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Bill empowers regional states over mining

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR), on Thursday, approved a draft proclamation regulating the country’s mining sector and transactions empowering regional states with the right to grant and regulate mining and competency licenses.

House reviews business registration, licensing amendment

In a bid to reform the business environment in Ethiopia, a new bill has been proposed to amend the existing Commercial Registration and Business Licensing Proclamation which currently hold stricter provisions on business registration, licensing and operations.

Violence in Benishangul-Amhara Border towns

In an emergency meeting held last week, Benishangul Gumz regional party condemned the recent killings of hundreds of civilians in neighboring towns of Jawi Woreda of the Amhara Regional State, The Reporter has learnt.

Joining the discourse 

The third installment of Addis Wog (meaning new discourse), a periodical discourse platform organized by the Office of the Prime Minister, attracted various scholars as well as big shot government officials this week, including former Oromia and Amhara regional presidents and the newly appointed defense and foreign ministers, Lemma Megerssa and Gedu Andargachew, influential figures in all-out political reform process started in Ethiopia a year ago.

5.2 bln birr medicine for IDPs

The government of Ethiopia is in the process of buying a 5.2-billion-birr medicine in fear of potential epidemic outbreak at camps where Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) are sheltered. This was disclosed at a press briefing by the head of Prime Minister’s Press Secretariat, Nigussu Tilahun on Thursday May 10, 2019.

Law makers push gov’t to speed up privatization

The Budget and Finance Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) urge the Ministry of Finance to speed up the privatization process of selected state-owned enterprises, up on hearing the nine-month performance report of some of the key economic issues of the country on Wednesday.

PM Abiy to lead peace & security meetings at TICAD

Concluding his official three-state visit to Africa, Taro Kono, Foreign Minister of Japan has requested Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) to attend and lead the peace and security sessions of the upcoming seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VII) to be held by the end of August in Yokohama.

The paradoxical Ethiopian media

If someone said, a couple of years ago, that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding its annual Press Freedom Day celebration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it would perhaps pass as a joke or fake news among the global journalism fraternity.