Capital Gears Up for AU Summit

Feb 4 , 2023

African Union Summit will unfold in the capital from February 15-19, 2023. Three sessions of the AU Assembly and Executive Council are scheduled to endorse policies through a round of discussion for five days. Dubbed "Acceleration of AfCFTA Implementation", the session will begin with Permanent Representatives' committee meetings and continues to the Executive Council Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The intra-African trade agreement was established in 2018 with the goal of deepening trade ties between African countries by removing tariff and non-tariff barriers. Under the AfCFTA, Africa's expanded goods and labour markets will become more efficient, driving significant competition between the countries, according to a study conducted by the IMF. The National Committee, established to oversee preparations, discussed with representatives of the hotel and tourism sectors.  In the discussion, Birtukan Ayano, state minister for Foreign Affairs said the tourism industry players are essential to make Ethiopia a top conference tourism destination by offering excellent services to AU summit participants. The Minister of State for Tourism, Selamawit Dawit, said the upcoming conference is an opportunity to showcase the country's potential in the field of conference tourism, stating that the Ministry has prepared tour programs for the guests.



A booming plastic container market around the Saris area bustles with shoppers inspecting the selections. Water supply shortages have plagued the capital as an expanding population size's demand is unmet by the drops moving through the pipes. The Addis Abeba Water & Sewage Authority relies heavily on underground wells and surface water from the Legedadi, Dire and Gefersa dams. With the Authority digging 28 wells to meet the demand shortage, several parts receive water through the taps three...



A telephone pole gently rests aside DebreZeit road, tucked into the city's ageing infrastructure. Ethiopia's infrastructure has been under rising assault by robbers who mimic maintenance workers appointed by the state. The ones pared from theft are constantly a victim of subdued synergy between government bureaus. The International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research published a study in 2020 indicating that lack of coordination between agencies was a significant factor in delays, co...



Traditional holiday hymns are sung by a group of men dressed in cultural outfits with decorations made from a horse's mane around the Bole area. The early weeks of September bring with them a panoply of festivities. A soft holiday spirit glistens the streets of Addis Abeba, while roaring hordes of shoppers grappling with inflation rates near 30pc do not grace marketplaces like they used to. The tight clampdown on access to foreign currency by the Ministry of Finance which banned the import of 3...