Flight Resumes to Mogadishu

Ethiopian Airlines resumed commercial flights to Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, after 41 years. The airlines will fly three times a week to Mogadishu. Ethiopian will play a big role in strengthening the economic ties between the two countries, according to the Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. The flight enables Somali nationals to fly to their homelands through Addis Abeba, said Tewolde. “We are planning to start cargo flights and increase the flight frequencies to twice a day,” he added. The resumption of the flight service to Somalia came after Prime Minister Abiy and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agreed to strengthen relations between the countries. The latter was on a visit to the country last week.


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...