UK Bolsters Borderland Security Near Ethiopia with Millions

Nov 11 , 2023

The security concerns in the Ethiopia-Kenya-Somalia border foresee a 10 million pound peace program to be implemented over the next three years. Financed by the United Kingdom, the project dubbed "Deris Wanaag", which translates to good neighbourliness in Somali, is expected to support the formulation of effective policy and build resilience against instability and violence in the region. Mustafe Omar, president of the Somali Regional State launched the program in Jijiga last week, with representatives from the British Embassy. He highlighted the importance of cross-border partnerships in addressing instabilities where many socio-economic dynamics are shared. The focus on integrating national responses to insecurity, supporting conflict resolution structures, and aligning development and peacebuilding activity across the three countries was mentioned by Embassy representatives. Borderlands across the horn of Africa are hampered by isolation, conflict, displacement, poverty, and rapid population growth, mainly within the borderland clusters of Karamoja, Borana, Somali, and Dikhil, according to a World Bank report in 2020. Having historically suffered from underinvestment and whose challenges and vulnerabilities, the report suggested policies that enhance trade and mobility, shared management of land and water resources, and investments in infrastructure.


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...