Private Telco Enters Mobile Money Service

Aug 21 , 2023

Safaricom Ethiopia launches its M-Pesa mobile money service integrating it with nine commercial banks. Hibret Bank announced its partnership where the 475 Bank branches function as super-agents for M-Pesa registration, deposit mobilisation and cash withdrawals. Shops and supermarkets across the country have been draped with promotional logos of the service while Safaricom announced its M-Pesa service last week, three months after receiving the Payment Instrument Issuer License from the central bank. It currently operates in five languages. Ethiopian authorities granted the permit for mobile money services to Safaricom, an international consortium led by Kenya's Safaricom Plc, in October during its service launch attended by Kenya's President, William Ruto.


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...