ZamZam Bank Strikes a Pact to Digitise Pilgrimage Packages

ZamZam Bank struck a deal with Link All Technology S.C. for a product that links to travel agencies and hotel bookings during travels to Saudi Arabia last week. Dubbed Guzo le-Umrah, the product is expected to assist customers who have saved in Mudarabha Hajj & Umrah accounts to facilitate pilgrimage arrangements. Kedir Bedewi, the vice president of the Bank, pointed out that the expansion of branches has to go in tandem with digital banking to warrant operational efficiency. Over 400,000 people from Ethiopia are estimated to yearly partake in the journey to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Yenus Abdi, the CEO of the tech Company, and Melkia Bedri, president of the Bank, signed the memorandum of understanding at the Al-Nahari Hotel, Ethio-China Street.


Court Blocks BGI Ethiopia's Assets Trying High Stake Lawsuits

Judges at the Federal First Instance Court issued an injunction last week, halting the sale of BGI Ethiopia's headquarters and the transfer of shares in Brasseries International Holding Limited (B.I.H). The injunction, signed by Judge Girawork Yitbarek, ruled immediate delivery to the defendants. The legal action followed a high-stakes lawsuit filed by Zewudnesh G. Asrat, an 80-year-old woman, against BGI Ethiopia, Jean P. Blavierre, B.I.H, and Hebu Properties Limited. The plaintiff claims a...


Ethiopia's Third Shot at Peace Gets a $6.7m Boost

A 6.7 million dollars to finance the National Rehabilitation Commission (NRC)'s disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) program for nearly 370,000 ex-combatants, was pledged by the Japanese government. The financing will be channelled to the design, implementation and monitoring of the DDR program across eight regional states. Shibata Hironori, ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, signed the agreement last week at the Ministry of Finance headquarters on King George VI St with Tesfalem...


Digital Startups Seek Level Playing Field

Digital service providers gathered to discuss the complexities of the country's startup ecosystem last week. Weak legal frameworks and limited access to financing emerged as key challenges, despite the potential for digital businesses to thrive. The event, organised by the Addis Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), brought together stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. Limited access to...