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Human Capital

Nation to Settle Strategy to Stop Inter-generational Poverty

The Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs (MoLSA) announced that the nation has set to settle social protection policy implementation strategy recently to build human capital for poor individuals and households to stop inter-generational poverty. It has also planned to introduce social pension schemes for older and other vulnerable persons.

In an exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, chairperson of the Ethiopian National Social Protection Platform, Abebe Gebre-Medihin said that the previous developmental social welfare policy basically targeted certain groups.

Poverty and social safety-nets, employment generation in livelihood promotion, promoting social insurance and about pension systems, quality of access to social services and addressing violence are the five focus areas of the new policy, according to Abebe.

Publication: Ethiopian Herald, October 21, 2013.

Sugar

Nation Meets Local Demand for Sugar: Sugar Corporation

The Sugar Corporation said expansion projects carried out on existing sugar factories during the previous year enabled the country to meet the local demand for sugar. Corporate communication director with the Corporation, Zemedkun Tekle told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the expansion has been undertaken in Wonji Shoa, Fincha, Metehara and Tendaho sugar factories. The expansion enables the factories to increase their production capacity to 95,000 tons, 200,000 tons, 130,000 tons and 123,000 tons per annum respectively. Currently, the factories produce a total of 548,000 tons sugar per annum, which surpasses the estimated local demand by 48,000 tons, he said.

Publication: Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), October 21, 2013.

Agriculture

Irrigation Schemes Launched with 300 Million Br

The construction of 41 irrigation schemes launched in the Amhara Regional State with 300 million Br is well in progress, the Regional Water Resource Development Bureau said. Bureau head, Zemene Tsehay, said the construction of the schemes is expected to be completed at the end of the current budget year. Up on going fully operational, the schemes will develop 7,417 hectares of land, the head said. Irrigation schemes constructed during the previous year at a cost of 200 million Br enabled farmers to develop 4,300 hectares of land, Zemene added.

Publication: Walta Information Center (WIC), October 20, 2013.

Construction

Ethiopia to Raise Number of Hospitals to 800 in GTP period

Efforts are underway to increase the number of hospitals in the country to 800 to further improve the health service delivery by the end of the growth & transformation plan (GTP) period, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said.

Public Relations director at the Ministry, Ahmed Imano, told Walta Information Center (WIC) that efforts are underway to make Ethiopia a medical tourism destination by improving the health service delivery, thus enabling the country to earn foreign currency earnings.

Currently, there are 3, 245 health stations, 16,048 health posts and 229 referral hospitals across the country, according to Ahmed.

In order to attain the target, the construction of 175 hospitals is underway in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, Oromia, SNNP regional states as well as the Dire Dawa Administration, he said.

Publication: Walta Information Center (WIC), October 23, 2013.

Credit

Office Disburses over 30.5 Million Br Loans

The North Shewa Office of the Amhara Credit & Saving Institution (ACSI) said it has disbursed loans of over 30.5 million Br to people with very low income so that they can use the money to become self-sufficient by engaging in income-generating activities.  Customer Relation manager with the Office, Estifanos Shenkute, to the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the loans have been given out to those who were not engaged in businesses for lack of money. The loans disbursements were conducted in all Woredas of the Zone, Estifanos said. 54pc of the 91,530 new and old customers were women. Urban activities, cattle raising and fruits and vegetable are among the activities in which the beneficiaries have been engaged, according to Estifanos.

Publication: Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), October 23, 2013.



Published on October 27, 2013 [ Vol 14 ,No 704]


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