Sudan Takes in 120 Ethiopian Refugees an Hour

Nov 29 , 2020

An average of more than 120 Ethiopian refugees an hour have been crossing the border of Sudan, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). At the end of last week, there were well over 40,000 refugees, leaving services overwhelmed as the needs increase by the day. Islamic Relief distributed emergency food packs and hygiene kits to around 4,000 people in Um Rakuba camp in eastern Sudan. It has distributed food packs to 784 households and distributed hygiene kits including soap and other sanitary items to 1,088 households. Saudi Arabia and Norway have pledged to aid the refugees in Sudan. The UN has announced that around 200 million dollars is needed to accommodate the refugees streaming into Sudan from Ethiopia. Potentially, up to 200,000 Ethiopians could flee to Sudan over the next six months, according to the UN. As of the beginning of this month, the federal government and Tigray Regional State administration are in a conflict after the Defence Forces responded to the latter allegedly attacking the Northern Command of the Defence Forces.


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...