CONCRETE MEADOWS


CONCRETE MEADOWS

Relocated palm trees adorn the pedestrian path around Mexico Square. Frequent road renovations have become ubiquitous across Addis Abeba as the aesthetic visions of the City administration take shape. Bike lanes, recreational parks and libraries have been infused into the Capital's infrastructure over the past four years as it morphs into what government officials have dubbed a smarter city founded on a strong information technology infrastructure. The digital national ID project which recently received a 350 million dollar World Bank financial boost and the E-Passports poised to become realities are part of a digital Ethiopia scheduled for realization by 2025.


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Ethiopian Seafarers Contribute $50m Annually in Remittances

Ethiopian Maritime Authority disclosed 50 million dollars in annual remittances from seafarers deployed internationally. Abdulber Shemsu, the director general of the Authority, said Ethiopia's membership in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), establishes global standards and guidelines for safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable shipping practices. With 176 member countries and three associate member countries, including Ethiopia, the IMO provides a framework for ensuring...


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AfDB Launches $1.5m Initiative to Propel Agro-Industrial Parks

A 1.5 million dollar initiative for the development of three Agro-industrial parks was commenced last week. Financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the project includes feasibility studies, a master plan, and an environmental and social impact assessment. The Phase Two project, which includes capacity building for stakeholders, was initiated last week with an agreement between Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance and Gunther Beger, managing director of UNIDO. Semereta said...


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Cabinet Approves Public Service Legislation

Council of Ministers has unanimously approved the legislation that aims to raise the competency and professionalism of public service in the country. The Federal Civil Servants Proclamation is pending ratification from Parliament. The decision was made during the 30th meeting of the Cabinet last week, which follows the ratification of the public service and administrative policy. Currently, the 176 federal agencies within 22 ministries, collectively employ around two million people. The polic...


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