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የኢህአዴግ ስራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ያቀረቡትን የስልጣን መልቀቂያ ጥያቄን ተቀበለ

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሀይለማርያም ደሳለኝ በዛሬው ዕለት የፓርቲ እና የመንግስት ሃላፊነታቸውን ለመልቀቅ ጥያቄ ማቅረባቸውን እና የደህዴን ስራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴም ጥያቄያቸውን መቀበሉን መግለፃቸውን ይታወቃል። በዚህም መሰረት የኢህአዴግ የስራ አስፈፃሚ ኮሚቴም ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ያቀረቡትን የስልጣን መልቀቂያ ጥያቄን ተቀብሏል፡፡ ቀጣይ የስልጣን ሽግግርም በህገ መንግስታዊ ስርዓቱ እና በኢህአዴግ አሰራር ደንብ መሰረት የሚከናወን ይሆናል።

The Newly - Appointed Ethiopian Ambassador Presented credential to President Donald Trump (Jan 24, 2018)
Since Diplomatic relations between the United States and Ethiopia were established on December 27, 1903, Ethiopia has been appointing its Ambassadors to conduct and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. At present, the United States and Ethiopia have close diplomatic relationships as friends and partners. Their bilateral relations anchored on three interconnected pillars: economic growth and development; regional peace and security as well as democracy, governance and human rights. As part of the long standing tradition, H.E. Ambassador Kassa Tekeleberhane, the newly – appointed Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United States of America presented his credential to President Donald Trump on 24 January 2017 at the White House. It is believed that the appointment of H.E. Ambassador Kassa Tekeleberhane would further elevate the strategic partnership of the two countries to the new level in the spirit of mutual respect and friendship. more
Dr. Workneh briefs the press on the 30th AU Summit (Jan 23, 2018)
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu made a press briefing on the 30th AU Summit today (January 23, 2018). Dr. Workneh said Ethiopia is set to host the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) themed under "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation". The Minister said the summit will take place at the A.U. Headquarters in Addis Ababa and is scheduled to continue till January 29, 2018. He also highlighted that four key agendas, including AU reform, financing African Union, trade between African countries and inclusive development are set to take central stage in the deliberations of the Leaders' Summit. more
PM Hailemariam in Switzerland to attend World Economic Forum annual meeting (Jan 22, 2018)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn traveled to Davos, Switzerland yesterday to participate in the 48th annual World Economic Forum. The Forum will be held on 23–26 January 2018. more
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Ketera today (Jan 18, 2018)
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians will celebrate Ketera, the eve of Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) today. The celebration involves taking out the Tabots, which symbolizes the Ark of the Covenant, from the churches to sites where the next day's celebration will take place. The Tabots, entirely covered in silk decorated clothing, are placed on the heads of priests, who parade the streets slowly. The priests, outfitted in ceremonial clothing, are escorted by the singing crowd as they make their way to the baptism location. Timket will be celebarted the next day, every January 19th (January 20 during leap year). The celebration is to commemorate Christ's baptism. more
Ethiopia releases suspects, including Dr Merera Gudina (Jan 17, 2018)
Ethiopia today released 115 suspects who were detained at the federal level. Among the released suspects include Dr Merera Gudina and Dr Rufael Disasa. more
PM Hailemariam arrives in Cairo for JMC meeting (Jan 17, 2018)
A high-level Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Cairo to attend the six joint ministerial commission meeting which is being held for the first time at the level of heads of state. more
Dr.Workneh: "Ethio-Egyptian ties transcend beyond just the Nile & GERD"
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu who met his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday in Cairo underlined that Ethio-Egyptian ties transcend beyond just the Nile and GERD and cover the legacy of historical ties as well as address potentials for meaningful cooperation between the two countries. Minister Workneh added that the visit is not only about the past but also the present and future of the two countries and their people. The Minister further said the 6th Joint Ministerial Commission meeting would instrumental to review existing agreements and explore new areas of cooperation. more
Ethiopia’s Economy to Continue Expanding (Jan 16, 2018)
The economy of Ethiopia is expected to continue growing in the coming two years amid global and internal challenges, according to a report. The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 launched today projected that economic growth in Ethiopia is expected to increase to 7.3 percent and 7.5 percent in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Fiscal stimulus, foreign investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, diversification of the economy and strong internal demand will continue to support the growth. more
Ethiopia secures over $1.8bln from tourism (Jan 09, 2018)
Ethiopia has earned more than 1.8 billion US dollars from tourism in the first half of this Ethiopian fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT). A total of 485,806 foreign tourists have visited the country during the past six months, said Hirut Woldemariam, Minister of Culture and Tourism, while presenting her ministry’s 6-month report to the House of People's Representatives today. more
Ethiopia Cherishes Peculiar Celebration of Gena (Jan 07, 2018)
