No-More Global Movement Demands United States Call for TPLF To Immediately Lay Down its Arms

The No-More Global movement has demanded the United States call for its proxy TPLF to immediately lay down its arms, if the former wants to be a partner for peace.

The Movement made the remark in a press release issued in connection with the second anniversary of the tragic and treacherous events of November 4, 2020 when the TPLF murdered members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and triggered yet another devastating conflict in the Horn of Africa.

Rather than exploiting the peace process, the No-More movement demanded that the United States, if it wants to be a partner for peace, call for its proxy TPLF to immediately lay down its arms.

Noting that Ethiopia’s sovereignty is non-negotiable, the movement said the TPLF, emboldened by imperial foreign actors in the West to serve as their proxy in the region, continue their unrelenting assault on the people of Tigray, Amhara and Afar.

The United States and its western allies brazenly challenge, in both words and actions, the national sovereignty of Ethiopia. Openly racist leaders in the European Union recently went as far as deriding all of Africa and the non-European world as the “jungle” to be civilized by the European “garden”. This is not lost on the Ethiopian people.

“Thus, we are not afraid to call this out with conviction and determination until the misguided policies are corrected,” the movement underscored.

While publicly assuring the Ethiopian people that they are committed to Ethiopia’s sovereignty, the U.S. and its western allies continue their work against it, the press release said noting that millions across Ethiopia are explicitly saying “No More!” to their hostile agenda.

“We stand with all the people of the affected regions of Ethiopia who have been massacred, assaulted, maimed and displaced by the TPLF. We began our campaign last November with the slogan, “No More!” Today, we commit to redoubling our efforts and working harder to see peace prevail in the Horn of Africa,” it added.

It is within this climate and with this type of language that harkens back to the dark days of Western colonialism of Africa, that these amnesic Western nations now make audacious and insincere demands of Ethiopia and Eritrea in the name of “humanitarianism”.

“Africa is our home. We will not accept talking points that are designed to convince us that someone in Washington, Brussels, London or Paris is more concerned about our people than we are,” it said.

Despite 27 years of brutal ethnic apartheid, corruption, arbitrary arrests, torture and suppression of freedom of speech and assembly at the hands of TPLF and the overwhelming repudiation of TPLF by Ethiopia’s populace, the United States remains committed to seeing the TPLF exist as a malicious proxy in the region, the statement noted.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Former Ethiopia, Ghana Presidents Share Experiences to African Youth Summit

Former presidents Mulatu Teshome and Dramani Maham have shared their experiences to participants of the African Youth Summit today.

At the youth summit here in Addis Ababa, former of Ethiopian president Mulatu Teshome and former Ghanian president Dramani Maham highlighted the vision and sentiment of Pan-Africanism, the recurrent challenges of the continent, and Africa’s representation at the international bodies, among other issues.

Former president Mulatu said that Pan-Africanism provided an ideological foundation for the Organization of African Unity and subsequently the African Union.

He stressed that African countries have to assert that democracy is a universal human value, rather than a privilege of a limited number of developed states.

Therefore, “the promotion and protection of democracy is a common responsibility of the international community, including Africa.”

According to him, bilateral and multilateral development partners are expected to commit to financing growth, sustaining infrastructure and increase aid for improved social development.

However, many African development partners continue to advocate unilateral approach to addressing international issues, he added.

They interfere in the internal affairs of African states, infringing the legitimate rights and interests and inciting contradictions, differences and confrontations; thus hampering the development and progress of mankind against opposition from mostly the developing world,  particularly African states, the former Ethiopian president elaborated.

He further underscored that Africa deserves a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council.

The United Nations driven international architecture and international law-based world order seeks genuine multipolarity of the UN Security Council, playing a central and coordinating role in ensuring the inclusivity of Africa.

President Mulatu also highlighted that all Africans should interconnect with infrastructures in order to ensure free movement of goods and services.

Former Ghanian President Dramani Mahama stated that after the Second World War, it was decided that we needed a certain solidarity amongst African people in order that we could fight the continued oppression that we were subjected to. And that was the beginning of the birth of Pan-Africanism.

Stressing the need for trade between African countries, he noted that the African continental free trade area gives us the opportunity to be able to exchange goods amongst ourselves.

The former Ghanian president said we suffered and are still suffering from the effects of neo- colonialism after we have got independence.

The Western powers thought that it was necessary for them to make sure that the governments that were in place in our countries or governments that they could control, President Mahama stated.

Now, neo-colonialism is another form of colonization, where the foreign power does not come and dominate you.

“But they dominate you in a subtle way using strengths. And that is what the results we have in Africa is in terms of trade, in terms of aid, in terms of bringing in their capital, and taking out more outflows from Africa than coming into Africa.That is all part of neo-colonialism.”

The president also noted that even though Africa has contributed the least to the warming of the planet, Africa is suffering the most from the effects of climate change.

The African Youth Summit is underway here in the Ethiopian capital.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Ethiopia Expects over 160 Million Quintals of Wheat by July

The wheat harvest Ethiopia expects by early July 2023 will surpass a record 160 million quintals, Agriculture State Minister Meles Mekonnen disclosed.

The produce is expected to bring much needed relief for the country that shells out between 700 million and a billion USD every year for the purchase of wheat from the international market, he added.

Briefing journalists today, Agriculture State Minister Meles Mekonnen said the wheat harvest this year will fully cover the needs as Ethiopia, which is about 97 million quintals annually.

The rest of the produce would be exported, he stated.

According to him, some 108 million quintals of the wheat produced during the last main rainy season is under harvesting stage in many areas.

Effort is also well underway to produce over 52 million quintals of wheat with irrigation by July, 2023 he said, adding that 1.3 million hectares of land will be covered by wheat in 9 regional states.

Last Ethiopian year, the country managed to produce over 24 million quintals of wheat through irrigation alone.

Meanwhile, Pulse Crops Production and Post Harvest Desk Head at Ministry of Agriculture, Sibhat Temesgen, told ENA earlier that the bumper harvest this Ethiopian year will be the biggest since the country started to implement the Wheat Production Initiative that started four years ago.

The Wheat Production Initiative is designed to make the country self-sufficient in wheat production.

Farmers in Ethiopia grow both bread and durum wheat, Sibhat said, adding that bread wheat or common wheat accounts for over 90 percent of the country’s wheat production.

The expert further stated that the highlands of the central, south-eastern, and north west parts of the country are the main wheat-growing areas.

In terms of area coverage, wheat ranks fourth after tef, maize, and sorghum that stand from first to third.

The area coverage of wheat has shown a significant increment from 1,696,082.59 hectares in 2016 to 1,897,405.05 hectares in 2020, while production and productivity grew at an average annual rate of 8.75 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

‘‘The low productivity at the national level could be attributed to the use of traditional subsistence production methods and over-reliance on rain-fed production by the smallholding farmers.

’’Sibhat pointed out that there was also no experience of wheat production in the lowland.

Now, the government has given attention to this untouched huge potential areas for wheat production through irrigation.

According to him, ‘‘Ethiopia has the potential to be among the top wheat producers in Africa.

There is a potential to expand wheat production into the arid and semi-arid lowlands through irrigation since the country has several irrigable lands that are suitable for large-scale production.’’

Moreover, the lowland areas of Ethiopia have vast un-utilized agricultural land endowed with many lakes and seasonal and perennial rivers.

Besides, about 43 percent of the Ethiopian land mass is covered by acidic soils that are suitable for wheat production, the expert elaborated.

Currently, there are about 99 bread wheat and 42 durum wheat varieties released and registered in Ethiopia.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Artificial Intelligence Institute, Whale Cloud and Kehali Strategic Advisory Sign MoU

The Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute, Alibaba Group’s Whale Cloud, and Kehali Strategic Advisory have signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today.

The objective of the MoU is to implement the use of technologies that realize digital economy to benefit customers in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute Director-General, Worku Gachena, Whale Cloud Senior Sales Director for East Africa and West Africa, Ezra Yi, and Kehali Strategic Advisory CEO Ermyas Amelga inked the memorandum of understanding.

The MoU enables Whale Cloud to implement technologies for its partner Alibaba to start its e-commerce business in Ethiopia.

The agreement will also enable it to realize Alipay and implement developed technologies, share cost of infrastructures and experience in Ethiopia, it was learned.

The institute will provide data center to create conducive environment and ensure reliable data protection for  Whale Cloud of Alibaba.

Kehali works to create a favorable environment for the implementation of Whale Cloud operations in Ethiopia, facilitate payment channels, promote the tripartite agreement, and  negotiate with banks to help modernize the banking system and the financial sector.

Artificial Intelligence Institute Director-General, Worku Gachena said on the occasion that the MoU signed with the experienced Chinese company on technology and digital economy and the domestic Kehali on the financial sector is an opportunity to collaborate in the digital economy.

“Whale Cloud and Alibaba are experienced companies. China is also expected to lead the world with AI technology by 2030. We have to benefit from this sector that uses data.”

East Africa and West Africa Whale Cloud Senior Sales Director,  Ezra Yi said on his part that the company will provide professional technological services for Ethiopian institutions based on the MoU.

“We will provide professional services and professional technologies to help all Ethiopian telecoms, banks, financial companies or start ups to build digital future for Ethiopians.”

Whale Cloud is a leading data intelligence technology company and Alibaba’s Cloud Channel partner, it was learned.

Kehali CEO, Ermyas Amelga said the plan and implementation of digitalization is promising in Ethiopia.

“When we think of Ethiopia, it is not usually linked to digital transformation as we don’t see the resources vital to that. Hopefully, this plan and implementation is now promising and big. I am hopeful and I have a dream. The institutions signed this to realize this vision.”

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Abiy Calls on Africans to Consolidate Pan-Africanism that Enables Development, Safeguards Continent

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed underscored today that strengthening Pan-Africanism spirit would enable development and safeguard the continent’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In his closing speech to the African Youth Summit here in Addis Ababa, Abiy said that Africans must stay on the path that “our forefathers paved, the remarkable Pan-Africanists (who) founded the Organization of the African Union (OAU) in 1963 to promote unity and solidarity amongst African states.”

Therefore, strengthening Pan-Africanism spirit would enable development and safeguard our continent’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, he added.

According to him, this is an important reminder for the young generation of Africa to be able to carry on the responsibilities set by the African Union Agenda 2063.

The premier noted that Africa’s journey to prosperity is inevitable as many things are working in Africa’s favor. “By 2030, some 40 percent of global youth will be in Africa. The next generation of African and global leaders is sitting among us and you. Africa’s economic growth rate has picked up since the dawn of the new millennium.”

Nowadays, Africans are leapfrogging into the future at an accelerating rate in spheres of startups, creative individuals; and innovations are flourishing in the continent, Abiy stated.

Technologies from Africa are spreading across the continent and beyond, tackling some of the continent’s biggest challenges with homegrown technologies.

The PM pointed out that Africa is embracing the fourth industrial revolution. “We recently held the Pan-African artificial intelligence conference and developed the strategies for achieving sustainable development through harnessing the power of emerging technologies. Continuing the favorable economic trajectory requires structural transformation of our economies.”

Diversifying production, increasing trade and competitiveness and shifting from our role as producer of raw materials to higher value added production by accelerating industrialization will create prosperous nations, he said.

African resources are abundant and the continent holds a considerable proportion of the world’s natural resources, both renewable and non renewable.

Even if Africa’s assets are more than its liabilities, the prime minister said its economic sovereignty has been caught in a vicious cycle of lack; and out of state autonomy has been vulnerable to interference.

Thus, the premier stressed the need for Africa to invest in innovative and skilled manpower in meeting globalization challenges.

“We need to be innovative and skilled in meeting globalization challenges. African governments are charting development pathways. For instance, Ethiopia reduced poverty, increased literacy, and now is paving the way to ensure food sovereignty through Green Legacy. Ethiopia is pursuing self-reliance and green diplomacy.”

Green  Legacy focuses on boosting afforestation, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, improving the livelihood of citizens and promoting green behavior.

“I invite you all to work together to forge a new system of green development and green behavior. Green is not only beautiful, but also grounded and stable. We need grounded leaders and a stable system in our continent, Africa. Another self-reliant initiative we are pursuing is with the wheat  production program. As a result, the country is on track to begin exporting wheat to our  neighbors.”

The PM urged the African youth, African leaders to re-imagine Africa’s future by shaping how the world perceives Africa.

“Let’s claim our achievements. We see many African young entrepreneurs creating transformative solutions, in continuing to be innovative in crucial sectors relevant to our continent. We need to nurture innovation and support innovators. Ethiopia has just inaugurated the first talent school to train young people on how to manage and run business.”

Abiy also mentioned innovation as a core tenet in Ethiopia that the country has recently inaugurated the first Science Museum, where it is expected to increase more than half a million visitors inspired by science.

Finally, the prime minister pledged that Ethiopia is highly committed to work with the African Union to implement the youth summit decisions.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

PM Abiy Awards Former Leaders for their Contribution to Promoting Pan-Africanism

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has awarded 17 former leaders of African countries for their contribution toward promoting Pan-Africanism and African unity today.

Family members of the former leaders received the awards from the prime minister.

The African leaders awarded are: Emperor Haile Selassie, His Majesty King Hassen II, Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Jomo Kenyatta, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Kwame Nkrumah, Kenneth David Kaunda, Nelson Mandela, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Abubaker Tafewa Balewa, Modibo Keita, William V.S Tumban, Ahmed Ben Bella, Flexi Houphouet Biogny,  and Samora Machel.

The son of the late Leopold Sedar Senghor, Daile-Sedar Senghor, told ENA “I am honored to receive this award in the capital city, diplomatic city of our continent of Africa as the recognition of the permanency of your country to promote African unity.”

It is not the creation of OAU in 1963, it’s the continuation of the great diplomacy of your country starting from former leaders that is impressive, he added.

“The continuation of this (unity) is great credit of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to continue this moment and enforce the solidarity of Pan-Africanism.”

Albert Mugabe, the son of the late Zimbabwe leader,  said on his part “I am overwhelmed with this joy and respect for this honor…. For us, we know Robert Mugabe’s family is everybody in Africa.”

“We are very proud and we feel truly honored by what Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed done for us in recognizing the efforts and everything that our father did not only for the people of Zimbabwe but for the people of Africa,” he added.

The daughter of the late Julius Nyerere, Mary Bumi Nyerere said “it was so emotional. It was so grateful and (we are) humbled to be given an award by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.”

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency