Gates Foundation Launches Livestock Medicine Supply

Al-Impex Import & Export has begun distributing livestock medicine supplied by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Al-Impex Import & Export, which is the correspondent for Zoetis, the US-based company, started the distribution of medicine by being a local partner of the Foundation. The two launched the initiative on September 20, 2019. Zoetis launched African Livestock Productivity & Health Advancement Initiative in May 2017 to establish sustainable veterinary diagnostic networks and animal health infrastructure in Uganda, Nigeria, followed by Tanzania and Ethiopia in 2018. Funded by a 14.4-million-dollar grant from the Foundation and co-founded by Zoetis, the initiative aims to improve livestock health and positively impact farmers livelihood in Sub-Saharan Africa. The grant will enable Zoetis to develop veterinary laboratory networks and outreach services to increase the availability of local medicine and services, implement disease diagnostics and strengthen local veterinary expertise. Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the largest livestock populations in the world. Nigeria has 144 million chickens and 131 million ruminants. Ethiopia has 57 million cattle, Uganda has 3.2 million and Tanzania has 107 million livestock.


ZamZam Bank Joins Commodity Exchange Payment System

The pioneering full-fledged interest-free commercial bank, ZamZam Bank, has become the 24th financial institution to join the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange's (ECX) payment system. CEO of the Exchange Wendemagegnehu Negera signed the deal with the President of the Bank Melika Bedri last week. According to the CEO, joining the platform which has around 11,000 accounts registered and has transacted over 386 billion Br so far, will allow a reliable mechanism whereby traders can be certain that pay...


AfDB, ADF to Chart Transformation Path at Diamond Jubilee

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Development Fund (ADF) are gearing up for a major joint meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, expected to draw around 4,000 participants. The event, taking place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in late May, will focus on "Africa's Transformation," a theme reflecting the continent's ongoing pursuit of economic and social development. "Despite progress over the years, Africa's transformation remains incomplete," said Vincent O. Nmehielle...


Big Art Sale Returns to Addis

The annual Big Art Sale returns to Addis Abeba this weekend. Over 100 artists are expected to showcase their original works and prints at the Hilton Addis. What's Out Addis in partnership with the Hilton Hotel is behind the event that showcases the works of over 100 artists. Big Art Sale has been around for the past 18 years showcasing paints and prints. According to organisers, it offers a chance to meet the artists and enjoy a variety of art forms with a dedicated Kids' Corner and food and...