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  • Ethiopian Airlines And Garuda Indonesia Sign Aircraft Maintenance Service Agreement

     

     

    Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) and Indonesian national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, have signed an agreement on aircraft maintenance services today.

    The agreement was signed following a meeting held between Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi on the sidelines of the Indonesia-Africa Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Wednesday

    Ethiopian is expecting to kick off its inaugural direct flight connecting Jakarta and Addis Ababa next month. It plans to provide the direct flight three times a week via Bangkok.

    Speaking after the meeting, Tewolde said “the three days direct flight from Addis Ababa to Jakarta will not only help to connect Ethiopia and Indonesia but it will also play a vital role to connect all African countries with Indonesia and other South East Asian Countries.”

    Retno for her part said “We talked about connectivity because it matters in supporting economic, trade and people-to-people cooperation,”

    “Hence, the agreement on the direct flight is a breakthrough for Indonesia-Africa economic ties,” the Jakarta Post quoted Retno as saying.

    She further said a lack of connectivity had been an issue that hindered Indonesia and Africa from boosting trade and investment cooperation.

    “In the meeting, I also expressed our interest to designate Addis Ababa as the hub of Indonesia’s visa services for other African countries,” the minister said.

    Separately, Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia Imam Santosa said the Jakarta-Addis Ababa direct flight would likely kick off within a month or two, depending on the progress of technical preparations.

    “It depends on technical readiness, like offices, partnerships for catering services and airport facilities,” he said. “Once they are ready, the flights can start.”

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  • Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Opens Workshop to Validate HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Strategic Plan

     

     

    The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today opened a two-day workshop to validate the IGAD HIV, tuberculosis and malaria strategic plan for 2018-2025 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    The objective of this meeting, which is bringing together officials from ministries of health and government agencies in charge of refugee affairs at IGAD Member States level, is to validate the strategy to be endorsed during the IGAD health ministerial meeting on regional and cross-border health programs to be held at the same venue on 19th March.

    It will also serve to guide improving health services, particularly in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, for the refugees in the region, according to a press release issued by IGAD secretariat.

    “The purpose of this strategic plan is to complement the national strategic plans of the member states regarding the three diseases,” Acting Director of Health and Social Development of IGAD, Fathia Alwan said in her opening remarks.

    “The focus of the IGAD Strategic Plan, however, is on cross-border and mobile populations which have gained more attention in the recent years”, she added.

    According to her, the development of the strategic plan 2018-2025 has been participatory, and all stakeholders have been engaged during the process which started in April 2017 “by a brainstorming session on identification of focus areas for the strategic plan”.

    USAID Kenya and East Africa Office Deputy Director, Mrs. Wairimu Gakuo, highlighted the support provided by the US government to the Global Fund towards such endeavors, and also the good quality partnership between USAID and IGAD in various areas of intervention.

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  • Ministry Praises Ethiopian Airlines Role for Increased Presence of Diplomatic Community in Ethiopia

     

    Ethiopian Airlines, with its convenient and efficient aviation service, has been playing a crucial role for the increasing presence of the diplomatic community in the country.

    About 130 embassies and 40 international agencies exist in Ethiopia, thereby, making the country home to the third largest number of diplomatic missions in the world, only after New York and Geneva.

    In an interview, Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs said the airline has contributed a lot in linking Ethiopia with African countries and the rest of the world. It is also contributing its share towards attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and tourism as well as building the image of the country, he said.

    Ethiopian Airlines is currently operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 110 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

    It has 96 ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft, in addition, it has plans to increase its number of aircraft to 120 and annual income to 10 billion US dollars by 2025, from 3 billion now.

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  • Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to hold a meeting on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) next month in Khartoum, Sudan

     

    The trilateral meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be held early next month in Khartoum, Sudan.

    Foreign and water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt will attend the meeting that had been scheduled for last February but postponed for next month, said the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity of Ethiopia.

    The meeting is expected to discuss on studies regarding the impact of the dam on the downstream countries, it was noted.

    In a meeting held last January on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit here in Addis Ababa, leaders of the three countries agreed to continue their cooperation on the dam with a spirit of togetherness.

    During the meeting, they also agreed foreign and water ministers of the three countries to look into issues raised regarding the dam and conduct a study within a month so as to address the issues.

    They have also agreed to form a trilateral leaders summit to be held annually and to establish a joint infrastructure fund.

    The fund will focus on railway and road connectivity as well as projects that enhance trade and business between the three countries.

    With installed generating capacity of 6,450 MW, GERD will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa as well as the 7th largest in the world once completed.

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  • The World Bank Approves $600 Million Financing for Better Urban Governance, Infrastructure in Cities Across Ethiopia

    The World Bank on Thursday approved $600 million of International Development Association (IDA) financing to help strengthen the capacity and performance of local urban governments, expand sustainable urban infrastructure and services, as well as promote local economic development in cities across Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the urban population growing at 3.8 percent a year. Rapid urbanization poses challenges as cities struggle to provide infrastructure, services, and jobs.

    Since the early 2000s, the World Bank has been helping Ethiopia to address these challenges and foster smart urbanization including through the Urban Local Government Development Program (ULGDP).

    The program which has played a key role in improving the institutional performance of local governments is also the foundation upon which the new Urban Institutional and Infrastructure Development Program (UIIDP) is built.

    “While the new investment builds upon the successes of ULGDP, it also incorporates important lessons learned and introduces a new approach. This new approach will help Ethiopia to develop a strategy for sustainably financing urban development,” said Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia.

    UIIDP will scale up activities initiated under ULGDP to support 73 new cities-for a total of 117-across nine regional states and benefit more than 6.6 million Ethiopians. It envisions that all cities will in the long term generate increasing levels of own-source revenues, with which to finance investments in infrastructure and deliver services.

    “To successfully manage urbanization and deliver on their evolving mandates, cities are likely to require fiscal transfers for the foreseeable future. This program will help cities to realize their revenue potential,” said Abebaw Alemayehu, World Bank Task Team Leader for the Project.

    The UIIDP is aligned with the government’s second Growth and Transformation Program (GTP), and with the strategies of policies of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing’s, the Ethiopian Cities Sustainable Prosperity Goals for 2015/2016–2024/2025: Building Green, Resilient and Well Governed Cities, and the National Urban Development Spatial Plan.

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