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Ethiopia education ministry calls
for calm as unrest hit universities      

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia Ministry of Education called on Thursday for university students to remain calm and resume classes disrupted by recent unrest.

Tilaye Gete, Minister of Education, told journalists that several higher educational institutions have been hit by deadly unrest in the past several days.

He further said a command post coordinated by the central government and regional administrations has been established to secure a peaceful educational environment in higher educational institutions.

Conflicts between university students on December 10 and 11 in several universities left three students dead and several more injured.

Ethiopia’s higher education institutions have been hotbeds of dissent since the 1960s, eventually helping overthrow the last Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I in September 1974.

In recent years, higher educational institutions have also become scenes of violence between students over ethnic and religious differences.

In November, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education warned it would take legal action against university students who interrupt normal classes and engage in violence.



Ethiopia says 156 terrorists surrender in past 4 months

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government on Thursday said some 156 terrorists have surrendered to Ethiopian security officials in the past four months.

The surrenders are said to be members of various outlawed groups such as Ginbot-7, Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Amhara People’s Democratic Movement (APDM) and Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM), local media FBC quoted an Ethiopian security official as saying.

Teku Meteko, deputy administrator and security head of western Tigray zone, said the 156 individuals were based in Ethiopia’s neighboring nation Eritrea.

According to Meteko, more than 160 members of various terror groups had returned to Ethiopia in the last Ethiopian fiscal year, the report added.

The Ethiopian government has alleged the abovementioned rebel groups are supported by its archrival and neighboring country Eritrea, while Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of supporting Eritrean rebel groups and running an international campaign to isolate the Red Sea nation.

Since Eritrea’s independence following a referendum in 1993, the two nations have been locked in a hostile border dispute, which resulted in a bloody border war between 1998 and 2000 that killed an estimated 70,000 people from both sides.

Since then, the common border between Eritrea and Ethiopia has had an uneasy calm punctuated with periodic armed standoffs.


IMF calls for more private sector involvement in Ethiopia’s economy

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday called for more private sector involvement in Ethiopia’s booming state-dominated economy.

Lagarde was speaking during a visit to Ethiopia’s first industrial park, the Eastern Industry Zone (EIZ), southeast of Addis Ababa.

The EIZ, wholly owned by Jiangsu Yongyuan Investment Company Limited, lies on 5 square kilometers of land housing firms involved in automobile assembly, steel rolling, cement production, footwear production and textile and garment sector.

“If you want to create jobs, if you want to provide training, clearly you need the private sector to invest as Unilever and Chinese Huajian firm making shoes for the world,” said Lagarde.

She said the IMF sees the private sector in Ethiopia as complementary to the state and not its competitor.

“Ethiopian authorities are trying to provide infrastructure and the road we took from Addis to here is clearly good and comfortable road, all of that has to come together, but it can’t be just about public sector, it can’t just be about private sector and it takes a combination of both for growth to be sustainable and inclusive,” said Lagarde.


Chinese academy hands over machineries for Ethiopia’s teff production

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Academy of Agriculture Mechanization Sciences (CAAMS) on Wednesday handed over machineries to Ethiopia for the production of “teff,” Ethiopia’s indigenous crop used for the main food in the East African country.

A hand-over ceremony for the “teff” machineries was held on Wednesday on the premises of the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

To solve difficulties in mechanized planting, harvesting and threshing of teff, CAAMS has developed a series of teff machineries, including planter, harvester, and thresher, said Wang Bo, President of CAAMS.

The initiative was to respond to the demand for teff machines in Ethiopia, and to promote agriculture mechanization cooperation between the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and CAAMS, which have signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) this year, said Wang.

“Under the framework of the MoU, CAAMS manufactured and transported 18 teff harvesters and threshing machines to Ethiopia by (its) own funds to further test the stability and applicability in 3-5 locations selected by the MoA successfully,” he said.

“In next step, both sides hope to jointly upgrade agricultural, economic and trade cooperation including machine purchasing, assembly factory construction and improvement of agricultural machines services system,” he noted.

Eyasu Abraha Alle, Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, also commended the Chinese support to Ethiopia’s agriculture transformation.

He reiterated that China has been supporting agriculture development in Ethiopia with Chinese experts for agricultural technical and vocational training (TVET) as well as with agriculture demonstration here in the country.

Alle said the ministry had been looking for different technologies that help mechanization of teff.

Hailing the technology by CAAMS, he noted that Ethiopia is keen to further enhance its cooperation with China on the agriculture transformation.


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