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  • Ato Demeke Mekonne elected Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia

    Demeke Mekonne has been elected Deputy Prime Minister and Social Cluster Coordinator.

    The House of People’s Representatives (HPR), in its regular session today, approved Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s nomination of Demeke Mekonnen for Deputy Premiership position.

    Demeke served in various positions in Amhara Regional State. He served as Minister of Education since 2001EC.

    He is Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia as well as Executive Committee member of both the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) since 2005.

    He earned his first degree in Biology and second degree in Political Science.

    He is a trusted, responsible and able political leader, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said while presenting his reason for nominating him for the Deputy Premiership position.

    Similarly, the House approved the appointment of Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael as Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economic Cluster and Minister of Communication and Information Technology.

    Dr. Debretsion participated in the armed struggle against the dictatorial Derg regime and served in various positions in Tigray Regional State.

    He served as Minister of Communication and Information Technology since 2003 EC. He is Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economic Cluster and Minister of Communication and Information Technology since 2005 EC.

    He earned his doctorate degree in Information Technology.

    Aster Mamo was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Good Governance and Reform Cluster and Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development.

    She served as Minister of Youth and Sport from 1998 to 2002 EC as well as in various positions in Oromia Regional State.

    Aster earned her first degree in language and literature and second degree in Management.

    source : fanabc

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  • UAE Bans Meat Imports from Ethiopia

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had put an indefinite ban on all meat imports from Ethiopia starting from October 1, 2015, according to Addis Fortune.

    The ban was due to a rushed order of meat for the EId ul-Adha holiday.

    36 tons of sheep meat was ordered by a charity organization in UAE from seven meat processing companies, namely ELFORA Agro-Industries Plc, Luna Export Slaughter House Plc, Modjo Modern Export Abattoir Plc, Halal Food Industries Plc, HELIMEX (Hashim Ethiopian Livestock Meat Exporter), Allana Group and Abyssinia Export Abattoirs. Usually the normal sheep meat process takes 10 days, but the order came to supply in two days, General Manager of Halal Daniel Zenebe told Fortune.

    Haileselassie Weres, Director of Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute, said to find a solution to the matter Meat Inspection Directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture and Meat Producers and Exporters Association is looking forward to communicate with the relevant regulatory bodies in UAE.

    UAE is Ethiopia’s largest meat export destination. The meet market accounts for 58.8 million dollars of the 93.2 million dollars earned in the past budget year. Saudi Arabia comes next accounting for 32.4 percent share, export data from Ministry of Trade shows.

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  • Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Forms New Administration

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today formed his new administration after parliament approved his nomination after parliament approved his nomination for the cabinet.
    The new government will have 25 ministries and four director generals with ministerial ranks.
    Hailemariam’s incoming administration largely unchanged, but if features some major changes in some positions, the most notable being Getachew Reda becoming director general of government communication affairs with a ministerial portfolio.
    The new administration also includes the introduction of new ministries into the government, such as ministries of state enterprises, livestock and fisheries.
    The full list of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s cabinet is as follows:
    1. Demeke Mekonnen, deputy prime minister in charge of social cluster;
    2. Debretsion G. Michael (PhD), minister of Communications Technology in charge of economic cluster;
    3. Aster Mamo, minister of public service in charge of human development cluster;
    4. Sirag Fergessa, minister of National Defense;
    5. Tewodros Adhanom, minister of Foreign Affairs;
    6. Kassa T. Brehan, minister of Federal & Pastoralist Development Affairs;
    7. Getachew Ambaye, minister of Justice;
    8. Abdulaziz Mohammed, minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation;
    9. Tefera Derebew, minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources;
    10. Shiferaw Shigute, minister of Education;
    11. Abiy Ahmed; minister of Science & Technology;
    12. Ambachew Mekonnen (PhD), minister of Construction;
    13. Ahmed Abetew, minister of Industry;
    14. Worqneh Gebeyehu, minister of Transport;
    15. Damitu Hambissa, minister of State Enterprises;
    16. Yacob Yalla, minister of Trade;
    17. Tollosa Shagi, minister of Mines, Petroleum & Natural Gas;
    18. Sileshi Getahun, minister of Livestock & Fisheries;
    19. Kesetebrehan Admasu (PhD), minister of Health;
    20. Abdulfetah Abdulahi, minister of Labour & Social Affairs;
    21. Mekuria Haile, minister of Housing & Urban Development;
    22. Motuma Bedassa, minister of Water, Irrigation & Electricity;
    23. Aisha Moussa, minister of Culture & Tourism;
    24. Shiferaw T. Mariam (MD), minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change;
    25. Zenebu Taddese, minister of Children & Women;
    26. Redwan Hussien, minister of Youth & Sports;
    Director Generals under the rank of ministers
    1. Beker Shalle, director general of Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority;
    2. Getachew Reda, director general of Government Communications Affairs Office;
    3. Yinager Dessie (PhD), commissioner of National Planning Commission;
    4. Asmelash W. Sellasie, chief Government Whip.

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  • Hailemariam Re-elected as Prime Minister of Ethiopia

    The House of People's Representatives unanimously endorsed the appointment of Hailemariam Dessalegn as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in its 5th tenure opening session here yesterday.

    Hailemariam, who has been leading the country after succeeding the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, took the oath of office officiated by Federal Supreme Court President Tegene Getaneh.

    Hailemariam was nominated to the premiership by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which won 501 seats in the 5th general election. In its nomination the Front said that the Prime Minister has been leading the country effectively and is dedicated and competent to sustain the ongoing economic growth.

    The House also appointed Abadula Gemeda as Speaker for the second time while picking Shitaye Minale as Deputy Speaker for the 3rd time. The speakers were also sworn in by Federal Supreme Court President Tegene Getaneh.

    Meanwhile, addressing the Joint Session of the Houses of People's Representatives and the Federation, FDRE President Dr. Mulatu Teshome said that the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) will speed up the nation's endeavours to become a middle income economy.

    Dr. Mulatu also called upon the government and the public to exert maximum effort to curb malpractices and rent-seeking mentality. As the country continues to achieve remarkable economic growth in the past years, problem of good governance remains to pose a threat which the nation has to deal with.

    The President urged the House to give due attention to democratizing the country despite the growing public participation over the last couple of decades.

    The President also indicated that activities will be carried out to promote the manufacturing and industry sectors to increase their contribution in the GDP, adding that due attention will also be given to the agriculture and service sectors.

    He also noted that the government will focus on attaining holistic development and bringing down inflation rate to one digit. The imbalance between import and export has been a concern for the country and the government will be giving due attention to bridge the gap thereby improving hard currency earning.

    Earlier in the day, the House of Federation in its opening session chaired by President Dr. Mulatu appointed Yalew Abate and Mohamed Reshid as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House respectively. Former Speaker Kassa Teklebirhan handed over power to the newly appointed Speaker.

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  • Marriott Inaugurates Africa's First Executive Apartments in Addis Ababa

    Marriott International, in partnership with Sunshine Business Plc today inaugurated Africa’s first Marriott Executive Apartments in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

    The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Abeba will appeal to both business and family travelers with 108 fully serviced Apartments offering space, ambience and the privacy of residential living enabling a comfortable stay away from home.

    “This is the latest in a series of important landmark hotel signings and openings we have made in Africa.” said Alex Kyriakides, president and managing director of Marriott International for Middle East and Africa.

    Selamawit Samuel, Sunshine Business Owner & Executive Vice President said that they are very excited to be partnering with Marriott International to successfully open the properties in Africa.

    Solomon Taddesse, CEO of Ethiopian Tourism Organization said the government has prioritized the tourism sector and encourages global brands to invest in and also partner with Ethiopian firms.

    President Mulatu Teshome cut the ribbon, officially inaugurating Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Abeba.

    The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Abeba will provide residents with a choice of one and two-bedroom elegantly furnished serviced Apartments, or the Penthouse Presidential Suite, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and includes services such as housekeeping, grocery shopping and room service.

    For business travelers, the property provides multi function meeting rooms and over 160 square meters of event space.

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  • Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn leaves for New York

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has left for New York to attend the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set for adoption by the 193 UN member states during the three-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly.

    More than 150 world leaders, including President Barack Obama are expected to attend the summit, which precedes the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN beginning September 28.

    The SDGs consist of 17 broad goals and 169 specific targets. They replace the United Nations' expiring Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000.

    In addition to attending the summit, Hailemariam is expected to hold bilateral talks with different countries and international organizations

    source - ENA

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