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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 
Ethiopia launches livestock search system to boost exports revenue

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia on Tuesday launched a Livestock Identification and Traceability system in a bid to boost livestock exports revenue for its fast growing economy.

The system is a collaboration program between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ethiopia Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF).

Costing 1.4 million U.S. dollars, the program when fully implemented will gather information regarding origin of the animal, type of husbandry and management system.

With this system in place MoLF hopes to make Ethiopian livestock more competitive in accessing international markets while ensuring quality products for consumers and increased income for farmers.

Ethiopian government data from 2013 indicates the country is home to about 54 million cattle, 25.5 million sheep and 24.06 million goats, giving Ethiopia the largest livestock population in Africa.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

34 arrested in Ethiopia’s biggest anti-corruption sweep in years

ADDIS ABABA  Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- 34 senior officials, businessperson and middlemen have been arrested in Ethiopia’s biggest anti-corruption sweep in years.

Speaking to media on Tuesday, Negeri Lencho, Minister of Ethiopian Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said the detainees include government officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Ethiopian Roads Authority and Addis Ababa Roads Authority.

Lencho declined to disclose the names of the detainees and the specific crimes they are accused of committing.

Ethiopian government has identified corruption and rent seeking activities as part of the reason Ethiopia was rocked by sweeping unrest in 2016.

The Ethiopian government has since then promised to crack down on grand scale corruption which has afflicted one of the world’s fastest growing economy and East Africa’s largest economy.

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Ethiopia to open new camp for South Sudanese refugees

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia is to open a new camp for South Sudanese refugees in a bid to cope with rising number of people running from a brutal civil war.

The new refugee camp to be located in Benishangul Gumuz regional state is expected to ease the burden on the region’s main refugee camp Sherkole, reports the news agency of Benishangul Gumuz regional state on Wednesday.

Benishangul Gumuz along with another regional state Gambella have taken the burden of hosting the majority of 285, 809 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia registered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as of June 30.

Africa’s newest nation South Sudan has around 2 million people that have fled the civil war to foreign countries, principally neighboring countries like Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The civil war started as an isolated clash in South Sudan capital city Juba on December 2013 between forces broadly loyal to President Salva Kiir and his Ex-Deputy Riek Machar.

However, it soon transformed into all out civil war that has displaced millions, killed thousands and crippled South Sudan’s fragile oil based economy.

           

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