Eating a diet high in antioxidants is one way some believe you may be able to help prevent developing macular degeneration, a leading cause ofblindness. Add in a list ofmacular degeneration supplements such as lutein, beta-carotene, zinc and even shark’s cartilage and there is some growing evidence that your chances are even better.
Recently, several natural vision formulas have been developed and studied showing some promising results. At the same time, more foods are being deemed superfoods for beneficial, accumulative compounds linked to vision support.
Adding a daily vision supplement and superfoods to your routine may be worth results that could support the health ofyour present and future sight.
Vision Supplement Technology
Pinpointing the delivery system and target landing ofnutritional compounds, namely those derived from botanical sources, has become more precise. Old data shows some good links these compounds present when it comes to healthy vision which prompted adding them to synthetic, conventional eye care medicines.
Now, with the ability to transport these compounds directly to the intestines, surpassing significant potency loss from stomach enzymes, natural remedies may surpass or contend with prescription drugs for AMD (age-related macular degeneration). Ofcourse, botanicals cannot act as the last minute acute applications some medical remedies can offer. However, they may help you avoid getting to such a point.
The company Zeon Healthcare has announced the near future release (2017) of its vision supplement called MacuSave. This is a unique formula that combines the well tested carotenoids (fat soluble pigments) meso-zeaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin with marigold flower, (Tagetes erecta).
These carotenoids, when combined, hold antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that work much more efficiently than taking a single dose of either one. In fact, according to John Nolan, professor of the Macular Pigment Research Group at the Waterford Institute ofTechnology, UK,
“We’ve just finished an AMD trial, which show these pigments greatly protect vision. I’m not saying we can stop the disease, but we have been able to rebuild macular pigment in these patients and improve their vision. The disease did not get worse after three years when patients took the supplements. This is remarkable because previous studies found with lutein-only supplements, 50% ofpeople with early-stage AMD go on to develop advanced AMD and experience vision loss.”
After 15 years ofstudying how to rebuild macular pigments, Dr. Nolan reports that supplements using these carotenoids cannot only assist AMD patients but may enhance healthy vision as well. This is of particular interest when it comes to occupations such as military personnel, pilots and athletes.
As reported by Optometry Today,
“MacuSave is a once-a-day eye health supplement that has been formulated to enrich the macular pigment with all three key macular carotenoids, including meso-zeaxanthin, and to protect the macula against the potential risks associated with visible blue light and oxidative stress.”
It seems as ifevery couple ofmonths your local news station runs a story on how certain plant based foods hold various compounds that may help particular health concerns. Studies now show how macular degeneration is no exception when it comes to the beneficial, accumulated effects ofvarious fruits, vegetables, legumes. In some cases, eating a high botanical diet may even ease symptoms for those already afflicted with AMD.
These are three of many easily attainable superfoods for possible macular degeneration prevention or management.
Blueberries, strawberries, mulberries, cherries and blackberries are among the top superfoods linked to lowering systemic inflammation and high blood pressure. Macular degeneration has shown to be one ofthe side effects ofhypertension (high blood pressure). Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association comments in a report by AARP,
“Blueberries and blackberries also contain anthocyanins, which have the dark purple pigments that fight inflammation and improve blood flow. They also help prevent blockages to the arteries that feed oxygen to the retina.”
Considered a significant food for eye health, avocado holds a variety of vision supporting nutrition including lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
Published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition,
“Research from the Women’s Health Initiative Observation Study found that MUFA [monounsaturated fatty acids] rich diets were protective of age-related eye dysfunction. Avocados may contribute to eye health since they contain a combination ofMUFA and lutein/zeaxanthin and help improve carotenoid absorption from other fruits and vegetables. Avocados contain 185 [micrograms] oflutein/zeaxanthin per one-half fruit, which is expected to be more highly bioavailable than most other fruit and vegetable sources.”
There is a compound found in broccoli called indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which has been linked to clearing cells ofenvironmental toxins. I3C is capable of activating a protein involved in chemical detoxification called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) protein. AhR declines with age but by using I3C found in broccoli, AhR may be able to continue regardless ofage.
On July 6th, 2016 it was reported by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging that,
“Buck researchers boosted the potency ofa broccoli-related compound by ten times and identified it as a possible treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss affecting more than 10 million older Americans.”
Re-evaluating your current supplement and dietary influences may give you a leg up on either preventing or managing macular degeneration. Look for formulas and foods that contain the aforementioned compounds and your future vision could remain clear and unhindered.
BY RAYN RINGOLD
The first large installation of solar energy tapping panel in Ethiopia was conducted in Mitto village with a mini-grid of 10 kW in 1985, by the former Ministry of Mines and Energy. Four years latter it was expanded to 30-kW. Before 2008, almost the major solar power applications were used for telecommunications. In early 2013 a solar panel assembly plant was opened around the suburb ofAddis Ababa.
In line with this, last February the Addis Ababa University had hosted a training on solar energy for people drawn from different states of the country. The training was held at the post-graduate hall of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences.
Themed “The way Ahead with Renewable Energy: A Role for Ethiopia,” the training focused on the utilization of solar energy, solar cooking and water pasteurization.
It was Nation for Nation Networking that organized the training in collaboration with the College of Natural and Computational Sciences of AAU.
The training aimed at helping families utilize solar energy in improving their life style through better health and working conditions.
Abaynesh Asrat, CEO of Nation for Nation Networking on the occasion noted that the training on solar energy, solar cooking and water pasteurization is viable, timely and the first of its kind for Ethiopia.
Solar power is suitable for remote areas not connected to energy grids. It may come as surprises to city-dwellers that this move could afford them in creating jobs as well as realizing dreams to be entrepreneurs.
We need to produce materials that could be used to harness power.
According to Abaynesh, solar energy offers considerable advantages over conventional energy systems by scaling down those systems long considered to be unchangeable. Solar energy helps families preserve food, saving scarce resources and keeping them healthy.
Ethiopia is blessed with a huge amount of power that could change the livelihood of the society at grass roots.
We need to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our goal-setting of energy. That is why I just try to do my best.
Energy, and especially electricity, is the golden thread that impacts most of the 17 SDGs and beyond that, the development of every nation and economy. The United Nations has recognized Energy as a cornerstone for economic development, facilitating poverty and hunger reduction efforts, improving education, women’s empowerment and healthcare.
“I would like to recommend respective engineers to work on it. Higher Learning Institutions should also pull more human power development efforts in line with this area,” she noted.
Power is instrumental to mange life and market.
Her experience, passed through huge life experience in medical and mental health settings at the Centre for Comprehensive Health in New York City is worth of a special mention.
Abaynesh has also contributed significantly in the areas ofcommunity-based education, prevention of domestic violence, a healthy and safe atmosphere in the family and in the work place, HIV/AIDS awareness, and the provision of health related information through seminars and correspondence. She has worked with the School of Public Health of Columbia University in evaluating approaches to increasing breast cancer screening among African and African American women in New York.
“I have lived in USA for about 48 years. I decided to come to Ethiopia to do something. Moving beyond the rhetoric improving the health of society supported by science and technology thereby creating jobs to those at the grass roots afford a reliefto mind. I hope fellow citizens second this.”
Young Ethiopians are working diligently to change their fate. Their enthusiasms tells me that Ethiopians have entrepreneurial acumen.
This coming generation should be supported by viable mechanisms to penetrate market. Solar energy is cheap and affordable. In the training I have tried to drive home some trainers from USA and organized the training which took place last February. I hope young engineers will join the efforts and make the materials to be assembled here in Ethiopia.
Shibiru Temesgen (Ph.D.), Dean of college of natural and Computational Sciences, for his part said that the training is part ofthe Addis Ababa University’s efforts to deliver community service that transforms lives.
Solar energy helps avoid pollution caused by the use offossil energy. It helps maintain hygiene and avoid ailments such as childhood pneumonia and water-borne illnesses.
Director, Office of External Relations, Partnerships and Communication ofAddis Ababa University Dr. Zenebe Beyene, for his part noted that it showcases how a single person's determination could create differences. The university has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to run the project and work together. “I hope many fellow citizens would follow suit. Beyond rhetoric engaging in a actual deed to be part of nation's renaissance move. ”
The training has important dimension in that it could enable trainees to produce things locally.
The training is a pilot test to introduce how it is possible to manufacture solar panels and solar cookers from simple materials available locally.
Twenty trainees selected from different part of the country, especially those who prepare and sell fast food on the streets, were taken aboard the training.
“Irrespective of Ethiopia’s year-round sunshine, millions of people living at remote areas lack access to electricity as they rely on kerosene, fire wood and charcoal as sources of energy. That could damage the health of the people and the environment as well.”
“I have observed thousands of women in rural areas carrying firewood for energy consumption; sad I decided to come up with this initiative which can mitigate the problem,” she noted.
The trainees on their part disclosed that they have acquired the skills to locally produce solar cookers from fallen aluminium foils.
A trainee, Girma Kebede, who is one of the potato chip vendors on the streets ofAratkilo, explained that the training was fruitful as the technology is affordable and eco-friendly.
“We have acquired adequate skills to produce solar cookers locally from simple materials; I have made plans to travel with tourists as their cook. Now that I have this technology which is portable and can be used everywhere I go,” says Girma.
Abayinesh also noted that “By defining our tasks more clearly, by making them doable, we can help citizens appreciate it, embrace it and pursue it relentlessly vesting hope in it.”
BY MENGISTEAB TESHOME
As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to build on the momentum of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech in 2016, special emphasis is being placed on agriculture as outlined in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
The historic climate agreement was approved on Dec. 12, 2015 at COP21. INDCs is the term used under the UNFCCC for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that all countries which are party to the convention were asked to publish in the lead up to the conference.
In their INDCs, the countries of CARICOM, a 15-member regional grouping, have prioritized adaptation in the agricultural sector, given the need to support food security.
They are now shifting their focus from climate planning to action and implementation. To this end, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) hosted a Caribbean Climate Smart Agriculture (CCSA) Forum here recently to raise awareness of best practices, by promoting and supporting climate change actions, while providing a space for dialogue among relevant actors and allowing them to discuss the challenges and successes of Climate Smart Agriculture.
Climate Smart Agriculture has been identified as offering major wins for food s
ecurity, adaptation and mitigation in the Caribbean.
“Agriculture is a priority sector,” Pankaj Bhatia, Deputy Director of the World Resource Institute’s Climate Programme, told participants.
As countries move forward with their plans, he recommended they participate in NDC Partnership, a global initiative to help countries achieve their national climate commitments and ensure financial and technical assistance is delivered as efficiently as possible.
Much work still needs to be done by countries to create more detailed road maps, catalyse investment, and implement the plans to deliver on their climate commitments,” said Bhatia, who helps to manage one of the largest climate change projects of the World Resources Institute (WRI).
“It’s worth exploring the options and how the NDC Partnership can offer support,” Bhatia added._
As of February 2017, there were approximately 40 countries involved in the NDC Partnership, as well as intergovernmental and regional organizations such as the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Bank, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The major pillars of the Partnership to drive ambitious climate action include sharing knowledge and information and facilitating both technical and financial support, thus encouraging increased efficiency, accountability and effectiveness of support programmes.
The Partnership develops knowledge products that fill critical information gaps and disseminates them through a knowledge sharing portal.
Another speaker, Climate Change Specialist in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Climate Change Office, John Furlow, emphasized the importance of participation from multiple sectors in the process of creating Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAPs), using Jamaica as a case study for how this was done effectively.
“In 2012, the then prime minister of Jamaica asked USAID to help Jamaica develop a national climate policy. Rather than starting with climate impacts, we wanted to start with what Jamaica defined as important to them,” Furlow explained.
“The national outcomes in the vision document listed agriculture, manufacturing, mining and quarrying, construction, creative industries, sport, information and communication technology, services and tourism.
“So, we wanted to bring in the actors responsible for those economic sectors for discussion on how they would address climate and hazard risk reduction in a national policy,” he added.
Furlow continued that the goal is to get climate change out of the environment ministry and into the ministries responsible for the sectors that are going to be affected.
This, he said, has the potential of putting developing countries in the driver’s seat in locating “multiple sources of funding – domestic, bilateral aid funding and multi-lateral aid funding” – so countries can take a role in what’s going on within their borders.
The Climate Change Policy Framework for Jamaica outlines the strategies that the country will employ in order to effectively respond to the impacts and challenges of climate change, through measures which are appropriate for varying scales and magnitudes of climate change impacts.
It states that relevant sectors will be required to develop or update, as appropriate, plans addressing climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.
Within the Policy Framework there are also Special Initiatives based on new and existing programmes and activities which will be prioritized for early implementation.
Each year the Caribbean imports 5 billion dollars worth of food and climate change represents a clear and growing threat to its food security with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock.
In recent years, nearly all of the countries in the Caribbean have been experiencing prolonged drought, posing significant challenges to food production in one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change.
Organizers of the CCSA Forum say there are many common agriculture-related topics in the NDCs of the English-speaking Caribbean countries, including conservation and forestry, water harvesting and storage, and improved agricultural policies.
All but one of the Caribbean countries included the issue of agriculture in their respective INDC. The sector is addressed in the INDCs with the priority being on adaptation. However, more than half of the countries also included conditional mitigation targets that directly or indirectly relate to agriculture.
The commitments made by all the countries denote the priority of the sector in the region’s development goals and the need to channel technical and financial support for the sector.
IICA said agriculture also has great potential to achieve the integration of mitigation and adaptation approaches into policies, strategies and programmes.
It also noted that the commitments made by each country, both through the Paris Agreement and in their respective INDCs, provide a solid foundation for tackling the global challenge of climate change with concrete actions keyed to national contexts and priorities.
BY DESMOND BROWN
The environmental, social and climatic benefits of conservation of natural resources are becoming apparent. Nowadays, an interest for studying the valuation of the ecosystem is also increasing. It is crudely believed that the conservation of the environment and the development of protected areas are entertained at the expense of the benefits that could be earned if the areas were rather exploited for certain types of productive activities like agriculture or industry.
In the contrary, there are research findings in some countries that indicate protected areas can generate more income than agricultural activities in the same acres of land, at the same time with protected ecology that contributes to lovely environmental and climatic situations.
Maintenance of ecological integrity, conservation of wildlife habitat and species, or spiritual and cultural values often being the dominant reasons for establishing protected areas, the economic impact and value of protected areas have been described in a broad range of research reports over the past few decades which basically is another reason to invest in protected areas.
Moreover, it is evident that protected areas fit well with better life styles, quality of life expectations, the desire to pursue subsistence harvest of wild species, and opportunities for community development, created through land claims agreements.
Ethiopia is endowed with a wide variety of fauna and flora, with 320 species of mammals of which 36 are endemic, 862 species of birds of which 18 are endemic, 201 species of reptiles of which 9 are endemic, 63 species of amphibians of which 24 are endemic, and 180 species of fish of which 40 are endemic.
Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) was formed with the responsibility of the management of 14 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, administers the hunting industry and fulfills wildlife-related regulatory functions. The Ethiopian ecosystem with its rich resources can be useful in an array of ways yet significantly adding to the economy of the country as it is possible to attach monetary value to our the natural resources if they become subjects to proper conservation efforts and effective management.
Reports of studies conducted on the EWCA protected areas indicate that these areas in Ethiopia induce monetary values through providing grazing areas for livestock, harvesting of natural products like that of firewood, timber, fish, wild coffee, honey, gums and the like. Thus, a rough estimation of over one billion Birr can be obtained from harvesting these natural products in the 14 EWCA protected areas every year.
The protected areas also serve as a source of harvesting plants with up to 60 percent of the well known medicinal plant species in Ethiopia. This can be found in the Bale Mountains National Park encompassing a total of about 337 species. The medicinal plants in EWCA's protected areas are estimated to make a fortune of more than 270 million Birr every year.
Moreover, watershed protection and water provision, carbon sequestration, pollination and pest control are also earning the country a value estimated to be 90 billion Birr per annum.
Another important aspect is the value attached to tourism and recreation obtained from our protected areas. As it is widely recognized that tourism is key to the transformation and diversification of national economies, the protected areas come to play the greatest role in this. In the meantime, the Ethiopian tourism sector is on the rise and in keeping up with national tourism growth, visitor numbers to protected areas managed by EWCA have tremendously increased from roughly 12,800 to 83,700 in recent times. The protected areas draw income valued at more than half a billion Birr through entrance fees, guiding services, and other visitor expenses.
Existence and cultural values are other important features of EWCA's protected areas by which monetary value can be attributed to. Accordingly, the Ethiopian park system is home to iconic animals such as the Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf and Mountain Nyala. These animals are part of the national identity and a source of national pride. Many of the parks also contain sites that are important to the cultural life of the country. Thus, however it is quite difficult to put monetary prices on the existence and cultural values of the protected areas, researches estimate the value to be more than 240 million Birr per annum.
These are not the only benefits the protected areas have in contributing to the nation’s economy. Beside the benefits discussed above, the country earns an average of 60 million Birr every year from sport hunting, wild life sales, film shootings, and related activities.
Despite all these benefits that are being drawn out of the nations protected areas, there are number of potential threats to wildlife resources, Abiy Getahun, Senior Community-Wildlife Expert at EWCA, told The Ethiopian Herald. According to him, illegal activities like poaching, human wildlife conflict, over exploitation, farming expansions, habitat loss, deforestation and the development of environmentally unfriendly infrastructure pose the biggest threats to the welfare of the wildlife resources.
Hence, Abiy insists that improving the poor infrastructure development within all protected areas like road, tourist facilities, lodge, camping site, water point, resting room, electricity and the like alongside promotion about the country’s wildlife within the country and abroad has its positive contribution to receive the maximum benefit out of the sector.
The economic advantage of the protected areas being evident, one would argue that Ethiopia is not benefiting enough as compared to the neighboring countries; which indicates the need for a stern concern for the matter, with a significant investment and a relentless effort of ecological conservation thereby ensuring maximum benefit to the country. Further, protected areas are compatible with a mixed economy dependent on a variety of renewable and non-renewable resource industries, and tourism. Bottom line, it is important to note that conservation is a key part of any sustainable economy.
BY HOMA MULISA
Once in a while, life demands every one of us to pass critical decisions. Besides, we pass routine decisions every day on what to eat, what to dress, where to go, with whom to spend time with and so on. Life is all about this, making decisions − major and minor once. With every breath we take in, we are making conscious or unconscious decisions.
The conscious decisions we make are part of what makes us humans. At each breath we take, we make decisions to be good or bad, to act violently or peacefully, to be corrupt or not to be corrupt, to be just or unjust, or to work for the common good or just be self-centered.
Whenever we make decisions, we have to take the consequences and their impacts on others into consideration. We have to be considerate whenever we make decisions because the decisions we make, whatever our intentions might be, are not always going to have positive outcomes. They might spoil our or others’ lives or turn personal visions upside down. A responsible person takes each and every decision carefully and hence makes judgment fairly, rationally and logically with good intentions.
