Ethiopia Kicks off Construction of Irrigation Dam

Jun 8 , 2019

The construction of the 3.3-billion-Br Guder Sato Irrigation Dam project started in West Showa Zone, Oromia Regional State. Expected to benefit 5,000 household farmers, the irrigation dam will be constructed by the Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation (ECWC), which has 15,000 employees and operates with a capital of 20 billion Br. Oromia Water Works Corporation will supervise the construction. The Dam, which will be 4.6m high and 273m long, will trap 57 million cubic metres of water to irrigate 5,000ha of land. Five months ago, the Auditor General confronted the Ministry of Water & Irrigation for delays and cost overruns of the Zarema Mayday and Megech irrigation dams, which have cost a total of 13.6 billion Br. Gemechu Dubisso, the auditor general, reported the inflated aggregate cost of the two irrigation dams to parliament last January.


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...