Interview with Mr. Stijn Swinkels, Board Member of Bavaria

During our interview with Mr. Stijn Swinkels on the 8th of June 2017, we touched on several topics including the history of Habesha Beer, market opportunities in Ethiopia in the food an drinks industry, government incentives and the development of the economy. Mr. Stijn Swinkels also shared his thoughts on the positive experiences, successes and challenges he encountered while investing in Ethiopia.

Bavaria is one of the world leading brewery. It was founded in the 17th century in Lieshout, The Netherlands, and has been owned and operated by the Swinkels family since 1773. In 2012, the Dutch brewer Bavaria joined Habesha Breweries, one of Ethiopia’s first shareholder companies. The production of Habesha Breweries is growing fast in a context of high consumer demand. It increased its production from 300,000 hectoliters in 2015 to 600,000 hectoliters in 2016.

 

The blooming horticulture industry of Ethiopia

This article was originally published in the 6th issue (April 2017) of the The Ethiopian Messenger, the quarterly magazine of the Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels.

Ethiopia is blessed with many advantages when it comes to horticulture. In the span of ten years, the country was able to transform its flower sector from a tiny sector into a 225 million dollars cut flowers export business with many opportunities for further growth.

Since the downfall of the Derg regime in 1991, the economic policies and strategies of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia have brought about enormous developments in the economic sector. Horticulture can be counted as one of these success stories, as Ethiopia has transformed its flower sector from a tiny sector into a 225 million dollars cut flowers export business within a span of ten years.

Until recently, the Ethiopian horticulture sector was mainly based on traditional agriculture. The introduction of mechanized agricultural practices boosted the growth of the industry, which has now become a significant contributor to national export earnings, and to the private sector development in the country.

Favourable conditions for horticulture

Ethiopia is blessed with many advantages when it comes to horticulture. The country has a favourable climate with diverse agro-climatic zones and long growing seasons which offer ideal conditions for growing a wide array of fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices and herbs. Moreover, about 12,797 hectares of suitable land is available for horticulture, with only 11 percent of this surface is already used for horticulture. Finally, a large workforce is available. The sector has already created about 183,000 jobs, out of which 70 percent are for women.

Other advantages include readily accessible water for irrigation (including 125 billion cubic meters of surface water and 2.6 billion cubic meter of ground water), cold chain facilities at three international airports (Bole, Bahir Dar and Hawassa), an extended rail transport network and the incentive package provided by the government, that have all contributed to the phenomenal growth of the horticulture sector in the last decade.

Overview of the sector’s growth

The Ethiopian horticultural sector is composed of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs and spices. Although the sector is only about a decade old, mechanized horticulture production has shown a great increase in farm number, revenue generation and volume of export. There are currently over 130 investments in the sector, made up of local investors (56), foreign direct investors (64) and joint venture partnership (10). Flower farms occupy 1,426 hectares, while fruits and vegetables take up 11,371 hectares. The sector provides employment for approximately 183,000 persons and has been growing exponentially, generating 275 million dollars in 2015-2016 compared to 28.5 million dollars in 2004-2005. This makes the sector the fifth largest foreign revenue generator for the country.

Floriculture

Ethiopia now has over 130 active flower-growing farms and is the fourth largest non-EU exporter of cut-flower to the European Union and the second largest flower exporter from Africa. Floriculture has contributed to 225 million dollars, or 80 percent of the total foreign revenue earning of the sector. The majority of the production is made of roses (about 80 percent of the production), and the country is noted for the high quality, long stems, large buds and vibrant colour of its roses. In addition to the rose farms, five farms are engaged in the production of cuttings and eight farms produce a variety of other types of flower crops, including gypsophilia, hypericum, limonium, chrysanthemum, carnations, static, pot plants and a range of summer flowers.

Fruits

Ethiopia has a long history of producing fruits in a traditional way for home consumption and export to neighbouring countries. The main fruits produced and exported by the country are mangoes, banana, papaya, avocados, citrus and pineapple. However, recent larger scale investments in fruit growing have favoured the production of new crops such as strawberries, table grapes and passion fruits, and in addition pears, plums as emerging fruits. There are currently eight operators engaged in large scale and nontraditional fruit crop production, which is seen as an area that has enormous potential for development.

Vegetables

Vegetables grown in Ethiopia include, among others, green beans, snow peas, broccoli, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, eggplant and cucumber, onion and garlic. Much of the land available for growing fruits and vegetables in the country is suitable for organic certification. In 2014, there were 22 vegetable farms throughout the country – 16 owned by local entrepreneurs, five financed by foreign direct investments, and one joint venture.

