Korea Agency Puts up $5m for COVID-19 Resilience

Sep 19 , 2020

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has donated five million dollars to Ethiopia to bolster the response toward the ongoing fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country. The Ministry of Trade & Industry signed a virtual memorandum of understanding with KOICA for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a means of retaining jobs in small and medium enterprises working in leather and leather product production. Half a million dollars of the funds will be directed to repurposing these industries and enabling them to produce PPE. In addition to the initiative, the funds will finance awareness creation campaigns in the rural parts of the country regarding the containment measures of COVID-19. KOICA was established in 1991 by the Korean government to maximise its grant aid programmes for developing countries.


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...