Health Ministry Receives Additional Support

The Ministry of Health has acquired a batch of medical equipment to aid the response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from international and local donors. Personal protective equipment (PPE), IR thermometers and hand sanitiser were provided by Engender Health, a nonprofit organisation based in Washington, DC, active in women's health, as well as sexual and reproductive health. The donation is worth 15.5 million Br. An additional 100,000 testing kits were also presented by ByteDance, a Chinese social media company that owns TikTok. The handover ceremony was attended by the ambassador of China to Ethiopia, Tan Jian. The Ministry also received 1.1 million Br worth of PPE, IR thermometers and hand sanitiser from Direct AID Society, a voluntary non-governmental organisation working on development projects. The Lions Club International Foundation, for its part, donated half a million Birr worth of isolation gowns.


Geda Special Economic Zone Receives Prospective Tenants

East African Holding and Ethio-Chicken have been shortlisted to invest in the Geda Special Economic Zone(GSEZ), located in the tri-state area shared by Mojo, Adama, and Shashemene cities within the Oromia Regional State. The two companies were selected from 120 investors who showed interest in acquiring space in one of the largest SEZs in Africa. Close to 404hct of land has already been developed in the expansive economic zone, out of a potential 24,000 hectares, with lease prices set between...


Standard Institute Revamps Fees, Board Restructuring

The Ethiopian Standards Institute (ESI) is set to introduce fees for standards sticker, establish a new governing board, and address collaboration with other regulatory bodies. The Institute plans to strengthen its financial standing by charging fees for standards and product certification services to support its operations and annual budget. A key change involves replacing the current Council of Standards with an 11-member Board of Directors. The Minister of Trade & Regional Integration...


Safaricom Ethiopia Rolls Out its Network to Tigray

With 125 self-built towers, Safaricom Ethiopia has launched its operations in the Tigray Regional State. Executives disclosed plans to invest in an additional 166 towers and expand their reach to the remaining towns. "This is the most exciting milestone in Tigray since the return of social services," said Getachew Reda, president of the Interim Regional State Administration. In July 2021, the consortium-backed telecom giant entered Ethiopia's market, historically dominated by state-owned E...