has helped to establish a harmonized system at the Industrial Parks to facilitate export trade.   

“The logistic reform targeted on developing a much integrated system in all industrial parks so as to create market access to export trade and strengthening mutual communication.” (ENA)

MInT to develop digital platform for coffee

The Ministry of Innovation and Technology and Ministry of Agriculture have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop digital platform that promotes Ethiopian coffee globally.

The digital forum will be launched at the end of this Ethiopian year.

Innovation and Technology Minister Abraham Belay said on the occasion “the major focus of the digital strategy is creating an enabling condition and supporting the agriculture sector to enhance its competitiveness and benefit producers.”

The long delayed Ethiopian Digital Transformation Strategy has been approved this year, he added.

According to Abraham, the digital platform to be developed by his ministry will be managed by Coffee and Tea Authority.

Agriculture Minister Umer Hussein said despite the delay, digitalization can enhance the country’s competitiveness at the global arena.

Pointing out the market accessibility problem coffee producers have been facing, the minister noted that the new application will reduce the challenge.

The digital platform is expected to improve coffee productivity and market competitiveness as it can easily connect coffee farmers with consumers. (ENA)

Dev’t plan envisions creating 11 mln jobs in construction sector

The new 10-year development plan is projected to create over 11 million direct and indirect jobs in the construction sector, Urban Development and Construction Minister Aisha Mohammed said. 

Addressing a stakeholder consultation, the minister stated that the sector utilizes 60 percent resources of the country.

In spite of this the sector is a tangled mess that contributes scantly to the development and growth of the country, she added.   

In addition, the sector has been dominated by foreign contractors, dependent on export outputs as well as maladministration.

Moreover, the sector is not supported by technology and lacks competiveness, the minister stated, adding that the 10-year plan was prepared in such a way as to tackle the above and related problems.

Accordingly, attention will be given to improving project management, reducing maladministration and introducing efficiency in the coming ten years.

During the stated period, 3.3 million direct employment and over 8.3 million indirect jobs will be created in the sector.

The plan envisions giving 25 percent contracts to foreign companies. (ENA)

Emirates to resume flights to Addis

Emirates has announced on Tuesday that it will resume flying to Addis Ababa as of August 1, 2020.

The airline stated in a press release that it will resume flying to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa three times a week as of August 1, 2020.

It has already resumed daily flights to Tehran as of July 17 and planned to start a weekly service to Guangzhou from July 25 as well as to begin flying to Oslo with two flights per week starting from August 4.

This will take the airline’s passenger network to 62 destinations in August, the press release stated.

According to the Airline, all of the flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER, with enhanced safety procedures in place to protect passengers against Covid-19.

The distribution of complimentary hygiene kits to passengers containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes are some of the safety measures, it added.

Despite COVID-19, Emirates is now flying to six continents around the world. (ENA)