US, Natural Resource College Launch a $100,000 Wetland Project

Dec 10 , 2022

A forestry college in the south received financial support from the United States government to research wetland areas. A US-supported program that aims to collect data that quantify the carbon emissions caused by the conversion of wetlands into croplands granted 100,000 dollars to the project under the Wondo Genet College of Forestry & Natural Resources. The "Sustainable Wetlands for Sustainable Communities in Southern Ethiopia" is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Scientific Affairs Climate Grant Program. Tracey Jacobson, US Chargé d'Affaires, handed soil monitoring instruments to the Deputy for Research & Technology Transfer, Kibreselassie Daniel (PhD), signing the final agreement. She also paid a visit to Hawassa City, 290Km from the capital, to meet Ristu Yirdaw and Desta Ledamo, presidents of the Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples (SNNPR) and the Sidama regional states, respectively. Jacobson said she wants to understand partnership prospects with the United States. Tracey mentioned that granting access to international human rights experts in conflict-affected areas in northern Ethiopia is one of the steps the federal government must take to regain AGOA eligibility while touring the Hawassa Industrial Park. The U.S. delegate spoke with investors, the Chief of Hawassa Park Investors Association, Hibret Lemma and the park's General Manager, Fitsum Ketem


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...