Two Donors Team Up to Create Jobs

Apr 17 , 2020

Korea’s International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have agreed to support the creation of jobs in Ethiopia, where urban unemployment is at 19pc and 25pc among the youth. The agreement was signed between Dong Ho Kim, country director for KOICA, and Turhan Saleh, UNDP resident representative, in April 2020. The agreement includes 3.3 million dollars from KOICA and a one-million-dollar contribution from UNDP to launch a five-year project focusing on supporting ICT-based business start-ups and SMEs. The project will also facilitate loan guarantee schemes for ICT based start-ups and SMEs to address their financial needs. Previously, UNDP launched the entrepreneurship development programme in 2013 in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development & Housing and trained over 90,000 entrepreneurs and 32,000 SMEs in the country.


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...