News in Brief

Ethiopia, Italy Agree to cooperate in Environmental Protection

Ethiopia and Italy have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in implementing environmental protection programs.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the 2023 COP28 by Getahun Garede, Director General of the Environmental Protection Authority, and Ms. Roberta Ronzitti, Director for International Environmental Cooperation.

The agreement focuses on cooperation in environmental protection programs and sustainable development activities, especially in lowland areas of Ethiopia, per the FBC report.

Japan to Provide $12.1 Aid Package in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa – The Government of Japan will provide a new humanitarian assistance package worth about 12.18 million US Dollars through its partnerships with UN organizations and aid agencies, its embassy in Addis Ababa announced on Monday.

Japanese humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia, to be implemented in the Japanese Fiscal Year 2023/2024, is in response to the urgent and vast humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, the embassy says.

The fund will be granted to various UN and aid agencies working on ‘Support for Resilient Recovery and Reconstruction’ and ‘Protection and Emergency Assistance’.

New Qatari Ambassador Takes Poste in Addis

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mesganu Arega has welcomed the Ambassador-Designate of the State of Qatar to Ethiopia, Saad Mubarak Saad Jafali Alnaimi.

Mesaganu said that more needs to be done on the bilateral avenue between the two countries, in areas such as investment and development assistance.

The state minister further states that the Ambassador-Designate has the Government’s full support during his stay in Addis and wishes him a successful tenure. Ambassador Alnaimi, on his part, expressed his hope to change the promising bilateral relations of the two countries into a reality.

Authorities detain Ethio News chief editor Belay Manaye: CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday called on authorities to release Ethio News chief editor Belay Manaye, saying he has been detained without explanation for three weeks.

On Nov 13, a group of uniformed police officers and other security personnel arrested a private YouTube-based media outlet chief editor Belay in Addis Ababa, Belay’s wife Belaynesh Nigatu and Ethio News co-founder Belete Kassa told CPJ.

Belaynesh, who visited her husband in jail, also told CPJ that the journalist feared he was being held under legal provisions introduced when a state of emergency was declared on August 4 in response to the conflict in the northern Amhara Region.

AAU, BFSU Agree to Diversify Bilateral Cooperation

Addis Ababa University and Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) have agreed to increase their level of cooperation in different fields.

The two sides have penned an agreement to renew the Amharic language first degree program which was commenced in 2020. AAU Interim President Dr. Samuel Kifle inked the agreement with his BFSU counterpart Prof Yang Dan.

Both Universities also reached upon an understanding to start Ethiopian and Chinese Studies Centers in their respective campuses.