Despite Aid Cut, US Backs Ethiopia's Defense

Oct 3 , 2020

The United States Department of Defense has handed over 2.9 million dollars worth of equipment and training to the Ethiopian National Defense Force to assist the country's efforts to defend against threats posed by al-Shabaab in Somalia and other terrorist organisations. The support arrives a month after the Trump administration announced that it has chopped close to 130 million dollars from funds appropriated to support Ethiopia's defence and counter-terrorism activities. The aid cut followed the outstanding issues Ethiopia has with Egypt and Sudan over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). With the latest partnership to strengthen the capacity of the National Defense Force, the United States has donated troop transport vehicles, land cruisers, water trailers, operation centre computers, fuel trucks, cargo trucks, ambulances and night vision devices.


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...


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...


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...