Italy Ready to Assist Efforts of Ethiopian Gov’t in Restoring Conflict Affected Areas

Italy is ready to assist rehabilitation efforts of conflict-affected areas of Ethiopia, Ambassador Agostino Palese told ENA.

The ambassador noted that the Ethiopian government has a very difficult task and Italy is willing to assist the peace process.

It is to be recalled that the federal government and TPLF agreed on 2 November 2022 to permanently silence the guns and end the two years of conflict in northern Ethiopia.

Since then, the federal government has been taking various measures, including restoring basic services and delivery of humanitarian assistance to the region.

Ambassador Palese said we have to stay on track and need to see the final target, and come to an end to the problem.

In this respect, Italy is ready to assist rehabilitation efforts through “our cooperation agreement. We will try to intervene all over the country through various programs.”

According to the ambassador, Ethiopian and Italian authorities had discussions to learn about the approach of Ethiopian authorities and to work together towards improving humanitarian situations in the country.

“I think that many things are done. But we have to continue on the framework of dialogue. This is the only way to go forward. And I think the government has many challenges. The next step would be to have inclusive dialogue throughout Ethiopia and to solve the problem with political dialogue. Political inclusiveness is the only way to go forward. I don’t see other options.”

Stating the importance of assistance and collaboration in the Horn, the ambassador noted that Italy is working on the forefront in the Horn of Africa within United Nations to have additional funds for Africa.

“We always push with the international organizations to help Ethiopia in this difficult moment, especially in the humanitarian sector, and now in rehabilitation of the infrastructure,” Ambassador Palese stated.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

WB Reaffirms Commitment to Support Ethiopia, Keep Strong Partnership

World Bank Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa has reaffirmed the Bank’s strong commitment to support the development endeavors of the Government of Ethiopia.

Victoria Kwakwa, the vice president who is in Ethiopia for an official working visit, told the media today that the World Bank has played a vital role in assisting the Ethiopian government in various sectors, including health, education, and infrastructure development.

Noting the strong partnership for decades between Ethiopia and World Bank, she stated that WB has been supporting the agenda of recovery and inclusive economic growth with sustainable peace dividends.

“I want to keep reiterating our strong commitment to our partnership with Ethiopia,” Kwakwa reiterated.

Given the conflict and insecurity situation in the northern part of the country, a lot of the resources that we have couldn’t be implemented, the vice president noted, adding that with “peace returning now, we can start implementation; and that in itself is going to contribute to the rebuilding and the recovery.”

Moreover, she pointed out that there are new operations which the World Bank will be discussing with the government and implement.

“I think the plan is really to use what exists and to implement it effectively to support, and then to bring new operations including infrastructure to help rebuild so that basic services can be provided to continue to stimulate growth,” Kwakwa elaborated.

She finally stated that the World Bank will continue supporting the economic reform program to succeed.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Indian Business Persons Say PM Abiy’s Latest Book Will Drive Pan-Africanism, Instill Confidence in Continent

The recent book of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, “Generation Medemer,” will drive a lot of Pan-Africanism and instill confidence in not only Ethiopia but also Africa, Indian businessmen told ENA.

The English version of the book was introduced to the international community residing in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

One the Indian business persons approached by ENA during the launching, Ethiopian Steel PLC General Manager Bhavesh Chandaria said the premier’s book emphasizes a homegrown Ethiopian and African wisdom.

“I see this book driving a lot of Pan-Africanism confidence. Basically, what we need is first conviction and confidence within ourselves. Look, Africa doesn’t need to read outside books. We need to create content here since we have enough wisdom.”

According to Chandaria, who claims to have lived in many African countries and developed a Pan-Africanism spirit, the book will instill confidence not only in Ethiopia but Africa. It leads to the African mind set and will proliferate beyond that.

“So what Africa needs a bit from my experience of so many countries is a homegrown African wisdom,” he stressed.

Beyond this, the business person pointed out that the prime minister in his book attempts to bring together the Ethiopian generation through his accommodationist view.

Mohan Group of Companies CEO, Harsh Kothari said the book is deliberation on how Ethiopia is positioned globally.

“This is a deliberation on how Ethiopia is positioned in Africa, in the Middle East, and globally in general; and how the coming generation needs to work, needs to think and needs to unify in order to strengthen Ethiopian position globally. And it also emphasizes how each one of us have to do our own bit.”

Apart from his previous books, this newest book of the prime minister takes a different stage at a more advanced age which is talking about the millennial generation to put Ethiopia in a position at a global stage, he added.

At the same time, Kothari noted that the book also puts a lot of emphasis on how Ethiopia could become a powerhouse in the world, which is a paradigm shift.

“It’s setting a tone for the future, and for Ethiopia to be a superpower. And it’s a very visionary text, which the coming generations understand, read and have an opinion, have a perspective and work on.”

According to Kaushal Sheth of Indian Business Forum Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy has taken the initiative to write this book which aims at showing a generational description and enabling the current generation to learn a lot.

“First of all, Ethiopia is a country which boasts of history dating back to 3,000 years or probably even 5,000 years. So, Ethiopia is a country which has a lot of history and tradition. And I’m sure that the current generation as well will pick up a lot of things from the past.”

Sheth added that the book gives a road map on how the Ethiopian current generation learns from mistakes and tries to improvise on their future.

“Generation Medemer” is a wonderful initiative by the prime minister, he stated, stressing the need to spread the word the proceeds of which is also going to a very noble cause.

“So it becomes our moral responsibility to promote the book, spread the word and ensure that more and more people get involved with the reading of the book. First of all, Medemer is a wonderful thought; and also because the proceeds also go for a noble cause that becomes our double duty to promote.”

Most certainly, the Medemer thought can be applicable globally beyond Ethiopia and Africa due to its inclusiveness, Sheth underscored.

Deputy Convener of Indian Business Forum, Rajeev Kumar Sharma also believes that Medemer’s principles are universal and will not serve only Ethiopia.

The book can play a big role and it can give guidance to other regional people like the African community, he added.

“Generation Medemer,” the latest series of Prime Minister’s book, is published in Amharic, Afan Oromo, and English languages.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency