Cooperative Bank Donates 70m Br to Drought Response Efforts

Feb 26 , 2022

The Cooperative Bank of Oromia has donated humanitarian supplies worth 70 million Br to drought-stricken areas of Oromia Regional State. The supplies include food and animal fodder to be distributed to five zones, including East Bale, Borena and Guji. More than half a dozen zones in Oromia, an additional 10 in the Somali Regional State, and areas of the Southern region, are suffering from what the United Nations describes as the "worst drought the country has seen in four decades." Humanitarian organisations estimate that around seven million livelihoods in the regions are in need of live-saving support. Millions more are in a similar predicament in neighbouring Kenya and Somalia as well.


DDR Initiative Gets 16m Boost

A 16 million euro initiative to facilitate the disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) of nearly 370,000 ex-combatants was launched last week. Financed by the European Union (EU) the program will be implemented across eight regional states. It is overseen by the National Rehabilitation Commission (NRC), the agreement was signed at the Ministry of Finance's headquarters on King George St. Key figures including Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance; Teshome Toga, commissioner...


Central Bank Launches Youth Enterprise Forum

A financial education program targeting youth and Medium & Small Enterprises (MSMEs) was launched by the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) last week. It aims to equip interested trainees with personal and professional knowledge through experts from banks and microfinance institutions who will provide comprehensive training. The training modules, developed in collaboration with The First Consult and BRIDGE, cover several angles of financial literacy, including deposits, digital financial servic...


ArifPay Takes a Leap with Massive Capital Boost

Shareholders of ArifPay Financial Technologies S.C. have taken a significant stride by resolving to raise the company's paid-up capital to 300 million Br. The decision doubles down from the current 140 million Br marking a substantial increase. ArifPay, was established by 142 shareholders and secured the distinction of being the first payment operator licensed by the National Bank in 2021. CEO Bernard Laurendeau emphasised the critical timing of this capital increase, aligning with the company...