04 Nov. 2014 News Round-Up

 

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Allana Potash Provides Update on Optimization Studies and Project Progress

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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov 4, 2014) – Allana Potash Corp. (AAA.TO) (“Allana” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on optimization studies currently underway on its Danakhil Potash Project in Ethiopia and on additional project infrastructure activities. Optimization studies include additional solution mining at Well SW3 and an aquifer stress test (AST) on one of the alluvial fan complexes to assess the potential optimum production flowrates to supply water for future mining operations. In addition, significant progress has been made on port infrastructure construction at Tadjoura and road access to the port in Djibouti.

Farhad Abasov, President and CEO of Allana, commented, “Our optimization studies continue to progress and will provide additional important information on the mining methodology as well as long term water supply parameters for operations. Well SW3 is currently undercut leaching the Kainitite horizon and brine will be pumped to the ponds for crystal crop generation to assist in the ongoing SOP studies. Initial indications from the observation wells and the pumping wells point to high flow rates of greater than 100 cubic metres per hour as well as very low dissolved solids, indicating the water is likely suitable for solution mining and processing. Allana also continues to be encouraged by the progress at the port of Tadjoura and we encourage shareholders to visit the Allana website (www.allanapotash.com) to view new photos of all these activities. We are also pleased that despite challenging conditions in the fertilizer sector a number of large European and US-based banks have started working with Allana to complement the debt financing mandate letters that have previously been signed with large international development financing institutions.”

Solution mining at Well SW3 has begun with part of the undercut leaching operation in the Kainitite horizon below the Sylvinite horizon. Well SW3 will employ a hydrocarbon blanket and a double leach string to optimize solution mining, leaching and recoveries. The KCl-rich brine will be pumped into evaporation ponds to generate a crystal crop which will be utilized in process optimization work. In addition, a crystal crop will also be generated from the Kainitite-rich brine which will utilized to confirm the process testing and design in the Sulfate of Potash (SOP) Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) currently underway (see news release dated September 8, 2014). Brine production from leaching of the Sylvinite horizon is expected to commence in February, 2015.

The Aquifer Stress Test (AST) will be carried out on the western portion of the project area on one planned well field within an alluvial fan. In this program, nine additional observation wells have been drilled to monitor the reaction of the aquifer and three additional pumping wells have been completed. In total, five pumping wells will be drawing 100 cubic metres of water per hour from each well for a total production of 500 cubic metres per hour. This quantity of water matches the amount of water required from this well field for solution mining operations. The AST pumping will be run for 30-60 days and then recharge rates will be monitored in the observation wells to confirm regional recharge of 35 million to 55 million cubic metres of water per year (see news release dated January 7, 2013)). The long term pumping tests are scheduled to commence in mid-November 2014.

Port construction continues at Tadjoura and a recent tour given by the Djibouti Port Authority and the Owner’s Engineer (Technital) last week indicates work is on schedule. Delivery of the piling materials has been completed with quay wall construction proceeding, buildings and structures to house port operations & administration and site utilities are well advanced, and perimeter fencing, road and water control structure construction are all well underway. Schedule for completion remains late 2016. Road infrastructure work within Djibouti between the new port site and the Ethiopian border is also progressing and this roadway is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2015.

The financing activity for the project construction is proceeding, with technical evaluation work under the lenders’ due diligence program well-advanced and additional lender interest being confirmed. Potential commercial bank debt capacity is being developed to complement participation from development financing institution / export credit agency lenders under current mandate agreements. A number of major European and US-based banks have been working with Allana to complement the debt from the current development financing institutions. The project economics remain attractive and all lender mandates and indications of debt capacity have been sustained and supportive.

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/allana-potash-provides-optimization-studies-120000192.html

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Premier Urges Partners to Support Ethiopia in Industrial Development

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Premier Urges Partners to Support Ethiopia in Industrial Dev't

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn called on development partners today to support Ethiopia’s effort to bring about industrial development.

Speaking at the Second Participatory and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum in Vienna, the premier said Ethiopia should be assisted in its effort to introduce broad-based industrial development and in attracting direct foreign investment.

The Prime Minister, who pointed out that the nation is under transformation from agriculture to industry led economy in its endeavor to become a middle income country, said that it therefore needs close support so that it could sustain the achievements it has been registering in this regard.

Hailemariam expressed his joy over the announcement that Ethiopia is one of the two African countries selected by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in its industrial development activities.

Ethiopia is working extensively with different countries and development partners like China and other Asian countries as well as Turkey, he told the participants of the forum.

Attracting foreign direct investment is the main focus to maintain the growth of the country, according to the premier.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on his part said ensuring sustainable growth is among the areas of focus of the UN, and he congratulated Ethiopia and Senegal for being selected as models for Africa.

The UN will support the countries in their efforts to ensure their economic growth and change the livelihoods of their peoples, the Secretary-General added.

According to Li Yong, Director-General of UNIDO, the two African countries were selected because of the ways they chose to expand industry and the good policies they pursue as well as the measures they took to ensure sustainable and participatory development.

Yong urged the countries to further integrate their efforts with their partners to meet the Millennium Development Goals and become middle income countries.

The Director-General further asked the countries to give attention to micro and small enterprises in order to sustain the economic growth they have been registering.

In related news, Prime Minister Hailemariam held talks today with EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimika.

The officials discussed about the development cooperation between Ethiopia and the Union, and peace and security in the Horn of Africa.

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A Candidate for the top job at the African Development Bank (AfDB)

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Come December 31, 2014, Ethiopia will likely declare its fielding of a candidate for the top job at the African Development Bank (AfDB), the continent’s most important financial institution, gossip disclosed. After a tenure of two five-year terms as president of the AfDB, which is owned by 78 nation-states including 20 out-of-region countries, the institution’s current high-profile chief executive, Donald Kaberuka from Rwanda, is on his way out.

Back in 2005, Rwandan president Paul Kagame had thrown his full support behind the last-minute candidacy of his former Finance Minister Kaberuka, using his private jet to shuttle across the continent and elsewhere to campaign among the bank’s shareholders. Kaberuka in turn is known to have significantly raised the bar for future holders of this prestigious office. The AfDB presidency is a very powerful office, since it includes not just the function of President, but also those of Chairperson of the Board of Directors, as well as Chief of Staff of the Bank. Since the position is exclusively reserved for natives of the continent, it is not surprising that heads of state across the continent a scrambling to each field a credible candidate of their own.

Although Ethiopia is a founding shareholder of the bank, the country has no historical record of submitting a candidate of its own, gossip claims. The closest it got, recalls gossip, was back in the mid 1990s, when Tekalign Gedamu, a prominent banker during the Imperial era and later vice-president of the AfDB, aspired to try his luck. Alas, gossip claims, he was too much at odds with the rebel-cum-rulers of the time to win their endorsement, and hence an opportunity was lost for Ethiopia.

But hark!!, a once-in-a-generation opportunity has now availed itself again, in the persona of none other than Sufian Ahmed, minister of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED), who has recently been touted by public-relations-stunted magazines across the continent as one of the likely candidates for the office. Indeed, an incident in the back corridors of a recent summit by African heads of state affirmed his candidacy, when Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn confided his plan to put forth his candidature, gossip disclosed. However, he was countered at the meeting by Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, who also disclosed a plan to have one of his own run for the office.

Both countries will have their respective candidates announce an intent to run for the office at the end of this year, gossip says. The contest will be hard-fought, since others – from Cape Verde to Senegal and the countries of the SADC – will likewise do their utmost to have their own preferred candidates get (s)elected during the Bank’s annual meeting scheduled for May 15, 2015 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, according to gossip.

Yet, no candidacy worries Ethiopian authorities more than the challenge which may come from the Senegalese Makhtar Diop, who is now World Bank’s vice president for Africa, gossip disclosed. Unlike Sufian, Diop speaks both working languages of the AfDB and is at ease with himself in navigating through the corridors of international financial institutions. Others see a more formidable challenge coming from Cristina Duarte of Cape Verde, whose candidacy may turn out to be strong should Senegalese President Macky Sall withdraw his own candidate in support of her, gossip observed.

Come March 2015, Sufian and his contenders will have to submit written statements of vision for the Bank, in English and French, gossip disclosed. He may bank on Ethiopia’s on-going economic transformation as a rallying ground to win support – particularly among shareholders such as China, India and Turkey where this resonates – and may declare a significant part in that transformation as long-serving finance minister, claims gossip. He may declare his desire to help replicate such economic miracles in every member state, where he knows many of the ministers from his years serving the Bank as a board member, claims gossip.

For a change, Ethiopian authorities are showing their resolve to see one of their own come out on top, someone who is supported by current governors from East Africa, the continent as a whole, as well as non-regional members, gossip disclosed. Nonetheless, their candidate has couple of limitations in his claim for the office. For one, Sufian is not a French speaker, although this is not a formal necessity, claims gossip.

However, gossip sees Sufian as an introvert by nature, who will need to spend millions of dollars transforming his persona, hiring coaches, strategists and campaign organizers. A shrewd political operator may often keeps himself from saying more than what is absolutely necessary, Sufian, however, does overplay this tactic, to the frustration of his promoters and to his own disadvantage, claims gossip. He lacks colour and charm, claims gossip.

Natural gregariousness and an abundance of cash resources thus appear to be a forte reserved to Akinwumi Adesina (PhD), Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, gossip observed.

While heads of state from Nigeria and Cape Verde have already begun their campaigns to solicit support for their respective candidates, Prime Minister Hailemariam and his top lieutenants at the foreign office appear to prefer holding their collective breaths, waiting for the right time to strike, gossip claims.

http://addisfortune.net/columns/a-candidate-for-the-top-job-at-the-african-development-bank-afdb/

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At UN conference, top officials urge greater development assistance for landlocked countries

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (front, left) accompanied by Heinz Fischer, President of Austria and Yury Fedotov, Director-General, UN Office in Vienna, arriving for the Second UN Conference on landlocked developing countries (LLDC), in Vienna, Austria. Photo: UNIS Vienna

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03 Nov. 2014 – The international community must aid the world’s landlocked developing countries (LLDC) in pursuing their goals for greater economic development to transition from being landlocked to “landlinked,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advised today, noting that only through comprehensive improvements in trade would such nations be best prepared to tackle the post-2015 agenda.

Speaking at the opening of the Second UN Conference on LLDCs, taking place from 3 to 5 November, in Vienna, Austria, the Secretary-General told more than 1,000 delegates that the world’s new plans to address global challenges “must take account” of conditions in LLDCs.

“We need greater regional integration. This will strengthen trade ties. It will increase economic groupings,” declared Mr. Ban. “Regional integration can transform countries from being landlocked to ‘landlinked.’

There are 32 countries classified as landlocked developing, 16 of which are located in Africa, 10 in Asia, 4 in Europe and 2 in Latin America. Lack of territorial access to the sea, remoteness and isolation from world markets and high transit costs continue to impose serious constraints on their overall socio-economic development.

Eleven years since an action plan for the LLDCs was adopted in Almaty, Kazakhstan, exports have increased and tangible in-roads have been made in improving their share of global trade. But such gains have not been enough to boost the prospects of these countries, many of which are still on the bottom rung of the development ladder.

Notwithstanding a sharp drop in the number of children dying from preventable diseases and an uptick in the number of young girls in school, nine of the 15 countries with the lowest Human Development scores are landlocked.

In his address to the Conference, UN General Assembly President, Sam Kutesa, told delegates they had gathered to “take stock” of the progress made since LLDC states adopted the Programme of Action in Almaty eleven years ago.

“We should feel heartened by the notable progress that has been made in several key areas,” the Assembly President said, highlighting issues such as the harmonization of transport and transit policies and procedures with transit countries, the development of transport infrastructure, and the expansion of trade.

Nevertheless, he warned “deep-rooted and multifaceted structural challenges” still remain plagued the LLDCs, hindering the economic development of landlocked states.

“Export volumes, compared to imports, are still low, and are predominantly raw materials and commodity based. Critical physical infrastructure, such as roads, railways and energy is either lacking or inadequate.”

Citing the Secretary-General’s “sobering assessment” of the state of LLDC’s, Mr. Kutesa also observed that those countries were unable to meet their development objective on their own. In 2012, he stated, the trade volume of LLDCs had been only 61 per cent that of coastal countries while import and export costs were twice as expensive as those of their non-LLDC neighbours.

“With such statistics, it may be an understatement to say that LLDCs are swimming against the tide,” he added.

Mr. Kutesa, a Ugandan national, pointed out that he too was from a landlocked developing country and thus understood the direct importance of infrastructure development, transit and trade facilitation, and policy framework, in order to reduce prohibitive transit costs and enable LLDCs to fully participate in global trade.

“Emphasis must be given to deepening regional cooperation and promoting inter and intra-regional trade. Above all, there must be renewed political will to address transit limitations and other challenges,” he continued, stressing the need for LLDCs in receiving “sustained and unwavering cooperation from transit countries; financial and technical support from bilateral and multilateral partners; and firm commitments from the international community.”

The President of the General Assembly appealed to the gathered delegates to adopt a new Programme of Action at the end of the Vienna conference in an effort to boost the LLDCs competitiveness, stimulate their productive capacities, diversify their exports and “ensure a better future for their 450 million citizens.”

At the same time, in his remarks to the Conference, Gyan Chandra Acharya, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, called for greater synergy between the LLDC development agenda and the ongoing discussion around the next generation of development goals.

“We have all agreed that the post-2015 development agenda would be transformative, inclusive and should ensure a life of dignity for all. LLDCs issues therefore rightly deserve due consideration in the formulation in the formulation of the next global agenda,” he stated.

“Let there be a call for actions that match the magnitude of the challenges of being landlocked.”

Later in the day at a high-level roundtable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the importance of altering the structural outlook of the LLDCs, adding that such transformations made “the difference.”

“With structural transformation, LLDCs can export goods that are low bulk – so they take up less precious transport space or cost – with higher value,” Mr. Ban explained. “That makes good sense all around. It reduces transaction costs – and with the right approach, local production can also benefit the environment.”

In addition, he pointed out, structural transformation also moves goods and workers out of the informal economy and into the markets, creating better jobs, spreading knowledge and promoting competitiveness.

“The UN is here to help LLDCs,” Mr. Ban told the gathering. “We can provide technical assistance, and help design public policies and enable all countries to exchange ideas. We are ready to work with LLDCs as well as donors, development finance institutions, businesses and other partners to achieve structural transformation.”

“The LLDCs can count on the United Nations to transform their geographical disadvantages into platforms for great innovation and progress,” added Mr. Ban.


News Tracker: past stories on this issue

Senior official urges high-level participation in UN conference on landlocked developing countries

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49234

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Nation Showing Leadership in Using Bamboo for Green Development

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Ethiopia is showing leadership in Africa’s green development using bamboo, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

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Speaking at the 9th International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) Council Meeting that opened today in Addis Ababa, State Minister of Agriculture SileshI Getahun said the nation is showing leadership in Africa’s green development using bamboo, in its innovative national policies and harnessing of technical expertise and providing support for the private sector with the aim of improving rural livelihoods, restoring degraded landscape, fighting climate change and boosting green industries.

According to the state minister, bamboo should be considered the most important, fast-growing, strategic intervention for afforestation and reforestation in the mountainous and degraded areas in the country so that mountains will become sources of wealth rather than source of threat and fear to our population.
Sileshi added that bamboo will create jobs in both rural and urban areas, especially in small and micro enterprises as well as medium scale industries.

Bamboo would also help to achieve our vision to become a middle income country by 2025 by ensuring climate resilient green economy, he noted.

Director-General of International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, Dr. Hans Friederich said this is the time to realize the use of bamboo in building Africa’s green development.

He pointed out that bamboo has immense contribution in consolidating sustainable land preservation and controlling climate change.

Ethiopia has bamboo plantation that covers 1 million hectare, which is 65 percent of the total bamboo plantation in Africa.

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East Africa Internet Exchange Point To Launch Next Year

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By Emmanuel Iruobe

VENTURES AFRICA – Talks about regional integration and moves to boost intra-African trading have become popular on the continent as stakeholders fully realize the economic goodies embedded in a totally connected Africa; in this spirit, members of the East African Community (EAC) are gearing up to the launch of a regional East African Internet Exchange Point (EAXIP), scheduled to go live next year.

EAXIP, as championed by the East African Communications Organization (EACO), will interconnect the EAC member countries via internet links in order to keep the region’s internet traffic local and further reduce the cost of internet services. The exchange point provides a physical network access area through which major network providers connect their networks and exchange traffic. With an exchange link of this kind, costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet Service Providers will be reduced as well.

Joseph Tiampati, ICT Principal Secretary disclosed some information suggesting that the countries have already started drafting policies, regulations and the necessary operational framework to ensure the smooth execution and running of the initiative which will first be implemented in five EAC countries before it is extended to seven other countries within the region.

“In a bid to support the growth of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) within the country and beyond, the government of Kenya has already put in place several measures to promote the growth of electronic commerce and by extension, the growth of e-government services,” he said.

In addition to reducing the cost of internet connectivity, other benefits that should accrue from floating of this infrastructure will be improved privacy and cyber security, reduced connectivity latencies, increased bandwidth and internet penetration.

“The increased uptake of online services such as e-government services, e-commerce, e-banking, e-learning, e-health not to mention the world renown mobile money services are just a few of the areas that are increasing becoming the movers of our economies,” Tiampati further remarked during the Eastern Africa Regional Interconnection Policy and Regulatory Framework workshop in Nairobi.

The workshop, a sequel to the African Union-Eastern Africa Internet Exchange and Regional Internet Carrier Workshop that held in May, was held to review the alignment of policies and regulations while formulating a road map to establish policy frameworks and finalize cross-border policies by the EAC, EACO and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

In line with the consensus reached at the end of the Internet Exchange workshop in May, further moves will be made to facilitate regional interconnection for the East African region.

http://www.ventures-africa.com/2014/11/east-africa-internet-exchange-point-to-launch-next-year/

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ZTE, ethio telecom at loggerheads

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Ericsson hopes to get new contract

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ZTE’s loss is apparently Ericsson’s gain as ethio telecom is set to award part of the expansion project originally intended for the Chinese company to the Swedish telecom giant Ericsson.

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This has come about as a result of ZTE not starting their part of an expansion project for over a year. It was part of a 50/50 deal with Huawei Technology for a country wide project but only Huawei commenced the expansion project.

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After ZTE failed to start the project, ethio telecom wrote a letter of warning, however no progress was made.

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A week ago Capital reported that Ericsson, who introduced mobile technology in the early 2000s to the country, was in negotiations with the state telecom enterprise to be part of the current big expansion expected to be completed by the end of this fiscal year.

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Sources told  Capital that Ericsson will handle the expansion project that was allotted for ZTE. Meanwhile Huawei, which has almost finished the 4G telecom expansion in the capital city, will continue based on the original deal.

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Other sources also stated that the state monopoly is considering claiming compensation for damage because of the ZTE’s delay in starting the project on schedule. Andualem Admasse, CEO of ethio telecom, declined to comment about the issue.

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Meanwhile sources stated that the government will transfer the ZTE contract to Ericsson if the negotiation is fruitful however, ZTE officials who responded to Capital’s questions via email stated that they are still in discussions with ethio telecom about commencing the expansion project.
“We are negotiating on a specific commercial contract (SCC) based on the signed frame agreement,” ZTE explained.

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ZTE further stated that the expansion couldn’t begin on time because the SCC was not finalized. They say that there are many other reasons for the delay but ZTE cannot disclose them because of a signed NDA (non disclosure agreement) with the customer, ethio telecom

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The current vendor financing expansion project is worth USD 1.6 billion. ZTE has undertaken the previous expansion project which was finalized in 2010 at the total cost of USD 1.5 billion.

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Currently, ethio telecom is testing the 4G data network. Sources said that the enterprise is expected to make 4G Internet available for interested consumers before the end of the fiscal year.

http://www.capitalethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4692:zte-ethio-telecom-in-loggerheads&catid=54:news&Itemid=27

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Green Fuel Solution announce plan to operate in Ethiopia

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Green Fuel Solution announce plan to operate in Ethiopia

Green Fuel Solution, a US-based company, announced plan to generate clean and renewable energy from solid waste in Ethiopia.

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While discussing with Ethiopia’s President Mulatu Teshome here today, Company Development Director Marlon Pujol said the company is waiting permission from the government to launch its activity.

If completed soon, the project would be the nation’s second project to generate energy from solid waste, following the landfill being constructed in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The nation has been constructing a landfill at Repi where the municipality’s waste has been disposed to generate 50mw power from solid waste, which would make it number one in the continent in terms of generating capacity.

The Director has also explained the company’s desire to produce material used for construction of asphalt roads from the bi-products.

The company is also interested in producing refinery equipments and supplying them to other African countries, he added.

The company will implement the project in partnership with G.A. Engineering Association.

The project would help Ethiopia’s efforts to produce clean energy and job creation, President of G.A. Engineering Association Girma Allero said.

Girma said the project will be implemented in collaboration with the state owned Metal and Engineering Corporation.

For his part, President Mulatu said the project matches the country’s policy which promotes clean and renewable energy development.

He affirmed that the government will extend any support the company needs for the operationalization of the project, according to a high level official who attended the meeting.

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        Ethiopia – New Flower of Africa

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Eyasu Weldesilassie  Nov 04 2014

Ethiopia today is among the fastest growing non-oil economy in the world; and likely to keep on the course. Ensuring sustainable socio – economic development, peace and democracy have been  among the top priorities of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.  Accordingly, Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) led government for the last 23 years has been implementing, pro-poor and pro- development economic policies and strategies.  In terms of its foreign policy, its has adopted a policy where the basic tenants are mutual benefit, cooperation and collaboration.  This innovative and courageous foreign policy, has helped Ethiopia to maintain its  economic connection with neighboring countries in addition to keeping its security and peace.

At the moment Ethiopia as a key participant  in peace-keeping and in hosting refugees. Coupled with the economic growth, and the strength in peace and security, Ethiopia’s image is surely transforming and is becoming  a country that is  respected by nations.

The inward looking strategy of the EPRDF government is paying off. The government strongly believes in the potential of its people, resources and collective determination. The example for this is the Renaissance Dam.  The national effort is all geared to poverty eradication and to bring about self-reliance at all levels and to create a strong country that defends and respects the sovereignty and dignity of its people from internal and external detractors. Its image is now no more of poverty and war. Now, whenever its name is raised the first thing that crosses the mind is its sustained growth, assertiveness, collaborative and lively country.

Unlike the years before, the country has attracted very high level visits by world leaders from different parts of the globe. Some years back it was a country where only those with emergency and humanitarian aid was coming. They were coming  to see hungry and dying people or to record grim war reports. In contrast today, people are coming for tourism, investment  and conferences. It has become a place where countries come to learn the experience on how in a short time it has  built a disciplined, democratic and developmental government that practically has lifted the country from the debilitating poverty .

The EPRDF government has also given special attention to the development of human capital by developing 32 fully functioning and dynamic universities and many technical institutions. Through education, Ethiopia is producing the next generation who will own and take the transformation to the next level. The focus of the current education system is not on job seeking but entrepreneurial and job creation.

The improvement in the health system is also one of model. It has become an example in the continent how to develop an effective strategy and development of a health system  despite it didn’t have any significant base from previous regime.

The agricultural production has recorded tremendous improvement. The defense forces are serving peace here at home and in the United Nations Missions in various parts in Africa.

Now, every Ethiopian has to ask himself/herself on how to be part of the growth that is transforming and growing the country!! All the efforts of Ethiopians in any parts of the world have to be poverty alleviation as a priority. Poor people and poor country can never be respected. No one has ever respected a poor nation. So what is better for us is not to waste our time and energy on divisive efforts and noise, but to be part of the transformation so that we become richer, stronger, and more advanced country. As a consequence, we will be empowered people and nation.

The good thing is, Ethiopia is on this road of transformation. We should not remain behind. Those who have doubts have to come and see what is going on in our country – all the developments, business, and all services. Surely, the country is on the road of transformation – well into it. We all should think very wisely and make our effort into development of our country not on the opposite. If we unite, it is possible to build a great and richer, democratic and modern country. There are all institutional and other mechanisms for collaboration which we should actively use. Through completion of our Grand Renaissance Dam we will symbolize what we can do together if we put our efforts together.

For Ethiopia to continue on the fast transformation road, EPRDF should stay focused, disciplined and as a self-correcting dynamic party and government. We Ethiopians, in the country and out of the country, have to stay united for development, democracy and peace. Cheap and divisive efforts do not bring important change to our country needs in development. We should unite and continue the transformation – making Ethiopia a champion of peace and development. EPRDF has to continue to be a strong party and government that serves its people, and leads the fast economic growth and representing the country in strategic and collaborative ways in global governance.

http://aigaforum.com/articles/New-Flower-of-Africa.php

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