Millions Under Severe Hunger Risk

Tens of millions in Ethiopia will face acute food shortages in three months if sufficient aid fails to arrive in time, warns a survey conducted by the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Over 2.1 billion dollars is needed to address agricultural, nutritional and food insecurities that could put the lives of more than 20 million people in a precarious situation. USAID pledged 1.2 billion dollars three months ago in aid to respond to food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, following the survey's release that 32 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya face severe hunger. FAO urged prioritising drought and conflict-affected populations through life-sustaining food and nutrition assistance. The survey found close to 13 million people in Northern Ethiopia are in desperate need of emergency food assistance, showing 18pc increase from last year. Recurrent drought, depleting foreign exchange reserves, resumption of the war, periodic fuel shortages, and a sharp currency depreciation due to the parallel market exacerbated the economic outlook for the country.


Geda Special Economic Zone Receives Prospective Tenants

East African Holding and Ethio-Chicken have been shortlisted to invest in the Geda Special Economic Zone(GSEZ), located in the tri-state area shared by Mojo, Adama, and Shashemene cities within the Oromia Regional State. The two companies were selected from 120 investors who showed interest in acquiring space in one of the largest SEZs in Africa. Close to 404hct of land has already been developed in the expansive economic zone, out of a potential 24,000 hectares, with lease prices set between...


Standard Institute Revamps Fees, Board Restructuring

The Ethiopian Standards Institute (ESI) is set to introduce fees for standards sticker, establish a new governing board, and address collaboration with other regulatory bodies. The Institute plans to strengthen its financial standing by charging fees for standards and product certification services to support its operations and annual budget. A key change involves replacing the current Council of Standards with an 11-member Board of Directors. The Minister of Trade & Regional Integration...


Safaricom Ethiopia Rolls Out its Network to Tigray

With 125 self-built towers, Safaricom Ethiopia has launched its operations in the Tigray Regional State. Executives disclosed plans to invest in an additional 166 towers and expand their reach to the remaining towns. "This is the most exciting milestone in Tigray since the return of social services," said Getachew Reda, president of the Interim Regional State Administration. In July 2021, the consortium-backed telecom giant entered Ethiopia's market, historically dominated by state-owned E...