International Job Openings @ Ethiopian Airlines

International Job Openings @ Ethiopian Airlines

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Position: Inflight Services
Location: Addis Ababa
Closing Date:  Open starting from October 08, 2015
ETHIOPIAN Airlines would like to hire experienced personnel for its Inflight Services.

Registration Date: Open starting from October 08, 2015

Location: Addis Ababa

Qualification required: Minimum completion of post graduate level (MA degree) in any field with at least five years of experience as management in the area of Inflight services with high level of competency in the profession within recognized Airlines.

Key skills required

  •          Result oriented, performance focused with good proficiency in people management
  •          Someone who can demonstrate track record of previous success

NB: Interested applicants can send their CV and relevant credentials by email to Recruitment@ethopianairlines.com . Applicants must attach documents showing their experience in similar areas.

Position: Airport Operation
Location: Addis Ababa
Closing Date:  Open starting from October 08, 2015
ETHIOPIAN Airlines would like to hire experienced personnel for its Airport Operation.

Registration Date: Open starting from October 08, 2015

Location: Addis Ababa

Qualification required: Minimum completion of post graduate level (MA degree) in any field with at least five years’ experience as management in the area of Hub Airport operation with high level of competency in the profession within recognized Airlines.

Key skills required

  •          Result oriented, performance focused with good proficiency in people management
  •          Someone who can demonstrate track record of previous success

NB: Interested applicants can send their CV and relevant credentials by email to Recruitment@ethopianairlines.com . Applicants must attach documents showing their experience in similar areas.

Position: Trainee Cabin Crew
Location: Brazil
Closing Date:  Open via email
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES WOULD LIKE TO HIRE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES ON THE FOLLOWING POSITION.

Position:-Trainee Cabin Crew – Brazilian

Company Description

Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.  And it attributes this success to its workforce. Take advantage of this prospect and the satisfaction of working from a land of 13 months of Sunshine.

Ethiopian welcomes you yet again to join its team in achieving its vision of becoming Africa’s World Class Airline.

Description

Perform duty under the direct supervision and direction of the Cabin Supervisor and   Senior Cabin Crew. Ensure that cabin safety and security is in accordance to Ethiopian Policy and standard and other regulatory requirements. Provide optimum comfort and service to passengers with courtesy, efficiency, thoughtfulness and ready assistance in conformity with the Ethiopian Airlines standard.

Qualification

–      Age:  20 – 35 years old inclusive;

–       Height:  1.59 cms and above

–      Weight: proportional to height.

–       Fluency in Portuguese and English

Desirable Criteria

  •   Knowledge of foreign language other than English is advantageous.
  •   Charming and friendly personalities are the requirements of the job.

Salary base: BRL 5,000 for 85 flight hour per month including allowances.

  •   There will be a training period in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during this period the accommodation will be provided at Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy’s compound.
  •   The cabin crew will be fixed in Sao Paulo, and will be flying initially the segments: Sao Paulo – Addis Ababa; Addis Ababa – Luanda; Addis Ababa – Maputo

N.B

Interested applicants must attach all original of their supporting documents, including passport along with one full size picture at saoet@ethiopianairlines.com

Position: B737EFIS to B737 NG  Captain
Location: Addis Ababa
Closing Date:  Open via email
Position: B737EFIS to B737 NG  Captain

Location: Addis Ababa

Age: Less than 58 years oldat the time of joining Ethiopian

Qualifications:

  • Hold a current and valid B737 type rating
  • Hold a JAA/FAA/ICAO current and valid license and medical
  • Minimum of 6000 Total hours and at least 2000 total PIC hours
  • Minimum of 1000 PIC hours on the B737-300/400/500
  • Last commercial PIC flight on EFIS within the last 12 months of commencement of application
  • Last PIC Sim Check on EFIS within 3 months of commencement of application

 Note: Applicants must be current and qualified i.e. within three months of their last proficiency check. They must have two years valid passport, current and valid medical, no history of      accidents or incidents and must have excellent standard of English language.

Term: One year and subject to extension

Date of Registration: Starting Monday, August 03, 2015

Documents:  The applicants are required to submit their CVs along with scanned copy of their substantial documents including but not limited to valid Medical Certificate, valid ATPL/CPL, log book copy that can show total flight hours and license authentication letter from the respective country’s Civil Aviation Authority, to the contact person through email address given below.

Contact: Email: recruitment@ethiopianairlines.com

Position: Command Captain for Boeing 777
Location: Addis Ababa
Closing Date:  Open via email
Age: Not more than 60 years old
Qualifications:
  • Must hold a current and valid JAA/FAA or ICAO ATPL/CPL
  • A current 777 type rating
  • Minimum Flight time
    • 3500 hours jet time
    • 2500 hours Pilot in command on jet aircraft
    • Command time in excess of 500 hours on 777
Note: Applicants must be current and qualified i.e. within three months of their last proficiency check. They must have two years valid passport, current and valid medical, no history of accidents or incidents and must have excellent standard of English language.
Term: One year and subject to extension
Date of Registration: Starting Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Documents: The applicants are required to submit their CVs along with scanned copy of their substantial documents including but not limited to valid Medical Certificate, valid ATPL/CPL, log book copy that can show total flight hours and license authentication letter from the respective country’s Civil Aviation Authority, to the contact person through email address given below.
Contact: Email: recruitment@ethiopianairlines.com
Position: Command Captain for Boeing 767/757
Location: Addis Ababa
Closing Date:  Open via email
Age: Not more than 60 years old
Qualifications:
  • Must hold a current and valid JAA/FAA or ICAO ATPL/CPL
  • A current B757/767 type rating
  • Minimum Flight time
    • 3500 hours jet time
    • 2500 hours Pilot in command on jet aircraft
    • Command time in excess of 500 hours on B757/767
Note: Applicants must be current and qualified i.e. within three months of their last proficiency check. They must have two years valid passport, current and valid medical, no history of accidents or incidents and must have excellent standard of English language.
Term: One year and subject to extension
Date of Registration: Starting Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Documents: The applicants are required to submit their CVs along with scanned copy of their substantial documents including but not limited to valid Medical Certificate, valid ATPL/CPL, log book copy that can show total flight hours and license authentication letter from the respective country’s Civil Aviation Authority, to the contact person through email address given below.
Contact: Email: recruitment@ethiopianairlines.com
Position: Command Captain for Boeing 737NG
Location: Addis Ababa
Closing Date:  Open via email
Age: Not more than 60 years old
Qualifications:
  • Must hold a current and valid JAA/FAA or ICAO ATPL/CPL
  • A current B737NG type rating
  • Minimum Flight time
    • 3500 hours jet time
    • 2500 hours Pilot in command on jet aircraft
    • Command time in excess of 500 hours on B737NG
Note: Applicants must be current and qualified i.e. within three months of their last proficiency check. They must have two years valid passport, current and valid medical, no history of accidents or incidents and must have excellent standard of English language.
Term: One year and subject to extension
Date of Registration: Starting Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Documents: The applicants are required to submit their CVs along with scanned copy of their substantial documents including but not limited to valid Medical Certificate, valid ATPL/CPL, log book copy that can show total flight hours and license authentication letter from the respective country’s Civil Aviation Authority, to the contact person through email address given below.
Contact: Email: recruitment@ethiopianairlines.com

Ethiopian Airlines 2014/15 fiscal year net profit hits 3.5 Billion Birr

Amid a turbulent time for African airline industry, Ethiopian Airlines made a record-high net profit of 3.5 billion birr in the 2014-2015 fiscal year that ended in June 2015.

Ethiopian made an operating revenue of 49.4 billion birr and an operating profit of 4.7 billion birr. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year the airline made an operating revenue of 46.5 billion birr and a net profit of 3.15 billion birr.

trends-airbus-boeing-slideshow1-2During the 2014-2015 fiscal year Ethiopian transported 6.4 million passengers and 329,000 tons of cargo. In the previous fiscal year the airline transported 6 million passengers and 187,000 tons of cargo. Ethiopian Cargo is growing fast. With nine dedicated cargo aircraft Ethiopian is the largest cargo operator in Africa. In June 2014, the International Air Transport Association (IATA)  declared that Ethiopian is the largest airline in Africa in terms of revenue and profit.

CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, attributed the record performance to the dedication of employees of the company and the management team.

Tewolde told The Reporter that Ethiopian has been implementing its Vision 2025 successfully. “We have just completed the first phase (five years) of the 15 years strategic road-map. The results show that we have exceeded all our targets planned for the period,” he said.

In 2004/05 Ethiopian revenue was only USD 0.49 billion. In just ten years’ time the airline increased its revenue by 500 percent to a staggering 2.42 billion dollars in 2014/15. In terms of route network and number of aircraft the airline grew five fold in seven years’ time.

Tewolde said that under the Vision 2025 the airline planned to fly to 90 international destinations by 2025; but it is now flying to 91 international destinations. “This means that we achieved this key performance indicator 10 years ahead of our target period. Again, in vision 2025, we planned to operate 63 aircraft by 2015 but we now have 77 aircraft in our services. The same is true to our profit; in our Vision 2025, we planned to earn net profit of 2.9 billion birr by 2014/15 fiscal year but actually we earned 3.5 billion birr net profit.”

Ethiopian made the record performance at a time when major African carriers declared spiral loses.

The 2014/15 fiscal year indeed was a turbulent year. Major African airlines such as South African Airways (SAA), Egypt Air and Kenya Airways (KQ) declared bankruptcy.

Two weeks ago Ethiopian arch rival KQ reported its largest annual loss ever, a pre-tax shortfall of 293 million dollars for the 2014-2015 year. South African Airways registered a net loss of 223 million dollars in the fiscal year ending March 2014 and Africa’s oldest airline, Egypt Air incurred a net loss of 350 million dollars in the fiscal year that ended June 2014.

“The fiscal year of 2014/15 was one of the most challenging year for the African Aviation Industry,” Tewolde said. “It started with one of the worst epidemic disease of Ebola which has negatively affected air travel demand in the continent. Although the decline in Crude oil price was a welcome event for airlines on the cost reduction side, it severely affected the economies of all of the oil exporting countries like Nigeria, Angola, and Gabon.”

Tewolde told The Reporter that the war in Yemen has affected Ethiopian flight paths that forced the airline to fly longer routes with an average extra cost of USD 2 million per month. “The depreciation of the Euro also affected African economies. The cumulative impact of all these daunting challenges in the African airline industry was a negative growth (-3 percent) in traffic),” he said.

However, Tewolde said Ethiopian Airlines has emerged stronger from these challenges and with record profit of 3.5 billion birr mainly because of the usual dedication, hard work and commitment of its employees; and strong strategic and operational leadership by the management team and the board of directors.

“I cannot comment on other airlines performance but I wish them the best of success and we would like to cooperate with all African sister airlines for the development of the aviation sector in the continent,” he concluded.

The national flag carrier which was established in 1945 will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year. Ethiopian has created 8,000 direct jobs and 20,000 indirect jobs. The airline has expanded its aviation academy which now has a capacity to train 4,000 students. Currently, the aviation academy is training 1,300 pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, flight attendants and marketing personnel. The airline spent 80 million dollars on the aviation academy in the past five years. The airline is also investing heavily on its maintenance facility. The airline spent in excess of 500 million dollars in building its maintenance, repair and overhaul capacity. It is building new maintenance hangars, a state-of-the-art cargo terminal and catering facility.

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INTERVIEW-Ethiopian Airlines says expansion on course as profit jumps

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Ethiopian Airlines is powering ahead with a plan to expand its fleet and route network after exceeding its profit target for the 2014/15 year, its chief executive said in an interview.

The state-owned carrier is ranked the largest in Africa by revenue and profit by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global industry body.

CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the firm had revenue of 49.4 billion birr ($2.39 billion) in its fiscal year ended July 7, exceeding a target of 43 billion birr.

It attributed the growth to a rise in passenger numbers and to expansion of maintenance, catering and aviation training services.

Passenger numbers for the period were not immediately available. Ethiopian Airlines flew six million passengers in the prior year, up from 5.22 million in 2012/13.

Net profit for the year ended last month rose to 3.5 billion birr for the same period, well above the expected 2.9 billion birr.

“This shows you that we have overgrown,” Tewolde said in the interview with Reuters.

Ethiopian Airlines plans to increase revenue to $10 billion by 2025 by nearly doubling its fleet of 77 aircraft and opening new routes.

It currently has 77 planes, including 13 787-8 Dreamliners by Boeing. It ordered six more Dreamliners in June.

It has 50 planes on order altogether, including 14 A350s by Airbus, and expects to increase its fleet of Dreamliners to 30 in 10 years’ time, he added.

Tewolde had a word of caution about the ongoing impasse in United States over the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which lends money to U.S. exporters and their foreign customers like Ethiopian Airlines.

The 81-year old Ex-Im Bank saw its charter lapse last month after conservatives in the U.S. Congress cast it as a promoter of “crony capitalism” for multinationals such as Boeing and General Electric.

“It is an essential financial instrument for us. We want the U.S. Exim Bank to reopen and that was our main point of discussion with President Obama,” Tewolde said, referring to the U.S. leader’s visit in July.

“We want to continue because that is our main, and perhaps only, means of financing our airplanes and financing our growth in the future.”

The airline has targeted the growing trade ties between Asia and Africa in recent years, as well as that with Brazil by inaugurating flights to Rio de Janeiro. It also launched flights to Los Angeles and Toronto this year.

Tewolde said Ethiopian Airplanes is planning Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Shenzhen as its next Asian destinations, as well as adding Oslo in Europe and New York and Chicago in the United States.

Sources: Reuters, Ethiopian Reporter, CNBC & CCTV Africa.

US President held talks with CEO of Ethiopian

H.E. President Barak H. Obama and Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam held  discussions at Bole International Airport beside the B787 Dreamliner Aircraft.

Desktop-SELH.E President Obama & Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines

The President was very happy to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Ethiopian flag and he thanked Ethiopian Airlines for being a very good longtime customer of Boeing and the USA. He said he has visited the factories in which they are made. He asked for the number of B-787 Dreamliners’ ET operates and Ato Tewolde  replied to the President that Ethiopian has 13 in service and 8 on order.

They also discussed on the performance of the B-787 Dreamliners. Our group CEO explained as follows:

  • Very popular among customers,
  • More humidity in the air which reduces fatigue and dryness,
  • Largest windows in the air,
  • Quietest airplane in its category,
  • Saves 20% fuel burn from other airplanes in its category,
  • Most environmental friendly airplane.

There was also discussions in  honor of Colonel Robinson and in recognition to what he has done for Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people. Ethiopian Airlines has decided to name one of its airplanes after him.

The president was interested to know the most profitable routes in relation to Ethiopian’s vast network. Group CEO briefed him mentioning some examples including Washington DC, Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda  etc..

Ato Tewolde further explained to H.E. President Obama that Ethiopian is flying to 91 international destinations in five continents, (Washington DC and Los Angeles in the USA and Toronto in Canada, 52 destinations in Africa, 24 destinations in the middle East and Asia and 12 destinations in Europe).

Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines has also emphasized  on intensifying further the already on- going efforts to re-open the USA Exim Bank as it is ET’s main guarantor of the loans used to purchase  Boeing Airplanes.

Finally, President Obama congratulated Ethiopian Airlines for successfully running the largest airline in Africa.

