Ethio-Morocco Relationship Developing in Several Spheres: Ethiopia’s Ambassador in Morocco

Addis Ababa-Morocco’s relationship with Ethiopia is developing in several fields, Ethiopian Ambassador to Morocco Isaias Gota told ENA.

According to him, the long-standing relations between the countries is manifested in the socio-economic and political fields since the establishment of the African Union.

The bilateral relations are rooted by virtue of the fact that both countries are among the founders of the African Union (AU), he added.

The relationship between the two countries is shifting from political relations to economic partnership in several areas of investment and social relations.

In addition to the important import-export trade partnership between Morocco and Ethiopia, Ambassador Isaias said that Morocco is also providing support to the South-South Partnership in many ways.

He noted that since its return to the AU in 2017, the country has played effective role in the Union, including chairing the Peace and Security Council of the AU.

In his comment about the relations with Africa, Morocco’s late King Hassan II famously said that his country is “a tree with its roots in Africa and its branches in Europe.”

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Russia, Ethiopia Maintaining Intensive Political Dialogue at Highest Level: Ambassador Terekhin

Addis Ababa-Russia and Ethiopia are maintaining an intensive political dialogue at the highest level, according to Ambassador Evgeny Terekhin.

The Russian Embassy in Ethiopia commemorated the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Russia today.Russia’s Ambassador, Terekhin said on the occasion that the current stage of Russian-Ethiopian partnership is highly commendable.

“Moscow and Addis Ababa are maintaining an intensive political dialogue at the highest level, inter-parliamentary contacts are intensifying, and humanitarian cooperation and interaction through public diplomacy are expanding,” he noted.

The cooperation also includes partnership in the fields of industry, agriculture, and energy.

On his part, Eshete Tilahun, European and American Affairs Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ethiopia attaches great value and importance to its unique relations with Russia; and it is not just historic but practical as well.The Russian Federation has been on Ethiopia’s side through thick and thin, he stressed.

For these and other practical reasons, Ethiopia attaches great value and importance to its unique relations with Russia.“Our relation is not just historical but practical as well.

Ethiopia values its relation with Russia in the fields of education, science and national defense.

We highly appreciate Russia’s strong principled position and support during the United Nation’s Security Council meeting on Ethiopia,” he underlined.

Russia also stood on the side of Ethiopia against the colonial invasion of Italy in 1896 and when the Eastern part of Ethiopia was invaded by the then government of Somalia in 1977, the director general stated.

It is to be recalled that Russia came to the aid of the Abyssinian Empire during the Italian aggression back in 1895 by sending 30,000 rifles and 5,000 sabers to help the Ethiopian army and a mission of Russian Red Cross arrived in the country to deliver medical support to the sick and wounded.

The Ethiopian director-general finally noted that “our cordial and historic partnership needs to be replicated in the economic fields as well” as there are tremendous potentials for trade and investment cooperation.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

FAO Pledges to Continue Supporting Farmers, Pastoralists in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa- The Food and Agricultural Organization has pledged to continue supporting people dependent on agriculture in Ethiopia and improving their livelihood.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, FAO Country Representative Farayi Zimudzi said the organization has been working in terms of ensuring the livelihood of people who depend on agriculture and restore agriculture destruction, whether it could be drought or conflict.

According to her, the organization has been working quite a lot in the past couple of years in ensuring the livelihood of farmers or their productive capacity in agriculture.

“FAO is providing input seeds to farmers to be able to plant; fertilizer and also some drugs to animals because we recognize that farmers they do not only plant crops but also have livestock. So, to ensure that their livestock are healthy and access food, especially in drought affected areas, we have been providing quite a lot of feed as well as the necessary veterinary support that is required for animals to be healthy.”

Zimudzi further stated that the organization is also looking on what additional complementary support can be provided to ensure that bottlenecks that inevitably arise in situation such as these are addressed.

FAO is closely working with Ministry of Agriculture to find chain on specific areas of support, especially on issues around seed for the wheat program and toward what quality and affordable seed can be made available, she added.

Elaborating on the activities of FAO, the country representative said the organization’s first approach is to provide immediate response, for example in drought affected parts of the country.

As there are many pastoralists, we have been providing feed to make sure that there is no total loss of animals; and providing cash to enable farmers to buy inputs and meet their needs.

The second approach, according to Zimudzi, is to take a long term point of view because drought is something that is not going to go away completely.

So, we need to look at intervention such as developing farmers’ ability to produce their own feed in areas where water is available, she elaborated.

Thus, issues around water management are very important; and it is a long term strategy to deal with changes in climate that are not going away unfortunately.

“It is important to respond immediately to prevent loss of livelihood, but we also need to look to take a longer view in terms of how farmers can adapt to the situation and continue to be able to be productive in spite of the challenges.”

The representatives acknowledged the strong prioritization of agriculture that Ethiopia has shown, and said “I think one of the key issues is also to facilitate learning across different countries.”

She pointed out that there are a lot of practices that Ethiopia can also share to other countries. “Equally, Ethiopia can also learn from other countries. So, one of the key things that FAO would like do is to facilitate those learning so that in a South-South arrangement countries are learning from each other and countries are adopting good practices.”

There are a lot of opportunities to be explored in the agriculture sector, and FAO is ready to provide support not only to Ethiopia but also to other countries around Ethiopia.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ugandan MPs Describes Ethiopia’s Legal framework, Policy on Technology as Clear and Focused

Addis Ababa-The policy and the legal framework of Ethiopia on science and technology are very clear and focused, a Ugandan parliamentary delegation told ENA.

The parliamentarians, who had been on a five-day visit to Ethiopia, noted that the legal framework and policy of the country has helped to move it milestones in science, technology and innovation.

This practice on how Ethiopia maintained its technological impetus needs to be replicated in other countries of the East African region and beyond, they added.

The MP delegation head, Florence Akiiki said the Government of Ethiopia and its leadership has realized that technology and innovation will be the driving force of the country.

She added that Ethiopia’s multi-satellite tracking and data receiving ground station show that the country has come a long way in the African continent.

Recall that Ethiopia launched its multi-satellite tracking and data receiving ground station at the Entoto Observatory in 2021.

The station is receiving data from five different Earth Observation (EO) satellites useful for various thematic applications.

“One of the data structures that really impressed us is the space satellite. Its work is in progress. And you could see that the government is injecting a lot of resources. This is an expensive venture, showing you that the government is determined to ensure information in terms of space science. Ethiopia is not only looking at itself alone, but it is looking at Africa in general.”

According to her, Ethiopia has actually put technology on the higher agenda and built incredible infrastructures in the area.

“So we want the scientists of Uganda to partner with scientists from Ethiopia and share experiences. …..This visit is going to benefit Uganda and we are going to share with the relevant authorities. Here in Ethiopia, you have that umbrella of everything, including space, science, and bio-technology, among others.”

Bernard Odoi Mutusa, another member of the delegation, said Ethiopia is progressing very well in science and technology.

“Ethiopia is now creating a niche in ICT. If you look at the development of satellite, you realize they are creating a niche. Not every country will have the capacity and ability for both human resource and technological advancement to build this massive satellite for their consumption,” he stated.

Mutusa believes that other east African nations may not have to establish satellite stations but work hand-in-hand with Ethiopia which has already gone ahead in the technology.

This gives leverage to Ethiopia and other countries to specialize in other aspects, he added.

On her part, Betty Aol said “I have seen that Ethiopia is already well established. If you see the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, it has a well established ministry.”

The MP added that as Ethiopia is moving to an era of science and technology, Uganda is eager to collaborate with Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency