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PM Abiy presided over the historic signing of the final agreements between the FFC & the TMC

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed traveled to Khartoum, Sudan August 17, 2019 to preside over the final signing of agreements between the Transitional Military Council & the Forces for Freedom and Change. This final agreement paves the path for formation of a civilian government.

During his one day visit, members of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FCC) met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ahead of the signing ceremony. Appreciating him for the role #Ethiopia played in facilitating the agreements, they expressed that the constitutional and political agreements will lay a foundation for sustainable democracy and development.

Prime Minister Abiy encouraged them to foster forgiveness and nurture unity, noting that while successful negotiations are stepping stones, the more challenging journey remains ahead of them. He emphasized that women play a critical role in political leadership and encouraged the FFC to demonstrate inclusivity. He recalled for the FFC the Ethiopian experience in ensuring a 50-50 gender equal cabinet.

During his remarks following the signing of the Sudan agreement, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called upon the people of Sudan to be the custodians of peace and the guardians of dignity as they work toward building a democracy.

Completing the Sudan visit, he returned to Ethiopia with over 100 female victims of trafficking that have been in Sudan enroute to other countries. Among those that returned with Prime Minister Abiy also include individuals released from imprisonment for various offenses.



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PM Abiy Ahmed met Amb. Yoshifumi Okamura, Special Envoy of Japanese PM and his delegation

PM Abiy Ahmed met today morning Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura, Special Envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his delegation. The two discussed on the further strengthening of bilateral relations and in working together on regional peace in Africa.



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አዲስ ወግ፡ አንድ ጉዳይ፣ የምጣኔ ሃብት ሪፎርም መነሻና አቅጣጫ በሚል ርዕስ በጠ/ሚር ጽ/ቤት ተካሄደ

የፋይናንስ ሚኒስትሩ ከፍተኛ አማካሪ ብሩክ ታዬ ባለፉት 17 ወራት የተተገበሩ አንኳር የማሻሻያ ስራዎችን ዘርዝረዋል

ዘላቂ መፍትሄ የሚሹ የዋጋ ግሽበት: የውጭ ምንዛሬ እጥረትና የብድር አከፋፈልን የተመለከቱ ፖሊሲዎች: በንግድ ውስጥ ላሉና ወደንግድ ለሚመጡ ማነቆዎችን መፍታትና የመንግስት ልማት ድርጅቶችን ወደ ግል ለማዞር የተደረጉት እንቅስቃሴዎች ናቸው::

በነዚሁም ከአበዳሪዎች ጋር በመደራደር እፎይታ ለማግኘት የሚያስችሉ ማሸጋሸጊያዎችን ማድረግ: ያላለቁ የመንግስት የልማት ድርጅቶችን ማስጨረስና ሕጎችን የማብላላትና የመከለስ ስራዎችን አንስተዋል:: ሁለተኛዉ ተናጋሪ መሳይ ታደሰ የፋይናንስ አቅርቦት ላይ ያሉ መልካም አጋጣሚዎችንና ተግዳሮቶችን አንስተዋል::

እንደገለፁት ለሀገር ውስጥና የውጭ ሀገር ባለሀብቶች የብድር አቅርቦት ፣ ከ28 በመቶ በላይ ሴቶችን የሚያሳትፉት ሶሻል ኢንተርፕራይዞች የሚመዘገቡበትና የሚተዳደሩበት አግባብና የብድር አቅርቦት እጥረት ዙሪያ መሰራት እንዳለበት አንስተዋል::

የንግድ እንደራሴ የሆኑት ብሩክ ፍቅሩ እንደገለፁት በወጪ ንግድ ላይ አለም አቀፍ አሰራርን የመረዳት ክፍተት ችግሮች ባጋጠሙ ወቅት ሙሉ በሙሉ መርምሮ የመረዳት አቅም ማዳበር አልተቻለም::

የሕግና የአሰራር ማእቀፎችም ባለሀብቶችንና የተወሰኑ የሕ/ሰብ ክፍሎች ብቻ ሳይሆን ግለሰቦችንም መሰረት ያደረጉ እንዲሆን መስራትና የተሻለ የእቅድ ማስተባበር አስፈላጊነት ላይ አተኩረዋል::



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PM Abiy launched the Investment and Jobs Creation National committee

PM Abiy launched the Investment and Jobs Creation National committee this morning in the presence of Regional Presidents and Federal Ministers.

Noting that Ethiopia has to unlock the full potential of the private sector with a view to creating sustainable & decent jobs, he reiterated that the importance of putting the country on a path to a virtuous cycle of development.

The committee, Chaired by PM Abiy, comprises the Deputy Prime Minister, Presidents of the 9 Regional Governments; Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa Mayors; 2 PMO representatives and 10 Federal Ministries.

The Ministries include Trade & Industry, Peace, Agriculture, Urban Dev’t & Construction, Labor & Social Affairs Innovation & Technology; Water, Irrigation & Electricity; Mines & Petroleum; Tourism & Culture; and Science & Higher Education.

The national committee will ensure the creation of sustainable & decent work by aligning policy and institutional systems. It will also play a leading role in securing & expanding investments closely & ensure implementation of plans to increase investments and job creation.

The committee is also set to coordinate for effective outputs, the work of Federal & Regional entities and other stakeholders in creating a conducive investment environment to accelerate jobs creation.

Every year b/n 2-3mil youth enter the employability age range and add to #Ethiopia’s human resource & talent pool. While #Ethiopia’s economic performance is progressive, more work needs to be done to create a conducive investment climate towards job creation.

The Doing Business Initiative and committee led by PM Abiy has marked key milestones towards the goal of creating an enabling business env’t in which the pvt sector can play its critical jobs creation role.

These two committees working in sync are expected to facilitate the goal of creating 3mil jobs by the end of E.C 2012. Key sectors identified and given special focus to accelerate jobs creation nation wide include agriculture, mining, tourism and IT.

The National Committee will meet every two months to evaluate progress and follow-up on issues requiring immediate action to unlock performance. Following the meeting, PM Abiy and the committee members planted seedlings together for a #GreenLegacy.



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PM Abiy held a meeting with Danish Minister for Development Cooperation

PM Abiy held a meeting with Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Rasmus Prehn during which the two discussed issues related to energy policy, jobs creation, increased investments, democracy, climate change and the environment.

Mr. Prehn expressed the Government of Denmark’s support to #Ethiopia’s reform initiatives. He also lauded the #GreenLegacy initiative & joined PM Abiy in planting within the compound.



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Ethiopia’s women Ministers met with PM Abiy

Ethiopia’s women Ministers met with PM Abiy today upon completion of the Ethiopian Women Ministerial Leadership Forum led by Harvard Ministerial and facilitated by Dr Senait Fisseha.

Citing the importance of women leaders driving political & social change, he expressed his gratitude to women’s leadership advocates like Professor Senait Fisseha. PM Abiy also recognized & awarded Dr. Senait Fisseha for her continued support to Ethiopia, particularly in the health sector.

Together with former President Ellen John, UNWOMEN Exec Director Phumzile Mlambo and female Ministers, PM Abiy planted seedlings in the compound of the PMO for a #GreenLegacy



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PM Abiy continuing his commitment to the #GreenLegacy initiative

Continuing his commitment to the #GreenLegacy initiative, PM Abiy was out planting this afternoon with members of the Republican Guard. PM Abiy encourages all in #Ethiopia to continue to #PlantYourPrint in the remaining weeks of the rainy season.



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Press Briefing given by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Responding to EPRDF cohesion and merger, he raised the importance of practicing constructive dialogue to broaden the relationship between the fronts and work towards finding a common ground. In a progress towards merger of the coalitions into one party, he highlighted the studies, consultations and other work that are being undertaken towards that end.

On national elections, Prime Minister Abiy cited the importance of the electoral process being equally significant as the outcome and therefore requiring extensive and in-depth dialogue. He confirmed the Government’s ongoing preparations to hold the election per the set schedule.

With regards to Sidama regional autonomy, he acknowledged the historical basis of the question and cited that only a political response in isolation cannot address the longstanding demand for an autonomous region, which he says need to be examined from other dimensions of legal and administrative due processes.

Regarding the success of the #GreenLegacy initiative, he appreciated all sections of society for heeding the MEDEMER call to plant together as well as to the media for the role they played in creatively raising awareness. He conveyed the importance of post-planting upkeep to nurture seedlings into fully grown trees and indicated the continued work of the national committee in maintaining as well as preparing for next year’s planting period.

On the failed coup attempt investigations, Prime Minister Abiy appreciated the leadership of those involved in expediting the process. He shared that more than 1000 tips were given by the public in a 24hr period from which law enforcement bodies identified and apprehended up to 350 key suspects, releasing more than 120 in a short time frame.



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Public Discussion with Community Members of Wolayta Soddo city

In his opening remarks he shared his immense gratitude to all in #Ethiopia who have heeded the call to plant their #GreenLegacy and attempt the 200million in 12 hrs.



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Prime Minister Abiy planted seedlings in ArbaMinch city for the #GreenLegacy initiative

PM Abiy arrived in ArbaMinch city for the #GreenLegacy initiative where he already planted seedlings with government officials and community members this morning.



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የሚኒስትሮች ም/ቤት መደበኛ ስብሰባ በተለያዩ ጉዳዮች ላይ ተወያይቶ ውሳኔ አሳልፏል

የሚኒስትሮች ም/ቤት በዛሬው ዕለት ባካሄደው 72ኛ መደበኛ ስብሰባ በተለያዩ ጉዳዮች ላይ ተወያይቶ ውሳኔ አሳልፏል፡፡ ከስብሰባዉ ቀጥሎ ጠ/ሚር ዐቢይ አሕምድ ከሚኒስትር ም/ቤት አባላት ጋር በጽ/ቤቱ ግቢ ችግኝ በመትከል #አረንጓዴአሻራ አብረዉ አኑረዋል::



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ጠ/ሚር ዐቢይ በግብር አከፋፈል የተሻለ አስተዋፅኦ ላስመዘገቡ ግብር ከፋዮች እዉቅና ሰጡ

ጠ/ሚር ዐቢይ አሕመድ የገቢዎች ሚኒስቴር መ/ቤት “ግዴታዬን እወጣለሁ መብቴን እጠይቃለሁ” በሚል ሀሳብ ሲያስተባብር የቆየዉን ንቅናቄ አስመልክቶ ታማኝ እና በግብር አከፋፈል የተሻለ አስተዋፅኦ ላስመዘገቡ ግብር ከፋዮች እዉቅና ሰጡ፡፡



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Improve Ethiopia’s Ease of Doing Business ranking

With a vision of placing Ethiopia among the top 100 ‘Doing Business’ ranking countries by 2021, the national committee led by PM Abiy, comprising key government entities, has undertaken key reforms over the past few months towards creating a conducive business env’t.

While the short term milestones have been on legal reforms, PM Abiy highlighted that institutional reforms to build the requisite implementation capacity & creating public awareness on the new ways of doing business will be a key component in the medium to long term.

Moving forward, PM Abiy assigned chairing of the national ‘Doing Business’ committee to the Min of Trade & Industry and Min of Innovation & Technology on a rotation basis, to drive the implementation of established medium and long term priorities set.

He also announced that a new national level committee will soon be launched to steer progress in jobs creation and investments over the course of E.C 2012, in synchronicity with the ‘Doing Business’ committee.

Creating an enabling business environment for private sector investments is a critical pillar for creating 3mil #jobs in the new year.

To review the milestones & the medium term reform roadmap for the ‘Doing Business’ initiative visit: http://bit.ly/2JUNr66



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ሁለተኛው አዲስ ወግ የህዝብ ውይይት ሐምሌ15 ቀን 2011 በድሬዳዋ ከተማ ተካሄደ

በጠዋቱ መርሀ ግብር ዶ/ር ሰሚር ዩሱፍ: ዶ/ር ዳኛቸው አሰፋና ዶ/ር ኮንቴ ሙሳ የብሔረ መንግሥት ግንባታዎች ውጣውረድ በኢትዮጵያ: ጦር የሰበቀና ሰላም ያነገበ የፖለቲካ አካሄድ ፍልስፍና በኢትዮጵያ እና ብሔራዊ መግባባትን በማስፈን ሀገረ መንግሥት ግንባታን ለማሳለጥ የመንግሥታት ሚና በሚሉ ርእሶች ዙሪያ የመወያያ ሀሳቦችን ያቀርባሉ::

ድሬዳዋ የተካሄደው ሁለተኛው አዲስ ወግ ከ300 በላይ ከድሬዳዋ: ከሀረር: ከአፋር: ከሶማሌ ከኦሮሚያ እንዲሁም ከአዲስ አበባ የተውጣጡ ነዋሪዎችና የተለያዩ የማሕበረሰብ ተወካዮች በተገኙበት ሲካሄድ ውሎ ተጠናቅቋል::



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EU Commissioner Neven Mimica reaffirms EU's support to the reforms

PM Abiy Ahmed met EU Commissioner @MimicaEU who reconfirmed EU’s support to #Ethiopia & to the PM for continuing to drive the reforms unabated. Citing previous & forthcoming financial support, he reiterated the EU’s firm political commitment to Ethiopia’s democratization journey.



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PM Abiy Ahmed met with Minister of the Economy and Finance of the French Republic

PM Abiy received at his office Minister of the Economy and Finance of the French Republic Mr. LeMaire. The two discussed the continued strengthening of economic cooperation between Ethiopia & France.

Mr. LeMaire conveyed France’s appreciation of steps being taken by Ethiopia, particularly to increase competitiveness & business conduciveness & confirmed Ethiopia as an investment destination for France. The two ended their meeting by planting seedlings.



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Ethiopia signs $100 million grant MOU with UAE

PM Abiy presided over signing of a $100mil grant MOU b/n the FDRE Min of Finance & UAE Government represented by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Dev’t. The MOU was signed by State Minister Admassu Nebebe & Chairman of the Khalifa Fund Board of Directors, Hussain. J. Al Nowais.

The support provides for micro, small and medium enterprise sector development and job creation, particularly focused on innovation and technology.



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PM Abiy meets with the Foreign Ministers of South Korea and Finland

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the Foreign Minister of Finland, Pekka Haavisto this morning to discuss bilateral issues and the role of Ethiopia in bringing regional peace and stability, particularly in Sudan.

PM Abiy Ahmed also met with the Foreign Minister of South Korea, Kang Kyung-wha. The two parties discussed the long standing relations between Ethiopia and South Korea, modernizing the taxation and customs system, provision of support for education.

Kang Kyung-wha extended an official invitation on behalf of the Government for PM Abiy to visit South Korea.



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Senior Government Officials held discussions with Leaders of civil society organizations

Leaders of civil society organizations are met with senior government officials at the PM Office. This consultation is part of the series of conversations the PMO has held on issues of the reform agenda with various groups in the country.

The consultations are organized with the objective of engaging stakeholders to discuss key milestones and performance of government reforms as well as to detail stakeholder role in the democratization processes.

CSO participants raised key reform achievements, sectoral challenges as well as points on sustaining the reforms. In closing, gov't officials called upon CSOs to strengthen their contribution to good governance, building democratic culture & accelerating economic growth.



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PM Abiy Ahmed presented the E.C 2011 Budget Year Government report to the HOPR

In strengthening peace & security and democracy he highlighted three key areas of institutional reforms, efforts to maintain rule of law and peace building efforts undertaken.

On Rule of Law: apprehending individuals & groups participating in organized crime; human rights violations; high level corruption; inciters of ethnic violence; arms proliferators; money launderers, human traffickers & members of terrorist groups whose plans were foiled.

On Displacement: Of the 2.3million displaced (1.2mil before the reforms & 1.1mil) total of 2.1 million of inter and intra-regionally displaced returned to their original locales. Efforts underway to reinstate the remaining.

On Economy: efforts focused on correcting macro-economic imbalances. Noting jobs are key to economic progress Jobs Commission @Jobs_FDRE formed and expected to create upto 3mil jobs by end of E.C 2012 budget yr. End of E.C 2011 budget yr 1.4mil jobs created through SMEs.

On Gov Revenue & Expenditure Performance: 10% increase in revenues over past 11 months at ETB 178.5billion. Expenditures at end of budget year not expected to go above set limit for E.C 2011.

Financial Sector deposits performance shows increase by 22% and credit disbursement performance increase by 35% in comparison to last yr. While inflation decreased in comparison to last yr, May/June period increase being addressed by task force to study & provide solutions.

On Foreign Relations: diplomacy centered on ensuring Ethiopians abroad are treated in a dignified manner, with negotiated release of 15k from prisons; safe return of 76k whose contracts ended; signing of agreements with recipient countries for migrant Ethiopian workers.

Strengthening & establishing peaceful relations with neighboring countries; securing USD 3bill in grants; loan cancellations & increased FDI. Strengthening cultural diplomacy & securing renovation support for Lalibela, Axum, Abba Jifar Palace; & establishing new relations.

PM Abiy finished today’s parliament session by planting seedlings in the compound together with DPM Demeke Mekonnen and House Speaker Tagesse Chafo.



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Seedlings to honour the fallen

PM Abiy Ahmed planted Weyra (Olive) seedlings in the compound of the National Palace this afternoon, to memorialize Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, General Seare Mekonnen, Migbaru Kebede, Ezez Wasse and Maj. General Gezai Abera.

The seedlings planted today honour the lives they lived and recognize, as a standing memorial, their contributions to the reforms.

May their souls rest in eternal peace.



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PM Abiy Ahmed met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Djibouti

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Djibouti. Mr. Youssouf carried a message from President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh sharing his condolences to Prime Minister Abiy. In addition, the two discussed bilateral issues including accelerating economic relations between the two countries and strengthening social and cultural relations. Considering regional peace and security, the two also consulted on the role of IGAD in facilitating stability in Sudan through the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Marking the strong relationship between Ethiopia and Djibouti, the visit ended with Prime Minister Abiy and Mr. Youssouf planting seedlings in the compound.



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The 19th WB International Development Association Replenishment Meeting

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today made a closing remarks at the 19th WB International Development Association Replenishment Meeting hosted in Addis Ababa.

Every three years, donors meet to replenish World Bank--IDA resources and review its policy framework. Ethiopia is the largest beneficiary of IDA.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said IDA is the most reliable, predictable stable source of development finance for Ethiopia and called for continued support.



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PM Abiy Ahmed discussed with around 400 leaders of Protestant Churches

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in his discussion with around 400 leaders of Protestant Churches provided direction on national issues and other relevant topics the religious leaders raised. Today’s conversation is similar to those held in Addis Ababa and in various parts of the country with community members, teachers, religious leaders, health professionals, artists and the justice sector professionals among others.

Concluding the discussion, a committee of 15 members was formed to strengthen the unity between the church and the laity and come up with solutions for internal challenges.

In the past, similar dialogues between the two synods of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Committee for the solution of Ethiopian Muslim Affairs successfully created a peaceful resolution of issues, and spirit of togetherness.



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PM Abiy Ahmed met with Italy’s Vice Foreign Minister Emanuela C. Del Re

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with Italy’s Vice Foreign Minister Emanuela C. Del Re this morning. The Vice Foreign Minister is currently in Ethiopia as part of a delegation that will visit the Axum obelisks to elaborate on strategies related to restoration works. Ms. Del Re conveyed Italy’s continued support to Ethiopia in various areas. The delegation she is leading will also be determining support to build the technical and human capacity of Ethiopia in its readiness to effectively respond to natural disasters.



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PM Abiy Ahmed welcomed at his office the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed welcomed at his office the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who is in Ethiopia on an official state visit. Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea have enjoyed diplomatic relations spanning several years. The two leaders discussed key bilateral points of mutual interest, as well as regional peace, in addition to issues related to refugees, as the global community observes World Refugee Day today. They also planted seedlings in the compound of the PMO. President Nguema also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to make an official visit to Equatorial Guinea.



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PM Abiy Ahmed welcomed to his office the Eritrean Foreign Minister and Head of Political Affairs and Presidential Advisor

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed welcomed to his office the Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Head of Political Affairs and Presidential Advisor, Yemane Gebreab earlier this afternoon.

The Eritrean Government officials came to deliver a message of condolence from President Isaias Afwerki and to deliberate upon the one-year peace journey taken between the two countries. Both parties reflected on the milestones achieved over the past year in ceasing of hostilities and discussed upon the next steps to be taken in further strengthening the relationship.

Almost a year ago to this day, both Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab came to Ethiopia for the landmark peace talks marking the first time in twenty years a high-level delegation visited from Asmara.

To celebrate the strengthening relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy joined by the two officials, planted seedlings within the compound of the PMO.



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PM Abiy Ahmed was up early cleaning Black Lion Hospital and planting seedlings in the compound

For #EverydayWeCleanEthiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was up early cleaning Black Lion Hospital and planting seedlings in the compound. Thereafter he also visited with the Federal Police Anti-Terrorism and Ministry of Education ICT center teams in their respective offices as they were cleaning and planting.



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PM Abiy Ahmed together with First Lady Zinash Tayachew participated in an 800 seedlings planting activity

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed together with First Lady Zinash Tayachew participated in an 800 seedlings planting activity organized by the Office of the First Lady this afternoon in the CMC area, in the presence of Deputy Mayor Takele Uma.



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PM Abiy Ahmed together with Deputy PM Demeke Mekonnen Dessie city visit

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed together with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Amhara Region President Ambachew Mekonnen, held a public dialogue with residents of Dessie city earlier today.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Abiy appreciated inhabitants of the region for their tradition of living harmoniously across lines of divides, rooted in peace, forgiveness and love.

Participants of the dialogue raised various questions related to the rule of law, infrastructure, job creation, regional budgetary allocations and issues of social inclusion.

Responding to questions raised, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated the importance of acknowledging achievements, including around 4,000 individuals that have been brought to justice in efforts to maintain the rule of law and the nation wide efforts to return a majority of the displaced back to their original homes. He also shared the Federal Government engagements underway in infrastructure development, including roads and the construction of a referral hospital in the city of Dessie.

Concluding the session, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed confirmed his commitment to Ethiopia’s growth and development rooted in the MEDEMER philosophy. He called upon all to transcend divisive issues and rather commit ourselves to overcoming poverty through a united and concerted effort.

Demonstrating commitments to a green and clean Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy together with the Deputy Prime Minister, Amhara Region President and other high level delegates, planted seedlings within the compound of the historic ‘Ayteyefe’ Hall, built in the early 1900s by Ras Mikael.



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PM Abiy Ahmed commended the work of Dr Belay Abegaz and awarded him

PM Abiy Ahmed commended the work of Dr Belay Abegaz and awarded him for his dedicated contribution to society as a pediatric cardiologist and his work through the Cardiac Center of Ethiopia, which is celebrating its 30th year of service today.



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The 9th Annual National Science, Technology and Innovation Award and Recognition Ceremony

The Ministry of Innovation and Technology hosted the 9th Annual National Science, Technology and Innovation Award and Recognition Ceremony at the African Union Commission in the Presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

In his remarks, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of innovators in science and technology in time of critical need as innovators are positioned to solve sociatal issues. He also stated that the ultimate achievement of knowledge is to bridge society together through the application of positive Innovation and technology.

Prime Minister Abiy encouraged award recipients to utilize the Medemer philosophy and work cohesively towards developing Ethiopia for generations to come.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with community members of Axum city

The community members appreciated the Prime Minister’s responsiveness to the call residents made to hold discussions with him on issues related to the rehabilitation of the obelisks. In addition, the Prime Minister addressed key queries raised regarding budgetary allocations, water shortages, infrastructure requirements, peace and security and other issues.

The Axum Obelisk is a testament to Ethiopia’s historic civilizations. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation are currently in Axum reviewing the current status of the obelisks. Prime Minister Abiy was received by Tigray Region Vice President Dr Debretsion Gebremichael.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, together with his delegation in Khartoum, Sudan

During his Sudan visit, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also held discussions with members of the Forces for Freedom and Change as part of mediation efforts underway. He expressed Ethiopia’s commitment to fostering peace in the region and underlined that unity is a prerequisite for restoring peace in Sudan.

Finalizing his Sudan visit, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed returned with Ethiopians released from prisons in Sudan. Serving sentences of up to twenty years, the Government of Ethiopia has been negotiating for the release of 78 prisoners over the past few months.

Following the Government’s efforts to have the prisoners released and return home, their release was secured yesterday through further efforts by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in discussions with the leadership of the Transitional Military Council, while in Sudan.



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PM Abiy Ahmed discussed with the justice sector

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in his opening remarks during discussions with the justice sector emphasized the need and focus to anchor the legal reforms undertaken over the past year in institutions. He highlighted the importance of creating capacities and enabling mindsets that believe in the supremacy of the rule of law, including among Government officials.

In his discussion with justice sector professionals, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highlighted the role of our informal social norms and values as key components in the rule of law. Drawing a distinction between ‘moral of duty’ vs ‘moral of aspiration’ he emphasized that maintaining the rule of law cannot only be based on the former but through investments in nurturing moral of aspiration. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also once again reiterated the nonintervention policy of his administration and the executive body in the work of the judiciary.

He concluded the discussion session by planting seedlings together with members of the justice sector and calling upon them to spend the upcoming kiremt cleaning, cleansing and planting.



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The ‘Greening & Cleaning Ethiopia’ roundtable discussion

The panelists on the ‘Greening & Cleaning Ethiopia’ roundtable discussion raised the interrelationships between the ‘Beautifying Sheger’ project; the 4billion trees and the monthly cleaning/cleansing initiatives which aim to address key challenges towards making Ethiopia a green, productive and climate resilient country. Dr. Seleshi Bekele highlighted the ways in which the tree planting initiative is rooted in Ethiopia’s green and climate resilient policy and strategy.

From a health perspective, Dr. Amir explained in what ways all the initiatives contribute towards addressing health challenges in Ethiopia, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as impacts on early childhood development. Meskerem Tamiru shared the technical details of the ‘Beautifying Sheger’ project and the way in which it exceeds cosmetic cleaning but is rooted in ensuring that the city’s river systems are cleaned of liquid and solid waste; residents are protected from river flooding and city dwellers are provided an environment of dignity. Dr. Meheret particularly emphasized the importance of dignity and its relationship with the thoughts we generate and the environment we create, stressing that nature is not dirty in of itself - it is people that intervene.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the National Archives and Library of Ethiopia and provided morale support to students

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the National Archives and Library of Ethiopia where he talked to and provided morale support to students preparing for the upcoming national exams. In his remarks, he advised the students to undertake the examinations in a relaxed and focused manner and also reminded them that libraries are spaces that nurture minds and therefore should be frequented at other times too. Prime Minister Abiy also shared the plans to build a large library in front of the Parliament. He concluded his visit by encouraging the staff members of the archives and library. This is the first time since His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellasie’s visit that a leader has visited the library.



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PM Abiy Ahmed together with Ethiopian Orthodox Sunday school students cleaned the area around stadium

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed together with Ethiopian Orthodox Sunday school students cleaned the area around stadium in preparation for Eid al-Fitr. As Muslim brothers and sisters celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, fellow Christians are showing their solidarity through cleaning.



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PM Abiy Ahmed received Republic of Somalia President and his delegation and held discussions

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received Republic of Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and his delegation this morning and held discussions at the Office of the Prime Minister. In their discussions, they raised bilateral issues of mutual interest, including further strengthening cooperation in regional peace and security. The two leaders, including the First Lady of Somalia, planted seedlings within the compound.



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PM Abiy Ahmed heard from Guji and Gedeo community members that recently returned to the area

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, accompanied by Oromia Region Vice President Shimeles Abdissa, SNNPR President Million Matiwos and Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil, heard from Guji and Gedeo community members that recently returned to the area. Their representatives expressed the unity of the two communities and shared the material needs they currently have. Prime Minister Abiy encouraged them to strengthen their unity while the government continues to fill identified gaps. The delegation led by Prime Minister Abiy also provided the community with building materials for reconstruction of their homes. In a gesture of good wishes for the two communities, Prime Minister Abiy planted seedlings.



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PM Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew visited the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in celebration of it’s 60th anniversary

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew visited the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in celebration of the hospital’s 60th anniversary of service. Prime Minister Abiy commended Dr Catherine Hamlin for her tremendous work of restoring the dignity of Ethiopian women affected by obstetric fistula. He expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the care-taking role she took of the most marginalized in their time of grave need. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also bestowed an award upon Dr Catherine Hamlin on behalf of the Government of Ethiopia for her tireless contribution and together with First Lady Zinash Tayachew planted seedlings in the compound of the hospital.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received Rwanda Foreign Minister

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received at his office Rwanda Foreign Minister Dr. Richard Sezibera for bilateral discussions.

On the occasion of the Ginbot 20 victory, Prime Minister Abiy together with Dr. Sezibera planted seedlings within the compound of the Office of the Prime Minister.



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Members of the diplomatic community and heads of international organizations toured the National Palace

Members of the diplomatic community and heads of international organizations toured the National Palace this afternoon and were briefed on progress of the political and economic reforms. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also joined them in planting seedlings on the occasion of Ginbot 20 and the launch of the national greening program.



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PM Abiy Ahmed met with the Head of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council General Abdul Fattah Burhan

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the Head of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council General Abdul Fattah Burhan. General Abdul Fattah recognized Ethiopia as a close ally of Sudan and asked for the Prime Minister to share his advise on key concerns raised. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assured of Ethiopia’s support through the provision of ideas with a commitment to non-interference. On the request for advise, he noted the importance of being inclusive in the transition process.

Following their bilateral discussions, both parties planted seedlings within the Office of the Prime Minister compound.



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Federal and Regional Police Commissioners joined PM Abiy Ahmed in planting seedlings

Federal and Regional Police Commissioners joined Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in planting seedlings within National Palace compound following their tour. Prime Minister Abiy also shared with them the vision and progress of development projects within the compound and in the city with the ultimate aim of rolling out such initiatives throughout the country.



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Members of the House of Peoples Representatives toured the compound of the National Palace

Over 250 members of the House of Peoples Representatives, including Speaker of the House H.E. Tagesse Chafo and Deputy Speaker H.E. Shitaye Minale toured the compound of the National Palace this morning to explore the development projects currently ongoing. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also joined the parliamentarians for a brief exchange of ideas on the projects.



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PM Abiy Ahmed discussed with national agricultural transformation leaders in Adama city

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is currently holding discussions with national agricultural transformation leaders in Adama city on their role and responsibilities in modernizing the sector. He called upon them to champion the National Green Development Program which aims to plant 4billion trees during the upcoming rainy season. Over the past years Ethiopia’s forest coverage has decreased and the initiative is set mobilize national reforestation at 40 trees per head.



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PM Abiy Ahmed officially launches the national 4billion trees initiative

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially launches the national 4billion trees initiative by planting a seedling.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the town of Fiche

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed together with Oromia Region Vice President, Shimeles Abdissa, inaugurated the Selale Oromia Cultural Center and the memorial statue built to honor Brigadier General Tadesse Birru in the town of Fiche. In his discussion with community members, he raised the importance of emulating Tadesse Birru’s heroism rooted in leaving a strong legacy for the next generation.



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National Defence Force high ranking officers visit the National Palace

High ranking officials of the National Defense Forces visited the Office of the Prime Minister today to view the projects currently being undertaken in the compound. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also joined them in a briefing on the holistic contribution to citizens of city wide development projects under the ‘Beautifying Sheger’ initiative.



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The 2nd 100 day evaluation of Ministries and accountable organizations

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is currently overseeing the 2nd 100 day evaluation of Ministries and accountable organizations. The policy and performance evaluation unit within the Office of the Prime Minister have undertaken the evaluation process through the review of institutional reports, consultations with the Ministries. undertaking sudden supervisions and undertaking consultations with service users and other stakeholders.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the Addis Abeba University Ale School of Fine Arts

For the first time in 46 years, an Ethiopian leader visited the Addis Abeba University Alle School of Fine Arts. During his visit to the arts school on May 12, 2019 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visually explored historic and other art pieces developed at Alle. He also held discussions with the art teachers on how the school can be further setup to reflect the hopes of the country.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Zoma Museum

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also visited Zoma Museum on May 12, 2019. He expressed his amazement at the effort that had been made to transform a garbage accumulation point to a place of respite. He also shared his hope that all Ethiopians would overcome challenges like Zoma center founders and work to change their country.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hosted members of the Muslim community for iftar dinner

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hosted members of the Ethiopian and international Muslim community for iftar on May 11, 2019 , sharing his well wishes for the holy month of Ramadan.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed shared that the values of peace, unity, forgiveness, giving and reconciliation are espoused in the holy month, expressing his hopes that these values extend into several months. He also called upon the Muslim community to extend the practice of internal cleansing to cleaning our environment and neighborhoods next week Sunday morning as part of the monthly cleaning program.



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The second Addis Weg Expert’s Roundtable explored the rule of law in democratic transitions

The second Addis Weg Expert’s Roundtable exploring the rule of law in democratic transitions on May 10, 2019 included H.E. Meaza Ashenafi, H.E. Muferiat Kamil, Dr Dagnachew Assefa and Dr Getachew Assefa.

Dr. Dagnachew Assefa of AAU explored the philosophical underpinnings of the rule of law, bringing to the fore the milestones achieved by the current administration in democratizing and the key challenges it is encountering.

Dr. Getachew Assefa from AAU provided a distinction between the rule of law and rule by law as a basis for understanding where we were and where we are coming from.

Citing international reports that show Ethiopia’s progression in maintaining security and order in 2018 period, Federal Supreme Court President, H.E. Meaza Ashenafi highlighted the current transition from government using the law for its own purposes to working towards institutionalizing the rule of law.

H.E. Muferiat Kamil Minister of Peace affirmed the commitment of the Government to build a democracy based on engagement with citizenry as opposed to authoritarianism. Noting that the psychology of many of our institutions have been crafted around anti-democratic characteristics which require a lot of effort and time to democratize.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who attended the session discussed the responsibility and obligation of the government to legally ensure the supremacy of the law, under the context of legal system of the nation and its institutions. After listening to most of the comments, suggestions and concerns the participants raised with regard to the perceived inaction of the government to bring peace and stability in the country, the Prime Minister expressed the importance of patience, and his government is not only committed but also capable to safeguard the safety of its citizens.



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May 9, 2019 Press Briefing

Press Secretariat spokespersons within the Office of the Prime Minister, Nigussu Tilahun and Billene Seyoum addressed members of the local and international media in a press briefing. The briefings explored updates on efforts to address displacement, rule of law and the status of the Beautifying Sheger development project.



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Former President H.E. Dr. Negasso Gidada laid to rest

Former President H.E. Dr. Negasso Gidada laid to rest Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3pm.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with Japanese Foreign Minister

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the morning of May 5, 2019. The two conferred on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern. H.E. Taro Kono expressed the Japanese Government’s support of Ethiopia’s domestic reforms and efforts to bring peace in the region and extended Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to make an official visit to Japan. Prime Minister Abiy acknowledged Japan’s contribution to Ethiopia as a development partner and shared his interest for continued cooperation in human capacity building, trade and investments.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with 3national health professionals

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions on May 4, 2019 with 3000 national health professionals on key issues within the sector.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the discussion with health professionals as key for policy making. Noting that responses to issues of resources need to be viewed in light of Ethiopia’s reality, he reviewed the macroeconomic situation inherited by his administration a year ago which required immediate interventions to bring to balance.

With the conviction of government to address challenges in the health sector, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recounted the milestones achieved over the past year to enable an effective health system and highlighted the importance of taking stock of achievements.

Particularly:
1. Setting up six establishments to enable medical tourism to Ethiopia of which three are becoming operational;
2. Changes in the procurement process of imported pharmaceuticals to expedite provision;
3. Setting up of up to six pharmaceutical industries through public private partnership investments;
4. Allocation of 120million USD for the purchase of pharmaceutical supplies.
5. Development of 4200 housing units in 340 health centres throughout the country.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed discussed with leaders of Russia and Italy

On the sidelines of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum Leaders' Roundtable, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation. The two discussed the historic relations between their two countries and bilateral issues of mutual interest. President Vladimir Putin extended an invitation for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to make an official visit to the Russian Federation this year.

Similarly, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also met with the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the margins of the Belt and Road Forum Leaders’ Roundtable. The Italian government has pledged to renovate the historic Axum obelisk. Additionally, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also confirmed ‘Dine for Sheger’ participation amount of 5mil Euros.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attended the Second Belt and Road Forum

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation attended the opening session of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on April 28, 2019.

In his remarks during the High Level Meeting at the Belt and Road Forum, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highlighted the role the Addis Ababa - Djibouti railway is playing in facilitating trade between the two countries; testament to the connectivity principle of the Belt and Road Initiative. Sharing the investment-led economic policy and reforms being undertaken, he encouraged more investors to participate in the newly opened up sectors.

On the margins of the Belt and Road Forum, Ethiopian Investment Commission has signed four MoUs with Chinese companies that have decided to invest in Ethiopia. These include:

  1. Taison Group and Green Diamond which will establish a large-scale bamboo pulp-paper manufacturing in Assosa, Benshangul Gumuz with a capacity to manufacture 1 million tons pulp paper per annum
  2. Amity Printing will set up a printing factory in Ethiopia.
  3. CGCOC Group has agreed to establish a fully integrated livestock and meat processing plant with an annual slaughtering capacity of 300,000 castles and 3 million sheep in Awash, Fentale.
  4. Zhende Medical Products Manufacturing will invest in a pharmaceutical plant in Kilinto Industrial Park to manufacture wound care, surgical sensory, pressure therapy and fixed products.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the China Academy of Space Technology to inspect Ethiopia’s 70kg Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing Satellite ETRSS-1. Ethiopia, under the auspices of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), has been in the process of co-developing the Satellite through the support of the Chinese government. ETRSS-1 is to be launched into space before end of this year, according to the Gregorian calendar. The Satellite is expected to monitor weather patterns for better agricultural planning, drought early warning and forestry management.

China is currently Ethiopia’s largest trading partner and a key source of Foreign Direct Investment. Twelve kilometers of the ‘Beautifying Sheger’ riverside project and the construction of a central square is being supported by the Chinese government. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the China Urban Construction Design and Research Institute to review and discuss the proposed design and development plan. He appreciated the efforts made by the engineers to contextualize to the needs of the city, and provided direction for the development to commence.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation met Chinese investors and leaders

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation visited the headquarters of the e-commerce giant Alibaba, in Hangzhou, China. Following up on their meeting earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma shared that this visit is a reflection of a friendship geared towards supporting Ethiopia’s development. Jack Ma expressed he has been inspired by the reforms that Ethiopia has been undergoing, confirming that Ethiopia is now a key strategic partner which he will visit this year.

Communist Party Secretary of Zhèjiāng province H.E. Che Jun welcomed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation on the Prime Minister’s first visit to the coastal province of Eastern China. Private enterprises from the province are currently operating in Ethiopia, and Prime Minister Abiy encouraged for more investments in the newly opened up sectors, including engagement in agricultural exports to the province. Zhèjiāng province, a winner of the United Nation’s ecological honor for its river and streams clean up and revival program, is a model for the ‘Beautifying Sheger’ river cleaning project.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with Chinese President, Prime Minister and heads of various companies

On April 24, 2019, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation met with H.E. President Xi Jinping in a bilateral meeting ahead of the Belt and Road Forum. President Jinping admired the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy and the reforms he has led over the past year, noting that China holds Ethiopia’s development in high regard. He also shared the cancellation of interest free loans matured till end of 2018. Furthermore, President Xi emphasized that the Chinese government attaches high importance to the Beautifying Sheger project and is working on a grant assistance in its support. Both parties agreed to a strengthened cooperation between the two countries in various sectors.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed shared with H.E. President Xi Jinping the commitment of Ethiopia to deepening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with China, which is enabling critical moves like restructuring the debt of the Addis Ababa - Djibouti railway. The railway project is an early harvest of the Belt and Road Initiative that Ethiopia is part of. In addition to a common understanding on global, regional cooperation and bilateral issues, Prime Minister Abiy also expressed his concern on the detainment of the young female engineer Nazrawit Abera.

Similarly, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation met with Prime Minister Li Keqiang to discuss the further strengthening of Ethio-China relations. Premier Li Keqiang confirmed that China will continue to support Ethiopia’s efforts in promoting the wellbeing of its citizens and its economy. Both Prime Ministers presided over the signing of five agreements that reflect the deepening of these relations.

The agreements signed include:

  1. a Financing agreement for development of a plaza and 12km of the ‘Beautifying Sheger’ river bank project;
  2. Provision of grants for technical cooperation
  3. Provision of grants to go towards food aid
  4. Belt and Road Initiative five year cooperation plan
  5. an MOU operationalizing cooperation under FOCAC

During his stay, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the leadership of the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) in Beijing on the margins of the Belt and Road Forum. CRCC’s current largest engagement includes connecting Ethiopia and Djibouti through the railway project. CRCC have expressed interest in investing in agro-industry parks development, oil and gas development and the Beautifying Sheger river project.

In a similar note, following a meeting with State Grid Corporation of China, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed oversaw the signing of a USD 1.8 billion investment agreement which covers provision of energy transmission and distribution lines. This project will supply power for up to 16 industrial parks; the Addis Ababa to Djibouti 2nd railway line and for different cities in the country. This agreement will facilitate not only uninterrupted power supply but also enable the creation of jobs.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also met with the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure). They guaranteed their full cooperation, particularly in enabling the materialization of the investment in energy by the State Grid Corporation of China.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the privatization advisory council

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the privatization advisory council to evaluate updates on the privatization process on 22 April, 2019. The independent council was set up several months ago as an oversight body to provide expert inputs as state owned enterprises open up to private investments. As Ethiopia prepares the ground for investments in logistics, telecom, energy and other sectors, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed noted the role that East/Horn of Africa region integration will play in serving as a great opportunity for foreign direct investments.


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A two day round table held to review the one year reform process

The Office of the Prime Minister organized a two day round table from 19-20 April, 2019 under the theme ‘Ethiopia in the Wake of Political Reforms’ which reviewed thirty chapter entries for a book project. The book project set to examine the past one year by academics and thematic experts, includes a review of political and economic reforms, federalism and nation building and foreign policy and national security.

Key government representatives shared the administration‘s perspectives on the thematic areas. State Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Fisseha Yitagesu on the political reforms shared the scope of the political reforms have focused on scaling up of past successes; correcting previous mistakes and protecting the interests of the future generation.

Deputy Attorney General, Dr Gedion Themotios, highlighted the reforms as rooted in changing laws, the structural framework and leadership with commitment of government to bring political liberalization. In addition, key focus has also been on laying the foundation of institutional and normative frameworks for an inclusive and competitive political environment as well as modernizing the legal system.

In reviewing the base of the economic reforms, Investment Commissioner Abebe Abebayehu noted key priorities set have been to build a sustainable, broad based and market focused growth. Economic reforms have also shown renewed commitment to regional trade integration and enhancing participation of both foreign and local private investments.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Markos Tekle shared changes that have occurred in foreign relations. Additionally, in exploring the reforms that have been taking place in how the Ministry functions, he noted how the change in the domestic politics has significantly enhanced Ethiopian Foreign Relations.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with Ivanka Trump

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received at his office Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the United States President, and her delegation on April 15, 2019 to discuss issues of mutual interest. Ms. Trump is in Ethiopia as part of the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative aimed at advancing global women’s economic empowerment.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with a delegation of the Transitional Military Council of the Republic of Sudan

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met a delegation headed by General Galaledin Alsheikh, Member of the Transitional Military Council of the Republic of Sudan on April 15, 2019. General Galaledin Alsheikh briefed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the situation in Sudan, noting the relationship with Ethiopia is of significant strategic importance. They called upon the Government of Ethiopia to continue its longstanding support to the country particularly in this time of transition.

On his part, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reaffirmed the support of the Government of Ethiopia to the people of Sudan, stressing that this support is based on respect for Sudan’s sovereignty and on the principles of non-intervention. He encouraged the Transitional Military Council to be inclusive in addressing grievances and concerns as Sudan makes a peaceful transition.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed participated in the Cleaning Ethiopia initiative

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other government officials participated in the cleaning Ethiopia initiative on April 14, 2019.



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‘Addis Weg’ Experts Round Table - Institution Building in Ethiopia

On April 12, 2019, the Office of the Prime Minister held the ‘Addis Weg - Experts Round Table, focused on institution building. Panelists and participants who have written, taught, researched and working on the issue raised, discussed and developed ideas as input for polaicy making.

Panelists defined institutions as the rule of the game and organizations as the players, in explaining evolution of institutions. They raised the need to develop strong institutional frameworks that function equitably and guide the way society functions, regardless of varying governmental administrations.

To create and nurture capable institutions, participants agreed that work on changing mindsets is essential as a primary task. Furthermore, they also shared the need to be open to change; to inculcate the habit of planning and delivering.

With regards to civil service reform measures taken by the government, the details and contextual dispositions of the current ideology of ideas, individuals and institutions were clearly defined. Focusing on individual performance and the immeasurable sacrifices of civil servants, the discussion dwelled on ownership of duties, upholding laws when no one is watching, duty and national service.

A strand of the quarterly ‘Addis Weg Discussion Platform’, the Experts’ Roundtable will continue to convene a small number of subject matter specialists, practitioners and members of Government, to exhaustively discuss pertinent and priority topics.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated Wollega Stadium Nekemte town

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Oromia Region President Lema Megersa arrived in Nekemte town on April 11, 2019 to inaugurate the Wollega stadium. With a capacity of up to 80,000, the Wollega stadium becomes the biggest and modern type stadium and youth center in the town which will serve as recreational and sport center for its inhabitants.

Nekemte town residents received Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Lema Megersa with high energy and cheers as Prime Minister Abiy inaugurates the new stadium with a goal kick.

Addressing the Nekemte town residents in the newly inaugurated Wollega stadium, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recognized those who have paid a premium price for freedoms gained in Ethiopia. Emphasizing that there is no negotiating Ethiopia’s growth, he called upon Nekemte and Oromia region residents to unite, work peacefully and hard on Ethiopia’s unity and ultimately regional unity.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Oromia Region President Lema Megersa also held discussions with East Wollega Zone residents in Nekemte town.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recognized high performing Ethiopian athletes

President Sahlework Zewde and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed celebrated Ethiopian athletes, coaches and officials that participated in the 43rd edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships at a state dinner on April 9, 2019.

In his remarks at the dinner, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed noted the value of MEDEMER in action witnessed through the victories of our athletes. Reflecting on current challenges, he highlighted the lessons that can be drawn from athletes in winning the race if we listen to each other closely, work collectively, develop patience and work hard.

He concluded by calling upon all Ethiopians in all parts of the country to dedicate every Sunday from 6am to 7am to cleaning - our neighborhoods, our streets, our minds from all that is polluting our environment and our beings.

The athletes achieved a great victory, returning to Ethiopia with 5 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, taking 1st place among 63 countries. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed awarded the leadership of the committee and high performing athletes with certificates of recognition and financial rewards.

‪Renowned athlete Feyisa Lelisa, also present at the dinner, was honored in a special category, as part of the celebratory evening, for his silver medal victory at the Rio 2016 marathon.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew in Rwanda

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, First Lady Zinash Tayachew and the Prime Minister’s delegation arrived in Kigali, Rwanda on April 6, 2019 for an official state visit and upon arrival were received by H.E. President Paul Kagame. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew attended various ceremonies in relation to the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew joined H.E. President Paul Kagame and other world leaders in laying a wreath and lighting of the remembrance flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial where more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide rest. The 25th commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda is a critical moment for the global community to reflect on the need for mutual understanding and tolerance across divides. We can build peaceful communities through nurturing open dialogue and mutual understanding.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in his remarks at the 25th commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda noted the importance of seeing others as reflections of ourselves in moving past grievances and building unity of purpose. Emphasizing that as a global community we should not experience such devastation to honor each other’s lives, he commended the Government and people of Rwanda for recognizing unity, forgiveness and reconciliation as key pillars for their remarkable growth.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew joined H.E. President Paul Kagame and other world leaders in the Genocide memorial walk before concluding their official visit and returning to Addis Ababa on 7 April, 2019.



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Hospitalized Ethiopians to return home from Qatar

During Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Qatar end of March 2019, he visited with hospitalized Ethiopian’s requiring continuous medical care. Following this visit, the Qatar Government pledged to support the return of those patients back to Ethiopia, covering medical costs for up to a year so they continue their treatment among their families. One of the patients is set to arrive in Addis Ababa between April 8-10, 2019.

It is to be recalled that in April 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during his visit to Saudi Arabia secured such a similar support for Ethiopian citizens requiring critical medical care.



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Press Briefing on National Security Reforms

The National Security Advisor Temesgen Tiruneh provided updates on efforts made over the past year to reform the National Defence Forces, INSA, NISS and Federal Police.

The institutional reforms have focused on leadership, mindset, work process and operational changes as well as ensuring enhanced alignment across the security apparatus.



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“Beautifying sheger” committee met

The ‘Dine for Sheger’ committee chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and mobilizing funds for the 'Beautifying Sheger' project, met this afternoon to review the status of its preliminary work. The committee will finalize its tasks within the next few weeks and provide further details.



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ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዐቢይ አሕመድ በመቱ

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዐቢይ አሕመድ እና የኦሮምያ ክልል ፕሬዘዳንት ለማ መገርሳ የኢትዮጵያ ምርት ገብያ በመቱ በከፈተው 23ኛ ቅርንጫፍ የመክፈቻ ስነስርዓት ላይ መጋቢት 26 ቀን 2011 ተገኝተዋል። ምርት ገብያው በ60 ሚሊየን ብር ለሚያስገነባው መጋዘን እና ቅርንጫፍ ቢሮዎች ግንባታ የመስረት ድንጋይ የኦሮምያ ፕሬዘዳንት ለማ መገርሳ አስቀምጠዋል። የመቱ ከተማ ነዋሪዎችም ለጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ዐቢይ እና ፕሬዘዳንት ለማ መገርሳ የባህል አልባሳት ስጦታ አበርክተውላቸዋል።

በመቀጠልም ከመቱ ከተማ ኑዋሪዎች ጋር ተወያይተዋል። በውይይቱም ነዋሪዎቹ የመንገድ፣የአውሮፕላን ማረፊያ እና ሌሎች የመሰረተ ልማት ግንባታ ጥያቄዎች አቅርበዋል። ነዋሪዎቹ ዩንቨርስቲ በከተማው መከፈቱን አድንቀው ነገር ግን የአርሶ አደሩን ህይወት መለወጥ የሚችሉ የጥናት እና ምርምር ስራዎች እየተሰሩ አይደለም ብለዋል። ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ዐቢይ አሕመድ ሁላችንም አንድነታችን ማስጠበቅ ከቻልን የተነሱ ጥያቄዎች መመለስ የሚችሉ ናቸው ብለዋል።

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዐቢይ አሕመድ እና የኦሮሚያ ክልል ፕሬዚዳንት ለማ መገርሳ በምዕራብ ኦሮሚያ የሚያደርጉት ጉብኝት ቀጥሎ ዛሬ ከቡኖ በደሌ ዞን ነዋሪዎች ጋር ዉይይት እያደረጉ ይገኛሉ:: በዉይይቱም ላይ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዐቢይ እንድተናገሩት እርስ በእርስ ከተዋደድንና ከተፋቀርን ኢትዮጲያ ለሁላችንም የምትበቃ ሀገር ናት::



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PM Abiy Ahmed in the city of Jijiga

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in the city of Jijiga earlier this afternoon and will be attending the closing ceremony of the Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPD/SDP) 10th congress.

Over the past three days, the party has arrived at various decisions, including changing its name to Somali Democracy Party (SDP).



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Marking a Year of Reforms

In Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s address to Ethiopians at a public event marking the first year at the helm of his premiership, he called upon Ethiopians to harness diversity, to draw upon forgiveness and love as we forge ahead anchoring the reforms in institution building.



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Photo Exhibition: April to April

A photo exhibition capturing a year of reforms opened this morning by H.E. Dr Hirut Kassaw, Minister of Culture and Tourism. Dr. Hirut noted photography as one means of retaining memories that will be part of history. The exhibition, organized by the Office of the Prime Minister, includes more than 250 digital and print photos captures moments captured by various photographers showing public responses and engagements of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other government dignitaries.



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ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዐቢይ አሕመድ ከአገር ውስጥና ከውጭ ጋዜጠኞች ለቀረቡላቸው ጥያቄዎች ምላሾች ሰጡ

የኢፌዴሪ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዐቢይ አሕመድ ለአገር ውስጥና ለውጭ ጋዜጠኞች ወቅታዊ የአገሪቱ ጉዳዮችን በተመለከተ ለተነሱላቸው ጥያቄዎች ምላሽ ሰጥተዋል። ዋና ዋናዎቹ ነጥቦችም ከዚህ በታች ተዘርዝረዋል፡፡

የሕግ የበላይነትን ማስከበር በተመለከተ፤ በተለያዩ የአገሪቱ ክፍሎች ተፈጥረው የነበሩ ሕገ ወጥ እንቅስቃሴዎችን መንግሥት እየተከታታለ ሕግና ሥርዓትን ለማስከበር ባለፈው አንድ ዓመት ተጠቃሽ ሥራዎችን ሰርቷል፡፡ ለዚህም ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ እንደምሳሌ ያነሱት ከ30ሺ በላይ የታጠቀ ኃይል በነበረበት የኢትዮጵያ ሶማሌ ክልል የተፈጠረውን ቀውስ ከመቀልበስ ጀምሮ፤ በሐዋሳ፣ በቡራዩ፣ በአዲስ አበባ፣ በወለጋ፣ በሻሸመኔ፣ በጌዶና በቤኒሻንጉል በመቶዎች የሚቆጠሩ ተጠርጣሪዎች ጉዳያቸው በፍርድ ቤት በመታየት ላይ መሆኑን ነው፡፡



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‘Addis Weg’ Forum Reviews 1st year of reforms

The two day ‘Addis Wog’ forum opened on 22 March, 2019, with sessions to reflect on the one-year journey of reforms, rooted in Ethiopia’s socio-economic and political history. The two days platform, ‘Addis Wog’ aims to introduce a novel approach to exchanging ideas and a respectful culture of dialogue.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in addressing participants at the ‘Addis Weg’ platform, described the discussions as an opportunity to collect our spirits from the streets and bring them to the room; our power from stones and sticks to ideas; and letting go of our baggage to move towards collectively building Ethiopia.

In explaining manifestations of our political breakages, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed identified the following as key societal challenges that need to be collectively addressed:

  1. not being conscious of others beyond individual and group interests
  2. not delivering in equal measure to what we demand
  3. thinking in extremities
  4. not making linkages between past, present and future
  5. dismissing profession in favor of activism
  6. not valuing and taking stock of what we’ve achieved so far
  7. media not being aware that they are in the process of writing history in their daily reporting; and
  8. lack of social media ethics among users

He concluded by asserting that one of the administration’s commitments is rooted in ensuring a true electoral democracy and creating a conducive environment for it.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed concluded his official visit to Qatar and United Arab Emirates

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during his official visit to the State of Qatar on 19 March, 2019, he discussed with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, on bilateral issues of mutual interest.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation proceeded to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 21 March 2019. He was received by Crown Prince H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. Both parties held discussions on issues of mutual interest.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assessed the state of Gedeo community members currently in temporary shelters

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed travelled to Gedeb Woreda on March 18, 2019 to assess the state of Gedeo community members currently in temporary shelters. Members of the displaced expressed their grievances to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hold lengthy discussions with representatives.

The Federal government, through the coordination of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, upon the request of zonal and regional administrators earlier this week, has been transporting humanitarian supplies to the area as of March 11th.



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Ethiopian political parties signed a code of conduct

All Ethiopian political parties signed a code of conduct on March 14, 2019. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed the document on behalf of the Ethiopian People’s Democratic Front (EPRDF). The signing of this common code of conduct further confirms the opening up of the political space in Ethiopia, and government’s commitment to ensure fair, free and inclusive election.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed noted the signing of the code of conduct as a milestone for democracy. Describing the day as a historic and unique one that has bound more than 100 parties in common understanding, he called upon all to treat the document as one that guides the actions of all. He also called upon law and security enforcement entities to serve all parties equally. In concluding, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called upon all to be custodians of peace and unity in our current moment.



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French President’s two day official visit in Ethiopia

President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic arrived in Ethiopia on March 12 for a two-day official visit.

In an an official welcoming ceremony at Lalibela airport, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the President of the French Republic, H.E. Emmanuel Macron. This is President Macron’s first state visit to Ethiopia. The reception at Lalibela is the first of its kind since the city’s historic relevance as a site of diplomacy 800 years ago.

The two countries have also enjoyed strong diplomatic relations since 1897. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Emmanuel Macron visited the Rock-Hewn churches of Lalibela this afternoon. It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed secured a support pledge from the French in October 2018 that would go toward restoration of the Churches.

More over, the two leaders presided over the signing of cooperation agreements between Ethiopia and France.

Honorable Aisha Mohammed (Eng), Minister of Defense signed the defense cooperation agreement which covers training, capacity building and a strategic level exchanges.

Honorable Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation signed the following:
- Memorandum of Understanding on the Promotion of French Investments in Ethiopia
- Joint Declaration on the Financial Support to the Economic Transition
- Joint Declaration on the Heritage Cooperation

The signing of these agreements is testimony to strengthening Ethio-France relations.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed bid farewell to President Emmanuel Macron on March 13, 2019 as he concluded his two-day state visit to Ethiopia.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received Executive Director of the World Food Programme

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received at his office on March 11, 2019 Mr. David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). Their meeting is a continuation of discussions held in Rome, Italy where WFP committed to further strengthening their support and commitment to Ethiopia’s development endeavors in food security, nutrition and capacity building.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his condolences on Ethiopian Airlines accident

The Office of the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, expressed it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya on March 10, 2019.

During the day Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 accident site. He expressed his profound sadness at the loss of life and wishes healing to the friends and families of the bereaved.

In addition, he has provided direction for the full investigation of the cause of the accident as well as ensuring all required support is given to the families of the bereaved.

In his televised statement, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed once again expressed his condolences to the families of passengers and crew members who were aboard ET 302, on behalf of the Government of Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assured that the cause of the accident will be investigated by technical experts and communicated promptly to the public as updates come in. He also shared his appreciation to the management, board members and staff of Ethiopian Airlines for their efforts throughout the day.

May those aboard ET302 Rest In Peace.



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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attended the International Women’s Day celebration

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attended the International Women’s Day celebration organized by the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth. He emphasized that women are the pillars of the nation and the least recognized for their sacrifices and giving. Furthermore, he called upon Ethiopian heroines to cross artificial divides in working to build the country’s peace and unity.



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Success in Horn Region Diplomacy

Through the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed met this morning to discuss extensively on the source of the two countries dispute. As an outcome of the discussions, both parties agreed to work together towards and peace and to take measures in addressing particular issues that escalated the tensions.



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President of Somalia's Official Visit to Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somali Republic President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed are currently on their way to Nairobi, Kenya to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is paying special attention to reconciling the differences that have emerged between Somalia and Kenya as the current Chair of IGAD. During the official visit of President Kenyatta and Abdullahi Mohamed to Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy also hosted long consultations with each of the leaders to facilitate the first face to face discussion in a long time. It is expected that the mediated meeting between the two countries will ease tensions that have been building.



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President of Somalia's Official Visit to Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at Bole International Airport this morning for a one day official visit. In a continuation of bilateral and trilateral talks that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been undertaking over the past few days with Horn region countries, the two parties are expected to continue discussions of key regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest.