Wealth inequality exists everywhere. It is not unfamiliar to experience millions of people with tremendous financial distress within a stone throw from the homes of millionaires and billionaires. More saddening, there are also others who live on the streets and under bridges within a few steps from these billionaires’ homes.
The good thing is some rich people get involved in various charity works to make a big difference in the lives of the poor, the marginalized, and the community at large in an effort to create a more humane world for all. Here in Ethiopia as well, we have well to do folks that are hugely involved in making their communities better.
Dawit Gebre-egziabiher, one such an individual Ethiopian business tycoon, owner and CEO of National Airways, a leading private Ethiopian carrier, is engaged in various investments and is fulfilling his social responsibilities by taking part in various charity works.
He said that being able to accumulate quite big amount of money is valueless unless invested to address societal problems. For him, it is a mere big amount of money. It is not uncommon to usually hear people expressing wishes that they would construct churches, mosques, hospitals, schools if they had this or that amount of money, and that is a good thing. The difference lies on what people really did once they got the money they wished for.
“People should not be managed with their money, rather they should be able to manage it. The money you make is meaningless if it is not used for something good that gives you mental satisfaction,” he stressed. He added: “It is with this mindset that I want to take part in various societal activities: to fulfill my moral obligation in social responsibilities”.
Dawit told The Ethiopian Herald that he is adopting more than 50 orphans. He has built schools and churches among many other things. He takes part in the promotion of culture, history and language in various ways. He has also a project established to support the youths in various forms so as to upgrade their talents
The other noteworthy point which this reporter thinks could be exemplary for others is related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) bond. He has bought a bond worth of 1.1 million USD. “I felt that I had to do my citizenry duty, especially taking into account the situation we, as a nation, had faced during the launching of that flagship mega project into account. As for the information I have, that is the biggest amount of bond at an individual level so far”.
In the meantime, Dawit said that he also has another big project aimed at promoting the good deeds of Emperor Yohannes to Ethiopia and Ethiopians.
He believes that former Ethiopian leaders should be given due respect and dignity for they had tried to do for their country and people within the context of their own respective eras. It is inevitable for anyone to commit mistakes as it is unthinkable for anyone to be perfect in this imperfect world. “This is true for all the emperors such as Teodros, Yohannes, Menelik II, Haileselassie and other subsequent leaders of the Dergue and EPRDF that have led this country - they all have their own strong and weak sides.”
The investor believes that Emperor Yohannes is one of the emperors whose whole story is not widely known. Now, it is time to shade light on his full story to the next generation, and the international community. As learnt from the interview with him, the project encompasses the establishment of a monument that honors Emperor Yohannes and his exemplary deeds. Regarding the overall features of the project, the business tycoon gave a clue that it would perhaps include a statue of the Emperor, library and ICT rooms among other related facilities.
The other project Dawit has mentioned is the commemoration of the Victory of the Battle of Adwa. According to him, the current projects that are being carried out at Adwa Town and its surrounding by the government were initially his own projects. “It is a project that I came up with seven years ago, and it is one of the reasons why I have been sponsoring all travelers who have been going from Addis Ababa to Adwa every year on foot to remember the Victory of the Battle of Adwa”.
He has been covering all the expenses of those travelers for the last five successive years. “The number of travelers has increased from time to time. For instance, the number of youths who made the travel last year, had reached 25. I have covered all their expenses and it is not small investment as one may think,” Dawit highlighted.
Dawit also indicated that he is the one behind the Adwa Pan-African University Project. The only thing that is changed now is the name of the project; otherwise, as to him, the project was his at first. “But I do not care about that for what I need is its realization irrespective of who is behind the curtain”
With regard to creating jobs, as the founder of 'Raya Brewery Company', Dawit not only made it a very successful investment, but he has also managed to create large number of job opportunities to the local community.
The other noteworthy deed of Dawit is his aspiration to normalize the situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea. In this regard, he has not only been covering all the necessary expenses of the bottom-up approach to normalize the relations between the sisterly people of Ethiopia and Eritrea, he has also pledged to keep sponsoring the initiative until it's realized.
Regarding to his current activities, Dawit uttered that he has been and is still taking part in various investment activities. He is engaged in a gold mining site in Tigray, and is constructing two international resorts in Addis Ababa and Djibouti, while his private carrier company has bought three airplanes. “Simply put, while we are working round the clock, we are sharing what we obtain with our community on the other hand,”.
BY SHUSHAY ADANE
Millions of Muslims around the world will celebrate the 1439th Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The holiday will be observed in various countries ranging from Ethiopia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to Saudi Arabia and US by displaying acts of faith and giving.
Holidays represent a day of charitable giving to the less fortunate and needy. They represent season of caring for others. Likewise, giving to others is an important part of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Many Muslims display their thanks by donating various kinds of charity to those less fortunate than themselves.
The religion teaches the faithful to observe Eid al-Fitir by maintaining support to the needy and urging them the good deeds that have been exercised during the holy month of Ramadan to be internalized into their personality and manifested in their day to day lives.
According to Sheikh Mohammed-Amin Jamal, President of Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, Eid has a big role in enhancing interaction between people from different economic and religious backgrounds.
While Eid al-Fitr celebrations are similar in most places, some countries do have their own unique customs. In Ethiopia, Sheikh Mohammed said, it is customary practice to observe Eid by calling families, relatives and neighbors as well as the needy, regardless of their economic status and religious affiliations.
He said: “Eid ceremony, thus, enables people to exchange views about their livelihood, and thereby bolster their understating about the values each religion attaches to, and enable them to live in harmony by appreciating and respecting their differences.”
It also would have a role in strengthening the much-cherished Ethiopian culture of sharing with the disfavored and sharing bread with all walks of life, he adds.
On Eid, Muslims are expected to solace and support people that are in various difficult situations, including those in grief, in jail, and hospital, and those who do not have access to food, clothes and other needs so as they would be able to celebrate the day in same manner.
Mentioning how the Prophet Muhammad made Zakat al-Fitr (charity given to the poor at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan) on every Muslim whether young and or male or female to enable the needy to celebrate the holiday along with themselves, Sheikh Mohammed says it plays a very important role in the development of the bonds of community since the rich are obliged to come in direct contact with the poor, and the poor are put in contact with the extremely poor.
This contact between the various levels of society helps to build real bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood within the Islamic community and trains those who have to be generous to those who do not have.
He said: “Charities such as Zakat al-Fitr are the manifestation of the faithful’s brotherhood regardless of age, geographic, linguistic or ethnic differences.
Furthermore, Sheikh Mohammed noted that strong social bonds among Muslims and with their fellow non-Muslim brothers and sisters are so essential in a country like Ethiopia where people with different faiths live together.
“The social bonds enable people, regardless of religious affiliations, stand together to work the country’s vision of bring economic development and build democracy while defending its interests.”
Sheikh Mohammed also called on the Muslim community to maintain their culture of observing events such as Eid al-Fitr in a manner that helps enhance harmony and understanding with their fellow non-Muslim brothers and sisters. According to him, this would help the country to achieve its vision of building peace and economy through active participation of people with different religious backgrounds.
Moreover, the understating among people with different religions would play an indispensable role to support the nation’s engagement to build the democratic system and ensure the constitutionally-granted citizens’ rights.
Closeness among Muslims and non-Muslims in events such as Eid al-Fitr would also have a great role to fight the destructive activities of some radicalized interest groups such as Wahhabism - an ultra-conservative brand of Islam that aims to disrupt the long cherished religious coexistence in Ethiopia and try to instigate conflicts among people with different religions.
Those groups try to instigate Ethiopia’s moderate Muslim, especially the youth to have radicalized viewpoint and wage unnecessary jihad against their brothers and sisters.
Cognizant to the groups' interest to not only disrupt the peaceful balance that exist between religions, but also destabilize Ethiopia’s long peace and stability, due attention need to be given to the society, especially the youth, not to be hijacked by their destructive propaganda.
BY BILAL DERSO
Japanese translate Kaizen as continuous improvement. The philosophy has enabled, not only Japan, but also those countries that have implemented Kaizen to register remarkable achievements. Among them, producing competitive products in global market in terms of both quality and quantity, and winning their customers’ expectations. In this regard, among the many global leading companies which witnessed changes, the Japanese company Toyota is one.
The Kaizen philosophy was first implemented in Toyota before it spread throughout the world. Now, it has become not only a means to success for many global companies, but also for countries as well. In the philosophy, the first 5S approaches, Sorting, Setting in order, Shining, Standardizing, Sustaining, are implemented sequen tially.
This globally approved change and reform tool has been implemented in some of Ethiopia’s industries in recent years, and has brought about tangible improvements. The Kaizen Institute was established five years ago, and 38 factories selected by the Ministry of Industry are practicing it. Since the philosophy has become practical in some of Ethiopia’s industries, it is enabled them to save resources and be efficient and to the tone of 2.5 billion birr.
The industries are said to be exporters, import substituting comp anies, and have high degree of inefficiency. Though irregularities are witnessed in the implementation process, but evaluating their progress, remarkable changes have been registered.
Asnake Gudissa, Kaizen Transfer and Development Director of Food and Beverage Industries with the Ethiopian Kaizen Institute Manufacturing Sector, said that since the past one year, 38 selected industries, including industries such as meat and dairy, metals and engineering, chemicals, leather and textile are implementing Kaizen.
As to him, the industries have improved efficiency and benefited a lot as a result of the implementation of this approach. “While efficiency is improved and productivity increased, waste is minimized. Concurrently, raw materials wastage and injuries in work places have reduced. Overall, favorable working environment is created where things are done in a manner that saves time and energy.” Employees have become more passionate about the work they do, he added.
In the past six months alone, 13 million birr was managed to be saved from the sale of unnecessary items, and reuse of existing ones. Hence, the practical application of the philosophy is helping industries witness improvements.
For instance, from garment and textile industries, Addis Garment and Adama spinning factories, from meat and dairy factories Shola and Luna Export have witnessed constant improvements, the Director remarked.
While mentioning the challenges the industries face in the practical imple mentation of Kaizen, Asnake said that lack of support from the sides of the management have limited the successful realization of it.
The core tenet of Kaizen is not securing money. Rather, it focuses on establishing a culture of continuous change and improvement within institutions. Thus, institutions should strive hard to realize quality and quantity and create conducive work environment to yield continuous change, instead of contented with insignificant successes they may achieve, Asnake remarked. Especially to realize Kaizen effectively, the management and employees should work hand in glove, he furthered.
According to Asnake, in Kaizen, it is always pivotal to sustain quality and increase employees’ motivation and customers’ satisfaction by minimizing hustles and bustles that causes waste and costs.
For instance, at work place, if work materials are kept here and there in disorganized manner, production time would be lost as it takes time to identify them easily. On the contrary, if they are kept in accordance to the Kaizen’s standard (based on their type, importance and order) efficiency improves, waste reduces, production, increases and it saves time and resources.
As to the Director, Kaizen is about continuous improvement, and it is not just a one-time fashion. The proper practical applications of it are great. Therefore, Industries should implement the basic principles persistently to survive, be effective, and competitive globally. Thus, it is vital to provide the required support and follow-up for industries and employees. Equally, it is important to design a mechanism for companies to evaluate the system and give recognition for best performers.
Sharing Asnake’s idea, Kaizen Office Coordinator at Adama Spinning Factory Yehualaeshet Tsegaye said that Kaizen has multifaceted advantages for industries. For instance, since his factory started implementing Kaizen, it has enabled him to secure items that were exposed to wastage, but valued hundred thousand birr within a six month time.
The philosophy when applied properly can set significant change in factories’ productivity and product quality. It is possible to have well organized workplace, and thereby waste would be minimized, efficiency will soar, and customers’ satisfaction increases.
Industry State Minister Ayana Zewdie for his part said Kaizen has greater contribution for most of Asian countries’ growth. The philosophy has also created successful industries that are capable enough to produce compe titive products in the international market.
“What is more, it has assisted them to develop strong work culture. Thus, Ethiopian industries need to follow this path to produce quality products and have competitive success in the world market place.” To this effect, the government is committed to provide the necessary support for industries, the State Minister underscored.
BY BETELHEM BEDLU
Centuries have already elapsed since science and technology have enabled peoples of the world do the impossible things possible and started to change the features of our globe. Due to science and technology, activities which were once impossible and totally unthinkable, have now become day to day activities.
Science and technology, further than easing the day to day activities of human beings, and humans become more dependent on them in their every single aspect; are taken as means to foster sustainable socio-economic growth for countries.
Thus, countries are giving due emphasis for science and technology in each and every of their development agendas. As a result, many of the countries have inspired positive changes and improve the living standards of their people.
With this same purpose, Ethiopia is shifting towards giving focus to science and technology even if many claim that the nation is too late to implement various programs this in a robust manner to tap from the sectors potential. The Growth and Development Plan (GTP) of the nation gives focus to transform the economy of the nation from agriculture led to Industry led economy by shifting the traditional small holder farming and rain fed agriculture into mechanization and industrialization. And this demands advancement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In fact, the government, in partner ship with various stakeholders, has been performing various activities and expands multifaceted infrast ructures to establish successful industries and advance this trans formation.
In the same tune, higher educa tional institutions, universities and colleges are also giving focus in response to government’s quest and nation’s demand. That is why the educational system of the nation has given due attention to science more than social science streams.
It is with this rationale that Kotebe Metropolitan University is giving focus to improving the lives of its residents by employing and designing development oriented Science and Technology education, taking into consideration the experiences of various developed nations like Israel-Himda’s Science experience.
Legal Service Director and University’s President Special Advisor Dr. Tesfaye Baye told The Ethiopian Herald that the University is targeting at improving the lives of the city’s residents by giving focus to better education that would support development aspirations of the nation.
“Understanding the fact that many of the nation’s development ambitions will be realized through better science and technology education, Kotebe Metropolitan University has been given responsibility by the government to lead a special science program beginning from pre-university students,” he further said.
According to him, since the past three years the University has started offering special science and technology education in its separate science shared Campus for high school students at Arat Kilo Science Shared Campus for selected best and high scoring students to make them the future scientists of the nation.
The Program has already been started with the assistance and support from international stakeholders like STEM Synergy and other local pertinent bodies including education bureau and development associations.
But now, he further added “We are planning to lead the program by ourselves to ensure its sustainability as it is crucial to the development of the nation.”
Edlawit Awoke is a grade 11 student in the Science Shared Campus which is working under Kotebe Metropolitan University where the campus has been moved this year to Arat Killo. She said the world is advanced through science and Technology. Adding she said “The intentions to build science culture in the nation by the University and the support given by various non-governmental stakes like STEM Synergy needs to be appreciated at this point.”
As she stated science and techno logy streams are her passions. Thus, she strives hard to register remarkable grade and be part of the success stories of the stream in the future. She also underscored the importance of special education to other students in other schools as well.
As the development dynamics of the world is moving faster through science and technology, Ethiopia should compile other nations’ experience and initiatives working in the area of science and technology. In this regard, STEM Synergy is among the notable ones which is getting higher acceptance in Ethiopia for making a real difference in building science and technology culture across the nation with the aim of supporting government’s program and nations development.
BY YARED GEBREMEDEN
Well, for the most part of the last two decades, Ethiopia had been peaceful and tranquil amidst the seemingly ever volatile region of the Horn of Africa. However, it has recently faced with the most serious political chaos that had a little bit subsided with the promulgation of the state of emergency and fully come to halt with Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s coming to power.
As we have been witnessing over the last few weeks, his ascension to the position of the PM had a tranquilizing effect on the nation to the extent of defying every rational explanations. In short, Ethiopia has got a new broom that revamps the whole system, tingle the drowsing government apparatus and filled the whole nation with hope.
However much we may be revolted by the havoc we had experienced in the last two years, let me contradict myself, there is a positive side to the crisis that had rocked our beloved nation, as it finally has triggered a general process of “deep renewal.”
As failure to bring about reforms in the ruling party will leave the crisis to deepen and incur risks that would seriously damage our federal-democratic system, the “deep renewal” is a serious venture and here the ruling party EPRDF cannot afford to be half-hearted.
The upheaval we saw in the last couple of years had all the ingredients of monstrosity that had kept everyone in Ethiopia sleepless. Following the swansong of Hailemariam Desalgn, who had decided to resign from office after rigorous stock-taking of his premiership, the situation of the country had turned round and heads to political Eden, if I may say so.
In fact, prior to Dr. Abiy’s accession to the position of the Prime Minister, we were briefly comforted with a tensed peace that had been brought about by the declaration of the state of emergency law that had been helpful in averting the speedy deterioration of things.
Nonetheless, after the historic acceptance speech made by Dr. Abiy Ahmed at the House of Peoples Representatives that has magically nipped in the buds of rages that had engulfed the whole country, Ethiopia had begun to tread on completely a different path. That speech was so powerful as to suppress dozen of months of widespread political upheaval or deadly anti-government protests.
If you spare yourself from nit picking, you will for sure have chance to realize that the coming of Dr. Abiy Ahmad as a Prime Minister had a magic effect to halt the monstrous violence that had been ravaging the nation. Then, the havoc had begun to subside and now we are enjoying a stable situation that gave us a respite to be able to fix our broken politics.
The positive development we have been witnessing over the last two months is so comforting that it has predisposed us to be so anxious not to make a mistake that would gravitated us to the horrible scenarios we had experienced in the past two years.
We understand that bans and restrictions of freedoms do not help us to solve the underlying problems that have given rise to the unrest; we made a decision to revoke the state of emergency. Thus, the government is looking-forward to widen up the democratic space that would allow every citizen to participate and to promote the growth of unfettered democracy. In so doing, the government has made concessions that would invigorate the spirit of nationalism and national consensus.
In this regard, the government has offered to reform the winner-takes-all electoral system. EPRDF has always been clear that its existence would only be meaningful as far as it maintains the federal system by promoting democratic governance and thus push the country further on the path of development.
As a matter of fact the government is credited with real economic progress that saw a decade of around 10 percent annual growth. Besides, infant mortality and malnutrition is halved over the same period. Regrettably, these achievements have been accompanied by a growing outcry over widespread maladministration and rampant government corruption. Therefore, EPRDF has decided to change the situations that give impunity to officials and ensure accountability.
EPRDF has well understood that lack of political will to change the shape of things that bring about such kind of degeneration would ultimately trigger the explosion of violence that seriously undermines Ethiopia's reputation as a stable country. Thus those protests have given the ruling coalition a chance to engage itself in “deep renewal” process so as to take genuine reform measures that would fully satisfy the general public and halt another eruption of protest.
Accordingly, the government is holding meetings with the public to listen to their grievances and had opened up platforms to discuss problems with all political parties. Moreover, in a bid to expose corruptors and ensure good governance, the ruling party has urged the public to actively be involved in the ongoing deep renewal process. The Premier has repeatedly advised the public to stand against corruption and bad governance.
The ongoing rejuvenation effort involves all ranks of the government structure and anchored on fighting corruption and malpractices that have hampered the delivery of effective public service.
The renovation of the political system also takes the opposition block as key partner in consolidating the nation’s young democracy and the PM has encouraged them to play their share. He has also expressed his party‘s willingness to work closely with opposition political parties on any issues of their concern.
We know that EPRDF has been working with political parties that are willing to cooperate under the umbrella of the joint political parties’ council. It has also declared its readiness to work with other political parties that are non-party to the council and are peacefully operating in the country, like the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). This time around the EPRDF has even reaffirmed its commitment to create inclusive political platform by inviting the exiled Oromo Democratic Front (ODC) to national dialogue.
The negotiation between the Ethiopian government and ODF has clearly transpired the dawning of a new era and as such declare EPRDF‘s readiness to work with every stripe of opposition political parties. Working together with opposition political parties and debate on their differences would allow citizens to make informed political decisions. The public will have chances to know the political agendas of the parties to make decision that would determine the fate of their nation. The dialogue forums were organized with a view to deepen the democratization process, and as it stands today it is moving forward as many Ethiopians have expected it to.
Here, we want to remind all parties concerned that this is not time to vie for dominance. This is not time to promote parochial interests and this is not time to play a zero-sum game. This is only a time to work genuinely for democracy to thrive. We want no one to come out victorious from this engagement but democracy, peace and development. This has opened a new chapter where our beloved country Ethiopia can live at peace with itself.
BY AMEN TEFERI
The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) Executive Committee has decided to privatize state-owned mega manufacturing and service delivery enterprises to local and foreign investors. The decision was made at the meeting the Executive Committee of the Party held last Tuesday.
According to Committee’s statement, state owned enterprises that are operational or under construction, including industry parks, railway and sugar development projects, hotels and other manufacturing industries, would be fully or partially transferred to the private sector.
In the same way, while the government maintains the lion’s share in enterprises such as the Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio-telecom, Electric Power generation projects and the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise, local and foreign investors would have stakes.
This economic reform, which is in line with government’s development strategy, will bring about inclusive and sustainable growth, modernize the economy and further accelerate the country's economic growth in addition to opening greater opportunities for both local and foreign investors and increase their active participation.
In fact, during the past two and plus decades, the Ethiopian government has been persistently working to bring an end to backwardness, and alleviate the country and its people from quagmire of poverty. To this effect, hence, it has been expanding infrastructures that benefit the general public and investing in areas where the private sector has less or no interest due to fear of huge financial requirements, less profits or delayed returns.
As a result, the country including the construction of the flagship Dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, has witnessed expansion of key infrastructures such as power and water supply lines, railways, all weather roads, educational and health institutions. Furthermore, thousands of low and middle income citizens have also benefited from the government’s housing schemes.
Not only that. As a result to the government's development agendas and investment friendly policies and strategies, investment has expanded all over the country. In turn, massive job opportunities are created and per capita income of citizens has been increasing steadily.
As the world testified it, the country has been witnessing rapid economic growth for successive years with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 10 percent in average. The level of poverty has also been declining significantly.
However, to sustain the economic development of the country and keep the momentum of the economic growth, encouraging the expansion of the private sector, financing the construction of the mega projects, and privatizing the said key enterprises fully or partially is crucial and a rational decision. Above all, the reform is critical in terms of alleviating the challenges of foreign currency shortage.
Privatization, when it is implemented orderly and carefully, would improve operational efficiencies and service quality, upgrade skills, knowledge and technologies and bring about the desired outcome. To this end, and as well to transform the structure of their economies, a number of countries have been undertaken privatization. However, it is also a fact that some cases also yielded results that are contrary to the expectation.
To reduce such undesirable outcomes, the government from the beginning should be alert in how it is going to take adequate measures to create a level ground for fair and free competition between and among investors, so as to close any opening for oligarchy.
Likewise, local investors should develop their technical and managerial capabilities to effectively manage their industries in the face of the fierce competitive market environment. By doing so we can realize the efficacy of privatization for economic transformation, and come to achieve what we have set out to do.
ADDIS ABABA- Ethiopia has managed to successfully tackle the drought threat it is facing, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC).
NDRMC Commissioner Mitiku Kassa told The Ethiopian Herald that the preliminary survey carried out to assess the extent of the drought by establishing command post has minimized the damage the drought could have caused.
The Commissioner said information about citizens who need emergency assistance is also collected parallel to the early warning work that is being carried out in collaboration with the National Meteorological Agency and Central Statistical Authority.
A system that allocates budget based on the relevant information, and experts that closely provide assistance are put in place, Mitiku added.
According to him, the command post organized under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources to reach woreda level is exchanging information continuously so as to alleviate the damage and effectively deliver the required assistance.
In the meantime, the Commissioner explained that the country has bolstered its food reserve capacity,. while the community-based development activities carried out by different organizations have also helped prevent human catastrophe.
The sufficient food reserves in warehouses, and the integrated transport system have played role in the speedy delivery of the assistance, he furthered. “The government is distributing national food reserves, and importing food from overseas.”
The Commissioner also called on the active participation of the public and businesses in supporting government’s efforts to withstand the drought.Ethiopia successfully...
its food reserve capacity,. while the community-based development activities carried out by different organizations have also helped prevent human catastrophe.
The sufficient food reserves in warehouses, and the integrated transport system have played role in the speedy delivery of the assistance, he furthered. “The government is distributing national food reserves, and importing food from overseas.”
The Commissioner also called on the active participation of the public and businesses in supporting government’s efforts to withstand the drought.
BY BILAL DERSO
ADDIS ABABA – President Dr. Mulatu Teshome said the longstanding historic relations between Ethiopia and Sudan need to be strengthened in trade and investment frontiers.
The President made the remark yesterday while holding talks with the outgoing Ambassador of Republic of the Sudan to Ethiopia, Gamal Elshaikh Ahmed at the National Palace.
Dr. Mulatu further noted that the ever-burgeoning bilateral relation of the two sisterly countries is the result of Ethiopia foreign policy, which gives due emphasis to relations with neighboring countries in terms of diplomatic, economic and peace and security.
President Dr. Mulatu also discussed with the outgoing Ambassador about the strategic bilateral relations of the two countries in investment and infrastructure. Mentioning the railway, road transports and port sharing, the President said the links have positive impacts to both counties in terms of boosting their regional and development integration, and improving the lives of the peoples of the two countries.
Gemal El Shiek Ahmed, who served for a year and half in Ethiopia and departing due to another commitment at the Sudanese presidency office, for his part praised Ethiopia's approach for the cooperation and commitment the country has in securing peace and fighting terrorism in the East Africa region.
The out going Ambassador also expressed his commitment to further strengthening the shared strong historic, political, economic and cultural bonds between the two countries.
It was learnt that currently, Sudan is the second largest export destination to Ethiopia in terms of volume next to Somalia with trade balance of 139,000,000 Birr.
Since 2009, the two countries has made 12 agreements which benefit the peoples of the two countries.
BY FASICA BERHANE
ADDIS ABABA - Ministry of Industry (MoI) said that it is putting various activities in to practice in order to meet the 2025 International Buyers Binding Law/ Agreement of responsible cotton production under the compulsory sustainable cotton producing principle.
Zerihun Abebe, Director of Textile and Garment Industry Sector Study, Follow up and Support within the Ministry stated that as per to the law, the cotton cultivated within the country should be produced considering the environmental and social aspects that might cause on societies.
Mentioning that the workshop was organized in Hawassa Town recently under the theme ‘Promoting Sustainable Cotton in Ethiopia’ discussed the issues of branding Ethiopia’s cotton, the Director said introducing and branding Ethiopia’s cotton to the rest of the world would enable the country to compete in the world markets.
“In a situation that anchor global and local textile companies engaged in the country and in the world textile industry, fulfilling the needs of Ethiopia’s cotton product buyers is very fundamental to compete in the market.” Zerihun said.
The core things that are prioritized and currently being practiced in the nation are putting the 15 years strategic plan in to practice. In line with this, expanding agricultural practices which are consistent with the practice of sustainability and involving stakeholders in various workshops are the other issues given due attention by the Ministry, the Director remarked.
The finding of the research conducted after the formulation of the cotton strategic plan suggested that the nation should get in to the practice of the law settled by the international buyers.
BY BETELHEM BEDLU