House Urges Media to Play Active Role for Successful Conduct of Nat’l Dialogue


Addis Ababa: Ethiopian media should consolidate their efforts for the successful conduct of the dialogue processes by allocating sufficient time and providing extensive coverage, House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) Democracy Affair Standing Committee Chairperson Ewnetu Alene underscored.

The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission organized today a discussion forum with media representatives on further strengthening their work on the dialogue processes.

During the discussion, Ewnetu emphasized the responsibility and crucial role they play by the public and private media in achieving the national dialogue process during the coming months.

All the public and private media houses in Ethiopia need to allocate sufficient time as well as resources and provide extensive coverage to the dialogue process, he stressed, adding “Considering the critical significance of the national dialogue, the media should even work more.”

The national dialogue is an opportunity for the country to solve its challenges, he added.

The National Dialogue Commissioner, Ambassador Mahmoud Diriron his part underscored that the media has critical role in facilitating public participation and consensus building throughout the dialogue process. He noted that Ethiopia has embarked on national dialogue processes to address the major challenges facing the country and reach consensus through discussions.

The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission is one of the essential institutions created to find a lasting solution to the existing political polarization and other pressing issues of the country, it was learned.

In this regard, the media has essential functions, the commissioner said, adding that it plays significant role in achieving set objectives by the commission.

‘The media sector is our major stakeholder to make this national dialogue process successful. And its role is immense in achieving the objectives of the consultation,’ he stated.

The media outlets have also been urged to provide accurate and balanced information that would foster
a spirit of national unity and create space for constructive dialogue, it was indicated.

The commissioner also recalled the successful completion of participants and coordinators identification in ten regions and the two city administrations.

Training program for coordinators of the national dialogue in the Amhara region were conducted, he said, adding that similar activities are set to commence in the Tigray region.

Established in 2022, the National Dialogue Commission aims to address key national issues to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation, bringing together diverse range of stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Government, Competing Political Parties Hold Consultation Forum to Identify Strategic Agendas


Addis Ababa: Ethiopia’s government and the competing political parties have embarked on a consultation forum to identify strategic issues and decide on it to be dealt with in the national consultation.

A half-day forum that brought together participants from the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) and representatives of various competing political parties of the country was held.

Recall Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed directed the need for closer collaboration between the government and the political parties in Ethiopia during his discussion with leaders of political parties early last month.

During that meeting, the prime minister stressed the need for setting agendas, identifying necessary corrections and adjustments for policy input, and determining the type of cooperation needed moving forward as it would have paramount importance for continuous discussions.

Accordingly, Head of the Democracy Building Coordination Center with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, Adem Farah discussed with political party leaders toda
y intended to identify strategic agendas for sustainable consultation.

It was revealed that today’s discussion was critical for the betterment of Ethiopia’s politics.

Adem on the occasion stated that the initiative is aimed at strengthening the culture of cooperation between the government and the political parties as well as instill healthy political competition.

He added that it will create a favorable environment for competing political parties to support the government’s efforts in ensuring lasting peace, rule of law, and pursuing a civilized political approach.

Moreover, in this forum as the first-round consultation to identify agendas, the government and competing political parties have identified important issues that would promote a healthy competition and cooperation in the Ethiopian body politic.

As a result, in order to have a healthy political competition, the building of a democratic system, the support that parties need from the government, the factors affecting the political landscape, the
use of media and the issue of elections have been identified in this round.

The agreement has also been reached to discuss other pressing issues in the second-round of the forum such as the peace and security, justice and human rights, macroeconomics, diplomacy, government service delivery and good governance, inclusive national dialogue and consultation to be carried out in a manner that promotes identity and national unity.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

FOCAC Becoming Robust Platform in China-Africa Cooperation


Addis Ababa: The Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) is serving as best platform for fostering cooperation between Africa and China through various engagements, said Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A high level conference on revisiting Ethiopia’s role in the FOCAC and the way forward was held in Addis Ababa.

In his opening remarks, Head of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eshete Tilahun said FOCAC has proven to be an effective and strong platform for promoting Africa-China cooperation by supporting critical infrastructural projects.

The FOCAC is a platform established by China and friendly African countries for collective consultation and dialogue as a cooperation mechanism among developing countries, it was learned.

The characteristics of the forum are twofold including strengthening consultation and expanding cooperation within a pragmatic framework, as well as promoting political dialogue and economic cooperation with a view to seeking mutual reinforcement and coo
peration.

In the past two decades, FOCAC is instrumental in promoting Africa-China cooperation by supporting critical infrastructure development to engender greater connectivity, boosting trade activities, attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and unleashing entrepreneurships, Ambassador Eshete said.

Since its inception in 2000, the forum has contributed conducting open dialogue and insightful discussion to ensure mutual trust.

On his part, Director General of Asia and Pacific Affairs at Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) Anteneh Getachew said the forum has emerged as a key player in promoting trade, investment and people to people relations with China.

Ethiopia’s collaboration with FOCAC is crucial, he said, adding that the conference organized to chart out future area of cooperation and strengthen Ethiopia’s leadership in the Forum on Africa-China Cooperation.

Minister Counselor of Commerce at Chinese Embassy, Yang Yihang said Ethiopia is playing important role in FOCAC and numerous Chinese compan
ies have invested in various sector in Ethiopia.

It was indicated at the occasion that the successful completion of the Ethio- Djibouti railway project and its ongoing operation is one of the forum’s early achievements in creating continental integration in Africa.

The high level conference was organized by Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in collaboration with the Embassy of China in Addis Ababa.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

China Praises Ethiopia’s Involvement in FOCAC as Important Participant


Addis Ababa: China has praised Ethiopia for its central role within the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and effective contribution in consolidating the partnerships between the two sides.

A high-level conference on revisiting Ethiopia’s role in the FOCAC and the way forward was hosted today by Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in collaboration with the Embassy of China in Addis Ababa.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Counselor of Commerce at the Chinese Embassy, Yang Yihang said since its inception in 2000, Ethiopia has been an important participant in FOCAC.

Noting that the FOCAC cooperation framework has achieved remarkable success across socio-economic domains, Yihang indicated that several significant China-Africa cooperation projects have been initiated in Ethiopia such as the Ethio- Djibouti railway.

Considering Ethiopia is the major destination of Chinese investment, the minister counselor pledged to further encourage more enterprises to seize investment opportunities in Ethiopia.

Und
er the guidance of FOCAC, the economic and trade relations between Ethiopia and China have also made huge breakthroughs, he said, adding that China has been the largest partner and the source of investment for Ethiopia for many years.

For instance, in terms of trade, in 2023 China and Ethiopia trade value exceeded three billion USD, he pointed out.

On the investment sphere, more Chinese enterprises have invested in Ethiopia in recent years. Last year alone, Chinese enterprises established 223 new projects in Ethiopia and created 65 thousand local jobs.

By the end of 2023, more than 500 Chinese enterprises have invested over 2000 projects in Ethiopia with a total capital of about 5 billion US dollars and creating 580 thousand local jobs.

‘China is willing to further encourage Chinese enterprises to seize investment opportunities in Ethiopia and actively explore investment cooperation in infrastructure, digital economy, renewable energy, agriculture and other sectors,’ he said.

Director General of Asia and
Pacific Affairs at Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), Anteneh Getachew on his part said the FOCAC has played a crucial role in shaping the economic, social, and political landscape of both Ethiopia and the African continent as a whole.

Today’s gathering seeks to foster collaboration and dialogue among stakeholders to identify opportunities for further development and strengthen the Ethiopia-China-Africa partnership, he added.

‘Ethiopia’s involvement in the FOCAC serves as a testament to its commitment towards fostering mutually beneficial relationships with its international partners. Over the years, Ethiopia has emerged as a key player in the forum, actively engaging in constructive dialogue, promoting trade and investment, and advocating for sustainable development across Africa.’

The director general further explained that the FOCAC has provided a platform for Ethiopia to strengthen its ties with China and other African nations, facilitating cooperation in various sectors such as infrastructure develop
ment, agriculture, healthcare, education, and technology transfer.

Ethiopia stands at a critical juncture, poised to leverage its strengths and opportunities in order to maximize the benefits derived from the FOCAC partnership, he pledged.

Head of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Eshete Tilahun said ‘Ethiopia’s role within the FOCAC provides an avenue to forge stronger bonds to enhance cooperation and collectively find sustainable solutions to challenges we are faced with.’

As Ethiopia’s role in the FOCAC has been revisited, the head stated that the world has been undergoing transformative challenges. He added the global system and communities are faced with complex challenges including geopolitical tension, conflict, pandemic, climate change and other socioeconomic factors and disparities.

It is therefore Eshete urged to foster inclusive and collaborative approaches to address these pressing issues.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

6th National Police Research Symposium Opens in Sendafa


Addis Ababa: The 6th National Police Research symposium kicked off at the Ethiopian Police University in the Oromia region’s Sendafa town today.

Ethiopian Police University President, Deputy Commissioner General Mesfin Abebe, Director General of Policy Research Institute, Teferi Tiyaru, and Ethiopian Civil Service University Vice President Alemayehu Debebe, members of the National Defense forces, high ranking police officers and invited guests are attending the symposium.

The two-day annual police research symposium is expected to discuss on ranges of issues including transboundary migration, human trafficking, causes of conflict, conflict management, peace building among other things.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia, Morocco Agree to Bolster Bilateral Ties


Addis Ababa: State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga has welcomed a delegation led by Ambassador Fouad Yazourh, Director General of Bilateral Relations at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

The two sides engaged in consultations on avenues to further strengthen the cooperative relations between Ethiopia and Morocco, according to Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Specifically, they concurred on the need to review and reinforce the existing cooperation agreements in the domains of trade, investment, finance, air service, and education.

Beyond their bilateral agenda, the two delegations also exchanged views on areas of potential collaboration on continental and international affairs.

Recalling the previous high level visits by the two nations as a testament to their robust relationship, the delegations also explored opportunities and domains where stakeholders from both countries can work to translate prior agreements reached during those high-level exchanges into tangible action, as
well as ways for the private sector to contribute to the reinforcement of the bilateral ties.

Following the constructive discussions, the two sides have agreed to convene a joint ministerial commission meeting between Morocco and Ethiopia in the near future.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia Underscores Stronger Pan-Africanism in Tackling Security Crises


Addis Ababa: Pan-Africanism has a paramount role in integrating Africans to tackle security crises and bring lasting peace in the dynamic global environment, International Relations and Military Cooperation Director-General at the Ministry of Defense said.

In his opening remarks at the 61st anniversary of African Day, Major General Teshome Gemechu said Africans deserve a peaceful life and hence a security mechanism capable of ensuring peace and stability across the region.

The 61st anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union was observed today in Ethiopia at the newly built Adwa Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa.

The director-general underscored that the security system of Africa must be capable enough to understand and analyze national and regional potential threats. He further stressed the need for taking necessary steps for regional cooperation and action as well.

Teshome recalled that Africa has been freed from colonialism, racism and apartheid through the
relentless struggle our forefathers have made independently from their respective homeland and under OAU.

Both the OAU and its successor the African Union have played magnificent roles in promoting Pan-Africanism and building unity and solidarity to work together for a common destiny of Africans.

‘Pan-Africanism is a must. It is even more important today as a tool that brings us together to carve out our common forward looking vision of a peaceful, strong and prosperous united Africa.

And it is a framework in advancing people-based democracy and human rights and strengthens our effort for economic and socio-political transformations that determine our destiny in the dynamic global environment.’

The major general further stated that what Africa requires is genuine and friendly support that contributes to the achievement of a free, prosperous and united Africa.

Whatever the setbacks of the moment and the difficulties, he hoped Africans will succeed and make a difference together.

Deputy Director-General o
f Africa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jemaludin Mustefa on his part said the transformation of the OAU to the AU has placed our continental organization in a better place to deal with existing and new challenges.

According to him, Africa continues to suffer from conventional and new security threats.

In particular, the continent has remained a victim of emerging issues ranging from geopolitical shifts, technological revolution, climate emergency on one hand; and continued vicious cycle of conflict and poverty. Moreover, lack of good governance and democratization, unconstitutional change of government, terrorism and corruption are also a pressing issue for Africa.

‘These global challenges, no doubt, require a global response. Africa as a continent could also have a central role in an effort to search global solutions to these challenges.’

However, the deputy director-general Africa’s role at the global multilateral institutions remains to be marginal, limiting the continent’s role in add
ressing these challenges.

As a seat of this continental organization, Mustefa realized Ethiopia that the country has been playing its fair share in ensuring that the continental organization meets its objectives.

Ethiopia is playing an active role in fulfilling the ideals of the AU and has always opted for African solutions to problems that arise at home, he revealed.

‘I would like to reassure you once again that Ethiopia, along with fellow member states of the African Union, will continue to play a significant role in promoting African solidarity and the spirit of pan Africanism.’

Senior Political and Reporting Officer at African Union Colonel Sheku Tegan on his part said the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU) continues to work to deliver the vision of the heroes and heroines of Africa’s liberation.

AU is now reinforcing endeavors for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing its dynamic force at global stage, Tegan stated.

Speaking on the 61st an
niversary of African Day, the officer said the celebration of the day is an opportunity for AU to pay tribute to the founding fathers and mothers of the OAU for their significant contribution toward achieving sovereignty across the African continent.

‘The pan African movement, a global initiative striving to strengthen solidarity among all Africans and Africa in the diaspora, was born from the struggle against enslavement and colonization with the belief that unity is a cornerstone for economic, social, political progress.”

Source: Ethiopian News Agency