ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia recorded 164 million US dollars in revenue
from 43,695 Chinese tourists that visited the country in 2016, an
Ethiopian official said on Monday.
The 2016 Chinese tourist figures had shown a steady increase from
2015 numbers which stood at 41,659.
Gezahegn Abate, Public and International Relations Director at
Ethiopia Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT), said despite a
steady increase in Chinese tourist numbers over the last several
years, insufficient food and accommodation facilities are hampering
even more growth.
Chinese are the third largest group of tourists to Ethiopia, only
surpassed by US and British tourists, according to Abate.
“MoCT is encouraging Chinese investment in Ethiopia’s hospitality
sector with a view to dramatically increasing the number of Chinese
tourists,” Abate said.
With a view to making tourism a major hard currency earner, Ethiopia
is implementing incentives for entrepreneurs involved in the tourism
and hospitality industry, including duty free arrangements for
UNICEF marks 65 years of operation
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Commemorating the World Children’s Day, the UN
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday launched a book entitled ‘Hulem
Lehisanat- Always for Children’, depicting the organization’s 65
years of service for children and women in the East African country.
Hailing the significant achievements in terms of the rights and
wellbeing of Ethiopian children, UNICEF has noted that much remains
to be done, for which the organization called for acceleration of
Speaking during the half-day event on the premises of the UN
Conference Center in the capital Addis Ababa, Gillian Mellsop,
UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, underlined the need to empower
children to take part in decisions that affect their lives.
The UNICEF Representative has lauded Ethiopia’s strong commitment to
child rights, including child participation.
“The Government has taken decisive measures to increase child
participation in communities across the country. For instance,
children in Ethiopia actively participate through child parliaments
and child right clubs,” noted Mellsop.
“The Government’s commitment to promoting child rights in Ethiopia
is also reflected in its efforts towards adopting a comprehensive
law governing vital events including the registration of births and
deaths,” she said, “I would also like to commend the Government for
its commitment to also ensuring birth registration of refugee
children in Ethiopia.”
The representative noted that further work need to be done in areas
including addressing harmful traditional practices such as female
genital mutilation and early marriage.
“The challenge ahead also calls on all of us to listen to children
and partner with children as we work together to address the many
barriers that children are facing in realizing their full
potential,” she said.
In her opening remarks, Demitu Hambisa, Ethiopian Minister of Women
and Children’s Affairs, noted that decision makers need to ensure
that children’s voices are heard and reflected in decisions that
affect their lives.
Speaking on the occasion, Admasu Nebebe, State Minister of Finance
and Economic Cooperation, has hailed UNICEF’s support in areas
including education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation.
The State Minister said Ethiopia is keen to enhance its cooperation
with UNICEF towards achieving national targets and the Sustainable