Amhara State Launches Wash Program

Feb 22 , 2020

The Amhara Regional State has launched a Clean Water & Health Care (COWASH) project, with close to 2.3 billion Br. The program, which was launched on February 19, 2020, is expected to benefit 1,394 small institutions including 320 health institutions and 360 schools, gain access to water. The COWASH (Community-Led Accelerated WASH) project has been jointly owned by the Finnish and Ethiopian governments for the past 25 years. Recently the project secured 1.3 billion Br in financing. The governments of Ethiopia and Finland have agreed to cover 700 million and 644 million Br of the finances, respectively. The program is currently being executed in 76 weredas across five regional states. The project will also be launched in Oromia, SNNP, and in Benishagul Gumz next year.


Geda Special Economic Zone Receives Prospective Tenants

East African Holding and Ethio-Chicken have been shortlisted to invest in the Geda Special Economic Zone(GSEZ), located in the tri-state area shared by Mojo, Adama, and Shashemene cities within the Oromia Regional State. The two companies were selected from 120 investors who showed interest in acquiring space in one of the largest SEZs in Africa. Close to 404hct of land has already been developed in the expansive economic zone, out of a potential 24,000 hectares, with lease prices set between...


Standard Institute Revamps Fees, Board Restructuring

The Ethiopian Standards Institute (ESI) is set to introduce fees for standards sticker, establish a new governing board, and address collaboration with other regulatory bodies. The Institute plans to strengthen its financial standing by charging fees for standards and product certification services to support its operations and annual budget. A key change involves replacing the current Council of Standards with an 11-member Board of Directors. The Minister of Trade & Regional Integration...


Safaricom Ethiopia Rolls Out its Network to Tigray

With 125 self-built towers, Safaricom Ethiopia has launched its operations in the Tigray Regional State. Executives disclosed plans to invest in an additional 166 towers and expand their reach to the remaining towns. "This is the most exciting milestone in Tigray since the return of social services," said Getachew Reda, president of the Interim Regional State Administration. In July 2021, the consortium-backed telecom giant entered Ethiopia's market, historically dominated by state-owned E...