Peace in Ethiopia Crucial to Move Forward, Realize Regional Integration: South Sudan Ambassador

Peace in Ethiopia is crucial to move forward and realize the process of regional integration, South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia James Pitia Morgan said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, South Sudan Ambassador James Morgan noted that South Sudan is pleased to welcome the recent peace deal reached between the Government of Ethiopia and TPLF.

It is to be recalled that the government and the TPLF have agreed to bring normalcy based on respect and upholding of the country’s constitution, territorial integrity, and sovereignty.

The agreement was signed in Pretoria, South Africa under auspices of the African union with principle of African solutions to African problems.

The ambassador noted that South Sudan expressed its concern right after the beginning of the crisis in November 2020, stressing the peace agreement has far reaching implications beyond Ethiopia.

“We are talking about peace, this is very important for all of us. It is not only for Ethiopia, TPLF and not for anybody else, but it is a very good thing for the nation of Ethiopia as a whole and the neighboring countries, Africa and international community as a whole,” he said.

He explained that all of the neighboring countries of Ethiopia and African continent as whole—there is nobody who was not really calling for peace because Ethiopia is a model.

“When Ethiopia is not peaceful, the entire region is affected; we don’t feel comfortable about it. Ethiopia has a very bigger role to play in this region. The role of Ethiopia in this region is more important than the internal crisis that took place over the past two years, because the region could not move forward in its regional integration process which supposed to be spearheaded by Ethiopia,” he added.

The peace talk was mediated by former president of Nigeria and that alone tells us it was an African solutions to African problems, the ambassador noted.

This is what we have been saying all the time that African problems can find solutions within the context of the African, he said, lauding:  “I think that is very important that the African Union is able to spearhead this peace talks and brought into conclusion.”

The ambassador commended and welcomed some of Ethiopia’s friends beyond Africa who helped the peace talks to bear fruit.

“We want peace in Ethiopia so that we move forward. With the issue of regional integration, the continent was also concerned with the crisis in Ethiopia because we have agenda 2063 ahead of us and this agenda cannot be achieved unless this continent itself is peaceful. That is why the African Union, the region, our region in IGAD, the continent as whole and the international community in general, everybody, were concerned,” the ambassador pointed out.

He stressed that following this development, the ambassador expressed hope that a lot of support would come from friendly countries and the international community to support the people and government of Ethiopia in restoring basic services to people who are affected by the conflict.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Health Ministry Urges Diasporas, Donors to Increase Support for Rehabilitation of War-affected Regions

Health Minister Dr. Liya Tadesse has called on the diaspora and donors to increase their support to the conflict-affected people in the Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions.

The minister made the remark today at a handing over ceremony of medical equipment worth 30 million Birr by the Human Bridge Ethiopia.

Dr. Liya called on all diasporas to help rehabilitate the health facilities destroyed by the war in the regions.

According to her, the ministry is working with regional health offices, international partners as well as diaspora communities and local institutions to rebuild destroyed health facilities.

She further noted that the peace agreement reached by the federal government and the TPLF has created a favorable environment for the reconstruction of health facilities.

Human Bridge Ethiopia, a Swedish-based group, donated on the occasion three containers of medical equipment, including 210 ICU beds, 20 wheelchairs and 30 walking frames.

A representative of Human Bridge Ethiopia, Dr. Adamu Anley, said the donation is worth 30 million Birr and the group has been providing support for the past one year.

Human Bridge Ethiopia will continue actively participating in the rehabilitation of the war affected regions.

Global Aid Ethiopia President, Dr. Getachew Mazengia said on his part that the NGO covered the transportation fee for the containers donated by Human Bridge.

According to him, since its foundation Global Aid has donated several containers of medical equipment to health facilities in the war affected areas.

The president stated that Global Aid Ethiopia will strengthen its assistance.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Germany Pledges Support to Safety Net Program, Conflict Recovery in Ethiopia

Germany has extended support to productive social safety nets and conflict recovery, according to Ministry of Finance.

Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide has met with a German delegation led by Birigt Pickel, Director-General for Africa of Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, a press release of the ministry stated.

The two sides had a productive discussion on the recent peace accord and the development partnership between the two countries, it was learned.

The director-general has welcomed the agreement and expressed her hope that it opened a path towards durable peace.

Finance Minister Ahmed Shide on his part emphasized the government’s full commitment to swiftly deliver implementation of the peace agreement and demonstrate tangible results on the ground.

According to the statement, Germany committed to increase its support to Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme for 30 million Euros and contribute an additional 15 million Euros to the World Bank’s Response, Recovery, and Resilience for conflict-affected Communities Programme to support the Government of Ethiopia.

Both programmes will be implemented together with the World Bank and other partners.

The measures will be accompanied by technical cooperation to increase institutional capacity for local development, livelihood opportunities, and human rights for a total of 8 million Euros.

Germany also announced its support for transitional aid measures provided through WFP and UNICEF for 30 and 35 million Euros, respectively, as part of Germany’s response to the drought crisis and food price inflation in Ethiopia, it was indicated

The programmes aim at improving life standards and coping capacities of drought-affected communities by building, restoring, improving, and sustaining resilient systems and lifesaving services.

Both sides have also discussed the participation of the international community in possible future post-conflict and reconstruction efforts.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Deputy Premier, EU Special Envoy Discuss Peace Agreement and Regional Issues

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonen, held discussion with Annette Weber, European Union Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, about the peace agreement and regional issues in his office today.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the deputy premier said on the occasion that the Ethiopian government worked hard to reach a peace agreement because of its desire to resolve the problem in the north peacefully.

He also noted that the Government is committed to the implementation of the peace deal.

Humanitarian aid is being made available to the areas affected by the conflict, Demeke noted, adding that the work of provision of basic services is gaining momentum.

He also called on partners to strengthen their cooperation in the phase of implementation of the agreement and recovery of areas affected by the conflict.

In addition, the deputy premier stated that the government will hold political consultations with the relevant parties to solve the security problems in some parts of the country, and discussions will be held on various agendas at the National Dialogue Forum.

The EU Special Envoy, Annette Weber, on her part expressed her appreciation for the historic agreement.

She also stated that the European Union will play its part in the implementation of the agreement and reconstruction.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Financial Institutions, Public Enterprises Discuss Contributions for Successful Conduct of National Dialogue

A discussion was held about the contribution of financial institutions and public enterprises for the successful conduct of the planned inclusive National Dialogue in Ethiopia today.

The discussion, organized by Ministry of Peace was held under the theme: “The Role of Financial Institutions and Public Enterprises to the Successful Conduct of National Dialogue.”

The main objective of the discussion is to provide the finance institutions and public development enterprises with clear knowledge about the national dialogue and enable them act accordingly.

Study papers were present at the discussion depicting the theories and experiences of national dialogues as well as the current situation of Ethiopia and the role these institutions can play.

During the occasion, Peace State Minister Taye Dendea urged financial institutions and public  enterprises in Ethiopia to play their part in the national dialogue as peace is critical to the country’s overall economic activities.

The absence of national consensus causes troubles to the politics of the country, which in turn drags the nation into crisis by disrupting the healthy function of the economy and social fabric, the state minister noted.

Hence, there is critical need for reaching consensus on issues of common concerns through dialogue, he stressed.

Initiative Africa CEO, Kibour Ghenna, who presented a paper for discussion, said that the business community should contribute its part for the effective implementation of the national dialogue.

The participant indicated that they must participate in not only providing financial support but also in terms of ideas and material.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

HPR Standing Committee Urges Commission to Focus on Rehabilitating Citizens in Sustainable Manner

Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) urged the Disaster Risk Management Commission to focus on the work of rehabilitating citizens in a sustainable manner, beyond the provision of humanitarian aid.

The committee evaluated the performance of the Disaster Risk Management Commission for the first quarter of the 2015 Ethiopian fiscal year today.

Members of the Standing Committee asked about actions taken to ensure adequate support for   the war-affected areas and proper distribution of humanitarian aid to the needy as well as good governance problems in the commission.

Disaster Risk Management Commissioner, Shiferaw Teklemariam said that assessment was made to provide humanitarian support in the war affected Amhara and Afar regions, and support has been distributed to the needy.

He added that 17 heavy trucks have transported grain and nutritious food support to the victims and the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Food Program provided the support.

In Tigray, three groups have been set up to coordinate the support, he said, adding that 80 trucks have transported aid to the region.

Following the peace agreement, the International Committee of the Red Cross provided medical supplies and humanitarian assistance has been provided for a total of 1.5 million people.

This, the commissioner said, is encouraging result.

On the other hand, he pointed out that 569,000 metric tons of food is needed for those who seek support for various reasons and stated that 149,000 metric tons of food has been purchased so far.

He stated that efforts are underway to make additional purchase.

Strategic and Logistics Sector Deputy Commissioner, Aydrus Hassen said the commission has set up a system to ensure that the humanitarian aid is delivered properly.

Efforts are being made to build more warehouses to secure more food at stock than the current one to support citizens.

HPR Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee Chairman, Dima Nego said the commission should organize itself in terms of manpower and material to perform better activities, noting that the reform activities currently being implemented by the commission are also encouraging.

He pointed out that creating a situation in which the needy can sustain themselves is something that the commission should focus on, in addition to providing humanitarian support for those who need support.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Civil Society Organizations Urged to Support Gov’t Efforts to Rebuild War Affected Areas

Justice Minister Gedeon Timothios has called on Civil Society Organizations (CSOS) operating in Ethiopia to play leading role in providing the necessary support for the government’s efforts to rebuild the war affected areas in the country.

The minister, who is also a member of the Main Peace Alternative Committee of the federal government, briefed members of the CSOS about the peace agreement signed in South Africa between the Government of Ethiopia and TPLF as well as its outcomes and implications.

The peace agreement respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, he said, adding that Ethiopia and all Ethiopians have won in the process.

According to him, the Main Peace Alternative Committee has participated in the peace talks with a view to repelling the threats posed on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

Creating conducive environment to rehabilitate communities affected by the conflict and reverse  the challenges the country has encountered in economy and diplomacy were also among the goals of the peace talks.

Gedeon said  that all these goals have been successfully accomplished.

Noting the commitment of the government for the full implementation of the peace agreement, the minister stated that several activities, including the delivery of humanitarian aid and restoration of social services, have been intensified by the government.

In this regard, he stressed the need for the civil organizations to play leading role in providing the necessary support to the government’s efforts, particularly in healing the psychological trauma incurred on citizens and to rehabilitate the war affected areas.

He urged the Civil Society Organizations to engage in the rebuilding of education institutions, health facilities and other public service providing entities by mobilizing resources.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency