PM Inaugurates Modjo-Batu Expressway

May 8 , 2021

A 6.3 billion Br road project connecting Modjo with Batu, also known as Ziway, was inaugurated late last week during a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). Costing 68.4 million Br a kilometre, the 92Km Modjo-Meqi-Batu Expressway is part of the Modjo-Hawassa superhighway, a 202Km road project that was commenced five years ago with an outlay of almost 14 billion Br. The second half of the two-phase construction project, dubbed the Batu-Hawassa Expressway, is currently under construction. The Modjo-Hawassa Expressway is expected to enhance trade and cooperation, particularly with Kenya. It is also part of the Trans-African Highway network that stretches from Cairo to Cape Town and comprises transcontinental road projects to facilitate regional cooperation and trade.


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...