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A Week in the Horn 16.10.2020

News in Brief

37th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union Meets Virtually

President Isaias Afwerki pays a three-day visit to Ethiopia

Africa and the African Union

The African Union Commission announced on Thursday (October 15) that the African Trade Observatory (ATO) –a mechanism being implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) to help the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) function when it goes live in 2021 –has begun testing the online dashboard to give real-time trade statistics to African users. Such information will include intra-continental trade flows (traded values, traded quantities, the use of tariff preferences, taxes and fees paid at the border), and information on market conditions (such as taxes applicable at the border and regulatory requirements).The 37th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) kicked off on Tuesday (October 13). The two-day Ministerial meeting deliberated at lengths, the progress and intensification of actions aimed at peace, security, development and integration as articulated in Africa’s Agenda 2063. The ministers also, among other key issues, reflected on the ongoing institutional reforms particularly with the ongoing transition to the new Departmental structure of the Commission, adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in February 2020, as well as the Financing Strategy for the new structure. The meeting also considered the African Union Budget for the financial year 2021 and deliberated on the African Union theme for 2021. (See article)A group of public, private and non-profit organizations, led by the African Union Commission through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), launched on Monday (October 12) the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI) in a US$100 million, four-year partnership to expand access to next-generation genomic sequencing tools and expertise designed to strengthen public health surveillance and laboratory networks across Africa. Africa PGI will be part of the Institute of Pathogen Genomics, launched by Africa CDC in 2019, with a vision to integrate pathogen genomics and bioinformatics into public health surveillance, outbreak investigations, and improved disease control and prevention in Africa. The institute’s capacity will be strengthened to manage and provide technical oversight for Africa PGI.

Last week on Friday (October 09), the UN Secretary-General spoke at the second High-Level event on “Mobilizing with Africa” as part of the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The Secretary-General said that since the beginning of the crisis, African countries and the African Union have shown commendable leadership and unity in response to the pandemic. He stressed that the international community must continue to show commitment to Africa’s health and well-being. The Secretary-General said the pandemic has resulted in acute liquidity constraints for African countries that without bold measures could spiral into a solvency crisis.He called on development partners to broaden the eligibility of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative so that it includes all highly indebted and vulnerable countries that have been adversely affected by the emergency and also urged developed countries to support the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility, and to support efforts to prioritize green growth and environmental conservation. He also reiterated the UN’s solidarity with the people and governments of Africa at this pivotal moment for the continent. The International Organization for Migration on Friday (October 09) called for effective global cooperation to help the at least 2.75 [million] migrants who are stranded around the world due to COVID-19 restrictions, including border closures and nationwide lockdowns. IOM’s Director General, António Vitorino, said that, where governments have taken action, tens of thousands of migrants have been able to return home in a manner that takes into consideration the significant health challenges the pandemic poses.Ethiopia Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Dina Mufti said Ethiopia has repatriated 993 migrants within the last three weeks. Among these 953 are from Saudi Arabia, 5 from Tanzania and 35 from Djibouti. He said this today (October 16) while delivering the Ministry’s biweekly press briefing. Besides the situation of Ethiopian migrants in Saudi Arabia, the Ambassador also covered current issues in Ethiopia and the main diplomatic activities of the Ministry within the last three weeks. The 37th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union was concluded on Thursday (October 15). It was held virtually and Minister H.E. Gedu Andargachew has participated in it. The Council has adopted the budget for the AU for the year 2021 and endorsed the theme of the year 2021: “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers to building the Africa We Want”. At the occasion, Mr. Gedu has suggested the 2021 budget of the Commission to consider the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic potential of member states in appropriation. Ethiopia and the World Bankon Thursday (October 14) signed a financing agreement amounting $400 million for the urban productive safety nets and jobs project (UPSNJP). The agreement was signed here in Addis Ababa by Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance, and Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan. The stated amount of funding from the International

Development Association (IDA) was approved on September 30, 2020 by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors. The grant will support Ethiopia’s efforts to improve the incomes of the urban poor and promote the inclusion of disadvantaged urban youth in the labor market under UPSNJP. The UPSNJP will provide social protection as well as jobs related services to 816,000 beneficiaries in around 83 cities across the country.Ethiopia on Thursday (October 14) reported 739 new COVID19 cases out of 6, 985 laboratory tests conducted in 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 87, 169. The country also reported 13 deaths from the virus, taking the death toll to 1,325. A total of 823 patients have recovered from the virus to bring the total recoveries to 40,988. The country has so far conducted 1,377,080 laboratory tests. As a continuation of the political dialogue platform, political parties operating in Ethiopia discussed on Thursday (October 15) different national agendas. Heads of the parties, including Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, attended the discussion focused on Ethiopia’s constitution, political system and democracy. The participants reflected their views on research papers presented at the event assessing weaknesses and strengths of constitutions issued in Ethiopia from 1939-1991. The Prime Minister later on his Twitter page writes, “These discussions are key in enabling political parties to work closely together; jointly address issues that arise and co-create a vision of growth and prosperity in service to country and our people”.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday (October 15) has appointed Dr. AregawiBerhe, a veteran opposition leader, as Director General of the Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation to the Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Dr. Aregawi Berhe is one of the opposition political party leaders who had spent years in exile and returned home two years ago following the reform being undertaken by the administration of Prime Minister Abiy. He is currently a chairperson of the opposition “Tigray Democratic Coalition Party.” Dr. Aregawi was also one of the founders of TPLF. The Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation to the Construction of GERD was established right after the announcement of the construction of the dam to mobilize public support.The Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) announced on Thursday (October 15) a plan to establish a Media Center of Excellence to enhance the professional capacity of journalists and the media industry in the country by providing state-of-the-art training courses. Speaking to ENA, Wondwosen Andualem, EBA Deputy Director-General said the proposal to establish the media center of excellence is prepared in partnership with Ethiopian media professionals and experts from Aljazeera Media Network. The governments of Ethiopia and Qatar will fund the construction of the center, it was learned.Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission announced on Wednesday (October 14) that it has been working to establish the first environmental tribunal thatwill hear cases relating to environmental issues so as to mitigate environmental degradation. Ayele Hegena (PhD) Director General of Policy, Law, and Standards Research and Development with the Commission told the media that the

establishment of the tribunal will have immense role in providing emergency responses via entertaining flexible ways. He underscored that the tribunal will be established in especial way and it will have a mandate to observe only civil cases relating to environment.The Ministry ofFinance forecast Ethiopian economy to register 8.5 percent growth in the 2013 budget year. Following the implementation of home grown economy along with measures taken to lessen the impact of Coronavirus pandemic, the economy has shown a significant growth. Mentioning the pressure of inflation and foreign currency, Finance Minister Ahmed Shide in a press conference on Tuesday (October 13) stressed that the government will continue to implement the combined fiscal and monetary policy. The measures that weretaken on fiscal, monetary and other administrative actions to minimize the negative impacts of COVID-19 pandemic have a significant contribution to maintain the economy.Ministry of Finance disclosed the temporarily suspension of the planned partial privatization of Africa’s biggest aviation and leading company, Ethiopian Airlines. The move comes on the heels of the same measures taken recently to roll back the planned privatization of Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise. The plan is put onhold as the company continues to be profitable and competitive in the global aviation industry, Finance Minister Ahmed Shide told a press conference on Tuesday (October 13) as he presented the Ministry’s three-month performance report. “We do not believe that this is the time to privatize the company while it appears robust.”The seventh meeting of the Statistical Commission for Africa (StatCom7) opened virtually on Tuesday (October 13) with a clarion call from Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde for Africa to urgently transform and modernize its national statistical systems, especially in light of the continuing novel coronavirus pandemic. In remarks to officially open the meeting, Ms. Zewde said African governments need to provide more support and budgets for modernizing national statistical offices for evidence-based planning and decision making. “The transformation of national statistical systems in Africa is more important now than ever before as we fight against the pandemic and as we look to build stronger and better systems. Therefore, access to technology by national statistical systems must be promoted in all African countries in view of accelerating the production and use of data and statistics as public good,” she said.The Addis Ababa Museum has been reopened to tourists after months of enclosure due to pandemic. The reopening of the Museum came on Wednesday (October 13) after Addis Ababa Culture, Arts and Tourism Bureau has disinfected its buildings and vicinity with in order to protect from pandemic. Addis Ababa Museum holds various invaluable heritages representing cultural and historical values of the city as well as the country at large. Currently, Ethiopia has been reopening tourist attraction sites following the decision made by the government to stimulate the industry hit by the pandemic.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has inaugurated Entoto Natural Park, a park expected to become one of the focal points of tourist attraction, last Saturday (October 10). Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed initiated the Entoto Project alongside the Sheger River side

projects in order to establish a world-class tourist destination. In less than one year, the inaugurated park has become a beautiful place fully with various indoor and outdoor facilities, including sport centers, library, restaurants and coffee shops. It has got also artificial lake, fountain, walkways, bicycle and scooter roads built mostly with local materials, it was learned. During the inauguration, Prime Minister Abiy said that Entoto Natural Park demonstrates the capacity of Ethiopians to achieve big things when united.The National Bank of Ethiopia said that Ethiopian foreign missions will start changing old banknotes with the new ones to address the demands of citizens working overseas. Briefing journalists on Tuesday (October 13), NBE’s Deputy Governor Solomon Desta said that the new notes change is being carried out efficiently; and so far, the Bank has distributed over 90 billion Birr. Currently, over five thousand ATM machines are functional and distributing the new banknotes.131 more are ready to operate.State Minister Tsion Teklu on Tuesday (October 13) has received at her office, Ambassador Stephan Auer, German Ambassador to Ethiopia and discuss to collaborate on migration, border security, job creation, voluntarism, capacity building, migration data management, and effective reintegration of migrants. They also discussed the upcoming continuation of the Ethio-German Joint Ministerial Commission.The Ministry of ForeignAffairs of Ethiopia in cooperation with the House of Federation on Monday (October 12) gave a briefing to the diplomatic community residing in Ethiopia about current issues in the country. Worku Adamu from the House of Federation (HoF), and Dr. Bikila Hurissa and Ambassador Dina Mufti gave the briefing. They explained how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the schedule for the 6th general election, the ruling of the HoF on the unconstitutional nature of the election that took place in the Tigray Regional State, and the modalities that the Ethiopian Federal Government crafted to reach the needs of the people in Tigray bypassing the unconstitutionally elected leaders.EritreaIt was on Tuesday (October 13) that the Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki arrived in Jimma, Oromia Regional state for a three-day working visit to Ethiopia upon invitation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and high-level Government officials accorded a warm welcome to the Eritrean President and members of the delegation upon their arrival at Jimma AbaJifar Airport. Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab were part of the Eritrean delegation that accompanied President Isaias. (See article)The Ministry of Health announced that eight patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out on Thursday (October 15) at Quarantine Centers in Adibara (7) and Shambiqo (1) in Gash Barka Region. All the patients are nationals who returned from Sudan and Ethiopia recently. On the other hand, four patients who were receiving medical treatment in hospitals in Gash Barka Region have recovered fully and have been released from these facilities. The total number of recovered patients

A Week in the Horn 09.10.2020

News in Brief

Triumphs, challenges, and the way forward: President Sahle-work’s opening speech at joint Session of HPR, HoF

Total peace in Sudan is on the horizon, and it is achievable

Africa and the African Union

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the framework of the European Union (EU) initiative ‘Team Europe’ donated on Thursday (October 08) 900.000 COVID-19 test kits to the African Union (AU) / Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). An EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flighty delivered the test kits In Bole International Airport at Addis Ababa. A press point following the handover ceremony highlighted the strong partnership between ‘Team Europe’ and the AU in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Human Resources, Science and Technology Department (HRST) of the African Union, in collaboration with CDC Africa and UNICEF, held a workshop on Tuesday (October 06) for AU member states on lifelong learning and the safe reopening of schools. This event responds to the recommendation by Ministers to the Commission to facilitate inter-country learning and the scaling up of good practices among Member States in the education sector. The workshop had in attendance, participants from, the African Union Commission (AUC – HRST), UNICEF, CDC Africa, and AU Member States. The workshop aimed, among other things, to take stock of recent evidence and practices on continuous learning and safe school reopening in Africa and elsewhere.

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, issued new guidance on Thursday (October 08) on how to reduce stigma and discrimination in the context of the COVID‑19.  The guidance is based on the latest evidence on works to reduce HIV‑related stigma and discrimination and applies it to COVID‑19. UNAIDS notes that since the start of the pandemic, numerous forms of stigma and discrimination have been reported.  These include xenophobia directed at people thought to be responsible for bringing COVID‑19 into countries, attacks on health‑care workers and verbal and physical abuse towards people who have recovered from COVID‑19.  According to UNAIDS, as with the HIV epidemic, stigma and discrimination can significantly undermine the response.

The UN announced on Thursday (October 08) that a joint report by UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on stillbirths, indicated that nearly 2 million babies are stillborn every year, or one every second.  And that is according to the first‑ever stillbirth estimate that is included in the report.  In 2019, 3 in 4 stillbirths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia.  The new report warns that the COVID‑19 pandemic could worsen the global number of stillbirths.  A 50 per cent reduction in health services due to the pandemic could cause nearly 200,000 additional stillbirths over a 12‑month period in 117 low- and middle‑income countries. 

Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy addressed on Tuesday (October 06) the Launch event of the ‘Africa Data Leadership Initiative (ADLI)’, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Smart Africa and Future State. This initiative aimed at ensuring the data economy drives equitable growth and social progress across the Continent. The Commissioner said, “Data science in Africa, for Africa led by Africa-based scientists, can play a key role in addressing many of the Continent’s challenges.”

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) last week on Friday (October 02) called for urgent action to address the dire situation of migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in search of safety in Europe and to tackle the shocking conditions they face in Libya, at sea and frequently upon their reception in Europe.  The call follows a week-long mission to Malta by a team of human rights [officers].

As part of the preventive diplomacy efforts of ECOWAS, AU and the UN geared towards ensuring the holding of a credible, transparent and peaceful presidential election on 18 October 2020 in the Republic of Guinea, a Joint High-Level Solidarity Mission was undertaken to the Republic of Guinea from 30th September to 4th October 2020. The mission was aimed at deepening engagement with various political actors and stakeholders in the electoral process, with a view to ensuring a credible, transparent, inclusive and violence-free election. In a communiqué issued on last week on Friday (October 02), the joint Mission reiterated the need for dialogue among the candidates and political actors as well as the urgent signing of the code of good conduct before the election and urges the candidates to refrain from announcing the results before the organs legally mandated to do so.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Joel Tyler, director of operations, U.S. Africa Command, traveled to the African continent to engage with partners, visit key U.S. military operating locations, and deepen his understanding of security in the region, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. During his engagement, Tyler visited Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya. Tyler’s trip highlighted AFRICOM’s commitment to working with our East African partners and operating in a degraded pandemic environment. The U.S. continues to operate and train with our East African partners.

Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali together with his Ministerial delegation received on Thursday (October 08), the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice President and his delegation, to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. The delegation also met with President Sah;e-work Zewde and Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew. Borell reaffirmed EU’s support for Ethiopia’s reform agenda and the Union’s attachment to its strategic partnership with Ethiopia. Josep Borrell also attended a handover ceremony of 1.4 million test kits to the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The kits were delivered through EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight as part of the EU’s global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, worth over €26 million, with contributions from the EU, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Sweden.

Ethiopia has repatriated 297 migrants from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday (October 08). Among the returnees, 25 are children. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies welcomed the returnees at Bole International Airport.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Education, Dr Getahun Mekuria, held on Thursday (October 08) a video conference meeting with Baroness Sugg, UK’s Minister for Foreign Dev’t Affairs and Special Envoy for Girls’ Education. During the meeting, Sugg pledged UK’s continued support to inclusive education in Ethiopia, particularly for girls in rural areas and at refugee camps. The UK is the largest donor to Ethiopia’s education sector.

Minister of the  Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Seleshi Bekele along with Vice President of Somali Region Mustefa Mohammed inaugurated on Thursday (October 08) a solar power plant built at a cost of 467,000 USD in Korele town. The newly inaugurated solar micro-grid electric power plant, the first of its kind out of the 12 pilot projects in the country, is capable of generating 325 Kilowatt electric power.

Ethiopian Diaspora Agency has planned to raise 50 million Birr from the Diaspora community this year as part of the ‘Dine for Nation’ initiative. ‘Dine for Ethiopia’ is a resource mobilization initiative aims at raising 3 billion Birr for development projects in Gorgora, Wonchi and Koysha located in Amhara, Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ regional states, respectively. The resource mobilization program, launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in August, is open to all Ethiopians including friends of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Diaspora Agency Director-General, Selamawit Dawit told ENA on Thursday (October 08) that the fund raising program will be carried out in collaboration with Ethiopian missions, ambassadors, diplomats around the world.

Ethiopian Embassy in New Delhi, India, and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) co-organized on Monday (October 05) a webinar meeting to deepen trade and investment relations between the two countries. Held under the theme, “Building momentum in Ethiopia-India economic partnership through trade and investment opportunities,” the meeting brought more than 250 business people and government officials together. At the occasion, State Minister Tsion Teklu delivered a keynote speech inviting Indian Investors to participate in realizing Ethiopia’s dream of becoming the leading manufacturing hub in Africa. Tizita Mulugeta, Ambassador of Ethiopia to India, highlighted the enormous benefits the Indian investors may get partaking in the Ethiopian economy.

Ethiopia has developed a digital monitoring system that controls firearms movement in the country. The digital system is an implementation of the Firearms Administration and Controlling Proclamation that the government approved to control illegal firearms trafficking and related activities. Speaking at a ceremony prepared to celebrate “African Amnesty Month” on Wednesday (October 07), Peace Minister Muferiat Kamil said the digital firearms monitoring and controlling system will help to control illegal circulation of firearms in the country by registering the serial number of the weapons in a digitized system.

The Ethiopian Diaspora has reportedly raised over 48 million Birr for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during the last three months. In an exclusive interview with ENA on Wednesday (October 07) Ethiopian Diaspora Agency Director-General Selamawit Dawit said the diaspora is encouraged more than ever to support the dam, especially after the first phase filling in July. Out of the total amount raised, over 20 million Birr was collected while 28 million Birr is pledged. According to the director-general, the agency has planned to raise 200 million Birr in total this Ethiopian Fiscal Year.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday (October 07) officially inaugurated the Bahir Dar Industrial Park which is constructed with an outlay of more than 53 million USD. The first phase of the park development, constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) in Bahir Dar city of Amhara region, lies on 75 hectares of land with 8 sheds in which investors are currently finalizing set up to become operational. When fully operational, the Bahir Dar Industrial Park is expected to create jobs to more than 10,000 Ethiopians and boost the nation’s export trade.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a wide-ranging discussion on Wednesday (October 07)with Ethiopian media professionals reporting in the Arabic language on the GERD. The meeting aimed to discuss ongoing activities and signpost favorable agendas to better cover stories related to the dam. At the occasion, the Spokesperson of the Ministry, Ambassador Dina Mufti, commended the media professionals for communicating Ethiopia’s stance over the GERD to the Arabic audience. The works of media professionals would even be more fruitful if they explore issues over the dam from various perspectives, he added. According to the Spokesperson, the Arabic reports of the dam should also focus on people-to-people engagements and activities related to trade, investment, and tourism between Ethiopia, the Middle East, and Arab countries.

The House of Federation has approved unanimously on Tuesday (October 06) the request to form a new regional state by joining five zonal administrations and one special Woreda (district) located in the southern part of Ethiopia. The new regional state named ‘South West Ethiopia Nations Regional State” will be formed by joining Kaffa, Sheka, Bench Sheko, Dawuro, and West Omo zones as well as Konta special woreda, it was indicated. The zonal administrations and special woreda have requested for a new regional state as they share similar language, culture, history, and geographical landscape that would make them beneficial.

Authorities in Addis Ababa on Monday (October 05) shut down a part of the country’s airspace in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, where the massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is being built. “The ban was imposed after consultations with the Air Force and other relevant government and security bodies,” Wosenyeleh Hunegnaw, the Director- General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, told the media. As a result, he said, commercial or passenger flights, or any other types of flights, will not be allowed to fly through the area near the vicinity of the dam.

Ethiopia’s tourism sector that has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past seven months, will fully be reopened until the end of this October, Tourism Ethiopia announced. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Tourism Ethiopia Director-General, Sileshi Girma said most of tourism facilities including hotels, tour operators and tourist destinations in Ethiopia have stopped operations because of the pandemic over the past months and this has been hugely affecting the sector. According to Sileshi, the sector will be open for international tourists based on the National Travelers Safety Protocol developed by the country to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of tourists.

The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on Monday (October 05) handed over two field vehicles and various surveying equipment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. The donation is part of GIZ’s initiative to supporting the implementation of the African Union Border Programme (AUBP) on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office across the continent. Receiving the donations on behalf of the Ministry, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Ambassador Woinshet Tadesse thanked GIZ and said the donation would improve the technical capabilities of Ethiopia to address the objectives of AUBP.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife, Najib Balala said Kenya wants to work with Ethiopia in the tourism sector. He said this during a virtually held discussion on Monday (October 05) with Ambassador of Ethiopia to Kenya, Meles Alem. The meeting deliberated possibilities to scale up the relations between the two countries with a particular emphasis to the tourism sector. Ambassador Meles noted the severe effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sectors in both countries. He underscored that Ethiopian and Kenyan stakeholders in the tourism sector should work together and secure a vibrant tourism in the post COVID-19 period.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Woinshet Tadesse confers with the Personal Representative of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lutadil Yannick, and his delegation on Sunday (October 04) in Addis Ababa. The two sides exchanged views on issues of mutual interest and on how to enhance the bilateral relations of the two sisterly countries. The Permanent Secretary also briefed the delegation about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and Ethiopia`s firm position for the equitable and reasonable utilization of the waters of the Nile. The delegation from the DRC further noted the need to reopening of Ethiopia`s embassy in Kinshasa.

State Minister Ambassador Redwan Hussien received on Friday (October 02) copies of the credentials of the Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic of Poland, and the French Republic to Ethiopia. State Minister Redwan held fruitful talks with the ambassadors to further strengthen relations with Ethiopia.

A delegation led by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, President Sahle-Work Zewde, arrived in Juba on Saturday (October 03) to attend the signing of a peace agreement between the Transitional Government and the rebel groups in Sudan, after a year of negotiations under the auspices of South Sudanese President H.E. President Salva Kiir.

President Sahle-Work Zewde bid farewell last week on Friday (October 02) to three Ambassadors who have finished their term in Ethiopia. The Ambassadors include Ambassador Mark Ramsaden of New Zealand, Ambassador Antoine Chevrier of Canada and Ambassador Sulayman Alieu Jack of the Gambia. The Ambassadors appreciated the cooperation and support that they received while in Ethiopia. On the same day Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew has met the ambassadors of Nezealand and Canada thanked them for scaling up their countries’ relations with Ethiopia.

Eritrea

Seven patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out on Thursday (October 08) at Quarantine Centers in Shilao (5), Adibara (1) in Gash Barka Region; and, the Nyala Hotel (1) in Asmara in the Central Region. All the patients are nationals who returned from Sudan and Ethiopia recently. The patient in Asmara is one of those quarantined on arrival from Ethiopia with a Chartered Flight two weeks ago. On the other hand, six patients who were receiving medical treatment in hospitals in Gash Barka Region have recovered fully and have been released from these facilities. The total number of recovered patients to-date accordingly stands at 364. The total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date has risen to 405.

President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed and his delegation flew back home in the afternoon hours of Monday ( October  05) concluding a fruitful two-day working visit to Eritrea. During the two-day working visit, President Isais Afwerki and President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed held extensive talks aimed at further enhancement of bilateral ties and consolidation of a strong, independent, and sovereign Somalia. The two leaders further agreed to re-double ongoing efforts for regional integration on the basis of the Tri-Partite Agreement signed subsequently between Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Accompanied by President Isaias Afwerki, President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed and his delegation visited various development sites and projects in the Southern and Northern Red Sea Regions.

Djibouti

Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday (October 05) assisted Djiboutian authorities as they attended to the grim task of recovering and burying eight drowning victims whose remains washed ashore after a lethal journey from Yemen over the weekend. According to IOM, the victims, from a total of 34 mainly Ethiopian and Somali migrants seeking to return to Africa after attempting to find work in the Arabian Gulf make even more tragic a recent wave of Africans arriving in Djibouti.

Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday (October 04) discussed the regional peace and security with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. While on his way from France, the President made a stopover in Egypt and paid a courtesy call to Al-Sisi. The two leaders also discussed a number of subjects of mutual interest between Kenya and Egypt including trade and Africa’s response to the novel coronavirus. “Through Kenya’s non-permanent member seat at the United Nations Security Council, Kenya further aims to contribute to global peace and security, with the ultimate goal being the attainment of sustainable development for the year 2021-2022,”the President said.

A Kenyan court on Wednesday (October 07) convicted two men for helping Al Qaeda-linked gunmen to storm Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall and kill at least 67 people in 2013. The attack proved Somali militants could strike at the heart of the capital. The assault on the upscale mall, a favourite with the growing middle class and foreign workers, came two years after Kenya sent troops into Somalia following kidnappings and raids on Kenyan soil. A third accused, also charged under a national terrorism act, was acquitted in the trial, which was the only prosecution conducted by Kenya over the assault by Somali Al Shabab militants.

The government of Somalia and Cuba have denied reports that two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped in Kenya in April 2019 have been released. The two governments have denied the reports that al-Shabab had released two Cuban doctors who had been held captive by al-Shabaab for a year and a half. The acting foreign minister of Somalia Ahmed Isse Awad denied saying that the information that has circulated and that has been replicated by various media and on digital social networks, about the alleged release of the two kidnapped Cuban doctors, Assel Herrera Correa and Landy Rodríguez Hernández was a fabricated one. Through a tweet by the Cuban Embassy in the United State, the Cuban Ministry of External Relationship said efforts to rescue the doctors was still ongoing.

Somalia

Former Somali Prime Minister Dr. Ali Khalif Galeyr has passed away in Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali regional state in Ethiopia on Thursday (October 08). He served as PM in 2000 and Khatumo state president in the latest years of his life. Besides an illustrious career as a politician, he was a noted scholar with teaching experience at universities in the US. Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has sent his condolences over the sudden demise of the former PM.

The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMSIOM), Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya, on Wednesday (October 07) concluded his familiarization visit of all  six AMISOM sectors, with a visit to sector two and sector six, in Dhobley and the coastal city of Kismayo, respectively, both located in Jubaland State of Somalia.

At least six Somali government soldiers were killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb blast struck a military vehicle in the Middle Shabelle region on Wednesday (October 07), an official said. Ibrahim Adan, a police officer in the region told Anadolu Agency over phone that an “improvised explosive blast hit the military vehicle carrying soldiers traveling from Bal’ad district to a military observation post in the area.” Three soldiers escaped the attack and the wounded were transported to Mogadishu for treatment, he added.

South Sudan

The South Sudanese government said that the unification of the armed forces in the country will be effective in November of this year. The unification of the armed groups with the government army of South Sudan had to be achieved during the first six months of the pre-transitional period after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement. However, two years after the signing of the agreement, the matter is still pending due to the lack of resources and international support for the costly process. The deputy head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Mohamed Hamdan Daglo “Hemetti” on Wednesday (October 07) met in Juba with First Vice-President Riek Machar, and the South Sudanese Presidental Advisor for Security Affairs Tut Gatluak to discuss the implementation the revitalized peace agreement.

The World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan on Wednesday (October 07) strongly condemned an attack on its boat convoy carrying food assistance.  The river convoy had 13 crew people aboard when it was attacked near Shambe [North].  One person is missing and presumed killed, while three people suffered gunshot wounds.  WFP stresses that humanitarian workers and contractors risk their lives delivering much-needed food assistance to the most vulnerable.  The food aid was intended for people displaced after losing their homes and crops to floods.  Over 800,000 people have been impacted by floods in South Sudan, on top of years of conflict that have caused widespread hunger and malnutrition.

A Tanzanian national has been appointed the new head of South Sudan National Revenue Authority (SSNRA). Dr. Patrick Mugoya, who was previously the deputy head of Tanzania Revenue Authority, replaces Dr. Olympio Attipoe, a Ghanaian national. Speaking to reporters in Juba on Tuesday (October 06), Mugoya vowed to put in place mechanisms for transparency and accountability in revenue collections as well as end all tax leakages and unnecessary waivers.

President Salva Kiir has been awarded a prize for his mediation of the Sudan peace agreement which was negotiated during one year in the South Sudanese capital. The peace prize that he received during the signing ceremony of the Sudan peace agreement in Juba on Saturday (October 03) was delivered by the Universal Peace Federation, an international and interreligious non-governmental organisation to support efforts for peace in the world.

Sudan

The Vice Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo “Hemetti” met in Juba on Thursday (October 07) with the leader of the SPLM-N Abdel Aziz al-Hilu paving the way for the resumption of peace talks this month. In press statements after the meeting, Hemedti and al-Hilu declared that the purpose of the meeting between them is to break the deadlock and restore confidence between the two parties for the sake of peace in Sudan. They affirmed that they would resume talks after holding workshops in line with the Addis Ababa Agreement between Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and al-Hilu to discuss all obstacles and enhance efforts to achieve just peace in all parts of Sudan.

The U.S. Envoy for Sudan, Donald Booth, discussed with the leaders of Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) the country’s removal from the terror list parties in separate meetings on Wednesday (October 07). Booth is currently in Khartoum after attending the signing of peace agreement with armed groups in Juba for talks with the government officials and the ruling coalition alliance. He met with the head of the executive office of the Unionist Alliance and Omer al-Digair of the Sudanese Congress Alliance.

Sudan’s transitional authority and armed groups on Saturday (October 3) signed the final peace agreement and vowed to work together for peace implementation and democratic reforms. The Sudanese government, Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF and Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) signed a comprehensive peace agreement in Juba after a year of negotiations. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok in his speech spoke about this communion saying that “This peace would not have been possible without (the role of) Juba”. For his part, al-Burhan sang a song for the Sudanese army saying “Sudan is our country and we are all brothers”. Immediately, he was accompanied by the South Sudan Army Music Band and the applause of the crowd. President Kiir in his speech expressed this happiness and pride for the signing of the Sudan peace agreement in Juba despite all the challenges that faced the process.

The Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, on Saturday (October 07) attended the formal signing of the peace agreement between the transitional Government of Sudan, the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), the Sudan Liberation Movement–Minni Minnawi (SLM/MM) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North  (SPLM-N) of Malik Agar  in Juba, South Sudan. On this occasion, Mr. Mamabolo echoed the key message expressed in the UN Secretary General’s remarks to the signing ceremony, in which Mr. António Guterres welcomed the peace agreement as a historic milestone for the people of Sudan on the road of achieving peace and sustainable development.

A spokesman for the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) ruling coalition said that the Transitional Legislative Council will be formed as soon as the leaders of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) return to Sudan. On 3 October, the Sudanese government and the SRF armed groups signed a final peace agreement and agreed to include the peace document in the constitutional document that governs the transitional period within two weeks. “The legislative council will be formed as soon as the leaders of the Revolutionary Front return to Sudan,” FFC Spokesman Ibrahim Al-Sheikh told the Sudan Tribune after his return from Juba.

The Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement will resume negotiations during the third week of October. The announcement was made at a press conference on Monday (October 05) in Juba by the Chief Mediator Tut Gatluak. But he did not specify the date for the resumption of negotiations.

The Sudanese government said that the implementation of peace agreements requires huge resources amounting to at least $ 7.5 billion. In line with a peace agreement signed with the armed groups, the government is committed to allocating a huge amount of money for the development of the war-affected regions. On Thursday (October 07), the Ministry of Finance organized a workshop to discuss “Peace Development Projects” where the Finance Minister Heba Mohamed Ali remarked, “The implementation of peace requirements need huge resources amounting to at least $ 7.5 billion, which must be provided over the next ten years.”

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Triumphs, challenges, and the way forward: President Sahle-work’s opening speech at joint Session of HPR, HoF

President Sahle-Work Zewde officially opened the new joint session of the House of People’s Representatives and the House of Federation of the F.D.R.E on Monday (October 05). In her remarks, the President recounted the successes and challenges of the previous year while charting a course for the new priorities and direction for the new session.

She hailed the historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea that unchained the countries’ from a decade-long diplomatic deadlock. Recognizing the immense significance of this peace deal, the President recalled that the international community has honored the efforts of the Prime Minister through awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize 2020. President Sahle-work said this was one of the moments that positively portrayed the image of the nation at the international level.

The bygone year has also witnessed one of the palpable milestones in the filling and construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. President Sahle-work reiterated that the Government of Ethiopia was successful in completing delayed projects, such as the GERD that have been sources of public grievances. She said the first phase of filling of the reservoir was a triumphant moment for Ethiopians. This year, we will complete the second phase of filling the dam, and two of the turbines of the dam would start generating electricity, she said.

The President also highlighted the diplomatic challenges Ethiopia has faced concerning the filling and operation of the GERD. She said that Ethiopia was able to withstand unnecessary pressures and hand twisting attempts against its unwavering commitment to utilizing the Nile water resources. She said Ethiopia’s position in the negotiations on the dam is always the same and based on the principle of mutual benefit. The President underlined that her country would not entertain any undue pressure that does not recognize its dire need and right to utilize the Nile waters.

According to President Sahle-work, the year has also been historic for Ethiopians have planted 5 billion seedlings. This has paved the way to the success of the Green Initiative launched by the Government of Ethiopia, she said. The President said in the New Ethiopian Year, the government will make the Green initiative project more participatory and will share the experience with the region for more impressive and inclusive results.

Some of the achievements registered last year in the tourism and technology sectors are also inspiring to do even more in these areas, she said. She said the city beautification projects and the latest national-level initiatives to establish and expand better tourist attraction sites would revitalize the tourism sector that has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regarding advancement in technology, the President underscored that the launching of the first satellite was just the beginning of Ethiopia’s ambition to build a strong economy that is supported by technology.

In the just-passed Ethiopian year, the Government has also shown its commitments to be truthful to its motto of citizen-centered diplomacy by encouraging Ethiopian nationals living abroad to participate in the affairs of the nation. In line with this, she said it was also a year where cooperation agreements were made with the Middle East countries to ensure the dignity, rights, and legal employment of Ethiopian citizens.

President Sahle-work also reiterated that the Government of Ethiopia has been taking various measures that positively impacted the economic lives of many Ethiopians. She said three million citizens were able to get jobs. The Cluster farming technique has also helped many to reap a lot from their farmlands, she said. The Government also took various monetary measures to lower the inflation rate, she added. The President said the Government is committed to implementing measures in the New Year to make sure that the youth are employed, farmers are successful in their harvest, and the inflation rate on consumer goods is lowered to a single digit.

Although “last year was a year of great determination and dedication and a milestone for our country to move forward,” President Sahle-work said, “it was also a year of many challenges,” numerating the hurdles from the COVID-19 pandemic and the desert locust invasion to violence and extremism. She recalled that it was a year in which the economy was attacked, education was discontinued and elections were extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The President also reiterated that the Government has been taking various measures to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The preventive measures will continue until the virus is neutralized, she said adding that the government is charting out measures to take in a post-COVID period to defuse long-lasting effects of the virus on the country’s economy.

She said it was also a year where citizens were killed, injured, maimed, displaced, and their property destroyed because of extremism and violence. Had it not been for the cooperation of the public and security forces, the problem would have gotten out of control, she said. She highlighted how violence and extremism have been threatening the democratic sphere in the country. We were able to change the direction of “the arrow that was thrown at us” and made sure the rule of law is enforced and the way to building an inclusive democracy is paved, she added.

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Total peace in Sudan is on the horizon, and it is achievable

Last week on 3 October 2020, the Government of Sudan and its group of opposition Sudan Revolutionary Forces (SRF) that comprised of nine parties have signed a peace agreement in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. So satisfying was that it is President Salva Kiir Mayardit who mediated the peace process for about a year. It was a fact that soon after the independence of South Sudan, Khartoum and Juba were not able to see eye to eye. However, after the Addis Ababa peace agreement of South Sudanese in 2018 and the peace deal of Sudan between the civilian and military forces and the formation of a unity government, relations between Juba and Khartoum turned into a new page.

We have found ourselves since then that the Government of South Sudan playing a crucial role in the mediation of the Sudanese parties. This is, therefore, a significant regional development in the positive to consolidating peace in the Horn of Africa.

The signing ceremony in Juba has to be looked at and appreciated, therefore, in light of its regional significance. It is because of this significance that Ethiopia was represented by its president Sahlework Zewde along with the presidents of Djibouti, Chad, and Somalia. Egypt and Uganda were represented at their Prime Ministers level. The AU Commission chairperson was in attendance while the UN Secretary-General addressed the gathering via a video link. Many more East African, as well as the Gulf countries and representatives of the Western world, were in attendance too.

Looking at the substance of the peace agreement, one has to agree that it is a significant development that has put Sudan on the right track, a track that solidifies the fact that conflicts have to be resolved through dialogue under the African motto of “African Solutions to African problems”. The agreement will address power and resource sharing as well as political and human rights problems that would uphold all sorts of freedoms that a democratic state should have to fulfill. The entire international community has very much commended the agreement.

The most frequently raised issue was the absence of SPLM-N (Abdulaziz Al Hilu) and SLM (Abdul Al Wahid Al-Nur) groups. The Sudanese government negotiation with the two parties is on-going, and that Ethiopia calls up on all the stakeholders of Sudan to redouble efforts to get the parties to agree on an acceptable deal.

The agreement signed in Juba and the negotiations with the SPLM-N and SLM all need international support. One is support for the implementation of the already signed agreement, both diplomatically and financially, and the second support is for a successful outcome from the negotiations that would be held with SPLM-N and SLM. Conflict in Sudan took more than three decades in Darfur, Kordofan, Blue Nile, and other areas with less intensity. Now, total peace in Sudan is on the horizon, and it is achievable.

This would, in turn, enable Sudan the chance to address the economic challenges it has faced for a long that hindered it from exploring its full economic potential.

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የሚሲዮኑ መሪ ባለሙሉ ስልጣን የተከበሩ አምባሳደር ናሲሴ ጫሊ፣ የሚሲዮኑ ምክትል ሀላፊ አምባሳደር ለገሰ ኃይሌ እና የኤምባሲው ኢኮኖሚና ቢዝነስ መምሪያ ከስካይ ፓወር ፕሬዚዳንት፣ ዋና ስራ አስፈፃሚ እና ከአረንጓዴ ግዙፍ መስራች ፣ ኬሪ አድለር እና ከቡድናቸው ጋር ውጤታማ ውይይት እ.ኤ.አ. በሴፕተምበር 30 ቀን 2020 ዓ.ም. አካሂደዋል።
ሚስተር ኬሪ አድለር ለመወያየት እድሉ የእርሳቸውን እና የድርጅታቸውን አድናቆት በመግለጽ በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በንጹህ ሀይል ማምረት ዘርፍ ለመሳተፍ ያላቸውን ፍላጎት ገልፀዋል ፡፡
በተጨማሪም ንፁህ ኢነርጂ የወደፊት ብቸኛ መንገድ መሆኑን በመግለጽ ኩባንያው የፀሐይ ኃይልን በመጠቀም ሀይልን ለማምረት ፣ ዲዛይን ለማድረግ እና ከኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ጋር በሽርክና ለማልማት በኢትዮጵያ ኢንቨስት ለማድረግ ፍላጎቱን ገልጿል፡፡
አምባሳደር ናሲሴ ጫሊ በበኩላቸው ኢትዮጵያ ለህዝቧ የሃይል አቅራቦት ችግርን ለመቅረፍ ቁርጠኛ መሆኗን በመግለጽ መንግሥት የኃይል ምንጭ ብዝሃነትን እና የንጹህ ኃይል አጠቃቀም ላይ እየሰራ መሆኑን ገልጸዋል ፡፡
በተጨማሪም ኢትዮጵያ ለውጭ ቀጥተኛ ኢንቬስትመንቶች ተስማሚና ስትራቴጂካዊ ፣ በፍጥነት በማደግ ላይ ያለች ኢኮኖሚ እና ለአምራች ዘርፎች ብዙ ኃይል የምትፈልግ መሆኗን በድጋሚ አሳውቀዋል ፡፡
ወደፊት በሚወሰደው እርምጃ ላይ ውይይቶችን ለማካሄድ እና የተከበሩ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ጀስቲን ትሩዶ የየካቲት ወር ጉብኝት እንዲሁም በሁለቱ ሀገሮች መካከል የተሻለ የኢንቬስትሜንት እና ንግድ ግንኙነቶች እንዲካሄዱ በተደረጉ ተከታታይ ውይይቶች መሰረት የሁለቱን አገሮች ግኑኝነት ወደ ላቀ ደረጃ ማድረስ እንደሚገባ ከስምምነት ተደርሷል።
The Embassy held a virtual discussion with A Green Giant
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H.E Ambassador Nasise Challi, Head of Mission and Ambassador Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Mission H.E Legesse Haile and Economy and Business Affairs Department of the Embassy held a fruitful discussion with President, CEO, and founder of A Green Giant, the Sky Power, Mr. Kerry Adler and his team on September 30, 2020.
Mr. Kerry expressed his and that of his Company’s appreciation and excitement to engage in clean energy in Ethiopia. He expressed his Company’s conviction to Clean Energy and expressed his Company’s plans to invest in Ethiopia to bring solar power, design, and develop in partnership with the Ethiopian Government.
Ambassador Nasise Challi on the other hand elucidated Ethiopia’s commitment to bring light and energy to its population since it has been a major challenge and the Government is working on diversifying energy sources and the use of clean energy.
She also reiterated that Ethiopia is conducive and strategic for Foreign Direct Investments, is a rapidly growing economy, and seeks a great deal of energy for the manufacturing sector.
Both sides agreed that it is the right time to hold discussions on the way forward and build on the momentum created by the visit of the Right Honorable H.E Justin Trudeau back in February and consecutive discussions held to further investment ties between the Two Countries.
 

A Week in the Horn 02.10.2020

News in Brief

Press Release on Irregular Migrants in KSA

75th session of the United Nations General Assembly and High-Level Commemoration Event on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

High-Level Events on the Sidelines of UNGA75

Somalia: A Promising Progress

UN, AU Peace and Security Councils Conclude Joint Seminar and Annual Joint Consultative Meeting

Africa and the African Union

The African Union Commission in partnership with International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) on Wednesday (September 30) launched virtually the second edition of the report on Labour Migration Statistics in Africa. The launch event was carried out in two events, drawing over 100 technical experts, government ministers and representatives of member states, officials from the development sector, development partners, and other interested individuals. The new report on labour migration statistics in Africa revealed that international migrants in the continent almost doubled in the decade from 13.3 million to 25.4 million international migrants in Africa, out of which 14.4 million are migrant workers. Majority of these migrant workers 24.9% are working in the agricultural sector.

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Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, addressed on Wednesday (September 30) the MTN “Y’ello Connection Thought Leadership Roundtable” organized under the theme “Bridging the developmental gap: Africa’s digital acceleration path in the “new normal”. The high-level roundtable attended by leading industry experts and government officials aimed at discussing the impact and immediate steps needed to better leverage digital technologies and infrastructure under the “New Normal” with specific focus on the opportunities and challenges facing the Continent during and post-COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 pandemic has not only highlighted the importance of digital inclusion in daily life, but this “new normal” has reset the urgency to accelerate digital transformation on the Continent” said Dr Abou-Zeid. Particular attention to building an African digital ecosystem and creating a conducive environment to economic growth and social inclusion was underscored by all speakers to implement the digital transformation strategy for the benefit Africans.

The African Union Commission announced on Monday (September 28) that it has launched a new campaign to spotlight and remove non-tariff barriers (NTBs) in intra-continental trade. The #TradeEasier campaign aims to promote the uptake and use of the African Union’s tradebarriers.africa, a non-tariff barriers reporting mechanism tool. The tool, developed by the African Union in partnership with UNCTAD, supports efforts to make continental trade easier and less costly by helping African businesses report such barriers and supporting their elimination with the help of governments.

The 5th Informal Joint Seminar and the 14th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AUPSC) have taken place virtually from 29-30 September 2020. On the seminar conducted on the 29th of September, the two Councils have exchanged views and conducted discussions mainly on how to strengthen cooperation between UNSC and AUPSC focusing on improving working methods and Silencing the Guns in Africa to Create Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development, while the consultative meeting was focusing on two issues: the Situation in Mali and the Sahel, and the Situation in Somalia. (See article)

Ethiopia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has issued today (October 02) a statement regarding the situation of Ethiopian irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia. The statement said: “Recently there have been numerous reports on human rights abuses, and the Government of Ethiopia is teaming up with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to confirm allegations and improve the condition in the detention centers” (See article).

A decision has been made to celebrate Teachers’ Day at a national level as of this Ethiopian fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Education. Teachers deserve the necessary recognition and respect as they have a great role in shaping a generation, said Dr Geremew Huluka, State Minister of Education. The day will be observed for a month through presentation of research papers and panel discussions, he said during a press conference issued on Thursday (October 1).

Ethiopia on Thursday (October 1) inaugurated power distribution stations built at three towns at a total outlay of 53.7 Million USD in a presence of high government officials. Chief Administrator of Oromia Regional State, Shemelis Abdissa and Ministry of Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Seleshi Bekele have officially launched the power stations. The power distribution stations inaugurated in Dukem, Bishoftu and Mojo are said crucial to address power outage problems and rising energy demands from mushrooming industries in the area.

Ambassador of Ethiopia to Algeria, Nebiat Getachew has presented his credentials on Wednesday (September 30) to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. On the occasion, the President recalled that Ethiopia and Algeria have historical, brotherly, and longstanding political relations. He said Algeria is keen to strengthen its comprehensive relations with Ethiopia and will support the ongoing reforms in the country. Regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), President Abdelmadjid reaffirmed Ethiopia’s sovereign right to use its natural resources and said any attempt against this is unacceptable. Ambassador Nebiat thanked the President for the warm welcome and said he would work to strengthen the political, economic, and social ties between the two countries. He said Ethiopia has the sovereign right to develop its natural resources and does not intend to cause any significant harm to lower stream states of the Nile Basin in building the GERD. The ambassador added that technical problems regarding the dam can be resolved through dialogue.

A humanitarian aid plane arrived at Khartoum Airport on Wednesday (September 30), from Ethiopia. The aid was accompanied by an Ethiopian delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew. The delegation was received upon arrival at the airport by Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Omer Ismail Gamar-Eddin. The Ethiopian delegation constituted senior government officials, including General Adem Mohammed, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces.The Ethiopian Foreign Minister affirmed solidarity of his country with the Sudanese government and people. For his part, Gamar-Eddin expressed thanks to the Ethiopian delegation and called for more cooperation in the future between the two countries. The plane was loaded with 60 tons of food and medicines.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday (September 30) expressed condolences on the passing of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. “Comfort to the family and the People of Kuwait,” he writes on his Twitter page.

The veteran politician Professor Mesfin Woldemariam has died at age of 90 on Wednesday (September 30). Professor Mesfin Woldemariam was peacefully struggling for political and human rights of citizens with intense devotion. Mesfin Woldemariam was a professor of Geography at Addis Ababa University and contributed a lot in the academic sphere of his field of study. He was also an author who wrote a number of books focused at social, political, economic and historical phenomenon in the country besides the academic area. As renowned politician, academician and author, Professor Mesfin served as chairperson of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has expressed his grief up on the death of the late Professor and extended condolences to families and all Ethiopians at large.

A stakeholder’s consultation organized by Ministry of Transport was held on Wednesday (September 30) with a view to introduce a renewable energy transport service in Ethiopia by promoting electric vehicles. Speaking on the occasion, Transport Minister, Dagmawit Moges said imported old cars are the major causes of pollution being observed in the country. Noting 75 percent of greenhouse effect is caused by the transport sector, she pointed out that electric cars play a vital role in minimizing the air pollution that is threatening the environment.

Ethiopia and Germany on Wednesday (September 30) signed a budgetary support grant agreement amounting to €100 million. The agreement was signed by Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance and Stephan Auer, Germany Ambassador to Ethiopia. The grant will be used to support the implementation of the national COVID-19 multi-sectorial preparedness and response plan. Ahmed Shide said the support will also help to expand social protection measures to cover more vulnerable populations, particularly the people requiring food aid and essential services.

President Sahle-Work Zewde said everyone must come together to keep the promise of uninterrupted maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services. The President made the remark during a panel discussion organized by the partnership for MNCH and held alongside the UN General Assembly 2020 on Tuesday (September 29). The President said “5 years ago world leaders pledged to leave no one behind. In the face of the challenges today, that seems to be a dream.” According to President Sahle-Work, the current COVID19 pandemic has pushed 37 million into extreme poverty, a majority of them in developing countries. The panel, which was moderated by Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, brought together representatives from government, civil society and youth.

State Minister Ambassador Redwan Hussien received at his office on Tuesday (September 29) the Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Mr Osama Abdelhalek for both a courtesy call as well as for discussions on common issues of interest.

Hirut Zemene, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU institutions, presented her letter of credence and letter of recall of her predecessor to his Highness King Philippe, King of the Kingdom of Belgium on Tuesday (September 29). On the occasion, Ambassador Hirut had the chance to exchange views on common issues of cooperation between Ethiopia and Belgium and to further strengthen the relations that exist between the two sisterly countries for more than hundred years.

The Ministry of Culture & Tourism has announced the beginning of October as the official full reopening date for the country’s tourism sector, which has been interrupted for the past six months due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The re-opening date, informed through a letter to all industry operators, comes pending a safe travel stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council. The stamp is bestowed on countries that have adopted standardized global health and hygiene protocols. The Council requested the lift of restrictive quarantine measures upon entry into the country as a necessity. The Protocol, crafted to contain the spread of COVID-19, has been green-lighted by the Council in all other regards, according to Tewodros Derbew, director of international tourism facilitation at the Ministry. “The Ministry is holding discussions with the Ministry of Health in order to lift these requirements,” he said.

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The historic 75th session of the UNGA started this week under the overarching theme of “The Future We Want; The United Nations We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”.  The 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN was marked with a high-level commemoration event on 21 September 2020, which concluded with the adoption of a Political Declaration reaffirming faith in multilateralism and the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed participated on the occasion via a video message. (See article)

In related news, there were several high-level meetings that took place virtually on the sidelines of the 75th session of the General Assembly. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Sahle-Work Zewde, Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and the Minister of Women, Children and the Youth have participated on these sideline meetings held on various themes. (See article)

The government of Ethiopia has been closely working with its South African counterpart to reach a final agreement to curb illegal migration and resort to skilled labor exchanges that will ensure the rights, benefits and dignity of citizens, according to Ethiopia’s ambassador to that country. Ethiopia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to South Africa, Shiferaw Teklemariam on Tuesday (September 29) stated that the Ethiopian government is giving due emphasis on well- researched legal frameworks, structural organization and working systems to send skilled employees to South Africa.

The first institute of higher education that will deliver courses and conduct research solely focused on the coffee industry is setting foot in Ethiopia with an investment of 50 million euros, Addis Fortune reported on Tuesday (September 27). The handily named Coffee College, scheduled to start delivering courses next year, will offer six courses in the undergraduate Coffee Industry programme: Roasting, Trading and Branding; Metal & Engineering; Power & Decentralized Power Generation; Water & Water Distribution; Media; and Nursing & Kindergarten. After finishing the first four semesters in Ethiopia, students will go to Europe for six months to pursue the remaining courses. With a campus in Austria and its Scientific & Research Headquarters in Munich, Germany, the College plans to build an administrative headquarters in Addis Abeba.

Eritrea

Six patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out on Thursday (October 1) at Quarantine Centers in Adibara (1), Shilalo (2)), Mukhti (1); Goluj (1), and Om-Hager (1) in Gash Barka Region. All the patients are nationals who returned from Sudan and Ethiopia recently. On the other hand, twelve patients who were receiving medical treatment in hospitals in Gash Barka and Southern Regions have recovered fully and have been released from these facilities. The total number of recovered patients to-date accordingly stands at 353. The total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date has risen to 381.

Mr. Tesfai Ghebreselassie, Minister of land, water and Environment of the state of Eritrea delivered a statement during the virtually held biodiversity summit in New York on Wednesday (September 30). He mentioned, among other things, the precarious condition of an abandoned oil tanker moored in the Red Sea waters near the Yemeni port of Al Hudaydha. He said “Eritrea calls for a united stand to urge the concerned Yemenis political forces to cooperate in the safe unloading of the tanker, in order to preclude marine ecological catastrophe and socioeconomic damage that could result by spill dispersion of over one million barrels of crude oil from the tanker into the waters of southern Red Sea.”

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh delivered a pre-recorded message on behalf of the President of the State of Eritrea, H.E. Mr. Isaias Afwerki, at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The speech pointed out the challenges that humanity is facing at a global level. The speech concludes saying: “The pursuit and ideals of enduring global peace, stability and prosperity are squarely predicated, and can only flourish, on the edifice of a robust global organization that can measure up to all these challenges.”

Somalia

Somalia’s new Prime Minister Mohamed Hassan Roble on Thursday (October 1) held talks with Wadajir party leader in one of the progressive incidents in which could change fortunes in Somalia’s politics. The surprise meeting at the prime minister’s office in the capital Mogadishu ended with the two discussing current government holding free, fair and timely election.

A delegation led by the Galmudug State of Somalia leader Ahmed Abdi Kariye (Qor-qor) has arrived on Wednesday (September 30) in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu. The delegation led by president Qor-qor has been warmly welcomed by MPs from both the lower house and the upper house and other federal government officials at Aden Adde international airport. Ahmed Qoor Qoor is expected to be joined by other regional states leaders in the coming days and hold talks with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

The US-trained Somali Special Forces [Danab] have executed an operation in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the country on Wednesday (September 30), targeting key Al-Shabab base. According to the military sources, the troops have peacefully wrested control of Leego area, the scene of the deadly Al-Shabaab attack on AMISOM outpost on 26 June 2015. The takeover came after Al-Shabab pull out. The Leego attack, one of the biggest against AU troops in Somalia left more than 70 Burundi soldiers dead while dozens wounded by armed Al-Shabab militants during the raid. Somali army backed by AMISOM and AU stepped up operations in the region as part of the government plan to liberate all areas still under Al-Shabab control.

The Minister of Finance of the Federal Government of Somalia, Abdirahman Duale Beyle, held a meeting with UN officials in Mogadishu on Tuesday (September 29). Beyle had talks with the United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and his deputy Adam Abdelmoula, focusing on the country’s economic situation. The UN Office in Somalia has pledged continued support to the Somali government in financial reform and debt relief. The new PM Mohamed Hussein Roble has this week met with the US ambassador in Mogadishu and signed a deal on the debt cancellation.

Last week the Somali parliament approved the appointment of Mr. Mohamed Hussein Roble as the new Prime Minister of Somalia. Similarly, the week before, the Somali leaders at the Federal Government and the Federal Member States level have reached a deal on the election model for the 2020/2021 elections to the parliament that, in turn, elects the president. Both developments, very much related to each other, are quite excellent signs of progress in light of the challenges both in security and the cost of election processes. (See article)

US Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto and Somalia’s Minister of Finance Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh have signed a bilateral agreement spelling out ways of reducing and restructuring debt owed by the Horn country to three American State agencies. Having reached the middle stage in its quest for debt cancellation in March this year, Somalia was declared as favoured by its donors for debt relief after implementing important milestones in its economic reform through the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPCI). During the signing of the agreement on Sunday (September 27), it was noted that more efforts will lead to Somalia reaching the final stage known as ‘Completion Point’, by which point the US will have forgiven debts amounting to more than $1 billion (about Sh108 billion).

After taking office on Sunday (September 27), the country’s new PM Mohamed Hussein Roble has received on Monday a handful of foreign mission diplomats at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The UN envoy to Somalia, James Swan said he was honoured to have an introductory meeting with the country’s new Prime Minister, along with other representatives of the international community, to discuss a partnership in achieving national priorities. The PM is trying to burn the candle at both ends to implement the new election deal and realize Somalia’s goal to hold timely, credible and peaceful polls next year.

The Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs H.E Sadik Warfa and the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director and Representative Cesar Arroyo on Sunday (September 27) signed an Output Agreement enabling WFP to implement the Shock Responsive Safety Net for Locust Response Project (SNLRP) on behalf of the Somali Government. This comes after the Federal Government of Somalia secured a grant equivalent to US$40 million from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank to help the locust affected rural communities in 43 districts across Somalia for a period of six months.

South Sudan

The UN announced on Friday (September 25) that, since July, some 625,000 people have been affected by devastating flooding along the White Nile river. To date, some 360,000 people have received assistance.  The UN announced that it needs more than $80 million for the overall flood response, including $46 million for immediate assistance to 360,000 people until the end of the year.

Sudan

The UN on Thursday (October 1) announced that the number of people impacted by the unprecedented floods affecting Sudan stands at 860,000 and continues to increase.  More than 120 people have also died.  More than 400 schools and thousands of health facilities have been damaged, compromising education and health services.  Nearly 30,000 latrines have collapsed, which could hinder the prevention and treatment of potential disease outbreaks.

The President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, on Wednesday (September 30) received in his office the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew, who conveyed to Lt. Gen. Al-Burhan the greetings of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and Ethiopia’s support to Sudan in confronting the floods disaster.

In related news, the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Osman Al-Hussein, received in his office on Wednesday noon (September 30) his Ethiopian counterpart, Lt. Gen. Adam Mohamed Mahmoud, who arrived among the Ethiopian high-level delegation led by the Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew, to present humanitarian support to the flood-affected people in Sudan. During the meeting, the Chief of Staff has appreciated the stances of Ethiopia in support of Sudan and its stability. The Ethiopian Chief of Staff affirmed the solidarity between the two brother countries and peoples, noting that the visit came under the directives of the Ethiopian Prime Minister for strengthening the fraternal relations and cooperation between Sudan and Ethiopia and to express the stand of Ethiopia alongside Sudan in confronting floods disaster.

UNAMID, UNCT and the Government of Sudan on Tuesday (September 29) held a Trilateral Meeting in El Fasher, North Darfur to discuss the implementation of the UN State Liaison Functions (SLFs) Projects and Programmes, considering the planned exit of UNAMID from Darfur by end of December 2020. The meeting also discussed UN support to the Government on SLFs COVID – 19 Response and coordination between the Government and the UN and between levels of Government in order to hasten the ongoing SLFs projects implementation processes at the Darfur States level.

UNAMID Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM), Jeremiah Mamabolo, accompanied by UNAMID Force Commander, Lt. General, Leonard Ngondi, on Sunday (Septemebr 27) met in Khartoum with the Sudanese Defense Minister, Major General, Yassin Ibrahim. During the meeting, they discussed issues related to the latest developments in the Sudan peace process, the security situation in Darfur as well as the National Protection of Civilians Plan.

The UN Security Council held an open meeting on Sudan Friday (September 25).  The Under‑Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, said that, despite the pandemic, Sudan’s political transition continues to move in the right direction but that we are also mindful of the significant work ahead.  Ms. DiCarlo said that planning for the new UN Mission in Sudan, to be known as UNITAMS, is progressing and is intended to enable a new and innovative way of working, fostering maximum cooperation and integration among various UN entities.

Briefing the UN Security Council open meeting on Sudan on Friday (Septemebr 25) the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, welcomed last month’s initialling of a peace agreement between the Transitional Government of Sudan, the Sudan Revolutionary Front and the Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minawi, which he said is an important milestone in the often-troubled history of Darfur.  Nonetheless, he added, much of the work remains to ensure that the goodwill shown in the negotiating process is translated into lasting and sustainable change on the ground, stressing that the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the UN are ready to step in, excuse me, stand ready to help.

Press Release on Irregular Migrants in KSA

Ethiopia continues to receive its most vulnerable citizens from the Kingdom of Saudi (KSA), although the COVID-19 infection rate spikes at home. Since April 2020, Ethiopia has repatriated and quarantined 3500 of the most vulnerable migrants. They have been in the process of being reintegrated into their community. 

Another round of 2000 comprised of women, unaccompanied minors, and migrants with health conditions have begun to arrive in the capital since the eve of Ethiopian New Year in a safe and dignified manner.  So far, we have received 964 (58 infants), assisted them in the temporary transit places (Universities in the capital), and sent them to their destination community for reintegration.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reviewed the repatriation process in the month of April to assure safe and dignified repatriation involving all sector Ministries.  This change has brought about smooth and effective coordination in the process of identification with detailed data, sharing information among sector ministries, confirmation of citizenship and security check, repatriation, transition/quarantine, psychosocial support, and reintegration.  Data management has helped all involved to make preparation ahead of time before migrants arrive and enabled the government to provide expedited assistance to returnees.

Migration on the East and Horn of Africa route is a large scale, mixed in terms of types of migrants involved, and heavily facilitated by smuggling and trafficking networks. Over 90% of the migration along this route are bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).  The convergence of the irregular nature of the migration, involvement of smugglers and traffickers, and the ongoing conflict in Yemen – the transit country to KSA – results in migrants facing significant threats to their lives and human rights.

Torture, sexual abuse, and other forms of violence are day-to-day experiences among migrants on this route. Migrants also suffer from dehydration, hunger, and exposure to the elements on a journey that can last several months. This makes the repatriation process even more complicated as the psychosocial support is intense. The reintegration process also needs enormous resources as returnees come back home empty-handed while costing their family or themselves scores of resources in the aspiration of a better life in KSA.

On 29 March 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced that all irregular migrants should voluntarily leave the country within a 90-day amnesty period or risk detention, fines, and deportation. The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) estimated that 500,000 Ethiopians could be affected by the new decree. The amnesty ended on 15 November 2017.

Since May 2017, more than 400, 000 Ethiopian irregular migrants (90% male, 10% female) have returned from the KSA following the announcement of the amnesty. Due to weak data management and lack of proper reintegration, most of these migrants were re-trafficked back to KSA by smugglers. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated need to avoid exacerbating the spread of the coronavirus and overwhelming Ethiopia’s fragile health system by limiting large-scale movements, the GoE and the KSA agreed on a Moratorium on large-scale returns to Ethiopia. KSA has always provided information regarding the increasing number of irregular migrants crossing its border from Yemen and offered to assist in enhancing border control and assisting in financing the reintegration of returnees.  The GOE has increases its border checkpoints by 5 to better manage irregular migration and the spread of the pandemic. The Ethiopian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has prepared a proposal for reintegration and submitted to KSA and development partners. 

Recently there have been numerous reports on human rights abuses, and we are teaming up with KSA to confirm allegations and improve the condition in the detention center.  The GOE missions in Riyadh and Jeddah are closely working with KSA and have assigned dedicated staff to collaborate with the detention centers in assisting our migrants.  The GOE has asked for a full report in lights of recent reports and will conduct follow-ups based on the responses obtained.

The process of repatriation of citizens goes beyond quarantine- it is beyond moving people from one place to another which is shifting the problem.  The focus should be on a proper reintegration of returnees in their respective communities.  In support of and with the guidance of GOE, IOM continues to provide post-arrival assistance to returnees from the KSA. IOM is also providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to migrants stranded en route to the KSA. However, the much-needed long-term reintegration assistance has been provided to only 2% of all returnees from KSA, making it impossible for these returnees to rebuild their lives and livelihoods once returned. This is the major gap that GOE is working g to address as we want to ensure the safe and dignified returns of our citizens from wherever they are, but equally important, we want to ensure their sustainable reintegration. This is why the current returns from KSA are happening at the current pace. 

The GOE is grateful to KSA for allowing in migrants into its territory and their understanding and patience as we continue to plan for the post-return and reintegration end of this type of operation. With the friendly relationship both governments have, the GOE is confident that human rights issues, raised in many reports, will be addressed properly.

The GOE knows fully well they without reintegration assistance, a significant proportion of returnees from KSA will have remigrated. There is, therefore, an urgent need for reintegration assistance for returnees and enhanced livelihood solutions for young people at risk of migrating irregularly. The GoE is also committed to interstate dialogue and cooperation to find lasting solutions to the complex challenges stemming from irregular along the East and Horn of Africa migratory route.

Even though Ethiopia has a large number of migrants in KSA, Lebanon was also one of the destination countries where migrants needed urgent assistance.  Ethiopia has been successful in applying the new system in Beirut. We have assigned a new consul general who was effectively working with the community and partners to prioritize the welfare of our migrants and arrange their return through different sponsorship and discount from Ethiopian airlines. 

Now, the 8th round repatriation is on the way.  The most important achievement in this regard is the fact that the issue was scaled up to be an African Union issue under the African migrant in Lebanon that called for synergy in assuring their welfare together as a continent and work as an individual country when repatriation occurs. 

The evolution of returns of Ethiopian migrants from KSA from 2017 to date, including during the pandemic period, underlines the urgency of ensuring robust reintegration efforts, as well as sustained preventive actions at the community level if we want the existing vicious circle broken once and for all.

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75th session of the United Nations General Assembly and High-Level Commemoration Event on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

The historic 75th session of the UNGA started this week under the overarching theme of “The Future We Want; The United Nations We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”.  The 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN was marked with a high-level commemoration event on 21 September 2020, which concluded with the adoption of a Political Declaration reaffirming faith in multilateralism and the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. Through the Declaration, Member States requested the Secretary-General to report back before the end of the seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who spoke at the occasion via a video message, said, “Ethiopia, as a founding member of the UN, remains an ardent supporter of the principle of collective security as enshrined in the UN Charter. I want to take this opportunity today to assure you that Ethiopia will continue to adhere to these ideals and to the principles of multilateralism in addressing the unprecedented challenges and threats that we face as a community of nations”.

The General Debate of the 75th session of the General Assembly was held from 22 to 26 and 29 September 2020. The 75th session started with the address by the Secretary-General of the United Nations who gave a tour d’horizon of the state of peace, security, and development of our world. The Secretary-General highlighted in his remarks the five major challenges and threats that endanger the world, including rising geostrategic tensions, an existential climate crisis, deep and growing global mistrust, the dark side of the digital world, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  He called for unity and solidarity in responding to these challenges and threats.

Prime Minister Abiy, in his message delivered at the session, reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to the UN’s transformative agenda and highlighted its efforts to implement the SDGs as an integral part of its development plan. He also underscored the need for enhanced support to Africa in addressing the medium and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, he stressed the significance of taking urgent and swift action to combat climate change and its devastating impact. In this regard, he explained the work that is being done through the Green Legacy Initiative to build a green and climate-resilient economy.

Concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Prime Minister made it abundantly clear that Ethiopia has no intention to harm downstream countries. He expounded on Ethiopia’s desire to meet our electricity demands from one of the cleanest sources of energy. He took the opportunity to affirm Ethiopia’s steadfast commitment to addressing the concerns of downstream countries and reaching a mutually beneficial outcome in the context of the ongoing AU led process.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Abiy stated in his remarks the efforts that have been exerted over the past two years to open up the political space and promote the exercise of democratic freedoms and human rights. He acknowledged the challenges encountered in this process but assured that Ethiopia remains committed to the objective of democratizing our society, and it will pursue our reform efforts with all the necessary political vigor and commitment to achieve a successful transition with the holding of a peaceful and credible election.

An unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government of member states participated in the General Debate. Most of the leaders who addressed the General Assembly more or less spoke within the framework of the challenges and threats that the Secretary-General outlined and underscored the need to reinforce multilateralism to collectively address them.  “The fact that so many world leaders chose to address this Assembly is a testament to the power and relevance of the United Nations,” the President of the General Assembly said. He further added, “No other platform in the international calendar, has this convening power. No other Organization can bring so many global leaders together. No other body has the potential to address global challenges, like this United Nations.”

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High-Level Events on the Sidelines of UNGA75

Several high-level meetings took place virtually on the sidelines of the 75th session of the General Assembly. On 29, September Prime Minister Abiy attended his high-level event convened by the UN Secretary-General and the Prime Ministers of Canada, and Jamaica aims to articulate a coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response to the urgent financing for development crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Abiy delivered remarks at the event. He stressed the need for global action to respond to the global pandemic. He also emphasized the need for a coordinated debt relief package for developing countries to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Furthermore, the post-COVID-19 recovery effort should be green and resilient.

On 17 September, President Sahle-Work Zewde participated at a Virtual Summit with Women in Global Health and delivered a keynote address. The meeting discussed the role of women who are in the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemics. The President also attended a High-Level Meeting on Digital Cooperation on 23rd September, which focused on concrete actions to safeguard the technological era for future generations. Moreover, she participated in a panel discussion organized by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) where she pointed out the “need to come together to keep the promise of uninterrupted maternal, new born and child health services even during this difficult times”.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing+25) and the landmark adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The President delivered Ethiopia’s Policy Statement at the High-Level Event organized on 1 October 2020, to commemorate the event and highlighted the progress made in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. The President said, “That I am addressing this historic gathering as the First Female President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is indeed symbolic of the remarkable progress that we have made” in this regard. President Sahle-work welcomed the adoption of the Political Declaration at the High-Level Event, which embodies the collective aspiration of Member States for realizing women’s right for an equal future and reaffirmed Ethiopia’s unwavering support and commitment toward its full and effective implementation.

On his part, Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew attended the Ministerial Meeting of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on 17 September, while State Minister Redwan attended the Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on 23rd September. Ethiopia joined the Alliance for Multilateralism which was initiated by France and Germany. Foreign Minister Gedu who attended the Ministerial meeting of the Alliance on 25 September 2020, reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to play a meaningful and active role to help ensure the United Nations becomes more effective and secure greater legitimacy.

Furthermore, the Minister of Women, Children, and the Youth participated at a High-Level meeting on Child, Early and Forced marriage and the COVID-19 pandemic on 18 September. The Minister of Health participated at a High-Level meeting on ensuring Equitable Access to Life Saving Immunizations in the Time of COVID-19 held on 23rd September.  The State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation also participated at a High-Level meeting on Financing for Development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond on 8 September.

Ethiopia’s participation in all these high-level events is believed to have contributed to enhancing its visibility in multilateral fora. The events also provided a useful platform to highlight the multiple efforts that are being undertaken in the political and socio-economic fields to advance its peace and development as well as facilitate progress towards the realization of the UN’s transformative agenda.

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Somalia: A Promising Progress

Last week the Somali parliament approved the appointment of Mr. Mohamed Hussein Roble as the new Prime Minister of Somalia. Similarly, the week before, the Somali leaders at the Federal Government and the Federal Member States level have reached a deal on the election model for the 2020/2021 elections to the parliament that, in turn, elects the president.

Both developments, very much related to each other, are quite excellent signs of progress in light of the challenges both in security and the cost of election processes. What matters most is that these are Somali led processes and outcomes that must encourage, unlike to what we hear from some quarters, all stakeholders of Somalia.

The reasons for these encouraging steps are manifold, among the most important ones being the continuity of regular elections in Somalia since the establishment of the Federal Government in 2004. It has become a wonderful reality that in no part of Somalia, including at the Federal Government level, a leadership change can occur without elections.

The presidential candidates so far are around 12, and as the elections approach, the number of candidates is expected to increase. Looking at the candidates so far, one would find, in addition to the incumbent, two former Presidents, one former Prime Minister, two former regional presidents, as well as six more very familiar faces in the political life of Somalia. This indicates that politics in Somalia is stabilizing, Somalis from inside and outside the country (i.e. from the Diaspora) are convinced that through the electoral process, it is possible to have a fair play so that leadership successions are done peacefully.

When we talk of elections, it is indeed an indirect election that necessitated the participation of clan elders, civil society, the women and the youth blocks, etc. One has to be very critical before expressing any contrary views that whether a one-man-one-vote election can take place in all parts of Somalia as it stands now.

The underlining considerations are security in the first place and economic capabilities which is less difficult. Equality, no less significant challenge is all sorts of infrastructures and necessary elements that are pre-requisite for a smooth election process and its outcome. it is time, therefore, for the Somali stakeholders in particular and the international community, in general, to come to the support of Somalia in many ways than one i.e. politically, financially and technically to enable it to hold a successful election.

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UN, AU Peace and Security Councils Conclude Joint Seminar and Annual Joint Consultative Meeting

The 5th Informal Joint Seminar and the 14th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AUPSC) have taken place virtually from 29-30 September 2020. On the seminar conducted on the 29th of September, the two Councils have exchanged views and conducted discussions mainly on how to strengthen cooperation between UNSC and AUPSC focusing on improving working methods and Silencing the Guns in Africa to Create Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development, while the consultative meeting was focusing on two issues:  the Situation in Mali and the Sahel, and the Situation in Somalia.

The Seminar has aimed at further enhancing the effectiveness of the two Councils in discharging their respective mandates in mutual understanding though each of them has the mandate to pass decisions independently. Among the interest points addressed in the discussion during the seminar include nomenclature and improved modalities for the joint meetings/seminars, better preparations for the annual joint consultative meetings, avoiding lengthy negotiations for the joint communiqué, improving implementation of joint commitments, improving modalities for undertaking joint field missions, enhancing close consultations, promoting harmonization and coordination of initiatives between the two Councils, and ensuring predictable and sustainable financial support from the UNSC to AU deployed peace support operations, among others. Moreover, the seminar has targeted at further developing common understanding towards achieving the objectives of “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. This was discussed in line with the Framework Agreement on the UN-AU Partnership in Peace and Security, signed in April 2017, and the AU-UN Framework for the Implementation of Agendas 2063 and the 2030 for Sustainable Development, signed in January 2018.  

The 14th Annual Joint Consultative Virtual Meeting between the AUPSC and the UNSC was conducted on 30 September 2020. This consultation addressed two conflict issues in Africa. These were the situation in Mali and the Sahel, and the situation in Somalia. The two Councils deliberated extensively and have reached an understanding that the peace and security situation in Mali and the Sahel Region has become more challenging. The meeting has condemned unconstitutional change of government and agreed to act in coordination with regional actors such as ECOWAS to find a sustainable solution to the crisis in Mali while respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. As the Sahel region is affected by terrorism, other criminal networks, and intercommunal violence, the meeting underlined the need for a holistic approach in addressing the security challenges as well as the root causes.  

On the situation in Somalia, as well, the joint consultative meeting of AUPSC and UNSC has extensively deliberated on recent developments in Somalia and the future of AMISOM. The common position of the African side was presented to the meeting by Ethiopia, as a lead speaker supported by others.  In presenting Africa’s common position, positive developments in Somalia including agreements between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS) on the election Model and related issues were explained to the delegates. It was also noted that the current atmosphere of dialogue amongst various stakeholders in Somalia is a positive development that needs to be sustained. The meeting emphatically commended the encouraging work African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is doing in Somalia. The two councils have stressed that AMISOM is critical to stemming off the increasing security threats, exacerbated by the terrorist group Al Shabaab and other armed groups in Somalia, and to support the Somali Security Forces (SSF) in fighting Al Shabaab.

Several delegations have commended the fact that the FGS is currently revising the Somali Transitional Plan (STP) to eventually take over responsibility. In that connection, the two Councils have reached understanding to work closely together to ensure that AMISOM has the required capabilities to carry out its mandated and authorized tasks. Furthermore, it was underlined that the reconfiguration has to align with the pace of the FGS to generate the required capacity and capabilities for the takeover of primary security responsibility from AMISOM. In addition to that agreement was reached to undertake the mandated review of AMISOM 2018 to 2021 Concept of Operations (CONOPs) to ensure its alignment with the revised Transitional Plan of Somalia (TPS). 

It was also pointed out that, for this to happen, the issue of predictable funding leading up to and after 2021 is inevitable. The need for extra resources to prevent COVID-19 among AMISOM personnel was also underlined. Finally, the two Councils have reached an understanding of an inclusive approach in conducting an independent assessment to ensure the effective integration of the African views with the policy options pertaining to post-2021 international engagements with Somalia.

The 14th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AUPSC) enhanced mutual understanding between the two Councils so that they can adopt decisions on African conflict situations which would reinforce each other for a better result. Top of Form

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A Week in the Horn 02.10.2020

News in Brief

Press Release on Irregular Migrants in KSA

75th session of the United Nations General Assembly and High-Level Commemoration Event on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

High-Level Events on the Sidelines of UNGA75

Somalia: A Promising Progress

UN, AU Peace and Security Councils Conclude Joint Seminar and Annual Joint Consultative Meeting

Africa and the African Union

The African Union Commission in partnership with International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) on Wednesday (September 30) launched virtually the second edition of the report on Labour Migration Statistics in Africa. The launch event was carried out in two events, drawing over 100 technical experts, government ministers and representatives of member states, officials from the development sector, development partners, and other interested individuals. The new report on labour migration statistics in Africa revealed that international migrants in the continent almost doubled in the decade from 13.3 million to 25.4 million international migrants in Africa, out of which 14.4 million are migrant workers. Majority of these migrant workers 24.9% are working in the agricultural sector.

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Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, addressed on Wednesday (September 30) the MTN “Y’ello Connection Thought Leadership Roundtable” organized under the theme “Bridging the developmental gap: Africa’s digital acceleration path in the “new normal”. The high-level roundtable attended by leading industry experts and government officials aimed at discussing the impact and immediate steps needed to better leverage digital technologies and infrastructure under the “New Normal” with specific focus on the opportunities and challenges facing the Continent during and post-COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 pandemic has not only highlighted the importance of digital inclusion in daily life, but this “new normal” has reset the urgency to accelerate digital transformation on the Continent” said Dr Abou-Zeid. Particular attention to building an African digital ecosystem and creating a conducive environment to economic growth and social inclusion was underscored by all speakers to implement the digital transformation strategy for the benefit Africans.

The African Union Commission announced on Monday (September 28) that it has launched a new campaign to spotlight and remove non-tariff barriers (NTBs) in intra-continental trade. The #TradeEasier campaign aims to promote the uptake and use of the African Union’s tradebarriers.africa, a non-tariff barriers reporting mechanism tool. The tool, developed by the African Union in partnership with UNCTAD, supports efforts to make continental trade easier and less costly by helping African businesses report such barriers and supporting their elimination with the help of governments.

The 5th Informal Joint Seminar and the 14th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AUPSC) have taken place virtually from 29-30 September 2020. On the seminar conducted on the 29th of September, the two Councils have exchanged views and conducted discussions mainly on how to strengthen cooperation between UNSC and AUPSC focusing on improving working methods and Silencing the Guns in Africa to Create Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development, while the consultative meeting was focusing on two issues: the Situation in Mali and the Sahel, and the Situation in Somalia. (See article)

Ethiopia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has issued today (October 02) a statement regarding the situation of Ethiopian irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia. The statement said: “Recently there have been numerous reports on human rights abuses, and the Government of Ethiopia is teaming up with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to confirm allegations and improve the condition in the detention centers” (See article).

A decision has been made to celebrate Teachers’ Day at a national level as of this Ethiopian fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Education. Teachers deserve the necessary recognition and respect as they have a great role in shaping a generation, said Dr Geremew Huluka, State Minister of Education. The day will be observed for a month through presentation of research papers and panel discussions, he said during a press conference issued on Thursday (October 1).

Ethiopia on Thursday (October 1) inaugurated power distribution stations built at three towns at a total outlay of 53.7 Million USD in a presence of high government officials. Chief Administrator of Oromia Regional State, Shemelis Abdissa and Ministry of Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Seleshi Bekele have officially launched the power stations. The power distribution stations inaugurated in Dukem, Bishoftu and Mojo are said crucial to address power outage problems and rising energy demands from mushrooming industries in the area.

Ambassador of Ethiopia to Algeria, Nebiat Getachew has presented his credentials on Wednesday (September 30) to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. On the occasion, the President recalled that Ethiopia and Algeria have historical, brotherly, and longstanding political relations. He said Algeria is keen to strengthen its comprehensive relations with Ethiopia and will support the ongoing reforms in the country. Regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), President Abdelmadjid reaffirmed Ethiopia’s sovereign right to use its natural resources and said any attempt against this is unacceptable. Ambassador Nebiat thanked the President for the warm welcome and said he would work to strengthen the political, economic, and social ties between the two countries. He said Ethiopia has the sovereign right to develop its natural resources and does not intend to cause any significant harm to lower stream states of the Nile Basin in building the GERD. The ambassador added that technical problems regarding the dam can be resolved through dialogue.

A humanitarian aid plane arrived at Khartoum Airport on Wednesday (September 30), from Ethiopia. The aid was accompanied by an Ethiopian delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew. The delegation was received upon arrival at the airport by Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Omer Ismail Gamar-Eddin. The Ethiopian delegation constituted senior government officials, including General Adem Mohammed, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces.The Ethiopian Foreign Minister affirmed solidarity of his country with the Sudanese government and people. For his part, Gamar-Eddin expressed thanks to the Ethiopian delegation and called for more cooperation in the future between the two countries. The plane was loaded with 60 tons of food and medicines.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday (September 30) expressed condolences on the passing of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. “Comfort to the family and the People of Kuwait,” he writes on his Twitter page.

The veteran politician Professor Mesfin Woldemariam has died at age of 90 on Wednesday (September 30). Professor Mesfin Woldemariam was peacefully struggling for political and human rights of citizens with intense devotion. Mesfin Woldemariam was a professor of Geography at Addis Ababa University and contributed a lot in the academic sphere of his field of study. He was also an author who wrote a number of books focused at social, political, economic and historical phenomenon in the country besides the academic area. As renowned politician, academician and author, Professor Mesfin served as chairperson of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has expressed his grief up on the death of the late Professor and extended condolences to families and all Ethiopians at large.

A stakeholder’s consultation organized by Ministry of Transport was held on Wednesday (September 30) with a view to introduce a renewable energy transport service in Ethiopia by promoting electric vehicles. Speaking on the occasion, Transport Minister, Dagmawit Moges said imported old cars are the major causes of pollution being observed in the country. Noting 75 percent of greenhouse effect is caused by the transport sector, she pointed out that electric cars play a vital role in minimizing the air pollution that is threatening the environment.

Ethiopia and Germany on Wednesday (September 30) signed a budgetary support grant agreement amounting to €100 million. The agreement was signed by Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance and Stephan Auer, Germany Ambassador to Ethiopia. The grant will be used to support the implementation of the national COVID-19 multi-sectorial preparedness and response plan. Ahmed Shide said the support will also help to expand social protection measures to cover more vulnerable populations, particularly the people requiring food aid and essential services.

President Sahle-Work Zewde said everyone must come together to keep the promise of uninterrupted maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services. The President made the remark during a panel discussion organized by the partnership for MNCH and held alongside the UN General Assembly 2020 on Tuesday (September 29). The President said “5 years ago world leaders pledged to leave no one behind. In the face of the challenges today, that seems to be a dream.” According to President Sahle-Work, the current COVID19 pandemic has pushed 37 million into extreme poverty, a majority of them in developing countries. The panel, which was moderated by Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, brought together representatives from government, civil society and youth.

State Minister Ambassador Redwan Hussien received at his office on Tuesday (September 29) the Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Mr Osama Abdelhalek for both a courtesy call as well as for discussions on common issues of interest.

Hirut Zemene, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU institutions, presented her letter of credence and letter of recall of her predecessor to his Highness King Philippe, King of the Kingdom of Belgium on Tuesday (September 29). On the occasion, Ambassador Hirut had the chance to exchange views on common issues of cooperation between Ethiopia and Belgium and to further strengthen the relations that exist between the two sisterly countries for more than hundred years.

The Ministry of Culture & Tourism has announced the beginning of October as the official full reopening date for the country’s tourism sector, which has been interrupted for the past six months due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The re-opening date, informed through a letter to all industry operators, comes pending a safe travel stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council. The stamp is bestowed on countries that have adopted standardized global health and hygiene protocols. The Council requested the lift of restrictive quarantine measures upon entry into the country as a necessity. The Protocol, crafted to contain the spread of COVID-19, has been green-lighted by the Council in all other regards, according to Tewodros Derbew, director of international tourism facilitation at the Ministry. “The Ministry is holding discussions with the Ministry of Health in order to lift these requirements,” he said.

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The historic 75th session of the UNGA started this week under the overarching theme of “The Future We Want; The United Nations We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”.  The 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN was marked with a high-level commemoration event on 21 September 2020, which concluded with the adoption of a Political Declaration reaffirming faith in multilateralism and the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed participated on the occasion via a video message. (See article)

In related news, there were several high-level meetings that took place virtually on the sidelines of the 75th session of the General Assembly. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Sahle-Work Zewde, Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and the Minister of Women, Children and the Youth have participated on these sideline meetings held on various themes. (See article)

The government of Ethiopia has been closely working with its South African counterpart to reach a final agreement to curb illegal migration and resort to skilled labor exchanges that will ensure the rights, benefits and dignity of citizens, according to Ethiopia’s ambassador to that country. Ethiopia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to South Africa, Shiferaw Teklemariam on Tuesday (September 29) stated that the Ethiopian government is giving due emphasis on well- researched legal frameworks, structural organization and working systems to send skilled employees to South Africa.

The first institute of higher education that will deliver courses and conduct research solely focused on the coffee industry is setting foot in Ethiopia with an investment of 50 million euros, Addis Fortune reported on Tuesday (September 27). The handily named Coffee College, scheduled to start delivering courses next year, will offer six courses in the undergraduate Coffee Industry programme: Roasting, Trading and Branding; Metal & Engineering; Power & Decentralized Power Generation; Water & Water Distribution; Media; and Nursing & Kindergarten. After finishing the first four semesters in Ethiopia, students will go to Europe for six months to pursue the remaining courses. With a campus in Austria and its Scientific & Research Headquarters in Munich, Germany, the College plans to build an administrative headquarters in Addis Abeba.

Eritrea

Six patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out on Thursday (October 1) at Quarantine Centers in Adibara (1), Shilalo (2)), Mukhti (1); Goluj (1), and Om-Hager (1) in Gash Barka Region. All the patients are nationals who returned from Sudan and Ethiopia recently. On the other hand, twelve patients who were receiving medical treatment in hospitals in Gash Barka and Southern Regions have recovered fully and have been released from these facilities. The total number of recovered patients to-date accordingly stands at 353. The total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date has risen to 381.

Mr. Tesfai Ghebreselassie, Minister of land, water and Environment of the state of Eritrea delivered a statement during the virtually held biodiversity summit in New York on Wednesday (September 30). He mentioned, among other things, the precarious condition of an abandoned oil tanker moored in the Red Sea waters near the Yemeni port of Al Hudaydha. He said “Eritrea calls for a united stand to urge the concerned Yemenis political forces to cooperate in the safe unloading of the tanker, in order to preclude marine ecological catastrophe and socioeconomic damage that could result by spill dispersion of over one million barrels of crude oil from the tanker into the waters of southern Red Sea.”

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh delivered a pre-recorded message on behalf of the President of the State of Eritrea, H.E. Mr. Isaias Afwerki, at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The speech pointed out the challenges that humanity is facing at a global level. The speech concludes saying: “The pursuit and ideals of enduring global peace, stability and prosperity are squarely predicated, and can only flourish, on the edifice of a robust global organization that can measure up to all these challenges.”

Somalia

Somalia’s new Prime Minister Mohamed Hassan Roble on Thursday (October 1) held talks with Wadajir party leader in one of the progressive incidents in which could change fortunes in Somalia’s politics. The surprise meeting at the prime minister’s office in the capital Mogadishu ended with the two discussing current government holding free, fair and timely election.

A delegation led by the Galmudug State of Somalia leader Ahmed Abdi Kariye (Qor-qor) has arrived on Wednesday (September 30) in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu. The delegation led by president Qor-qor has been warmly welcomed by MPs from both the lower house and the upper house and other federal government officials at Aden Adde international airport. Ahmed Qoor Qoor is expected to be joined by other regional states leaders in the coming days and hold talks with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

The US-trained Somali Special Forces [Danab] have executed an operation in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the country on Wednesday (September 30), targeting key Al-Shabab base. According to the military sources, the troops have peacefully wrested control of Leego area, the scene of the deadly Al-Shabaab attack on AMISOM outpost on 26 June 2015. The takeover came after Al-Shabab pull out. The Leego attack, one of the biggest against AU troops in Somalia left more than 70 Burundi soldiers dead while dozens wounded by armed Al-Shabab militants during the raid. Somali army backed by AMISOM and AU stepped up operations in the region as part of the government plan to liberate all areas still under Al-Shabab control.

The Minister of Finance of the Federal Government of Somalia, Abdirahman Duale Beyle, held a meeting with UN officials in Mogadishu on Tuesday (September 29). Beyle had talks with the United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and his deputy Adam Abdelmoula, focusing on the country’s economic situation. The UN Office in Somalia has pledged continued support to the Somali government in financial reform and debt relief. The new PM Mohamed Hussein Roble has this week met with the US ambassador in Mogadishu and signed a deal on the debt cancellation.

Last week the Somali parliament approved the appointment of Mr. Mohamed Hussein Roble as the new Prime Minister of Somalia. Similarly, the week before, the Somali leaders at the Federal Government and the Federal Member States level have reached a deal on the election model for the 2020/2021 elections to the parliament that, in turn, elects the president. Both developments, very much related to each other, are quite excellent signs of progress in light of the challenges both in security and the cost of election processes. (See article)

US Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto and Somalia’s Minister of Finance Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh have signed a bilateral agreement spelling out ways of reducing and restructuring debt owed by the Horn country to three American State agencies. Having reached the middle stage in its quest for debt cancellation in March this year, Somalia was declared as favoured by its donors for debt relief after implementing important milestones in its economic reform through the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPCI). During the signing of the agreement on Sunday (September 27), it was noted that more efforts will lead to Somalia reaching the final stage known as ‘Completion Point’, by which point the US will have forgiven debts amounting to more than $1 billion (about Sh108 billion).

After taking office on Sunday (September 27), the country’s new PM Mohamed Hussein Roble has received on Monday a handful of foreign mission diplomats at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The UN envoy to Somalia, James Swan said he was honoured to have an introductory meeting with the country’s new Prime Minister, along with other representatives of the international community, to discuss a partnership in achieving national priorities. The PM is trying to burn the candle at both ends to implement the new election deal and realize Somalia’s goal to hold timely, credible and peaceful polls next year.

The Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs H.E Sadik Warfa and the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director and Representative Cesar Arroyo on Sunday (September 27) signed an Output Agreement enabling WFP to implement the Shock Responsive Safety Net for Locust Response Project (SNLRP) on behalf of the Somali Government. This comes after the Federal Government of Somalia secured a grant equivalent to US$40 million from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank to help the locust affected rural communities in 43 districts across Somalia for a period of six months.

South Sudan

The UN announced on Friday (September 25) that, since July, some 625,000 people have been affected by devastating flooding along the White Nile river. To date, some 360,000 people have received assistance.  The UN announced that it needs more than $80 million for the overall flood response, including $46 million for immediate assistance to 360,000 people until the end of the year.

Sudan

The UN on Thursday (October 1) announced that the number of people impacted by the unprecedented floods affecting Sudan stands at 860,000 and continues to increase.  More than 120 people have also died.  More than 400 schools and thousands of health facilities have been damaged, compromising education and health services.  Nearly 30,000 latrines have collapsed, which could hinder the prevention and treatment of potential disease outbreaks.

The President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, on Wednesday (September 30) received in his office the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew, who conveyed to Lt. Gen. Al-Burhan the greetings of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and Ethiopia’s support to Sudan in confronting the floods disaster.

In related news, the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Osman Al-Hussein, received in his office on Wednesday noon (September 30) his Ethiopian counterpart, Lt. Gen. Adam Mohamed Mahmoud, who arrived among the Ethiopian high-level delegation led by the Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew, to present humanitarian support to the flood-affected people in Sudan. During the meeting, the Chief of Staff has appreciated the stances of Ethiopia in support of Sudan and its stability. The Ethiopian Chief of Staff affirmed the solidarity between the two brother countries and peoples, noting that the visit came under the directives of the Ethiopian Prime Minister for strengthening the fraternal relations and cooperation between Sudan and Ethiopia and to express the stand of Ethiopia alongside Sudan in confronting floods disaster.

UNAMID, UNCT and the Government of Sudan on Tuesday (September 29) held a Trilateral Meeting in El Fasher, North Darfur to discuss the implementation of the UN State Liaison Functions (SLFs) Projects and Programmes, considering the planned exit of UNAMID from Darfur by end of December 2020. The meeting also discussed UN support to the Government on SLFs COVID – 19 Response and coordination between the Government and the UN and between levels of Government in order to hasten the ongoing SLFs projects implementation processes at the Darfur States level.

UNAMID Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM), Jeremiah Mamabolo, accompanied by UNAMID Force Commander, Lt. General, Leonard Ngondi, on Sunday (Septemebr 27) met in Khartoum with the Sudanese Defense Minister, Major General, Yassin Ibrahim. During the meeting, they discussed issues related to the latest developments in the Sudan peace process, the security situation in Darfur as well as the National Protection of Civilians Plan.

The UN Security Council held an open meeting on Sudan Friday (September 25).  The Under‑Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, said that, despite the pandemic, Sudan’s political transition continues to move in the right direction but that we are also mindful of the significant work ahead.  Ms. DiCarlo said that planning for the new UN Mission in Sudan, to be known as UNITAMS, is progressing and is intended to enable a new and innovative way of working, fostering maximum cooperation and integration among various UN entities.

Briefing the UN Security Council open meeting on Sudan on Friday (Septemebr 25) the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, welcomed last month’s initialling of a peace agreement between the Transitional Government of Sudan, the Sudan Revolutionary Front and the Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minawi, which he said is an important milestone in the often-troubled history of Darfur.  Nonetheless, he added, much of the work remains to ensure that the goodwill shown in the negotiating process is translated into lasting and sustainable change on the ground, stressing that the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the UN are ready to step in, excuse me, stand ready to help.

Press Release on Irregular Migrants in KSA

Ethiopia continues to receive its most vulnerable citizens from the Kingdom of Saudi (KSA), although the COVID-19 infection rate spikes at home. Since April 2020, Ethiopia has repatriated and quarantined 3500 of the most vulnerable migrants. They have been in the process of being reintegrated into their community. 

Another round of 2000 comprised of women, unaccompanied minors, and migrants with health conditions have begun to arrive in the capital since the eve of Ethiopian New Year in a safe and dignified manner.  So far, we have received 964 (58 infants), assisted them in the temporary transit places (Universities in the capital), and sent them to their destination community for reintegration.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reviewed the repatriation process in the month of April to assure safe and dignified repatriation involving all sector Ministries.  This change has brought about smooth and effective coordination in the process of identification with detailed data, sharing information among sector ministries, confirmation of citizenship and security check, repatriation, transition/quarantine, psychosocial support, and reintegration.  Data management has helped all involved to make preparation ahead of time before migrants arrive and enabled the government to provide expedited assistance to returnees.

Migration on the East and Horn of Africa route is a large scale, mixed in terms of types of migrants involved, and heavily facilitated by smuggling and trafficking networks. Over 90% of the migration along this route are bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).  The convergence of the irregular nature of the migration, involvement of smugglers and traffickers, and the ongoing conflict in Yemen – the transit country to KSA – results in migrants facing significant threats to their lives and human rights.

Torture, sexual abuse, and other forms of violence are day-to-day experiences among migrants on this route. Migrants also suffer from dehydration, hunger, and exposure to the elements on a journey that can last several months. This makes the repatriation process even more complicated as the psychosocial support is intense. The reintegration process also needs enormous resources as returnees come back home empty-handed while costing their family or themselves scores of resources in the aspiration of a better life in KSA.

On 29 March 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced that all irregular migrants should voluntarily leave the country within a 90-day amnesty period or risk detention, fines, and deportation. The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) estimated that 500,000 Ethiopians could be affected by the new decree. The amnesty ended on 15 November 2017.

Since May 2017, more than 400, 000 Ethiopian irregular migrants (90% male, 10% female) have returned from the KSA following the announcement of the amnesty. Due to weak data management and lack of proper reintegration, most of these migrants were re-trafficked back to KSA by smugglers. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated need to avoid exacerbating the spread of the coronavirus and overwhelming Ethiopia’s fragile health system by limiting large-scale movements, the GoE and the KSA agreed on a Moratorium on large-scale returns to Ethiopia. KSA has always provided information regarding the increasing number of irregular migrants crossing its border from Yemen and offered to assist in enhancing border control and assisting in financing the reintegration of returnees.  The GOE has increases its border checkpoints by 5 to better manage irregular migration and the spread of the pandemic. The Ethiopian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has prepared a proposal for reintegration and submitted to KSA and development partners. 

Recently there have been numerous reports on human rights abuses, and we are teaming up with KSA to confirm allegations and improve the condition in the detention center.  The GOE missions in Riyadh and Jeddah are closely working with KSA and have assigned dedicated staff to collaborate with the detention centers in assisting our migrants.  The GOE has asked for a full report in lights of recent reports and will conduct follow-ups based on the responses obtained.

The process of repatriation of citizens goes beyond quarantine- it is beyond moving people from one place to another which is shifting the problem.  The focus should be on a proper reintegration of returnees in their respective communities.  In support of and with the guidance of GOE, IOM continues to provide post-arrival assistance to returnees from the KSA. IOM is also providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to migrants stranded en route to the KSA. However, the much-needed long-term reintegration assistance has been provided to only 2% of all returnees from KSA, making it impossible for these returnees to rebuild their lives and livelihoods once returned. This is the major gap that GOE is working g to address as we want to ensure the safe and dignified returns of our citizens from wherever they are, but equally important, we want to ensure their sustainable reintegration. This is why the current returns from KSA are happening at the current pace. 

The GOE is grateful to KSA for allowing in migrants into its territory and their understanding and patience as we continue to plan for the post-return and reintegration end of this type of operation. With the friendly relationship both governments have, the GOE is confident that human rights issues, raised in many reports, will be addressed properly.

The GOE knows fully well they without reintegration assistance, a significant proportion of returnees from KSA will have remigrated. There is, therefore, an urgent need for reintegration assistance for returnees and enhanced livelihood solutions for young people at risk of migrating irregularly. The GoE is also committed to interstate dialogue and cooperation to find lasting solutions to the complex challenges stemming from irregular along the East and Horn of Africa migratory route.

Even though Ethiopia has a large number of migrants in KSA, Lebanon was also one of the destination countries where migrants needed urgent assistance.  Ethiopia has been successful in applying the new system in Beirut. We have assigned a new consul general who was effectively working with the community and partners to prioritize the welfare of our migrants and arrange their return through different sponsorship and discount from Ethiopian airlines. 

Now, the 8th round repatriation is on the way.  The most important achievement in this regard is the fact that the issue was scaled up to be an African Union issue under the African migrant in Lebanon that called for synergy in assuring their welfare together as a continent and work as an individual country when repatriation occurs. 

The evolution of returns of Ethiopian migrants from KSA from 2017 to date, including during the pandemic period, underlines the urgency of ensuring robust reintegration efforts, as well as sustained preventive actions at the community level if we want the existing vicious circle broken once and for all.

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75th session of the United Nations General Assembly and High-Level Commemoration Event on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

The historic 75th session of the UNGA started this week under the overarching theme of “The Future We Want; The United Nations We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”.  The 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN was marked with a high-level commemoration event on 21 September 2020, which concluded with the adoption of a Political Declaration reaffirming faith in multilateralism and the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. Through the Declaration, Member States requested the Secretary-General to report back before the end of the seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who spoke at the occasion via a video message, said, “Ethiopia, as a founding member of the UN, remains an ardent supporter of the principle of collective security as enshrined in the UN Charter. I want to take this opportunity today to assure you that Ethiopia will continue to adhere to these ideals and to the principles of multilateralism in addressing the unprecedented challenges and threats that we face as a community of nations”.

The General Debate of the 75th session of the General Assembly was held from 22 to 26 and 29 September 2020. The 75th session started with the address by the Secretary-General of the United Nations who gave a tour d’horizon of the state of peace, security, and development of our world. The Secretary-General highlighted in his remarks the five major challenges and threats that endanger the world, including rising geostrategic tensions, an existential climate crisis, deep and growing global mistrust, the dark side of the digital world, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  He called for unity and solidarity in responding to these challenges and threats.

Prime Minister Abiy, in his message delivered at the session, reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to the UN’s transformative agenda and highlighted its efforts to implement the SDGs as an integral part of its development plan. He also underscored the need for enhanced support to Africa in addressing the medium and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, he stressed the significance of taking urgent and swift action to combat climate change and its devastating impact. In this regard, he explained the work that is being done through the Green Legacy Initiative to build a green and climate-resilient economy.

Concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Prime Minister made it abundantly clear that Ethiopia has no intention to harm downstream countries. He expounded on Ethiopia’s desire to meet our electricity demands from one of the cleanest sources of energy. He took the opportunity to affirm Ethiopia’s steadfast commitment to addressing the concerns of downstream countries and reaching a mutually beneficial outcome in the context of the ongoing AU led process.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Abiy stated in his remarks the efforts that have been exerted over the past two years to open up the political space and promote the exercise of democratic freedoms and human rights. He acknowledged the challenges encountered in this process but assured that Ethiopia remains committed to the objective of democratizing our society, and it will pursue our reform efforts with all the necessary political vigor and commitment to achieve a successful transition with the holding of a peaceful and credible election.

An unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government of member states participated in the General Debate. Most of the leaders who addressed the General Assembly more or less spoke within the framework of the challenges and threats that the Secretary-General outlined and underscored the need to reinforce multilateralism to collectively address them.  “The fact that so many world leaders chose to address this Assembly is a testament to the power and relevance of the United Nations,” the President of the General Assembly said. He further added, “No other platform in the international calendar, has this convening power. No other Organization can bring so many global leaders together. No other body has the potential to address global challenges, like this United Nations.”

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High-Level Events on the Sidelines of UNGA75

Several high-level meetings took place virtually on the sidelines of the 75th session of the General Assembly. On 29, September Prime Minister Abiy attended his high-level event convened by the UN Secretary-General and the Prime Ministers of Canada, and Jamaica aims to articulate a coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response to the urgent financing for development crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Abiy delivered remarks at the event. He stressed the need for global action to respond to the global pandemic. He also emphasized the need for a coordinated debt relief package for developing countries to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Furthermore, the post-COVID-19 recovery effort should be green and resilient.

On 17 September, President Sahle-Work Zewde participated at a Virtual Summit with Women in Global Health and delivered a keynote address. The meeting discussed the role of women who are in the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemics. The President also attended a High-Level Meeting on Digital Cooperation on 23rd September, which focused on concrete actions to safeguard the technological era for future generations. Moreover, she participated in a panel discussion organized by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) where she pointed out the “need to come together to keep the promise of uninterrupted maternal, new born and child health services even during this difficult times”.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing+25) and the landmark adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The President delivered Ethiopia’s Policy Statement at the High-Level Event organized on 1 October 2020, to commemorate the event and highlighted the progress made in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. The President said, “That I am addressing this historic gathering as the First Female President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is indeed symbolic of the remarkable progress that we have made” in this regard. President Sahle-work welcomed the adoption of the Political Declaration at the High-Level Event, which embodies the collective aspiration of Member States for realizing women’s right for an equal future and reaffirmed Ethiopia’s unwavering support and commitment toward its full and effective implementation.

On his part, Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew attended the Ministerial Meeting of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on 17 September, while State Minister Redwan attended the Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on 23rd September. Ethiopia joined the Alliance for Multilateralism which was initiated by France and Germany. Foreign Minister Gedu who attended the Ministerial meeting of the Alliance on 25 September 2020, reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to play a meaningful and active role to help ensure the United Nations becomes more effective and secure greater legitimacy.

Furthermore, the Minister of Women, Children, and the Youth participated at a High-Level meeting on Child, Early and Forced marriage and the COVID-19 pandemic on 18 September. The Minister of Health participated at a High-Level meeting on ensuring Equitable Access to Life Saving Immunizations in the Time of COVID-19 held on 23rd September.  The State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation also participated at a High-Level meeting on Financing for Development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond on 8 September.

Ethiopia’s participation in all these high-level events is believed to have contributed to enhancing its visibility in multilateral fora. The events also provided a useful platform to highlight the multiple efforts that are being undertaken in the political and socio-economic fields to advance its peace and development as well as facilitate progress towards the realization of the UN’s transformative agenda.

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Somalia: A Promising Progress

Last week the Somali parliament approved the appointment of Mr. Mohamed Hussein Roble as the new Prime Minister of Somalia. Similarly, the week before, the Somali leaders at the Federal Government and the Federal Member States level have reached a deal on the election model for the 2020/2021 elections to the parliament that, in turn, elects the president.

Both developments, very much related to each other, are quite excellent signs of progress in light of the challenges both in security and the cost of election processes. What matters most is that these are Somali led processes and outcomes that must encourage, unlike to what we hear from some quarters, all stakeholders of Somalia.

The reasons for these encouraging steps are manifold, among the most important ones being the continuity of regular elections in Somalia since the establishment of the Federal Government in 2004. It has become a wonderful reality that in no part of Somalia, including at the Federal Government level, a leadership change can occur without elections.

The presidential candidates so far are around 12, and as the elections approach, the number of candidates is expected to increase. Looking at the candidates so far, one would find, in addition to the incumbent, two former Presidents, one former Prime Minister, two former regional presidents, as well as six more very familiar faces in the political life of Somalia. This indicates that politics in Somalia is stabilizing, Somalis from inside and outside the country (i.e. from the Diaspora) are convinced that through the electoral process, it is possible to have a fair play so that leadership successions are done peacefully.

When we talk of elections, it is indeed an indirect election that necessitated the participation of clan elders, civil society, the women and the youth blocks, etc. One has to be very critical before expressing any contrary views that whether a one-man-one-vote election can take place in all parts of Somalia as it stands now.

The underlining considerations are security in the first place and economic capabilities which is less difficult. Equality, no less significant challenge is all sorts of infrastructures and necessary elements that are pre-requisite for a smooth election process and its outcome. it is time, therefore, for the Somali stakeholders in particular and the international community, in general, to come to the support of Somalia in many ways than one i.e. politically, financially and technically to enable it to hold a successful election.

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UN, AU Peace and Security Councils Conclude Joint Seminar and Annual Joint Consultative Meeting

The 5th Informal Joint Seminar and the 14th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AUPSC) have taken place virtually from 29-30 September 2020. On the seminar conducted on the 29th of September, the two Councils have exchanged views and conducted discussions mainly on how to strengthen cooperation between UNSC and AUPSC focusing on improving working methods and Silencing the Guns in Africa to Create Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development, while the consultative meeting was focusing on two issues:  the Situation in Mali and the Sahel, and the Situation in Somalia.

The Seminar has aimed at further enhancing the effectiveness of the two Councils in discharging their respective mandates in mutual understanding though each of them has the mandate to pass decisions independently. Among the interest points addressed in the discussion during the seminar include nomenclature and improved modalities for the joint meetings/seminars, better preparations for the annual joint consultative meetings, avoiding lengthy negotiations for the joint communiqué, improving implementation of joint commitments, improving modalities for undertaking joint field missions, enhancing close consultations, promoting harmonization and coordination of initiatives between the two Councils, and ensuring predictable and sustainable financial support from the UNSC to AU deployed peace support operations, among others. Moreover, the seminar has targeted at further developing common understanding towards achieving the objectives of “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. This was discussed in line with the Framework Agreement on the UN-AU Partnership in Peace and Security, signed in April 2017, and the AU-UN Framework for the Implementation of Agendas 2063 and the 2030 for Sustainable Development, signed in January 2018.  

The 14th Annual Joint Consultative Virtual Meeting between the AUPSC and the UNSC was conducted on 30 September 2020. This consultation addressed two conflict issues in Africa. These were the situation in Mali and the Sahel, and the situation in Somalia. The two Councils deliberated extensively and have reached an understanding that the peace and security situation in Mali and the Sahel Region has become more challenging. The meeting has condemned unconstitutional change of government and agreed to act in coordination with regional actors such as ECOWAS to find a sustainable solution to the crisis in Mali while respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. As the Sahel region is affected by terrorism, other criminal networks, and intercommunal violence, the meeting underlined the need for a holistic approach in addressing the security challenges as well as the root causes.  

On the situation in Somalia, as well, the joint consultative meeting of AUPSC and UNSC has extensively deliberated on recent developments in Somalia and the future of AMISOM. The common position of the African side was presented to the meeting by Ethiopia, as a lead speaker supported by others.  In presenting Africa’s common position, positive developments in Somalia including agreements between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS) on the election Model and related issues were explained to the delegates. It was also noted that the current atmosphere of dialogue amongst various stakeholders in Somalia is a positive development that needs to be sustained. The meeting emphatically commended the encouraging work African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is doing in Somalia. The two councils have stressed that AMISOM is critical to stemming off the increasing security threats, exacerbated by the terrorist group Al Shabaab and other armed groups in Somalia, and to support the Somali Security Forces (SSF) in fighting Al Shabaab.

Several delegations have commended the fact that the FGS is currently revising the Somali Transitional Plan (STP) to eventually take over responsibility. In that connection, the two Councils have reached understanding to work closely together to ensure that AMISOM has the required capabilities to carry out its mandated and authorized tasks. Furthermore, it was underlined that the reconfiguration has to align with the pace of the FGS to generate the required capacity and capabilities for the takeover of primary security responsibility from AMISOM. In addition to that agreement was reached to undertake the mandated review of AMISOM 2018 to 2021 Concept of Operations (CONOPs) to ensure its alignment with the revised Transitional Plan of Somalia (TPS). 

It was also pointed out that, for this to happen, the issue of predictable funding leading up to and after 2021 is inevitable. The need for extra resources to prevent COVID-19 among AMISOM personnel was also underlined. Finally, the two Councils have reached an understanding of an inclusive approach in conducting an independent assessment to ensure the effective integration of the African views with the policy options pertaining to post-2021 international engagements with Somalia.

The 14th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AUPSC) enhanced mutual understanding between the two Councils so that they can adopt decisions on African conflict situations which would reinforce each other for a better result. Top of Form

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Democracy in Africa

Abiy Ahmed on the threats to Ethiopia’s democratic transition,

‘The government must stop violent ethnic and religious demagogues. But only democracy can hold the country together,’ says the Prime Minister.

By Invitation

Sep 17th 2020

BY ABIY AHMED

https://www.economist.com/.../abiy-ahmed-on-the-threats...

This guest commentary is the first in a series on democracy in Africa. Ethiopia committed itself to democratic reforms in 2018. But ethnic and separatist violence, as well as state repression, have resumed. The government postponed this year’s general election, citing covid-19. An unauthorised local election was held in the Tigray region in early September. Read more about Ethiopia’s tense politics here. For other commentaries, visit Economist.com/by-invitation

* * *

A STABLE DEMOCRACY is built on the rule of law; if there is no law there is no freedom. With this core belief, Ethiopia is working tirelessly to realise its constitution's promise of a democratic and pluralistic political order based on the rule of law, respect for fundamental rights and the basic liberties of our citizens.

This commitment remains firm despite the numerous obstacles that the country has faced over the past two-and-a-half years. My administration rejects the false choices of the past, between democracy and development; between compassion and strength. We affirm the importance of a free press, a vibrant civil society, an independent judiciary, a professional civil service, an open political space and political contests based on ideas and clear policy options.

We know this is not an easy task, and managing the complex challenges of transition alongside building democratic institutions takes time and commitment.

Recently Ethiopia has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Individuals and groups, disaffected by the transformations taking place, are using everything at their disposal to derail them. They are harvesting the seeds of inter-ethnic and inter-religious division and hatred. In a country where more than two-thirds of the population are under 30 and most are unemployed, the desperate youths make easy recruits to fuel the tension.

This has caused untold miseries and suffering to so many of our citizens who have been at the receiving end of deliberate attacks by demagogues and by those who peddle hatred, using the ethnic and religious diversity of our nation as a tool of division. The government has taken swift measures to enforce the rule of law by bringing perpetrators and their backers to justice. Some media reports have sensationalised these actions to give the impression that the democratic reforms are being reversed.

Let there be no ambiguity: we remain deeply committed to the vision of building an inclusive, multinational, democratic and prosperous Ethiopia. It is the only way to keep the country together.

Due to the concerted actions of those who are opposed to the democratic transition and who have tried to assume power through violence, the transition is under threat. For those who are accustomed to undue past privileges, equality feels like oppression. They stoke conflict along ethnic and religious lines, they unleash violent ethnic vigilante groups and they use irresponsible media outlets to fan hatred and ethnic divisions. In so doing, these groups imperil the lives and security of millions.

Thankfully, Ethiopians reject the politics of division and hatred. We reject the dangerous demagogues who argue that we cannot be our ethnicity—Oromo, Amhara, Somali, Tigrayan, Sidama—and be an Ethiopian at the same time. We reject the notion that we can’t practise our religion—Christian or Muslim,—and be an Ethiopian at the same time. We can love what we are without hating who we are not. Our destiny lies in our togetherness. Our diversity is the source of our beauty and strength rather than of hatred and weakness.

Our destiny lies in our togetherness. Our diversity is the source of our beauty and strength rather than of hatred and weakness.

A country that is regarded as the birthplace of humanity with the earliest Homo sapiens, and whose collective identity, history and culture have been shaped by the intermingling of major religions and civilisations, must not let that honourable heritage fall prey to the ideology of ethno-religious conflict and massacre.

In these circumstances, it is imperative that Ethiopia restore the rule of law and maintain order. Robust measures are needed to protect citizens and ensure an environment that is conducive to democratic politics. Given the institutions we have inherited, we realise that law-enforcement activities entail a risk of human-rights violations and abuse. The mindset and tactics of the past are not so easy to unlearn. Security and judicial reforms take time.

When individuals and groups of people are targeted in violent attacks by those bent on wreaking havoc in the country, the government has the inherent duty to take the necessary measures to bring both the perpetrators and the instigators to justice. Law-enforcement activities are necessary to alleviate the symptoms of what ails our polity. But we are under no illusion that these measures will solve the many problems we confront.

We are rolling out a substantial, ten-year national-development plan to strengthen and diversify the drivers of economic growth. We will revitalise the processes of national reconciliation and dialogue to foster national consensus and cohesion. We will also work towards having a free and fair election in 2021, while aggressively responding to covid-19.

Progress is never linear nor is it guaranteed. But as long as we remain committed as a nation, with the support of the international community, we are still on course to build an Ethiopia that is a beacon of African prosperity. Our national resolve is unshakeable: no provocation will knock us off the course of democracy and the principles of equality that are the will of the people.

___________________

Abiy Ahmed is the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his contribution in ending a decades-long conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

economist.com

By Invitation | The Economist

By Invitation from The Economist. You've seen the news, now discover the story.

Democracy in Africa

Abiy Ahmed on the threats to Ethiopia’s democratic transition,

‘The government must stop violent ethnic and religious demagogues. But only democracy can hold the country together,’ says the Prime Minister.

By Invitation

Sep 17th 2020

BY ABIY AHMED

https://www.economist.com/.../abiy-ahmed-on-the-threats...

This guest commentary is the first in a series on democracy in Africa. Ethiopia committed itself to democratic reforms in 2018. But ethnic and separatist violence, as well as state repression, have resumed. The government postponed this year’s general election, citing covid-19. An unauthorised local election was held in the Tigray region in early September. Read more about Ethiopia’s tense politics here. For other commentaries, visit Economist.com/by-invitation

* * *

A STABLE DEMOCRACY is built on the rule of law; if there is no law there is no freedom. With this core belief, Ethiopia is working tirelessly to realise its constitution's promise of a democratic and pluralistic political order based on the rule of law, respect for fundamental rights and the basic liberties of our citizens.

This commitment remains firm despite the numerous obstacles that the country has faced over the past two-and-a-half years. My administration rejects the false choices of the past, between democracy and development; between compassion and strength. We affirm the importance of a free press, a vibrant civil society, an independent judiciary, a professional civil service, an open political space and political contests based on ideas and clear policy options.

We know this is not an easy task, and managing the complex challenges of transition alongside building democratic institutions takes time and commitment.

Recently Ethiopia has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Individuals and groups, disaffected by the transformations taking place, are using everything at their disposal to derail them. They are harvesting the seeds of inter-ethnic and inter-religious division and hatred. In a country where more than two-thirds of the population are under 30 and most are unemployed, the desperate youths make easy recruits to fuel the tension.

This has caused untold miseries and suffering to so many of our citizens who have been at the receiving end of deliberate attacks by demagogues and by those who peddle hatred, using the ethnic and religious diversity of our nation as a tool of division. The government has taken swift measures to enforce the rule of law by bringing perpetrators and their backers to justice. Some media reports have sensationalised these actions to give the impression that the democratic reforms are being reversed.

Let there be no ambiguity: we remain deeply committed to the vision of building an inclusive, multinational, democratic and prosperous Ethiopia. It is the only way to keep the country together.

Due to the concerted actions of those who are opposed to the democratic transition and who have tried to assume power through violence, the transition is under threat. For those who are accustomed to undue past privileges, equality feels like oppression. They stoke conflict along ethnic and religious lines, they unleash violent ethnic vigilante groups and they use irresponsible media outlets to fan hatred and ethnic divisions. In so doing, these groups imperil the lives and security of millions.

Thankfully, Ethiopians reject the politics of division and hatred. We reject the dangerous demagogues who argue that we cannot be our ethnicity—Oromo, Amhara, Somali, Tigrayan, Sidama—and be an Ethiopian at the same time. We reject the notion that we can’t practise our religion—Christian or Muslim,—and be an Ethiopian at the same time. We can love what we are without hating who we are not. Our destiny lies in our togetherness. Our diversity is the source of our beauty and strength rather than of hatred and weakness.

Our destiny lies in our togetherness. Our diversity is the source of our beauty and strength rather than of hatred and weakness.

A country that is regarded as the birthplace of humanity with the earliest Homo sapiens, and whose collective identity, history and culture have been shaped by the intermingling of major religions and civilisations, must not let that honourable heritage fall prey to the ideology of ethno-religious conflict and massacre.

In these circumstances, it is imperative that Ethiopia restore the rule of law and maintain order. Robust measures are needed to protect citizens and ensure an environment that is conducive to democratic politics. Given the institutions we have inherited, we realise that law-enforcement activities entail a risk of human-rights violations and abuse. The mindset and tactics of the past are not so easy to unlearn. Security and judicial reforms take time.

When individuals and groups of people are targeted in violent attacks by those bent on wreaking havoc in the country, the government has the inherent duty to take the necessary measures to bring both the perpetrators and the instigators to justice. Law-enforcement activities are necessary to alleviate the symptoms of what ails our polity. But we are under no illusion that these measures will solve the many problems we confront.

We are rolling out a substantial, ten-year national-development plan to strengthen and diversify the drivers of economic growth. We will revitalise the processes of national reconciliation and dialogue to foster national consensus and cohesion. We will also work towards having a free and fair election in 2021, while aggressively responding to covid-19.

Progress is never linear nor is it guaranteed. But as long as we remain committed as a nation, with the support of the international community, we are still on course to build an Ethiopia that is a beacon of African prosperity. Our national resolve is unshakeable: no provocation will knock us off the course of democracy and the principles of equality that are the will of the people.

___________________

Abiy Ahmed is the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his contribution in ending a decades-long conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

economist.com

By Invitation | The Economist

By Invitation from The Economist. You've seen the news, now discover the story.

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መልካም የኢሬቻ በዓል!
Baga Irreecha Nagaan Geessan/Geenye!

 

 

 

Happy International Coffee Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ለመላው የክርስትና እምነት ተከታይ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እንኳን ለመስቀል በዓል አደረሳችሁ።

 

 

The GERD Virtual FundraisingCampaign for 5 consecutive days

from August 15-19, 2020 by Ethiopians living in #Canada.

Coming together to make history and Leave our Marks.
 
 
 

በከናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና ትውልደ-ኢትዮጵያዊን በሙሉ፣
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ሚሲዮናችን “#አሻራዬን_አኖራለሁ!” በሚል መሪ ቃል ለታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ

እ.ኤ.አ ከኦገስት 15-19 ቀን 2020 ዓ.ም ለተከታታይ 5 ቀናት የሚቆይ

Virtual የገቢ ማሰባሰቢያ ፕሮግራም ለማካሄድ እንቅስቃሴ እየተደረገ ይገኛል::

በመሆኑም ገቢ ለማሰባሰብ የሚካሄደውን የonline Zoom ኮንፈረንስ እንድትሳተፉ እና

hidase@ethioembassycanada.org በተከፈተ የአደራ አካውንት በe-tranfer በኩል እንዲሁም

በBank of Montreal አካውንት ቁጥር፡- 0005-1150-308፣

Transit number፡- 00056፣ Bank Code፡- 001

ድጋፍ በማድረግ የበኩላችሁን እንድታደርጉ አገራዊ ጥሪያችንን በትህትና እናቀርባለን!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

በካናዳ፣ በኢትዮጵያ እንዲሁም በአለም ዙሪያ ለምትገኙ የእስልምና እምነት ተከታይ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና

ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን በሙሉ አንኳን ለ1441 ዓመተ-ሂጅራ የኢድ አል አዳሃ በዓል በሠላም አደረሳችሁ።

 

 

 

እንኳን ደስ አላችሁ ውድ የኢትዮጵያ ልጆች:-

ግድቡ የመጀመሪያ ሙሌት ተጠናቆ ወደ ቀጣይ ምዕራፍ መሻገራችንንን በታላቅ ደስታ በድጋሚ እያበሰርን በቀጣይ

በፍጥነት የሚጠበቁትን ስራዎች በማጠናቀቅ ከዳር ማድረስ ያስፈልጋል፡፡

ለቀሪው ስራ የናንተ ድጋፍ ወሳኝ በመሆኑ በኤምባሲው በተከፈተው የአደራ አካውንት

እንዲሁም በኢትዮጵያም በተከፈቱት የባንኩ ቁጥሮች በመለገስ ድጋፋችሁን፤ አለኝታችሁን እንድትገልጹና

ታሪካዊ የሆነውን አሻራ እንድታኖሩ ጥሪ እናቀርባለን፡፡

የቦንድ ግዢን በሚመለከት በኤምባሲው የማንሸጥ ሲሆን አገር ቤት በህጋዊ ተወካያችሁ በኩል ማስፈጸም ይቻላል፡፡

ኤምባሲውም በሚያስፈልገው መልኩ ለመርዳት ዝግጁነቱን እየገለጸ ወደ ኤምባሲው በመደወል እና

በቀጣይ የምናወጣቸውን መረጃዎች ድህረ- ገጻችንን  እና በፌስ ቡክ ገጻችን 

ስለምንለጥፍ እንዲከታተሉ እናሳውቃለን፡፡

በጋራ እጃችን ተባብረን እንጨርሳለን!
አባይ የኛው ሲሳይ!

 
 

Congratulations Ethiopians!!!
Please use the following Accounts to donate to finalize the construction of #Dam.

We have set up a trust account and email transfer to save you of the hassle.
In addition, accounts were set up in #Ethiopia in different money exchanges,

which we have stated below.

NB. We did not attach information for bond sale as we do not sell at the Embassy.

However, should you would like to buy,

we will provide the important information.

You can call the Embassy or

visit our website and facebook pages for Power of Attorney requirements.
lets make history!
our dam our destiny!
Ethiopian Nile Rights!

Trust Account Set up by the Embassy:-
Bank Account No. 0005-1150-308
Transit No. 00056
Bank Code 001
Bank Name Bank of Montreal(BMO)
Email Transfer :-
Hidase@Ethioembassycanada.org

or

Bank Account Numbers set up in Ethiopia for Dollar and Birr Donations
Dollar Exchange 1000001071077
Birr 1000291929609

 

 

'እንኳን ደስ አለን፤ሐምሌ 12/2012 ዓም ከምሽቱ 4 ሰዓት ላይ የህዳሴ ግድብ የመጀመሪያ አመት ሙሊት ተሳክቷል:

ውሃው የሚያስፈልገውን 4.9ቢ.ኪዩቢክ ሜትር በመያዝ ከግድቡ አናት ላይ ፈሷል ይህም የተሳካው ወደታችኛው

ተፋሰስ የሚሄደው ውሃ ሳይቋረጥ ነው፡፡'

ክቡር የውሃ፣ መስኖ እና ኢነርጂ ሚኒስቴር ኢንጂ. ስለሺ በቀለ Via twitter

እንኳን ደስ አላችሁ! እንኳን ደስ አለን!

 

 

 

 

 

Good News!!!


In response to your requests, we have set up the seamless money transfer platform

to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Trust account.


Please use the email transfer at:- 

Hidase@ethioembassycanada.org

to contribute and Make History.

 

 

በቅዳሜ፣ ጁላይ 18 ቀን 2020 በ10:00 a.m. (በኦታዋ፣ ካናዳ አቆጣጠር) የሚካሄደውን ውይይት

ከታች በተቀመጡት የዙም ማስፈንጠሪያ፣ የዌብናር መለያ እና ማለፊያ ቁጥር ይመልከቱ።

Please see below the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Password to join

the conference held to take place on Jul 18, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: LIVE Conference on the State of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83763340067…
Password: #ItsMyDam#

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +14388097799,,83763340067

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0#,,0863765778# or +15873281099,,83763340067

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0#,,0863765778#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial

a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 438 809 7799 or

+1 587 328 1099or +1 647 374 4685 or

+1 647 558 0588 or +1 778 907 2071 or

+1 204 272 7920
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or

+1 346 248 7799 or

+1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 837 6334 0067
Password: 0863765778
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcETnb16q

 

REMINDER!!!

Do not miss out on the Virtual dialogue on the current issues with regard to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Held to take place on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.(Eastern time).

 

We will be joined by H.E Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew and Technical Teams from Ethiopia.

 

ጠቃሚ መረጃ ካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን!
መጪው ቅዳሜ እ.ኤ.አ ጁላይ 18 ቀን 2020 ዓ.ም በኦታዋ ሰዓት አቆጣጠር ከ10 am ጀምሮ ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ በሚመለከት የሚካሄደውን ውይይት እንድትከታተሉ እንጋብዛለን።

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is Her Dam!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Today marks the beginning of the global virtual campaign to support the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

 

We urge all Ethiopians and friends of #Ethiopia to join hands with the Campaign and to be Ambassadors of the #GERD by using the hashtags #ItsMyDam #እኔምለአባይአለሁ across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

Post about the Dam, share all campaign content, and comment on GERD-related news. Let us spread the good news of the #RenaissanceDam.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

በካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትዉልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ኮሚዩኒቲ ማህበራት በሙ:-

በወቅታዊ የታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ግንባታ ዙሪያ webinar (Zoom Meeting) ለመወያየት ... ለቅዳሜ ጁላይ 4/2020 ጥሪ ማስተላለፋችን ይታወቃል:: ሆኖም ስብሰባዉ ለሌላ ቀን በመተላለፉ ተለዋጭ ቀኑን በቅርብ የምናሳዉቃችሁ መሆኑን ከይቅርታ ጋር እንገልጻለን::

የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ

ኦታዋ

 

I am here for Abay!  I am here for GERD!

I stand for Equitable use of the Nile Waters!

Please join the GERD Worldwide Virtual Campain from July 02-05,2020.

 

 

 

Happy Canada Day!

 

በካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን በሙሉ

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የታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ግንባታን በማስመለከት በኢትዮጵያ ጉዳዩን የሚከታተሉ ከፍተኛ ባለሞያዎች፣ ኤምባሲው እና በካናዳ የሚገኙ ባለሞያዎች(Alliance for GERD in Canada) በመተባበር ግድቡ አሁን ያለበትን ሁኔታ፣ ከግድቡ ሙሌት እና አስተዳደር፣ ወቅታዊ ሁኔታዎች ላይ እንዲሁም ከተሳታፊዎች በሚነሱ ጥያቄዎች ላይ በwebinar(Zoom Meeting) በማድረግ ውይይት ለማድረግ በዝግጅት ላይ እንገኛለን።

የውይይት መድረኩ በቅዳሜ እ.ኤ.አ. ከጁላይ 4/2020 በ10:00 a.m. Ottawa time (Eastern time) ለማድረግ የታቀደ ሲሆን የ Zoom ID እና Password ከስብሰባው በፊት እንደምናሳዉቅ እየገለጽን በዚህ ታሪካዊ መድረክ እንዲገኙ በአክብሮት ተጋበዛችዃል።

 

To all Ethiopians and Ethiopian Origins residing in Canada

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The Embassy in cooperation with Higher Officials from Ethiopia and a Professional Group (The Alliance for GERD in Canada) Plan to Host a Webinar (Zoom Meeting) on Saturday July 4th 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

The discussion among other things would be pertaining to the current status of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Filling and Operation of the dam and would attempt to address the questions and concerns of the Community with regard to the Tripartite Negotiation process. Accordingly, you are cordially invited to take part in this historic forum.

P.S. The Zoom ID and Password will be shared right before the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

የኢ.ፌ.ዲ.ሪ ውሃ ሚኒስትር ክቡር ዶ/ር እንጂ ስለሺ በቀለ በኦታዋ የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ መሪ ከሆኑት ክብርት አምባሳደር ናሲሴ ጫሊ፣ ምክትል ሚሲዮን መሪ አምባሳደር ለገሰ ሀይሌ፣ ከኤምባሲው ሰራተኞች እና በካናዳ ከሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያዉያንና ትዉልደ ኢትዮጵያዉያን Alliance for Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Canada ከተባለ የባለሞያዎች ስብስብ ጋር ዛሬ እ.ኤ.አ በጁን 26/2020 በቪዲዮ ኮንፈረንስ በህዳሴ ግድብ ላይ ውይይት በማድርግ፤ ግድቡ የሚገኝበትን ደረጃ፣ የአገራችንን አቋም እና የመሳሰሉት ላይ ገለጻ በማድረግ ቡድኑ አገር ቤት ካለው አካል ጋር ተቀራርቦ በመስራት በሞያው አገራቸውን እንዲያገለግሉ እና የአገራቸውን ጥቅም ማሰጠበቅ እንደሚገባ አሳስበዋል።

አምባሳደር ናሲሴ ጫሊም ግድቡን በተመለከተ ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ ከአገሩ ጎን እንደሚቆም እና በመቀጠልም ዲያስፖራውን እንዲሁም አለም አቀፍ ማህበረሰብን የማንቃት እና የማነሳሳት ስራ እንደሚሰራ አሳውቀዋል፤ ቡድኑ በበኩሉ ከአገሩ ጎን በመቆም የአገራችንን ጥቅም ለማስጠበቅ እንደሚሰራ እና በሞያ፣ በሞራል እንዲሁም በሚያስፈልግ ነገር ሁሉ ለማገልገል ዝግጁ መሆኑን ገልጿል።

 

 

 

 

 

The African day is the Commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, established on May 25, 1963. On this day, many African Countries celebrate the hard-fought achievement of their freedom from European Colonial Powers.

 

On this day the #founding fathers established the OAU with objective among others to abolish slavery and help one other on the fight to end colonialism. A constant reminder of sacrifice, bravery, brotherhood and persistence. Happy African Day!

 

#Ubuntu

# I am because we are

#Africa we want to see

#the future is now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ለካናዳ፣ በኢትዮጵያና በመላው አለም ለምትኖሩ የእስልምና እምነት ተከታዮች በሙሉ እንኳን ለ1441ኛው የኢድ አልፈጥር በዓል በሰላም አደረሳችሁ በማለት ኤምባሲው ምኞቱን ይገልጻል።

The Embassy wishes the happiest 1441st Celebration of Eid Al- Fitr to all Muslims in Canada, Ethiopia and around the World.

 

 

 

 

 
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Embassy Address:

1501-275 Slater Street, Ottawa Ontario
K1P 5H9 Canada 

Tel (613) 565 6637 / Fax (613) 565 9175

 Email: info@embassyofethiopia.net 
     or  info@ethioembassycanada.org  

For consular services

Email: consular@ethioembassycanada.org

Embassy's Address


 Embassy Address:

1501-275 Slater Street, Ottawa Ontario
K1P 5H9 Canada 

Tel (613) 565 6637 / Fax (613) 565 9175

 Email: info@ethioembassycanada.org  

For consular services

Email: consular@ethioembassycanada.org


 

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