National ID Office Launches Official Registration

Sep 17 , 2022

A Project Office under the Prime Minister’s Office has officially begun an enrollment programme for a National Digital ID project that looks to register 70 million citizens over the coming three years. The National ID Project Office has signed deals with over half a dozen financial institutions and 30 public agencies to speed up the national identification registration process. Headed by Yodahe Araya, former principal technical advisor to the Prime Minister, the Project Office recently concluded a six-month trial phase after registering 100,000 citizens. Yodahe and his team are preparing to expand coverage, registering up to 10 million people in the next phase, which will kick off in the coming weeks. The task is to gather primary data and biometric information such as photographs, fingerprints, and scans.


Premier Pushes Domestic Drug Production

A six-day domestic pharmaceutical production and innovation expo was inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) last week. More than 110 local pharmaceutical manufacturers participated at the Millennium Hall on Airport Road. Recently appointed Minister of Health Meqdes Daba (MD), said local production of pharmaceuticals has become a cornerstone of health policy, which received approval from the Council of Ministers a month ago. However, a report from the Global Fund For Health last year r...


AfDB Lauds $8m for Solar Mini-Grid

Around half a million people foresee benefits from the pilot mini-grid built across nine sites in Amhara, Oromia, Sidama, and the Southern regional states. African Development Bank Group has approved eight million dollars in finance to support the project under the Distributed Renewable Energy & Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) program. The DREAM project, with a total budget of 20 million dollars through concessional loans, grants, and risk mitigation, will cover half of the mini-grid capital...


Parliament Approves $275m Loan for Urban Project

A  275 million dollar loan agreement was approved by Parliament last week, to support the second phase of the Urban Water Supply & Sanitation Project. Set to be implemented over the next three years, the project follows negotiations between Ethiopia and the International Development Association (IDA). The Chief Whip Tesfaye Beljige (PhD), presented details of the loan agreement to lawmakers and said that the project focuses on enhancing the supply of clean drinking water and improving sa...