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  • Ethiopia Water and Energy Week Opened by President

    President Sahle-Work Zewde opened the first ever Water and Energy Week in Ethiopia this morning.  In her opening remark, the President emphasized the need to have Cultural

    Revolution to deter problems related to hygiene and sanitation both in rural and urban areas. 
    To this effect, the president underlined the government’s efforts to increase the access to water and energy to foster the socio-economic development of the country.

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  • IOM - UN Migration Appealing for USD 50 Million to Provide to Over 1.5 Mil People in Need in Ethiopia

    IOM - UN Migration is appealing to the international community for USD 50 million to provide #humanitarian and development assistance to 1,504,905 people in need across #Ethiopia.

    The appeal covers IOM’s activities under the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which include Displacement Tracking Matrix, Shelter/non-food items & Cluster Coordination, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Site Management Support, Rapid Response Fund, Protection, Mental Health & Psychosocial Support, Refugee Movements, Refugee Shelter and Wash and Durable Solutions.

    In accordance with the HRP, the Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE) National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and the Humanitarian Coordinator estimates that a total of 8.86 million people will need humanitarian assistance throughout the country.

    Furthermore, Ethiopia continues to be the second largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. It is projected that Ethiopia will host 860,000 refugees by the end of 2020, mostly from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia. Transportation of newly arrived refugees from border entry points remains critical, as well as the provision of shelter, WASH and livelihood support. (IOM - International Organization for Migration SLO Ethiopia)

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  • Experience Sharing on Development Response to Displacement Impact Projects Concludes

    Refuges impact response experience sharing has been held among Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia through Development response to displacement impacts project (DRDIP). Ethiopia hosts the experience sharing in Axum, Tigray region. The experience sharing program was commencing since 3 June 2019.

    Ministry of Agriculture extension director, General Mr. Germame Garuma addressed a warm Ethiopian welcome for Nigerian and Zambia delegates as opening the program officially. The director general on his opening speech said Ethiopia hosts the largest population of refuges in the horn of Africa next to Uganda because of droughts, conflicts, political crises and civil wars from neighboring countries of Somalia, Eritea and South Sudan.

    According to him, currently more than 9 hundred thousand refugees are distributed across the Ethiopia. The horn of Africa collectively hosts more than 9.5 million displaced people, Mr. Germame Garuma added.

    DRDIP Coordinator Mr. Nigatu Bogale said in his part the project has been performing remarkable achievements with in short period of time.
    An explanation was offered about Ethiopia Culture, language, heritage and political situation by the World Bank Ethiopia delegate.

    Implementation reports and best practices on refuges impact response were presented by the three countries and discussed upon.
    DRDIP works found around Axum including farmers’ and semi-pastoralist training center (FTC) were visited. (Ministry of Agriculture)

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  • Ethiopia expected to export a record-high 240,000 metric tons of coffee in 2019/20

    Ethiopia, Africa’s top coffee producer, is expected to export a record-high 240,000 metric tons of coffee in 2019/20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture attache in Addis Ababa said, as yields improve and the area dedicated to coffee farming increase.

    Production of coffee is expected to rise to 7.35 million tonnes in 2019/20, an 1.4% increase from the 2018/19 season, a USDA report quoted by Reuters noted.

    Exports account for just over half of overall production, and are forecast to grow 0.5% in 2019/20 from the previous year to reach 4 million 60-kg bags. Coffee is Ethiopia’s most important export.

    While supplies are greater this year thanks to higher yields due to better rains and the reduced prevalence of disease, the USDA’s forecasted yield of 0.82 tonnes per hectare comes in well below the government’s target of 1.1 tonnes per hectare, the report noted.

    Meanwhile, domestic demand in Africa’s top coffee consumer is expected to remain robust, with the USDA expecting Ethiopian consumption to rise by 2.4% in 2019/20 compared to 2018/19.

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  • Foreign Minister Gedu Discusses with Egyptian Ambassador

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gedu Andargachew held discussions with Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Ambassador Osama Abdel Khalek, on June 5.
    Foreign Minister Gedu noted the historical relations between #Ethiopia and Egypt.

    The Minister emphasized the need to strengthen the longstanding relationship in areas of trade, investment and tourism.
    He also called on Egyptian companies to seize the lucrative investment opportunities in Ethiopia.
    Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Osama Abdel Khalek, on his part, said he would work to encourage Egyptian companies to invest in Ethiopia. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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