Azerbaijan’s Gov’t Modern Civil Service System Serves as Model for Ethiopia: Deputy PM


Addis Ababa: Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh stated that Azerbaijan’s modern government service delivery system can serve as a model for Ethiopia’s civil service reform.

A delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh visited the ASAN Service Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, where government services are provided digitally in a centralized manner.

In his remarks to the media, Temesgen said that the delegation have observed the efficient digital delivery of government services at the ASAN Service Center.

This service delivery model, which aims to respond to citizens’ good governance demands and prevent petty corruption, has gained international recognition.

According to the deputy prime minister, the public satisfaction with government services in Azerbaijan has reached 99.8 percent and the government has garnered various global awards for its achievements.

Temesgen expressed that Ethiopia will take Azerbaijan’s integrated digital government service as a model in its own efforts to improve pu
blic service delivery.

“As a country, we are on a journey to enhance our government services,” stated Temesgen , adding that beyond just learning from Azerbaijan’s experience, Ethiopia has signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and work together.

The deputy prime minister noted that the government has initiated policy and legal reforms, and is currently piloting service delivery and administrative improvements in eight federal institutions.

He said that in the near future, the reform will be fully implemented, requiring all federal, regional, and subordinate agencies to modernize their operations.

Temesgen highlighted that the government is demonstrating political commitment to replicate the successes achieved in the country’s economic development and social sectors through improvements in service delivery and good governance.

These measures, he stated, are aimed at enhancing citizens’ satisfaction and trust in the government.

The visit to the ASAN Service Center in Azerbaijan is part of Et
hiopia’s efforts to draw lessons and best practices that can be adapted to improve its own civil service reform agenda and public service delivery mechanisms.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Khartoum-Based ROCK Convenes Annual Meeting in Addis Ababa


Addis Ababa: The Khartoum based Regional Operational Centre in support of the Khartoum Process and AU-Horn of Africa Initiative (ROCK) convened its annual meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss ways in the prevention of human trafficking and trans boundary crimes.

Regional Operational Centre in support of the Khartoum Process and AU-Horn of Africa Initiative (ROCK) is a regional project to fight criminal networks involved in human trafficking in the smuggling.

Established under the African Union, ROCK operates with a support of the European Union.

The project is financed by emergency Trust Fund for Africa of the European Union, which was launched as part of the Khartoum process as requested by countries from the Horn of Africa.

ROCK held its meeting in Addis Ababa today to evaluate the progress of the law enforcement project over last year.

Federal Police Commissioner General Demelash Gebremichael, Deputy Commissioner General Zelalem Mengste, representatives of ROCK member countries, and officials from INTERP
OL attended the meeting.

Speaking at the occasion, Commissioner General Demelash said the strategy of the ROCK project facilitates exchange of information between police law enforcement agencies in the region.

‘We all are aware of the destabilizing effects of cross border crime as a global phenomenon, developing into serious problems that pose a threat to each country and beyond.’

Th process of globalization has led to unprecedented opportunities for transactions such as human trafficking, and smuggling of migrants by criminal organizations, the commissioner stressed.

Hence, Demelash said ‘I would like to take this opportunity to underline the importance of the ROCK project to strategically cooperate in the sharing of information about human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, as well as organized crime syndicates in eastern Africa.’

As a country, we have nominated representative to liaison officer with ROCK to tackle the issue not only in Ethiopia, but also in the rest of East Africa, he underlined.

T
he Commissioner General reassured Ethiopia’s commitment towards a great idea and objectives of this mechanism.

The Technical Director of the ROCK, Harve’ Jamet said this meeting is organized every year with countries involved in the project.

The goal of this meeting is to exchange information and provide an update about what has been done during the last year, and also “to see how we can implement more in the project in order to reinforce the cooperation in the fight against human trafficking,” he elaborated.

It’s a very huge problem all around the world, not only in Africa, he said, adding but the idea of this project is to facilitate the exchange of information between all the countries of Africa in order to facilitate the fight against the criminals.

As this project is to reinforce the cooperation and exchange of information between the countries, ‘we put in place a platform, which is in charge to facilitate the exchange of information between all the countries of East Africa.’

Regional Specialist Off
ice of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Eammel Ndayrgamiye said on his part the dedication and efficiency displayed by the ROCK is a pivotal role in the region by fighting against human trafficking and immigrant smuggling.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

President Sahle-Work Zewde Appoints New Ambassadors


Addis Ababa: President Sahle-Work Zewde has appointed 24 ambassadors today.

According to the Office of the President, out of the 24 appointed ambassadors, 14 are Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

The list of appointed ambassadors are as follows:

1. Ambassador Fesseha Shawel Gebre

2. Ambassador Eshete Tilahun Woldeyes

3. Ambassador Legesse Geremew Haile

4. Ambassador Delil Kedir Bushra

5. Eskendir Yirga Asfaw

6. Leulseged Tadese Abebe

7. Nardos Ayalew Belay

8. Brook Mekonnen Demmisse

9. Tewodros Girma Abebe

10. Mekuria Getachew Worku

Below are the list of extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of Ethiopia;

1. Betre Mengistu Berhanu

2. Yohannes Fanta Woldegiorgis

3. Haileslassie Suba Gebru

4. Nigus Kebede Kassew

5. Zerihun Abebe Yigzaw

6. Teshome Shunde Hamito

7. Lelisa Berhanu Geleta

8. Dereje Beyene Demissie

9. Sebsibe Bade Abdiabeb

10. Nebiyu Tedla Negash

11. Anteneh Alemu Senbete

12. Lemlem Fisseha Menale

13. Anuwar Mukhtar Muhammad

14. Abraham Mengistu Gemechu

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers Passes Decisions On Various Economic, Social Issues


Addis Ababa: Ethiopia’s Minister of Councils in its 32nd regular session held today has passed decisions on a number of economic, diplomacy and social issues.

The Council first discussed on four financial support and loan agreements made with the government of Italy, the African Development Bank (ADB), and International Development Association (IDA).

Among them are the 52 million USD obtained from ADB for the implementation of electric grid project in East Ethiopia, 10 million Euros obtained from the government of Italy for job creation and infrastructure development project as well as 255 million USD and 393 million USD secured from IDA for various development projects.

The council unanimously decided and referred the draft bills to the House of Peoples’ Representative for approval after thoroughly discussing on the bills and affirming that they are very much compatible with Ethiopia’s loan administration policy.

The other agenda tabled for the council of ministers were three draft proclamations and a re
gulation put forth by Immigration and Citizenship Service.

The first one was draft proclamation to amend immigration proclamation number 354/1995 aimed at ensuring the right of free movement, improving the quality and speed of immigration service delivery, establishing a coordinated border control and administration system among other things.

The second draft proclamation was prepared with the objective to reorganize the Immigration and Citizenship Service to render better services that fulfill the demands of citizens, ensures accountability and transparency, safeguards the national interests and security of the country.

The Council further discussed on the draft proclamation on Civil and Family Registration which is developed to make the service delivery of civil and family registration process efficient, accessible, transparent and effective.

The Council unanimously referred the draft bills to the House of Peoples’ representative for approval following extensive deliberations.

The council also discusse
d a proposed regulation to determine the fee charge for the services provided by the Immigration and Citizenship Service (ICS).

The draft regulations have been prepared for the need to expand the services provided by the institution, improve the quality of the services, and establish a system to cover the costs incurred to provide services in a manner that takes into account the capabilities of the user community.

After deeply discussing the draft regulation, the council unanimously decided to make it effective from the day it will be published in the Negarit Gazeta.

Finally, the council discussed on two bilateral agreements presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The first is an agreement signed between the governments of Ethiopia and Russia to upgrade the air service agreement.

The other is an agreement made between the governments of Ethiopia and Indonesia to waive visas for holders of diplomatic and service passports.

Considering that if the agreements are approved, Ethiopia will further stren
gthen its bilateral relations, economic and social ties between the two countries as well as it will not harm the interests of the country and will not result in special obligations.

Therefore, the council referred the agreements to the House of Peoples Representatives for approval.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Deputy PM Temesgen Holds Discussion with Azerbaijan Interior Minister


Addis Ababa: Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh held fruitful discussion with the Interior Minister of Azerbaijan, colonel-general Eyvazov Vilayat Suleyman.

Addis Ababa, May 15/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh held fruitful discussion with the Interior Minister of Azerbaijan, colonel-general Eyvazov Vilayat Suleyman.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

AU Commends Implementation of Pretoria Peace Agreement


Addis Ababa: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie, received the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole Adoye, in his office.

On the occasion, Ambassador Taye affirmed that the Ethiopian government is fully committed to the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement.

Commissioner Bankole commended the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement.

With this inline he reiterated the AU’s commitment to implementing the Ethiopian peace process, recalling that Ethiopia was the first country to benefit from the AU Peace Fund, receiving one million US dollars in support of its DDR process.

In addition, he recalled that the Union has successfully deployed the full team of the AU Monitoring, Verification and Compliance Mission (AU-MVCM).

He also added that the African union will continue to support the implementation of the transitional justice policy framework in Ethiopia.

The two sides held a wide-ranging discussion o
n important issues of peace and security in the Horn of Africa, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Bankole noted that Ethiopia is a formidable and effective partner in the peace-making efforts in the Horn of Africa and he underscored African Union’s commitment to continue strengthening its joint work with Ethiopia.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

First African Aviation Operations Safety Summit Opened in Addis Ababa


Addis Ababa: The first African Aviation Operations Safety Summit opened today in Addis Ababa under the theme ‘Be the Champion of African Aviation Safety.’

The opening was attended by the CEO of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, Mesfin Tasew, the Secretary General of African Aviation, Abdurrahman Barth, Director-General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Getachew Mengiste, and the Executive Director of the Global Foundation for Operational Safety, Hassan Shahwani.

In his speech, the Secretary General of African Aviation, Abdurrahman Barth, stressed the importance of air safety as it is fundamental to African aviation operations.

Ethiopian CEO, Mesfin Tasew explained the importance of advanced technology in the field of aviation and its role in reducing air disasters, noting the importance of training human staff in controlling safety and the necessity of considering it as an institutional culture for the benefit of passengers.

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority Getachew Mengiste stressed Ethiopia’s com
mitment to air safety standards through Ethiopian Airlines.

He urged all stakeholders in the field of aviation to cooperate and exchange experiences to achieve Abuja’s air safety goals.

It was learned that 20 African countries have achieved international air safety goals, including Ethiopia and South Africa. In 2023, no air accidents were recorded in Africa.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency