MPs Approve Pubic Officials with Considerable Opposition Vote

Mar 14 , 2020

The parliament has approved the appointment of four ministers, the commissioner of the anti-corruption commission and board members of the Ethiopian Press Agency. The parliament approved the appointments despite an energetic show of opposition from a high number of MPs. The MPs confirmed Adanech Abebe as Attorney General, Laqe Ayalew as minister of Revenues, Lia Tadesse (MD) as minister of Health, and Filsan Abdullahi as minister of Women, Children & Youth, with 21 opposition votes. Tsega Arage's appointment as commissioner of the Federal Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission earned 11 votes of opposition, while six members abstained from the vote. Daniel Kibret's appointment as a board member of the Ethiopian Press Agency was opposed by 126 members, a record-high number in the parliament's history, while 48 additional members abstained from the vote.


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...