PM Abiy’s Bilateral Talks with S. Korean President Will Deepen Historical Ties: GCS


Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s recent bilateral discussion with South Korean President, Yoon Suk Yeol will further cement the historical friendship between the two countries, Minister of Government Communication Service (GCS), Legese Tullu said.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew accompanied by a high-level delegation are in Seoul, South Korea for an official visit where they received a warm welcome on Sunday at the office of South Korean President.

Minister of Government Communication Service told the media that Ethiopia and South Korea share a long-standing historical friendship

According to the minister, this longstanding friendship has been marked by a significant contribution from Ethiopians to the independence of the Republic of Korea during the Korean War.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during his official working visit to Seoul, South Korea has actively engaged in various activities aimed at deepening this historical friendship.

As South Korea is one of the nations that
has achieved remarkable economic growth over the past five decades, Legese pointed out that Prime Minister Abiy expressed desire to take lessons from this country’s development model.

In this regard, ‘Premier Abiy said in his discussion with the President Yoon Suk Yeol how Ethiopia has to learn a lot from the experience of South Korea.’

Speaking on the economic aspect, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed briefed the president on Ethiopia’s enormous investment opportunities and how it is favorable for investors from South Korea to invest in various spheres, the minister explained.

The premier further urged investors from South Korea to seize the opportunities in Ethiopia by investing in agriculture, manufacturing and mining.

Republic of Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol said his country is determined to strengthen its cooperation with Ethiopia.

The president mentioned that the two countries have signed a financing framework agreement as part of the commitment to consolidate their economic ties.

The president also af
firmed his country’s steadfast commitment to enhancing cooperation with Ethiopia across various sectors, underscoring the dedication to bolstering bilateral ties.

The two leaders also thoroughly discussed ways on sharing South Korea’s practice in the field of agriculture, including rice development, with Ethiopia, Legese explained.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

PM Abiy, First Lady Zinash Warmly Welcomed by City of Chuncheon


Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew were warmly welcomed by the city of Chuncheon where they lay a wreath at the monument of Ethiopian veterans of the Korean War and briefly toured the Memorial Hall.

This memorial honors the Ethiopian Kagnew Battalion, which fought alongside South Korean and United Nations forces during the Korean War.

The hall serves as a tribute to the sacrifices and contributions made by Ethiopian soldiers and aims to strengthen the historical ties between Ethiopia and South Korea, according to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Recall that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew are in South Korea for an official visit.

During his stay, the premier, accompanied by a ministerial delegation, will participate in the Korea-Africa Summit.

The Summit will be held on 4th and 5th of June 2024, under the theme ‘The Future We Make Together: Shared Growth, Sustainability, and Solidarity’, it was learned.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Representatives of Addis Ababa Conducting Consultation to Sort Out City Level Agendas


Addis Ababa: The Representatives of Addis Ababa who are given roles to sort out agendas for the city are rigorously discussing important issues that will be dealt with by Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission (ENDC.)

A four-day Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission’s chapters of the dialogue sessions that brought together representatives from various segments of the society of Addis Ababa concluded yesterday.

Political parties, representatives of institutions, associations, representatives from the three branches of the government i.e. the executive, the legislative and the judicial, as well as representatives of opinion leaders and other stakeholders participated in the consultation.

The participants, who are 121, have represented 11 social groups in Addis Ababa are anticipated to discuss the agendas each group has gathered, and then organize and set city level agendas.

Ethiopia has already embarked on its first-ever national dialogue and a highly anticipated nationwide consultation project in response
to historical and contemporary contradictions and challenges.

At the inaugural session of the nationwide agenda setting consultative chapter held at the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum on Saturday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took part as a stakeholder representing the government.

At the event, the prime minister urged all stakeholders not to miss this opportunity and utilize this rare and historic opportunity properly for dialogue, towards making all Ethiopians winner.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

PM Abiy Ahmed, First Lady Zinash Tayachew in Seoul for Official Visit


Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew have arrived in Seoul, South Korea for an official visit.

During his stay, the premier accompanied by a ministerial delegation, will participate in the Korea-Africa Summit, according to Office of the Prime Minister.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Stakeholder Representatives Emphasize Active Engagement in Consultations to Consolidate Nation Building


Addis Ababa: Representatives of various stakeholders who are participating at the agenda setting and consultative chapter in Addis Ababa stressed through active participation at the nationwide consultation, they are leaving a historic milestone to the nation building endeavours.

Political parties, representatives of institutions, associations, representatives from the three branches of the government i.e. the executive, the legislative and the judicial, as well as representatives of opinion leaders and other stakeholders are participating at the consultation.

