Ethiopia: Employment sought for Sri Lankan youth in African continent

Employment has been sought for Sri Lankan youth in the African continent.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ethiopia celebrated the 71st Anniversary of National Day of Sri Lanka with the Addis Ababa based Diplomats, senior officials of the Ethiopian Government and the African Union Commission, Ethiopian entrepreneurs and members of the Sri Lankan community, at the Sri Lanka House.

The official ceremony commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by Ambassador Sumith Dassanayake followed by singing of national anthems of Sri Lanka and Ethiopia, observing two minutes of silence in remembrance of national heroes and lighting of traditional oil lamp by the invited guests, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ethiopia said.

The National Day messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs were read out in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union Commission Sumith Dassanayake outlined the significant achievements of Sri Lanka since independence and requested the Diplomatic Corps and other foreign guests to make use of the opportunities available in Sri Lanka in the fields of trade, tourism and foreign investment etc.

The Ambassador also acknowledged the positive contributions made by the Sri Lankan expatriate community in Ethiopia and Africa for economic development in Sri Lanka. He also requested them to contribute further and find more employment opportunities for Sri Lankan youths in the African continent.

At the end, a short video featuring Sri Lanka’s tourist and cultural attractions was screened to the audience.


Source MenaFM


Ethiopia Focuses On Irrigation, Tourism To Cut Unemployment

To address the serious challenge of unemployment, Ethiopia government will focus of the development of irrigation and tourism, says Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

He made the remark this morning speaking to the members of parliament in the capital, Addis Ababa. The premier stated that the jobs the country is creating every year is around one million, while the population of the country is increasing by two and half million annually.

“…that is why we are focusing on the tourism sector development ad irrigation,” he said. Prime Minister Abiy noted that around 40% of the youth I the rural areas is also disguised unemployed as three four individuals are sharing the job one person was supposed to do.

In an attempt to help the youth create jobs, the 10 billion birr (around $355 million at current exchange rate) revolving fund, Ethiopian government allocated a few years has also been misused, according to Prime Minister Abiy.

“The fund was not an award,“ he said, indicating that the fund was supposed to revolve creating jobs and reduce unemployment. Meanwhile only 1% of the fund is now at hand, according to the premier.

Launched following the mass illegal migration of Ethiopians through risky routes, the revolving fund was distributed to all regional states of Ethiopia to help the unemployed youth.

Prime Minister Abiy further stated that even though it is not possible for any country to make unemployment zero, involving the private sector and supporting startups will be among the priorities of his administration in the coming years.

In Ethiopia it is estimated that agriculture sector contributes to over 75% of the jobs directly or indirectly. Though it is estimated that the country has irrigation potential of 2.7 million hectares, reports show that it has only utilized a fraction of that figure. On the contrary, the country imports wheat spending hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prime Minister Abiy stressed that modernizing agriculture and focusing on irrigation is the solution to tackle unemployment and trade deficit.

As a result, the country has not been able to feed its growing umber of population estimated to double and reach 200 million in 30 years. It is still dependent on foreign food aid to feed several millions who can’t produce enough to feed themselves.

Likewise, reports also show that the east African country with abundant historic ad natural tourist attractions has not been able to fully utilize its tourism potentials as compared to the Gulf destinations such as, Dubai, which turned desert into global tourist destinations.


Source nbe


Norway Provides Finance For Adolescent, Youth Development In Ethiopia

By Newbusiness

The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme aims at building the capacity of adolescents and youth aged 10-24 through the provision of quality information and services on sexual and reproductive health, HIV, gender-based violence and harmful practices.

It also seeks to strengthen key duty bearers including government bureaus and ministries, youth-run organizations, parents, and community members to respond more systematically and sustainably to the growing and unmet needs of vulnerable adolescents and youth in Ethiopia.

The programme is planned to be implemented over a period of four years in 20 selected woredas in Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray Regions as well as the Addis Ababa City Administration in Ethiopia, with the potential for scale-up country-wide.

During the grant signing ceremony, Merete Lundemo, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Ethiopia, said “Investing in the realization of SRH rights means enabling women and girls plan their pregnancies, complete their education and participate in the labour market. This way they contribute to achieving other development goals, another reason to support those rights at a time when they are under pressure.”

This joint programme will be implemented in partnership with key sector ministries and regional bureaus – Education, Health, Labour and Social Affairs, and Women, Children and Youth– the Federal and Regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Offices, and civil society organizations.

The joint programme aims to improve the capacity of government and non-governmental institutions as well as youth-run organizations to fulfil the demand of adolescents and youths in the selected woredas and regions. It will also empower communities and parents to help ensure a protective and enabling environment which includes protecting them against genderbased violence, harmful practices and violation of their reproductive rights.

Bettina Maas, UNFPA Country Representative, said during the event “The programme will empower young girls and boys to be able to make informed decisions for themselves and their families through the provision of sexual and reproductive health information and services.”

“This partnership, in Phase III of the programme, will invest in the most at-risk adolescents and young people by providing them with the knowledge, skills, services and opportunities needed to make a successful transition to adulthood and ensure their active participation in the prevention of violence, HIV, child marriage, FGM, and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health.” said Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia.

In line with a rights-based programming approach and the ‘Leave No one behind’ agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, disadvantaged adolescents and youth are recognized as key actors in their own development, actively utilizing sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention and protection services rather than as passive recipients of information, skills, and services.

Building on the experiences gained from the previous phases of the programme, Phase III of the Joint Programme will support the strengthening of protection, welfare, education and health systems, maximising results and efficiencies for more effective and sustainable services for sexual and reproductive health, protection from HIV/AIDS, violence and harmful practices so that adolescents and youth can ultimately make safe and healthy decisions for themselves.

Source – Newbusinessethiopia

The US Embassy in Ethiopia is Set to Train 600 Youths on Creating Solutions in Their Communities

Ethiopia Hacks! just launched the first in a series of 12 hackathons as part of its annual Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration. It is a programme organised by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, in partnership with the Google Developers Group (GDG- Addis) and the Centre for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE)

The event which held at the American Centre in Addis Ababa focused on entrepreneurship. It would ensure participants will explore how technology can be used to support innovation and Job creation.

Each of these hackathons will challenge young tech developers to identify prototype solutions to challenges in Ethiopia as the program will invest in the capacity of 600 tech-savvy youth, who will be opportune to participate and generate solutions for their communities.

Thanks to the effort of current Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia, ranked as the fifth poorest country in the world Ethiopia, is high atop a mountain of several challenges needing all human and capital resources to create a more comfortable environment in Ethiopia.

Landlocked Ethiopia’s foremost challenge is drought coupled with the fact that a more significant percentage of the country’s population are farmers. This ensures citizens live in poverty with 23.5 % of the population estimated to live in poverty.

After its peace treaty with Eritrea, Ethiopia has embarked on a lifetime Journey towards rebuilding its state. U.S embassy would be supporting Ethiopia by developing an eco-system that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and technology by investing in Ethiopians to shape the future of their country.

“…as Ethiopia embarks on the hard work of building its brighter future, there will be challenges. However, as this competition shows, challenges exist to be solved, and the challenges Ethiopia faces will be solved first and foremost by Ethiopians,” U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor noted.

The annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which held between November 12-18, 2018, is designed to celebrate self-starting innovators and connect entrepreneurs to potential collaborators, mentors, and investors.

Global Entrepreneurship Week has fostered the spirit of entrepreneurship globally with millions of participants at thousands of events in nearly 170 countries.

Source – Ventures African