NEWS IN BRIEF Latest July 01 2017
Importers approve Ethiopia’s livestock quarantine system
Experts of major livestock importing Middle East countries have given approval to the Mille International quarantine system, expected to uplift Ethiopia's livestock export.
According to the Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate experts have assessed and assured the quality of the Quarantine center, located in Afar State. They have also shown full interest to import livestock from the center to their respective countries.
Livestock Identification, Traceability and Welfare Director at the Ministry, Hadgo Mandefro (PhD) said that even though it is one of the leading countries in terms livestock resources in Africa, Ethiopia has been not been exporting livestock with its full potential due to four major reasons; shortage of fodder, lack of productive livestock species, animal health and market problems.
The government is exerting efforts to tackle such problems by implementing quarantine and Livestock Identification and Traceability Systems in different pastoral areas based on Sanitary Phytosanitary measurement and other standards of World Trade Organization and World Animal Health Organization. (The Ethiopian Herald)
Deadly blast targets police near Kenya-Somalia border
At least four children and four policemen have been killed in a roadside explosion in southeastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia, according to police.
Noah Mwivanda, a senior police officer in Lamu County, said Tuesday's blast happened between the towns of Mararani and Kiunga.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The deadly incident bore the hallmarks of similar bombings blamed on Somalia's Al-Shabaab armed group, which has previously targeted security forces in the region.
It increases the death toll from homemade explosives in the past three months to 46, with policemen as the majority of fatalities.
Al-Shabab has carried out more than 100 attacks on Kenya since 2011.
It says the attacks are retribution for Kenya sending troops to Somalia to fight them.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta did not immediately comment on the latest explosion.
On Monday, Kenyatta said if re-elected he would "strengthen the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit by acquiring more specialized vehicles to counter and deter the security threats emerging from terrorist groups". (Al Jazeera)
WB approves 5-year partnership framework to support Ethiopia dev’t
The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank endorsed a new five-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) to support Ethiopia's development aspirations, ENA reported on Thusday.
The CPF is in line with priorities outlined in the country's second Growth and Transformation Plan, according to a press release issued by WB.
According to the report, over the past decade, Ethiopia has achieved significant progress in economic, social and human development; poverty rate has declined from 55 percent in 2000 to 34 percent in 2011.
Real GDP growth has averaged 10.5 percent per year between 2003 and 2015, and life expectancy rose from 52 to 65 years. Ethiopia has also achieved a number of the Millennium Development Goals.
The CPF strives to assist Ethiopia in forging a more inclusive and sustainable growth path.
It will help promote structural and economic transformation through increased productivity in both rural and urban areas by focusing on basic education, market accesses and job opportunities for the youth. (ENA)
Saudi extends amnesty for undocumented migrants by 30 days
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia yesterday extended the 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants by additional one month.
The move came following Ethiopia’s request for the amnesty to be extended, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn recently sent a letter to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, requesting him to extend the amnesty.
The extension came into effect from last Sunday. The 90-day amnesty expired last Tuesday.
According to Saudi’s General Directorate of Passports, the amnesty was extended by a month to allow those undocumented migrants who failed to take advantage of the amnesty due to various reasons to return to their respective countries peacefully.
Of the 111,000 Ethiopians who have secured exit visas to leave Saudi Arabia, only 45,000 of them have so far returned to their homeland, it was noted.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that efforts will continue to bring home undocumented Ethiopians from Saudi. (FBC)