Local Tech Leader Breaks Ground in Competition

Feb 20 , 2021

Pazion Cherinet, the co-founder of Orbit Health, has been selected for this year's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK. Pazion will be the first shortlisted Ethiopian candidate since the competition emerged in 2014. A total of 16 entrepreneurs from across the continent are on the list. Orbit Health, developed by Pazion, is a digital health platform that manages and stores patient data, including appointments, diagnoses, tests, doctors’ notes and prescriptions. The shortlisted candidates will be involved in a support programme that encompasses business and communications training, funding, as well as networking opportunities to help them come up with an improved innovation and business plan through July 2021. Following this, four finalists will be selected to pitch their ideas, with the winner and runners-up receiving 25,000 and 10,000 pounds each, respectively. The innovations featured are expected to address most of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


Arcane Markers

Hamere Berhan' at old post office prints books using ancient paper made from animal skin called 'Birana' .  The printing press is part of EOTC Ethiopian Tewahdo Orthodox Church which has had scribes for close to two millenia. Shortage of paper is still a problem in Ethiopia all newsapapers in the country are printed at one printing press , Birhana Selam around 4 kilo. This due to the fact there is a shortage of paper supply , no other printing press the government owned one have the forex to i...


Green Shift

A palm tree is moved to a new location for replanting around Meskel square. The global effort to battle man made climate change has gained steam over the last few years. African countries have shifted gear in tryin to unlock climate financing from the global north. With debt to GDP ratios averaging around 62pc continent wide, many countries are utilizing the climate narrative to get debt structuring. This one of the appeals of the PM of Ethiopia when he addressed the AU summit a month ago...


Strucural Makeover

Area around Ambassodor famous for its souvenir shops is getting demolished for real estate development. The A.A city administiration has ramped up efforts to remodel the city' s architecheure over the last few months. The capital was established by his majesty Emperor Menelik 137 years ago. He has also introduced the first telephone, car , hotel, hospital and host of other things to the country. A construction project headed by the mega projects office is 70 pc complete to commemorate his victor...