Institutes Call for Broadband Development

Jan 16 , 2024

A spotlight was put on expanding broadband infrastructure and optical fibre that connects directly to residences during a discussion between executives from Ethio telecom, the Ministry of Urban & Infrastructure and Huawei Ethiopia last week. State Minister Fenta Dejen said the initiative is positioned as a key strategy for advancing urban areas in line with ongoing efforts to digitise services. Ethiopia's internet penetration rate stood at 16.7pc at the start of 2023, indicating that internet users have shown a 2.6pc increase from the previous year. Tewodros Hailemeskel, chief technology officer at Ethio telecom, underscored the intensive need to improve broadband infrastructure and meet the growing demand for fast and reliable connectivity.


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...