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News in Brief Why the Global Debt of Poor Nations Must Be Canceled The 3rd Meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government on COVID 19 INTERPOL launches a three-year Support Program to AFRIPOL Africa and the African Union In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the African Union (AU) and the Government of Rwanda have decided to postpone by one year the second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2020) initially set to take place from 1 to 7 September 2020 in Kigali, Rwanda. This decision was endorsed by the IATF2020 Advisory Council during its sixth meeting held virtually on Sunday (April 26), after careful assessment of the situation. The 55 member states of the African Union will soon receive further medical supplies for their COVID19 response, after the arrival in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (April 29), of the third batch from the Jack Ma Foundation. The supplies, weighing 125 tonnes, consist of 4.6 million single-use surgical masks, 500 000 civilian use KN95 masks: 100 000 medical-grade N95 masks: 200,000 pieces of protective clothing: 200,000 face shields: 2,000 thermometer guns: 500,000 medical gloves: 300 ventilators: 500,000 each of swabs, extraction and detection tests: and 100 infrared thermo detection machines. The three-year “INTERPOL Support Program for the African Union in relation to AFRIPOL” was launched on Tuesday (April 28). The online ceremony was presided over by the Executive Director of AFRIPOL, Dr. Tarek A. Shaarif, and INTERPOL’s Global Outreach and Regional Support Director, Ms. Roraima Andriani. The Program will enable the two institutions to work together to strengthen the capacities of the police agencies of the African Union Member States in Fighting criminal activities in the African Continent. It will also contribute to enhancing the technical and analytic capabilities of AFRIPOL as institutional and operational levels. The two institutions have also agreed to develop a concrete implementation plan that addresses the key areas of the continent, in line with relevant African Union Agenda, including the 2020 Theme of the year: Silencing the Guns, and Agenda 2063, among others. (See article) The board of the African Union’s COVID19 Response Fund held its first meeting, online, on Monday (April 27). AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat informed the newly nominated COVID-19 board of trustees that the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) estimates that implementation of the Africa Continental Strategy on COVID-19 will require USD $420 million over the next six months”. The Chairperson highlighted that the Union is using the economic, humanitarian, and health dimensions to get through the global pandemic. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Dhobley on Monday (April 27) has handed over several boxes of hand washing soap and public sensitization materials to members of the local community as part of their support to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.“Today’s awareness campaign was important. We shared with members of the community the necessary preventative measures to reduce the spread and what to do when people start showing symptoms of the disease,” said Noor Bihi Osman, Coordinator of the Jubbaland Ministry of Health. The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Lieutenant General Tigabu Yilma, said that the operational capability of his forces and their capacity to conduct offensive operations against the enemy remains high. Lieutenant General Yilma was speaking in Baidoa on Monday (April 27), where he commissioned new operational vehicles and military hardware, which will add firepower and increase the mobility of AMISOM forces in clearing main supply routes, securing population centers and degrading Al-Shabaab terrorists in the Southwest State. The third round of the meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government on the COVID 19 Pandemic was convened by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union, on 22 April 2020. This was a follow up to the two previous meetings (26 March and 3 April) of the Bureau of the Assembly on the same subject. (See article) Ethiopia The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved on Thursday (April 30) $411 million to help Ethiopia meet the urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. It also approved a re-phasing of disbursements under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and Extended Financing Facility (EFF) arrangements that have been supporting Ethiopia’s economic reform program since December 2019, and a reduction in access under the EFF arrangement, to maximize financial support under the RFI. Germany on Thursday (April 30) announced a support package of 120 million Euro to help Ethiopia address the negative economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will support the macroeconomic stability of the country, the safeguarding of jobs in the textile industry, and the procurement of medical goods in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, has assured Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that Germany will be a reliable partner on Ethiopia’s side in times of the Corona pandemic. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed continues his call for debt cancellation for low-income countries in a piece published in the ‘New York Times’ on Thursday (April 30). He appreciated the recent offer of the G-20 countries to some of the world’s lowest-income countries to suspend debt repayments until the end of the year. The Premier, however, argues the measure is by no means adequate given the gravity of the danger the COVID-19 pandemic poses on the economic survival of such lowest-income countries. “At the very least,” Abiy says,” the suspension of debt payments should last not just until the end of 2020 but rather until well after the pandemic is truly over,” adding, “It should involve not just debt suspension but debt cancellation. Global creditors need to waive both official bilateral and commercial debt for low-income countries.” (See article) Gedu Andargachew, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have held a phone discussion on Thursday (April 30) emphasizing the need to take a joint approach in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. Gedu briefed Kaag about Ethiopia’s measures taken so far to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and curb its spread. He underscored that international coordination and partnership is crucial in fighting the border-less disease. Kaag agreed with Gedu’s belief for international cooperation and expressed her country’s commitment to supporting Ethiopia’s efforts in fighting the pandemic through both bilateral and multilateral institutions. The Government of Ethiopia has been taking tough economic measures to save lives and ensure quick recovery from the adverse effects of COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Finance. Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalgn on Thursday (April 30) said making available 15 billion birr to private banks to enable them to provide debt relief and additional loans to their customers are among the measures. The House of Peoples Representatives (parliament) on Thursday (April 30) has referred a resolution postponing the country’s general election to the pertinent committee. The resolution tabled by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) was sent to the Legal, Justice and Administration Affairs Standing Committee for further scrutiny. Before directing it to the committee, the House endorsed the resolution with a majority vote, one against and 18 abstentions. PM Dr Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday (April 29) met heads of competing political parties to discuss the current status of COVID-19, postponed election schedule, and legal options. The parties have explored various constitutional options for conducting the election, which was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak in the country. The election was originally planned for August 29, 2020. Ethiopia on Wednesday (April 29) has reported one new case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), out of 1, 408 samples taken over the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has now reached 131. Fatalities remain at 3, with overall test count stands at 17, 842. A Chinese medical team dispatched by the government of China, on Wednesday (April 29) has concluded its 15-day mission to Ethiopia. Members of the team shared their experiences on prevention and control of COVID-19 to Ethiopian health experts. According to Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health, they also offered a virtual seminar to local health professionals. Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, on Tuesday (April 28) has extended her appreciation to the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy for repairing 31 mechanical ventilators in its workshop. In her official Facebook account, she wrote that the maintenance works being carried out to restore the functionality of the ventilators has an enormous role in supporting the fight against COVID19 in Ethiopia. National Metrology Agency and Black Lion Hospital have also maintained 6 and 8 ventilators and brought them to service respectively, according to the Minister. The Russian Federation on Wednesday (April 29) donated $10 million to FAO to assist the fight against the desert locust outbreak in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda. The funds will be used to buy pesticides, fuel, vehicles, and sprayers, as well as for the employment and training of personnel for the pest’s elimination. FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, welcomed the donation. Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde on Tuesday (April 28) joined “Rise for All”, a new initiative that brought together women leaders to mobilize support for the UN Recovery Trust Fund and the UN roadmap for social and economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic. The first to join the initiative are President Sahle-Work Zewde, Norwegian PM Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, and other Executive Directors of UN agencies. “Rise for All” is the United Nations Secretary-General’s initiative which calls for solidarity and urgent action in response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. “Team Europe” on Tuesday (April 28) expressed its commitment to strongly support Ethiopia in its Coronavirus (COVID19) response. It has already provided €25 million as a rapid response to the Ethiopian health sector, out of the initial €200 million for 2020. “Team Europe” is an initiative launched by the European Union (EU) and the Member States to support partner countries around the world with €20 billion to fight the COVID19 outbreak. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) on Tuesday (April 28) has signed a joint study agreement with GreenCom Technologies to build a gas processing plant in Ethiopia. The agreement is aimed at building a gas processing plant that also produces Petrochemicals and other industry inputs out of natural gasses. The gas processing project which is to be implemented jointly by the US-based GreenCom Technologies and Hyundai Engineering and Construction need more than $ 3.6 billion to be implemented upon the completion of the study. Out of the total budget needed to run the project, $70 million will be covered by GreenCom technologies, it was learned. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has adopted a national tourism recovery strategy to help the industry cope with the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut on Tuesday (April 28) said the strategy is amid at mitigating the impact of the pandemic in the tourism industry of the nation. The strategy was referred to different stakeholders for discussion, and incorporated recommendations of the tourism committee and regional offices, she noted. Ministry of Health said more than 27,000 people in Gurage zone have received yellow fever vaccination as part of the efforts to contain the disease. In a statement issued on Monday (April 27), Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse said that active case search was conducted in five kebeles of the district, and 1, 275 households and two schools were visited as part of the response effort. Eighty-six confirmed cases and four deaths have been reported so far, Dr. Lia noted in a statement. The 3rd-round medical shipment of Jack Ma Foundation arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday (April 27). Representatives from the African Union (AU) and the Ethiopian Government attended the event held at the Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services. The medical supplies donated by Ma foundation include 4.6m masks, 500,000 swabs, and test kits, 300 ventilators, 200,000 clothing sets, 200,000 face shields, 2,000 thermal guns, 100 body temperature scanners, and 500,000 pairs of gloves. TsionTeklu has been appointed as State Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, effective April 06, 2020. Prior to her new appointment, Mrs. Tsion has been serving as a State Minister of the Ministry of Education. Eritrea The Eritrean Ministry of Health on Thursday (April 30) announced that seven patients have recovered fully after standard tests at the National Laboratory and were released from the hospital. This brings the number of recovered patients to-date to twenty-six (26). The total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date is 39. The chairman of the sovereign council, Lieutenant General Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan Abdul Rahman, on Wednesday (April 29) has received a congratulatory message from President Isaias Afwerki, the President of the State of Eritrea, on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. President Afewerki, on behalf of the government and people of his country, expressed his sincere congratulations to the Chairman of the Sovereign Council and members of the Council on this occasion, wishing Sudan and its people a further growth, development, and stability. Djibouti The US military base in Djibouti is going on lockdown after the second case of Coronavirus was confirmed, according to an American military newspaper. Camp Lemonnier, which provides the US military with a strategic foothold in East Africa, will go on indefinite lockdown to prevent further spread of Covid-19. A second sick contractor tested positive and was evacuated from Djibouti, prompting the lockdown of the base, reported Stars and Stripes newspaper. The US military on Tuesday (April 28) prepared to stop access to the Djibouti base and move personnel living in town to the army compound. The measures were described as temporary, according to a spokesperson for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Kenya The first generation of desert locusts in Kenya has matured and is ready to breed, according to a United Nations agency. Desert locusts normally mature and start laying eggs from two to four months. This means that the first generation of locusts bred in the counties of Samburu, Isiolo, Wajir Mandera, and Marsabit could begin mass breeding. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) – in an update dated Tuesday (April 28) – warned that the current situation in East Africa remains extremely alarming as more swarms form and mature in Ethiopia and northern and central Kenya. Eight police officers are feared dead after they were swept away by flash floods in Chemoe, Baringo North, on Thursday (April 30) night. The officers are said to have been pushing their vehicle which was stuck in the bed of River Kagir when the floods swept them away around 7.30pm. Baringo County police commander Robinson Ndiwa said one body had been recovered and the search for the others going on. Somalia Somalia’s health minister announced on Wednesday (April 29) evening that the country’s number of Coronavirus cases had risen to 582. In a press briefing, Dr. FawziaAbikar Nur said that over the past 24 hours, the central laboratory in Mogadishu had recorded 54 positive cases, 40 of the patients being male and 14 female. “We have no new deaths as a result of Covid-19. Thus, our past record of 28 deaths stands,” she said, adding that two patients recovered. Somali militant group al-Shabab has executed three of its own members for alleged spying on behalf of Western intelligence agencies, local residents and regional officials said. El Bur district commissioner Colonel Nur Hassan Gutale on Thursday (April 30) said the three men were executed by a firing squad late Tuesday in the center of the town as dozens of people watched. A Ugandan peacekeeper serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, a military spokesperson said here on Thursday (April 30). “He is doing well and receiving great medical attention. Thanks to the UPDF (Uganda People’s Defense Forces) health officers that have gained practical experience through their support to the national anti-COVID-19 campaign,” said Richard Karemire, Ugandan military spokesperson. Somalia is experiencing a new wave of flash floods and Save the Children is warning of the devastating impact on children due to these multiple disasters. According to the recent reports, heavy rains is already wreaking havoc in some parts of the country while other riverine communities are left in fear as the Juba and Shabelle river levels continue to rise. On April 28th, heavy rains in Gardo town and surrounding areas caused flash floods killing at least 6 people, including 3 children and 31 people are still missing. Two civilians were killed and three injured in a United States airstrike in Somalia early last year, the US said in a rare acknowledgment of civilian casualties from United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) military operations. The deaths were mentioned on Monday (April 27) in a debut quarterly assessment report by AFRICOM on allegations of civilian casualties raised in connection with its operations against armed fighters in Somalia, Libya, and other African countries. “Regrettably two civilians were killed and three others injured in a February 2019 airstrike. We are deeply sorry this occurred,” AFRICOM’s commander, US Army General Stephen Townsend, said in the report. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday (April 29) attended a high-level meeting on Somalia via video conferencing. Organized by African Union, the conference discussed “steps to be taken together to support political transition and peace processes in the aftermath of COVID-19,” Cavusoglu said on Twitter. South Sudan The former governor of the abolished Boma state David YauYau on Thursday (April 30) briefed President Salva Kiir about the security situation in the area which is now part of Jonglei state. The meeting comes days after allegations that YauYau rebelled again blaming Kiir for delaying the appointment of state governors and local governments. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the former Murle rebel said he briefed Kiir on the security situation in Boma after his two visits to the area, according to a statement issued by the South Sudanese presidency press service. Sudan The deputy head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, on Thursday (April 30) discussed the security developments in the disputed areas of Abyei with the South Sudanese presidential for security affairs. Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan Daglo “Hemetti” and Tut Kew Gatluak spoke by telephone about recent bloody attacks that took place in Abyei, according to the official SUNA. “The two sides agreed on the need to find radical and final solutions to the problem during the next two days,” said the agency without further details about these attacks. The African Union Representative in Sudan Mohamed Belisha Wednesday said the regional body would support Sudan’s request for a special political mission without any military component. Belisha met on Wednesday (April 29) with Kabbashi Shams al-Din, a member of the Sovereign Council and Omer GamarEldin State Minister for Foreign Affairs to discuss Sudan’s position on the upcoming UN political mission which will be set up on the basis of Chapter VI of the UN Charter. Sudan’s health authorities announced a jump in Coronavirus cases, with 67 new infections on Thursday (April 30) taking the total to 442 confirmed cases with 31 fatalities. A statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Health said that 59 new cases were registered in Khartoum state, two cases in Al Jazirah state, and one case in the states of Gedaref, South Darfur, West Kordofan, Northern, and Sennar. The ministry further said that the state of Khartoum recorded one death, among the previously announced cases, while two fatalities were recorded in Al Jazirah among Thursday’s cases. Sudan’s Anti-Corruption Committee has confiscated 79 real estate properties that were illegally acquired by leading members of the country’s Islamic movement during the regime of ousted President Omar Al Bashir. On Thursday (April 30), the Empowerment Elimination, Anti-Corruption, and Funds Recovery Committee announced that the confiscated properties in total amount to 36,411,114 square meters. The value of the seized funds is estimated at $1.20 billion. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok pledged to support the appointment of Deputy Head of Mission for UNISFA in the disputed area of Abyei, said Jean Pierre Lacroix the head of UN peacekeeping department on Tuesday (April 28). On 14 May 2019, a month after the ouster of the former President Omer al-Bashir the United Nations Security Council decided to appoint a civilian deputy head for UNISFA to work with Sudan and South Sudan to establish the Abyei Police Service. Lacroix on Tuesday requested the Security Council to extend the UNISFA mandate for six months after reporting about the recent attacks in the disputed area and the need to end the intercommunal violence between the Ngok Dina and the Misseriya. U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Donald Booth said he tried to convince the SPLM-N al-Hilu to engage in peace talks with the Sudanese government and stressed that he told them that his country would not support their demand for self-determination. Booth made this statement in a web event on Sudan and U.S. relations organized by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Colombia University last week on Friday 24 April. Head of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, on Monday (April 27), received a phone call from U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to discuss Sudan’s removal from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. “In his phone call, Pompeo discussed arrangements to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) and U.S. aid to Sudan in confronting the Coronavirus pandemic,” said a statement released by the Sudanese presidency. The Sudanese government on Sunday (April 26) dismissed reports about the control of the country’s largest port terminal of Port Sudan by Dubai’s DP World, one of the world’s biggest port operators. On Saturday Aljazeera TV reported that the Sudanese government is undertaking measures to hand over control of Port Sudan seaport to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s DP World. The Sudanese government and Darfur groups under the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) have reached an agreement to allocate 40% of the western Sudan region’s resources to its development for 10 years. The agreement was reached during a negotiation session that took place on Sunday (April 26) through video conferencing facilitated by the European Union in Khartoum and Juba. ***************** Why the Global Debt of Poor Nations Must Be Canceled By Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia Note: This article was published on ‘The New York Times’ on April 30, 2020 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — On April 15, Group of 20 countries offered temporary relief to some of the world’s lowest-income countries by suspending debt repayments until the end of the year. It is a step in the right direction and provides an opportunity to redirect financial resources toward dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. But if the world is to survive the punishing fallout of the pandemic and ensure that the economies of countries like mine bounce back, this initiative needs to be even more ambitious. At the very least, the suspension of debt payments should last not just until the end of 2020 but rather until well after the pandemic is truly over. It should involve not just debt suspension but debt cancellation. Global creditors need to waive both official bilateral and commercial debt for low-income countries. These steps need to be taken with a sense of urgency. The resources freed up will save lives and livelihoods in the short term, bring back hope and dynamism to low-income economies in the medium term and enable them to continue as the engines of sustainable global prosperity in the long term. In 2019, 64 countries, nearly half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, spent more on servicing external debt than on health. Ethiopia spends twice as much on paying off external debt as on health. We spend 47 percent of our merchandise export revenue on debt servicing. The International Monetary Fund described Ethiopia as being at a high risk of external debt distress. The dilemma Ethiopia faces is stark: Do we continue to pay toward debt or redirect resources to save lives and livelihoods? Lives lost during the pandemic cannot be recovered; imperiled livelihoods cost more and take longer to recover. Immediate and forceful action on debt will prevent a humanitarian disaster today and shore up our economy for tomorrow. We need to immediately divert resources from servicing debt toward responding adequately to the pandemic. We need to impede a temporary health crisis from turning into a chronic financial meltdown that could last for years, even decades. Ethiopia must spend an extra $3 billion by the end of 2020 to address the consequences of the pandemic, while our balance of payments is set to deteriorate. Increasing health care spending is essential, irrespective of debt levels, but we have less money on hand, and much of it is due to creditors. A moratorium on bilateral and commercial debt payments for the rest of this year will save Ethiopia $1.7 billon. Extending the moratorium till the end of 2022 would save an additional $3.5 billion. Low-income countries can use the financial resources freed up by cancellation or further deferment of debt repayments to invest in our battle against the pandemic, from providing necessary medical care to our citizens to ameliorating our financial difficulties. In October, the I.M.F. reported that the five fastest-growing economies in the world were in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes Ethiopia. In early April, the World Bank reported that sub-Saharan Africa would face its first regionwide recession in over 25 years and the region’s economy could shrink by as much as 5.1 percent. This is not a result of bad policies, mismanagement or any other ill typically associated with developing economies. The recession will be the product of the Coronavirus outbreak. Preventing or at least minimizing the recession is critical to maintaining years of hard-won economic gains across the continent. The current moratorium in bilateral debt collection until the end of the year will help, but it won’t be enough, given the gravity of the challenge we face. The moratorium must be extended until the Coronavirus health emergency is over or canceled altogether. The creditors need to do this unconditionally. Official bilateral creditors are no longer the principal source of external debt financing for many developing countries. Private-sector creditors, including investment banks and sovereign funds, are. They should play their part in the effort to rescue African economies from permanent paralysis with a sense of solidarity and shared responsibility. It would help avoid widespread sovereign defaults and chaos in the market. And it would be morally indefensible if resources freed up from a moratorium in bilateral debt collections were to be used to pay private creditors instead of saving lives. Most of our countries managed to borrow funds on the back of solid economic performance and highly promising and evidence-based development programs and trajectories. Nobody foresaw this promise being derailed by a once-in-a-century event such as the Coronavirus pandemic. Under these circumstances, there is no room for traditional arguments such as moral hazard. Low-income countries are seeking relief not because we squandered the money but because we need the resources to save lives and livelihoods. It is in everybody’s enlightened self-interest that the borrowers be allowed breathing space to get back to relative health. The benefits of rehabilitation of the economies of the hardest-hit countries will be shared by all of us, just as the consequences of neglect will harm all of us. ***************** The 3rd Meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government on COVID 19 The third round of the meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government on the COVID 19 Pandemic was convened by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union, on 22 April 2020. This was a follow up to the two previous meetings (26 March and 3 April) of the Bureau of the Assembly on the same subject. The meeting brought together nine Heads of State and Government, including Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minster of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission and his team participated in the meeting. This round also included African Business Leaders to reflect on the AU strategy to combat COVID-19, and solicit their support for the effective and successful implementation of the strategy. It is to be recalled that at its meeting on 26 March 2020, the Bureau decided to establish a COVID-19 Response Fund and pledged financial support towards the efforts of the African Center for Disease Control (ACDC). Significant contributions were made by members of the Bureau and the private sector leaders towards both initiatives. The Bureau called on the rest of the AU Member States, the international community, and philanthropic entities to also contribute to these initiatives. President Cyril Ramaphosa underscored the devastating socio-economic impacts of the pandemic on African countries, and accordingly, emphasized the need for rapid and concrete support from international partners to ensure that trade and investment flows are not further disrupted by any measures that are not consistent with WTO rules during this extraordinary global shock. The Chairperson of AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat briefed the Meeting on the substantive progress made in operationalizing the COVID – 19 Response Fund, including the appointment of a Board of Trustees, as well as the legal framework of the governance and operational structure to ensure accountability and transparency. The Heads of State and Government and Business Leaders also expressed their strong support for a two-year debt standstill, as well as a proposal to addressing the private debt of African countries. In order to ensure effective implementation of the Africa COVID-19 response strategy, the Heads of State and Government agreed to convene a meeting with the Heads of State and Government who chair Regional Economic Communities (RECs) as soon as possible. This is instrumental to create synergy and coordination between national, regional, and continental efforts in tackling the Pandemic. The Heads of State and Government also encouraged the Business Leaders to establish a private sector platform to develop further proposals to support the Continental response strategy for combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bureau of the Assembly once again reiterated its unwavering support to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its role in the fight against COVID-19, under the able stewardship of its Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. ***************** INTERPOL launches a three-year Support Program to AFRIPOL An online ceremony has launched INTERPOL’s operational working relationship with AFRIPOL, the African Union (AU) Mechanism for Police Cooperation on Tuesday (April 28), a statement issued by AFRIPOL indicated. According to the statement, the two organizations will now implement their joint action plan to position AFRIPOL as a strategic Pan-African policing partner and strengthen Africa’s fight against terrorism, organized and emerging crime, and cybercrime. The ceremony follows an agreement signed between INTERPOL and the AU in January 2019 to work together in tackling serious global crime. During the kick-off event, senior law enforcement leaders from both organizations underlined the importance of INTERPOL’s global network and policing capabilities in shaping a coordinated response in African law enforcement operations. “With region-specific capabilities an essential part of INTERPOL’s global police response, this new working relationship is the natural continuation of our long-standing work with African law enforcement, and we look forward to tackling Pan-African crime holistically, effectively, and together,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock. Law enforcement cooperation is vital to global security,” said Dr. Tarek Sharif, Executive Director of AFRIPOL, emphasizing that criminals are highly organized and collaborative, resulting in serious transnational organized crime. He expressed optimism that the joint program will enable concrete cooperation in addressing crime on the African Continent. Due to the forged powerful partnership between the two organizations, the statement said: “ AFRIPOL will now have access to INTERPOL’s wide range of global criminal databases and secure police communications network called I-24/7, enabling it to work directly with law enforcement in each of INTERPOL’s 194 member countries.” INTERPOL opened its Special Representative Office to the AU four years ago to build on the strength of its four African Regional Bureaus – Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zimbabwe – and National Central Bureaus across Africa. Its AU office works to support the voice of law enforcement at the African Union as part of the efforts to strengthen security in Africa. Regarding cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, the Statement said: “With the kick-off event coinciding with the global pandemic currently exposing police to contamination in the line of duty, INTERPOL has issued guidelines for the safety of law enforcement agencies in Africa and beyond. As criminal groups continue to exploit social and economic changes generated by COVID-19, INTERPOL has alerted its member countries to associated crimes through its global threat assessment report that is updated regularly based on the experiences of its 194 member countries. The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa has seen increased cases of cybercrime, counterfeit drugs, and domestic and sexual violence.” According to the statement, INTERPOL will also provide operational support to its African counterpart. “INTERPOL has a long history of working with Africa’s law enforcement to support field operations against terrorism, cybercrime and a wide range of organized crime including human trafficking, fake pharmaceuticals, drugs, and environmental crime. INTERPOL is currently implementing throughout Africa a multi-million Euro project called “I-One” to equip National Central Bureaus with high-tech IT equipment and training to ensure sustainable law enforcement capabilities and security,” the statement reads. Similarly, INTERPOL’s WAPIS Programme enables effective collection of police information through a centralized national system and helps African law enforcement share information collected at the national, regional, and international levels. Today’s kick-off event represents the operational implementation of an INTERPOL – AFRIPOL joint action plan in line with the cooperation agreement, AFRIPOL’s five-year strategy, and work plan (2020-2024) and INTERPOL’s Strategy and Business plan for Africa, the statement added. According to the press release, Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sponsoring the project for the next three years (April 2020 – March 2023).
April 30, 2020, 5:22 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund said it approved $411 million in emergency assistance for Ethiopia under its Rapid Financing Instrument program to help the east African country battle the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the IMF said the board also approved Ethiopia's request for a suspension of debt service payments to the Fund, of about $12 million through Oct. 13. The suspension could be extended up to April 13, 2022, subject to the availability of resources under the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust for poor countries. (Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Chris Reese)

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge that requires coordinated efforts from governments, civic societies, businesses and all segments of society. It will remain overwhelming, yet what shields us is our collective resolve to protect the wellbeing of citizens and our hard-won development gains, writes Eyob Tekalign (PhD), state minister for Finance.


The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading rapidly across the world, overwhelming health systems and threatening lives and livelihoods. Mitigation and containment measures, such as social distancing and lockdowns, are having an unprecedented effect on the global economy. The pandemic reaches Ethiopia at an important juncture - during a period of transformative social, economic and political reforms - threatening to reverse our hard-won development achievements from the past decade and threatening to eliminate the progress of our recent reforms.

However, this is also a time when we are better united and equipped as a nation. Recent gains in public trust for the government, increasing transparency and civic engagement, and strengthened economic management and macroeconomic stability put us in a stronger position to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The magnitude of the impacts of COVID-19 globally remains fluid, and things are changing every day. Over 2.5 million individuals have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 175,000 lives have been lost. The global economy is projected to contract by three percent in 2020. The effects are being compared to the Great Depression of the 1930s by some.

African economies are projected to shrink by 1.6pc, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ethiopia will not be spared from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will overwhelm our human capital and slow down our economy. However, my take is that with the resoluteness of our government, health professionals, farmers, businesses, civic society, and the general public at large, we have tools that will help us better tackle the challenges as a nation.

The Ethiopian government has a proven whole-of-government approach to economic and emergency management. Collective decision-making, learning by doing, establishing community trust, and utilizing existing structures are key features of the government machinery that have facilitated the country’s rapid growth and development for the past decade.

These existing structures will remain essential to bolster political commitment and mobilize resources to combat the pandemic. The COVID-19 national preparation and response plan builds on successful whole-of-government approaches and aims to strengthen and scale-up existing development and emergency programmes.

The Prime Minister established the high-level national COVID-19 preparation and response task force within days after the detection of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the country. The task force is comprised of seven committees on health emergencies, food security, resource mobilization, and the economy, among others, to continuously assess the situation and refine and implement the national COVID-19 response plan.

With the Prime Minister at the helm, setting the political direction and tone, the leadership facilitates streamlined decision-making. To date, the task force has executed notable actions to prevent the spread of the virus and protect lives and livelihoods. Far-reaching social distancing measures were implemented, including the suspension of schools and universities; testing, isolation, quarantine, and treatment capacities have been scaled up; borders have been closed and inter- and intra-city transportation is being monitored, and extensive resource mobilization has been undertaken.

Leading by example, the President, Prime Minister, and top government officials have donated one month of their salaries to the COVID-19 response fund. The government has revitalized civic society organizations and successful social mobilization mechanisms that have been instituted during the last two years.

Financial and in-kind resources, technology and human resources are now flowing from within the country and the diaspora. Following the government’s call, 18,000 health professionals - including students and retired professionals - have responded to join the emergency team, and 5,000 were placed on duty immediately. The multipurpose Millennium Hall - close to 8,000 square feet - was refurbished into a COVID-19 treatment center, demonstrating the organizational efficiency of the leadership.

Most recently, a state of emergency was declared to reinforce social distancing measures and enhance the government’s ability to administrate and take quick action as the situation unfolds.

The most pressing priority is to save lives and implement social protection for those whose livelihoods are being upended, followed by provisions to build economic resilience. We are prepared to provide safety nets to 30 million individuals, including the poor and those in subsistence employment.

Mapping of the vulnerable groups has been undertaken, including those on the street, sex workers, IDPs, returnees, and refugees. Food security plans have been elaborated with reserves in place for the April to June period, and additional resources are being mobilized to cover the demands for the following three months, as the need arises.

The government is working to safeguard the agriculture sector from the immediate impacts of the pandemic to ensure that the food supply is maintained and productivity is enhanced. Arrangements are underway to make inputs available to farmers to prepare for the next season. National and regional food supply chains and logistics networks are being mapped in collaboration with regional and local governments to avoid disruptions to the national supply chain.

While the challenges are vast, the good news is that we will not need to reinvent the wheel to deliver on our lives and livelihoods protection plan. The country has existing livelihood protection and development programmes, such as the safety net programme and the health and agricultural extension workers, that are ingrained at the grassroots level and have been proven to work.

The national safety net programme, which is the largest in Africa, has been effectively protecting livelihoods and enhancing the resilience of the most vulnerable for 15 years, providing food and cash transfers to eight million vulnerable people and millions of the transitory poor annually. Similarly, the health and agricultural extension workers have played a prominent role in mobilizing communities and building capacity for socio-economic development.

The government is now tasked with the scaling up and strengthening of these existing programmes. This past week, 40,000 health extension workers took part in door-to-door screenings of communities for COVID-19. Local governments are working with existing social institutions such as idirs, local elderly associations, to spread information and support the most vulnerable population during the pandemic.

The protection of livelihoods and building economic resilience also requires targeted interventions to avoid the gradual slowdown of the economy. The pandemic reached the country just after we launched the comprehensive three-year Homegrown Economic Reform Agenda to improve macroeconomic stability and stimulate growth in key sectors. These reforms provide us with an unprecedented scope to strengthen our COVID-19 response.

The early wins in ensuring disciplined macroeconomic management, re-energising the business community to lead the economy, and setting the foundations for a digital economy are giving us leverage in the mitigation of the pandemic and the recovery of our economy. This reform momentum has also boosted the confidence of our international partners, and promising support is being garnered in the immediate term to support our COVID-19 response plans.

Leveraging improvements in the business climate and overhauling regulations, government officials are working with the re-energised business community to enhance production and productivity, ensure jobs are maintained, and further economic resilience. The burgeoning manufacturing sector and SMEs are adapting to meet the needs of the time, including the production of items that are essential for the response to COVID-19 such as masks, face shields and hand sanitizer.

Policy provisions are being introduced, including ensuring the availability of inputs and various fiscal, monetary, and sector-specific policy measures, to help preserve livelihoods and businesses and stimulate the productivity of sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing. These measures will be strictly complemented by actions to contain the spread of the virus in the workplace through the provision of personal protective devices, awareness creation and rescheduling work hours.

The early efforts to erect the foundations for a digital economy are already paying off, encouraging start-ups to lead in launching digital payments and markets to promote social distancing. These are promising initiatives that will not only help to cope with the pandemic but also prepare us for the post-COVID-19 global economy.

In light of the dynamic nature of the pandemic, the government continues to assess the situation on the ground and learn from experiences elsewhere to refine and recalibrate its plan to save lives and livelihoods. The emergency plan covers three to six months to mitigate the health and livelihood impacts of the pandemic, while the resilience and recovery plan stretches over a year. The plan considers scenarios regarding the duration and severity of the pandemic and follows a people-first approach.

The pandemic is a global challenge that requires coordinated efforts from governments, civic societies, businesses and all segments of society. The scale of the challenges remains vast, yet what shields us is our collective resolve to protect the wellbeing of our citizens and our hard-won development gains. We need to stay on track toward achieving prosperity for all.

Delaying the repayments to the Group of 20 is not enough. By Abiy Ahmed Mr. Ahmed is the prime minister of Ethiopia. April 30, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET Coronavirus testing supplies being unloaded at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Coronavirus testing supplies being unloaded at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March.Credit...Tiksa Negeri/Reuters ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — On April 15, Group of 20 countries offered temporary relief to some of the world’s lowest-income countries by suspending debt repayments until the end of the year. It is a step in the right direction and provides an opportunity to redirect financial resources toward dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. But if the world is to survive the punishing fallout of the pandemic and ensure that the economies of countries like mine bounce back, this initiative needs to be even more ambitious. At the very least, the suspension of debt payments should last not just until the end of 2020 but rather until well after the pandemic is truly over. It should involve not just debt suspension but debt cancellation. Global creditors need to waive both official bilateral and commercial debt for low-income countries. These steps need to be taken with a sense of urgency. The resources freed up will save lives and livelihoods in the short term, bring back hope and dynamism to low-income economies in the medium term and enable them to continue as the engines of sustainable global prosperity in the long term. In 2019, 64 countries, nearly half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, spent more on servicing external debt than on health. Ethiopia spends twice as much on paying off external debt as on health. We spend 47 percent of our merchandise export revenue on debt servicing. The International Monetary Fund described Ethiopia as being at high risk of external debt distress. The dilemma Ethiopia faces is stark: Do we continue to pay toward debt or redirect resources to save lives and livelihoods? Lives lost during the pandemic cannot be recovered; imperiled livelihoods cost more and take longer to recover. Help us report in critical moments. Subscribe today to support The Times Immediate and forceful action on debt will prevent a humanitarian disaster today and shore up our economy for tomorrow. We need to immediately divert resources from servicing debt toward responding adequately to the pandemic. We need to impede a temporary health crisis from turning into a chronic financial meltdown that could last for years, even decades. Ethiopia must spend an extra $3 billion by the end of 2020 to address the consequences of the pandemic, while our balance of payments is set to deteriorate. Increasing health care spending is essential, irrespective of debt levels, but we have less money on hand, and much of it is due to creditors. A moratorium on bilateral and commercial debt payments for the rest of this year will save Ethiopia $1.7 billion. Extending the moratorium till the end of 2022 would save an additional $3.5 billion. Low income countries can use the financial resources freed up by cancellation or further deferment of debt repayments to invest in our battle against the pandemic, from providing necessary medical care to our citizens to ameliorating our financial difficulties. In October, the I.M.F. reported that the five fastest-growing economies in the world were in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes Ethiopia. In early April, the World Bank reported that sub-Saharan Africa would face its first regionwide recession in over 25 years and the region’s economy could shrink by as much as 5.1 percent. This is not a result of bad policies, mismanagement or any other ill typically associated with developing economies. The recession will be the product of the coronavirus outbreak. Preventing or at least minimizing the recession is critical to maintaining years of hard-won economic gains across the continent. The current moratorium in bilateral debt collection until the end of the year will help, but it won’t be enough, given the gravity of the challenge we face. The moratorium must be extended until the coronavirus health emergency is over or canceled altogether. The creditors need to do this unconditionally. Official bilateral creditors are no longer the principal source of external debt financing for many developing countries. Private-sector creditors, including investment banks and sovereign funds, are. They should play their part in the effort to rescue African economies from permanent paralysis with a sense of solidarity and shared responsibility. It would help avoid widespread sovereign defaults and chaos in the market. And it would be morally indefensible if resources freed up from a moratorium in bilateral debt collections were to be used to pay private creditors instead of saving lives. Most of our countries managed to borrow funds on the back of solid economic performance and highly promising and evidence-based development programs and trajectories. Nobody foresaw this promise being derailed by a once-in-a-century event such as the coronavirus pandemic. Under these circumstances, there is no room for traditional arguments such as moral hazard. Low-income countries are seeking relief not because we squandered the money but because we need the resources to save lives and livelihoods. It is in everybody’s enlightened self-interest that the borrowers be allowed breathing space to get back to relative health. The benefits of rehabilitation of the economies of the hardest-hit countries will be shared by all of us, just as the consequences of neglect will harm all of us.

A Week in the Horn 24.04.2020

News in Brief

IGAD Council of Ministers Discusses the Situation in South Sudan…

…and Pending Issues need to be solved for Sustainable Peace in South Sudan, FM Gedu Says

African Leaders Urge Private Sector to Partake in Continental Fight against COVID-19

AU Peace and Security Council Discusses Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Security in Africa

Africa and the African Union

A 71st extraordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers was held on Thursday (April 23) via video link to follow up on the progress of the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (See article)

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday (April 22) participated in the virtual meeting of the African Union Extended Bureau of Heads of State convened by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Chair of the African Union for 2020, to discuss the role of the private sector in the AU-led continental fight against the COVID-19 scourge. The meeting brought together Heads of State and Government of DRC, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and members of the African Business Leaders Coalition. (See article)

Wellcome and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) on Tuesday (April 21) have awarded a grant of EUR 2.26 million to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to support the COVID-19 response by African Union Member States. The grant was awarded as part of the DFID/Wellcome Epidemic Preparedness for Coronavirus grant and it is to support the implementation of the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Outbreak.

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union called on member States to further enhance their cross-border cooperation to deny terrorists and armed groups, criminal networks, and traffickers the opportunity to exploit the current COVID-19 situation to perpetuate their activities. The council related this in a communiqué issued following its virtual meeting held to discuss the impact of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on peace and security in Africa on April 14. (See article)

Ethiopia

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew stated that the peace process in South Sudan has reached an important milestone, and partners need to keep the momentum to achieve the desired result. The Minister made this remark in delivering a speech on an IGAD-led video conference held on Thursday (April 23) to consult the progress of the peace process in South Sudan. (See article)

Ethiopia has reported no new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday (April 23), the first time since it began issuing daily data last month. Out of the 965 samples taken over the past 24 hours, none of them have tested positive for the virus, said the Ministry of Health in a statement. The Ministry warned that “zero positive results among 965 tested individuals do not indicate the decline of COVID-19 in Ethiopia.” Ethiopia has so far reported 116 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, with three deaths and 21 recoveries.

Ambassador of China to Ethiopia, Tan Jian, on Thursday (April 23) handed over medical supplies donated by the Chinese Government to African nations. The COVID-19 preventive medical equipment was transported from Beijing to Addis Ababa by Ethiopian Airlines. The equipment distributed to 12 African countries includes infrared thermometers, gloves, masks, gowns, face shields, and coveralls, among others. Speaking at a handover ceremony held at the Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, ambassador Tan said China will continue to support African countries that stood by its side during testing times.

UNICEF Ethiopia on Thursday (April 23) handed over medical supplies to the Ministry of Health to support Ethiopia’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. Partially funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the medical equipment for health workers arrived in Ethiopia last week. The medical supplies include masks, surgical gowns, face shields, coveralls, and other medical equipment.

Ethiopian Airlines has completed the flight and delivery of the second round shipments of life-saving medical supplies donated by Jack Ma to all African countries to help them fight COVID-19. In a statement issued on Wednesday (April 22), Ethiopian expressed its complements and appreciation to the Jack Ma Foundation, Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, WFP and the African CDC for giving the airlines the opportunity to serve African brothers and sisters during this unprecedented global health and economic crisis.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday (April 21) said 12 additional COVID 19 diagnostic laboratories have begun services during the weekend. This brings the total number of Coronavirus testing facilities in Ethiopia to 20. Five more laboratories will also go operational soon, said Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health. She said 11 of the laboratories are currently providing services in different regional towns and cities, while the other nine labs are located in Addis Ababa, including a lab owned by a private hospital.

Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday (April 21) has held phone discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The discussion focused on ways to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Dr. Abiy appreciated Japan’s fight against the virus and paid condolences to Japanese people who lost their lives battling with the virus.

The Chinese anti-pandemic medical expert team on Wednesday (April 22) has received a briefing on the situational update of COVID-19 response in Ethiopia. The 12-member team, dispatched by the government of China, arrived in Addis Ababa last Thursday, April 16, 2020. They are among the very first batch of anti-pandemic medical teams that China ever sends to Africa since the outbreak. During their two-week stay in the country, they will share experience and give advice on the prevention and control of COVID-19 with local hospitals and experts.

The National Task Force for Coronavirus (COVID 19) said close to 400 million birr has been raised till last Friday. Adanech Abiebie, Federal Attorney General and Coordinator of the Task Force told the media that the above-stated amount was contributed by 180 institutions to combat the COVID 19 pandemic. Among the fundraisers include 100 public institutions and 80 private organizations, she said.

The Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations said on Monday (April 20) that they will make a third donation of medical equipment to the African Union (AU) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to assist African nations in the fight against COVID-19. The medical supplies include 4.6m masks, 500,000 swabs, and test kits, 300 ventilators, 200,000 clothing sets, 200,000 face shields, 2,000 thermal guns, 100 body temperature scanners, and 500,000 pairs of gloves.

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) announced on Monday (April 20) that it will fly three times a week to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) to pick fresh produce destined for the European Markets. The arrangement is the result of a joint initiative by the Tanzania Horticulture Association (Taha) and the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (Kadco), which manages the airport and one of the leading carriers in Africa.

Eritrea

Eritrean Ministry of Health on Thursday (April 2) announced that five COVID-19 patients have recovered fully after standard tests at the National Laboratory and were released from the hospital on the same day. This brings the total number of recovered patients to eleven. The total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date is 39.

Djibouti

With Djibouti’s health system under enormous strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, young migrants in the country are using 3D-printers to make face shields, and ease the shortfall inside medical facilities. The shields are being produced in a training space called a ‘fab lab’ (digital fabrication space) funded by IOM, the UN’s migration agency (IOM), which normally teaches digital fabrication skills and computer literacy to vulnerable youth. ‘Fab labs’, which use openly shared software and data, are gaining attention as a way to provide desperately needed equipment, as well as provide marketable skills to young people who do not have access to formal education.

Kenya

Kenya’s Mandera County began a 21-day lockdown on Wednesday (April 22) night at the direction of Interior Minister Fred Mating’i because more citizens are becoming infected with the Coronavirus. Kenya’s latest self-isolation measure bars road travel and flights in and out of the county. Additionally, Matiang’i said Kenya’s National Command Center on the Coronavirus Pandemic is reviewing the enforcement of public health measures in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties. The results are expected by Friday.

Somalia

The presidents of Turkey and Somalia discussed the global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in a phone call on Wednesday (April 23). Turkey’s Directorate of Communications said Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo also exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional developments. Farmajo thanked Erdogan for Turkey’s generosity and support of Somalia’s fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on Monday (April 20) it has enhanced its cooperation with Somalia to curb the spread of desert locust in the country. FAO said its collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation will help up local capacities, surveillance, and control operations to combat the desert locust upsurge even as the attention has been shifted to COVID-19. “Despite the current circumstances dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that we keep reinforcing our collaboration and continue the hard work to contain the desert locust upsurge, and to protect lives and livelihoods. Otherwise, we could end up in a serious food crisis by the end of the year,” Etienne Peterschmitt, FAO Representative in Somalia said in a statement.

South Sudan

South Sudan President has ordered to lower the national flag at half-staff for three days to mark the death of Mansour Khalid, a veteran Sudanese politician and a former member of the historical SPLM who died on late on Wednesday (April 22). Khalid died in Khartoum late on Wednesday night at the age of 89 years old. His death sparked an outpouring of tributes from across the political spectrum in both South Sudan and Sudan. The former foreign minister was one of the few northern Sudanese politicians that joined the SPLM under the leadership of the late John Garang.

The IGAD leading body held a videoconference meeting on Thursday (April 23) chaired by the Sudanese Foreign Minister to discuss the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement signed on 12 September 2018. In his briefing to the meeting, the head of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) Augostino Njoroge pointed to the delay in the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) and the Council of States, and the lack of agreement between the parties on appointment of state governors.

South Sudan’s Defence Minister on Thursday (April 22) declined to appear before the lawmakers saying their term has ended and should be replaced by a new transitional parliament in line with the revitalized peace pact. Angeline had been summoned by the Transitional National Legislature Taskforce for COVID-19 to explain the army’s role in the country’s efforts to slow the spread of Coronavirus and prevent continuing cross-border movements from neighboring countries.

South Sudan’s Deputy Interior Minister Mabior Garang de Mabior on Sunday (April 19) fustigated media coverage of the defection of some SPLM/A-IO senior members describing it as “propaganda”. “What is being labeled as, “mass exodus from the SPLM/SPLA (IO)”, by the intellectual mercenaries of the traditional elite, is nothing more than sensationalism and propaganda,” said Mabior who is also the Chairman of the SPLM-IO national committee for information and public relations.

Sudan

The peace agreement to be signed between the Sudanese government and SPLM-N led by Malik Agar will include West Kordofan state, revealed Yasir Arman, the Movement’s chief negotiator. On Tuesday (April 21), the two parties held their second teleconference meeting to discuss issues of peace in the Two Areas particularly the wealth-sharing, security arrangements, and the situation of the West Kordofan in this agreement. The West Kordofan state was abolished and merged into South Kordofan State in 2005 as per the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), but it was re-established in April 2013.

The SPLM-N led by Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu voiced its support for the Sudanese government’s efforts to replace the military state governors with civilian governors and criticized the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF)’s opposition to the move. However, the alliance of the armed groups said the appointment of governors should be considered as part of the reshaping process of the Sudanese state after the signing of the peace agreement.

Armed groups have demanded to join the ongoing peace negotiations in Juba between the Sudanese government and the armed groups to end Darfur conflict. Recently, the head of the Sudan Liberation Movement, Minni Arko Minnawi welcomed the inclusion of groups not affiliated with the Sudanese Revolutionary Front in the negotiations for peace in Western Sudan. In separate letters addressed to the South Sudanese mediation, two factions of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) led by Mansour Arbab now called “New JEM” and another faction of JEM led by Abdallah Banda requested to join the talks.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok decided, on Saturday (April 18), to postpone the appointment of state governors, which is supposed to be announced on the same day according to a timetable agreed by the transitional government partners. The country’s ruling partners – the Sovereign Council, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), and the government – last week endorsed a plan for carrying out several reforms including a timeframe. Among others, the state governors had to be appointed on April 18.

Sudanese government last week on Saturday (April 18) deplored that several mosques in Khartoum state ignored the risk of Coronavirus and held Friday prayer in spite of a ministerial decision banning it. Sudan has reported 32 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, including the death of five patients. All of the cases are in Khartoum state except one in the Nile River state. In line with the government efforts to contain the respiratory disease, the minister of religious affairs last week on Wednesday imposed a ban and called on worshippers to avoid mosques on Friday.

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IGAD Council of Ministers Discuss the Situation in South Sudan

A 71st extraordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers was held on Thursday (April 23) via video link to follow up on the progress of the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council opened the session listening to a statement delivered by Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan, Ambassador Beatrice Khamisa Wani, and reports of IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais (PhD) and Interim Chair of The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), Ambassador Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Augostino S.K. Njoroge on the Status of the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The Council encouraged the implementation of outstanding Pre-Transitional Period tasks; such as responsibility-sharing at the State and Local Government levels, reconstitution of South Sudan’s Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) and training and redeployment of necessary Unified Forces.

According to a communiqué issued on the meeting, the council expressed its concern with the impasse among the Parties in agreeing on responsibility-sharing at the State and Local Governments levels. Thus, “the council called on the Parties to immediately resume discussions and consultations and reach on an agreement within fifteen (15) days of the issuance of this Communique” (i.e., on May 08, 2020).  Regarding the reconstitution of the TNLA, the Council “urged the President of the Republic to dissolve the incumbent TNLA before 30th April 2020, and called upon the Parties to reconstitute the TNLA in accordance with the R-ARCSS within ten (10) days of the dissolution of the incumbent TNLA,” the communiqué issued related.

The council also deliberated on some of the challenges and disagreements related to the implementation of the R-ARCSS: Constitutional Amendment, Public Political appointments, Inter and intra-party divisions, and Non-observance of the 35% women representation requirement. Regarding the Constitutional Amendment, the Council “Commended the R-TGoNU for recognizing substantive alterations made to the Constitutional Amendment Bill, as submitted by the NCAC, and passed as Constitutional Amendment Act by the TNLA contravene the provisions of the R-ARCSS and appreciated the commitment made by the RTGoNU during the Council meeting to take remedial measures to rectify the alterations made to the Constitutional Amendment Bill.” In making public political appointments in the future, the Council Urged the President of the Republic to undertake the necessary consultations with concerned officials and organs in accordance with the R-ARCSS or TCSS 2011 (as amended). The Council also encouraged all Parties to ensure that the 35% women representation is respected and adhered to in future nominations to various public offices

The council endorsed the Rome Resolution on Monitoring and Verification of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 2017, between the South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA) with “a view to creating a conducive environment for an all-inclusive peace process in South Sudan.”

The Council also discussed the Economic impact of COVID-19 on the implementation of the R-ARCSS. It echoed the call by the IGAD Heads of State and Government for Debt Cancellation for IGAD Member States to have sufficient resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the Desert Locust invasion and appealed to the international community to support the fight against COVID-19 by channeling financial resources IGAD emergency fund for the control and prevention of pandemic diseases.

The meeting was attended by  Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti;  Gedu Andargachew, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;  Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya;  Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister for Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia;  Ambassador Beatrice Khamisa Wani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan; and  Sam Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda.

Also, in attendance were Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo (PhD), the Executive Secretary of IGAD;  Ambassador Dr. Ismail Wais, the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan;  Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Kenya Special Envoy to South Sudan;  Ambassador Jamal El-Shiekh, Sudan Special Envoy to South Sudan; H.E Ambassador Hamza El-Amin, Sudan Ambassador to Djibouti and Chair of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors; Abdulaziz Mohammed, Ethiopia Ambassador to Djibouti;  Ambassador John Mwangemi, Kenya Ambassador to Djibouti,  James Morgan, South Sudan Ambassador to Ethiopia;  Teferi Tadesse, Ethiopia Ambassador to South Sudan;  Ambassador Adil Ibrahim Mustafa, Sudan Ambassador to South Sudan;  Betty Bigombe, Senior Advisor to the President of Uganda on South Sudan;  Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge, Interim Chair of RJMEC; and  Maj. Gen. Teshome Gemechu, Chair of CTSAMVM.

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Pending Issues need to be solved for Sustainable Peace in South Sudan, FM Gedu Says

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew stated that the peace process in South Sudan has reached an important milestone, and partners need to keep the momentum to achieve the desired result.

The Minister made this remark in delivering a speech on an IGAD-led video conference held on Thursday (April 23) to consult the progress of the peace process in South Sudan.

In his speech, Gedu appreciated the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity and the appointment of the Council of Ministers.

The Minister underscored the need to finalize pending tasks to create a whole new government across the nation.

He emphasized the need to create consensus on sharing responsibilities on states and local governments not only to carry out proper local administration but also to properly address the COVID-19 pandemic and the desert locust outbreak.

He urged the parties that did not submit their list of nominees for the reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) to do so in order to reconstitute the legislative arm of the government.

Mr. Gedu also expressed his hope that the South Sudan Government would enhance its commitment to financing the transitional security arrangement and post-conflict reconstruction efforts which should also be backed by partners.

Recognizing South Sudan’s long-awaited hope for peace, Minister Gedu urged parties to build trust among themselves and fulfill the aspirations of the public.

The Minister finally called on IGAD and other stakeholders to facilitate the necessary support for the prevention and preparedness against the COVID-19 and post-conflict reconstruction of South Sudan.

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African Leaders Urge Private Sector to Partake in Continental Fight against COVID-19

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday (April 22) participated in the virtual meeting of the African Union Extended Bureau of Heads of State convened by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Chair of the African Union for 2020, to discuss the role of the private sector in the AU-led continental fight against the COVID-19 scourge.

The meeting brought together Heads of State and Government of DRC, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and members of the African Business Leaders Coalition.

Prime Minister Abiy related on his Tweeter page the commendable commitment of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB_Group), African Export-Import Bank and other private stakeholders to contribute to Africa COVID-19 fund and the Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC).

“Strengthening the Africa Center for Disease Control and enhancing our testing capacity as a continent is key,” Abiy added.

President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated the Bureau’s previous calls to the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe and Sudan to help them get all available resources in their fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. According to Ramaphosa, “the Bureau agreed on the need for G20 countries to provide a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa, including deferred payments and the immediate suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external public and private debt to create fiscal space for COVID-19 response measures.”

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, in Tweeting about the teleconference, said: ”The enthusiasm by the African private sector to partner in the Partnership to Accelerate COVID19 Testing Initiative (PACT) was encouraging as we discussed how they could harness their logistics, private laboratories, manufacturing capacity to support the continental strategy.”

The African Union will facilitate a platform for the African private sector to share experiences of how they have been able to adapt in these trying times of the COVID19 pandemic, the Chairperson added.

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AU Peace and Security Council Discusses Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Security in Africa

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union called on member States to further enhance their cross-border cooperation to deny terrorists and armed groups, criminal networks, and traffickers the opportunity to exploit the current COVID-19 situation to perpetuate their activities.

The council related this in a communiqué issued following its virtual meeting held to discuss the impact of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on peace and security in Africa on April 14.

Given the nature of the virus and its negative impact on AU peace and security activities, the council underscored the urgent need to mobilize and deploy all necessary efforts, within the spirit of international solidarity, in order to effectively mitigate, contain the spread and defeat COVID-19.

Further emphasizing the importance of solidarity among Africans, the Council called on member states to draw lessons learned from the recent successful fight against the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in parts of the Continent.

The Council also reiterated the call for all belligerents to fully embrace and uphold the Global Ceasefire in order to facilitate efforts being deployed against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council welcomed the establishment of the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund in order to mobilize the required financial resources for Africa’s fight against the pandemic.

The Council also appealed to the bilateral and international development partners, to consider debt cancellation and relief to those African countries with fragile economies.

The Council paid special tribute to Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Mr. Jack Ma, for their personal efforts and commitment in mobilizing material support for the fight against COVID-19 within the Continent.

The Council also commended the Ethiopian Airlines and the World Food Programme (WFP), for delivering donated medical equipment to all Member States.

The Council affirmed its unflinching support to the relentless efforts being deployed by WHO, particularly its Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in providing timely information, technical guidance, and material assistance towards efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

The Peace and Security Council also commended the Africa CDC, member states, and all private sector entities, partner countries, international institutions, and philanthropist organizations for mobilizing resources and taking swift measures to mitigate the impact of the virus.

Interview


Notice and event announcement

 

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

#,,,,

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

#,,,,

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.

 

 

 

 

 
For all Ethiopians, Ethiopian Origin in the diaspora and Freinds of Ethiopia
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Important Notice!!!



In accordance with the Canadian Federal and Provincial authorities and the direction of our Government, the Embassy suspends all in-person Consular and Diaspora services starting from March 25, 2020 till further notice.



All service requests shall be made to the phone numbers, emails or provided post address stated under:

For Consular Matters:

                         Ms. Tsehay Astale, Tel (343) 996 5643 and,

                         Mrs. Negisti Halefom, Tel (613) 262 1269

                     Email: consular@ethioembassycanada.org

For Diaspora Matters:

                           Mr. Abekrie Abdu, Tel (613) 302 5954

Email: diaspora@ethioembassycanada.org

For emergency and other matters:

                             Mrs. Frehiwot Kifle, Tel(613) 558 0286

Email: info@ethioembassycanada.org



Postal Address: 1501-275 slater st, Ottawa, K1P5H9

 

 

 

 

 

  በክቡር የኢ.ፌ.ዴ.ሪ. ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ በውጭ ለሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ወጣቶች የተላለፈ መልዕክት


በውጭ አገራት የምትኖሩ ወጣት ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ባላችሁ የክረምት ዕረፍት ጊዜ በአገር ቤት በበጎ ፈቃድ አገልግሎት መስክ እንድታገለግሉና የወደፊቷን ኢትዮጵያ ለመገንባት የበኩላችሁን የማይተካ ሚና እንድትጫወቱ በክቡር ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትራችን መልዕክት ተላልፏል፡፡

ስለሆነም፣ በዚህ በጎ ፈቃድ አገልግሎት ለመሳተፍ የምትፈልጉ ወጣቶች በኤምባሲው በኩል በአካል በመቅረብ፣ በስልክ ቁጥር(613) 565 6637(የውስጥ መስመር 213) እና (613) 565 6637(የውስጥ መስመር 204) በመደወል እና በኢሜል አድራሻ merga.feyisa@ethioembassycanada.org እና fiseha.zerihun@ethioembassycanada.org ፍላጎታችሁን በመግለጽ እንድትመዘገቡ እያስታወቅን፣ መንግስት እናንተን በተቀደሰ ተግባር ላይ ለማሰማራት አስፈላጊውን ዝግጅት ያደረገ መሆኑን እንገልጻለን። 

የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ 
ኦታዋ፣ ካናዳ
ሰኔ ፣ 2011 ዓ.ም.

 

INFORMATION REGRDING THE DIASPORA TRUST FUND

 

 Invitation for Bid

 

Name of Country: Ethiopia

 

Name of Project: Procurement of 400,000 MT wheat grain or milling wheat for Ministry of Trade and Industry (Ethiopian Trading Business Corporation).

 

Procurement Reference number: PPPDS/ETBC/ICB/PG/131/03/2011

 

  1. The Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS) on behalf of Ethiopian Trading Business Corporation have funds with the Procuring entity’s budget to be used for the Procurement of 400,000 MT milling wheat.
  2. The PPPDS invites eligible Bidders for the supply of goods and services mentioned above.
  3. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the International Competitive Bid (ICB) procedures, contained in the Public Procurement and Property Administration Proclamation of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and is open to all Bidders from eligible source countries.
  4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from PPPDS and inspect the bidding document at the address given below at 7(a) from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm until bid closing date.
  5. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders at the address given below at 7(a) upon payment of a non-refundable fee of Birr 200.00 (two Hundred Birr) or equivalent amount in easily convertible hard currencyThe method of payment will be in cash.
  6. Bid must be delivered to the Address below at 7(b) on or before 31st January 2019 at 10:0 0 am.
  7. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security amount valued at 100,000 birror equivalent amount for each lot in the form of CPO or an unconditional Bank counter guarantee from domestic Commercial Banks. The bid security should be in the name of Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders or their representatives who choose to attend the event at the address below at 7(b) at 10: 15 am on 31st January 2019.

 

(a) Documents will be issued at Ministry of Finance, compound No.2, block 5th, 1stfloor, room No. 101, Telephone 011-1-540524, 011-1-223755/22

 

(b) Bids must be delivered to, and will be opened at PPPDS, Ministry of Finance, compound No.2, Block No. 5th, 1st floor conference Hall.

 

PPPDS reserves the right to reject any or all bids and any items on the bid.

 

Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS)

 

Tel. 011-1-540524, 011-1-223755 or 011-1-223722

 

Website; http://www.pppds.gov.et

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

 ለውድ ተገልጋዮቻችን በሙሉ፡-

 

ኤምባሲያችን በፓስፖርት፣ ቪዛና የሰነድ ማረጋገጫ አገልግሎቶች ላይ ባለው የምንዛሪ ልዩነት የዋጋ ለውጥ ያደረገ መሆኑን እየገለጸ አገልግሎቶቹንና የዋጋ ዝርዝር በተመለከተ በድኅረ ገጻችን Consular Section በሚለው ሜኑ ስር የምታገኙ መሆኑን እንገልጻለን፡፡

 

የኢ.ፌ.ዲ.ሪ ኤምባሲ

ኦታዋ ካናዳ

 

  

ለሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊያንና ትውልድ ኢትዮጵያዊያን

 

በካናዳ በጉዲፈቻ መንገድ የመጡ ህፃናትና ወጣቶች እንዳሉ ይታወቃል፡፡ በመሆኑም ሚሲዮናችን እነዚህን ዜጎች በማግኘትና ፍላጎት ያላቸውን ከቤተሰቦቻቸው ጋር ለማገናኘት እንዲሁም ያሉበትን ሁኔታ ኤምባሲው ለማወቅና ለመደገፍ ስለፈለገ ይህ መረጃ እንዲደርሳቸውና አድራሻቸውን እንድታሳውቁን በአክብሮት እንጠይቃለን፡፡

 

ስልክ ቁጥር (613) 565 6637 ext 204፣ 207፣ 213

 

ወይም በኢሜል፡ info@ethioembassycanada.org

 

የኢ.ፌ.ዴ.ሪ. ኤምባሲ ኦታዋ

 

 

Announcement&

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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