PM Abiy Says Public Spirit for Planting Is High

ADDIS ABABA — Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated that as Ethiopia progresses into its Green Legacy season, public enthusiasm for tree planting is high, with efforts already off to a strong start to meet the country’s ambitious targets. The Prime Minister made these comments while planting apple trees in Chaka, noting the significant changes in the area, which had previously been filled with eucalyptus trees.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, these eucalyptus trees have been removed to allow for traditional terracing practices. “People from Harar and Konso have brought their timeless skill and practice of terracing to help with soil preservation,” he said. Abiy emphasized the importance of intensifying the Green Legacy initiative within cities to increase Addis Ababa’s green coverage, balancing urban development with environmental sustainability.

Over the past five years, Ethiopia has undertaken extensive tree planting activities, with 32.5 billion tree seedlings planted to date. The goal for this year is to reach 40 billion seedlings, moving towards an overall target of 50 billion. This planting cycle aims to plant 7.5 billion seedlings.

Abiy Expresses Commitment to Building Up-to-Standard Public Toilets Using Durable Materials

ADDIS ABABA — Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his commitment to building up-to-standard public toilets using durable materials and ensuring high-quality finishing. “When we called on our citizens, many enthusiastically joined the Clean Ethiopia initiative,” the premier wrote on X this morning. The main objective of this project is to revolutionize the culture of toilet usage by creating a welcoming environment.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, “Today, we are on-site to assess the progress made possible through the invaluable contributions and trust of our citizens. By using durable materials and ensuring high-quality finishing, we are committed to building up-to-standard public toilets.” Abiy affirmed that this is just the beginning and with continued support, the initiative aims to expand nationwide.

Prime Minister Abiy unveiled plans to construct modern, clean, and dignified public restrooms with strong community involvement in their construction last April. A digital telethon was held on May 12 this year to raise 50 million Birr in 10 hours for the Clean Ethiopia initiative. The Office of the Prime Minister disclosed that 154.5 million Birr was collected through the digital telethon, exceeding the planned target.

Several institutions and individuals participated in the telethon, with the community contributing 67.5 million Birr directly.

Minister Stresses Need for Collaboration of Stakeholders to Improve Access to Clean Water, Energy

ADDIS ABABA — Improved collaboration among all stakeholders is essential to enhance the country’s access to clean water and energy, Water and Energy Minister Habtamu Itefa said during the opening of a two-day forum on the progress in the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program, Clean Ethiopia program, and the energy sector.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, while significant progress has been made in clean water provision over the past 18 years, gaps remain, particularly in sanitation and hygiene. “As the plan is for everyone to have clean water nearby by 2030, we need to work in coordination to achieve it,” he emphasized. The minister also revealed that Ethiopia’s energy generation capacity is set to double within the next one or two years, but distribution challenges persist, making it difficult to connect everyone to the grid, both on-grid and off-grid.

Finance State Minister Semerita Sewasew highlighted the need for substantial investment in the WASH and energy sectors and the importance of a robust regulatory system to ensure effective management. She noted the critical role of WASH and energy not only for Ethiopia’s development but for the region as a whole.

Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations Council President, Nigusu Legesse, expressed confidence that stakeholder collaboration will lead to improved outcomes in the WASH and energy fields. The forum brought together key players from across the sector, including government officials, development partners, civil society organizations, NGOs, private developers, and others.

Gov’t Announces $407 Million Rural Roads Expansion Project

ADDIS ABABA — The Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure announced today a $407 million rural roads expansion project set to be implemented over the next five years across Ethiopia. Minister of Urban and Infrastructure Chaltu Sani revealed that $300 million of the project financing will come from the World Bank, while the remaining amount will be covered by regional states.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, the project will be executed in 126 districts, including Dire Dawa city administration, with the goal of connecting rural roads to highways. Chaltu highlighted the project’s potential to help rural farmers bring their agricultural products to market and improve accessibility for people in remote areas lacking road infrastructure.

The project is expected to significantly boost the productivity of farmers by connecting them with consumers, thereby enhancing food security. Chaltu also mentioned the government’s ongoing efforts to meet citizens’ infrastructure demands based on necessary research, noting the construction of various rural roads carried out in recent years.

Ethiopia, China Committed to Elevating Multifaceted Bilateral Cooperation

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia and China have pledged to elevate their multifaceted bilateral cooperation to new heights, according to the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing. Ethiopia’s Minister of Industry, Melaku Alebel, and Chairman of the China International Development Agency, Luo Zhaohui, held a productive bilateral discussion in Beijing today.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, Melaku highlighted Ethiopia’s significant economic achievements in various fields, emphasizing the creation of numerous job opportunities for the youth and the implementation of multiple impactful projects driving the economy forward. The minister stressed the crucial role of the China International Development Cooperation Agency in expediting the completion of ongoing projects.

Melaku affirmed that Ethiopia’s economic reform is on the right track and expressed a strong commitment to providing substantial investment opportunities for international investors, particularly encouraging Chinese investors. He provided a comprehensive overview of achievements in sectors such as mining, agriculture, and manufacturing and extended an invitation to potential investors to explore opportunities in these areas.

The minister also underlined the importance of partner intervention in addressing gaps, using Ethiopia’s green legacy initiative as a prime example. He emphasized the need for joint actions to tackle global challenges and called upon partners, including China, to collaborate through coordinated planning and consultation.

Luo Zhaohui expressed China’s strong commitment to supporting Ethiopia’s economy across all sectors. He noted the efforts made to train professionals and enhance their capacity to strengthen Ethiopia’s economy and highlighted numerous projects implemented to support the country’s ongoing economic reform.

Both parties affirmed their commitment to collaborating on matters of mutual interest and shared concern. Additionally, Melaku convened a trilateral consultation meeting with representatives from UNIDO and other international partners, where they emphasized the importance of mutual cooperation to address poverty and underdevelopment and reached a consensus to fund projects aimed at bolstering economic development. They collectively signed several documents to foster mutual cooperation in key areas such as knowledge and technology sharing for shared development and prosperity.