Ethiopia Secures Safe Travel Stamp

Feb 6 , 2021

Ethiopia has been granted the safe travel stamp given to countries that have complied with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health and hygiene protocols by the World Travel & Tourism Council.  The validation, a result of a collaboration between the government and the private sector in implementing protocols, is expected to further revive the tourism sector amidst the pandemic. The stamp is intended to restore confidence in travelers and revive global travel and tourism by allowing for easy identification of safe destinations.  The Ministry of Culture & Tourism along with Tourism Ethiopia, the Addis Abeba Hotel Owner's Association, the Hotel Marketing Association, and the Ethiopian Chef's Association, crafted the Ethiopian Tourism & National Safe Travel Protocol aimed at ensuring safe travel in the country in mid-2020. Prepared following international guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), the Protocol has four broad sections of applicability. The first three focus on tour operators, attraction sites and hospitality establishments, while the remaining section is applicable to meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions (MICE). The Council was established in the 1980s with the aim of representing the travel and tourism sector globally; and prioritising security and travel facilitation, crisis preparedness and management, and sustainable growth.


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...