Release of the 2019 Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Ethiopia

17.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
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WHAT: Release of the 2019 Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Ethiopia by the Federal Ministry of Finance and UNICEF. The report examines the status of children and women through an equity lens, highlights progress made in the last several decades, and points to areas where progress is lagging, and acceleration is required if Ethiopia is to achieve its national goals and the global Sustainable Development Goals.

WHO: H.E Ato Admasu Nebebe, State Minister, Ministry of Finance

Ms Adele Khodr, UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia

Ms Annika Jayawardena, Head of Development, SIDA & Chair of the Development Assistance Group

Ms Kalkidan Hailemariam, Child Parliamentarian                   

WHEN: Monday afternoon, 21 October, 14:00 – 16:00 hours

WHERE: Auditorium, Ministry of Finance, Addis Ababa

WHY: Children are key to Ethiopia’s aspirations to be a middle-income country by 2025 and a competitive force in the global marketplace. With children below the age of 18 comprising 52.9 per cent of Ethiopia’s estimated population of 100 million, improving their wellbeing lies at the heart of achieving overall improvements in the wellbeing of Ethiopians in general.

The 2019 Situation Analysis of Children and Women and Children traces Ethiopia’s progress in the last several decades and highlights successes in reduction of child and maternal mortality, reducing stunting, expanding access to safe water and sanitation, increasing enrolments to primary and secondary education, improving the quality of learning, protecting children through better policies and systems, and alleviating child poverty through social protection.

Interviews with dignitaries will be possible

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Canon, during its first participation in West Africa Digital Construction 2019, invited visitors to experience the latest innovations in printing

17.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)
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Canon (, world-leader in imaging solutions participated in the recent West Africa Digital construction, the event was held over the past two days in Lagos. At the event Canon presented to government entities and construction companies some of its key applications of the TX series and the TM series which provide exceptional print quality.

The imagePROGRAF TM Series offers customers high performance at high speed, while maintaining unbeatable image quality for promotional posters, as well as the sharpness required for complex CAD drawings. The intuitive user interface and new software tools mean an office-based printer can quickly and easily produce prints of the quality that would be expected from professional printing services.

Designed for high productivity professional environments that require large prints, the printer's TX stacker output tray, which can hold up to 100 sheets of ARCH D or ARCH E pages, can also be retracted when not in use to reduce its footprint in the office.

The 2018 edition of Deloitte’s Africa Construction Trends Report shows that West Africa has 105 projects currently underway, with a total US dollar value of US$ 82.8bn. The region accounts for 21.8% of all projects in Africa and 17.6% of the continent’s total project US dollar value. The very dynamic West Africa region is attracting more companies there, who in turn look for new technologies that will support them in the development of their business. Canon has proactively established a presence in the region – especially in its key markets including Nigeria – and wants to be a trusted partner by providing technologies specifically designed to improve productivity and data security of its clients.

Somesh Adukia, Regional Sales Office Director, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) said about the event: “I am very pleased with Canon's participation in West Africa Digital construction, the strategic event which focuses on the implementation of advanced technologies and processes to upgrade existing systems for a sustainable project life cycle. We live in a world that is increasingly digitalized and whose evolutions are constant. During these two days of exhibition, we were able to meet with Government entities such as The Lagos development property, Lagos Police, real estate companies and introduce them to some of our solutions and services. We also were honoured to receive the visit of a special guest in the person of Eng. Aramide Adeyoye, Special Advisor to the Lagos State Government. She was interested in understanding the technologies used by our machines, especially TX machines. This event was a good opportunity for us at Canon to interact with our customers and potential clients, to better understand their needs and to offer them the tools and services that will help improve their performance.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).

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Canon Middle-East Mai Youssef 

About Canon North and Central Africa (CCNA):
Canon North and Central Africa (CCNA) ( is a division of Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The creation of CCNA in 2015 was a strategic step that aims to enhance Canon's business in Africa, while consolidating Canon's presence and exposure in the countries of the region. CCNA also demonstrates Canon's commitment to continually reach out to its customers and respond to all the demands of the African market, which is constantly evolving. Canon has been present on the African continent for more than 15 years, through its numerous distributors and partners who together have managed to build a solid distribution and customer base throughout the region. CCNA provides high-end, state-of-the-art technology products that meet the demands of the rapidly changing African market. With more than 100 employees, CCNA manages sales and marketing operations in no less than 44 different countries on the African continent. Canon's corporate philosophy is “Kyosei – to live and work together for the common good”. For more information please check the website  

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Congratulations on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Abiy

17.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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The United States congratulates Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on the prestigious honor of being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Prime Minister Abiy’s commitment to seeking peace on the African continent and ending conflict with Eritrea demonstrates courage, strength, and leadership.  We celebrate this momentous occasion with the people of Ethiopia and the entire continent.

Today, there is a new generation of Africans filled with hope for a more prosperous and peaceful future.  The Prime Minister’s efforts in strengthening democracy and peace in Africa inspire the world’s future leaders to become agents of positive change in their own regions.  We commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Abiy to advance peace and end conflict in our world.

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Scholarship for Orphaned Students

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Embassy of Japan in Ethiopia
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The Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2020 is open for application for scholarship for those who have lost one or both parents and who do not have the means to attend university without financial support.

Awardees of the scholarship will study in Japan, the U.K., the U.S. or Europe.  Applicants should have completed secondary school and passed the national secondary school examination within the last two years or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2020.  Those who are interested in applying, please click the link for details.

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Concerned about their representation, Wau women seek strength in unity

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
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Women leaders in South Sudan’s Wau area have been urged to unite and be peace ambassadors as the country prepares for the formation of a transitional government in November.

The appeal was made during the opening of a three-day women’s peace symposium that brought together more than 30 women leaders organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Civil Affairs Division in Wau. 

Wau’s First Lady, Assunta Fancrasio, acknowledged the importance of unity among women in the area to enhance the effectiveness of their role in the peace process.

“If women are united from one end to another, it means the country will be in peace, because a woman has no colour and has no tribe,” Assunta said, while emphasizing the need to further disseminate messages of peace to women at the grassroots.

The Wau women leaders voiced their desire for peace as they reiterated their readiness to take up the 35% allocated to them by the revitalized peace agreement.

As an active member of South Sudan Women’s Association in Wau, Assunta questioned the qualification of women leaders to take up leadership positions and urged them to support one another and put the right persons in the right places – a view echoed by Ann Daniel, Director General in the Ministry of Gender, who insisted that women who will take up positions in the upcoming government should be qualified to deliver the task given to them.

“We don’t want to see someone appointed for the sake of appointment, but we need people who can represent women and speak on their behalf,” said Ms. Daniel.

“I think it’s high time we supported women holding leadership positions to allow them succeed in their duties,” said Elizabeth Mario, Wau Town Mayor, as she acknowledged the big role women are playing in supporting one another.

She called on women leaders in Wau to be closer to the rural women, to empower them for effective dissemination of the peace agreement at the grassroots level.

“We should not focus on things that divide us but rather, things that unite us,” said Viola Alexander, Acting Speaker of Wau Legislative Assembly, who also urged women to accept and support one another to achieve their goals.

“You may be from different ethnic groups but what counts [is that] you are all women, and as women not just out to challenge men but to work alongside them and to move this country forward,” said Mustapha Tejan-Kella, Acting Head of UNMISS Field office in Wau.

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United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Press Statement on the situation in Guinea-Bissau

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
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The Special Representative of the Secretary General in Guinea-Bissau and Head of UNIOGBIS, Rosine Sori-Coulibaly, briefed the members of the Security Council on 10 October 2019 on the political situation and the current electoral process in Guinea-Bissau. The members of the Security Council expressed their intention to monitor the developments in the country closely and reiterated the need to support the current government, formed following the legislative elections of 10 March 2019, and this government's mandate to manage governmental affairs and organise presidential elections.

The members of the Security Council reiterated the imperative need for the presidential election to be held on 24 November 2019, in accordance with the established electoral calendar, and reminded political actors that all efforts should be made to ensure the election is inclusive, credible, fair and peaceful with the effective participation of women and youth candidates.

The members of the Security Council urged political actors to ensure the proper functioning and stability of state institutions, and further urged political parties with parliamentary representation to ensure the continuity of the current government and to ensure that the presidential election takes place according to the planned schedule.

The members of the Security Council encouraged the international community to support Guinea Bissau in organising the presidential elections, including by honoring any pledges to provide technical or financial support.

The members of the Security Council encouraged political actors to use legal and constitutional procedures to address any electoral dispute that may arise and to continue to refrain from acts of violence, hatred or aggression in order to ensure stability and the consolidation of peace in Guinea-Bissau.

The members of the Security Council urged the defense and security forces of Guinea-Bissau to continue to maintain strict neutrality throughout and beyond the electoral and political processes.

The members of the Security Council also commended the leadership of ECOWAS and reiterated their continued support and commitment, in collaboration with regional and international actors, including the Group of Five in Bissau (AU, CPLP, ECOWAS, EU, UN) for the consolidation of peace, stability and development in Guinea-Bissau.

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Inauguration of the new living space at the French Residence with Roche Bobois

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ambassade de France à Windhoek, Namibie
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On the 15th of October 2019, French Ambassador to Namibia hosted a Cocktail to inaugurate the new living space at the French Residence. Entirely redecorated by the French leader in luxury furniture Roche Bobois, H.E. Claire Bodonyi had the pleasure to welcome Sandrine Fanchette, Director and co-owner of Roche Bobois in South Africa and Mauritius for the launch.

The event was attended by numerous key players of the Namibian both design and tourism sector in order to unveil the French Art de Vivre in Namibia.

Roche Bobois is a leader in luxury furniture edition and distribution. The French enterprise is working closely with renowned international designers such as Marcel Wanders, Kenzo Takada, Ora Ito, Sacha Lakic or Stephen Burks and with Haute Couture prestigious fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni Home and Christian Lacroix Maison. Roche Bobois offers a broad range of exclusive made-to-order designs, manufactured with a high level of customisation in small European workshops. In 2015, Roche Bobois opened its first showroom in Cape Town and due to a popular demand for the brand, expanded into Johannesburg in 2017. Roche Bobois is as well present since 2012 in the paradisiac Mauritius Island.

All the guests had the pleasure to admire the spectacular Roche Bobois Globe Trotter collection by Marcel Wanders. Marcel Wanders stunning carpet particularly caught the attention of the guests who experienced a romantic and poetic travel in Paris, London and Istanbul whether they were sitting in the iconic profile sofa by Roberto Tapinassi & Maurizio Manzoni.

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Elections in Tunisia

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain
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The Government of Spain wishes to congratulate the newly elected president of Tunisia, Mr. Kaïs Saïed, who on 13 October won the second round of the presidential election.

The participation of Tunisian citizens in this presidential election, as well as in the legislative elections held on 6 October has been a new lesson of civic and democratic culture. Spain wishes also to highlight the work of the Independent High Authority for Elections for its efficient organization of this new electoral cycle.

For this new era, Spain wishes to reiterate its commitment to Tunisia as a neighbour and a friend, and reassures its will to continue nurturing the strong bonds between both countries, from which both our peoples and the entire Euro-Mediterranean space may benefit. 

Spain and Tunisia have an excellent relationship based on deep human, cultural and historic bonds. The joint Declaration approved by the Government of both countries on occasion of the 8th Tunisian-Spanish High-Level Meeting, held in Tunisia in February 2018, reaffirms the role of Tunisia as a key partner in the strategic region of the Maghreb.

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H.E. Sauli Niinisto, President of the Republic of Finland made official visit to Ethiopia

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Embassy of Ethiopia in Stockholm, Sweden
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Premier holds talks with Finnish President Prime Minister Dr #AbiyAhmed held talks with President Sauli Niinistö of #Finland and his delegation earlier today.

The President expressed his congratulatory message to the Ethiopian Prime Minister for his Nobel Peace Prize win.

Stating that the Nobel Prize is 10% recognition and 90% assignment to work harder for peace, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy shared key milestones of the reforms and the development priority areas the government is currently working on and the means by which the Finnish government can support.

The two further discussed the strengthening of Africa-Europe relations grounded in mutual benefits, according to office of the Prime Minister.

H.E. Sauli Niinisto, has made an official visit to the National Palace this morning where he was warmly received by H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The two held discussions on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues and reaffirmed their commitment to working together. The President of Finland arrived last night for an official three-day tour.

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Hackathon Workshop on “Election” Challenge in Ethiopia

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa conducted its latest hackathon on the topic – “A digital solution for individuals to electronically verify their voter registration information.” This was the sixth hackathon conducted by the U.S. Embassy in a series of twelve under its Ethiopia Hacks! Program.

Subject matter and Technology experts met October 11-14, 2019 in the Colonel John C. Robinson American Center in Addis Ababa to brainstorm and generate an open-source, free, and easy-to-learn technology solution for the good of society.

The fifty participants were divided into teams.  The winning team developed a phone-based system that would avoid the use of physical registration cards. Their solution envisioned a central database managed by National Electoral Board of Election (NEBE) that would classify voters into one of two groups, rural and urban voters. Voters would register in their respective Woreda or Kebele. The solution has utilizes several functionalities including the usage of individual PINs, and the ability to receive notification of voter registration status as verified or rejected.

Ethiopia Hacks! is conducted in partnership with the Google Developers Group (GDG- Addis) and the Centre for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE).  Each hackathon challenges aspiring young tech developers to identify prototype solutions to community challenges in Ethiopia. 

By supporting and developing an eco-system that promotes innovation and technology, the U.S. Embassy is investing the capacity of Ethiopians to shape their future. In total, the Ethiopia Hacks! Program will invest in the capacity of 600 tech-savvy youth, who will have the opportunity to participate and generate solutions for their communities. Funding is provided jointly by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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