Gov’t Delivers 32,000 MT Food, Over 360,000 L of Fuel to Tigray Region

Some 32,000 metric tons of food and more than 360,000 liters of fuel have been made accessible to Tigray region after the peace agreement between the Government of Ethiopia and the TPLF, the Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed.

Following the peace agreement, the government has also intensified its efforts in making humanitarian aid widely accessible to northern Ethiopia, including Tigray region, and other areas.

Ethiopian Disaster Risk Management Commissioner Ambassdor Shiferaw Teklemariam told ENA that access to humanitarian aid continues to be widely distributed in Tigray region.

In keeping with the promise the government made in the Pretoria Peace Agreement, it is providing unlimited humanitarian aid for Tigray region.

In addition to using its own capabilities, the government is undertaking wide campaign for humanitarian aid by coordinating with international aid organizations, the commissioner added.

Accordingly, humanitarian aid is being made accessible through four corridors, including via Mekele and Shire airports.

Commissioner Shiferaw elaborated that after the peace agreement and up until yesterday, the government has provided humanitarian aid of 13,000 metric tons of grains and nutritious food.

Humanitarian aid organizations have also distributed 19,000 metric tons of food to Tigray region, he revealed.

According to him, the humanitarian aid sent to the region in the last few weeks will benefit more than 2 million people.

The commissioner further stated that over 360,000 liters of fuel has also been sent to the region and neighboring regions.

The fuel that arrived at Mekelle will be used for the objective set through the World Food Program (WFP).

On other hand, the government is making accessible medical supplies, water and sanitation as well as materials for schools and local residents.

The humanitarian support from the government will continue to be strengthened, the commissioner said, adding that the government is working in coordination with partners and citizens.

In addition to the government’s efforts in helping the people affected by conflict in various areas of the Amhara and Afar regions, the participation of the community is commendable and needs to be strengthened, Shiferaw stated.

The commissioner, who stated that there are approximately 5.3 million beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance in Tigray region, said 4.5 million are receiving support on a regular basis.

Moreover, he stated that the government has organized a coordinating committee to help displaced citizens to return to their villages and rehabilitate them in a sustainable manner.

Besides resuming regular services, preparations have been made to continue strengthening humanitarian support until citizens return to normal lives, the added.

Noting that the government has been working to mobilize the capability of aid organizations, he urges the Ethiopian Diaspora to support the effort.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Gov’t Restoring Basic Services, Providing Humanitarian Aid in Korem Town : Residents

Following the peace agreement signed between the Government of Ethiopia and TPLF, the government has been restoring services and making humanitarian aid available in Korem Town, residents of the town told ENA.

The residents have also pointed out that the government has been demonstrating its commitment to restoring services and providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the town, adhering to the peace agreement.

Eskedar Haile, a resident of Korem, recalled that the residents of the town had endured hardship and misery for over a year.

However, the prevalence of peace and security in Korem and its surroundings following the peace agreement, has led life in the town to return to normalcy, Eskedar noted.

“The food aid delivery has eased the problems of the people,” she said.

Priest Hagos Ararso also recalled that residents of Korem and its surroundings had experienced severe humanitarian crisis due to the conflict.

The people have returned to their previous livelihood after the prevailing of peace in Korem and its surroundings, Priest Hagos observed, adding that the agreement reached between the government and TPLF would usher in lasting peace to the people.

The delivery of emergency food aid to people in need by the government has eased the chronic problems of the people, he explained. The priest called on all to play their role to the implementation of the agreement.

Meles Aderu, a youth resident of Korem, said he resumed his previous market activities in the town following the peace agreement.

Stating that people who were displaced due to the threat of conflict have returned to their homes , Meles said, adding that the government’s relief assistance to people in need has eased the sufferings.

Mayor of Korem City Administration, Zemachu Belay said the conflict has caused loss of lives and material damage.

Following the damage on public utilities in and around the town, the government is undertaking reconstruction work, the mayor stated.

Accordingly, telephone, electricity and water services have resumed recently, and health institutions and government services are being restored, he pointed out.

Apart from this, the mayor said that 9,000 quintals of food for a month is being made available beginning from this week to over 53,833 people who are in urgent need of food aid due to the conflict.

He also explained that the government has kept its promise of humanitarian aid to the needy, where the fast delivery of food is helping the people to return to their normal activities quickly.

He said Korem town has been returning to normalcy, stating that public transport has also resumed from Korem to Alamata and Sekota towns and vice versa.

The rehabilitation of health and education institutions destroyed by conflict including banking services, will be carried out, he stated.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Agro-processing Industry Parks Built with Cost of 30 Bil Birr Opens to Investors

The government has completed the construction of three ago-processing industrial parks at a cost of 30 billion birr and is made them ready to potential investors.

At the investment forum organized to introduce the Bure Integrated Agro Industrial Park to potential investors, some 103 investors expressed their interest to start work in the park.

Speaking at the forum, the Chief Administrator of Amhara region, Yilikal Kefale said that the growth of agricultural production and productivity in the region is creating a favorable environment for the acceleration of the industrial sector.

The Bure Integrated Ago Industry Park has been built to add value to the agricultural products and supply them to the domestic and foreign markets, he added.

According to him, the park is constructed with the necessary facilities including asphalt roads, water, electricity, standard waste disposal system, the internet and other vital infrastructures.

The Chief Administrator called upon potential investors to enter the industrial park and commence production in a short period of time to benefit themselves and contribute to the efforts being underway to realizing the prosperity of the country.

Speaking on his part, Minister of Industry Melaku Alebel said the country has been working hard to fight poverty with all its ability.

The federal government has planned to build ago-processing industries in seven corridors in the country out of which four have already started operation, he said.

The Bure, Bulbula and Yergalem Agro Processing Parks, which the government built at a cost of 30 billion birr, have also been completed and opened to investors, the Minister noted.

The Bure Integrated Agro-Industrial Park is among these projects built by the government with a cost of 8 billion Birr in the Amhara region.

He further stated that the industrial parks are conducive to job creation, technology transfer, earning foreign currency and competitive investors.

The owner of Rich Land Factory, Mulat Mengesha, said, “Entering and working in the Agro Industry Park has many benefits.”

According to him, working in the parks will bring nine years of tax relief, tax-free entry of construction and factory machinery, and the country will give 100 percent subsidy to the investor.

At the investment forum held in Bahir Dar, some 103 investors announced their interest to join in and develop Bure Agro Industrial Park.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Internet Governance Forum Will Be Kicked Off Tomorrow in Addis Ababa

The 17th Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be officially opened tomorrow in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia are hosting the five day Forum that is expected to attract more than 2,500 participants across the world including representatives of governments, international organizations, private sectors as well as academician.

The 17th IGF, organized under the theme: Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future, will discuss range of issues related to the opportunities and challenges of internet.

Connecting all people and safeguarding human rights, avoiding internet fragmentation, governing data and protecting privacy, enabling safety, security and accountability as well as addressing advanced technologies, including AI are the major sub-themes of the forum.

IGF is a global multi-stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

DPM, FM Urges Diplomats to Exert Utmost Efforts to Defend Ethiopia’s Interest

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen has urged diplomats to exert the utmost efforts to defend Ethiopia’s interest by drawing good lessons from past experiences and understanding the prevailing objective realities.

The three week intensive training program organized for senior diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the African Leadership Excellence Academy in Addis Ababa winded up today.

The training aims at defining the directions, dimensions, and domains of Ethiopian diplomacy and was conducted focusing on the participation of Ethiopia in the international relations and diplomacy.

It was also designed to update the knowledge and skills of diplomats in line with the new global-level realities in the economic, social, geopolitical, and digital arenas.

At the closing ceremony of the training, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said diplomats must carry out their diplomatic activities in a timely and systematic manner in order to defend the national interests of Ethiopia.

In this regard, the three week training is believed to help enable the diplomats promote Ethiopia’s truth and interest by carrying out their tasks in line with the dynamism of world geopolitics, he added.

Demeke further stated that the training is expected to contribute a lot for the effective accomplishment of national duty, urging the diplomats to effectively discharge their responsibility by translating the knowledge they acquired from the training.

Several scholars and senior government officials including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Sahle-Work Zewde, Former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Former President Mulatu Teshome have given training to the diplomats in various topics.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency