ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The Ethiopian government on Tuesday
briefed Addis Ababa-based foreign envoys on the current state of
affairs and conflicts witnessed in the east African country.
Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said the recent clashes in Oromia and
Ethiopian Somali regional states were instigated by rent-seeking
groups who wanted to take advantage of minor conflicts and that
the government has been working to dismantle wrongdoings along
the two regional states border.
The border conflict
resulted in killings and substantial displacement of civilians
and illegal protests occurred in at least eight towns of the
Oromia region, causing the death of eight people in Shashemene
and Borena areas, Gebeyehu said.
The Ethiopian Human
Rights Commission is investigating the causes of deaths and
alleged abuses as a result of the reported clashes, the minister
investigation of the Commission is completed, the government
will take action in accordance with relevant laws of the state
on perpetrators of the recent killings and displacement,”
Noting the various
efforts that were made to assist the displaced people, Gebeyehu
said that the rehabilitation program has been given due emphasis
by the Ethiopian government.
He said the Oromia
regional state has taken measures against offenders who targeted
Gebeyehu also noted
that the government move to devalue the Ethiopian birr by 15
percent is to promote the east African country’s exports sector.
Youth unemployment behind
unrest in Ethiopia in 2016: president
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Youth unemployment is behind the unrest that
rocked Ethiopia in 2016 and still simmers to this day, Ethiopian
President Mulatu Teshome said on Tuesday.
Answering to local
and international reporters’ questions at the National Palace in
Addis Ababa, Mulatu acknowledged Ethiopia’s youth who make up
about 70 percent of Ethiopia’s estimated 100 million population
want a better standard of living and stable employment.
government has already invested 400 million U.S. dollars in a
revolving fund which will be made available to budding young
entrepreneurs and is building industrial parks to employ the
hundreds of thousands of fresh graduates annually,” he said.
Ethiopia is building
or has commissioned more than a dozen industrial parks across
the country which it hopes will give job opportunities to the
youth while earning much needed foreign currency to the country
pointed out that the East African country already has around 50
private and state owned universities, graduating hundreds of
thousands of graduates annually and has enrolled 30 million
students at primary and secondary schools.
“In addition to the
job opportunities the government is facilitating, it is also
giving multifaceted assistance to Ethiopia’s private sector to
help ease Ethiopia’s youth employment challenges,” said Mulatu.
Ethiopia was rocked
by unrest in 2016 in various parts of the country led mainly by
disgruntled youth that led to the deaths of around 700 people.
Since then, the
Ethiopian government has stressed improving governance and
creating stable employment opportunities for the youth to answer
their economic demands.