USAID Donates $1.9m to Ethiopia

Mar 21 , 2020

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced 1.9 million dollars of assistance to support Ethiopia’s efforts in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. USAID is working with the Ministry of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  to support capacity building, preparation and response to the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19 in Ethiopia. It will assist Ethiopia in supporting information campaigns to inform the public reducing the risk of spreading the virus. It also trains healthcare workers on infection prevention and control measures and training for Ethiopian Airlines staff on how to recognise COVID-19 symptoms. It also pledged to donate personal protection equipment.


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...