Herbs and spices

The major spices cultivated in Ethiopia are ginger, hot pepper, fenugreek, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cardamom, and black pepper. Close to 122,700 hectares are being used for spice farming, with spice production reaching 244,000 tonnes per year. Potential areas for the cultivation of spices are the regions of Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region and Gambella Region. The total potential for lowland spice farming is estimated to be 200,000 hectares. The companies already engaged in spices and herbs are highly productive and produce over 21 varieties of herbs and herbs for local consumption and export as fresh product to many international market destinations. Production standards are high and all investors in this sector comply with the Good Agricultural Practice and Food Safety Standards required for food crops entering the European market.

Market proximity and destination

In addition to its many natural gifts, Ethiopia benefits from its location, close to the markets of Europe and the Middle East, and possesses good freight links to all major and emerging markets including Western Europe, the Middle and Far East, Russia and the USA.

Currently, Ethiopian floriculture is mainly exported to the Netherlands (80.3 percent), but exports extend to France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Japan, USA and other EU countries.

Fruits and vegetables have traditionally been exported by road to neighbouring countries, Somalia (56.8 percent), Djibouti and the Sudan, but increasing quantities are now also being shipped by air to the Netherlands, the UAE, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Russia and Yemen. The new fast track electric-powered railway line connecting Addis Ababa to Djibouti, other railway lines under construction and improvements to the internal highway roads will also open up opportunities for road or rail transport of production to the coast, and then sea freight to a range of market destinations.

Development of new horticulture hubs

With the aim of accelerating the transformation of the horticulture industry, the Ethiopian government established new horticultural hubs at four geographical locations: Alagae, Arbaminch, Bahir Dar and Hawassa, which are conducive for investment. The four horticulture hubs identified have several competitive advantages (see table below).

Incentives applicable to new horticulture hubs

Investors in horticulture have zero tax privilege on exports. They are exempted from income tax for 8-10 years and from duties and other taxes on imports of machinery, construction materials, spare parts, raw materials and vehicles and provided with a one-stop government services and essential infrastructure. They have access to finance with loan facilities (up to 70 percent of the total investment) from the Development Bank of Ethiopia, with 30 days of loan approval and readily allocated finance. They benefit from aboundant land and water, with over 6,000 hectares of available land, 30 years of zero charge land lease, 15 days of handover period and abundance of ground and surface water.

In terms of logistics, the national carrier, Ethiopian airlines, flies to over 98 destinations worldwide both on freighters and belly hold, with state-of-the art cooling facilities specialized in handling horticulture products.

A responsible and sustainable industry

People who invest in horticulture in Ethiopia have to respect corporate social responsibility, Integrated Pest Management, code of practice and provide employment to local people.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the farm’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment (both ecological and social) in which they operate. It includes support of medical care via construction of farm clinics or hospital, support for education by providing training to the staff, support for construction of local schools, provision of water in rural areas, affordable meals for employees and rehabilitation. Most farms fund these activities from their farm revenue and some farms are also certified by Fair Trade labels.

Integrated Pest Management, including the use of Biological Controls makes an important contribution to operator safety, the protection of the environment and the production of safe food. Many farms are applying this principle and the

Crop plantation in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) closely works with the members of the association, the government and other stakeholders.

The EHPEA code of practice introduced in 2007 has been revised and upgraded on several occasions to reflect the increasing requirements of the market and the need to maintain continuous improvement on the farms. The Code contains requirements for Good Agricultural Practices, Protection for the Environment, Employment Conditions and Staff Safety and Welfare. The benchmarking Version is 4.0 of the Code with Global GAP and the Global Social Compliance Program with a view to achieving full market recognition for the standard and reducing the audit burden on farms supplying multiple clients in the international market. EHPEA is committed to standards and employs a Team of Trainers to provide training, advice and support for farms to meet Code and other Market Label standards. In addition to contributing to the overall economic development of the country, the horticultural export industry has created job opportunities for about 183,000 people, 70 percent of whom are women. This is an important contribution to local economy, to the empowerment of women in the community and to household food security.

In a nutshell, looking into the untapped and lucrative opportunities and incentive packages given to the industry, foreign direct investors and the Ethiopian diaspora are invited to invest in Ethiopia in the sector in general, and in the four identified new horticulture hubs in particular, to enjoy the benefits of this growing industry.

The Federal and regional institutions responsible for the horticulture sector development in Ethiopia are: Ethiopian Horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority, Ethiopian Investment Commission, and Investment Commissions of respective Regional States. The Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association is a pioneer horticulture legal entity representing actors in the sector.

References: Ethiopian Horticulture Producers & Exporters Association (EHPEA); Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) database of licensed projects; All Africa “Ethiopia: Revenue of Horticulture Export Increasing”, 26 December 2014.

Waste-to-Energy Facility Ready for Operation

The Reppie waste-to-energy project in Addis Ababa, Africa’s first waste to energy facility of its kind, is ready for operation. The plant will be ready for power generation in September. It will process around 350,000 tonnes of waste annually.

The Reppie facility commenced full construction in Addis Ababa in September 2014 and will be completed in September 2017. The facility will produce 185GWH of electricity annually that will be exported to the Ethiopian national grid. The operational facility, located alongside the 50-year old Koshe dumpsite, is expected to power as many as 25% of the Ethiopian capital’s households.

To supply the feedstock of the facility, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEP) is currently working in collaboration with the Addis Ababa’s City Government to ensure waste collection streamlining.

Ethiopia has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years, with GDP growth averaging 10.9% between 2004 and 2016. This rise in income is creating a parallel increase in waste generation and urbanisation.

The waste-to-energy project is among various energy projects being implemented in line with Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy that aims to limit its carbon footprint to less than 2010 levels by 2030 as it becomes a middle-income nation.

Reppie‬ ‪waste-to-energy project apply EU Standards.

Video: Brussels’ iconic Manneken-Pis dressed in traditional costume from Ethiopia

 

On the 9th of June 2017, Brussel’s iconic Manneken-Pis received an Ethiopian traditional costume. A colorful ceremony including Ethiopian dances and cuisine was organized at the Brussels Town Hall for the handing-over of the costume, in the presence of Ethiopian Ambassador H.E. Teshome Toga and Mrs Clémentine Barzin, Brussels Municipal Councillor. About fifty guests from the Brussel’s Manneken-Pis Order, universities, and other friends of Ethiopia attended the ceremony.

Welcoming the guests, Mrs Clémentine Barzin noted that Ethiopia was a country with a long and grand history, and that it was especially pleasant to see that this Ethiopian culture was going to be linked to Brussels through Manneken-Pis.

In his remarks, H.E. Ambassador Teshome Toga underlined the longstanding and close friendship between Ethiopia and Belgium, which is particularly intense in the field of academic cooperation and people-to-people relations.

A procession then went to the statue of Manneken-Pis where the costume was unveiled to the participants.

Manneken-Pis is one of Brussels landmark and symbols since the year 1619.

The Ethiopian costume was prepared by the Ethiopian fashion design company Store251.

 

COO of Unibra: “Ethiopia offers the perspective of a huge consumer base”

In this interview, Mr. Thomas Hochreiter (Unibra) explains why Ethiopia is a unique country to invest in, with its fast-developing infrastructure, a long-term development policy and a huge population.

According to the investor, many market gaps are waiting to be filled in Ethiopia. European investors should visit the country to experience them themselves.

Another advantage is that Ethiopia has a huge consumer base which is constantly expanding.

Finally, investors in Ethiopia benefit from strong government incentives and from different funding opportunities.

This interview with Mr. Thomas Hochreiter, COO of UNIBRA Beverage, was recorded on the 27th of February 2017 in Brussels. Unibra is a main shareholder of Zebidar Brewery Share Company, which successfully launched Zebidar Beer in January 2017.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu Bids Farewell to the Outgoing Sweden Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Jan Sadek

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu bid farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Sweden, Ambassador Jan Sadek on June 13, 2017.

Ambassador Jan Sadek noted relations between Ethiopia and the Sweden have shown a positive trajectory over the years, adding that the bilateral ties should further be strengthened in the years to come.

Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu for his part commended Ambassador Jan Sadek for the unreserved efforts and hard work he dedicated for enhanced bilateral ties between Ethiopia and the Sweden. “During your tenure,” the Minister said “the bilateral relation between Ethiopia and the Sweden has achieved strong and admirable progress.”

Ethiopia Launches Online Entry Visa Application and Issuance of an E-Visa

The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 12, 2017.

The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single Web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online.

Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.

The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebre Mariam, said this was part of a new national initiative to transform the tourism sector in the country.

The full commencement of the Online Visa application and issuance system will promote tourism, trade and investment to the country.

It will save time, energy and cost for travelers to Ethiopia in addition to the simplicity and convenience that it facilitates.

He thanked the Main Department for Immigration & Nationality Affairs for the commendable collaboration and a job well done.

Gebreyohannes Teklu, Director of the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs, said: “Now international visitors to Ethiopia, from countries provisioned for visa upon arrival, can make use of this service.” He added that there were separate counters to process the visas of travelers under electronic travel authorization.

www.evisa.gov.et

26th anniversary of Ginbot 20 celebrated at the Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels

26ኛው የግንቦት 20 የድል በዓል በብራሰልስ ቤልጄየም በኢፌዲሪ ኤምባሲ በድምቀት ተከበረ!

በኢፊዲሪ የብራሰልስ ኤምባሲ 26ኛው የግንቦት 20 የድል በዓል በቤኔሉክስ ሀገራት ከሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ጋር በጋራ የኢትዮጵያ የፌደራል ስርዓት ባህሪያት፣ የዲሞክራሲያዊ አንድነት ግንባታ ሂደትና ስኬቶች በሚል ረዕሰ በሀገራችን  ባለፉት 26 ዓመታት ተግባራዊ እየሆነ የሚገኘው ህገ-መንግስታዊ ስርዓት እና የተገኙ ስኬቶች በሚል በቀረበ የመወያያ ፅሁፍ ከዲያስፖራ አባላቱ ጋር የፓናል ውይይት  በማካሄድ በዓሉ በድምቀት ተከብሯል፡፡

በበዓሉ ክቡር አምባሳደር ተሾመ ቶጋ በቤኔሉክስ እና ቦልቲክስ ሀገራት እንዲሁም በአውሮፓ ህብረት ተቋማት የኢፊዲሪ ባለሙሉ ስልጣን አምባሳደር በፓናል ውይይቱ ባቀረቡት ጽሁፍ እንዳሉት በሀገራችን ተግባራዊ እየሆነ ያለው የፌደራላዊ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ስርዓት በአህዳዊ ስርዓት አስተዳደር፣ በከፋ ድህነትና የዲሞክራሲ እጦት ውስጥ ከነበረች ሀገር እንዲሁም የሰላምና ፀጥታ ችግር በበዛበት የምስራቅ አፍሪካ ቀንድ ውስጥ ሆኖ በርካታ የኢኮኖሚ፣ ማህበራዊ እና ፖለቲካዊ ስኬቶችን በማስመዝገብ ላይ የሚገኝ በህገ-መንግስት የሚመራ ሰርዓት ነው ብለዋል፡፡

 

አያይዘውም የሀገራችንን የህገ-መንግስት ታሪካ ወደ ኋላ በማስተዋስ የንጉሱ ስርዓት ህገ-መንግስት ከንጉሱ ለህዝቡ የተሰጠና ስልጣን በዘር-ሀገርና መለኮታዊ ነው የሚገኝ ነው ብሎ የሚደነግግ እንዲሁም የአምባገነኑ የደርግ ስርዓት የነበረው ደግሞ ፀረ-ዲሞክራሲያዊ በመሆኑ ህዝቦችን ለጭቆና በመዳረጉ ሀገራችን ለከፍ ድህነትና ኋላ ቀርነት እንዲሁም ለተራዘመ የእርስ በርስ ጦርነት ተጋልጣ እንደነበር አብራርተዋል፡፡ በሀገራችን የመሬት፣ የብሔር እንዲሁም ጠንካር የአህዳዊ መንግስት እና የመልማት መብትን መንፈግ ጋር ተያይዞ የነበረውን ጭቆና በመቃወም በበርካታ የሀገራችን አካባቢዎች የተቀሰቀሰው የገበሪዎች፣ የተማሪዎች እንዲሁም የታክሲ ሹፌሮች ተቃውሞ እና አመፅ እንዲሁም የትጥቅ ትግሉ ተጠቃሽ ናቸው ብለዋል፡፡

