Nature’s true gift,
The longest one whichever lived,
The flow of which everyone admires,
Is the sign of a gifted nature,
It’s a sign for something more,
Than just a simple river,
The starting point from Tana,
The other point in Victoria,
The combination in Khartoum,
To make the beautiful Nile,
That flows up to Egypt,
Giving all it has,
And sharing along the way,
Without being greedy,
But only showing mercy,
It’s the thing that you have,
You wish it wouldn’t end,
But then it takes it all,
It takes it all away,
From its owner country,
From its starting place,
The Ethiopian soil,
That is washed off yearly,
That now once and for all,
Is relegated to the limbo of history,
Ethiopians togetherness to build,
The ABAY DAM,
Will keep on going till,
It will be fully done,
By peoples’ unity,
To defeat poverty,
To make their country grow,
Striving with all they’ve got,
With money if they can afford,
Or with labour if they can’t,
Working for 24/7 everyday every night,
All of us have to do that till GERD is finished,
And get back to the place,
Where our fathers had been,
When once we were
At the peak of civilization,
The richest country ever,
So to reach that beautiful aim,
All we have to do,
Is to finish the ABAY DAM,
This DAM we are building,
Will be the proof of our rising,
We shall finish the dam,
And show our capacity,
To those who thought,
Our poverty was our identity.
Our major problem electricity,
Will be addresses by the DAM,
That is ours to keep,
We will light every corner,
Every house, every day,
Everything…and sell it to those,
Who wrongly think we were low,
And turn over our poverty page,
Anyways…..Wow! Bravo! Ethiopia,
Celebrating colorfully! The victory of Adwa,
Buying the bond as much as we could,
Saying hello! To Ethiopia the motherland,
As the late patriots, we all proudly should stand.
Let’s finish the DAM and write the date,
Of the new chapter in our lives,
By the river that was once,
Not in use.
First Edited By: (The English Language Department of LCCS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
BY BETHLEHEM GADISSA (8B1)
AND REDIET TEGENE (8A1)
Within intangible cultural heritages, there are tangible benefits that a given country cannot afford to lose. It is through the intangible cultural heritages that the identity of people is constructed on. Particularly, for a countries that are mosaics of a diverse array of cultures and intuitive wisdom in almost every aspects of life, it is unthinkable to have an original identity without preserving these heritages that made the people.
Relatively speaking conservation mechanisms pales into insignificance as compared to the damage caused to tangible heritages. It proves difficult to preserve and restore intangible cultural heritages.
Arguably it is the cultural and other aspects of intangible heritages including the indigenous knowledge of a certain group that brought the most remarkable tangible heritages such as the Laliblea and Axum to existence . Perhaps had we been able to preserve the architectural skills of our forefathers, we would have built other Lalibla-like churches in numbers. That is why many experts in the area believe that it is the intangible heritages that give life to heritages into existence.
From the Geeda system a democratic institution to its Chembelal festivity, Ethiopia's intangible heritages are worth telling and breathtaking. Besides its eccentric tangible ones, Ethiopia's intangible cultural heritages are nothing short of a miracle. Though some are inscribed by the International organ at different times, there is also an urgent call for much to be done to preserve the cultural heritages on the face of globalization and ever changing and dynamic world. Keeping intangible heritages is nothing less than bequeathing national identity to the next generation.
Recently, a five-day long workshop co-organized by Heritage Conservation Authority and UNESCO on capacity building of cultural heritage conservation was held at Dibre Birhan where a numbers of studies were presented and discussed.
Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage General Director Yonas Desta told journalists that preserving intangible cultural heritages is what gives the country a peculiar and unique identity . That is the way to make the society have a true and original character of its own. The very important thing in intangible cultural heritages conservation works is to create ownership among the community.
He further noted that there is nothing rewarding more than community-based intervention in preserving cultural heritages. Registering them in the global organ is not an end by itself . Assimilating and instilling the assets and values of these heritages on the mindset of the Ethiopian people proves most effective way to keep such heritages. In this regard capacity building workshops and well researched studies have enormous role to play, he added,
Professor Alaphia Wright,Director of UNISCO Liasen Office and Representative of UNECA on his part said that the country has three intangible cultural heritages , the Meseqel Festivity, Fiche Chembelala and the Geda System. UNESCO as per its 'Promoting the Contribution of World Heritages for Sustainable Development and Reinforcing Capacities for Protection and Conservation of Paleontological Sites in Ethiopia which is funded by European Union,, is partnering with the government with the aim of protecting , promoting the heritage of the country.
