Tourism Ethiopia Partners with Facebook

Mar 20 , 2021

Tourism Ethiopia is partnering with Facebook on a project aimed at alleviating the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry. Dubbed "Boost with Facebook for Tourism Ethiopia," the partnership focuses on improving the digital marketing capabilities of small and medium enterprises engaged in the tourism and hospitality industries. It aims to reach 5,000 businesses through the provision of training on the use of the Facebook family of apps, which include Instagram and WhatsApp, for marketing purposes. The initiative is currently being run virtually through instructor-led live webinar sessions led and implemented by Summer Media, a domestic advertising agency, founded in 2013 by Frezer Tesfahun.


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...