Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopa
in the Republic of South Africa

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Mon, Nov 28, 2016 ,Ethiopia has continued to derive a lot of interest from the football community, quickly becoming a preferred destination for African football body CAF and World Governing body FIFA.

Addis Ababa has been chosen as the only African city and one of the six venues to host 11 FIFA Executive Football Summits around the world between November 2016 and March 2017.

Following the launch in Paris, two summits will take place in Singapore (6-8 December), two in Miami (17-18 January), two in Doha (14-16 February), and two in Addis Ababa (21-23 February).

Ethiopia Football Federation president Junedin Basha also confirmed the new development posted on the FIFA portal.

"As a country and federation we are indeed honored to be the choice for the FIFA summit next year; that confirms the confidence the World governing body has shown to Ethiopia "Junedin told supersport.com.

Ethiopia has been hailed for its football infrastructure development throughout the continent. (supersport.com)

The Policy Research and Analysis Department (PORAD) of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized the first seminar of its kind in Africa which discusses the importance of having policy research and analysis section in order to promote regional cooperation and integration.   

The daylong seminar was attended by representatives of the seven IGAD countries plus three other counties namely Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.  

The Seminar which was organized by PORAD in collaboration with Institute for Security Studies was aimed at on ways to find out how the Greater Horn of African Countries Ministry of Foreign Affairs collaborate in research and analysis on common issues in the sub region, exchange experience and understandings on the role and importance of research and analysis to speed up regional integration, share experiences on how ministries formulate implement policy studies and analysis on issues related to regional and international affairs.

The organizers hope to make the seminar continental one in the near future. That is expected to lay the ground work for continental integration.  

Ambassador Taye Atsike-Silassie, State Minister of Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that strategic planning is foreign policy needs clear advice and a specific mission. He said that policy advisors in the area need to avoid trivia. They must ignore the trees and concentrate on the forest.   

The state minister said so while officially opening the seminar at Hilton Addis Ababa today.

According to the Ambassador Taye, the above advices are the reason behind establishing PORAD; providing policy makers of the country with an internal think thank that could take a long term, strategic view of regional and global events and frame recommendation that can advance the country’s national interest and values.   
The ambassador also noted that policy planners must also constantly reappraise existing policies. He said that it must not only apply to grand strategy, it should also apply to regional and crisis situations as the policy planners’ stand between the statesmen and the academics.

According to Ambassador Taye, intellectuals analyze the operation of systems and statesmen build them.  Thus, policy planners need to both analyze the operation of a system and help to build it, he said.

Ambassador Alfred Majaye Dube, Office Director of Addis Ababa Institute for Security Studies, on his part said that policy planning and analysis is an indispensable tool in the conduct of foreign policy and diplomacy. Timely analysis of global events and situations helps leaders and policy makers to make well informed and strategic decisions in their interaction with the international community. I, therefore, commend PORAD for their forward looking strategy aimed at sharing practices experiences with fellow diplomat in the IGAD plus countries.

ISS is a leading pan African organization that enhances human security to enable sustainable development economic prosperity in Africa.  It conducts authoritative researches; provide expert policy advice, delivers training and technical assistance across the continent.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and visiting Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao pledged here on Thursday to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

In his talks with the Chinese vice president, Hailemariam said that China's long-term and selfless assistance has played an important part in Ethiopia's pursuit for development and prosperity, as evidenced by the many joint projects all around Ethiopia that are mutually beneficial to both sides.

Ethiopia is grateful that Chinese President Xi Jinping attaches great importance to Ethiopia-China relations, Hailemariam said, adding that his country is committed to working with China to elevate bilateral relations to a new height.

Hailemariam, who is also Chairman of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), said the EPRDF hopes to learn more from the experience of the Communist Party of China in state governance.

For his part, the Chinese vice president hailed the remarkable achievements made by Ethiopia under the leadership of the EPRDF over the past 25 years.

In recent years, both China and Ethiopia have continuously maintained healthy development and the two countries have firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, Li said.

He said that China will work with Ethiopia to implement the important consensus reached between the heads of state of the two countries, and the outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held last December in Johannesburg, South Africa.

China stands ready to work with Ethiopia to maintain the momentum in high-level exchanges, push forward industrial capacity cooperation and cultural and people to people exchanges, enhance coordination in international affairs, and further deepen the China-Ethiopia comprehensive cooperative partnership, Li said.

Li added that the Communist Party of China is willing to deepen inter-party cooperation with the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, share experience in state governance and steer bilateral relations toward new achievements.

Source: Xinhua

Addis Ababa November 24,2016  New investment and expansion in Ethiopia's beverage industry is helping immensely in the rapid growth of the sector, according to Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute.

Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and stimulants are among the beverage industry sub-sectors experiencing rapid growth, Beverage Processing Industry Development Director at the institute, Aklilu Kafyalew told ENA.

 “Currently, there is big increase in beverage industry in different sub-sectors. Almost all are growing in similar way,” said.

The director said the country has created an enabling environment for beverage industry as the demand is high in the market.

The existing sugar projects under construction in different parts of the country and the availability of barley malt is believed to be a pulling factor for the expansion of the sector.  

Aklilu said: “there is big opportunity in beverage industry sector, despite some problems that need to be addressed in the country.”

Some 1.6 million USD has been obtained in the first quarter of the year in revenues from beverage industry sector which has shown slight decrease compared to the previous same period which was 1.9 million USD.

Last October saw better performance in the sector as compared against same period the previous year; Aklilu said, adding the sector is expected to show big performance in the coming two months.

 “I think there is good opportunity in terms of market and smart companies are eyeing on Ethiopia in this sector”, Ethiopian Investment Commission Commissioner Fitsum Arega indicated.

The commissioner added that joint venture investments by some Belgians, France, Dutch and British investors in the beverage industry are impending particularly in the production of beer.

It was indicated that some projects assisted by brewery factories such as Heineken, Diageo and Dashen are ongoing with a view to increase sourcing of barley, Fitsum said. 

Some seven brewery companies with 12 factories are currently producing beverages in the country, with additional two giant European malt processing companies signing agreement to engage in the field.

Shortage of malt is one of the problems impeding further growth in the sector which needs to be solved in a sustainable manner, according to Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute. 

The current demand for malt in brewery factories has hit two million quintals per year, forcing the country to spend a lot foreign currency to import malt. 

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