Press Statements


PM Hailemariam urges for integrated support to mitigate climate change (Sept 21, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn urged the need for integrated support for developing countries to help them mitigate and adopt climate change. In his remarks on the climate vulnerable forum held at the sidelines of the 72nd General Assembly, the Premier said countries like Ethiopia need to be supported to mitigate and adopt impacts of climate change that has been hindering them from realizing development plans. more
UNSC adopts draft resolution on reform of UN peacekeeping tabled by Ethiopia (Sept 20, 2017)
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today unanimously approved the draft resolution on the reform of United Nations peacekeeping tabled by Ethiopia. It was co-sponsored by all members of the Council. Members of the Council approved the resolution at the High Level Open Debate held in New York under the Chairmanship of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. more
USAID launches $40mln Community HIV Care, Treatment project in Ethiopia (Sept 20, 2017)
The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), yesterday announced the launch of the five-year, 40 million US dollars Community HIV Care and Treatment project. Through the project, USAID aims to contribute to the 90-90-90 global goals, which are 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90 percent of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load by 2020 in Ethiopia. more
World Bank provided new credits for trade logistics and industrial competitiveness in Ethiopia
The World Bank' Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Association credit of $50 million for the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) Development Project in Ethiopia, aimed at improving the competitiveness of Ethiopian industries. It will support the Government of Ethiopia's efforts to develop the country's standardization practice, metrology, accreditation, and conformity assessment services, inspection, testing, and certification. more
Ethiopia briefs UNSC on Council's mission to Addis Ababa (Sept 13, 2017)
Presidency of the Security Council and Permanent Representative of Ethiopia, Ambassador Tekeda Alemu yesterday briefed the Security Council on the successful conduct of its mission to the African Union which took place from 05-09 September 2017 in Addis Ababa. During the delegation's stay in Addis Ababa, members of the Security Council met and held discussions with the AU PSC for the 11th Joint Annual Consultative meeting which took place on 08 September 2017. more
Economic diplomacy will remain Ethiopia's top priority, says PM Hailemariam (Sept 12, 2017)
Economic diplomacy will remain Ethiopia’s top foreign relations priority area, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. He further said that the country will do its level best for regional peace and security. The Premier was speaking at a discussion held with Ethiopian ambassadors, diplomats and senior heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. Ethiopian diplomats are expected to undertake more efforts to bring foreign direct investment (FDI), search for potential investors and accelerate technology transfer as per the plan set out in the second growth and transformation plan (GTP-II), he said. more
AfDB satisfied with Ethiopia's use of funds (Sept 12, 2017)
The Executive Director of African Development Bank (AfDB) in charge of Eastern Africa, Dr Calleb Weggoro visited Ethiopia from 4th to 12th September 2017. Dr. Weggoro, along with his Senior Advisor, Mr Amos Cheptoo, visited the Bank’s funded transport and energy projects in the all-important Ethiopia – Kenya corridor. In a press release he issued after the visit, Dr. Weggoro was impressed with what he saw in the field. more
President Urges Citizens to Strive for Sustainability of Dev't in New Year (Sept 10, 2017)
President Dr. Mulatu Teshome said the upcoming year should be a period that citizens are working in harmony for the realization of the country's development goals.  In his New Year message, the President urged the need to consolidate efforts for the sustainability of the country's rapid economic growth.  He added that activities towards eradication of poverty and realization of all goals set in the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan need to continue getting special attention.  In order to realize the country's goals, the country needs to work on improving its competitiveness at global level. more
UNSC, AUPSC hold 11th Annual Joint Consultative meeting in Addis Ababa (Sept 08, 2017)
The 11th Annual Joint Consultative meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and  African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) was held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa today. The meeting exchanged views on peace and security issues in Africa, specifically, on conflict and crisis situations in Somalia, South Sudan and Lake Chad basin region, said Ambassador Tekeda Alem, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN. more
PM Hailemariam meets with UNSC delegation
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today met with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation visiting Addis Ababa. During the meeting, they exchanged views on a range of issues related to regional and international peace and security. more
Somali Council of Ministers says ONLF commander extradited to Ethiopia was a terrorist
Somali Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday (September 6, 2017) said the handover of the commander of the terrorist group, ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front) Abdikarim Sheikh Muse to Ethiopia was in line with "previous joint agreements between the [the Gov't of ] Ethiopia and the Somali Federal Government," that recognizes the Al-Qaeda affiliate militant group- Al-Shabaab and ONLF as terrorist organizations. more
Ambassadors', Consul Generals’ and Director Generals’ Annual Conference underway at Hawassa
