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 May 22, 2024 (FBC) – African World Heritage Day will be celebrated tomorrow in Ethiopia’s Tiya archaeological world heritage site situated in the Central Ethiopia region, the Ethiopian Heritages Authority disclosed.

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Feb 20, 2024

Ambassador Birtukan, who is the Chair of the AU Summit National Committee, highlighted the key security, logistical, protocol and hospitality arrangements for the participants of this year continental gathering.

Citing the successful completion of the Summit on these accounts, the State Minister commended all stakeholders that worked in synergy for the fruition of the successive Ambassadorial, Ministerial, Leaders as well as First Lady gatherings.

State Minister Ambassador Mesganu, on his part, accentuated Ethiopia’s participation at various levels on substantive matters during Ambassadorial (Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC)), Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Executive Council) as well as Heads of State and Government levels (Assembly).

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Feb 05, 2024

Addis Ababa, Feburary 14, 2024 (FBC) – In his remarks at the 44th session of the African Union Executive Council Foreign Affairs Minister, Taye Atske Selassie stated that the theme for the year 2024, Educate an African fit for the 21st century,” resonates deeply with the expectation of people across the continent for progress and development.

“It underscores the urgent need to build resilient education system that provides increased access. It also aspires to promote inclusivity, respond to lifelong learning and ensure quality education for all children in Africa,” he noted.

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Feb 05, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 13, 2024 (FBC) – Ethiopia and Rwanda signed various MoUs today, after a three day Joint Ministerial Commission Meeting that was held in Addis Ababa.

Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie, Minster of Foreign Affairs, in his remark said Ethiopia is commited to cooperation with all its neighbors and to the implimentation of these agreements and decisions made by the Joint Ministerial Committee.

Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie said further strengthening of the Nile Basin lnitiative and giving it a permanent structure and working together to that end is of vital interest.

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Feb 05, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 5, 2024 (FBC) – The successful implementation of the autonomy at the Addis Ababa University will pave the way to the delivery of quality of education and contribute towards comprehensive societal transformations, Addis Ababa University Interim President Samuel Kifle said.

Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) International Dean’s Course (IDC) on Africa part III focused on strategic and practical issues in Higher Education Management opened in Addis Ababa today.

Opening the five-day program, Samuel said the course has multiple opportunities in Ethiopia’s higher education system in general and Addis Ababa University in particular.

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Feb 06, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 6, 2024 (FBC) – State Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Chairperson of the AU Summit National Committee, Ambassador Birtukan Ayano said Ethiopia has made extensive preparations in all aspects to host the 44th Executive Council Meeting and the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

On her media briefing earlier today, the State Minister said that the Assembly will be held following Ethiopia’s major diplomatic successes on the world stage, recalling Ethiopia’s membership of the BRICS bloc and the prestigious Agricola Medal which was awarded to H.E. the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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Feb 05, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 5, 2024 (FBC) – A high-level delegation from the European Union (EU), including Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation Caroline Gennez and EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, is visiting Addis Ababa from February 5 to 7, 2024, to strengthen the Africa-Europe health partnership.

The mission, organized by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the EU Delegation to the African Union, symbolizes the ambition of the Belgian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission to strengthen the partnership between Africa and the EU.

The mission has followed up on the EU–AU summit of 2022 and identified building blocks for stronger health partnership between Africa and Europe, implementing the EU’s new Global Health Strategy.

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Feb 04, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 4, 2024 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) expressed his condolences to the people and government of Namibia on the loss of President Hage Geingob.

In a message published on his social media page, PM Abiy Ahmed noted, “In this somber moment, our nation extends its sincere condolences to the people and government of Namibia on the loss of President Hage Geingob. May his legacy of leadership endure in the collective memory.”

President Hage Geingob reportedly passed away after receiving treatment in his country’s capital, Windhoek.

The 82-year-old president was hospitalized for cancer treatment a few days ago, according to reports.

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Feb 03,, 2024

Addis Ababa, February 3, 2024 (FBC) – The National Aviation Security Committee has affirmed the culmination of its preparations to guarantee the provision of secure accommodations for attendees of the 37th African Union Summit scheduled for this month.

Ethiopia’s National Aviation Security Committee, inaugurated in July of the preceding year. It was instituted with the objective of administering the aviation industry with efficacy through meticulous coordination and collaboration, thereby ensuring the seamless execution of the 37th AU Summit.

It is underscored that the implementation of security measures and preparedness in the aviation sector remains an ongoing and proactive endeavor. Nevertheless, specific measures are currently underway in anticipation of the inaugural national audit to be conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in June 2024, after a 12-year hiatus.

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Jan 28, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 28, 2024 (FBC) – Director General of UNIDO, Gerd Müller stated that Ethiopia is a model for the whole African continent for the great success in transforming the agricultural sector, which has led to double the wheat harvest and becoming an exporter. Great progress was also made in sectors such as rice, coffee, honey, or poultry production.

The Director General has congratulated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for receiving the FAO Agricola Medal, recognizing Ethiopia‘s outstanding progress in agricultural production, food security, and poverty reduction.

“UNIDO is a strong partner of Ethiopia. We supported the government to establish four agro-industrial parks and are planning a new Centre of Excellence together with China to further accelerate the country’s progress towards achieving our shared goal of zero hunger,” the Director General added.

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Jan 25, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 25, 2024 (FBC) – In a weekly press statement, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem, stated that thousands of officials and workers from 126 institutions, in addition to citizens and foreigners, attended the Diplomacy Exhibition being held at the Science Museum.

About 700 diplomats based in Addis Ababa, and 152 journalists and photographers from the federal, state and city administrations, government and private media houses also covered the exhibition, said the Spokesperson, Ambassador Meles said.

He explained the Diplomatic Exhibition has made it possible to show Ethiopia’s centuries-old diplomatic journey and gain global support.

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Jan 25, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 25, 2024 (FBC) – Ethiopian and Kenyan intelligence agencies have agreed to continue strengthening information exchange and joint operations to ensure regional peace.

Kenya’s National Intelligence Service Director General Nordi Haji has arrived in Addis Ababa today for an official visit.

Upon arrival at Bole International Airport, the Kenyan delegates were welcomed by the director general of the National Intelligence and Security Service of Ethiopia (NISS), Mr. Temesgen Tiruneh and other senior officials from NISS.

During a conversation with the Kenyan delegation, Mr. Temesgen articulated that the fraternal people of Ethiopia and Kenya have a long history of solidarity.

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Jan 24, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 24, 2024 (FBC) – The UK Embassy in Addis Ababa yesterday marked the launch of the Africa Resilience Investment Accelerator (ARIA) initiative in Ethiopia.

ARIA, led by British International Investment and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank aims to foster collaboration between development financial institutions and local private sector to unlock new investment opportunities.

The initiative is also said crucial in leading to more foreign exchange and increasing productivity.

Participants of the vent also celebrated the landmark 40 million USD investment in to Dashen Bank in which the two institutions teamed up to boost Ethiopia’s agricultural exports.

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Jan 23, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 23, 2024 (FBC) – Ambassador Samuel Isa, Ethiopia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered a statement at the Third South Summit of the Group of G77 and China, which was held in Kampala, Uganda, with the theme “leaving no one behind.”

Ambassador Samuel emphasized the growing importance of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in addressing the complex and interconnected challenges that developing countries face.

He emphasized the group’s collective voice as transformational and transgenerational, adding that the current global architecture is neither inclusive nor participatory and needs to be reformed.

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AU in a Nutshell

Introduction

The advent of the    African Union (AU) can be described as an event of great magnitude in the    institutional evolution of the continent. On 9.9.1999, the Heads of State and    Government of the Organisation of African Unity issued a Declaration (the    Sirte Declaration) calling for the establishment of an African Union, with a    view, inter alia, to accelerating the process of integration in the continent    to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing    multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are    by certain negative aspects of globalisation.

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