Immigration Services Comes Bearing Passports for New Year

Sep 10 , 2023

Ethiopians who were forced to postpone or cancel their travel plans for over six months can finally get services as 190,000 passports were availed last week. Immigration & Citizenship Services has been a major source of frustration for both locals and non-nationals lack of digital literacy and corruption were cited as reasons. About a couple of months ago, a reform through the Service had Selamawit Dawit appointed as the director general. Her first role was compounded with addressing contractual issues with international suppliers. "It has been addressed," she said, during a press conference held at Skylight Hotel, Airport Road. She disclosed that about 16,712 booklets were sent to the Middle East through embassies while the Service offers Saturday appointments for close to 300,000 citizens awaiting to renew their passports.


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...