Korea Proffers $10m for Ethiopia, Africa

Aug 8 , 2020

Korea has given 10 million dollars to support the fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Ethiopia and other African countries. Ethiopia will receive half of the funding, and the rest will go toward the Africa Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (Africa CDC), a public health agency of the African Union. The support, under the COVID-19 Comprehensive Emergency Response Programme, will be used for the procurement of medical supplies like personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers. It is also intended for capacity building training for the health workforce responding to COVID-19 in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Supporting internally-displaced people through sanitation infrastructure in tandem with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is another element of the support. It also aims to build a stronger public-private partnership through the repurposing of small and medium enterprises to improve the domestically produced PPE supply. Africa CDC will use its funds to build up its response capacity for COVID-19 for the whole continent.


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...