Tendaho Sugar Factory at a production test stage
As part of the five years growth and transformation plan, Ethiopia is currently building ten sugar factories. Tehndaho sugar factory, located in the Afar region, is one of the largest ones - expected to produce 619 thousand tons of sugar annually, has finalized its first phase and began test production. At a ceremony held recently, factory workers as well as members of the surrounding community are overjoyed seeing the sweet test, in all its literal and metaphoric meanings, of the new mega project. Let the pictures speak for themselves:
Ethiopia donates half a million dollar, sends 200 health professionals to Ebola affected countries
The Ethiopian Government has pledged today to deploy 200 volunteer health professionals to West Africa and also has donated 500,000 USD to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The announcement was made today at the Ministry of Health.
The health professionals comprises medical doctors, nurses, field epidemiologists, environmental health personnel and public health specialists.
These medics will engage in Ebola case management/treatment, surveillance, contact tracing, social mobilization, and community engagement, and will also assist national health systems in the affected countries to continue their essential and basic health, food, water and sanitation services.
Making the announcement, the Ethiopia Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu said “This new commitment of deploying medical staff can be considered as a continuation and commitment of Ethiopia’s firm stand for African solidarity. Ethiopia shall and will continue to support all efforts until this dreadful crisis is over”
Zuma also announced France, the UK and the US have pledged to provide support with screening facilities at the ports of entry and departure in the three West African countries, to step up already existing facilities.
Comment: historically speaking Ethiopia is mostly known for being a recepiant of such donations. This changing of role has historical significance. The generous donation and timely leadership role is in line with the Ethiopian Renaissance moment. When the so called developed world seems to be at loss in what to do with the deadly disease, Ethiopia has once again asserted its leadership role in Africa. We wish a safe return to our country men and women from their mission.
Ethiopians residing in Washington DC and Sounding areas say Enough is Enough
Angered by the recent trespassing at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC by few lawless individuals in a clear violation of Ethiopia’s sovereignty, Ethiopians rallied in front of the US State Department (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). By first recognizing the excellent diplomatic relationship Ethiopia and the US are enjoying currently, the rally participants strongly denounced the continuous harassment to Ethiopian government officials that recently reached new height when the few extremists stormed into the Ethiopian Embassy and brought down the Ethiopian flag. The slogans chanted during the demonstration include Enough is Enough, Stop Gangs that Invade Embassies, Protect Our Flag, No to Another Benghazi, which is a clear reminder about the recent tragic loss of lives including American ambassador to Libya, due to lack of enough protection.
UTNA leadership and members share the anger of many Ethiopians. UTNA will continue to monitor the situation and work with concerned bodies, so that such shameful acts are not repeated. UTNA also stands by the side of Mr. Solomon Gebreslassie, who bravely stood his ground to protect the respect and dignity of our flag/country.
Storming of Ethiopian Embassy put State Department’s integrity to test
This week Washington D.C. observed the storming of Ethiopian Embassy followed by a couple of gun shots and a brief media frenzy. The incident did not only mark a worrisome escalation of the confrontation between the Ethiopian government and opposition hardliners but also cast doubt on the integrity of the State Department as well as the overrated American media. Read more
Ethiopia is home to the biggest population of cattle in Africa. The leather and textile industry is central to the economy of the East African nation and has attracted millions of dollars in foreign investment. There are over 230 textile and garment factories in Ethiopia.
In 2010 Swedish entrepreneurs Madeleine Rosberg and Stephanie Persson started Responsify AB, a company that helps retailers in western markets source textile and leather products in sub-Saharan Africa.
Responsify works with factories that manufacture cotton and leather goods such as T-shirts, leggings, skirts, bags, gloves, shoes and belts. In addition to Ethiopia, the company also has a presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.
Rosberg believes Ethiopia is one of the markets with “great potential”.
‘Africa is hip right now’
“Ethiopia has a big population of 90m people. Adults all need work. They also have raw materials given that they have the largest population of cattle in Africa,” she says. “Other countries like Kenya and Uganda also have potential but on a smaller scale.” Read the details
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