Ethiopia, ECA Team up on Resilience Project

Aug 16 , 2020

The Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the government of Ethiopia have inked an agreement framework to launch a four-year project on nature-based solutions for water resources infrastructure and community resilience at a cost of 3.6 million dollars. Seleshi Bekele (PhD), minister of Water, Irrigation & Energy, signed the MoU with Vera Songwe, executive secretary of ECA. The project has support from Sweden under the SIDA-funded ECA programme Delivering Climate Resilient Development Policies in Africa. The programme was kicked off through tree planting efforts carried out in Amhara, Oromia and Addis Abeba; and later in Afar, where this activity has been postponed due to the recent floods in the area. Nature-based solutions for climate action creates jobs and contributes to the achievement of the Decade of Action, according to Vera.


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, 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...