Ministry, World Bank Sign $250m Deal

Jun 5 , 2021

The Ministry of Finance and the World Bank have signed a 250 million dollar loan agreement for the funding of a project that aims to fortify social services in the country. The Enhancing Shared Prosperity through Equitable Services Program (ESPES) will focus on promoting the delivery of services such as basic education, primary healthcare, agricultural extension advice, water and sanitation, and infrastructure across the country through a decentralised system. The agreement was signed by Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and Ousmane Dione, World Bank country director, during a ceremony held on June 4, 2021. The duo inked a 907 million dollar financing agreement just over a month ago, half a billion dollars of which was funding for a project that aims to bring private sector capital into the energy sector.


High-Level Event Aims to Address Humanitarian Crisis

Development partners and government officials are expected to discuss improved humanitarian responses at a crucial event in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Co-hosted by the Ethiopian government and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the primary goal is to secure pledges from both development partners and the government, according to officials. Millions face hardship due to conflicts, economic downturns, climate shocks, and disease outbreaks, according to a UN st...


Mastercard Announces Up to $2.5m Grants for Agribusinesses

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural sector are poised for financial support as the Mastercard Foundation Fund pledges to award grants over the next three years. The Agribusiness Challenge Fund will award grants ranging from half a million dollars to 2.5 million dollars to qualifying businesses in Ethiopia and 19 other countries. According to Smita Sanghrajika, an engagement partner at the Foundation, agribusinesses have lacked the financial resources needed to scale up and...


Document Authentication Service Gets Fee Revamp

The Council of Ministers approved a new regulation for the Federal Document Authentication & Registration Service last week which introduces a two-tier fee structure for citizens and foreigners, with an overall increase. Beginning at 100 Br for citizens seeking document authentication for an assigning agency of single documents, the ceiling goes up to 500 Br while foreigners pay double these rates. Implementation of the new fees began this week. These changes come alongside a digitisat...