As a person with Ethiopian nationality,
I always shout to thee…
ABAY, ABAY stay with me,
So, I can stop regretting the days of anger,
For all those who live in fear of hunger,
So, I can see the rosy days ahead of me,
Promising a remedy and a renaissance,
With six years of hope my heart rejoiced,
Previously, my hands were always kept closed,
Happily, now, I have left the darkness behind.
Now I have started my life with a wonderful light,
ABAY, ABAY……. stay with us,
To fulfil this hope of ours,
And also of riparian and neighbours,
Try hard and give your all,
For this Renaissance
DAM of the heart and soul,
That gives light for the people,
That pierces the darkness of misery.
Citizens unite hold on together,
So we go on the economic front further,
To make a victory upon poverty,
To move and stay with bravery,
Loving owns country, working for her,
Caring for her becoming her lover
Working to the end with pioneers united
With full potential and with no fright
So I journey to the end, to destination
Of the Ethiopian and the world nation
That’s why I always call to say,
Abay, Abay ……… Abay, Abay
Yager Lemlem……. Yager Sisay
First Editing By: (The English Language Department of LCCS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
BY: ABIGAIL ZINABU (8)( LCCS)
Ethiopia is extremely rich in natural and man-made tourist attractions. It has numerous obelisks, palaces, tombs, rock-hewn churches, stelaes, mosques, mountains, caves, volcanic lava areas, national parks and many other tangible and intangible heritages. Though the nation has huge tourism potential, it has not been utilizing it as compared with other countries. One undercurrent reason for the stagnation of tourism development in Ethiopia is lack of infrastructure, capital and promotion. But the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been working to take the tourism sector of the country to a higher level. There are initiations to register all heritages in UNESCO's list to unveil them to the international community. Many tangible and intangible tourist sites have been inscribed in UNESCO's wonder lists so far and this could be taken as a big step forward in promoting them. However, there remains a lot to be done in further development of the sector.
The country has plenty of heritages which are not known to the outside world. One among the beautiful, mysterious and remarkable natural heritages is the Sof Omar Cave. The magnificent Sof Omar Cave was first founded in 1897 by American explorer Arthur Donaldson Smith. Smith had confirmed that the Cave is the longest system of caves in Africa. The 15.1 kilometres long cave is situated at east Robe, in the Bale Zone of the Oromia State.
It was in 1967 that Eric Robson, Chris Clapham and Kabir Ahmed explored the inaccessible cave and recorded 8 km of its passage. Due to lack of transportation, they travelled by mules and camels to reach the nearby town of Goba. The explorers were hugely amused by what they observed. Their effort has encouraged others to visit the remote village and to make research on its topography and habitats.
The cave is formed along a network of joints; one set runs approximately north to south and the other east to west. It has 42 entrances but only four of them are used for gaining entrance:
1. Two upstream village Entrances (one to the east and the other to the west of the village)
2. The Tourist Entrance downstream from the Holcha Resurgence at a point where abandoned meander forming the dry valley rejoins the Web River
3. A right bank entrance downstream of Holcha accessing the Deep South part of the Clapham’s climbs series.
The Weyib River which flows through the cave lends it a splendid beauty. The stunning topography has mystical power which could create heavenly serenity on ones soul and mind. According to legends, Sof Omar was the name of a holy Muslim man named Sheik Sof Omar Ahmad, who lived in the area. Ayiew was the name of his daughter. Maco and Holcha are local names for the doors of the ‘cave’ respectively. Both of them are considered sacred in Islamic religion and the Oromo tradition.
Descendants of the Sheik’s families have been observing and practising the ritual events, that were there, annually. Each structure of the cave is designed to showcase the diverse ritual practices performed there. The residents undertake festive events with comprehensive Islamic religious processions. According to Islamic manuscripts, the ancestral cult beliefs and practices have revived for about 1000 years.
The 5.3 million years old cave is a well-preserved-sacred place of worship which has immensely contributed for the preservation of the indigenous forest that renders the greenery of the environment magnificent. It has been serving as a natural habitat of wildlife resources. Wildlife creatures like dik-dik and kudu, various cats, rock hyrax, giant tortoises, snakes and lizards as well as more than hundred birds and other species inhabit the forest. The preservation of the forest resources has helped the area to own suitable air condition and fertile land. Considering all these natural gifts, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with Oromia Culture and Tourism Bureau, has been working to get it registered in the UNESCO heritage list. The inscription process would attract more tourists from around the world.
