Danish Gov't to Donate $4.5m to Humanitarian Efforts

Nov 20 , 2021

The government of Denmark has announced it will be donating 30 million Danish kroner (4.5 million dollars at current exchange rates) to boost ongoing UN humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia. The UN estimates that some 20 million people are in need of urgent aid in Ethiopia as a result of armed conflict, drought, flooding, insect infestation and the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the UN also approved the release of 40 million dollars in funding for emergency operations in Ethiopia. Most of the financing is from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund while the remaining 15 million dollars is being sourced from the country-based Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund. The money will support aid agencies providing protection and other life-saving assistance to those affected by the conflict in the Amhara, Tigray and Afar regional states.


Mobile Apps Streamline Container Handling

A Chinese private logistics company availed its multilingual mobile applications designed to streamline container handling processes for local businesses. Dubbed arl-shipping.com, the apps are available in Amharic, Oromo, Somali, and Tigrigna, with a competitive monthly fee. Company managements aim to tackle inefficiencies by scanning truck license plates, container IDs, and other details, reducing manual data entry and the potential for errors. Users can also record gate movements with times...


Private Investment Takes Flight in Aviation Industry

Local private operators received the green light last week to expand their services beyond charter flights, offering regular passenger and cargo options. This move by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority is expected to boost the air transport sector, attracting private companies to invest in air travel services. The Authority is partnering with private investors to improve air transport infrastructure by building over 21 new airstrips and helipads in previously underserved areas. Officials...


Safaricom Ramps Up Network Expansion with Locally Made Poles

Safaricom Ethiopia has initiated a three-month procurement process to acquire a total of 68 poles from Woda Metal, the first telecom pole manufacturer in the country. The initial batch of 13 poles was delivered last week, marking a milestone as the first use of domestically produced poles in Ethiopia's telecom sector. Wim Vanhellputte, CEO of Safaricom Ethiopia, praised the high quality and affordability of Woda Metal's poles, which will be crucial for their network expansion goals. The co...