The Annual Conference of Ambassadors', Consul Generals' and Director General's which was kicked off on August 31st in Addis Ababa has continued with more lively discussions, deliberations and debates in Hawassa, the capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State. In his welcoming address, Mr. Tamene Tessema from the Cabinet Office of SNNP's Regional Bureau conveyed the message of the President of the Region stating Ethiopia's growing Foreign Direct Investment scheme, outstanding role in regional as well as Global peace keeping operations and its significant activities in areas of climate change unequivocally signifies that the activities of the Ministry was not only in tandem with the Foreign and National Policies and Strategies of the country but also demonstrates that it was increasingly honing its capacity in enhancing the country's foreign relations both in bilateral and multilateral foras. more
Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu gave briefings on Ethiopia at US Congress (July 14, 2017)
H.E Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia briefed, on 12 July 2017, members of US Congress as well as their Foreign policy advisers, legal assistants and staffers at the United States Congress. In his briefing, the Minister stressed that the contemporary foreign policy of Ethiopia is based on promoting the national interest of the country based on domestic reality. The Minister further elaborated that his government’s Foreign Policy, which is all about fighting poverty and bringing about inclusive and sustainable development, is the mirror reflection of the domestic policies of the country. more
Ethiopia an 'anchor of peace' in a region with 'troubled waters' – U.S. Senator (July 14, 2017)
Ethiopia has been described as an anchor of peace in the restive Horn of Africa region. This is according to United States senator, Bob Corker. According to the Corker who is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations, the highest body of the senate in charge of foreign relations of the USA, the region was one that could be described as one in ‘troubled waters.’ He was speaking during a meeting with Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, who is in the U.S. to participate in a security summit. Workneh as part of his engagements, briefed Congress staffers on Ethio-U.S. Relations relative to developments in Ethiopia and the region. more
Ethiopia Pledges to Further Strengthen Support to Refugees (June 21, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has reaffirmed today Ethiopia's continued commitment to further strengthen its support for refugees. PM Hailemariam held talks with Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, on refugees, peace and stability in the region. The Premier appreciated the fact Ethiopia’s contribution for dignified treatment of refugees and to stabilize refugees crisis is internationally acknowledged at a time when rich countries are not contributing enough to alleviate the refugee crisis that has occurred across the world. more
Ethiopia Shining Example of African, Int'l Hospitality for Refugees: UNHCR Commissioner (June 21, 2017)
Ethiopia is "a very shining example' of African and international hospitality for refugees in spite of its limited resources and the great challenges of its own, the Commissioner of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, told journalists today that 'Ethiopia is a very good model of how a country with a limited resources and a great challenge of its own keeps its doors open, its arms open to people from neighboring countries that are in trouble and seek protection here." more
Premier discusses with investors,employees at Hawassa Industrial Park (June 21, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held discussion with investors who set up manufacturing facilities in Hawassa Industrial Park. The Prime Minister on the occasion said that the government of Ethiopia will strengthen its efforts to create favorable investment atmosphere for both foreign and local investors. He also gave responses for questions raised by the investors. more
Ethiopian Airlines Places Order for 10 A350-900 Aircraft (June 20, 2017)
Ethiopian Airlines has reportedly placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development to its fast expanding long-haul route network. Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease, according to a press release of the airline. The A350-900 aircraft are configured in a two class layout seating 30 passengers in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spacious, quiet interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of passenger comfort and well-being. more
Hawassa Industrial Park goes fully operational (June 20, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that the Hawassa Industrial Park is a foundation for Ethiopia’s ambition to become the leading manufacturing hub in Africa. The first phase of the Hawassa Industrial Park, an eco-friendly park located in Hawassa town, SNNP regional state, went fully operational today. The Premier on the occasion said despite global slowdown in foreign direct investment flow, Ethiopia has attracted huge FDI, he added. more
Parties Agree to Negotiate on Amending Electoral Laws (Jun 14, 2017)
The ruling party EPRDF and 16 national political parties engaged in intra-party negotiation have agreed to take the issue of revising the electoral laws as an agenda for the political negotiation intended to take place between the parties. The parties agreed on the issue as all the national political parties that are taking part in the negotiation requested to consider an amendment on the prevailing electoral laws. The parties have thoroughly debated on two of the 13 agendas presented by the agenda organizing and media committee to be tabled for discussion on Wednesday. In addition to amending the electoral laws, the committee presented an agenda for the revision of laws such as anti-terrorism, freedom of the mass media and access to information, trade and tax, structural organization of the judiciary, civic organization and state of emergency. more
Ethiopia to Launch Online Entry Visa Application, Issuance (June 13, 2017)
The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, has reportedly finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia. According to a press release of the Ethiopian Airlines, the e-visa is processed and issued online on a single web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa, it added. more
Hailemariam Reaffirms Stance for Peaceful Resolution of Gulf Dispute (June 12, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia will support peaceful means in resolving the dispute among Gulf countries. Hilemariam made the remark while conferring with Qatar's State Minister of Foreign Affairs Sultan Bin Saad-Al Murakhi on Monday in Addis Ababa. more
Ethiopia, Israel Need to Join Hands to Fight Terrorism: Netanyahu (June 07, 2017)
As Ethiopia and Israel have continued to face the challenges of terrorism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the need to join hands in rolling back the adverse effects of terrorist activities. PM Netanyahu said the two countries are obliged to jointly fight terrorism to ensure the development of human civilization globally. The Israeli PM made the remark while welcoming the Ethiopian high-level delegation led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Tuesday in Jerusalem. more
Drought resilience activities successful: Commissioner (June 7, 2017)
The drought mitigation mechanisms Ethiopia has been building during the past years have proved fruitful, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission. Commissioner Mitiku Kasa told ENA that the country has succeeded in preventing the loss of human life through the integrated efforts of stakeholders and the public. He recalled that droughts in the late 60s and the 70s had cost the country 250,000 and 700,000 human life, respectively. more
Victory of Ginbot 20 described as foundation for rule of law, right to dev't in Ethiopia (May 29, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that the victory of Ginbot 20 (May 28) is the foundation for the prevailing rule of law and the right to development. The Premier made the remark at an event organized yesterday at the Millennium Hall to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Ginbot 20, which marks the defeat of the Derg regime. The victory is a juncture where a roadmap for the renaissance of the country was designed, Hailemariam told the attendees. more
U.S. congratulates Ethiopia on National Day (May 27, 2017)
The U.S. government has extended congratulations to the government of Ethiopia as the country celebrates the 26th anniversary of Ginbot 20 (May 28), which marks the downfall of the Derg regime, next Sunday. In a statement sent to the government of Ethiopia, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate Ethiopia as you celebrate your National Day on May 28." more
PM Hailemariam Travels to Italy to attend G7 leaders' summit (May 25, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has left for Italy to attend the G7 leaders' summit that will deliberate on human mobility, food security, environment and innovation, among others. The Summit will also discuss the Next Production Revolution (NPR), smart platforms that enhance production, that offers the chance to re-define the role of Africa and it's partnership with G7. more
President, PM Congratulate Newly Elected WHO Director-General (May 24, 2017)
President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn have congratulated Dr. Tedros Adhanom, on his being elected as the first African to lead the World Health Organization (WHO). President Mulatu, who congratulated all nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia, added that this historic election epitomizes the outstanding changes Ethiopians have accomplished over the years on social and economic issues holding their hands together. Prime Minister Hailemariam expressed his congratulatory message to all Ethiopians at home and abroad as well as friends of Ethiopia. The Premier noted that Dr Tedros' election is a proof of Ethiopia's notable recognition by the global community. more
AU Chairperson Congratulates Dr. Tedros on Historic Win as First WHO Director-General (May 24, 2017)
African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has warmly congratulated Dr. Tedros Adhanom on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) from Africa. According to a press release issued yesterday, Chairperson Mahamat said "the world has chosen a consummate global health statesman with a strong track record of embedding global public health and health security as a vital cornerstone of human development." more
Hailemariam holds talks with delegation from Rockefeller Foundation (May 24, 2017)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held discussion here with a delegation led by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of Rockefeller Foundation. According to Office of the Prime Minister, the discussion was mainly focused on how to implement effective and modern agricultural practices. Dr Shah told the Premier that his foundation is keen to assist Ethiopia’s ongoing green growth strategy. more
Ethiopia earns over $49mln from electric power sales to Djibouti, Sudan (May 18, 2017)
Ethiopia earned more than 3.8 billion birr from electric power sold during the past 10 months. The plan was to generate 4.7 billion birr, said Bizeneh Tolcha, public relations head at the Ministry of Water, Irrigations and Electricity (MoWIE). More than 49.4 million US dollars of the total revenue was made from power exported to Sudan and Djibout, he said. In addition to meeting local demands, Ethiopia has a plan to sell electric power to neighboring countries once the power projects being built are completed. more
President Mulatu commends Lions-Carter Initiative to eliminate prevalent eye diseases (May 17, 2017)
President Mulatu Teshome appreciated the role of Lions-Carter Center Sight First Initiative in eliminating trachoma and river blindness during the last 15 years. The President met today with a Lions-Carter Center Sight First Initiative delegation comprising nine members. Mulatu assured the delegation that he will give all the necessary support towards the effectiveness of the projects as a member of the Lions Club International Foundation. more
Under Secretary General Praises Ethiopia for Role in Maintaining Int'l Peace (May 17, 2017)
nder Secretary General for Field Support at the United Nations, Atul Khare, praised Ethiopia’s contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security. The Under Secretary General held discussion today with State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene. He thanked the government and people of Ethiopia for the great scarifies they made to bring peace and security. Khare said that "we remember the ultimate scarifies of the Ethiopian solders that lost their lives to bring peace and security to other countries." more
World Bank to Provide 4.9 Billion USD for Ethiopia (May 17, 2017)


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