Pandemic Casualties Hit All-Time High

Oct 2 , 2021

Nearly 150 people lost their lives to COVID-19 in a span of three days last week. The highest-ever death toll in a single day was recorded on September 28, 2021, as 49 people succumbed to the virus. Just under 1,000 people have died in September alone as the pandemic's third wave continues to wreak havoc. The alarming mortality rate and the sharp surge in cases is attributed to the delta variant, which the US Centres for Disease Control describes as being twice as deadly as previous strains. Over 5,600 deaths have been recorded by health authorities so far, a year and a half into the pandemic.


Ethiopian Seafarers Contribute $50m Annually in Remittances

Ethiopian Maritime Authority disclosed 50 million dollars in annual remittances from seafarers deployed internationally. Abdulber Shemsu, the director general of the Authority, said Ethiopia's membership in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), establishes global standards and guidelines for safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable shipping practices. With 176 member countries and three associate member countries, including Ethiopia, the IMO provides a framework for ensuring...


AfDB Launches $1.5m Initiative to Propel Agro-Industrial Parks

A 1.5 million dollar initiative for the development of three Agro-industrial parks was commenced last week. Financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the project includes feasibility studies, a master plan, and an environmental and social impact assessment. The Phase Two project, which includes capacity building for stakeholders, was initiated last week with an agreement between Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance and Gunther Beger, managing director of UNIDO. Semereta said...


Cabinet Approves Public Service Legislation

Council of Ministers has unanimously approved the legislation that aims to raise the competency and professionalism of public service in the country. The Federal Civil Servants Proclamation is pending ratification from Parliament. The decision was made during the 30th meeting of the Cabinet last week, which follows the ratification of the public service and administrative policy. Currently, the 176 federal agencies within 22 ministries, collectively employ around two million people. The polic...