The project seeks to strengthen national and regional capacities to better conserve , manage and promote heritages at the professional and institutional levels . To this end this workshop has much to contribute ongoing efforts, said adding that harnessing the power of culture is at the core of the organization.
Dr. Kassaye Bigashew from Addis Ababa University said that collaboration, partnership and delegation among different bodies are what it take to preserve cultural heritages. But yet with many threats facing , the conservation efforts has not been enough. In order to conserve , there must be full-fledged registration of the heritages nationally. It is futile to put in place conservation works without exactly knowing what our heritages are.
Ethiopia has countless intangible cultural heritages. So far a number of heritages are registered but much needs to be done. Particularly, at the heart of such effort is to enhance awareness so that the people itself feel responsible for promoting cultural heritages, added Dr. Kassaye. In what could be an important step, the Heritage Authority has already prepared Cultural Heritage and Conservators Registry and Professional Licensing Directives.
Authority Conservation Directorate Director Hailu Zeleke, told The Ethiopian Herald that the draft directives are expected to fill legal framework gaps and some other loopholes facing heritage conservation efforts. The draft directive incorporates the very principles and standards for heritage conservation works carried out by both public and private organization.
Authority expects the directives to submitted to and approved by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism very shortly. We should race against time to approve these directives to reach out various heritages with rehabilitation, said
According the directive , conservators would be provided with license by respective and concerned government institutions, said Hailu
According the directive , the authority will be provided profession qualification and certification for individual contractors other conservators before engaging in conservation activities while state bureaus will be doing work permits.
The directives will also address some of the major obstacles facing heritage conservation works. Skilled manpower is in short supply, there are only finger-counted numbers of conservators both at federal and state levels.
State bureaus will have the right to hire contractors to restore their heritages . This will promote the accessibility of the conservation activities. Annually,over 30 requests for heritage restoration is submitted to the authority but these directives give the state bureaus the task to administer the rehabilitation process on their own.
BY DESTA GEBREHWIOT
Gebre-Ab Egzi-Hagos Gashaw Chekol Dugasa Gesifeta
Recently, Ethiopia colourfully marked the 8th National Farmers and Semi-pastoralists Day at Adama town. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn handed over awards for over 570 farmers and semi-pastoralists for transforming themselves into agricultural investors, securing a capital of over 1.5 million birr and creating jobs for a number of women and youths. The prize includes medals, trophies, tractors and saving bonds worth birr 3,000 each.
The Ethiopian Herald approached Worku Gutema, a farmer from Arsi Munisa District of Oromia State and who received a trophy. "Due to the use of_ improved seeds and practice of_ modern farming techniques, I made over 10 million birr.
“Properly implementing the supports from agricultural extension workers, I purchased trucks, mills, combiner to unleash the potential of technologies for better productivity.” He further wants to open flour factory to double his income.
Among the awardees, the number of female farmers were 60. This shows that female farmers made impressive achievements in fighting poverty and became model for ensuring their families' food security. Another model female farmer, Yenesew Adugna who is from_Benshangul-Gumuz State, shared the secret behind her success and challenges to The Ethiopian Herald.
According to Yenesew, the success is attained due to strong commitment and relentless efforts in implementing modern agricultural extension system with the help of agricultural experts. She_ grows onion, green-paper, tomatoes, banana and cabbage on five hectares of land twice a year using irrigation, pumping_ water_ from Beles River. Yenesew managed to_produces 60 quintals of onion annually, and owns__a capital of over seven million birr._She also plants eucalyptus, wicker and coffee trees to make businesses._
Gashaw Chekol is a farmer from Amhara State, Bahir Dar Surrounding area, Zenzelma Kebele. He has been engaged in animal husbandry. Starting from breeding cows six years ago, he currently has 15 milky cows and secured 1.6 million birr in currency and in kind.
Gashaw created jobs for three persons and shared experiences for his neighbours who want to follow his footsteps. He further wants to open milk processing factory in order to raise his income and provide sufficient milk products to consumers.
The other farmer, Dugasa Gesifeta from West Welega Zone, secured 9.7 million birr cultivating agricultural products with modern technologies and inputs like fertilizers and chemicals. He also produces coffee and avocado in addition to breeding cattle and bees. Last meher season, he sowed teff and maize, and collected remarkable yield. Dugasa said he benefited from the continuous follow up and support of agricultural experts.
