Inside the Hyatt Regency, an international barista competition was held last Saturday to help promote a coffee culture and give local baristas a chance to showcase their talent in the international arena.
While addressing the Ethio-Italian Business Forum on Thursday, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, told Italian officials and business delegates that Ethiopia is about to pursue a railway project that connects Ethiopia with port cities of Eritrea.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy is the third head of state to visit Ethiopia since the coming into power of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) on April 2, 2018. His one-day visit to Addis Ababa on October 11, 2018 was the shortest of the previous two made during the Abiy’s premiership by Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea.
At the Italian embassy in Addis Ababa, its newly anointed ambassador signed a grant worth 20 million USD with a number of civil society groups as a complement to the European Union strategy to help end the flow of Ethiopian migrants from reaching the European soil.
Supporting a project that helps women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, the government of Italy has become the latest benefactor providing 15 million Euros in a co-financing scheme with the World Bank Group (WBG) targeting some 20,000 women engaged in small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs).