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New York Cafe in Bole Area on Fire

Published: May 21, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
New York Cafe in Bole Area on Fire
This afternoon a fire broke-out near the Popular New York Cafe Bole Street
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Meseret Humanitarian Organization Started Collecting Donations of Exercise Books

Published: May 21, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Meseret Humanitarian Organization Started Collecting Donations of Exercise Books

Meseret Humanitarian Organization (MHO) which is a registered humanitarian organization founded by W/o Meseret Azage announced that it has started its collection of exercise books donations for the coming 2007 Ethiopian academic year.

MHO has planned to collect exercise books for 10 000 needy school children. As Meseret told Sendek newspaper the donation collection will continue till July 7, 2014 (Sene 30, 2006 E.C). She invited every citizen to donate what he/she can. The donation collection campaign’s motto is “one pack for one child”.

MHO has planned to give one pack (12 exercise books), 2 pens, 2 pencils, 2 erasers and 2 pencil sharpeners for each needy child. The donation collection will be held around the country and the materials will be distributed to children of low of income families in the Amhara, Oromia, Debub regions and the rural areas around Addis Ababa.

MHO has also planned to collect pens and pencils from grade 10 and 12 students after they took their national examinations. Meseret said that collecting donations in kind as opposed to the money has many advantages; one of which being it ensures the donator that the item would directly be given to the needy.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from Sendek Newspaper

Burayu’s Airplane Restaurant to Begin Service

Published: May 21, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
Burayu’s Airplane Restaurant to Begin Service

A new restaurant that gives service inside an airplane is to begin giving service at Burayu town, 12kms out of Addis.

An airplane-tuned-restaurant is located at a special place called ‘tatek kela’ in Burayu town. The Boeing 737 that was tuned to restaurant is said to have been owned by the certain Nigerian tycoon who brought the airplane to Ethiopian Airlines for maintenance years ago.

Since the owner hasn’t taken his property in the time frame, the airplane has finally been taken by the Ethiopian airlines. As the airplane-restaurant’s owner Gutema Guta told DireTube news, he bought the airplane’s fuselage without its engine from Ethiopian airlines on a bid. The 34 meters long and 14 meters wide Boeing 737-turned-restuaurant can accommodate more than 100 guests and it will being service after 20 days.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube

Opening of the New Zealand Embassy in Ethiopia

Published: May 21, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics

Opening of the New Zealand Embassy in Ethiopia

In the language of the Māori people of New Zealand: Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou katoa.   

Warmest greetings to you all.  Thank you for joining me today to help mark the first visit of a New Zealand Governor-General to Ethiopia, and to Africa’s political capital.

As the ambassador has noted, I served for almost four decades in the New Zealand Army and during that time had the privilege to take part in a number of peace operations in the Pacific as well as in southern Lebanon.

Just last month, I was in Turkey to mark the 99th anniversary of the landing of New Zealand forces at Gallipoli.   I was reminded that Africans from countries like Algeria, Morocco and Senegal participated in that campaign. In the same way, New Zealand military personnel have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of peace on this continent in decades past.

I believe some of you met some of our soldiers currently working in South Sudan and in Somalia at our national day event in this hotel in February and at our ANZAC Day event last month.  

Our participation in such operations is part of my government’s enduring commitment to the cause of peace that, on this continent, stretches back many decades.

I was very pleased to have the opportunity earlier today to talk with Prime Minister Hailemariam about the peace process in South Sudan.  I want to congratulate him and his government on what he has been able to achieve, as part of the long-term efforts under him and the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.   

As we are all conscious, peace serves not only the people of South Sudan, but also its neighbours and the wider community.

Ethiopia receives World Bank loan to create jobs

Published: May 21, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Ethiopia receives World Bank loan to create jobs

Ethiopia on Tuesday received a $250 million dollar loan from the World Bank to finance the implementation of a competitiveness and job creation project in the country.

The agreement intends to support Ethiopia's efforts of creating new jobs and increase competitiveness in the light of a growing manufacturing sector through the development of industrial zones in Addis Ababa and enhancing linkages with the local economy.

State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Ahmed Shide said the establishment of industrial zones will spur both foreign direct and domestic investment to Ethiopia.

The country is now "establishing industrial zones to use as a platform for catalysing investment and job creation, with a focus on export-led manufacturing," he said, along with tackling cross-cutting constraints that the private sector face.

The project will provide large and medium-sized firms with new, serviced industrial land and buildings, including water, electricity, and transport connections, and with a one-stop shop to reduce the transaction costs of doing business.

It will also target small to medium enterprises that will act as local suppliers for the light manufacturing sector, as well as sector institutes that will be involved in project implementation and in developing skills and training of workers with requisite skills.

"The project will help strengthen government's jobs agenda by drawing lessons learnt from global practices, as well as attracting new investors," said Guang Zhe Chen, World Bank's country director for Ethiopia, on Tuesday.

Following the bank's board of executive directors' approval of the credit last week, the bank said drawing on the lessons learnt from global practices would be ideal for Ethiopia in regard to its industrial zones programme and jobs agenda.

The planned industry zones to be turned to special economy zones

Published: May 21, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
The planned industry zones to be turned to special economy zones

The industry minister told the parliament that it is working to turn the planned industry zones located at four cities around the country to special economy zones.

As the minister of industry Ahmed Abetew told the House of Peoples’ Representatives on Tuesday, while he was presenting the ten months report, the challenge of establishing an economy zone is a comparable one to founding a city. He also said that for this complicated and very expensive effort, efforts are underway to acquire foreign finance. The minister told the parliament that a 250 million dollar loan is obtained from the World Bank last week for these projects.

The finance from this loan is said to be used for the development of the bole lemi and kilinto economy zones that are located at 400 hectares of land around Addis Ababa. The other planned industrial zones that are planned to be turned to special economy zones are situated at the Hawassa, Dire Dawa and Kombolcha cities. He also said on his report that agreements are secured with the Chinese government to finance the economy zone at the Dire Dawa city.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from the Reporter

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