There are 121 participants who represented various parts of the society in the capital city and are actively engaged in the agenda setting discussions, agenda gathering to organize and ultimately set city level agendas.

Some of the representatives who are participating at the agenda setting and consultative chapter told ENA about the need to active participation to determine the fate of the country.

They observed that the representatives adhered to t
he principles of democracy, respect, and listening to the views of various sections of the participants.

Retired Colonel Admasu Berhanu, who represented the former Army Support and Development Association, said that the consultations are a major historical departure to resolve differences be they economic, political and social settings in the country through dialogue.

“This means that I have made history at my age,” he said, expressing the benefits of participating in the consultation that determines the country’s fate,’ he said.

Teshale Sebro who is among the prominent figures participating at the consultation pointed out that the consultation ‘will address our decades-old problems’, anchoring the peace of the country on solid basis.

He added that participating at the agenda setting and consultative chapter to foster Ethiopia’s unity, reach national consensus and lasting peace and sustainable development are historical phenomenon.

Mohamed Abrar, representing Gurage Unity and Justice Party (GOGOT) said t
hat they have a consistent position that Ethiopia’s problems should be solved through dialogue.

According to him, his party will actively participate to exploit the opportunity provided by the consultations to find solutions to our problems through dialogue.

For her part, Zainba Shakur, a representative of the Addis Ababa Government Council, said that the consultation forum was conducted freely and transparently.

Commissioner Zige Asfaw, Commissioners of the Ethiopian National Dialogue, said that the stakeholders participation at the consultation will set the agendas and should continue their consultations to determine the fate of their country.

Recall that the Prime Minister Abiy called on all stakeholders to seize this opportunity and participate effectively to find solutions to the country’s challenges.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Youths Actively Participating In Agendas Setting Consultations in Addis, Say Participants


Addis Ababa: Youths who have taken roles in the agenda gathering consultative chapter in Addis Ababa have said they are actively participating in the efforts of sorting out city level agendas.

Representatives of various segments the society in Addis Ababa have conducted rigorous consultation on setting the agendas of the city as part of the participatory nationwide agenda gathering and consultative chapter.

Samson Gelaw who participated at the consultation chapter in Addis Ababa, representing Yeka sub-city youths told ENA that the processes of agenda gathering is participatory and being conducted in good faith.

As a result of conducive situation created by the National Dialogue Commission, we have presented agenda items transparently and without restriction, he said.

And for similar agenda setting and consultations which will follow elsewhere, he urged youths in different parts of the country to discharge their responsibilities for lasting peace in the country by presenting their agendas in civilized mann
er.

The other youth Simegn Tibebu on her part said they are actively participating in the agenda gathering and consultative chapter.

She stressed that the process of nation building will be successful through dialogue and consultations and added that youths should recognize these essential values and actively participate in the agenda setting and consultative chapter.

Rahel Yinesu who Represented Arada Sub-city youths on her part stressed that nation building will be anchored on solid basis and peace be solidified if we disentangle ourselves from individualistic feelings and collectively rally behind nation building.

Especially we youths should work together and in unison to ensure the peace of the country, she said.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Premier Reaffirms Ethiopia’s Commitment to Further Enhance Partnership with South Korea


Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to work together with South Korea to further enhance partnership between the two countries.

The Prime Minister who is in South Korea for an official working visit also appreciated South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for a warm welcome to his delegation.

‘I (would) like to thank President Yoon Suk Yeol for receiving us today. Our countries share a long history spanning over six decades, rooted in Ethiopia’s support during the Korean War,’ the premier shared on his social media channels.

Prime Minister Abiy added that: ‘I am confident that we will work together to further enhance our partnership.’

The premier and First Lady Zinash Tayachew were warmly welcomed by the city of Chuncheon today where they lay a wreath at the monument of Ethiopian veterans of the Korean War and briefly toured the Memorial Hall.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Nat’l Dialogue Commission Launches Countrywide Agenda Setting Consultations


Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission has initiated a nationwide agenda setting consultative chapter in Addis Ababa with the gathering of representatives from all stakeholder groups.

The nationwide agenda setting consultative chapter kickoff in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum.

Representatives of the community, political parties, the legislative, executive, and judiciary as well as institutions and associations, influential persons were also in attendance.

Addressing the inaugural session, Chief Commissioner Mesfin Araya welcomed the attendees to the inclusive and participatory preparatory phase marking the entry into the dialogue process and agenda setting consolidation stage.

The chief commissioner reflected on the commission’s journey since its establishment by overcoming numerous challenges while steadfastly working towards the long-awaited goal of rapprochement and consensus.

He further stated that the commission has thus far facilitated
the selection of representatives for the agenda setting consultative chapter in over 1,000 districts across ten regions and 2 city administrations and commenced the process has in Addis Ababa City Administration.

Mesfin revealed that similar agenda setting consultations would follow in all regions and the Dire Dawa City Administration where participant selections have taken place.

Participants identification and selection are ongoing in the Amhara and Tigray regions.

The chief commissioner expressed his belief that the contemporary youth will leave behind a better legacy of peace and development by learning from the mistakes of the previous generations.

Moreover, he humbly appealed to the youth to transform the agenda setting platform from a grievance-venting space into an ideation and solution-generating forum, enabling a transition from a culture of conflict to a peaceful life.

The chief commissioner stated that the commission is striving to keep the door of dialogue open for all parties, regardless of
location, and find national solutions to the country’s challenges.

Any Ethiopian can submit their agenda to the commission individually or collectively during this agenda setting process, he emphasized, affirming the inclusiveness, transparency, and credibility of the process.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Gov’t Committed to Implementing Consensus Reached through National Dialogue: PM Abiy Ahmed


Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has declared his government’s commitment to implementing the consensus that would be reached through the national dialogue.

At the inaugural session of the nationwide agenda setting consultative chapter held at the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum today, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took part as a stakeholder representing the government.

In his remarks at the event, the premier said Ethiopia is a country that has been experiencing wars and facing numerous challenges.

Dialogue is the solution to break this vicious history of war and upheaval, the premier noted.

“Today is a new chapter for Ethiopia,” the PM said, calling for active participation of all in this new chapter.

According to him, the aim of the national dialogue is to make Ethiopia a nation of hope by strengthening unity instead of division.

He further pointed out that properly utilizing this rare and historic opportunity for dialogue will make all winners. The prime minister urged all stakeholders not to miss th
is opportunity.

Stressing that the government has no intention of interfering in any way with the work of the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, Abiy expressed his belief that the commissioners with extensive knowledge and experience have also no other desire than to work for the benefit of the country.

The prime minister pledged that the government is determine to implement the consensus reached through the dialogue.

In the case of agendas we do not agree, they will be subject to a referendum. And after the decision of the people, we all must respect the decision, he stressed.

Abiy stated that attempts to resolve differences and disagreements by force only create temporary winners and losers, failing to provide a lasting solution to the challenges.

He concluded that through this dialogue Ethiopia will emerge victorious without any losers.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

PM Abiy Calls for Seizing Opportunity of National Dialogue


Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has underscored the significance of the ongoing national dialogue process, calling on all Ethiopians to seize this opportunity to achieve a comprehensive victory by resolving outstanding issues through discussion.

In a message posted on his Face-book page, the Prime Minister reflected on Ethiopia’s past experiences with conflict and missed opportunities for dialogue.

He stated, “We have experienced war. We have solved some of our problems. We have repeated uprisings. We have solved some problems. However, the remaining path to address the unsolved problems is through dialogue. We have not tried this path.”

Acknowledging the limitations of war and uprisings, PM Abiy noted, “War and uprisings do not bring a complete solution as they create winners and losers. The defeated will continue to struggle to defeat, while the victor will strive to maintain their victory.”

He contrasted this with dialogue, stating, “Dialogue, on the other hand, makes everyone a winner. Even if
we were once defeated, we all fought for our country.”

The Prime Minister outlined three key benefits of the dialogue process saying ” It will solve, if not all, at least the major outstanding problems.

According to him, the dialogue will promote a culture of dialogue rather than conflict.

It will foster rapprochement and consensus among opposing forces, he said, adding this rapprochement will enable continued engagement on issues in the future.

Urging Ethiopians not to squander this opportunity, PM Abiy appealed, “I ask that we do not miss this chance to achieve a comprehensive victory.”

The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, which was established by Proclamation No. 1265/2014 to conduct inclusive national dialogues on fundamental national issues to build better national consensus, has now embarked on implementing the third phase.

The inclusive national consultative process has phases of pre-preparation, preparation, consultative process, implementation and monitoring.

The agenda setting process
, which is part of the consultative phase, was officially launched last Wednesday in Addis Ababa, and representatives of various community groups have concluded three days of discussions on agenda items.

Accordingly, they have identified the agendas they want to be discussed in the consultations at the city administration level and submitted them to the Commission.

They have elected 121 representatives to present their agendas during the national dialogue.

The Commission revealed that the dialogue will next move to the regional states.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency