The Ethiopian Badminton Federation (EBF) has received materials from the Japanese Badminton Federation.
The EBF said that the national federation covers its financial need through the support of international organizations like the Japanese Badminton Federation. “The budget allocated for national federation is not sufficient to undertake the local training and national competitions. To cover the difference international support is important. This is what was done by the Japanese Federation,” EBF said.
Looking for international support is not the exception for the EBF. According to the EBF seeking support and sponsorship is common by almost all federations.
As part of this effort over the last weekend, the Ethiopian Badminton Federation has received support from Japan Badminton Federation. The support was given at the Ethiopian Youth Sports Academy. Among the materials donated are 49 rackets and close to 800 shuttles.
During the programme, Ethiopian Badminton Federation President Gebreyesus Ayele admired the initiative taken by the Japanese federation to support the Ethiopian Badminton Federation in its effort to expand badminton across the country. He added, “The support given by Japan will help expand badminton sport across the country.”
Japan has also assigned one permanent expert to support the sport after a continuous contacts made among the Ethiopian Badminton Federation, JICA and Japan Badminton Federation.
Deputy Ambassador of Japanese Embassy to Ethiopia Mr. Konji Yokota said that among the various supports that Japan offers to Ethiopia, sport is one of the sectors. Support to Badminton is one of this.
The support is aimed at building Ethiopia’s capacity to prepare for the next Olympic game which will be staged in Japan, EBF said. The deputy Ambassador said, “This will be instrumental for Ethiopia to be the best contender in the 2020 Japan Olympic.”
According to the federation, these materials will be distributed to all states and the two city administrations.
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN
The 13th Ethiopian Weight Lifting and Body Building championship began on Sunday in Arba Minch city, in Gamo Gofa Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State.
The championship brought together five states and one city administration. These are Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State, Oromia, Addis Ababa, Benshangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Dire Dawa City.
And some 52 male and 17 female participants are contesting in the championship.
Among these 17 female and 33 male are contesting in the weight lifting competition in different category.
And the remaining 19 contestants will engage in the body building competition.
The President of the Ethiopian Weight Lifting and Body Building Federation TilahunTaddesse expressed his hope that the 5-day long competition will bring strong contest among the participants.
“This is a good opportunity for our young contestants to show their performance to the sports loving people,” the President said in an opening address.
Representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Youth and Sport Bureau, officials from Arba Minch city, Gamo Gofa Zone have attended the special opening ceremony.
Federation Office Head Abebe Ashne told The Ethiopian Herald that all stakeholders should play their role to expand and develop the sport across the country, adding “Investors and donors should support the sport for its expansion.”
The Federation Head has assigned well qualified referees for the championship after they were given a pre-tournament orientation and training for three days just ahead of this big national event.
It was learned that Arba Minch city, in Gamo Gofa Zone was selected to host this tournament considering the emergence of a good number of young Weight lifters and body builders in the area. The area is also known for producing good footballers for the nation at large.
The championship will be concluded the coming Thursday.
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN
A scene from the holders Mamelodi Sundowns and St. George meet in the first round
Holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa secured their place in the quarter-finals of the African Champions League on Saturday with a 1-0 win over the home side Saint George at the Addis Ababa Stadium.
St. George had all the opportunity to collect the full three points but they wasted them. At the start of the game they had clear scoring opportunity but it was wasted. Just a minute from the first half time whistle St. George earned a spot kick due to the handball foul in the box but their goalie saved Salhadin Seid’s kick with little difficulty.
A strike from Liberia international Anthony Laffor gave Mamelodi Sundowns a crucial away 1-0 win after collecting an inviting pass from the wing.
The supporters of Mamelodi Sundowns who were at the stadium jumped into air knowing that the result wouldn’t be changed in the remaining five minutes. The Uganda's national goalkeeper Denis Onyango was their hero for saving that penalty.
The Group C leader Esperance drew 2-2 away to DR Congo's AS Vita Club to advance along with Sundowns from Group C.
Esperance lead Group C on nine points, with Mamelodi Sundowns a further point back.
Saint George are three points further adrift, but because of their head-to-head record, they would not be able to overtake the defending champions in the last round of matches.
St. George will meet Esperance in Tunis in their last match. Considering this, it is highly unlikely to get a point winning over the strong Tunisian side.
The joyful St. George fans were packed at the stadium hours before kick-off expecting a possible win over the holders but this time the day was not in their favour.
With all the home fans support the players failed to get the back of the net even once. After missing the penalty most fans gathered at the stadium were worried about the end result.
When a penalty was missed in the dying minute it gives a morale boost for the opponents. That was what was seen on Saturday. The huge crowed returned home with great disappointment at the end.
The play was equally balanced one. St. George really played well and created ample scoring opportunities but poor finishing forced them to face early exit from the CAF Champions League.
Coach Fasil Tekalign admitted that his side spoiled the great chance earned in the play. “I appreciate the way may side played. Our opponents played well and they turned the single chance in to fruition. It was a sad day for us,” he said.
CAF Champions League matches were played elsewhere in the continent. Following is the BBC report: In an eventful game, Taha Yassine Khenissi gave Esperance an early lead before a Tady Etekiama Agity brace then put Vita Club 2-1 up.
The hosts suffered a big blow after Makwekwe Kupa was sent off, leaving Khenissi to hit an equaliser for Esperance from the penalty spot to secure their qualification.
Also on Saturday, Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel booked their place in the last eight from Group A with a 1-1 draw away to Ferroviario Beira in Mozambique.
Chelito Omar put the hosts ahead in the 73rd minute only for Slim Ben Belgacem to equalise from the penalty spot and secure the decisive point for Etoile.
The Tunisians are two points clear at the top of Group A after Al Merreikh beat rivals Al Hilal 2-1 in the Sudan derby on Friday night.
Mohammed Abdel-Rahman gave Al Merreikh a 2-0 lead with Mohamed Musa hitting a consolation goal for Al Hilal.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Zambian side Zanaco missed out on qualification after being held 0-0 at home in Group D by record eight-times winners Al Ahly of Egypt.
Morocco's Wydad Casablanca hauled themselves back into contention in the group with a 2-0 win away to Cameroon's Cotonsport Garoua in the later game.
Wydad are now two points adrift of group leaders Zanaco with Ahly a further point back.
Group B remains tight after the top two, Al Ahli Tripoli and USM Alger, drew 1-1 on Friday night.
They are both on eight points, three points ahead of Zamalek who travel to CAPS United on Sunday.
Only the top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the quarter-finals of this year's African Champions League.
Besides the adventure and the mind blowing inspiring experiences of traveling to new locations; there are countless benefits to it including life changing new skills, friends and happiness revitalizing mind.
Although travel has for long been associated with the well-off and the self-employed and a privilege of the few it’s the necessary part of life that should be on every once routine. Scientists also come into the conclusion that we need travel to enhance our creativity and overall wellbeing. Everyone will gain massively out of travel affirms travel experts as it’s a life experience which can broaden once horizon and creativity. Writers and artists are known to have taken frequent journeys abroad to get new ideas and inspirations for their work portraying the creative benefit generated from travel. _
Indeed, travel may seem luxuries especially when you have a lot going on with at office and at home work or education. On the other hand most people write off travel to later in life. However not only lack of travel force us to miss out a lot on the benefits of travel but also the gains we could have implemented while doing the daily routines of life. Although traveling is best at any age, the younger the better to apply the travel insights and creativities. Globalization and better income is encouraging people to travel within their country and outside of their continent. The time has finally arrived for everyone to get the benefit of travel even while working in the basic employment spectrum. Availabilities of hotels at a very cheap price and infrastructure development that resulted cheaper road and air transportation facilities encouraged people to travel more often.
Certainly, travel goes beyond than gaining experiences and skills but also builds confidence trying to manage travel, stay in a new place and foreign country while fitting into a new place teaches one the ability of adopting. Exploring new places also introduces as to new cultural values and creates massive new networks that will be supporting once business or carrier dream. A large number of people found their soul mate in different location while others made business partnership or discovered their passion in life at a place they have never anticipated.
Among the massive benefits of travel nothing beats that experience of seeing sights that will make visitors well-rounded people. Seeing human made ancient sights and exploring nature’s wonders will refresh mind and way of thinking developing new perspective in life. It’s also praised for alleviating depression as it made travellers rejuvenate their mind through new experiences and new way of understanding things.
Nothing compares than taking a travel to overcome unpleasant life experience as it allows people to move forward leaving whatever is bothering them far behind. It’s the perfect way to lift off stress, learn from where you have been and move forward ambitiously to where you want to be.
The best part is that travel teaches you happiness, confidence, new skills and most importantly it changes how you see the world having more open and optimistic attitude towards life and your dreams. No one has never regretted visiting new place and for being immersed with delightful life time experiences. Get up and go to the places you have been dreaming about as it’s the best way to look after yourself.
BY EDEN SAHLE
Integrating various agricultural inputs, implementing ecology based selective farming and adapting modern technologies are the major tools in facilitating the agriculture sector transformation.
Apparently, in the efforts to change Ethiopia’s traditional farming practice to the modern one, extension workers and research institutions’ professional support are the crux of the matter.
Farmers need access to market linkages and information to bring about sector’s transformation with a view to increasing production and productivity. To realize the aforementioned proposed objective, the government, agriculture sector mainstreamed ministerial offices and several other actors have been toiling to boost production, productivity. They as well have been supporting efforts in increasing agriculture's share to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Thus, in 2016-2017,according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ethiopia sets to cover 13. 8 million hectares of land with various crops and collect about 345 million quintals of yield in the forthcoming Summer ‘Mehir’ harvesting season. So far, 10.7 million hectares of land have been cultivated, 3.5 million hectares of land have been sown . Among those 2.6 million hectares of land have been sown in a row. Besides, about 14 million quintals of various types of blended fertilizers based on soil f1ertility have been made available to the farmers during this rainy season, it said.
Moreover, Ethiopia has been engaged in transforming the agricultural-led economy into industry- led. The government has endorsed various polices and strategies, established Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and a corporation so as to transform the sector via raising production and productivity and achieving GTP II goals.
In light of this, in a recent exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, ATA Agribusiness Market Linkage Manager Zegeye Tekilu said: “ ATA was established by the late prime minister aimed at contributing to transform the existing Ethiopian farming practice. Because, compared to world farming practice status and capacity, a lot have remained to be done here. Therefore, to beef up the current agricultural production and productivity, the country has to train human power, enhance commitment and dedication.”
Although, Ethiopian agriculture practice has registered long years and contributed a lot to the nation’s economic development, it has not been modernized as it has been intended. Yet, the country is endowed with conducive agro- ecologies for farming. Yes, it is possible to increase production and productivity , reach world average yield production by integrating its human power and land resources added with modern farming technologies and research outlets. “ If we achieve world average yield production status , the country can achieve its middle income rank plan by 2025.” he said.
The country cannot realize the set goals through increasing production and productively only. This is because it need to raise mainly everybody’s income, and improve their lifestyles . More importantly, farmers need to access to market by adding values, he noted.
He pointed out that as the sector has been playing a great role in the growth of the national GDP, the government established ATA to further galvanize the sector. Hence, ATA has been implementing multi- dimensional approaches to play its own share in the sector, such as conducting various researches, taking several countries’ best experiences. It has also been implementing several research findings. Therefore, to discharge given responsibility ,ATA has been working jointly with the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Trade and Industry Ministries, he added.
So as to accomplish its objectives , agricultural inputs and farming technologies should be available and applied scientifically, rigorous trainings should be given and field demonstrations should be displayed . By far, ATA has been working thoroughly in reducing the nation’s agricultural production bottlenecks, he said.
Currently, Agricultural Commercialization Cluster (ACC) focusing on market oriented agriculture practice has been implemented in 239 woredas of the country. “We have 25 clusters in Amhara, Tigray, SNNPS , and Oromia which implement six crop commodities, livestock and horticulture. Consequently, farmers can produce maize on average 66 – 70 quintals per hectare in Amhara and Oromia States, but there are places where about 100 quintals/ hectare production have been gained, he said.
What is more, ATA has registered commendable achievements in maize, wheat, teff, sesame , haricot beans and livestock . The clusters , enable to access all kinds of agricultural inputs and create market linkages . Maize is mainly implemented in Amhara and Oromia, Sesame in Tigray , haricot beans in SNNPS . Teff is also implemented in Amahra ,Oromia and Tigray . All the six commodities have registered better results . Particularly ATA has paid particularly attention on increasing farmers’ income ,improvising nation’s export commodity .
Therefore, promising results have been registered so far, it has made many farmers to engage in the clusters , increase production and productivity as well as create market linkages . But, there are many duties to be done ahead that can be implemented in agricultural processing.
However, lack of implementing capacity, access to agriculture finance, market linkage among others are some of the bottlenecks to be addressed by far .
According to ATA, the ACC Initiative is ultimately a nation-wide approach to integrating agriculture, agro-processing, and industry in a geographically tailored way. The roll-out of the concept, however, will be sequenced in order to test and refine the approach before scaling up. As such, the initial implementation of the ACC Initiative is focused on 26 clusters in the four states of the country with the largest concentration of agricultural production. These first wave of clusters (designed for optimal size to encompass 5-15 woredas each and reaching an estimated 3.5 million farmers in total) were selected based on their production potential, natural resource potential, access to market, and presence of the private sector around priority commodities.
During the initial phase of GTP II, ten major commodities have been prioritized within these 26 clusters, though each cluster will prioritize two to three primary commodities while highlighting rotation crops, important for soil health and human nutrition, as well as other livestock products to accommodate the crop-livestock mixed farming system prevalent in Ethiopia’s highlands.
Strategies for seven of these commodities – wheat, maize, teff, malt barley, sesame, haricot bean, and honey – have been developed, with three additional commodities – beef, dairy, and horticulture – slated for development in 2009 EC.
Beyond the initial wave of 26 clusters, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR ), Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries(MoLF) together with relevant regional partners have been tasked to implement the cluster concept nationally. Similar to the approach on other Transformation Agenda Deliverable, the ATA is expected to lead in piloting this concept in the initial ten commodities and 26 clusters, whereas the MoANR and MoLF will be responsible for scaling up the concept across the country. For 2009 EC, the ATA has already begun intensive work on the seven commodities for which strategies have been developed, focusing on an initial 14 clusters.
During the initial stages of GTP II, the ATA’s support for these clusters and commodities will entail two primary areas: increasing crop production and productivity and enhancing market linkages, through a three-pronged approach comprising innovation, testing and validation. Full package demonstrations, and scale-up support to farmers. Scale-up of the full package entails encouraging farmers to use a complete set of recommended inputs and farming practices (improved seed, appropriate fertilizer, agro-chemicals, and other best practices) while ITV aims to test and validate new technologies for efficient and effective farming with the research and extension system.
BY ALAZAR SHIFERAW
Recently, the Nile Basin States Summit held in Entebbe, Ugandan was presided by President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. The summit was graced by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, President Abdel Fatah El Sisi, Vice Presidents of Sudan, Burundi, South Sudan, DR Congo and Ministers from Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
The purpose of the meeting was to exchange views on how to further cooperation and best utilize the Nile waters in light of the socio-economic challenges being faced by countries of the Nile basin. The summit also seeks to find solutions to the issues regarding the Entebbe Agreement signed in Uganda over the sharing and use of the Nile water.
In his address, President Museveni said parochial argument has not and will not benefit Nile Basin Countries. The benefit of Nile Basin Countries is interdependent on the cooperation of all Nile Riparian countries and it has become a must to further cooperation in the Nile basin.
Museveni stressed that up and down stream countries will miss the main point if they start from the parochial point that Uganda alone stands to benefit without knowing that Uganda’s prosperity depends on others. Accordingly, he called on Nile Basin countries to engage in strategic level discussions on issues of mutual benefit, Nile Cooperation and CFA (Cooperative Framework Agreement) and GERD.
Accordingly, implementing unplanned and unilateral irrigation schemes in the up- and downstream countries is not imaginable means to meet the demands of all Nile riparian countries. Nile offers huge potential to water development and investment projects such as hydropower, irrigation, navigation, natural resource management and ecotourism, if only it is planned and implemented through cooperation.
This time Sudan has joined the Nile Basin countries, while Egypt poses onerous preconditions to secure its colonial water quota over Nile. Over time Egypt seems interested to see progress in settling Nile issues, though some are suspicious of the volatile and self righteous stand of Egypt known for mucking around negotiations regarding Nile; blowing hot and cold and flogging a dead horse to shore up colonial treaties. Currently, however, real time has come for Egypt to be forthcoming and join CFA.
Despite their reluctance, Ethiopia is stating that the current thawing of Sudan towards CFA is encouraging and Egypt is expected to come to terms with the CFA and GERD wholeheartedly soon. Cognizant of the benefit of cooperation, Egypt is expected to be more amiable towards CFA and GERD negotiations. Nile riparian countries unanimously agree on the idea that furthering win-win resolution, cooperation and equitable use of Nile water, one way or another, would benefit Egypt and the entire Nile Basin.
Nation believes the volume of water required to activate all 16 turbines is quite enormous and it needs rationalized time frame and wise decision. Hence, it will step up its effort to employ agreed time frame used to fill the whole Dam, possibly supported by recommendation of professionals (including consulting firms).
In view of this reality, Ethiopia is interested to continue negotiations and discussions with all Nile Basin countries, particularly Egypt and Sudan. The discussion is meant to focus on ways as to how fill the GERD in a rational way, to avoid significant impact on downstream countries. Nation is also keen on reaffirming its unwavering stand that its main interest of building the GERD is only to overcome poverty through power generation.
The length of time through which the GERD should hold water is something that nation will continue to discuss with downstream countries. Although Ethiopia has not reached at a final agreement until now, it will continue discussion with other riparian countries to judiciously decide up on the time span used to fill the Dam and secure the benefit of all countries. Nation very well understands the very fact that as far as breaking Nile impasse through reasonable GERD filling is concerned, the most significant issue high-on the agenda will perhaps be arriving at comprehensive agreement regarding reasonable time frame.
However, so far, various regional and international chroniclers had been publishing their speculations about the length of time planned to fill the GERD. Some projected seven years time while others boldly state twenty years of time. However, those all publications are unsolicited projections and mere speculations coming out of unauthorized sources, only for the sake of attracting readers and listeners.
The accurate span of time will be disclosed after rigorous discussion and unanimous agreement with the downstream countries. GERD filling time table will be set reasonably and justifiably taking into account mutual benefit, furthering regional cooperation and avoiding significant impact, and indeed in a manner to iron out problems and worries of Sudan and Egypt; knowledgeable GERD filling is anticipated to ultimately break deep feuding over the utilization of Nile waters.
Whatever the cause, nation is confidently moving to make GERD practical way of win-win development endeavour and overcome centuries of mistrust among Nile Basin countries. Until now, GERD has been pioneering a new era of regional cooperation and development, mutual benefit and formulation of far-sighted water policy and strategies harmonized with the interest of countries comprised within Nile basin (perhaps integrated with improved water management and enhancement of collective resiliency of Nile Basin nations to fend off impact of Climate Change threatening the basin).
Nation is over and over again reaffirming its stand to cooperation, mutual benefit and justifiable utilization of water and development activities on Nile, without any significant impact. It believes that any development endeavour that hurts the Nile water share of other countries is unacceptable and contrary to international water laws that deal with cross-border rivers.
Taking in to account the myriads of benefit of Nile Cooperation and mutual benefit, Ethiopia is striving to forge cooperation on the use of Nile based on the laws laid to deal with trans-boundary rivers. In this regard, the GERD has not only started to rectify the hegemony and imbalanced hydro politics that has shackled Nile basin since long ago. Besides, GERD has been motivating up and down stream countries to make continuous diplomatic relation, participate in CFA and other Nile-related forums and negotiations.
In the contrary, due to lack of cooperation, Nile riparian counties have been faced with challenges including rapid growth of population, lack of access to electricity and continued dependence on primitive agriculture, as well as the destruction of the environment. These challenges are pressing and they need the attention of all Nile Basin countries.
To address the challenges effectively, scholars advise, Nile countries should strive to use Nile water wisely, realize development projects that enhance mutual benefit and accelerate their journey to industrialization and modern economy. In addition, all Nile Countries should show commitment to mutual benefit through Nile Cooperation, CFA and GERD.
Ethiopia will leave no stone unturned to fully materialize Nile cooperation, reverse age-old and selfish use of the river (perverted by the propagandists of Mubarak and colonialists of Britain). The activity to start to strengthen cooperation will continue relentlessly.
So far construction of the GERD has reached over 60 per cent. Indisputably, nation will keep on its unreserved effort to finalize the construction and employ it for development; prioritizing its development agenda and poverty alleviation mission (without surrendering to any regional and international hegemony and pressure as has been seen before the construction of the GERD).
Besides, the construction of the GERD, the largest hydropower Dam on the Blue Nile has been urging countries, particularly Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, to continuously meet and discuss various development issues. Ethiopia has been undertaking the construction in line with the study and recommendations of the International Panel of Experts.
Cognizant of equitable water utilization and insignificant impact, water filling activity will be undertaken when the condition of the Dam permits to do so. So far, Ethiopia has been adamantly striving to discuss with downstream countries and come up with intelligent tips used to fill GERD in a win-win modus operandi and break Nile predicament entrenched since time immemorial.
Nation is expressing its commitment to Nile Cooperation and is reaffirming its unflinching stance of water security for all Nile Riparian countries. It believes practical reservoir filling strategies should be applied to minimize potential negative downstream impacts via trans-boundary coordination.
Nation is also time after time stating that construction on the GERD will not be halted for a moment while constructive discussions with all concerned states are going on. Until now, Ethiopia has unwaveringly adhered to its principle of cooperation, insignificant impact and mutual benefit. Quite sure to see light at the end of the tunnel, unreserved call of the nation to GERD cooperation and mutual benefit will go on.
BY FEKADU WUBETE
Unlike many airlines the Ethiopian Airlines has attested its competitiveness and profitability for years. In the turbulent aviation industry the Ethiopian Airlines is standing out as a champion carrier maintaining the leading position in the continent. It is expanding its domestic and international destinations spanning across all continents.
It currently serves over 95 international and 21 domestic destinations operating the newest and youngest fleet. According to the recent information, Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airlines registering an average growth of 25 per cent in the past seven years. Ethiopian, over the past seventy plus years, has become one of the continent's leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for almost all the years of its existence.
The reputation of Ethiopian is not only with its passengers’ services but also the cargo services. It is taking bold steps to further enhance the cargo services and increase its market share thereby realizing one of the aspirations of AU – economic integration.
As part of this effort, last Thursday the Ethiopian Airlines has inaugurated a new cargo terminal with the state of the art facility at a cost of 150 million USD. The second cargo has the capacity of 600,000 tonnage annually which positioned the national flag carrier at the top in the continent in terms of cargo services.
The newly built cargo will enable Ethiopian to increase the daily 3,000 tonnage by threefold. The new Cargo Terminal-II combined with the existing Terminal-I will boost the total tonnage capacity of Ethiopian Airlines around one million per annum.
It is vividly demonstrate that the massive investments in infrastructure projects to modernize and expand the cargo facilities are a far sighted commitment of the government in sustaining fast and profitable growth.
The facility includes dry and perishable cargo terminals, fully automated elevating transport vehicle, among others. It is also fitted with different climate chambers for storage and handling of temperature sensitive products such as fresh agricultural products and pharmaceuticals.
This would make Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services to be one of the world’s largest cargo terminals. The new terminal along with the eight modern freighters will create adequate air cargo transporting capacity for the fast growing export and import demand of the continent. It is truly a dedicated airline for the awakening African economy.
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services operates eight freighters to 39 global freighter destinations in Africa, the Gulf, Middle East, Asia and Europe with an average daily uplift capacity of 650 tons on top of the belly hold capacity of 150 tons to over 95 destinations globally. The airline continues to profitably grow its global freighter service, linking trade routes between Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
As an expression of its stern commitment for being an arm for African import and export advancement, Ethiopian Airlines had announced to purchase two 777 Freighters at the recent 2017 Paris Air Show at a cost of 651.4 million USD.
Having the largest cargo terminals with the new generation, high-performance aircraft reflects the commitment in expanding and supporting the exponentially growing imports and exports of the country in particular and the African continent in general.
Operating at the forefront of technology, the airline has also become one of Ethiopia's major industries and a veritable institution in Africa. Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate 777-200 Freighter aircraft.
Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde Gebre-Mariam was reiterating that Ethiopian Airlines is the largest airline in Africa and has been successful in serving the continent and the world while addressing the second International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meeting on air cargo development held here recently.
Though the aviation industry is crucial for socio-economic development of the African continent, it is facing daunting challenges that is almost killing the air transport industry in Africa.
It is within this context, the Ethiopian Airlines is operating and winning the recognition of the international acknowledgements in the aviation industry. For instance, Ethiopian has recently won ‘Cargo Airline Award for Network Development” and ‘African Cargo Airline of the Year’ for its cargo and logistics services.
The Ethiopian Cargo Services is the second largest Strategic Business Unit in the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group realizing its vision to lead the continent with the largest and efficient air cargo network of connectivity with Europe, North America, ME, and Asia for African exports and imports.
The trust and the good will that Ethiopian Airlines has built has not only been for Ethiopia but also for Africa since it has been pioneering African cargo by introducing the latest technology and fostering the growth of air cargo transport by providing convenient cargo import and export.
Ethiopian cargo is one of the seven business centres set to become the leading aviation group in Africa in the 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025. Certainly, the cargo service is the real time concern not for only Ethiopia but also for Africa as it is catalysing the economic integration of Africa.
• Graduates 2,517 students
City Mayor Dirba Kuma reaffirmed support to the ongoing human development efforts of Kotebe Metropolitan University in line with addressing human capital demand and transforming the standard facilities in Addis Ababa.
The university graduated 2,517 students with degrees, diplomas and certificates. Some 1,260 are female graduates.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony Saturday, the Mayor said: “Day in and day out ,the city takes new shape to suit the residents and tourists. Hence, the university's readiness to open new programs in a bid to speed up the City development is commendable.”
He said city administration has graded up the university to Kotebe Metropolitan University taking account its vital role in development.
“ The administration has acknowledged the university's great contribution towards sport and education. But, now it has a big responsibility to meet ever increasing demands of skilled work force in the city alone.”
University President Dr. Berhanemeskel Tena for his part said apart from being ready to open new programmes, the university would work around the clock to address city's skilled human power demand.
“Kotebe Metropolitan University will keep on being excellence centre for urban development.”
BY MENGISTEAB TESHOME
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu held talks with his African counterparts who are here for the 29th AU Summit on ways of consolidating bilateral cooperation.
Accordingly, Dr. Workneh discussed with Burundian External Relations and International Cooperation Minister Alain Nyamitwe ways of strengthening bilateral relations in various sectors.
After the discussion, Minister Alain Nyamitwe said that Ethiopia and Burundi have the same goals and development aspirations that need sound cooperation.
He expressed his country’s desire to cooperate with Ethiopia in the areas of air transport and work closely on the Nile Basin Initiative.
Besides, the two leaders discussed means of establishing joint commission meetings. The two countries are cooperating in agriculture, investment and trade, in which they have agreed for timely evaluation of the level of cooperation.
Meanwhile, Dr. Workneh said his country will work to enhance bilateral relations with Botswana and Zimbabwe during the bilateral discussion he had with foreign ministers of the two countries.
The discussion held with Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was focused on enhancing the ties as well as sharing best practices.
Similarly, Dr. Workneh has also conferred with Botswana's Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson Moitoi on issues of common interest and international affairs.
The two sides have agreed to establish joint ministerial commission.
Another fruitful discussion Dr. Workneh held was with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Hassan Shoukry.
Both Ministers have agreed to further deepen their ties and hold Joint High Level Commission meeting very soon.
Dr. Workneh has also conferred with his Nigerian and Angolan counterparts.
In his meeting with the Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, he discussed on ways of cooperating in areas of transport and aviation industry. They exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concerns.
Noting the need for monitoring progresses in the bilateral relation between Ethiopia and Nigeria, Dr. Workneh highlighted the need for the convention of the already established Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC).
Geoffrey Onyeama for his part noted that Nigeria would like to engage with Ethiopia in bilateral and multilateral platforms, adding Ethiopia is moving the continent to transformation. He graciously welcomed the call for the meeting of the JMC.
During the talks with his Angolan counterpart Georges Rebelo Chicoti, Dr. Workneh expressed Ethiopia’s interest to further strengthen the ties.
“We are planning to open Embassy in Luanda, adding this will help us exploit the potential of our bilateral relationship,” he added.
BY SINTAYEHU TAMIRAT
A series of international and regional conferences including the ongoing 29th African heads of state and government summit in the capital said to be crucial for conveying the right image of the country.
Government Communication Affairs Office Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho told journalists Saturday that using the current state of emergency as a pretext, some anti-peace elements have been spreading rumors as if there were no peace in the country.
“But the reality on the ground is that people enjoy peaceful life everyday here.”
According to him, through misleading the youth, forces with ill intent are always attempting to instigate violence, but in vain.
Despite the smear campaigns of enemy quarters, the 29th AU Summit and other national, regional and international conferences, exhibitions and related events have been held in the Addis Ababa in an extraordinary manner, he said, adding that this by itself tells something to the international community that Ethiopia is in state of absolute peace.
The minister urged media personnel to give proper media coverage to 29th AU Summit taking accounts the current state of affairs apart from its importance.
The minister also noted that his government is vigilant to thwart any anti-peace plot during the summit.
BY SINTAYEHU TAMIRAT