This reporter approached Chairman of Negat Farming Development Union in Gambella State, Gebre-Ab Egzi-Hagos. His union has been engaged in agricultural investment producing cotton, corn and sorghum. The union created employment opportunities for over 150 people and secured a capital of about 51 million birr. Gebre-Ab commented that as the nation owns untapped land resources, the government must provide opportunities for investors to massively be engaged in agricultural productivity.
In this regard, the government currently prioritizes citizens' benefits through integrating agriculture with industry. To make this happen, it also constructs agro-processing industries across the nation that need_intensive labour and consume productions as raw materials.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Eyasu Abraha, the agriculture sector is expected to produce 500 million quintals by the end of GTP II. This will be realized if the sector could be transformed well in technology and export-led agricultural system.
Dr. Eyasu reinstated the government's works to sustainably improve the lives of the members of the society and to enable the nation benefit from the agriculture sector through expanding improved agricultural technologies to the wider farming community across the country._
He also said that modern technologies particularly focusing on soil fertility need to be implemented for better outputs. It is also learned that the number of model farmers in the country is increasing from time to time. Apart from increasing production and productivity, the government works to raise the number of model farmers to 16,776 by the end of GTP II, and to enable 50 per cent of them benefit from modern agricultural extension system.
Likewise, after handing over the awards, the Premier said that the farmers could be successful as the result of the support they received from agricultural experts, in combination with, utilizing their intuitive knowledge and new agricultural technologies.
Prime Minister urged model farmers and semi-pastoralists to share their skills and experiences for other fellow farmers. Thus, they should enable to register significant outcome in the sector in each of the next harvesting years.
He also added that the farmers are pioneer in the efforts to make the agriculture sector equipped with modern technologies and inputs. They are surely expected to play the role in raising the number of fellow model farmers. “In doing so, it is possible to modernize and develop the growth of the sector in a sustainable way.”
On the other hand, the Premier said, “The agriculture sector has laid a cornerstone for the national economic growth registering average annual growth rate of 9 per cent in the last 15 consecutive years.” “To make this happen, the government has aggressively worked on building the capacity of farmers and semi-pastoralists engaged in small farm lands, where 90 per cent of the production attained.”
Significant results also registered in livestock protection through properly implementing water-shade activities and preparing animal feeds. This could provide typical contribution for nation's capital accumulation and its structural transformation, the Premier reinstated.
In line with the farmers' festival, an exhibition was opened in the town of Adama to promote the utilization of agricultural technologies that could help the farmers to improve productivity and modernize the sector.
On the occasion, farmers recognized that agricultural technologies is critical to improve production and productivity as well as to play important role in boosting food security.
Currently, model farmers and semi-pastoralists are registering significant improvements on crop production and productivity,_utilizing modern agricultural technologies.
Most of farmers live in rural areas, and agriculture is their most important income source. Developing the potential to increase the productivity and incomes from smallholders will be the key to achieving food security over the next years. Since climate change currently becomes a threat for developing countries and poses risks for agriculture, food, and water supplies, resilience is, therefore, a predominant concern.
It is critical to follow climate-smart agriculture, an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems, to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate.
In sum, even though smallholder farmers in Ethiopia are highly challenged with land degradation, low soil fertility, climate change and food insecurity, they do not sit and wait. Instead they innovate coping strategies to overcome their problems at the local level.
BY ZELALEM GIRMA
I read the callous piece Mr. Ismail Mohammed Abdi has written on the stubborn and intermittent conflicts between the inhabitants of the Oromo-Somali borderlands. Well, the sloppy article: “Shedding Light on the Recent Violence in the Border Areas between Somali and Oromia States of Ethiopia” has a skewed rendition of the reality that it intends to purport.
It is unfortunate to see a person scribbling a piece that utterly defeats the cause of the political establishment that he “seemingly” cared for and writing to defend. Hence, it is only natural, to be uncomfortable with the piece posted on Aigaforum and Tigrai online on March 11, 2017. The article reflects a miscreant venture of a writer who failed to disengage himself from the parochial attitude that he succumbed to.
I found the air of the writer to be so impudent and made many erroneous claims that are so outrageous and shaky. In my view, Ismail Mohammed Abdi is in the wrong box, when he tries to appraise the effort made to resolve the protracted border conflict between the inhabitants of the Oromo-Somali borderlands that has older root.
His lack of critical thinking and sober politicking that has led him astray to further mess up the already difficult matter that local, regional and federal governments have been struggling to sort-out satisfactory solutions that would appease all side and further strengthen the long-standing and close relationship of the two people. He simply paints the issue of the Oromo-Somali borderlands conflict with various false political colours.
Thus, he failed to work to create conducive environment that would encourage a peaceful settlement of the conflict, but made staggering accusation on OPDO/EPRDF. He must have been in his dreams when he blatantly accused that OPDO/EPRDF has made the border conflict “a rallying point for such rogue groups as the Oromo Liberation front (OLF).”
His libellous and slanderous pen never hesitates to allege that “It is not the first time that we have seen OPDO joining forces with malignant Oromo groups that have fallen out with the country’s constitution.” He goes on with his tactless remark and cut the quick saying, “However, this last one brings the OPDO into new heights where senior members of the Oromia State government, including the current president and regional lawmakers, clearly feed on opposition propaganda and are openly praised by the opposition press for complementing their agenda.”
“Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) itself has ironically not chosen a different path and merely replicated a terrorist agenda of turning Ethiopian people against itself. Instead of choosing to resolve the land-related problem peacefully with its neighbour, the Somali State, as the case used to be in the past, all that the state government, with the whole weight of its lawmakers and intellectuals, has done in the past seven or eight months was to send thousands of heavily armed militia and paramilitary police members to border areas to fight pastoralists in their villages of origin, leading to catastrophic casualties including unnecessary human deaths, displacement and devastation of local livelihoods mostly on the side of Somali regional state.” His article is full of such reckless assaults that would compromise the integrity of only the writer but the publishers too.
Mr. Ismail Mohammed Abdi really lacks sober politicking. His lack of critical thinking has led him astray to further mess up the already difficult matter that local, regional and federal governments are struggling to sort-out satisfactory solutions that would appease all side that further strengthen the long-standing amiable relationship of the two people.
He is burning the floor with demon.
Apparently, Mr. Ismail Mohammed Abdi is not working to create conducive environment that would encourage a peaceful settlement of the protracted conflict that has been claiming many lives. As the truth is highlighted in often-quoted adage; “conflicts are failed politics.” If we close doors on politics and blindly vie for dominance, conflict ensues. Parties that are propounding diverging views could have peaceful engagement when they are unfailingly commit themselves to political ideals that are keen on democratic values. Politics in the absence of democratic venues and values will end up in fierce power struggles that would sooner or later assume a violent turn.
Now, the Oromo-Somali border conflict draws the attention of both the federal and regional governments; in as much as it has attracted the avid interests of the anti-peace elements who wish to disrupt the constitutional order. All violent political groups are working hard seeing this conflict as a wind-fall opportunity to create havoc that could have a magnitude to put the federal and democratic political system in peril.
The writer professed to be the proponent of the federal system that recognizes the national identity of the people of Ethiopia who had been suffering for ages under the various oppressive regimes of the past. When EPRDF came to power in 1991 it has made decision to re-map Ethiopia with a view to abolish the oppression of the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia.
Based on the federal constitution, Ethiopia was reorganized into nine autonomous regional states and two city state administrations. Among these are the ethno-national regional states of Oromia and Somali states that soon engaged themselves in dealing with claims and counter-claims over territories along their nominal but indistinct borders.
Then, 430 kebeles were contested between the two states. These territories were areas over which various nationalist political groups were competing with each other and become centre of conflicts. These claims and counter claims specifically revolve around water points, tracts of land, ritual sites and towns.
The strategies that would help us to settle the conflicts over ethno-national boundaries are embedded within the constitutional framework. A central tool of in-built mechanisms of conflict resolution is undertaking referendum to decide the fate of contested territories by simple majority vote.
According to the Ethiopian constitution “all state borders dispute shall be settled by agreement of the concerned states. Where the concerned states fail to reach agreement, the House of Federation shall decide on the basis of settlement patterns and wishes of the people concerned.”
After so many attempts to resolve the Oromo-Somali border dispute have failed, in November 2004 a referendum that was organized and supervised by the National Electoral Board was held. The pastoralist, agro-pastoralists and towns people occupying the contested territories around the Oromo-Somali border cast ballots to decide their fate. The process was successfully undertaken in 422 kebele. But the referendum fail to close the matter ones and for all.
As the Oromo-Somali border contention over identity and territoriality reflects a complex inter-play of various issues and actors, we need sober mind to reach at amicable conclusion. We believe the two regional states have the stamina and the wisdom to reach at peaceful conclusion, dampening the disconcerting voices from all corners.
BY AMEN TEFERI
It is evident that the world's media have agreed up on the fact that Ethiopia is becoming one of the fast-growing economies in the world.
Within the past years, Ethiopia has risen from the lowest place on the list of African Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) recipients to the highest position. And the number of projects in the country have increased dramatically. This is a direct result of a sprouting economy and a government that set its eyes on growth via investment.
Ethiopia is attracting FDI from global investors. The country’s economic landscape has taken a concrete shape. And the country has registered a double-digit growth for the last ten years.
The reasons that makes Ethiopia an attractive destination to foreign investors are basically political, social stability and rapid economic growth, excellent climate and fertile soils, private sector friendly government, abundant and trainable labour force, competitive incentive packages, access to wide market.
The key priority areas for investment in Ethiopia are agro-processing industry, textile and apparel industries, sugar and related industries, chemical industry, pharmaceuticals industry and metal and engineering industries.
The establishment of Industrial Parks that focus on the production of textiles, leather, garments, pharmaceuticals, agro-processing and equipment manufacturing displays.
Ethiopia has given special attention to investment. This special attention to the sector has enabled foreign investors to look into the country. This is witnessed within the past years that the FDI of the country has increased dramatically.
Several opportunities created for investors have become the stimulants for international investors to spend their money, skill and capital in the country.
The installation of railway, road infrastructure, Telecommunication service, electricity power, industrial park development projects and others are some of the factors that speed up investment.
According to Ethiopian Investment Commission, in the GTP I the country has registered 1.2 billion USD FDI. This figure has increased at the end of the five year and has increased into 2.2 billion USD.
What is more, in the first year of GTP II, the figure has increased to three billion USD. For the last budget year this figure has also shown a positive increase. Despite all the internal challenges such as drought, security issues and decrease in export, the figure has showed an increase. This is a good evidence that the country is really suitable destination for investment.
Despite the attempts of anti-peace elements to jeopardize the economic progress of the country, the investment growth is still proceeding at a fabulous pace. All pretexts that attempts to destabilize the peace and security of the nation by anti-peace elements does not slacken the investment flow into the country. This has mainly resulted from government's commitment to address the public issues immediately.
It is already known that due to some public grievances in Oromia and some parts of Amhara states, there was a loss of life and damages on some factories by anti-peace elements. However, this did not prevent the flow of investment into the country.
Sources are still indicating the investment flow into the country are still growing. This is a good indication that the nation is built up on a solid democratic and peaceful foundation that encourage and protect the interests of investors.
Using its state of emergency and other measures, the government has managed to parry anti-developmental activities. This has supported and sustained the investment flow into the country.
Using the fertile economic ground of the country, the government is providing incentives that encourage investors. And this incentives are attracting investors from four corners of the world.
Our recent experience has witnessed that the investment sector is one of the most important engines for country's economic development.
It is crystal clear that the role of the investment sector to further boost the economic growth of the country is beyond measure. The sector has a multifaceted benefit to the growing economy of the nation.
Despite the recent unrest in the country, the nation has managed to attract foreign direct investments with a combined capital of 1.2 billion USD during the first half year this fiscal year, with a slight reduction compared to the same period in the previous year.
In a country like Ethiopia that aspires to advance its economy through agriculture, the investment sector can be considered as an insurance or a fail-safe method. In this regard, using the already registered remarkably achievements as input, the government is expected to further encourage investors.
European Union (EU) pledged to deepen its 41 years partnership with Ethiopia in all spheres.
Speaking at a book launch entitled: 'The History of Parliament, Democracy and Diplomacy' Tuesday, representing the EU's Ambassador to Ethiopia and Press and Information Department Head Solomon Kebede said the EU would enhance its supports to the country in widening democracy and ensuring progress.
Through its development cooperation, the EU stands by Ethiopia to help it address its key challenges, such as poverty, a rapidly growing population, environmental pressures and climate change,he said, adding it would raise its partnership in halting such challenges and ensuring development.
A German Think Tank, Hanns Seidel Foundation, representative Uta Staschewski expressed commitment to work with Ethiopia. She said the book would move forward the efforts in practicing parliamentary system.
Hanns said the institution has been closely working with the Ethiopian Foreign Relations and Strategic Studies Institute in a bid to enhance the development of democracy and diplomacy in Ethiopia.
The book is authored by Melaku Mulualem—a seasoned writer and researcher in the areas of parliament, democracy and diplomacy. The book is sponsored by EU, it was learnt.
BY HAFTU GEBREZGABIHER
The State of Emergency Command Post Secretariat Siraj Fegessa announced the lifting of some restrictions.
Briefing journalists yesterday, he said the ban on movement of any unauthorized individual around major infrastructural facilities and investment institutions from 6pm-6am local time was lifted.
The Command Post also lifted detention and searches without court order as well as the imposition to control and restrict messages transmitted through any radio, television, writings, images, photograph, theater and film.
He indicated that the lifting would further allow foreign and local investors to engage in their businesses.
The remaining restrictions are applicable as long as the State of Emergency is active, it was learnt.
BY HENOK TIBEBU
Though Ethiopia has been facing the inevitable climatic variability, it as well mitigated the impacts building strong leadership.
The Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy initiated by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi created ample potential in the effort of fighting climatic shocks, said Kare Kawicha, Environment, Forest and Climate Change State Minister.
Opening a monthly climate debate Tuesday, the state minister went on saying that the massive investment on renewable energy and other infrastructural development attests as the leadership is effective.
According to Kare, the nation has already taken leadership positions of the Least Developed Countries Group as well as the Climate Vulnerable Forum until 2018.
For his part, Canada Embassy Political and Economic Counselor Marie-Josee Chabonneau said Canada is working to ensure that climate finance is accessible to developing countries.
According to her, accelerating the adoption of clean technology through mobilizing private sector investment and innovation is a key aspect of Canadian government supports.
Canada is financing transformation mitigation initiatives and climate smart agriculture while building local capacity, she added.
According to Chabonneau, Canada is helping to build the capacity of the Ministry of Mines, Natural Gas and Petroleum in assessing and monitoring social and environmental impacts of the mining sector.
AAU Natural and Computational Sciences College Dean Dr. Shibru Temesgen for his part said the climate debate which took place at the campus exposes students to the climate diplomacy and helps to motivate them to be climate mitigation activists.
The debate was co-organized by Addis Ababa Environment Forum of the Addis Ababa University (AAU) and Embassy of Canada in Ethiopia.
BY ABEBE WOLDEGIORGIS
Ethiopia and Russia signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism and Culture and Protocol of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Trade Cooperation yesterday at the end of the 6th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Ethio–Russia Commission.
The Ethio-Russia joint technical committee also agreed to boost the two countries trade exchange and diversify tradable commodities in both countries’ markets.
Following the signing ceremony, Co-Chair of the Commission and Minister of Cabinet Affairs Alemayehu Tegenu said the meeting was so crucial for Ethiopia in terms of expediting and taking additional measures to enhance its multifaceted cooperation with Russia.
The co-chair stated that the two countries agreed to diversify areas of cooperation in trade and investment fields and to establish industrial, educational and agricultural partnership.
“Ethiopia and Russia also come to terms to bolster ties in science and technology, energy and mining sectors as well as commercial air transport services,” Alemayehu added.
Expressed Ethiopia’s commitment for the realization of the agreements, he called on the Russian side to do the same.
Co-chair of the Russian side of the commission and Deputy of Natural Resources and Environment Evgeny Kiselev said for his part that his country is desirous of strengthening its economic relations with Ethiopia.
Kiselev noted that he had discussion with officials from Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural gas on ways the Russian investors could involve in the energy and mining sectors.
Having expressed the growing demand among Russian investors to take part in Ethiopia’s market, the co-chair expressed his conviction to the joint commission’s roles in luring more Russian investment to Ethiopia.
The joint technical group agreed to establish follow up mechanism of the protocol and agreed to hold the 7th meeting of the Commission in Moscow in 2018.
BY BILAL DERSO
Ethiopia championed investing in sporting facilities
• CAF 39th General Assembly kicks off
FIFA and CAF were urged to offer Ethiopia a chance of hosting big tournaments as the country continues to invest in sporting activities and multi- purpose stadiums.
Addressing 39th CAF General Assembly being held here, Deputy Premier Demeke Mekonnen said the international and continental football associations ought to look into the country's ambition to host sporting competitions.
The Deputy Premier further noted that the nation has already built four big stadiums in line with CAF standards including State-of-the Art Woldiya stadium which was built by Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi. And the fifth one is at the early stage of construction in Addis Ababa. “The country deserves to host such bigger events.”
Meanwhile, a round table discussion focusing on accountability of African federations was also held.
CAF President Issa Hayatou said African Federations can generate own income to promote football in the continent.
The president further said hosting tournaments provides nations the opportunity to expand sporting infrastructure.
The Assembly also thoroughly discussed FIFA’s alternative ways of financing clubs.
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN