GREEN TIDINGS


GREEN TIDINGS

A row of kiosks around the Stadium area were painted green to mark their functions as Telebirr agents. Ethiotelecom's two-year-old mobile banking platform has stormed the digital finance landscape, reaching 34 million subscribers. The preferential access given to the state operator in facilitating several utility payments and its near monopoly over fuel payments has set up the centenarian service provider with a comfortable cushion in the foreseeable future. While Safaricom Ethiopia's M-pesa service launched in late September, it must significantly penetrate the market to catch up to state-owned telco's access to more than 70 million mobile subscribers. The scope and ease of use of digital finance tools are set to disrupt the long-standing dominance of the traditional banking industry in the coming few years, especially in Africa.


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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...


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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...


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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...


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