Water for Good joins One For All, a global alliance fighting the water crisis

DENVER and INDIANAPOLIS and THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — One For All, an alliance of global organizations championing collaborative methods to support water justice issues across the world, is pleased to welcome its newest member, Water for Good, a faith-based nonprofit that promotes clean, lasting water for every person in the Central African Republic (CAR), to the alliance. Water for Good joins alliance co-founders IRC and Water For People in their work to accomplish UN Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

“In a sector that has been too fragmented for too long, the alliance is based on our lived experience, and continued commitment, to effective collective action that drives change and impact. It’s a shared vision of independent and interdependent organizations striving collaboratively towards what works and how to achieve it, supporting and learning from each other and our network of local and national partners in the fifteen countries where we work around the world,” said Patrick Moriarty, CEO, IRC.

Water for Good has long inspired the global WASH sector to think big even in fragile states including the CAR, with a commitment to working with local, permanent institutions to create sustainable services at scale.

“We recognize that the current way of doing things in the sector needs to shift to achieve universal and sustainable WASH services. This requires collaborative planning and execution which is exactly how the alliance is committed to working,” said Jon Allen, CEO, Water for Good.

The All Systems Connect International Symposium 2023 in May is the first collaborative expression of the alliance. It’s designed to bring together changemakers from health, climate, social justice and water, and sanitation and hygiene. This opportunity will connect people with ideas and systems with solutions to achieve justice for all. The Symposium will enable delegates to connect with purpose, work on collective solutions and strengthen their capabilities as systems leaders.

No single organization is going to end the water crisis or achieve SDG 6 on their own. We truly believe that our impact as a collective is greater in alliance than the sum of the individual parts,” Sarah Bramley, Chief Impact Officer, Water For People.

Founded in 2020, One For All partners with champions in health, climate, economic development, education and social justice to encourage sustainable economic growth and address the social justice inequities that come from a lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Additionally, the alliance works with local, regional and national governments to implement climate resilient system-strengthening strategies to meet UN SDG 6.

About One For All

One For All is an alliance of global organizations led by IRC, Water For People and Water for Good to champion collaborative methods to support water, sanitation and hygiene justice issues across the world. Members work with local, regional and national governments to implement climate resilient system-strengthening strategies. They also partner with champions in health, climate, economic development, education and social justice to encourage sustainable economic growth and address the social justice inequities that come from a lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Alliance members hold themselves accountable to support governments to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, water and sanitation for all, by 2030. The actions of one—a person, a community, an organization—are in support of all.

For more information: Hope Voelkel, hvoelkel@waterforpeople.org

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LeddarTech Showcasing Its Award-Winning Sensor Fusion and Perception Software and High-Performance Products That Enable ADAS and AD at Tech.AD Berlin on March 26-28, 2023

LeddarTech’s award-winning LeddarVision solution

LeddarVision technology recognized at Tech.AD USA and CES 2023

QUEBEC CITY, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, a global leader in providing the most flexible, robust and accurate ADAS and AD software technology, is pleased to announce its participation at Automotive Tech.AD Berlin at the Titanic Chaussee Hotel Berlin. LeddarTech is a Competence Partner of Tech.AD and will exhibit its technology; Pierre Olivier, CTO of LeddarTech, will be an event presenter.

LeddarTech’s LeddarVision Showcase (Booth # 6)

LeddarVision™ is a high-performance, low-cost, hardware-agnostic low-level sensor fusion and perception solution for automotive and off-road industrial ADAS and AD applications.

Experience: The Award-Winning LeddarVision Interactive Dashboard Demonstration

This dashboard enables delegates to witness the LeddarVision software’s extraordinarily high performance at various levels of autonomy in various scenarios, such as extreme weather conditions.

Pre-arrange a meeting for product demonstrations, media and industry analyst interviews or investor discussions.

Witness the European unveiling of LeddarTech’s newest products!

The LeddarVision Front-View (LVF) family of automotive software products addresses the challenges faced when developing Level 2/2+ ADAS applications, such as solving safety issues and finding scalable fusion and perception software that offers high performance at a low cost. These two distinct products are comprehensive low-level fusion and perception software stacks that optimally combine sensor modalities for Level 2/2+ ADAS applications achieving a 5-star NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 rating.

  • LeddarVision Front (Entry-Level) (LVF-E): This product pushes the performance envelope, doubling the effective range of the sensors and enabling, for the first time, a solution with only three sensors. Low-cost sensing, together with efficient implementation on the TDA4L platform, achieves the lowest system cost for L2/L2+ entry-level ADAS.
  • LeddarVision Front (High-End) (LVF-H): With sensor configuration extended to 1V5R based on a single 3-megapixel 120-degree camera and five radars, the LVF-H stack extends the perception support to highway assist applications, including 160 km/h adaptive cruise control, 200-meter range and semi-automated lane change. These plus other features, including low-cost sensing, achieve economical front-view L2/L2+ premium ADAS.

Special Feature: LeddarVision Surround (LVS-2+). This product efficiently extends the LVF front-view product family 1VxR sensor configuration to a 5V5R configuration, enhancing support to traffic jam assist (TJA) and highway assist (HWA) applications. It also enables applications such as automated lane change, overtaking and extended speed range adaptive cruise control (ACC). Furthermore, the LVS-2+ supports premium surround-view L2/L2+ ADAS highway assistance and 5-star NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 safety applications.

LeddarTech Presents: On March 27 (11:30 to 12:00 CET), the CTO of LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, a Tech.AD favorite for his engaging and thoughtful presentations, will deliver a keynote presentation entitled: “Solving Critical Issues Affecting the Safety of ADAS to Accelerate AD Adoption.” This presentation will unveil some critical issues surrounding ADAS and AD safety and performance that are evident today, why they affect customer confidence, and how they can be addressed to accelerate greater safety and autonomy.

Pre-arrange a meeting today.

About Automotive Tech.AD Berlin

10th Anniversary: This award-winning AD & ADAS conference is designed to bring advanced engineers and automotive experts from OEMs, Tier 1s, suppliers and leading research institutes to the next level. Join over 600 of the most influential autonomous vehicle experts and executives in Berlin.

About LeddarTech

LeddarTech, a global software company founded in 2007, develops and provides comprehensive perception solutions that enable the deployment of ADAS and autonomous driving applications. LeddarTech’s automotive-grade software applies AI and computer vision algorithms to generate highly accurate 3D models of the environment, allowing for better decision making and safer navigation. This high-performance, scalable, cost-effective technology is leveraged by OEMs and Tier 1-2 suppliers to efficiently implement automotive and off-road vehicle solutions.

LeddarTech is responsible for several remote-sensing innovations, with over 150 patents granted or applied for that enhance ADAS and AD capabilities. Reliable perception is critical in making global mobility safer, more efficient, sustainable and affordable: this is what drives LeddarTech to become the most widely adopted sensor fusion and perception software solution.

Additional information about LeddarTech is accessible at www.leddartech.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice-President, Global Marketing, Communications and Investor Relations, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1-418-653-9000 ext. 232 daniel.aitken@leddartech.com

Investor relations contact and website: InvestorRelations@leddartech.com

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LeddarTech Apresenta seu Premiado Software de Fusão e Percepção de Sensores e Produtos de Alto Desempenho que Permitem ADAS e AD na Tech.AD Berlin de 26 a 28 de março de 2023

QUEBEC CITY, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A LeddarTech®, líder global no fornecimento da tecnologia de detecção ADAS e AD mais flexível, robusta e precisa, tem o prazer de anunciar sua participação na Automotive Tech.AD Berlin no Titanic Chaussee Hotel Berlin como expositora e palestrante principal. A LeddarTech é um Parceiro de Competência da Tech.AD e exibirá sua tecnologia; Pierre Olivier, CTO da LeddarTech, será um apresentador do evento.

Showcase da LeddarVision da LeddarTech’s (Estande 6)

A LeddarVision™ é uma solução de fusão e percepção de sensores de baixo nível, de alta performance, baixo custo e agnóstico de hardware para ADAS industriais automotivos e off-road e aplicações de AD.

Experiência: Demonstração do Premiado Painel Interativo da LeddarVision

Este painel permite que os delegados vejam o desempenho extraordinariamente alto do software LeddarVision em vários níveis de autonomia em vários cenários, como condições climáticas extremas.

Marque uma reunião para demonstrações de produtos, entrevistas com analistas da mídia e da indústria, ou discussões com investidores.

Seja testemunha do lançamento europeu dos mais novos produtos da LeddarTech!

A família de produtos de software automotivo LeddarVision Front-View (LVF) aborda os desafios enfrentados no desenvolvimento de aplicativos ADAS Nível 2/2+, como resolver problemas de segurança e encontrar software de fusão e percepção escalonável que ofereça alto desempenho a um baixo custo. Esses dois produtos distintos são pilhas abrangentes de software de fusão e percepção de baixo nível que combinam de forma ideal modalidades de sensores para aplicativos ADAS Nível 2/2+ alcançando uma classificação NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 de 5 estrelas.

  • LeddarVision Front (Básico) (LVF-E): Este produto amplia o envelope de desempenho, dobrando o alcance efetivo dos sensores e permitindo, pela primeira vez, uma solução com apenas três sensores. A detecção de baixo custo, juntamente com a implementação eficiente na plataforma TDA4L, atinge o menor custo do sistema para ADAS L2/L2+ básico.
  • Frente LeddarVision (Alta Tecnologia) (LVF-H): Com a configuração do sensor estendida para 1V5R com base em uma única câmera de 3 megapixels de 120 graus e cinco radares, a pilha LVF-H amplia o suporte de percepção para aplicações de assistência em rodovias, incluindo controle de cruzeiro adaptativo de 160 km/h, alcance de 200 metros e mudança de faixa semiautomática. Esses recursos, além de outros, incluindo sensoriamento de baixo custo, proporcionam uma visão frontal econômica L2/L2+ ADAS de ponta.

Características Especiais: LeddarVision Surround (LVS-2+). Este produto amplia com eficiência a configuração do sensor 1VxR da família de produtos de visão frontal LVF para uma configuração 5V5R, aprimorando o suporte a aplicações de assistência de engarrafamento (TJA) e assistência rodoviária (HWA). Ele também permite aplicações como mudança de faixa automatizada, ultrapassagem e controle de cruzeiro adaptativo de faixa de velocidade ampliada (ACC). Além disso, o LVS-2+ suporta assistência rodoviária premium de visão surround L2/L2+ ADAS e aplicações de segurança NCAP 2025/GSR 2022 de 5 estrelas.

LeddarTech Apresenta: No dia 27 de março (11h30 – 12h CET), o CTO da LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, favorito da Tech.AD por suas apresentações envolventes e precisas, fará a apresentação principal: “Solving Critical Issues Affecting the Safety of ADAS to Accelerate AD Adoption” (Solução de Problemas Essenciais que Afetam a Segurança do ADAS para Acelerar a Adoção do AD). Esta apresentação revelará algumas questões críticas em torno da segurança e do desempenho do ADAS e do AD evidentes hoje em dia por afetarem a confiança do cliente, e como elas podem ser abordadas para acelerar uma maior segurança e autonomia.

Marque uma reunião ainda hoje.

Sobre a Automotive Tech.AD Berlin

10º Aniversário: Esta conferência AD&ADAS premiada foi criada para levar os coordenadores e peritos automotivos avançados dos OEMs Nível 1, dos fornecedores e dos institutos de investigação principais para o próximo nível. Junte-se aos mais de 600 especialistas e executivos de veículos autônomos técnicos mais influentes em Berlim.

Sobre a LeddarTech

A LeddarTech, uma empresa global de software fundada em 2007, desenvolve e fornece soluções abrangentes de percepção que permitem a implantação de ADAS e aplicações de condução autônoma. O software de nível automotivo da LeddarTech aplica algoritmos de IA e visão computacional para gerar modelos 3D altamente precisos do ambiente, permitindo uma melhor tomada de decisão e navegação mais segura. Esta tecnologia de alto desempenho, escalonável e econômica é aproveitada pelos OEMs e Nível 1-2 para a implementação eficiente de soluções de veículos automotivos e off-road.

A LeddarTech é responsável por várias inovações de sensor remoto, com mais de 150 patentes concedidas ou solicitadas que aprimoram os recursos de ADAS e AD. A percepção confiável é fundamental para tornar a mobilidade global mais segura, eficiente, sustentável e acessível: é isso que leva a LeddarTech a se tornar a solução de software de fusão e percepção de sensores mais amplamente adotada.

Para mais informação sobre a LeddarTech visite www.leddartech.com, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook e YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice-Presidente, Marketing Global, Comunicações e Relacionamento com o Investidor, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1-418-653-9000 ramal 232 daniel.aitken@leddartech.com

Contato e site de relações com investidores:InvestorRelations@leddartech.com

Os logotipos Leddar, LeddarTech, LeddarVision, LeddarSP, VAYADrive, VayaVision e afins são marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registradas da LeddarTech Inc. e suas subsidiárias. Todas as outras marcas e nomes de produtos são ou podem ser marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registradas usadas para identificar produtos ou serviços de seus respectivos proprietários.

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LeddarTech présentera ses logiciels de fusion de données de capteurs et de perception haute performance ADAS et AD à l’événement Automotive Tech.AD Berlin du 26 au 28 mars

La solution LeddarVision de LeddarTech plusieurs fois primée

La technologie LeddarVision récompensée à Tech.AD USA et CES 2023

QUÉBEC, 08 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, chef de file de calibre mondial dans les technologies logicielles pour systèmes avancés d’aide à la conduite (systèmes ADAS) et de conduite autonome (systèmes AD), est heureuse d’annoncer sa participation à l’événement Automotive Tech.AD Berlin au Titanic Chaussee Hotel Berlin, où elle présentera sa technologie à titre de « Partenaire expert ». Pierre Olivier, chef de la technologie de LeddarTech, livrera une présentation.

Présentation de LeddarVision (kiosque No. 6)

LeddarVision™ est une solution de fusion de bas niveau des données de capteurs et de perception haute performance, à faible coût et indépendante des capteurs, destinée aux applications ADAS et AD automobiles et industrielles hors route.

Faites l’expérience d’une démonstration virtuelle interactive de LeddarVision

Cette démo virtuelle permettra aux délégués de constater l’extraordinaire performance du logiciel LeddarVision à divers niveaux d’autonomie et sous divers scénarios, comme dans des conditions météorologiques extrêmes.

Planifiez un rendez-vous pour une démonstration de produit ou un entretien pour les médias, analystes de l’industrie ou investisseurs.

Assistez au dévoilement européen des nouveaux produits LeddarTech!

La famille de logiciels de classe automobile LeddarVision à vue frontale LVF relève les défis associés au développement d’applications ADAS de niveau 2/2+, comme la sécurité ou l’identification d’un logiciel de fusion et de perception modulable capable d’offrir des performances élevées à faible coût. Ces deux produits sont des solutions logicielles complètes de fusion de bas niveau des données de capteurs et de perception qui combinent de manière optimale les modalités de capteurs et visent les applications ADAS de niveau 2/2+ conformes aux exigences 5 étoiles NCAP 2025 et GSR 2022.

  • LeddarVision frontal (entrée de gamme) (LVF-E) : ce produit repousse les limites du progrès technologique en doublant la portée effective des capteurs et en permettant, pour la première fois, une solution ne comportant que trois capteurs. L’abordabilité de la méthode de détection utilisée et le recours judicieux à la plateforme TDA4L permettent d’obtenir les coûts les plus bas pour un système ADAS de niveau 2/2+ d’entrée de gamme.
  • LeddarVision frontal (haut de gamme) (LVF-H) : supportant une configuration de capteurs étendue à 1V5R avec une caméra unique de 3 mégapixels 120 degrés et cinq radars, le LVF-H étend la perception aux applications d’aide à la conduite sur autoroute, y compris la régulation de vitesse adaptative jusqu’à 160 km/h, une portée de détection atteignant 200 mètres et le changement de voie semi-automatisé.   Ces fonctionnalités et d’autres, y compris la détection à faible coût, permettent de répondre de manière économique aux exigences des applications ADAS haut de gamme de niveau 2/2+.

Nouveau : LeddarVision périphérique (LVS-2+). Ce produit étend efficacement la configuration de capteurs 1VxR de la famille de produits à vue frontale LVF à une configuration 5V5R en améliorant la prise en charge de l’aide à la conduite en embouteillage et de l’aide à la conduite sur autoroute. Le LVS-2+ permet également des applications comme le changement de voie automatisé, le dépassement ainsi que la régulation de vitesse adaptative sur une plus grande plage de vitesse. Il est destiné aux applications ADAS de niveau 2/2+ supérieures pour l’aide à la conduite sur autoroute et répondant aux exigences de sécurité 5 étoiles NCAP 2025 et GSR 2022.

Présentation LeddarTech : le 27 mars (11 h 30 – 12 h 00 HEC), le chef de la technologie de LeddarTech, Pierre Olivier, intervenant apprécié de l’événement Tech.AD pour ses exposés éclairants, livrera un exposé intitulé : « Résoudre les problèmes critiques touchant la sécurité des systèmes ADAS pour accélérer l’adoption des systèmes de conduite autonome ». Cette présentation mettra en lumière certains problèmes critiques évidents aujourd’hui concernant la sécurité et les performances des systèmes avancés d’aide à la conduite et de conduite autonome, pourquoi ils affectent la confiance des clients, et comment les résoudre pour améliorer la sécurité et l’autonomie des systèmes ADAS et AD.

Planifiez un rendez-vous dès aujourd’hui (formulaire en anglais).

À propos de Automotive Tech.AD Berlin

Dixième anniversaire : cette conférence reconnue, sur les systèmes AD et ADAS, vise à amener au niveau supérieur les ingénieurs avancés et les experts des équipementiers, fournisseurs automobiles, fournisseurs de solutions et instituts de recherche de pointe. Joignez-vous à plus de 600 des experts et cadres les plus influents en matière de véhicules autonomes à Berlin.

À propos de LeddarTech

LeddarTech, une entreprise mondiale de logiciels fondée en 2007, développe et propose des solutions de perception logicielles complètes qui permettent le déploiement d’applications ADAS et de conduite autonome. Le logiciel de classe automobile de LeddarTech applique l’intelligence artificielle avancée et des algorithmes de vision numérique afin de générer des modèles 3D précis de l’environnement, pour une meilleure prise de décision et une navigation plus sûre. Cette technologie performante, évolutive et économique, permet la mise en œuvre efficace de solutions ADAS pour véhicules automobiles et hors route par les équipementiers et fournisseurs de rang 1 et 2.

Détentrice de plus de 150 brevets accordés ou déposés, l’entreprise a contribué à plusieurs innovations liées à des applications de télédétection et qui améliorent les capacités des systèmes d’aide à la conduite et de conduite autonome. Une plus grande prise de conscience est essentielle pour rendre la mobilité plus sûre, efficace, durable et abordable : c’est ce qui motive LeddarTech à devenir la solution logicielle de fusion des données de capteurs et de perception la plus largement adoptée.

Renseignements complémentaires disponibles sur www.leddartech.com et sur LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook et YouTube.

Contact :
Daniel Aitken, vice-président, Marketing, communications et relations avec les investisseurs mondiaux, LeddarTech Inc.
Tél. : + 1-418-653-9000 poste 232 daniel.aitken@leddartech.com

Contact relations investisseurs et site web : InvestorRelations@leddartech.com

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Interview with President Isaias Afwerki – Part III

Q1. In your keynote address at the 28th Independence Anniversary in 2019, you had detailed an 11-point economic and social development roadmap, which highlighted roads, ports and coastlines, transportation, industry, efficiency and transparency, effective implementation, and other key areas and sectors. Although much has been achieved, the myriad extraneous challenges faced have understandably curtailed implementation of all these programmes with the desired pace and scope. As part of continued efforts to push through this roadmap, can you expound on the priorities set out for 2023?

A. The topic is quite extensive and lumping the various subheadings together would be a disservice to its complexity and breadth. One must recognize innate interdependence of the development sectors. Indeed, any setback in one area affects the rest of the chain. As such, their implementation requires careful sequencing and the setting of priorities. Furthermore, within these priorities, some sectors are fundamental and must be viewed as absolutely critical to our ability to implement all other plans.

Within our context, water, in all its aspects, remains one such fundamental sector. From its administrative and institutional framework, to the utilization of modern technologies, to its various uses (drinking, hygiene, agriculture, industry, etc.) – water is fundamental and our development planning has been predicated on this understanding. The primary priority that must be attached to water is thus palpable as it affects all other sectors and cannot be relegated to the back-burner under any circumstances

Another related sector that warrants priority is energy – power generation and electricity supply – which, for obvious reasons, affects the progress of all other sectors and industries.

Following these two priority areas would be the comprehensive sector of physical infrastructure. This entails roads; transportation services, -including by sea, land, and air – railways; cableway, etc. This sector is wide-ranging and similarly affects all other sectors and industries, which is why it, too, must be listed as a fundamental sector.

Obviously, the prioritization and sequencing of these sectors does not require any re-invention. However, what is important at this point in time is to carefully assess how much of what we planned were we able to achieve; the extent to which the targets set were effectively implemented?

For example, in terms of water infrastructure, the huge task includes the construction of large, medium, and small dams; the geographical mapping of such projects; the ability to conserve rainwater; the utilization of modern and appropriate technologies depending on the terrain; etc. Furthermore, the task includes a wide gamut of other interlinked measures such as afforestation, terracing, as well as the prudent utilization of subterranean and sea water in terms of potential resources that can be tapped beyond rainfall-based water harvesting infrastructures.

The accumulated progress in this multi-layered task; what has been achieved in the annual afforestation and terracing campaigns can be assessed thoroughly. In this respect, although much has been achieved, especially in view of the enormity of the task, a generous estimate would place it at the 20% mark only. That is to say, we have not been able to meet our desired goals and utilize the full potential in this area. Indeed, much remains to be done.

The dam at Kerkebet has the potential of accumulating 300 million cubic meters of water. But the question remains has it been adequately utilized? Moreover, important and pending water infrastructural programmes that are still on the drawing board include the Gash, Anseba, and Setit (with its peculiarities) rivers.

In a nutshell, the demand for drinking water has not been fully met on a national scale. Whether it is in Asmara, Keren, Massawa, or any other populated urban area, a key goal remains ensuring that every citizen has adequate and clean potable water. The same goal applies to the rural areas; including remote villages. We obviously have network of dams built for the purpose especially in some large urban cities such as Tokor and Mai Nefhi in Asmara. But this is not adequate both in the specific area in question as well as from a nation-wide perspective. We must recognize that the need for clean drinking water, for hygiene, and for all other services related to the population’s needs, has yet to be fully met.

All of this is to say that complacency is not an option. Yes, there is full clarity in terms of charting out our development priorities and marshalling our resources for their implementation. But the enormity of the task requires continuous and unremitting endeavours. The agricultural dimension must also be taken into account here. We have to gauge progress in terms of increased harvest from the utilization of the accumulated water; the type of produce as well as agro-industrial processing that we have been able to embark on. All these facts should impel us to work with greater vigour and at an accelerated pace for the coming two-three years.

The concrete plans for accelerated work, and the implementation modalities and time lines, must therefore be charted out with full clarity to instill awareness in each person to take full responsibility and work intensively so as to meet our targets.

The interdependence that obtains between the priority sectors described above as well as the social services and other sectors is profound indeed. Extensive and inclusive discourse at an opportune time will thus be vital to raise public awareness and thereby enhance more effective implementation.

Q2. As you have described above, the GOE has since long embarked on building the water infrastructure and related programmes against the backdrop of climate change and to reduce the country’s total dependence on rainfall. As such, the number of dams constructed thus far – namely, Kerkebet, Gahtelai, Mslam, Logo , Gerset, and 2 Fancos, Bademit – have a total capacity of 530 million cubic meters. In this respect, what are GOE plans for extensive agricultural irrigation? what are the tangible projects in the offing?

A. This relates to the points raised earlier. The country may have accumulated more than 500 million cubic meters of water in the big dams constructed so far, but this is not adequate in terms of the latent potential. Furthermore, and to really measure the impact of the water saved, one must be able to calculate and trace the usage of each cubic meter.

More importantly, the impact can be greater when we are able to fully transition from traditional methods of irrigation to more advanced methods that allow the society to not only save water but use it more effectively. Production of fruits and vegetables is increasing all over the country through utilization of dams or by drilling wells. But the methodology is not optimal and must be supplanted by more effective systems.

Our goal in this area is to effect sustainable behavioral change and move the society away from traditional methods of fallow irrigation that waste water and are not particularly effective. Of course, this requires the concurrent provision of alternative methods, and this is where context-based and cost-effective modern irrigation methods come in.

This is a crucial point because if one uses irrigation methods that do not take the topography and other key physical factors of an area into consideration, then the cost-effectiveness falls short of expectations. One method, for example, that is found to be particularly effective in our context is the utilization of gravity, where we make use of hills and mountains around project areas. Water is pumped from nearby dams to large water silos strategically installed at top of this hills and this is then pushed down through gravity. This method has proven to drastically minimize cost and maximize efficiency.

Professionals in this field have shown that more advanced, modern methods use about one tenth of the water used through traditional irrigation methods. The cost-effectiveness of this is obviously evident as one is able to multiply the efforts by ten.

As mentioned earlier, this requires the careful selection of irrigation methods that are appropriate to the particular context – this includes ecological variables, topography, soil type, etc. Utilization of appropriate and optimal irrigation methods will enable the country to reap two, three or even four harvests a year; instead of one harvest under rain-fed or fallow irrigation as is broadly the case currently.

All this is to emphasize that in order to effectively use water, all the different aspects and input must be taken into account, and this is a much wider area than simply capturing and collecting water in dams. Even as it relates to the capturing and collection of water, we have rivers and subterranean waters that have yet to be fully utilized. This requires further expansion of water infrastructure including the construction of micro and check dams, and wells. All these combined efforts will substantially augment the volume of water that will be accumulated annually at the national level.

In tandem with the appropriate technology of water infrastructure that we introduce, it is vital to focus on the selection of appropriate seeds to increase production. Programmes of Animal husbandry, animal feed, inland fisheries are supplementary programmes that will impact overall production growth.

In fact, if assessed objectively, the current phase can be dubbed as a transitional phase in which much experience was gained and lessons learned – this includes our gradual ability to substitute imported technologies through in-country research and development.

This leads to the point mentioned earlier about the water sector being as wide-ranging and intersecting with various other areas, including energy. On this point, it would seem unsustainable to keep relying on imported input such as generators and fuel. As such, one must examine other more effective methods that would produce energy utilizing the environment around us. This leads us to considerations in areas of renewable energies.

Above all of the points mentioned, however, our human capital – in terms of optimal organizational skills, technical capacity, as well as the average citizen’s understanding of and participation in all areas – remains the most critical and fundamental area that would enable us to fully implement these development plans. This requires the commitment to, and partnership amongst, all sections – particularly administrations in all zobas and subzobas. And, it also requires the provision of key tools and appropriate trainings that would enhance every citizen’s ability to contribute to the best of one’s abilities.

All of this goes back to a point that must be repeated, the work accomplished thus far, although by some measures considerable, does not meet the latent potential and as such one can conclude that much has not materialized. This requires us to redouble all efforts.

