Chinese Institution Covets Bamboo Development

Ethiopia aspires to develop the bamboo industry through technology, research, and training partnering with China’s Nanjing Forestry University last week. Officials at the Ethiopian Forestry Development said that the industry remains underdeveloped considering the large resources available with 1.47 million hectares of bamboo forest. Average exports of bamboo products only accounted for 0.02pc of global exports, proving that the country has not used it even to its minimal potential. According to the Bamboo World Map report, the lack of skills in bamboo management and the absence of technologies to increase lifespan and upgrade the production chain has made the country incur a low economic return. China’s bamboo forest area and accumulation are among the leading in the world. It has more than 6.67 million hectares of bamboo forests with an annual output value of the industry projected to exceed 110 billion dollars in 2025.


Ministry Ponders Tax Waivers for Rural Energy Solutions

Tax exemptions for off-grid energy technologies like solar pumps and mini-grids are under discussion, spearheaded by the Ministry of Water & Energy. Commonly used by rural households, officials disclose their simultaneous plan to develop 300 mini-grids in the next six years. According to Birhanu Weldu, the lead executive of rural energy technology development, the initiative tackles the country's low electrification rate and reliance on charcoal and firewood. Charcoal, fuel wood, and...


Rural Land Proclamation Comes to Light

A landmark legislation that grants title holders in rural areas the right to use the property as collateral was unanimously ratified by Parliament last week. It primarily focuses on extending access to finance for farmers and pastoralists, through a structured land title system. It also introduces criminal penalties for the illegal transfer of property. Replacing the 18-year-old proclamation for rural land management, the law sentences individuals engaging in land invasions and unauthoris...


Ethiopian Unveils $50m Domestic Terminal Renovation

With a rising demand for domestic travel, Ethiopian Airlines has renovated its terminal at Addis Abeba Bole International Airport with 50 million dollars to handle customers. The expanded terminal has doubled its previous size to 25,750Sqm and accommodates 200 daily flights to and from 22 domestic destinations. It includes four contact gates, 10 remote departure gates, 22 check-in counters with automated baggage screening systems, shops and restaurants. The terminal also features a dedica...