Ethiopians celebrate many of the religious holidays in a peculiar way. Among thos holidays celebrated in a unique way is Christmas or Gena. Unlike countries that follow Gregorian calendar Ethiopians celebrate Gena on 7 January. Though the way they celebrate may vary in the context of various cultural settings, Orthodox Christians in central and Eastern Europe and other parts of the world celebrate Christmas on January 7 like Ethiopians. Christmas is a day for feasting and enjoying the company of friends and family members. The celebration of Gena includes a mass at all churches after midnight. The celebration at the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela is unique. Christmas is celebrated in a very peculiar and attractive ways due to the birth date of King Lalibela, who constructed the historic and mesmerizing churches, being on similar day. more
Ethiopia working to expand its global representation (Jan 04, 2018)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Ethiopia is working to expand its global representation that matches with its current political and diplomatic activities as well as its recognition at the international fora. Meles Alem, Spokesperson of MoFA told journalists today that expanding global representation would have a significant contribution to improve Ethiopia’s economic diplomacy, protect the rights of citizens, attract investment and tourists, build its image and promote knowledge transfer in science and technology. more
EPRDF will take measures that compensate for public grievances (Jan 03, 2018)
The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) will strive to compensate for the public grievances by taking practical measures, Chairpersons of the four national member organizations of the Front said. The Chairpersons held today a press conference about the 17 days evaluation meeting the Executive Committee of EPRDF had conducted. more
Ethiopia described as model in capturing jobs exported from abroad (Dec 26, 2017)
Helen Hai, CEO of Made in Africa Initiative said Ethiopia could be a model in Africa in capturing jobs opportunities exported from abroad as a result of rising labour costs. According to Hai, what Ethiopia has been following is China's model and she advised African governments to follow this development replica and aim to become a light manufacturing hub to undergo a fruitful economic transformation within the next 30 years. more
Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia Discuss GERD, Trade and Investment (Dec 26, 2017)
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu held discussions with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry about bilateral issues, including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. At a joint press statement they gave today, Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh said the dam will not harm any country. “This dam has no single harm on Egyptians,” he reiterated. According to the minister, Ethiopia has been working in the spirit of accountability and transparency from the very beginning. more
Ethiopia, World Bank Sign 470m USD Financing Agreements (Dec 21, 2017)
The government of Ethiopia and the World Bank today signed two financing agreements amounting to 470 million USD to improve quality of education, and productivity in livestock and fisheries. A grant amounting to 300 million USD to support the General Education Quality Improvement Project for Equity (GEQIP-E) is the first agreement that the two sides have signed. Finance and Economic Cooperation Minister, Dr. Abraham Tekeste said during the occasion that project aims to support government’s efforts towards improving access and quality education. more
Ethiopia, AfDB Sign Close to 3 Billion Birr Agreements for Power Supply in Addis Ababa (Dec 21, 2017)
Ethiopia and African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed about 2.77 billion birr agreements which will be used for Addis Ababa Power Supply Improvement Project today. Of this, some 2.35 billion birr and about 415.66 million birr is in the form of loan and grant, respectively, and will be used to address existing constraints in electric infrastructure and meet the growing demand in the city and its surroundings. During the signing ceremony, Finance and Economic Cooperation State Minister, Dr. Admasu Nebebe said the project will help to create sufficient and reliable electric power transmission and distribution capacity. more
Executive Committee Agreed on Directions to Address Public Queries, Protect Federal System (Dec 20, 2017)
he Executive Committee of the ruling EPRDF announced that it has reached consensus on major directions that would help to address public queries and protect the federal system. The Executive Committee has been deliberating on current national and organizational since 12 December in Addis Ababa. The deliberation includes former members. A press statement that Office of the EPRDF Council issued to ENA said the Executive Committee has deliberated on the major issues that it said are critical to address the current challenges. Through the deliberation held so far, the Executive Committee has agreed on the existence of practices and attitudinal problems that are derailing the journey to success. Lack of unity and democracy within the party, and prevalence of doubt are the major issues that the Executive Committee said to derail the journey towards development. more
Ethiopia targets U.S. rose market (Dec 19, 2017)
Ethiopia’s burgeoning flower-growing industry is setting its sights on the U.S. in a bid to break the dominance of Latin American producers in supplying roses and other blooms to the world’s largest economy. State-owned Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is evaluating freighter flights through Miami -- the main entry point for U.S. flower imports - Los Angeles or New York, regional manager Girum Abebe said in an interview. The company currently transports stems there only in the bellies of passenger jets. Ethiopia has become a major force in global floriculture in the past two decades, exploiting a tropical high-altitude climate that provides year-round natural light combined with hot days and cold nights perfect for bringing plants into bloom. more
IMF Director Visits Dukem Industrial Park (Dec 15, 2014)
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who is on an official visit here in Ethiopia, has visited Dukem Industrial Park today. In her media briefing after the visit, Lagarde said she has come to Ethiopia to witness about the industrial parks development and the determination of Ethiopian government to support growth and make sure there is a plenty of export. more
Ethiopia "doing very well in terms of economic growth": IMF Chief (Dec 14, 2017)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Christine Lagarde appreciated Ethiopia's fast economic growth. The Managing Director expressed her appreciation following the discussion with the President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome at the national palace today. "We had a very productive discussion about the performance of the Ethiopian economy which is doing very well in terms of growth", she told journalists. The Managing Director is visiting the country to witness for herself the economic development that the country has registered in the past two decades. "I'm very proud to come and visit. I really had a better understanding of the economic development model which has been implemented in Ethiopia" the Managing Director. more
Ethiopia's economy doing very well in terms of growth, says IMF chief (Dec 14, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn held discussion with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, on various issues of mutual concern today. The Managing Director arrived in Addis Ababa for an official visit yesterday. Speaking about the objective of her visit, she said "I am here to better understand the economic development model which has been implemented in Ethiopia." This morning, the Managing Director also conferred with President Mulatu Teshome at the National Palace. Lagarde told journalists after the discussion that "we had a very productive discussion about the Ethiopian economy, which is doing very well in terms of growth and which is clearly at the juncture where it is looking at alternative drives of growth." more
Ethiopia widens economic lead in East Africa (Dec 14, 2017)
Ethiopia continues to widen its lead as the fastest growing economy in East Africa, Kenya’s The Standard reported. Latest economic data by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) showed Ethiopia as the region’s largest contributor to growth during the turbulent fourth quarter period of 2017. Ethiopia recorded a massive 7.1 per cent growth in GDP over the last four months of 2017 against Kenya’s 4.6 per cent that was adjusted downwards to reflect challenges arising from a long drought and a general election. more
Ethiopia echoed AU position on Sudan, ICC at UNSC (Dec 13, 2017)
Ethiopia echoed the African Union (AU) position on Sudan and the International Criminal Court (ICC), calling on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to reconsider its position on the matter. The Security Council yesterday received a briefing from the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda on the issue of Sudan and the ICC. Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN, said that Ethiopia’s position on the issue of Sudan and the ICC reflects the AU position. more
Ethiopia model for fast growth, poverty reduction and stable inequality: UNDP study (Dec 09, 2017)
The United Nations Development Programme launched its Income Inequality Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa report this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences explores and analyzes country trends and provides policy guidance that can help Sub-Saharan Africa reduce income inequality. The study underlines the absence of economic diversification, high concentration of means of production, and limited distributive capacity of the state as the key drivers of inequality in the region. more
Ethiopia to Become Victorious in Nation Building as Its Foundation Strongly Built (Dec 08, 2017)
Semera December 08/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that Ethiopians will overcome the challenges and become victorious in nation building as the foundation of the “New Ethiopia” is strongly built. The Premier made the remark while addressing the gathering in the town of Semera, Afar regional state to celebrate the annual nations, nationalities and peoples day. Hailemariam said the day, observed to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the adoption of the constitution, which is the foundation for freedom and equality of people and democratic rights. The day has also signifies the strengthening of the unity of Ethiopians, the Premier said. more
U.S Appreciates Ethiopia's Effort in Resolving Recent Boarder-based Conflicts (Dec 08, 2017)
he U.S has appreciated the Ethiopia's effort in resolving recent boarder-based conflicts occurred between Oromia and Somali regional states, an official said. Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto lauded the government's efforts in resolving the recent conflicts. He also said the U.S. will work with the government and people of Ethiopia with their effort in addressing the challenge. While responding questions raised from local journalists today, Yamamoto said, "Ethiopia is one of our corner stone countries and also fore friend in development and looking how to address the challenges it has faced." more


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