South African companies keen to invest in Ethiopia

South African investors and representatives of companies have expressed their readiness to invest in Ethiopia and do business with.

A South African business delegation comprising 22 investors and representatives of companies are currently in Ethiopia to explore investment potentials and opportunities in the country, particularly in manufacturing, agro-processing, energy and construction sectors.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael met with the South African Business Delegation on Monday (March 6, 2017) and briefed them on investment prospects in Ethiopia. 

Dr. Aklilu  underscored that the delegation's current move will promote Ethiopia's aspiration to boost the intra Africa trade and enhance south-south cooperation.

He said, "Ethiopia attracts investors from China and Turkey as well as the US and Europe; nevertheless we would like to also promote south-south economic cooperation between African countries."

Touching upon the huge investment potentials in Ethiopia, the State Minister said, "Ethiopia's geographic location, its active membership in regional and bilateral trade agreements, including various other platforms with the U.S, EU and COMESA region, and the favorable investment policies make it an attractive investment destination."

Ethiopia's young and productive work force which accounts for 60 percent of the population also offers significant comparative advantages to investors, he added.

Ethiopia, France to further ties in various fields

Ethiopia and France are poised to further ties in the fields of fighting terrorism, technology transfer, climate resilience programs, peace and security.

The latest agreement came as the outgoing French Ambassador to Ethiopia Brigitte Collet took leave of President Mulatu Teshome at the National Palace.

Dr. Mulatu on the occasion called for a wider exchange in the areas of culture, education and investment between France and Ethiopia.

According to an official who attended the talks, the President appreciated the commitment by the outgoing Ambassador to strengthen the business and investment ties between the two nations.

Over the past three years, the two countries have been working on the Ethio-France Economic Forum (EFEF) to boost their business and trade ties.

The forum helps promote Ethiopia’s favorable investment and trade atmosphere to France investors.

It was indicated that EFEF will be launched the coming December in Paris.

Ambassador Collect on her part said France is desirous to strengthen the longstanding bilateral relation with Ethiopia.

She said France has targeted to expand French language in secondary schools in Ethiopia.


WHO says new strategy will improve health system in Africa

The newly adopted Regional Strategy for Health Security and Emergencies will help build better health system in Africa and facilitate emergency response services, announced WHO Regional Committee for Africa.

The regional strategy aims at preventing morbidity and mortality and reduction of the socio-economic disruption occurring due outbreaks and other health emergencies in the African region.

The strategy was adopted during the 66th WHO Regional Committee for Africa meeting held in Addis Ababa.

“We want to take this opportunity to critically assess the capacity at country level, not only using self -assessment but joint external evaluation,” said WHO Regional Emergency Director Dr. Ibrahim Fall while speaking about the new strategy.

Stressing on the need to work with communities for rapid actions, the director said: “we need to work at local level to make sure that the prevention and response to emergencies will take place at lower level.”

Ethiopia is credited by the regional committee for achieving better results in Emergency Medical Services.

“I think everybody really appreciates the Emergency Medical Services in Ethiopia,” Dr. Fall remarked.

The director called on other countries to follow Ethiopia’s example as it helps them fill gaps they have in terms of capacity for international health regulation.

It was indicated that WHO African Region is challenged by recurrent outbreaks and other health emergencies.

According to WHO Regional Committee for Africa, member states report over 100 public health emergencies annually, with infectious diseases accounting for 80 per cent of the reports.

It said most of the infectious diseases are originating from animals as the health of humans, animals and the ecosystem are interconnected.

President Lauds Strong Ethio-US Cooperation

Ethiopia and USA have been enjoying strong cooperation in economic, security, democracy and good governance spheres, according to President Mulatu.

This was disclosed while the president conferred with USA Outgoing Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia M. Haslach.

According to an official who attended the meeting, President Mulatu Teshome appreciated the commitment of the ambassador to broaden and consolidate the relations between the countries.

The visit of President Obama to Ethiopia, which took place during her fruitful term of office, has boosted the bilateral relation of the two countries, he pointed out.

The US has been providing assistance to Ethiopia in education and capacity building since 1903, it was indicated.

Patricia M. Haslach has on her part reportedly said that USA is desirous to boost the long historical relations of the two countries.

She also appreciated the effective handling of the recent drought by the government.

The bilateral relation between Ethiopia and USA is over a century old.

Almaz breaks 10,000m world record at Rio

Ethiopian Athlete Almaz Ayana set a new world record for the 10,000m women’s race at the Rio Olympic.

Almaz run the 25 laps at 291745 to win the gold medal, while Tirunesh Dibaba, former world champion finished third. Tirunesh ran a personal best of 29:42.56 for the bronze.

Kenya’s athlete Vivian Cheruiyot finished second, in a new personal best and national record of 29:32.53.

Ethiopia will host the 66th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa (RC 66) from August 19-23, 2016, according to WHO.

The annual meeting will be held at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, with officials from WHO and government of Ethiopia expected at the event.

Regional oral health strategy 2016-2025, regional strategy for health security and emergencies and multispectral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing are among the agendas for the RC 66.

Global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health 2016–2030, framework for implementing the end TB strategy in the African region 2016–2020, and prevention, care and treatment of viral Hepatitis in the African region also make the key part of the conference agendas.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn will address the gathering, with Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admassu, Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, and Regional Director (RD) of WHO Africa Region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti expected to deliver speeches at the annual event. 

The WHO regional committee for Africa is the government body of WHO in the African region comprising health ministers from 47 African countries.

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