Addis Ababa: AUC Chairperson Reflects on Progress and Future on 61st Anniversary of OAU

ADDIS ABABA – Africa Day is an opportune moment for reflection, assessing past progress, and contemplating future goals, said African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, this year’s Africa Day, commemorated under the theme “Education Fit for the 21st Century,” underscores the continent’s commitment to creating an education system that meets contemporary demands and ensures every African child can thrive.

In his message marking the 61st anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), Mahamat highlighted Africa’s liberation from colonialism and apartheid, and the significant development of its intellectual, scientific, and cultural resources. He noted Africa’s impressive economic growth and resilience during the global COVID-19 crisis, attributing success to the Africa CDC’s efforts. However, Mahamat also pointed out ongoing challenges such as demographic pressures, social constraints, foreign interference, and governance issues that hinder the transformation of these positive assets into social justice and prosperity.

Mahamat called on Africa’s youth and women to continue mobilizing for peace, security, and democratic values, stressing the need for coherent struggles to address crises, terrorism, environmental degradation, unemployment, migration, and governance issues. He emphasized the importance of reforming the AU to fulfill the vision of its founding fathers as a powerful force for unity, integration, and African dignity. With youth making up over 60 percent of Africa’s population and vast natural resources, Mahamat expressed hope for a prosperous, integrated Africa as envisioned in Agenda 2063.

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia and South Sudan Police Agree to Prevent Terrorism and Arms Trafficking

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopia Federal Police Commission and the South Sudan National Police Service have agreed to strengthen efforts to prevent terrorism and illegal arms trafficking in border areas based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

According to Ethiopian News Agency, the agreement was discussed during a meeting with South Sudan’s police delegation led by Inspector General Atem Marol.

Commissioner General Demelash stated that the Ethiopian Federal Police has previously supported the South Sudan National Police Service and will continue to share its successes and experiences from reforms implemented over the years. The two police institutions discussed the implementation of the MoU and agreed to collaborate on preventing terrorism and illegal arms trafficking, particularly in border areas. They established a technical team and planned a meeting for senior police officers from both countries in the Gambela region. Inspector General Marol noted that the Ethiopian Police University provides educational opportunities to young South Sudanese police officers and emphasized the importance of continuing this collaboration. The South Sudan National Police Service delegation also visited the Ethiopian Federal Police’s EFP Citizen Engagement App, launched this week by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Addis Ababa: New Groundwater Facility to Enhance Livelihood Resilience in Horn of Africa

ADDIS ABABA – The Groundwater Access Facility (GaFa), launched earlier this month, aims to improve access to clean drinking water and enhance livelihood resilience in the Horn of Africa, UN agencies reported.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, the initiative, launched on May 7, 2024, by IGAD Water Ministers and UN officials in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, addresses critical water scarcity affecting millions in the region.

UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia, Samuel Doe, emphasized the GaFa project’s role in providing clean drinking water and agricultural water in borderland areas, enhancing sustainable peace and social cohesion through shared resources. “We believe in access to groundwater advancing resilience and sustainable agriculture, fostering food sovereignty in the Horn of Africa,” Doe stated.

Paolo Paron, Senior Land and Water Advisor at FAO Somalia, highlighted the initiative’s importance for water management in drought-affected areas and pledged further projects for sustainable water use in IGAD countries. He emphasized the transboundary nature of water resources, advocating for pilot projects to demonstrate effective management and resilience building.

Victor Kinyanjui, Chief of WASH Program at UNICEF Ethiopia, noted the organization’s close collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water and Energy. He stressed the GaFa initiative’s critical role in securing sustainable water resources for climate-affected lowland communities, with UNICEF supporting clean water provision efforts. “The Ethiopian government is moving quickly on major water resources management, and UNICEF is fully supporting these activities,” Kinyanjui said.

Ethiopia to Host $110 Million Airplane Spare Parts Manufacturing Facility

Addis Ababa – An agreement was signed today between the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) and the National Investment Group for the establishment of a facility to manufacture airplane spare parts at Kilinto Industrial Park, Ethiopia. The partnership will position the National Investment Group on 14 hectares of land within the park to commence their operations.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, the National Investment Group, an Ethiopian-based company, will invest 110 million USD to develop what is projected to be the premier aerospace manufacturing hub in Africa. The company plans to produce 14 different types of airplane spare parts. This venture is expected to generate employment opportunities for 1,000 local residents.

The signing ceremony was conducted by Aklilu Tadesse, CEO of the Industrial Parks Development Corporation, and Captain Abera Lemi, founder and CEO of the National Investment Group. Aklilu remarked on the occasion that the engagement of the National Investment Group in the aerospace sector lays a significant foundation for the advancement of Ethiopia’s aerospace industry. He noted that the IPDC is focused on drawing capable and competitive local investors to its industrial parks and free trade zones by simplifying operational processes.

Captain Abera expressed that the agreement marks a substantial opportunity to utilize local skilled labor and help reduce brain drain. He also mentioned that the National Investment Group would collaborate with various global aircraft and parts manufacturers to produce and assemble aircraft components in Ethiopia for the international market.

Ethiopia Stresses Quality Research for Sustainable Tourism at National Conference

Addis Ababa – At the 13th Annual National Research Conference of the Tourism Training Institute, the Ministry of Tourism highlighted the critical role of quality research and human resource development in sustaining Ethiopia’s tourism sector.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, the conference, themed ‘Building a Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Future’, addressed the government’s high prioritization of tourism alongside sectors like Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Information Communication Technology. The government’s current investments are aimed at expanding tourism by developing new destinations and promoting stopover tourism, leveraging Bole International Airport’s role as a major hub in Africa. Girma emphasized the need for continuous enhancement of the sector through strategic research and private sector involvement.

State Minister of Labor and Skills Teshale Berecha also spoke at the conference, underscoring the importance of conducting quality research to improve training and service standards within the tourism industry. He highlighted the necessity for closer collaboration between training institutions and the tourism sector to ensure that research efforts meet industry demands.

Getachew Negash, Director General of the Tourism Training Institute, noted that the institute is committed to supporting the tourism industry through ongoing research and problem-solving initiatives. Among the topics discussed at the conference were marketing strategies for tourism product development in South East Ethiopia, and the management and protection of community cultural heritage, including the medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.