Q3. Mr. President, we will now proceed to a sector that is attracting a lot of attention these days; i.e. the blue economy. In this regard, even though Eritrea possess a long coastline and many islands, it has not been able to utilize these endowments as desired due to various reasons. Are there any plans to do so in the coming years?

A. This is yet another topic that falls short of expectations. The gap between aspirations or expectations on the hand, and reality or potential on the other is really big.

The country’s endowment in fisheries is huge as the annual maximum sustainable yield (MSY) is estimated to be between 80,000 to 120,000 tones, and the fact that the majority of the fish species is migratory also adds to its value and advantage, making it sustainable and resistant to overfishing. If we factor in the lowest MSY, meaning 80,000 tones, we find that although 60% of these are small pelagic fish, which may not yield huge export revenues, 40% constitute different and highly-desired species that would feed into the high-end export market. Unfortunately, the exploitation of marine resources remains limited at about or even less than 10,000 tons per year, which does not even fully cover domestic demand.

Naturally, this begs the question – why were we not able to take advantage of this incredibly rich and reserved sector? The first requirement is human capital and capacity, followed by key inputs such as boats, trollers, processing supplies, and other critical tools that would facilitate and enable utilization of this sector. Other bottlenecks include the availability of harbours and piers, limited energy supplies, and other associated infrastructural facilities.

As we embarked on the development of this sector, three sites were identified – Tio, Eidi and Gelalo. Key infrastructure was put in place, including small harbours, ice-making and cooling facilities, boat-fixing hangers. Unfortunately, for various reasons, all of these facilities are not functional at this point in time.

This flags the critical point that in order to effectively deliver on targets in this sector, all basic infrastructure – energy, water as well as sea and land transportation – must be put in place and careful consideration must be paid to the sequencing of inputs.

However, this will not dampen our determination. We have gleaned important lessons. We have to deploy all the essential material inputs in all the main ports and harbours throughout the coastline as well as the requisite skilled manpower in order to effectively utilize all our substantial marine resource, which is something we have already embarked on.

We should note that a Coastal Development Strategy has already been drafted and is under implementation. This provides a roadmap for this sector. The strategy deals with around 1300 kilometers of total coastal area located in a very delicate and strategic zone. The strategy further recognizes the latent potential of this sector including proper and detailed mapping of fishing areas. It also addresses associated development tasks in critical and interlinked sectors – roads, water, harbours, boats, hangars, energy, ice-making machines, etc. – that ought to be accomplished before we can begin to utilize this potential to its fullest.

Our coast extends from Ras Doumeira to Ras Kasar and if one takes stock of the infrastructure put in place thus far, the result is not particularly impressive. To begin with, road construction has not gone beyond temporary structures that require annual maintenance. Similarly, although we speak of two critical ports, Massawa and Assab, the need for smaller harbours along the coast that feed into the overall structure remains evident. Furthermore, we have yet to ensure that our coastal population is fully introduced to new technologies, is able to contribute to, or receive, adequate services from this important sector.

All this is to say that the work accomplished thus far falls far short from our objectives and desired targets even taking into account the prevalent constrains. Nonetheless, as mentioned earlier, this has given us the impetus to redouble our efforts. Obviously, this is not something that can be accomplished overnight, and requires us to honestly recognize the shortcomings and commit to making up for lost opportunities and time. The potential is absolutely vast and is slated to contribute immensely to the national economy – from exporting fresh fish, to canning, to drying, etc. But again, this requires an integrated and sequenced approach, planning, and implementation.

Another sub-area within this sector that remains underutilized, or to some extent utilized but not at satisfactory levels, is the production of salt. At this time, this is confined to the very basic processing and packaging, and nothing has been done to expand it to larger scale, industrial usage, or even find ways to add value to the basic product. Furthermore, natural resources, other than fish, found on the coast or at sea have also not been fully explored and utilized. This includes the production of natural fertilizers, mangrove planting, among other examples.

Similarly, the potential for renewable energy, including wind, solar and most especially geothermal energy is also considerable. Geothermal energy in particular is an area that we have talked about for a very long time and something that we know can yield great results being as it is located on the Rift Valley.

Interestingly, during the recent State visit to Kenya, we visited a geothermal energy farm that expanded from 20MW capacity ten years ago to its current 1100MW capacity. We, too, have this potential. And again, this is not a new topic but something we have been talking about. Unfortunately, it remains undeveloped to-date.

Now imagine the cumulative effects and impact integrated development in the energy sector – that comprise of geothermal, wind, solar and thermal – would have had on the development of all other sectors, including the programmes of Coastal Development. Let us remember that our national development strategy is anchored on three Development Zones – the Coastal Areas, the Highlands and the Western Lowlands. In this context, the development programmes in the Coastal areas are indeed vast. All this is to say that our Coastal Development Strategy is not confined to fish and fish products and comprises all the endowments found along our ecological-rich shores.

It is imperative to deploy all the essential facilities at this point in time with a sense of urgency. This is the task at hand. The drawbacks encountered in the past and the lessons gleaned will add impetus to our determination to implement the programmes that we have already embarked on. We are determined to pursue and implement all components of the Blue Economy – port development, the tourism industry etc. extensively. This will require qualitative changes in our methodology of implementation; in our organizational and administrative capabilities.

Q4. The mining sector, along with other economic sectors, has evident contributions to national growth. In this regard, there are several ongoing commercial activities in the extractive sector. Are there additional concrete plans to exploit more extensively the latent potential in the sector?

A. The country’s mineral resources are exceptionally huge and, in some respects, incomparable considering its total geographical area. It is also interesting to note that exploration and exploitation of this sector can be traced back to the time of colonialism.

In terms of current realties, one can perhaps point at two main projects, namely, Bisha and Zara, to assess the impact and effectiveness of this sector so far.

Natural resources, viewed as endowments – even if finite – have considerable catalytic contributions to the country’s current and future economic development. The income gained from this sector is obviously expected to feed into a national financial basket, used for the benefit of, and to finance, other key development projects. It is for this reason that the effective utilization of this sector remains of utmost importance.

In general, however, the mineral extraction projects implemented so far cannot be viewed as yielding optimal revenues in so far as they were, and are not, fully processed in the country for critical value addition. That is to say, 80% refinement in the case of gold and bulk concentrates for copper was extracted and shipped out of the country.

The overall experience thus far has raised a series of questions: What was its contribution to financing development projects? How did it contribute to the overall national economic growth? Did it have a positive sustainable effect on the growth of the sector itself? Could we not have further processed these here? Could we not have added value in-country and sold directly to markets at higher rates? Was it cost effective (in terms of fuel, time, tires, and other wear and tear on the roads) to use trucks to haul bulk concentrate from Bisha all the way to the port in Massawa? All of this covers Bisha in particular but there is also the Zara site. And these days, the Asmara site will be operational.

Indeed, faced with all these questions, we now find ourselves regretting some of these decisions that were taken rather hastily. Nonetheless, the experience gained and lessons learned will hopefully enable us to move ahead in a much more effective manner.

This is particularly important when considering the new project, potash, which has been touted as having the potential of lasting 60, 80, 100 years or more. Still, the lessons learned from previous experiences must offer a guide so as to not repeat similar mistakes.

Obviously, in the first place, all the key infrastructure required, such as roads, rail, harbor, energy, etc., must be adequately available. More importantly, however, and considering the fact that this project is slated to cut across generations, we must also consider all avenues of processing and value addition within country so as to ensure maximum profit. As such, all the required basic infrastructure, as well as human capital, that contribute to the establishment of an adequate processing plant in that vicinity must be put in place ahead of time.

In general, if there are ways to produce input in-house, in the country, then we must absolutely do so. For example, there was no reason for us to import lime when it could have been easily produced domestically. Similarly, cement is another resource that needs to be expanded. The current factory in Gedem, for example, sits on a reserve of about 18-20 million tons of the required raw material. Tio, on the other hand, has an estimated 100 million tons of the required raw material. Other raw materials that are worth exploring include marble, oil, gas, ore, with Asmara and its environs sitting on 20 million tons of ore. This is based on relatively shallow digs of about 12 meters conducted during the Italian colonization period using basic technologies. One can only imagine what the results would be for deeper digs with newer technologies at this time. The rough estimate of that time was 200 million tons.

All this is to say that Eritrea sits on one of the largest endowments of natural resources – from the most basic of resources, which includes marble and other construction materials, and cement, to highly valued metals, including gold, copper, potash, etc. To utilize these endowments effectively, we must expand and develop our manpower and capacity skills, as well as our processing abilities. We should certainly avoid the desire for short term gains and expedient results. Furthermore, we ought to have a comprehensive and refined strategy that covers all areas in this important sector. This strategy must take into consideration the potential, cumulative benefits for future generations. The ultimate aim in exploiting these resources should be geared towards full processing and refinement within the country.

Source: Ministry of Information Eritrea

Statement Delivered by Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam at the 5th UN Conference on the LDCs

Mr. President,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, on behalf of the Government of the State of Eritrea, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the United Nations for organizing the 5th Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and would like to extend my appreciation to the State of Qatar for hosting this important event and warmly welcoming us in this beautiful city of Doha.

Mr. President,

This year’s Conference is of special significance as it is being held at a time when the global economy is facing enormous challenges emanating from the Covid-19 pandemic and the wars and geopolitical tensions in different parts of the world. It is also a period when the perils of climate change are hideously inflicting human and socio-economic calamities. Given their vulnerabilities, the LDCs are the most affected by the economic slumps of such compounding crises, where many of our people continue to endure poverty. It is, thus, imperative to objectively appraise the last Program of Actions’ results and set out time-bound, transformative, and doable measures to address the developmental challenges of the LDCs.

In the past decades, various Programs of Action and internationally agreed Development Goals have been formulated. However, very few of these were successfully implemented to improve the quality of life in most LDCs. Regrettably, the majority of the people in the global south, particularly in Africa, remain at the same poverty level, with stagnating socio-economic conditions.

Mr. President,

Eritrea is not spared from the challenges experienced by LDCs. As a country that came out of a thirty-year arduous war for independence, with the subsequent devastating border conflicts and the unjust and unfair UN Security Council sanctions, and the continued unilateral coercive measures, its development endeavors have been critically hampered in realizing the desired aspirations. Nonetheless, the resilience of our people has seen the country redouble its effort in rehabilitating the devastated economy through a development strategy anchored on the policy of social justice and partnership focusing on key sectors required to spur growth such as infrastructure and skills and capacity development.

Cognizant of the practical challenges and limitations, Mr. President, allow me to briefly share Eritrea’s modest achievements and endeavors in some of the critical development sectors:

1. In the agricultural sector, where operational targets have been set to increase agricultural output through the export of agro-industrial products, commendable progress has been achieved in climate-smart agricultural practices. In addition, work is ongoing to develop the fishery infrastructure and services to tap into the national and export fish market and generate more revenue for the economy.

2. Significant investment has been made in developing reliable access to water for sanitation, food security, and environmental sustainability. In this regard, Eritrea has built 770 dams over the last three decades, increasing the proportion of the rural population with access to safe drinking water from 7% to the current 70%, and in urban areas from 30 to 92 percent.

3. Education and health are essential sectors of Eritrea’s sustainable development program and are almost fully subsidized by the government at all levels. The country aims to ensure equitable access and delivery of quality education at all levels for all citizens. The number of schools at all levels have increased significantly from 526 in 1991/92 to 2,254 in 2020/21 and enrolment rate levels from 346,266 in 1997/98 to 619,180 in 2020/21, respectively. In the same period, the adult literacy rate improved from 46% to about 77%. During the same period, youth literacy improved from 61 to 93 percent, with male literacy at 94 percent and female literacy at 93 percent. This is recorded to be one of the world’s largest increases in youth literacy rates over the past 50 years.

4. Eritrea entered the SDGs period having achieved most of the MDGs related to health. This gave the country the impetus to drive forward with added momentum in the SDGs period. In the past three decades, the number of health facilities have grown fourfold, and the number of healthcare workers increased threefold. Healthcare services have been made almost free with access to healthcare within a 10 km radius for 80% and a 5km radius for 70% of the population. The maternal mortality ratio dropped by 82 percent, the neonatal mortality rate by 49 percent, and the under-five mortality rate reduced by 75 percent. The average annual rate of reduction in under-five mortality in this period is estimated at 4.5 percent – among the fastest in the world. HIV prevalence rate is below 1%. Additionally, the National Immunization Programme is nearly universal, with more than 95 percent of children fully immunized for their age. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Eritrea maintained the lowest death and infection rates. As a result of this and other pertinent factors, life expectancy at birth increased significantly from 48 years in 1991 to 67 years at present. However, there still remain challenges that Eritrea needs to surmount in order to expedite progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC), SDG 3, and other health-related SDGs.

5. The road network in Eritrea has expanded from approximately 4,930 km in 1991 to more than 15,100 km at present. This has resulted in over 85 percent of cities and villages in the country being connected by roads. In addition, an efficient public transport system exists connecting most towns and villages. Telecommunication infrastructure through both fixed and mobile phones has been built from scratch and this currently serves most of the country.

6. Eritrea is highly endowed with renewable energy sources whose development has been constrained by a lack of capital for investment and other challenges. However, progress has been made over the last three decades by increasing electricity generation capacity from almost non-existent (18MW) to around 200MW. Access to electricity has increased from 40 percent in 2020 to the current 52 percent. Access in urban areas is 76 percent, while in rural areas it is around 40 percent. It is envisioned that investment in energy will be increased using resources from the extractive industry and the support of international development partners.

Mr. President,

To conclude, Eritrea is committed to increasing productivity and diversifying the economy through the adoption of science and technology. It is also keen to promote regional cooperation and integration to enhance trade amongst other development objectives. Like any other developing country, Eritrea is in a race against time to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and regain lost opportunities. The remaining seven years call upon us for a renewed commitment and partnership to ensure the benefits from skill and technology transfer to spur social and economic development aspirations. In this regard, Eritrea views the Doha Program of Action as an opportunity to expand partnerships and hence it will continue to coordinate with development partners and earnestly endeavor to transform the quality of life of all its citizens.

Thank You for Your Kind Attention!

Source: Ministry of Information Eritrea

Celebrating March 8 With Great Dignity

March 8, International Women’s Day, is a very significant day of the year for women around the world. It is an occasion women use to celebrate their successes in their struggle for women’s rights and women’s empowerment.

March 8 has a very important meaning for Eritrean women who became triumphant by fighting against both natural and social barriers that prevented them from participating in the decision-making process that affect the society and the country. They have overthrown the enigma imposed by old cultural beliefs that are characteristic of patriarchal societies like ours. They fought for their rights and echoed their voices showing their strength to chauvinists who believe that the safest place for women is the kitchen.

When the Eritrean liberation struggle was transformed from political to armed struggle, women flocked to join their brothers-in-arms in the liberation fronts. They had great love for their nation and gave everything for their country. Their flesh and bones are beneath every step of the country. Their right becomes their nation’s right and this has direct relation with their dignity. They developed t h e consciousness that their own right and dignity is connected with the right to an independent and liberated state. Through their struggle, they were able to declare their emancipation and equal participation in all aspects of life.

Whenever we celebrate March 8, we pay tribute to those who gave their precious lives for Eritrea’s independence and those who fought to transform their society to a better life. The day is used as an occasion to reflect on the success achieved so far in political, social and economic aspects of Eritrean women. Active participation of women should be considered a measure of success in the concerted efforts for women’s empowerment.

For 20 years, we successfully engaged in a series of struggles against the Ethiopian war of aggression, economic sanctions and false allegations aimed at denigrating Eritrea. In the Ethiopian war of aggression, young Eritrean women struggled to defend their land and preserve our independence. When Eritrea was under sanctions, Eritrean women in diaspora played a vital role by working on diplomatic matters and public relations. Despite all the hard times we have been able to preserve our hard-earned right to be masters of our destiny. The role of Eritrean women in all this has been extraordinary.

The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) works to empower women, in general, and the young generation, in particular, to play a leading role in the development of the nation. It perseveres to protect women’s rights and ensure their equal participation in all walks of life.

We celebrate March 8 with great pride and dignity by organizing colourful programs in all regions. We do it with a lot of festivities and cultural activities. This celebration has become possible because of the dedication and sacrifice of our Eritrean female fighters.

We are celebrating March 8 in a very good atmosphere looking at a promising future where all the challenges are dealt with. Let us use the occasion, March 8, to renew our pledge as women and as members of the general public to contribute towards efforts to strengthen the National Union of Eritrean Women and to develop our nation.

Source: Ministry of Information Eritrea