BY TSEGAY HAGOS
Just this year, public and private stakeholders from around the globe marked the one-year anniversary of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The milestone served as an important reminder of the fifteen-year framework that is now in place.
The SDGs were built around a common, global agenda with a clear set of 17 development objectives designed to alleviate poverty by 2030. The result of the broadest consultation process ever undertaken by the UN.
However, in order for the 2030 Agenda to be truly successful, both the public and private sector must embrace its framework for policy and investment.
That said, beyond the confines of the United Nations, it is becoming increasingly evident from extensive, external consultation with both the public and private sector—that there is still a great deal of practical education and advocacy work to be done.
Many companies are still grappling with what exactly the SDGs are and with planning efforts to address them. Learning from our ongoing experience it is essential that we cast a wider net and continue to help companies understand and translate the SDGs into meaningful action.
There is a critical need to determine how we unpack the SDGs in a way that they are no longer mysterious to the private sector, diplomatic community and governments. For those who have been not been involved in the implementation and preparatory discussion of the goals, there is a real need to help educate a larger community of practice and facilitate knowledge sharing at all levels.
With this in mind, UNITAR, and the Sustainable Development Goals Fund have prepared an important online training course to deliver innovative training to address the needs of business and institutions. The course will increase understanding and provide expert insight as part of a new e-Learning tool and curriculum to provide specialized training modules to promote grounded knowledge about the SDGs.
By breaking down the 17 goals to meet the needs of business, the SDGs can be firmly adapted to showcase clear and meaningful targets and plans. The course also provided case studies, examples and indicators of how public-private partnerships for achieving SDGs can be shaped. It is based mainly in the experience shared by the SDG Fund´s Private Sector Advisory Group and partners.
What’s needed now is for the UN to allow for governments, civil society and companies is to understand the key principles so they can build on their own internal systems of management, performance indicators and actual methodologies.
We also recognize that companies are learning from their peers and like their public sector counterparts have begun to see the benefit in building stronger community relations, fostering employee engagement, and continuous learning.
We must expand our often “UN-centric” communications and provide the basic understanding of the goals to a larger network, including those not traditionally working on the subject of development or the global goals. This requires some fresh thinking.
Given the complexities of the agenda, for example with the multitude of targets and indicators, we must break it down and offer concrete and hands-on examples of projects and areas for collaboration. We must work harder to demonstrate the value proposition for implementing the goals.
More broadly– how can the UN help the public and private sector understand the nuances and complexities of what is considered the new 2030 Agenda? Quite simply, there are numerous areas where individuals and business can benefit. What are some of the solutions or best practices for building partnerships– especially at global and national levels?
There seems to be no better time to truly highlight the compelling story of the SDGs’ especially their intrinsic value and how the SDGs can be turned into public and private strategies that work to everyone’s advantage.
If we are to fully advocate for more sustainable development around the world, then we must continue to work with external partners, using new tools and through educational training. We are no longer bound by silos and recognize the need for expanded collaboration with government partners and new actors for successful implementation of the new agenda. There is a clear role for everyone to play and an opportunity to build new and effective SDG partnerships.
BY NIKHIL SETH AND PALOMA DURÁN
Bethlehem Tilahun founder & executive director of soleRebels, Africa's top Footwear Company
Possessing a massive potential to grow economy women, make up a little over half of the world population. However, little has been done to use this untapped potential particularly in Africa. To date, labor markets across the globe remain divided along gender lines, and progress toward gender parity seems to have hindered costing countries to lose on growth potentials; and Ethiopia is no exception to this despite the remarkable progress towards incorporating women in its developing mission.
Participation of women in employment and investment continued to be lower than male participation. The majority of women account for most unpaid work and when employed they earn less than their male colleagues do under the same job task. Discrimination in the labor market limits women’s options for paid work, and female representation in senior managerial positions and entrepreneurship remains significantly low. In Ethiopia the gap of job creation, stability, cultural barriers and the inclusion of women in economic factors although going narrow the problem still exists. Sisters still hold a second place than their brothers to be able to go to school, shrinking their opportunities of becoming a skilled labour force. Such constraints not only prevent women from developing their full economic potential but also cost Ethiopia valuable returns if it had fully utilized the human power under both genders.
When Ethiopia fully manages to create equality among its public it can use individual’s capacity to make its economic growth more strong. The important factor of inserting this valuable culture of inclusiveness among the public is the key factor for development. Business development experts from Jumia Travel point out that attaining economic growth at full capacity is impossible if women are not treated on par with men to compete to be part of the economy of Ethiopia.
For Ethiopia, empowering its women could not be easier taking the accomplishment of the country to achieve praised economic development. Over the past ten years, Ethiopia has been one of the fastest growing economies in the globe with growth averaging 10.9 percent. Ethiopia has significantly transformed itself from the second poorest in the world back in 2000 to double digit growth for the last decade to becoming a middle income country by 2025 sustaining its growth. The growth has been the highest in 2004 introducing better living to its public as well as increasing life expectancy. Ethiopia prioritizes capital spending over consumption within the budget. In an analysis of 124 countries over four decades, the country was among the fastest 20 percent in infrastructure growth in the past decade says the World Bank Group latest report on Ethiopian economy.
Recognition of women as more efficient distributors of goods and services within the household has led them being targeted with resources aimed at alleviating poverty, such as cash transfer programmes. Women’s participation in any economic and social affairs plays a great deal for the success of any business. Companies greatly benefit from increasing leadership opportunities for women, which is shown to increase organizational effectiveness. It is estimated that companies with three or more women in senior management functions score higher in all dimensions of organizational effectiveness according to UN women.org finding.
There still exist a considerable difference in women's and men's access and opportunities to contribute over economic constructions both in their societies and countries. In most remote rural parts of Ethiopia, women are visibly absent and are poorly represented in economic decision making, including the formulation of financial, monetary, commercial and other economic policies as well as tax systems. This is inevitably preventing Ethiopia from benefiting from all of its human power who can add value to its overall economic development.
BY EDEN SAHLE
Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh will pay a three-day state visit to Ethiopia starting from today. In connection with this, The Ethiopian Herald has held an exclusive interview with Mohamed Idriss Farah, Djiboutian Ambassador to Ethiopia concerning the possible outcomes of the president’s visit and the two countries’ multifaceted relations. Excerpts:
Herald: As part of the frequent high level exchange of visits, your President will pay an official visit to Ethiopia. What value will this visit add to the ever growing bilateral relationship between Ethiopia and Djibouti?
Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah: Our relations with Ethiopia are very strong. We have been working for the past five and six years to bring about economic integration between our sisterly countries. Of course, President Guelleh will pay official visit to Ethiopia from March 15 to 17. And of course we have a lot of things in the pipeline. First we are ready to launch the operation of the Ethio-Djibouti Railway line. But some finishing works still remain to be done on the Ethiopian side regarding supply of power. In our side, the electricity is ready and we hope to start operation by May 2017. We are also working together on border issues. I talked about the railway and it is really important to merge our immigration and custom services, otherwise we would lose time and money. As you know, 1,000 trucks travel from Djibouti to Ethiopia, and another 1000 the other way around every day. These trucks waste a lot of time along the border and thus our respective custom as well as economy and finance ministers are working together to resolve the issue. We need go forward quickly [and make improvement] in this regard. We hope to finalize these issues during the official state visit.
Question: Would you tell us about the efforts that have been made by your country to further its economic ties with Ethiopia?
Answer: Ethiopia is our number one partner in the world. First of all, we are neighbours; we are brothers and the same people. If you also see it diplomatically, Djibouti first opened its embassy in Ethiopia. I also understand that from my several discussions with officials at Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Djibouti is among the first countries for Ethiopia [to establish diplomatic relationship with]. Our people have to know this fact. I know sometimes our people do not understand exactly what kind of economic integration we are working on. Thus we need to inform the people, we need to facilitate easy travel between the two countries. We have people whose family members are living in both sides of the border, so we are the same people. Of course, we are also closely working together with major partners including China to build our infrastructure, not only the railways, but also the port and airport. Ethiopia is the primary target of the projects. We are building these infrastructures to enable the country [Ethiopia] get easy access to international market.
Question: What is your reflection on the move by the two countries to realizing regional integration in particular and AU’s aspiration of continental economic integration in general?
Answer: By the way, the [ongoing] economic integration between Djibouti and Ethiopia is exemplary for the integration for Africa. It is the same as the role played by France and Germany in the establishment of European Economic Community. Of course, we are ready to add in more countries, but as you know there is stability concern in the region. We have Somalia, Eritrea, and South Sudan. We have also Yemen which is close to Djibouti. We need to add in more countries to this vision of integration but the problem is the peace and stability in our region.
Question: How are you working with Ethiopia on common issues of concern such as fighting terrorism, contraband trade and other cross border crimes?
Answer: We are working together, not only on terrorism [but also on other issues]. We also face illegal migration in the region. We have a lot of people from the region moving through Ethiopia and Djibouti to migrate to the Middle East illegally. We also fight this together. We also fight together terrorists. As you know in Yemen we have Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups living there. Djibouti is the gateway to the Horn and hence we have to fight these terrorist before entering the region. Our intelligence is working together with their Ethiopian counterparts to fight these [terrorist] forces which aim at destabilizing Ethiopia by crossing our territory.
Question: How are the two countries collaborating to ensure peace and stability in the East African region, particularly in Somalia and South Sudan?
Answer: We are not in South Sudan because it is a little bit far from Djibouti, but we have some military people there. But in Somalia we are working with Ethiopian forces; we fight together the Al-Shabaab forces. Besides fighting Al-Shabaab, at the same time, we have to build the economy in Somalia. This is very important because without economic progress, it is impossible to see a peaceful Somalia that can take part in regional issues. The other thing is that we share Ethiopia’s stance that it is really important to build Somalia’s army. As AMISIOM, we don’t need to stay 20 to 30 years in Somalia; we need to move very quickly. Before we move, it is important for Somalia to have its own military. If you know Somalia, you can imagine the army never exists and doesn’t have a base. Thus it is really important to build Somalia’s army before we return back to our countries. Ethiopia also has this same objective.
Of course Ethiopia was in South Sudan also. And the situation in South Sudan is very dangerous. Both the security and humanitarian situation is very dangerous. We also know that a lot of South Sudanese people are coming to Ethiopia at the border and I would like to say congratulations for Ethiopia for helping them. More than 800,000 South Sudanese people are living in Ethiopia. It is really important to see Ethiopia helping all countries in the region.
Question: How do you see the performance of the Ethio-Djibouti Joint Ministerial Commission in advancing bilateral cooperation? And what efforts have been made to enhance the people-to-people-ties of the two countries?
Answer: Of course, we are doing very well, getting hand to hand with our Ethiopian side at ministerial and technical levels. So I think it is really important to add in such cultural issues in our economic integration. I think it is very good, but as I said it is really important to incorporate the people. Without the participation of the people, it is really difficult to do achieve anything. The people are ready to move forward and achieve this integration. [We need to have strong people to people relation] for instance through music that Djiboutian musicians come and do music here and we have also to bring Ethiopian Musicians to Ethiopia.
I see this morning people from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [of Ethiopia] and I told them it is important to organize economic forum. I understand we don’t have that much time as Prime Minister Hailemariam was in Uganda for a state visit. But it is important to organize such forums following our president’s visit. Djibouti’s investors have to invest in Ethiopia and vice versa. Because, in Djibouti, we have a law and agreement that any Ethiopian investor who want to invest or do business in Djibouti will have equal privilege as a Djiboutian. Ethiopia has also a similar law. So I think it is really important to encourage the Ethiopian business people to come to Djibouti. Because as you know we have a lot of foreigners such Chinese, Europeans and others investing in Djibouti. But there is not significant number of Ethiopians. This is amazing! So it is really important to see the Ethiopian business people coming and invest in Djibouti as second home.
BY BILAL DERSO
For a couple of decades the nation has been engaged in a development endeavour. Tangible results are being registered. Due to the economic growth that precipitated citizens income has improved and poverty is down sized. The provision of basic services such as education, health, potable water and feeder roads in the rural areas can substantiate the achieved results. The reduction of children and maternal death rate can also be mentioned here.
As a developmental state, the government could evenly disseminate the created wealth to the public and such measure is expected to motivate the public for further achievements. However, to keep the tempo of progress some improprieties that are taking root particularly in the urban centres should be arrested by vibrant legal means.
The government prioritizes on curbing terrorism, religious fanaticism, illegal money laundering, human trafficking, creating forged paper money, supporting and conspiring to deter the economic progress. To address the problems, the government has taken various measures. Among other measures, the restructuring of legal institutions and strengthening cooperation between the federal and justice departments stands out. Not to duplicate the prosecution process by various entities and to centralize the task, the office of the Federal Attorney General is established. The state Justices Bureaus are also being restructured in this manner. To create a vibrant and functioning legal system, the justice organs at various jurisdiction have tried to work together in planning, evaluating and forwarding solution for addressing problems they come across on their day to day business.
The cooperation between the states should also be taken as a tool to curb cross-boarder crimes. It is understood that, Ethiopia is the second populous country in Africa. It has a population size of 100 million out of which 70 per cent are bellow 30. Hence to meet the growing demand with regard to education, employment and the social service heavy responsibility lies on the shoulder of the government as well as other stakeholders. By now, the government has undertaken various measures to balance the demand and supply balance. As is the case in other developing countries, it has its own limitations. Therefore, the rampant unemployment due to population growth could be a liability rather than an asset for the nation. To win their daily bread, unemployed youths might resort to engaging in criminal activities or might be Trojan horses to criminal quarters. Today it is not uncommon to see youth escorted by police going to court to hear their criminal case. There are also antisocial activities practised by the unemployed using and trafficking drugs, theft, kidnapping and some time killing for the sake of robbing. On the other hand, the rampant unemployment and the rural-urban migration has crated a hotbed to cross-border human traffickers to increase their ill-gained wealth through criminal practices.
Threat of terrorism from neighbouring Somalia also makes us to be alert to defend the nation's security. All these indicate that, the mentioned challenges inflict a daunting effect to the nation's legal institutions particularly to the attorney general. Currently crimes are committed in a sophisticated manner. The advent of cutting-edge technology specially in transferring information made the criminal investigation task very critical and hard.
Of course unlike other African countries, in our country, we don't observe a segment of a society that organized itself to engage in criminal activities thanks to our security forces that have a capacity to take a pre-emptive measures. However, to keep the nation's peace and to defend the Constitution strengthening the legal system to its best level is essential. Tracing criminal act, investigating and bring the culprits to courts is not an easy task and before prosecution gathering relevant evidences from various sources most of the time proves daunting. These days criminals are networked and have the capacity to mobilize huge financial resources to make rate tape and to paralyse the legal procedures. They can also manipulate the bureaucracy through their financial muscle and all these show the vitality of equipping the legal institutions with sophisticated apparatus and qualified human resource to prevent and to trace criminal acts. So far, the government has been trying its level best in preventing crimes.
According to the Federal Attorney General, the 2009 budget year plan accomplishment report with regard to cleaning the investigation files, it could execute its objective 100 per cent. On the other hand, in the criminal bench legal cases, it had won 96 per cent of the cases and eight of the cases were closed. In reducing the absence of the testifiers in courts, it has achieved its goals 4.2 per cent. The attorney had also won 20 cases at the appeal courts. It had also won the legal battle on the appeal court on ten files which suited by the convicted. With regard to the corruption charges, out of 1406 files 204 of them had got decision and the criminals were punished after they had been found to be guilty. Of course as compared to the number of the criminals and civil cases brought to the Attorney General and the service rendered there is a gap. To bridge the gap strengthening the legal system is essential and to that end all stake holders should mobilize their efforts.
Agricultural teachings need to be offered in line with smallholder farmers' interests and given special focus on value enhancement technologies as well as practices. The remark was made by Dr. Deola Naibakelao, Managing Director of Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) Monday at a three- day SAFE networking workshop.
The Managing Director further said: “If small-scale farmers get advice from extension staff who passed through value-chain oriented curriculum, they will substantially increase their income through value- added products.”
At the event, Dr. Deola took the opportunity to call on agriculture ministers , agricultural university presidents and instructors as well as employers to fully implement value-chain addition oriented curriculum in all member universities. “ our first curricula was production oriented; now we need to shift to value-chain addition oriented curricula,” he added.
However, he said challenges have been observed while implementing the value- chain-oriented curriculum and practical measures need to be taken to overcome challenges in this regard.
According to Dr. Deola, SAFE's future plan is to generate a large number of competent extension agents in collaboration with various universities aimed at creating strong market link and improving smallholders' lives.
For her part, Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and SAFE Board Chairwoman Prof. Ruth Oniang'o told The Ethiopian Herald that : “The extension system is working best in Ethiopia. Because Ethiopia's extension system is the largest in African. It is next to China when it comes to the number of public extension staff.”
The Board Chairwoman also said Ethiopia's best extension experiences would be shared to the rest of the world. “There is strong political will in putting resources, supporting extension staff, building farmer training centers and the like in Ethiopia.”
Representative from the Ethiopian Rural Economic Development and Food Security Sector Dejene Abesha said : “Next to Ghana , Ethiopia is one of the pioneers in introducing B.Sc. Program in mid -career extension professionals.” Moreover, Ethiopia has also the highest number of universities offering the program, he said.
Established in 1991, Sasakawa Africa Fund for extension Education (SAFE) has been supporting and exerting efforts in extension education in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) awarded Monday a 7.9-billion Birr road construction and maintenance projects to six local and foreign contractors.
The projects with 468 kilometers of length combined would generate over 3,500 jobs.
ERA Director-General Araya Girmay and the managers of the construction companies signed the contracts.
The projects include the Cheko-Yergachefe road project which is part of the Addis- Nairobi-Mombasa corridor that helps Ethiopia’s to access Lamu Port.
“Besides enhancing the Ethio-Kenya transport and trade exchanges, the Cheko-Yergachefe road project is part of the 10,228-kilometer Cairo-Cape Town Trans-African Highway Network and has a big role in speeding up Ethiopia’s economic integration with countries in the eastern and southern African regions,” Araya stated.
The director general exhorted the contractors to comply with contractual terms and complete the projects with the required quality and without delays.
The contractors for their parts pledged to carry out the projects with the desired quality and within contractual period.
The projects were granted to Sunshine PLC, Gemeshu Beyene Construction PLC, Wu Yi Co. Ltd, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and CGCOC Group as well as China Railway No.3.
Sixth Tana High-Level Forum to be held late April
The sixth Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa slated for April 22-23, 2017 would take place in Bahir Dar themed: 'Natural Resource Governance in Africa.'
The forum will discuss the sub themes of Extractive Resources, Land Use, In-land Water Resources, Resources of the Sea, Forests and Biodiversity in Africa, revealed Olusegun Obasanjo, Chairperson of Tana Forum and Former President of Nigeria in a press conference held here Monday.
Obasanjo said: “This year’s session will be a platform to seek answers to questions concerning the power Africans have in exploiting their natural resources, the control they have in the process of managing them, the degree at which Africans are deriving benefits from the extractive, land, water and forest resources in the continent”.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia is expected to deliver keynote speech at the forum where half a dozen of African Heads of State and government have already confirmed attendance. Moreover, heads of various international organizations as well as Ambassadors will be attending the meeting.
As a number of events are attached to the forum, on the general topic of leadership in Africa where legacies of prominent African leadership icons is discussed every year, the forum will be looking at the profile of Wangari Maathai this year. In addition, the forum will launch a new book entitled Making Africa Work: A Handbook authored by Olusegun Obasanjo and colleagues.
An overview of the state of peace and security in Africa will be presented in the session in a way it gives a panoramic view of the status of the continent in terms of peace and stability, said Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Tana Forum an independent forum on peace and security in Africa, held every year in the northern Ethiopian city of Bahir Dar, brings together current and former heads of state and government, policy makers, civil society, and academia from across the continent in an informal gathering to seek African-centered solutions to peace and security challenges on the continent.
BY HOMA MULISA
Ethiopia was one of the founding nations of the African Cup of Nations. The capital, Addis, sees the 39th Ordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) today.
The event is “historic and unique” for Ethiopia hosts the CAF General Assembly after 51 years according to the information from the Ethiopian Football Federation.
Five-hundred participants including CAF member countries and famous soccer players are expected to take part in the event.
According to President of the Ethiopian Football Federation Juneidin Basha the event will allow Ethiopia to attract more attention from CAF members in its bid to host the 2025 African Cup of Nations.
The two-day event will also holds presidential election. One of the candidates is Issa Hayatou, who has been on the helm of CAF since 1988 seeking an eighth term.
It was reported that CAF has limited presidency to four-year term as of this year’s election.
Many of the participants of the Assembly arrived here and visited St. George Football Club Academy yesterday at Bishoftu.
The General Assembly would also discuss various issues concerning ways of developing football across the continent, it was learnt.
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN