Ethiopian Peacekeeping Contingent to Liberia Seen Off
The Ethiopian peacekeeping contingent to be deployed in Liberia
as per the decision and request of the African Union and the United
Nations Security Council was bidden farewell yesterday.
In a farewell address he delivered to the departing contingent,
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is the Commander-in-Chief of the
Armed Forces urged the contingent to effectively discharge their
lofty responsibility entrusted to them taking cognizance of the
unreserved support provided by the government and people of Liberia
while Ethiopia was in trouble.
Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. General Samora Yenus on his
part expressed his conviction that the well-prepared contingent
would diligently accomplish its mission of ensuring peace and stability
in that country.
EH-18 Dec 2003
Meles Confer With Top Officials
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi held talks separately at his Office
with the Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau, the President of Senate
of Algeria as well as with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Libya
and Kenya on bilateral issues and other international concerns.
The talks between Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the Libyan Foreign
Affairs Minister, Dr. Abdurahman Shalagam focused on the bilateral
cooperation between Ethiopia and Libya as well as on the problem
created in the process of Ethio-Eritrea border demarcation. Meles
told Shalagam that the government of Ethiopia has been firmly committed
to solve the problem through peaceful means only.
Conferring with the Algerian President of Senate Dr. Abdulkadir
Bin Sallah, Prime Minister Meles said Ethiopia has unwavering commitment
for peace. The Algerian Government and President Abdulaziz Bouteflika
have been playing due roles in resolving the Ethio-Eritrean border
conflict, Meles said.
Prime Minister Meles also received and held talks with the Kenyan
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka on bilateral issues
as well as on the peace process in Somalia and the Sudan. Musyoka
on the occasion delivered a message sent from Kenyan President Mwai
Kibaki to Prime Minister Meles.
Prime Minister Meles also held talks with Prime Minister of Guinea
Bissau Dr. Antonio Artur Sanha on issues of peace and stability
in that country
ENA-16 December 2003
China-Africa Cooperation Forum Concludes
The second ministerial conference on China- Africa Cooperation Forum
concluded here injecting fresh vigor and vitality to the mutual
cooperation of China and Africa. The conference adopted the Addis
Ababa Action Plan after extensive deliberations.The action plan
has the content that furthers cooperation for the next three years
in economic and social development sectors.
Speaking at the closing session, Minister of Foreign Affairs Seyoum
Mesfin said much has been done within the framework of the Beijing
declaration in the economic and social development.
He said the business people of both sides have contributed to the
deepening and expansion of China -Africa Cooperation by injecting
the dimension of people-to-people ties. Chinese vice Minister of
Commerce Wei Jianguo said his country would continue to promote
all round cooperation with African nations, the African Union and
the many sub-regional organizations.
ENA-16 December 2003
China-Africa Memorial Statue Inaugurated
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao
inaugurated the China- Africa memorial statue erected in the Bole
area in Addis Ababa. Minister of foreign affairs Seyoum Mesfin and
his Chinese counter part Li Zhaohing also attended the inaugural
The statute manifests the pivotal role Ethiopia plays to consolidate
the China- Africa relation, foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin said.
The Chinese foreign minister Zhaohing said on the occasion that
the fact the statue has been erected in Addis Ababa, which is the
seat of the African Union is symbolic of China- Africa cooperation.
The Chinese prime minister Wen Jiaboa who was for a three day official
working visit to Ethiopia and to attend the second ministerial conference
of the China- Africa cooperation forum left for home on the same
ENA-16 December 2003
Ethiopia, China Sign Agreements
Ethiopia and China have agreed to further strengthen their relations
of cooperation in economic, trade and other fields, the Prime Ministers
of the two countries said.
The two countries have accordingly signed agreements that would
enable them cooperate in economic and cultural fields as well as
in matters related to visa issuance.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his Chinese counterpart,
Wen Jiabao have led the delegations of their respective countries
at the opening of the Ethio-China Bilateral Cooperation Meeting
at the National Palace.
The two prime ministers have on the occasion pointed out that over
the past few years the economic and business relations between the
two countries have grown. Both prime ministers have expressed strong
desire to take the existing relations to a higher level.
The Prime Ministers have also underlined the need for the governments
of the two countries to back efforts to bolster existing trade and
investment activities in their two countries.
Meles said cooperation between the two countries in the areas of
human resource development, transfer of agricultural technology
and infrastructure development has registered significant results.
The two sides have on the occasion signed agreements related to
economic and cultural cooperation as well as one aimed at speeding
up visa issuance services by the two countries.
ENA-15 December 2003
Sana'a Forum For Cooperation Concludes
The third session of the foreign affairs ministers of Ethiopia,
Yemen, and the Sudan concluded on the ministerial meeting of Sana'a
forum for cooperation issuing a joint communiqu¨¦ and
recommending to hold the next consultations in the second half of
December 2003 in Addis Ababa.
According to the joint communiqu¨¦, Seyoum Mesfin of
Ethiopia, the Yemeni Dr. Abubaker Abdullah and the Sudanese Dr.
Mustefa Osman Ismail held extensive talks on ways and means to promote
political, economic, trade and security cooperation of the common
interests between their respective countries.
The ministers further stressed the need for intensifying border
control to combat smuggling and illegal trade and agreed to hold
the trilateral private sector conference in Sana'a in 2004.
They have also expressed their appreciation regarding to the ongoing
Sudanese peace process in Kenya and hoped that the desired peace
agreement would result in the final settlement to the problem of
southern Sudan. On the Somalia reconciliation process, the ministers
welcomed the results achieved so far in the on going negotiations
in Kenya and called upon the different Somalia factions to return
the negotiation table and to continue the peace process.
The ministers reiterated their resolve to combat terrorism and agreed
to enhance security cooperation and coordination between their respective
ENA- 4 November 2003
IGAD Summit Ends Adopting Communique
The Tenth Ordinary Conference of the Intergovernmental Authority
on Development (IGAD) ended by issuing a communiqu¨¦
aimed at helping bring about peace and stability in the sub-region.
Following the Naivasha declaration of 22 October 2003, the summit
welcomed and urged the parties to conclude the final peace agreement
by the end of this year, according to the communiqu¨¦.
The summit welcomed and encouraged all the parties involved in the
Sudan peace process to continue with the process of dialogue in
order to resolve the remaining outstanding issues as agreed.
The Summit committed itself to support the reconstruction and peace
building effort in the Sudan and urged the IGAD secretariat to formulate
in collaboration with international organizations and development
partners, a workplan to that effect.
Following discussions and exchange of views on the current complications
encountered in the peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the
summit decided that the current IGAD Chairman and the current Chairman
of the African Union be engaged in the implementation of the Algiers
The summit endorsed the resolution of the 22nd session of the IGAD
council of ministers on the IGAD future vision for integration and
On Somalia Peace Process, the Summit recommended to expand the technical
committee now renamed as the facilitation committee on the Somali
Peace Process led by Kenya to include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Uganda and Sudan.
Heads of State and Government observed the serious harm travel advisories
inflict on the economies of member states of IGAD,
particularly in the tourism sector and investment. They emphasized
that IGAD region was safe for tourists and other investors, according
to the communiqu¨¦.
ENA-25 October 2003
Seyoum Holds Talks With Sudanese, Egyptian Foreign Ministers
Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin had held talks with his Sudanese
and Egyptian counterparts on bilateral and regional issues.
Seyoum, who attend the UN General assembly in New York, has also
held talks with Under Secretary General and representative of landlocked
developing countries and small island developing countries, Anwarul
During his talks with the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dr. Mustafa
Osman Ismail, Seyoum said Ethiopia gives special attention to the
peace process in the Sudan, and ways of further consolidating the
efforts launched to bring about peace and stability in Somalia.
While holding talks with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Maher
El-Sayed, Seyoum expressed Ethiopia's desire to further strengthen
its friendly relations with Egypt.
He also expressed his country's desire that Nile reparian countries
become beneficiaries of the resources of the river. Seyoum said
Ethiopia is also desirous of strengthening its ties with Middle
ENA-20 October 2003
Japan Pledges $ 1 Billion
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced US$ one billion
grant aid to Africa as the third edition of the Tokyo International
Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD III) opened on the September
29th ,2003 with over 1000 delegates attending. To be disbursed over
a period of five years, the fund will finance areas like health
and medical care, including HIV/AIDS, as well as education, water
and food assistance.
In a keynote address to the conference, Prime Minister Koizumi,
said that "human-centre development", "poverty reduction
through economic growth", and "consolidation of peace"
were the three pillars that comprise Japan's initiative for assistance
"These pillars also correspond to the priority areas laid out
by NEPAD", he added. Japan has apparently laid much emphasis
on NEPAD as reflected in the premier's address.
The co-chairperson of the Global Coalition for Africa, Prime Minister
Meles Zenawi warned that the renewed commitments to Africa's development
over the past few years should not be reason to relax 'our' efforts
to put Africa's development at the centre of the global agenda for
peace and development. "Hence, one of the key objectives of
TICAD, that of focusing the attention of the international community
on Africa's development is as relevant today as it has been at the
beginning of the TICAD process," he underscored.
Including 23 African heads of State and Government, over 1000 delegates,
representing 89 countries and 47 international and regional organizations
have been in attendance.
EH- 30 September 2003
Ethiopia Requests for Alternative to Resolve Dispute
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the decision of the Ethiopia-Eritrea
Boundary Commission (EEBC) on Badem and parts of the central sector
is totally illegal, unjust and irresponsible.
The Prime Minister said in a letter addressed to the UN Security
Council the colonial treaties which are the basis of the Algiers
Agreement and which should have been the key basis of the Algiers
Agreement and which should have been the key basis for the delimitation
and demarcation of the boundary leave Badme inside Ethiopia.
Despite the overwhelming evidence produced by Ethiopia proving that
Badme had always been administered by Ethiopia, the commission chose
to base its decision on state practice and awarded Badme to Eritrea,
The commission's decision which was allegedly based on state practice
also ended up splitting a single village and even a single homestead
between the two countries, he said. Its decisions in some parts
of the central sector are equally illegal, unjust and irresponsible.
It's unimaginable for the Ethiopian people to accept such a blatant
miscarriage of justice, he said, adding that the decision is thus
a recipe for continued instability, and even recurring wars.
The Prime Minister said the Boundary Commission admits that there
are indeed anomalies in its decision but states that it is unable
to correct them unless the parties give it an additional mandate.
The commission cannot be unaware of Eritrea's total rejection of
dialogue on demarcation, he said.
He said nothing worthwhile can be expected from the commission to
salvage the peace process instead it seems to be determined to continue
its disastrous stance whatever the consequence to the peace of the
Under these circumstances, only the Security Council can salvage
the peace process, he said, adding that the Boundary Commission
has itself acknowledged the responsibility of the United Nations,
in accordance with the Algiers Agreement, to assist the two parties
overcome challenges they might face in the process of delimitation
As the commission's decisions could inevitably lead the two countries
into another round of fratricidal war, the Security Council has
an obligation, arising out of the UN Charter, to avert such a threat
to regional peace and stability, the Prime Minister said.
Ethiopia hopes that the Security Council, the witnesses and guarantors
of the Algiers Agreement and the Secretary General, will help the
two parties achieve the objective and purpose of the Algiers Agreement
and break the present deadlock.
Accordingly, Ethiopia, when reaffirming its commitment under the
Algiers Agreement, stands ready to enter into a formal commitment
to reject the use of force as a means of resolving disputes and
calls upon Eritrea to do the same, Meles said.
ENA-28 September 2003
Meles Underscores Ethiopia's Commitment
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi reaffirmed Ethiopia's Strong conviction
to contribute its share for the prevalence of lasting peace and
stability across the Africa continent.
Speaking to the Ethiopian Peace Keeping Battalion departing to Burundi
at the ceremony held today at the premises of Ground forces, Meles
said Ethiopia is contributing its share through contributing peacekeeping
forces to the African Union in the efforts deployed to bring a lasting
peace to one of Africa's longest and deadly civil wars.
He said the deployment of Ethiopian Peacekeeping force to the East
African country is the manifestation of Ethiopia's firm commitment
to ensure peace and security across the continent.
The peacekeeping force that has 900 members would discharge its
mission under the auspices of AU in collaboration with peacekeeping
forces drawn from Mozambique and South Africa.
WIC-25 September 2003
Beijing and Addis Ababa To Establish Relations
Chairperson of Beijing People's Political Consultative Conference
said the Chinese government was desirous to further enhance the
bilateral cooperation existing between China and Ethiopia.
Cheng Shie told journalists after conferring with President Girma
Wolde-Giorgis here that the longstanding friendly relations and
bilateral cooperation would further be bolstered with strong economic
ties in the years ahead.
She said the talks between her and the President centered on ways
of further strengthening economic and other areas of cooperation
between the two countries.
Shie expressed her government's readiness to establish strong links
between Addis Ababa and Beijing by making them a twin city.
The chairperson also held talks with the Addis Ababa City Mayor,
Arkebe Ekubay, on the relations and cooperation that should exist
between the two cities.
President Girma told Shie on his part that the cooperation between
Ethiopia and China would further be consolidated.
ENA-19 November 2003
Chinese, African Companies Sign Agreements
Various Chinese and 15 African companies and government entities
signed cooperation agreements here
The cooperation agreements were the result of the China-Africa Business
conference held in connection with the second China- Africa Cooperation
The Ethiopian investment Commission and the Ethiopian Chamber of
Commerce (ECC) were among those that signed separate agreement with
the China Chamber of Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).
Other private companies of Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania and Nigeria
were also signed cooperation agreement with Chinese companies.
President of ECC Berhane Mewa told reporters after the signing ceremony
that the cooperation agreement reached between ECC and CCPIT would
be instrumental to promote mutual interest and avoid unjust trade
He said it would also help increase the purchasing capacity of the
country and transfer of technology by the investment to be carried
out through joint venture. Berhane further said arrangements would
be made for the establishment of the African Union Chamber of Commerce.
ENA-16 December 2003
Petroleum Production Agreement Signed
The Ministry of Mines and SI - Tech International (SIL), a Middle
East based Company have signed a Petroleum Development and Production
Sharing Agreement in Calub and Hilala areas in the Somali State.
According to the agreement, the Company would invest an estimated
capital of 1.5 Billion USD for the activity.
Minister of Mines, Ambassador Mohamoud Dirir and Chairman of SI
- Tech International group, Ziad I. kh Mango signed the agreement.
Ambassador Mohamoud said on the occasion that the Company was licensed
to carry out the stated activity for the coming 25 years. The Minister
said the Calub gas reserves alone were estimated at 2.7 Trillion
Cubic Feet (TCF) while the Hilala gas reserves estimated at 1.3
TCF. He said the Company would undertake the activities in accordance
with the laws and regulations prevailing in the country as well
as international experiences.
Ziad Mango said on his part that the Company would begin production
in the coming two and a half years.
ENA-15 December 2003
E ¡¤ Nile Sub-Basin Countries to Launch Dev't Projects
The Eastern Nile Basin Countries-Ethiopia, Egypt and the Sudan-have
agreed to launch huge water resource development projects in the
This was disclosed after ministers of the three countries met and
held talks with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin on issues
related to the progress so far made on sub-basin cooperation among
the three countries.
Ethiopian Minister of water Resources, Shiferaw Jarso told journalists
after the discussions that member states in the sub-basin have agreed
to set up experts' group to work on the draft investment plans.
Shiferaw said hydropower, irrigation and drainage, watershed management,
as well as capacity building programmes were the major investment
projects due to be undertaken in the sub-region.The delegates of
the three countries held successful discussions on the feasibility
of the investment plans, Shiferaw said, adding the countries have
also succeeded in securing soft loans from the African Development
(ENA-12 December 2003)
FAO says Ethiopia in Right Track to Address Food Shortage
Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO) in Ethiopia, George K.Mburathi, has lauded the present
direction of the Ethiopian government towards addressing food shortage
problems in the country as a milestone to find lasting solutions
to the root causes of the problem.
Mburathi told to reporters that the new schemes designed to reverse
the trends of food insecurity risks, along with development partners
and donor agencies, provide a new dimension to mitigate rural poverty
in the country.
In this regard, the commitment of the members of the new coalition
for Food security in Ethiopia would provide an enabling environment
to alleviate the prevailing food shortage challenges in a sustained
manner, Mburathi said.
Mburathi suggested that interventions made against food crisis need
to mainly geared towards supporting development endeavors at the
The representative said FAO, as one of the main stakeholders, has
been undertaking interventions focusing on enhancing agricultural
productivity to avert food crisis in the country.
(WIC-5 December 2003)
Gov't Launches Food Security Programme
ADDIS ABABA - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that his government
"is not only ready for action but has already launched the
implementation" of the Food Security Programme in the expectation
that partners would join very soon.
In a speech he made at a meeting held here on Food Security at AU
Conference Hall, the Premier said that the work has been accomplished
so far in terms of developing the Food Security Programme and working
out the implementation modalities would lead to conclude that "now
is the time for action".
The ever increasing budget allocation for Food Security Programme
depicts the government's readiness for action, according to the
The Premier assured partners in the Coalition for Food Security
in Ethiopia that the government would be consistently guided by
the consensus positions that have been developed in implementing
not only the Food Security Programme but also the rural development
programme of which the Food Security Programme is an essential part.
(Ethiopia Herald: -2 December 2003)
Meles Says Priority To Rural Development to Reduce Poverty
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said giving piority to rural development
and being able to create more job opportunity would help reduce
Meles said mobilizing the rural community in income generating schemes
and developing their capacity would enable the country to free itself
Meles made the remark while conferring with Director General of
the International Labor Organization (ILO), Joan Somavia here at
He said the newly designed Agricultural Development Strategy is
being implemented with a view to ensuring sustainable development.
The strategy would also help create job opportunity to the rural
people, Meles said.
The ILO Director General told Meles on his part that Ethiopia has
formulated Food Security Program, which he said, is a correct measure.
He said ILO and Ethiopia are cooperating in the areas of capacity
building, women's participation and children's affairs.
ENA-01 December 2003
Ethiopia Registers Encouraging Results in 2002/2003: Sufian
Despite the severe drought and continued deterioration of the terms
of trade, the Ethiopian government has been able to meet most macroeconomic
and fiscal performance targets in 2002/03 fiscal year, the Minister
of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) said.
"The government's current plan calls for reducing the external
current account deficit, including official transfers to about 6.3
percent of GDP by 2002/2006," the minister said.
"The government will continue to maintain a cautious expenditure
policy, while making every effort to increase poverty-reducing spending,"
According to the minister, education, health, roads, water supply
and sanitation were the major areas where the government had been
able to register encouraging results.
The gross enrolment ratio of education increased from 59 percent
in 2000/01 to 64.4 percent by the end of 2002/03, two years ahead
of the target set for the Second Education Sector Development Program
(ESDP II), he said. The target set for the end of the EDPRP (2004/05)
was 65 per cent, the minister said.
With regard to the health service coverage it has increased and
reached 60 percent by the end of 2002/03, surpassing the SDPRP target
by 4 percent, according to the minister.
New road construction in the areas of major economic and population
centers were also among the major activities, Sufian said, adding,
road density reached 31 km per 1000 square kilometers during the
year under review.
In an effort to improve water supply and sanitation, a number of
activities have been undertaken and as a result more than 2 million
rural populations were expected to benefit from the schemes carried
out during the fiscal year.
By the end of year 2002/2003, around 34 percent of the population
had access to improved water supply,
25 percent in rural areas and 85 percent in urban, the minister
ENA-01 December 2003
Britain to Extend $ 100 million Annual Dev't Assistance
British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Myles Wickstead has announced his
country's plan to provide a 100 million USD development assistance
to Ethiopia annually as of 2005.
Speaking at a public lecture organized by Ethiopian International
Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD), yesterday, Ambassador
Wickstead said most of the stated sum, which does not include humanitarian
and emergency assistance, would be given in the form of direct budgetary
support with a view to propelling the development initiatives underway
in the country.
"We are supporting Ethiopia as the country is committed to
reducing poverty and accelerating economic progress. We are convinced
that Ethiopia is on the right track to development and democratization,"
Ambassador Wickstead said that the revitalization in recent years
of the longstanding ties between Ethiopia and Britain has enabled
the two countries to enjoy an excellent state of bilateral relations
and cooperation. (Ethiopian Herald-29 November 2003)
30 Million Birr Gas Cylinder Filling Plant Inaugurated
MERIFIC, the Iran gas project private limited company under taken
with a joint venture by
Iranian and Ethiopian entrepreneurs with a combined capital of 30
million birr was inaugurated.
MERIFIC built in Burayou, the Oromia state has the capacity to fill
1250 gas cylinders in one shift alone.
According to MERIFIC -Ethiopia general manger Dr Kinfe Tetgegne,
the project would import gas from the Sudan for the cylinders.
He said over 10,000 gas cylinders have been made ready for service,
adding that Ethiopian entrepreneurs own 30 percent of the shareholding,
He said MERIFIC has plans to build similar projects in Diredawa,
Makelle and Awassa towns.
The Iranian minister of agriculture Muhammud Hojat inaugurated the
ENA-20 October 2003
Ethiopia Elected IOC Executive Board Member
Ethiopia has been elected executive board member of the International
Coffee Organization (ICO) on its 89th conference held in Cartagena,
A press release of the Tea and Coffee authority said the conference
elected Ethiopia for being Arabica Coffee producer. The 40th year
anniversary of ICO held for eight days beginning September 19 elected
the executive board member countries from coffee exporting and importing
countries to implement agreement reached during the conference.
The conference deliberated on ways and measures that need to be
taken to solving international coffee price crisis, it said.
Improving coffee quality and marketing and designing projects that
would support the coffee development sector were identified as remedial
measures, it indicated.
The release said USA was to rejoin the organization which it withdrew
from in 1992 by opposing quota system.
ENA-29 September 2003
Dutch Company Signs 62 Mln. Birr Floriculture Development Agreement
Linssen Roses Ethiopia, a Dutch Company, signed a 62 million birr
investment agreement to launch a floricultural development in Ejere
Woreda, 66-km West of Addis Ababa.
The agreement will allow the company to engage in floriculture development
on 40 hectares of land in Kimolo locality of Ejere woreda, West
Shoa Zone of the Oromia State.
ENA-25 September 2003
World Bank Commends Ethiopia's Progress In Development
Ethiopia has scored tangible progress over the past two years in
various development endeavors, but much is yet to be done, says
Nicolas Stern, World Bank (WB) expert.
The expert, who held talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and
other higher government officials, told a press conference at the
Sheraton Addis that the development policies and strategies that
the government of Ethiopia put in place have helped to achieve tangible
The chief World Bank Economist Nicolas Stern urged the international
community to double development assistance to Ethiopia as the country
is showing marked progress. He said current development aid of WB
to Ethiopia reaches an annual amount of up to 900 million US dollars
excluding humanitarian assistance. The government of Ethiopia has
given due emphasis to agriculture, health and education, which are
main engines for fostering growth, he said.
Stern said many strategies and policies currently under implementation
in the country are promising for a greater participation of the
local population in decision-making.
ENA-25 September 2003
COMESA To Establish Free Investment Zone
A framework agreement that would enable to establish the Common
Market For Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) investment area
is tabled for discussion .
COMESA consultant Treuor Simumba said the agreement would enable
to enhance COMESA's attractiveness and competitiveness for promoting
The agreement would enable investors in the COMESA member countries
invest in the investment area. All industries are opened to investment
to COMESA investors by 2005 and to all investors by the year 2010.
He said there should be COMESA court of justice in relation to any
dispute arising from or any differences between member states concerning
the interpretation or application of the agreement and any arrangement
arising there from
Ethiopian Investment Authority general manager Abi Wolde-Meskel
said on his part that the establishment of the investment area would
help member states attract direct foreign investment in their respective
countries. He said this meeting was aimed at enriching the framework
agreement through heated debate.
Leaders of COMESA member states are expected to ratify the agreement.
ENA-02 September 2003
Social and Cultural
AVU Business Studies program launched
The African Virtual University (AVU) in collaboration with the
Addis Ababa University (AAU) and the Curtin University of Technology
in Australia has launched a distance education program in Ethiopia.
The Technology Business Studies program will be offered as of the
Education Minister Genet Zewde officially announced the launch of
the program in Ethiopia at a ceremony held on December 9/2003 at
the Sheraton Addis. Genet said the distance education program will
help realize the Ethiopian government's capacity building efforts.
AAU President Professor Andreas Eshete on the occasion said the
AVU Business Studies Program will offer accredited business studies
degree and diploma courses based on the use of information and communications
"Apart from the courses, students also link up to the African
Virtual University web-based digital library... (and ) provision
is also made for live sessions between the students and the overseas
content provider, Curtin University, as well as possibilities to
communicate using telephone, emails and live chat interaction,"
he said. Enrollment is currently underway and the first semester
will start in January 2004, he indicated.
The Rector of the AVU Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo on his part said,
"... the relationship between the African Virtual University
and the Addis Ababa University on the one hand and the Curtin University
on the other represents one model in which the African Virtual University
brokers content from an overseas institution and then makes it available
to African students through a local institution."
Italy to Return Axum Obelisk To Ethiopia
The dismantling of the top of the 24 -meters tall Axum obelisk looted
from Ethiopia by the Italian soldiers under the order of fascist
Benito Mussolini in 1937 began on Friday in Rome where it has been
erected for over six decades there.
Ethiopia has launched a worldwide campaign for over 50 years to
get back the historical monument, the Ethiopian embassy in Rome
Although the Italian government agreed to began detaching the monument
in august 2003, technical and weather problems affected the dismantling
The highly delicate operation involves using computer -guided jacks
to remove each segment from three bronze joints measuring 10 centimeters
The obelisk has been sanding for over six decades in front of the
main entrance to the headquarters of the United Nation's Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) in central Rome.
In June 2002, it was struck by lighting, which partly damaged its
ENA-7 November 2003
Ethiopian Scientists Win IOCD Awards
The International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development
(IOCD) has presented the Pierre Crabbe Award 2006 to three distinguished
African Scientists, two of them being Ethiopians, as it Marks 20th
The award winners are Ermias Dagne, Professor of organic chemistry
at Addis Ababa University, Berhanu Abegaz, professor of chemistry
at the University of Botswana and John Bradley, professor in the
Faculty of Science of the University of Witwatersrand
in South Africa, according to the Chemical Society of Ethiopia.
The Pierre Crabbe Award is being presented to the three African
scientists in recognition of their distinguished contributions to
the advancement of science and education in developing countries.
The award is established in honor of the IOCD founder, Pierre Crabbe,
a Belgian scientist who was strongly committed to supporting research
among scientists in developing countries..
ENA-5 November 2003.
Ethiopian Flies to Guangzhou, South China
The Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) has commenced once a week regular
flight to Guangzhou, capital of South China Guangdong Province.
This new flight is Ethiopian Airline's second destination in mainland
China in addition to twice weekly flight to Hong Kong.
In similar development, the Airline has widen its network by commencing
its regular flight to Stockholm, Sweden. Speaking at the inaugural
ceremony at the Arlanda international airport, Marketing Executive
officer of the EAL, Mekonnen Abebe said in compliance to its moto
"Africa's link to the world" Ethiopian has made a remarkable
progress in the aviation industry in connecting not only Ethiopia
but also Africa with the rest of the world in the past 57 years.
Ethiopian Ambassador to Sweden Birehanu Kebede said on the occasion
that the new flight service would play a pivotal role towards strengthening
the 50 years long diplomatic relations as well as promoting trade
and investment opportunities between the two countries.
Association To Construct $ 65 Million Center
President of the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association
(ENHPA) announces plan to establish a Cardiac Treatment Center in
Addis Ababa at a cost of 65 million USD.
Prof. Engida Asfaw said the center, whose construction is scheduled
to be completed from 3-5 years, will be fully equipped by the association.
Prof. Engida said the association would also continue to contribute
its share in the efforts underway to tackle the health problems
existing in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Addis Ababa City Deputy Mayor, Hilawe
Yoseph said the city government would extend support to help the
association realize its plan..
ENA-07 October 2003
Japanese University Awards Meles Honoray Doctorate Degree
Kokushikan, a Japanese University in Tokyo awarded an honorary doctorate
degree to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at a ceremony held with in
the compound of the university.
The doctor of law honoris causa presented to the Prime Minister
Meles by Executive Board Chairman of the university, Prof. Haruo
Prof. Nshihara said on the occasion that the university awarded
the honorary doctorate degree to Meles for his outstanding contribution
made to the prevalence of peace and stability in Ethiopia, Horn
of Africa, Great Lakes Region and Africa as whole.
Meles was awarded the degree for his unstinted efforts made to resolve
the Ethio-Eritrea conflict peacefully and matured political leadership
that enables the country to embark up on sustainable development
he said. The Chairman said the university, which was established
in 1917, is one of the largest universities exiting in Japan.
ENA-02 October 2003
Miss Tourism Ethiopia Win a Title In Beauty Pageant
The Current Miss Tourism Ethiopia, Yodit Getahun, has won an international
beauty contest held recently in Moscow, Russia, it was announced.
Yodit represented Ethiopia at the recently concluded Miss Tourism
of the Global Contest in Moscow in which contestants from 30 countries
in the world took part.
In similar development, Hayat Ahmed arrived back in the city to
tumultuous welcome from her admirers after competing in the Miss
World Pageant held in China early December. Hayat Ahmed had failed
to be one of the last five contestants after successfully landing
in the semi-final comprising the 20 "most beautiful women of
However, she had succeeded in being chosen as the "Queen of
Africa". The "Queen of Europe" was Irish - who was
also "Miss World". The Queen of the Americas is Miss Canada
and the Queen of the Caribbean Island is Miss Jamaica. Hayat Ahmed
was Ethiopia's first representative to any Miss World pageant. All
together three Ethiopians participated in international pageants
this year, including Jerusalem Ketema at the Miss International,
Model of the Universe.
ENA-18 September 2003 & Addis Tribune
Nation Accords Heroic Welcome to Victorious Athletes
The Ethiopian athletics squad that registered a resounding victory
in the ninth IAAF world champions held in Paris, France was accorded
a heroic welcome at a ceremony held at Addis Ababa stadium.
Athletes Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunseh Dibaba who snatched the gold
medals in the challenging the 10,000 and 5,000 meters respectively
said they will begin their training to be fit for the up coming
continental and the Greece Olympic competitions. The victorious
athletes told reporters at the ceremony that they would do everything
in their power to make the national flag fly high in the international
competitions. Ethiopia stood first in Africa and third in the world
table of medals
ENA-18 September 2003