Ethiopia on track to become middle income country by 2025: Dr Tedros

Addis Ababa, 22 September 2014 (WIC) – Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom said that Ethiopia is on track to eliminate poverty and become a middle income country by 2025.

Dr Tedros made the remark at the second Frontiers in Development Forum held in Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, from September 18-19, 2014.
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Ethiopian places $2.1bln order for Boeing 737s

Addis Ababa, 22 September 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest carrier by revenue, agreed to buy 20 redesigned 737 models valued at $2.1 billion in the largest single order for Boeing (BA) Co. planes from the continent.

The order for the single-aisle Max 8, the first of four redesigned 737 models, comes with an option for an additional 15 planes, the companies said today in a statement.
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New information service revolutionizes agricultural extension in Ethiopia

A new information hotline is giving smallholder farmers across Ethiopia access to best practice agronomic advice revolutionizing traditional agricultural extension. In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), and Ethio Telecom, the 8028 hotline was created by the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), who placed the extension information typically provided to agricultural Development Agents directly on a technology platform that can be accessed by anyone at any time. Twelve weeks after its launch in the Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNP regions, the hotline has received nearly 1.5 million calls from 300,000 farmers.
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Achieving MDGs: Lessons from Ethiopia

Ethiopia has recorded marked development progress over the past two decades. The East African country has reduced child mortality by two-thirds since 1990 — achieving the fourth Millennium Development Goal. Called an MDG “success story” by the Overseas Development Institute, Ethiopia is also on track to meet an additional five of the eight MDGs.

“We have really been doing well for quite some time. The economy has been growing significantly [by] double digits. We managed to reduce poverty by 50 percent,” Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia’s minister of finance and economic development, stressed in an interview with Devex late last year.

The single-largest recipient of official development assistance in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia has managed to achieve and sustain these development gains in no small part due to the billions in aid money that flows to the country each year.


September declared month of kaizen

Addis Ababa, 17 September 2014 (WIC) – Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn declared the month of Meskerem (September) to be a month of kaizen to be observed country wide with various programs marked with the specific theme for years to come.

Speaking on the key issues of the 2014 month of kaizen at the first Kaizen council meeting held at his office yesterday, the premier vowed to scale up achievements attained so far in manufacturing and human resource development and to customize and disseminate kaizen to apply to low cost housing, infrastructure, the strategic service sector, in education from kindergarten to higher learning institutions and to institutionalize kaizen training in Regional States.

Kazuhiro Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, on his part said that Japan is planning to establish human resource development centers in Africa and the KAIZEN activities in Ethiopia are to serve as a model for this center.

Ambassador Suzuki further expressed his wishes that KAIZEN will prove to be a valuable tool by contributing to Ethiopia’s economic growth and that all African countries will incorporate the kaizen philosophy into their countries’ policies in the near future.

In order to achieve this, the Japanese government would like to enhance its cooperation with the Ethiopian government.

Kaizen is a management philosophy. Expanding it into a national policy with people, businesses and organizations from all over the country employing this philosophy may prove to be challenging, but will be well worth the effort, Ambassador Suzuki said, adding that Japan’s expectation for Ethiopia’s future are overwhelmingly positive.

He added that Kaizen’s most important emphasis is on productivity improvement, and this is what Ethiopia needs most from now on. Everyone knows today that Ethiopia is and will continue to be undergoing tremendous economic development.

However, in order to achieve stable and long-term economic growth, constant productivity improvement is indispensable to Ethiopia. From this perspective, the introduction of kaizen is vitally important.

JICA Chief Representative, Kimiaki Jin, presented Kaizen’s role over the next 5 years while JICA Chief Advisor of the Ethiopian Kaizen project assessed the dissemination of Kaizen in Ethiopia.

The focus of Japanese assistance towards Africa is human resource development. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed this point during his speech at AU Headquarters this January


An interview with Teshome Toga, Ethiopian Ambassador in Brussels

ከክቡር አምባሳደር ተሾመ ቶጋ፣ በቤኔሉክስና ቦልቲክ ሀገራት እንዲሁም
በአውሮፓ ህብረት ተቋማ የኢፊዲሪ ባለሙሉ ስልጣን አምባሳደር በኢትዮጵያና
በአውሮፓ ህብረት፣ በኢትዮጵያና በቤኔሉክስ ሀገራት መካከል ያለውን
ግንኙነት በተመለከተ እንዲሁም የ2007 አዲስ ዓመት አስመልክቶ የሰጡት
መስከረም 1 ቀን 2007 ዓ.ም.
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AfDB approves $256 mln investments in infrastructure for Ethiopia, Nigeria

Addis Ababa, 13 September 2014 (WIC) – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) held its first regular meeting since the Bank returned to its statutory headquarters in Abidjan on 8 September and approved a combined $256 million for the financing of investments in Nigeria and Ethiopia as well as a multinational projects preparation facility.
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Ethiopia attracting foreign floricultural investment, technology

Addis Ababa, 12 September 2014 (WIC) – An Ecuadorian investor said he has begun introducing state-of-the-art technology to the Ethiopian floriculture sector which is suitable to the European flower market.

Owner and General Manager of the Ecuador-based cut flower group Bellaflor, Mauricio Castillo, said that besides its proximity to the European market, the lower transportation cost for flowers has made Ethiopia a preferred market.

Castillo said the Bellaflor group, which has gained international recognition, has 32 years experience in producing cut flowers.
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Ethiopia, EU relations register significant growth: Amb Teshome

Addis Ababa, 6 September 2014 (WIC) – The relations between Ethiopia and the European Union (EU) have been showing significant growth as their friendship is based on mutual benefits and is strategic, Ethiopia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to EU said.

The envoy, Ambassador Teshome Toga, said that Ethio-EU relationship is based on mutual benefits and on strategic principles.

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