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Ethiopia pockets U.S. 270 million from flower and horticulture export

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia has generated close to 271 million U.S. dollars from the exports of flower and other horticulture products during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ethiopian horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority revealed on Tuesday.

The Ethiopian Horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority, however, disclosed that the amount earned during the just concluded 2016-2017 Ethiopian fiscal year was slightly less than last fiscal year’s earnings by 1.5 percent.

The authority further indicated that the revenue earned from the sector was 190 million U.S. dollars short of its initial target for the reported period.

Export of flower holds the lion-share of the total 271 million U.S. dollars generated from the sector, with 218 million U.S. dollars. Other horticulture products, vegetable and fruits, accounted for the 53 million U.S. dollars generated.

The authority further revealed that various activities are being done so as to increase the amount of flower and other horticulture products export during the just commenced 2017-2018 Ethiopian fiscal year.

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association has recently disclosed the need to promote the country’s horticulture products in more international markets such as China.



Tourist arrivals in Ethiopia to increase by 5.7 per cent in 2017

ADDIS ABABA  Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Tourist arrivals in Ethiopia in 2017 could reach 918,010, a 5.7 percent increase over 868,780 registered in 2016, a report said Wednesday.

More international routes opened by the national Air carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) contribute to the projected growth, according to a report released by British accounting watchdog PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

With a view to boost tourist arrivals in Ethiopia and increase ET’s domestic and international routes, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is undergoing expansion that will enable it to significantly increase its annual passenger handling capacity.

Fully funded with a loan from China’s Exim Bank, the 345-million-U.S.-dollar airport expansion project will increase its annual passenger handling capacity from the current 7 million to 22 million.

The project lying on 74,000 square meters is being constructed by China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC).

PwC also cited the increase of international hotel brands and Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa and increased reputation for conference tourism for the projected growth.

International hotel brands such as Sheraton, Marriott and Radisson have set shop in Ethiopia, while the construction of five other international hotel brands is ongoing.

PwC’s calculation is in part based on a rebound in hospitality sector in 2017 after political unrest in parts of Ethiopia in 2016 hit the East African nation’s tourist numbers hard.


Ethiopia warns prospect of above-average rainfall induced flood

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Meteorology Agency warned Ethiopians on Tuesday over a prospect of above-average rainfall induced flood accidents in different parts of the east African country.

The announcement by the agency on Tuesday indicated that a probable above-average rainfall during the coming six days could result in an unprecedented flood as major rivers in the country could run out of their path.

The agency warned that rivers including Blue Nile, major tributary to the world’s longest river Nile, could receive excessive water from the expected average and above-average rainfall that could threaten the lives of people living near and by the river banks.

Other Ethiopian rivers that could run out of their path also include river Baro in the Ethiopia-Sudan border, river Omo in the southern part of Ethiopia, and Awash in drought hit Ethiopia’s Afar regional state, it was indicated.

The announcement by the agency came amid Ethiopia’s battle with the ongoing drought scenario that hits parts of the east African country, affecting close to 8.5 million Ethiopians in need of emergency food and humanitarian assistance.

The announcement, however, valued the expected above-average rainfall as an advantage to agricultural production in drought affected arid and semi-arid parts of the country.

As some parts of the country still face below-average rainfall, the agency recommended farmers and institutions to take water saving measures during the coming days so as to combat the long-term impact of the drought.

The Ethiopian Meteorology Agency has also advised farmers to watch over their harvest from any threat that could emanate from the unprecedented rainfall.


Ethiopia unveils plan to transform service delivery in capital

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia on Tuesday unveiled its plan to transform major service deliveries in its capital Addis Ababa.

As part of the plan, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Addis Ababa city Mayor, Diriba Kuma, have signed an agreement earlier on Tuesday that envisages an improved service provision in the capital.

The agreement, which was signed in the presence of high level government officials from the federal government and Addis Ababa city administration, focused on improving service deliveries of 6 sectors, which include urban land renewal, land tenure, issuance of construction licenses, waste management, water supply and one-stop service center.

Desalegn, after signing the agreement, stressed that leaderships at all levels are expected to deliver efficient services for the residents and discharge their responsibilities.

The premier also affirmed the need to put in place a system of accountability so as to address challenges related to mal-administration that is witnessed in the capital Addis Ababa with regards to service delivery.

Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa is known for hosting various international and regional organizations, which include the African Union (AU) headquarters and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA).

The city is also one major tourist destination for the east African country, in which the capital had attracted over 650,000 tourists during the first three quarters of the just completed 2016-2017 Ethiopian fiscal year, according figures from the Addis Ababa city administration.


107-year-old Ethiopian man marries woman in her 30s

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- An Ethiopian man who claims himself to be 107 years old with 108 children and grandchildren has married a 33 years old woman.

Hajji Abdulkadir Dekema, wed his bride Furo Guyo in a wedding ceremony during the weekend in Shasemene area of central Ethiopia, 250 km south of capital city Addis Ababa, state affiliated media outlet Radio Fana reported on Tuesday.

Dekema says despite his fathering 108 children and grandchildren and advanced age, he plans to have more children from his latest wife. He already has two wives.

Polygamy is common among the rural areas of the Muslim dominated central and eastern areas of Ethiopia despite recent moves by the Ethiopian government to discourage the practice.

Ethiopia has a population composed of two thirds Christian and the rest being mainly Muslims, while a tiny minority located in parts of southern and western Ethiopia still profess traditional religions.



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