ስለሆነም በተካሄደው መራራ የትጥቅ ትግል ግንቦት 20 ቀን 1983 ዓ.ም. በድል የተቋጨ ሲሆን፣ የኢትዮጵያ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦችና ህዝቦች ተወያይተው ያፀደቁትና የጋራ ቃል-ኪዳናቸው የሆነው ህገ-መንግስታዊ ፌደራላዊ ስርዓት ተግባራዊ በማድረግ በርካታ ለውጦችን በማስመዝገብ ላይ ይገኛሉ፡፡ የኢፊዲሪ ህገ-መንግስት ዲሞክራሲያዊ ባህሪያት ያሉት ሲሆን፣ ህዝቡ በአካባቢያዊ ጉዳዮች በተለያዩ ምክር ቤቶች በቀጥታ እንዲሁም በሀገራዊ ጉዳዮች ራሱ በወከላቸው የስልጣን ተሳታፊ እና ተጠቃሚ ያደረገ ሲሆን፣ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦችና ህዝቦች ራስን በራስ በማስተዳደር እስከ መገንጠል መብት ተጠቃሚ በመሆናቸው ከአሁን በፊት የመገንጠል ጥያቄ ያነሱ የነበሩ ጠባብ ሀይሎችም በአሁኑ ወቅት የመገንጠል ጥያቄ ለማንሳት የሚያስችል ምንም ሁኔታ ባለመኖሩ ህብረ-ብሔራዊነቱ የኢኮኖሚና ማህበራዊ እንዲሁም የፖለቲካ ጥቅሞችን ማረጋገጥ የቻለ ነው ብለዋል፡፡ ህገ-መንግስቱ የግልና የቡድን መብቶችን ያከበረ ሲሆን፣ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦችና ህዝቦች የመሬት ባለቤት ያደረገና የአናሳ ማህበረሰቦችንም መብትና አያያዝ እንዲሁም የፖለቲካ ተሳትፎ ያስከበረ ነው ብለዋል፡፡ ክቡር አምባሳደሩ በገለፃቸው እንዳሉት ህገ-መንግስቱ ዘላቂ ሰላምን ማረጋገጥ፣ዋስትና ያለው ዲሞክራሲ ማስፈን እንዲሁም ፍጣን ልማት በማረጋገጥ አንድ የጋራ የፖለቲካ እና የኢኮኖሚ ማህበረሰብን መገንባት ዓላማዎቹ አድርጎ በመንቀሳቀስ ላይ የሚገኝ ሲሆን፣ ዚጎች በህገ-መንግስቱ ዓላዎችና ይዘቱ ላይ የጋራ መግባባትን በማሳደግ የልማታዊነት አስተሳሰብ በመጎናጸፍና ኪራይ ሰብሳቢነትን በመዋጋት የሀገራችንን የህዳሴ ጉዞ ማፋጠን እንደሚገባ አብራርተዋል፡፡ ህገ-መንግስቱ ዋና ዋና መርሆዎች ያሉት ሲሆን፣ ከእነዚህም መካከል የኢትዮጵያ ብሔር፣ ብሔረሰቦች ህዝቦች የሉዓላዊ የስልጣን ባለቤቶች ሲሆኑ፣ የህገ-መንግስት የህጎት ሁሉ የበላይ ህግ መሆኑን እንዲሁም፣ የሰበአዊና ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብቶች መከበር፣ የመንግሰትና ሀይማኖት የተለያዩ መሆናቸውና የመንግስት ተጠያቂነትና ግልጽነትን ናቸው፡፡ ስለሆነም ዲያስፖራው በህገ-መንግሰቱ ላይ ለውን ግንዛቤ በማሳደግ በሀገር ግንባታ ሂደቱ የበኩላቸውን አስተዋፅኦ እንዲያበረክቱ ጥሪ አቅርበዋል፡፡

ክቡር አምባሳድ ተሾመ ቶጋ እንዳሉት የኢትዮጵያ የፌደራል ስርዓት ሀገሪቱን ከብተና የታደገና ባለፉት ሀያ ስድስት ዓመታት በለውጥ ጎዳና እንድትራመድ ማድረግ የቻለ ሲሆን፣ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦችና ህዝቦች በጋራና በራስ አስተዳደር የዲሞክራሲ መርሆዎችን ያረጋገጠ እንዲሁም፣ ሀገራችን ዓለም ባረጋገጠው መልኩ በዓለም ፈጣን የኢኮኖሚና ማህበራዊ እድገት በማስመዝገብ ተርታ እንድትሰለፍ ያደረጋት ስርዓት መገንባት ተችሏል ብለዋል፡፡

በዚህም ውስጥ ሀገራችን ለሁለት አስርት ዓመታት ባለሁለት አሀዝ የኢኮኖሚ እድገት ስመዘገበች ሲሆን፣የዜጎች የነፈስ ወከፍ ገቢ በ2002 ከነበረበት 373 ዶላር በ2008 ወደ 794 የአሜሪካን ዶላር ከፍ ብሏል፡፡ ሀገራችን  በመሰረተ ልማት መስክ በተለይም በመንገድ ፣ በኢሌክትሪክ ሀይል ልማት እና በባቡር ልማትና በኤርፖርቶች ድርጅት ግንባታ ተጨባጭ የልማት ውጤቶች ተገኘተዋል ብለዋል፡፡ በማህበራዊ ልማት መስክ ሀገራችን በጤናው መስክ በተከተለችው ውጤታማ ፖሊሲ 100 ፐርሰንት የጤና ሽፋን በማድረስ፣  በመስኩ ዋና ዋና የምዕተ ዓመቱን የልማት ግቦች ያሳካች ሲሆን፣ በትምህርት መስክ እንዲሁም የአንደኛ ደረጃ የትምህርት ሽፋን 100 ፐርሰንት በማሳካት በሁለተኛ ደረጃ እንዲሁ 41 በመቶ ያደገ ሲሆን፣ የከፍተኛ ትምህርት ተቋማት ወደ 35 በማሳደግ በመቶ ሽዎች የሚቆጠሩ ተመራቂ ተማሪዎችን በየዓመቱ በማሰልጠን የኢኮኖሚና ማህበራዊ እድገቱን በማሳለጥ ላይ ትገኛለች፡፡

የዲያስፖራ አባላት በበኩላቸው  ለተሰጣቸው ገለፃ በማመስገን በሀገራችን የህግ የበላይነት እንዲከበር በውጭም ይሁን ውስጥም ለሚገኙ የሀገሪቱ ዜጎች ስለ መብትና ግዴታ እንዲሁም ስለ ፌደራላዊ ስርዓቱ፣ ስለ ህገ-መንግስቱ አጠቃላይ ባህሪት፣ መርሆዎች እንዲሁም እሴቶች ትምህርትና ስልጠና ሊሰጥ ይገባል፡፡ በሀገሪቱ የተጀመረው ልማትና የህዳሴ ጉዞ በአደናቃፊ ሀይሎች እንዳይሰናከል መንግስት በተለይ መሪ ድርጅቱ ኢህአዴግ አበክሮ ሊሰራ ይገባል፡፡ አያይዘውም በሀገሪቱ በህገ-አውጭው፣ በህግ-ተርጓሚው እና በህገ- አስፈፃሚው መካከል ያለው የተጠያቂነትና ግልፅነት እንዲሁም የስልጣን ቁጥጥር መርህ መሰረት ባደረገ መልኩ ሊከናወን ይገባል ብለዋል፡፡

በመጨረሻም ክቡር አምባሳደር ተሾመ ቶጋ ለተነሱ ጥቄዎችና አስተያየቶች ምለሽ በመስጠት በቤኔሉከስ ሀገራት ነዋሪ ለሆኑ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን በሀገራችን በተጀመረው የፌደራላዊ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ስርዓት ግንባታ እንዲሁም እየተመዘገበ በሚገኘው ኢኪኖሚያዊና ማህበራዊ ልማት ተሳታፊና ተጠቃሚ እንዲሆኑ ጥሪ በማስተላላፍ በዓሉ ፍፃሜ አግኝቷል፡፡ ስለሆነም በዕለቱ የተካሄደውን በዓል አስመልክቶ የተዘጋጀውን ሪፖርት የላክን መሆኑን እንገልፃለን፡፡

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Brussels’ iconic Manneken-Pis dressed in traditional costume from Ethiopia

On the 9th of June 2017, Brussel’s iconic Manneken-Pis received an Ethiopian traditional costume. A colorful ceremony including Ethiopian dances and cuisine was organized at the Brussels Town Hall for the handing-over of the costume, in the presence of Ethiopian Ambassador H.E. Teshome Toga and Mrs Clémentine Barzin, Brussels Municipal Councillor. About fifty guests from the Brussel’s Manneken-Pis Order, universities, and other friends of Ethiopia attended the ceremony.

Welcoming the guests, Mrs Clémentine Barzin noted that Ethiopia was a country with a long and grand history, and that it was especially pleasant to see that this Ethiopian culture was going to be linked to Brussels through Manneken-Pis.

In his remarks, H.E. Ambassador Teshome Toga underlined the longstanding and close friendship between Ethiopia and Belgium, which is particularly intense in the field of academic cooperation and people-to-people relations.

A procession then went to the statue of Manneken-Pis where the costume was unveiled to the participants.

Manneken-Pis is one of Brussels landmark and symbols since the year 1619.

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