The world that we are living in is under a constant state of various forms of unrest and instability because of poor judgments and decisions made by individuals or groups. Yet the problem is that nobody seems to be willing to take the responsibility or be accountable. Every one of us has to be accountable for the actions we take as common people and the decisions we make based on the responsibility bestowed upon us individually, socially or politically. Plus we have to be responsible for correcting others’ wrong doings that might affect a lot of people.
Everyone has a duty to be a responsible citizen. Yet, not everyone takes this responsibility seriously and it is a common trend that people point their fingers at others whenever something bad happen. However, the best way to respond to wrong doings [and it is also responsibility] is also by critically viewing the situation unfolding and taking the responsibility for taking actions for its remedy in a democratic and civilized manner. And this requires ethical and responsible citizens, public figures and leaders. Ignoring the violation of justice, just because it does not affect us directly, is similar to being breathless and irresponsible.
The bottom line is as long as we breathe; we have to be responsible decision makers and action takers, for being a responsible citizen results in a happy and harmonious community – if everyone else does the same. That is why responsible citizens play a key role for the progress of the common good, in our specific case for national development endeavors. They make every decision with a consideration of the interest of their nation and people. They stand for justice, they discharge their responsibilities properly, and they contribute their part for the common good and progress. Responsible citizens will not just pass by, ignoring the day to day wrong doings in the society where they live. They will at least suggest or work for their remedy whenever they witness unjust practices.
They are simply salts to the socio-political life of a nation. They fairly judge the ongoing politics and are active participants in any form of decision making. It is believed that politics is not the work of higher officials or leaders alone. The effectiveness and quality of political leadership depends on active participation of citizens. In a country where the political participation of citizens is weak or insignificant, the situations of good governance, effective public service delivery, public satisfaction and development are always poor and do not meet standards.
Being a responsible citizen covers many areas – some of them legal obligations, some social, political and some moral. Being a responsible citizen is not as easy as only staying within the law. In fact, to be a truly responsible citizen, we sometimes must go out of our way to do things which help our society – give a little of our time and effort for the greater good. This makes all of us responsible for we have the duty and capacity to get involved in the nation’s social and political life with good intentions. Be it economic, social or political issues, citizens have to have a say.
Hence, responsible leaders and followers are mandatory for the proper functioning of the modern state. Everything worst happening in the world in general or in our nation in particular is due to the fact that we do not take our responsibilities properly.
If we see the situation in Ethiopia at the moment, rent-seeking, injustice, poor governance, nepotism and other malpractices are visible in many aspects of life. Only those directly affected by these practices are usually heard yelling and complaining.
Even if such issues would not affect us directly, we should speak up for those, who can't speak. And we should be fair in our judgments. The fact that such malpractices do not affect us directly does not mean that it do not negatively affect other individuals or the common good. Whether we like it or not, each and every decision and action taken by some party, or policy or idea (be it economic, political, or social) has an effect on all of us.
The judgment of a responsible citizen begins from the decision on self. Decision to quit addiction, to stop lying, stealing, abusing power and public property, become ethical, accountable and responsible enable us to think out of the circle and work for the common good. At each breath we take, we have to develop sense of responsibility and we have to stand against those self-centered individuals who only think about their individual interests at the expense of the common good.
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN
Ethiopia’s diplomatic relations, particularly in business diplomacy and tourism attraction, have been steadily growing from time to time registering astounding and promising achievements. But compared to its number of external relations, the nation has not yet benefited economically to the extent it should. It still needs relentless efforts in expanding business diplomacy and conducting promotional activities globally.
Indeed, presently, various foreign investors are making Ethiopia their investment destinations, carrying out feasibility assessments, establishing business enterprises, holding business dialogues and anchoring their investment roots in Ethiopia. Its rightly articulated policies and strategies, wedded with other conducive investment atmospheres, have enabled the country to sprout fruits, attract local, continental and big international investors, that stand shoulder high in various economic sectors.
Above and beyond, nation’s age-old serenity and stability, cheap labor force and abundant raw material resources, government’s various incentives, conducive investment environment and infrastructure have zoomed investors' attention to Ethiopia. The recent Brazilian Ambassador’s briefing about his country’s economic and diplomatic relations is a showcase that Ethiopia has come under Brazilian Investors' exploration radar. Of course, the ambassador has dilated on the two countries' economic relations and also on introducing Ethiopian investment opportunities to Brazilian investors so that they could outlay their capitals on various fields.
Most importantly, luring investors from Brazil has a dual advantage. As Brazil has become one of the fastest economically developing countries globally, the country will have potential investors. Besides, Ethiopia will use Brazil as a runway to promote its untapped investment opportunities to the continent on the other side of the Atlantic ocean. Thereof, beyond widening economic diplomacy in the region, Ethiopia is embracing the globalization trend.
Brazil has proved an economically developing nation in a short period of time. Ethiopia can draw lessons and best development experience as it has ensured food security, health care accessibility among other poverty reduction strategies. Of course, the two countries have established cooperation in agriculture, peacekeeping, energy waste management and infrastructural development areas. But ,other similar projects should be launched in the country to forge investment ties so as to make the two nations economical beneficiaries. But compared to both countries’ potentials , trade volume and commercial exchanges between the countries is much lower. As Ethiopia is one of the most luring investment destinations, more Brazilian investors can use the opportunities. As part of solidifying economic relations, Ethiopian has launched Air Sao Paulo flight two years ago.
Similarly, Djibouti's president is visiting Ethiopia to further strengthen, expand and consolidate the sisterly countries'
long-standing relation and to further cement bilateral socio economic relations.
According to the Djiboutian Ambasodor’s recent briefing, Djibouti and Ethiopia have worked hard for multifaceted economic integrations.They eye at establishing new fields of economic cooperation besides enhancing the existing ones.
Chiefly, good opportunities, created like investors' influx to Ethiopia, have been firmly connected with citizens' unshakable unity, consensus on national issues, commitment for further economic development, aspiration for affluence, among others. But we have to maximize our efforts and accommodations so as to use the current good opportunities.
Furthermore, the nation is now finalizing some of the already started projects and it is commencing new projects that would step up growth, create job opportunities and augment Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Presently, Ethiopia has seen to the expansion of infrastructural facilities, like constructing industrial parks and laying cornerstones to construct integrated agro- processing industrial parks based on various agro–ecologies in the state. Such facilities are expected to create thousands of job opportunities and market linkages. They are also expected change respective local smallholder farmer livelihoods to the better among other related economic benefits.
Yes, both industrial and integrated agro-industrial parks, in various parts of the country, have a huge importance in encouraging and accommodating the emerging and existing investors. They serve a means to further attract investors. Because, parks are believed to be epicenters in hastening the agricultural-led economy to industrial- led economy of the nation.
To sum up, Ethiopia has to expand its business diplomacy horizons and promote investment opportunities than ever before to alleviate poverty and establish globally competitive economy. Thus there is no gainsaying that industrial and integrated ago-industrial parks contribute a lot in realizing the industrialization ambition and subduing poverty rapidly.
Hence, introducing and adapting new technological innovations from differ parts of the world through economic diplomacy, backed with technology and knowledge transfer, will bolster the country’s development aspirations.
The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) donated 1.1 million Birr to Ye Enat Weg Charitable Association for the execution of school feeding program.
During a ceremony organized in connection with the donation Wednesday, Patron of Ye Enat Weg Charitable Association First Lady Roman Tesfaye emphasized that the contribution of various private and public organizations is fundamental to sustain ongoing school feeding scheme. Such support is vital to enrich physical and the physiological make-up of the future generation, she added
The first lady called on other public and private organizations, as per of their corporate social responsibility, to follow the footsteps of the enterprise.
Enterprise Acting CEO Mesfin Tefera for his part said that the enterprise will continue fulfilling its social responsibility. The support will benefit 450 students, he added.
Ye Enat Weg Charitable Association Manager Debrework Leulseged also said currently the school feeding program is underway in 207 primary schools benefiting 20,135 students. The program has so far created jobs for over 846 mothers, she added.
BY TEWODROS KASSA
Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad elected as next CAF President yesterday replacing the long-serving Issa Hayatou at the 39th General Assembly of the confederation.
Out of the 54 members vote, Ahmed Ahmed secured 34 while the outgoing president received 20.
Awards of Golden Order of Merit were given to eight personalities who promoted African football. Genene Mekuria and Abinet Gebremeskel are among the awardees.
In his opening remark during the 39th CAF ordinary session yesterday, President Dr. Mulatu Teshome said his country is very glad to host the assembly.
Ethiopia is working hard to be African football hub emphasizing that nation is building over 10 worldcass stadiums, he added.
Though Ethiopia is one of CAF founding members, it has not got the opportunity to host the Championship of African Cup for over three decades.
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said despite facing various local and international challenges, the overall economic performance of the nation has been promising.
Presenting a six-month government report to the House of People’s Representatives yesterday, Hailemariam said the El Niño induced drought has affected the Ethiopian economy, particularly the agriculture sector.
The Premier noted that though the final pace of the national economic growth is predicted by the end of the budget year, it won't be early to forecast the result from the performances so far in the agriculture, industry and service sectors.
Therefore, he indicated that the industry and service sectors are expected to show a growth of 20.6 % and 10.2% respectively. “This year's economic growth will also be expected to make up the decline seen last year.”
According to Hailemariam, the average economic growth during GTP I was 10.1%. The previous fiscal year's growth was projected to be 11% on average, but the actual growth was 8 %.
The agricultural sector used to grow 7% on average for successive years. But, it dropped to 2.3% last year.
The gross macro-economic growth during the second year of GTP-II has been unprecedented as the agriculture grows by 9% while manufacturing and construction sectors registered a growth of 18.4 % and 25% respectively, Hailemariam disclosed.
Speaking about efforts in withstanding the current drought seen in some parts of the country, the premier stated that the Ethiopian government has created strong resilience to confront droughts and other natural disasters.
Moreover, IGAD member states are working in collaboration and consultation with one another to tackle the dreadful drought broken out in the Horn region, he said.
At the event , the premier noted that using various fiscal and monetary policy measures, the country has managed to keep single digit inflation rate.
Regarding export performance, Hailemariam said it has shown a 4.2 % decline compared to the same period last year.
He cited price falls in the global agricultural products , the overvalue of Birr against international currencies and decline of interests in the country's agricultural production as the factors associated with export glitch.
''From now on the government will encourage local factories to export their products lifting the previous restriction.''
According to him, Ethiopia has been working to consolidate its diplomatic relations to with its neighbors in particular and in the sub-region in general.
‘‘We have been striving tirelessly to sustain peace and security in our region and beyond. Thus, the relations with neighboring countries like Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia is growing more than ever before,’’ Hailemariam reiterated.
He pointed out that Ethiopia would broaden its diplomatic base with other African countries playing active role in IGAD and the African Union.
BY TSEGAY HAGOS
Public and private organizations as well as people from every walks of life joined hands to support victims on the aftermath of the recent waste disposal landslide which took the lives of over hundred citizens while injuring others.
Accordingly, saddened by the incident, the Ethiopian Strategic Food Reserve Agency supplied food and non-food items to the victims yesterday.
Delivering the items to Kolfe-Keraniyo Sub-city Administration, Agency Public Relations Coordination Office Head Tesfaye Alemnew said the donation worth 400,000 Birr would be distributed to peoples taking shelter at two youth centers in the sub-city.
Meanwhile, expressing their condolences, Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi and his family contributed 40 million Birr. Also, Ormoia State and Ethiopian Evangelical Church provided supports of five million Birr and 150,000 Birr respectively.
BY MENGISTEAB TESHOME