SOURCE: https://www.ethiopianairlines.com

AAU Signs MoU with EU

slide-300x95As part of its venture to educate leaders who can make a difference and create groundbreaking research efforts to the international marketplace, AAU has signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the European Union (EU) to establish Ethio-European International Business School at College of Business and Economics, AAU. Funded by EU, the school will be the first international business school in Ethiopia. The school will be housed together with business innovation center in the state of art new building at CoBE campus and will start to offer a range of full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate program in management, leadership and entrepreneurship and partnership with European, Chinese and USA business school from September 2016.

The school has immense advantage to equip trainees with knowledge, skills, and experiences that can seize opportunity in this rapidly changing and developing economy of the country and enhance leadership. This school is world class in its standard and offers a comprehensive, transformational learning experience that can prepare the most senior executive to lead and achieve sustainable competitive advantage in business enterprises.

This innovative program opens door to offer the latest research and academy and integrates key management concepts with best business practices to develop strategic thinking and leadership skills. Applying the principles of academic rigor, diversity, and impactful learning, the school will provide senior managers with the tools needed to succeed in today’s challenging business environment.

The ceremony is held at AAU, Sidist Kilo Campus, Senate Hall on 23 July/2015, Admasu Tsegaye (PhD), AAU president, and H.E Ambassador Chantal Hebberecht, Head of European Union Delegation in Addis Ababa, have signed the MoU on behalf of AAU and EU respectively.

source: AAU.edu.et

How Ethiopia is Becoming An African Economic Giant

The African Lion remains one of the fastest growing countries but not much is said or written about it.

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Addis-Ababa-Airport-650x400I recently attended a forum addressed by Mr. Stephen Jennings, the founder and CEO of Rendeavor group, which is the biggest urban development company in Africa. In his presentation, Jennings talked about the future of African countries and how the best countries will be those that are largely ignored. Today, the promising story of Africa has been told and retold and the key focus has been countries such as Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. In his presentation, Jennings made a comparison between Africa and Asia in the 60s and 70s where countries such as South Korea and China were ignored. Focus was in countries such as Philippines. In this article, I will explain the strides Ethiopia is making to become the next African giant.

Economic growth

According to the World Bank, Ethiopian economy grew by 10.3% in 2014 making it one of the best performers globally. The IMF ranks it in the top 5 countries globally. This has been a result of a decade of continuous growth which has seen the GDP growth average to 10% annually. The country’s GDP is estimated by evaluating the key sectors of the economy. According to the IMF, all the sectors did well in 2014 with agriculture, industry, and services increasing by 5.,4%, 21.2%, and 11.9% respectively. Agriculture is the country’s main earner with a 40.2% share followed by industry and service which have 14% and 46.2% respectively. It is for this growth that economists have termed the country the ‘African lion’.

In 2014, the world experienced a period of slowdown in commodity prices. To caution the residents, the government succeeded in mitigating the annual inflation to 7.1%. This was achieved by a tightened monetary policy and the use of base money as the nominal anchor.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia is the 2nd largest in terms of population after Nigeria with more than 94 million people. The population is growing at a 2.6%. In addition, the country is also one of the poorest with a per capita income of $470 which is lower than the regional average. The per capita wealth of Egypt is $3,187 and $7,508 in South Africa.

Millionaires on the rise

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The growth in economy has created a lot of wealth to many Ethiopians. According to a report by consultancy firm New World Wealth, the number of dollar millionaires has grown from 1,300 in 2007 to 2,700 in 2014. This places the country ahead of Angola, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana.

This growth comes from the growth of the economy with sectors such as agriculture and service achieving double digit growth in that period. Privatization has also led to the accelerated growth. Manufacturing, transport and agriculture have helped create most millionaires.

According to the New World Wealth report, the increase in the dollar millionaires is not correlated with that of the middle and low class. More people have become poorer during that period.

The richest Ethiopian is said to be Mohammed Al Amoud who owns companies in manufacturing, healthcare, energy, construction, hospitality and mining among others. Forbes estimated that he is worth about $11 billion. In the report, he was the send richest black person. He is also a registered Saudi Arabian national and one of the biggest investors in Sweden.

Growth Strategy

In 2010, the country launched a 5 year growth and transformation plan. In this plan, the government intended to use the vast land resources it has to grow and improve the economy. In the plan, the government intention is to make Ethiopia the leading agricultural economy in Africa. In addition, the government began a strategic decision to develop cities and real estate. Today, Addis Ababa is one of the largest and most modern city in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The government aims to achieve a middle-income country in the next 10 years. Whether this will be possible will depend on a number of things. Economists believe that the country will need to move from a public investment driven economy to a vibrant private sector economy. Also, there is an urgent need to keep the country away from terrorism activities because the country has the largest border with the unstable Somalia.

Source: http://moneymattersafrica.com

3rd conference on financing for development to be held in Ethiopia

Third International Conference on Financing for Development to Mobilize and Channel Resources for Sustainable Development

13-16 July 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ffd3_logo_1000x495According to the UN Information Center (UNIC), the Conference will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities.

The Conference will result in an intergovernmental negotiated and agreed outcome, which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The scope of the Conference is set out in General Assembly resolutions 68/204 and 68/279, and will focus on:

1. Assessing the progress made in the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration and identifying obstacles and constraints encountered in the achievement of the goals and objectives agreed therein, as well as actions and initiatives to overcome these constraints;
2. Addressing new and emerging issues, including in the context of the recent multilateral efforts to promote international development cooperation;
-the current evolving development cooperation landscape;
-the interrelationship of all sources of development finance;
-the synergies between financing objectives across the three dimensions of sustainable development; and
-the need to support the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015;

3. Reinvigorating and strengthening the financing for development follow-up process.
The intergovernmental preparatory process of the Conference was launched on 17 October 2014. It includes a series of substantive informal sessions and informal interactive hearings with civil society and the business sector through March 2015, as well as drafting sessions on the outcome document in January, April and June 2015.

 WHAT: World leaders will gather at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa from 13-16 July to launch a renewed and strengthened global partnership for financing people-centered sustainable development.

The Conference will look at all sources of finance for sustainable development to ensure that resources go where they are needed most to promote economic prosperity and improve health, education and employment opportunities while protecting the environment.

The outcome of the Conference will be an important milestone on the road toward the adoption of a new sustainable development agenda in September and a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Conference in December. The Conference will lay the groundwork for the world to invest ahead, for people and planet.

In addition to the official programme, including plenary meetings and roundtable discussions, the Conference will feature international civil society and business forums, as well as more than 200 side events.

WHO:

  • Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
  • Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Conference

Secretary-General

  • Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
  • Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
  • H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia
  • Mr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
  • Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • More than 50 Heads of State and Government
  • More than 100 Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation
  • More than 1,000 high-level representatives from civil society and the business sector

WHEN: 13 – 16 July 2015

WHERE: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), UN Conference Centre, Addis Ababa (UNCC-AA), Ethiopia

WHY:   Decisions taken in 2015 can set the world on a course of action to end poverty, promote prosperity and protect the planet. The Conference on Financing for Development is centred on mobilizing the means to make a difference in people’s lives. Through greater cooperation and partnership, countries will look at how they can mobilize all possible sources of financing, including domestic and international, public and private, and ensure that they are channeled for sustainable development. The resources are there – but significant changes in current policy, financing and investment patterns will be required to deliver the future we want.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press – print, photo, radio, TV, film, news agencies and online media who represent a bona fide media organization. No double accreditation is allowed (e.g. as press and delegate or as press and NGO). The deadline to apply for media accreditation is 30 June 2015.

National and foreign correspondents based in Ethiopia can obtain further information on the registration and accreditation process by contacting Ms. Sophia Denekew, Media Relations Section, ECA, T: +251-91197696 / E: denekews@uneca.org

Journalists arriving from outside Ethiopia are required to complete the following steps:

  1. 1. Submit an application on the UN accreditation system by filling out the personal information form. The form is available at: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/form.
  1. 2. Send a letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organisation signed by the Publisher, Editor-in- chief or Assignment Editor indicating the name and duration of assignment of the journalist who will cover the conference (along with his or her contact information). The letter should be addressed to the Media Accreditation Unit and sent, once signed and scanned (PDF format), to malu@un.org or fax +1 212 963-4642.
  1. 3.   Send a digital passport photo (JPEG format), clearly indicating applicant’s name, to malu@un.org.
  1. 4. When your application is approved, a confirmation will be sent to you by e-m Bring a printout of this confirmation email and your assignment letter to the Accreditation Centre in the Millennium Hall, Bole sub-city, Woreda 3, Addis Ababa. Passes must be picked up in person, by presenting two forms of official ID, including a valid passport.

Please note that a visa is required for entry into Ethiopia. For more information about how to apply for a visa, please refer to: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/FFD3.shtml.

MEDIA RESOURCES

Press conferences: An updated schedule of press events and briefings at the UN Conference Center in Addis Ababa will be available at www.un.org/ffd3. There will be a press conference room, media center and small interview room available at the conference facility. A press conference schedule will be shared at the media desk at the Conference Center and will be sent to registered media in advance. Use of the interview room can be scheduled through Claire Anholt at anholt@un.org.

Press releases: Press releases will be issued daily from the conference and shared via e-mail.

Website: The latest Conference programme, speakers and supporting documents will be posted and updated at www.un.org/ffd3. Other resources and the latest Conference news will be also available at www.un.org/action2015.

Webcast: Plenaries, round tables and press briefings will be webcast, live and on-demand, at http://webtv.un.org.

Broadcast: UNTV will cover the Conference live between 13-16 July. TV packages will be available to broadcasters through Unifeed at www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/. These packages are also distributed twice daily through APTN. Broadcast quality video files can be requested from video- library@un.org. UN Radio will also cover the conference and will be filing daily news stories in a number of UN languages. These can be accessed at www.unmultimedia.org/radio/.

Multimedia: Selected photographs of the Forum will be available from UN Photo online, along with other multimedia materials, at www.unmultimedia.org. Key photos from the conference will be shared through UN social media accounts in real-time. Additional photos and high-resolution files can be obtained by contacting the UN Photo Library at photolibr@un.org. Social media hashtags: #FFD3 and #action2015

source: http://www.un.org/esa/

Ethiopia to launch first rocket in four months

Mekele Institute of Technology is in its final stage of putting together a laboratory and a rocket launching pad for the first rocket the country will launch in the coming few months.

STS-123_launch_newThe laboratory, which will be used as a testing ground where rocket engines are tested before they are mounted onto the main body, will be ready for trial after three months. The prototype rocket named Alpha Meles is anticipated to be launched on November 2015 from Hashenage Station in Northern Mekele. Alpha Meles was built at a cost of 50 million birr.

The rocket will go as high as 30km from the earth surface. Three organizations, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, Mesebo Cement and the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) jointly help the project to become a reality.

Leul Gebreselassie, Quality Assurance Head at Mekele Institute of Technology told Capital that the project will encourage more space science projects to bud up in future.

“In few months, we will launch the rocket. That will be a big showcase to demonstrate the education we offer can produce pupils who are capable of transforming theoretical ideas to practical work. We are just beginners in space technology. Conducting a research and incorporating the results with the work is intensive.”

“I hope this project will be a good appetizer for those who have been very enthusiastic in space science technology. The project will also lay the foundation to have our own satellite in space.”

Recently, scholars at the institute had made fuel from chicken feather. Another invention of the scholars was a candle with odor that repels malaria insects.

Edom Guesh, who innovated the feather fuel and a participant in the rocket project, said shortage of laboratory equipment was the main challenge on the project. And the small interest of business people to support innovative ideas is challenging that shadowed on innovative people.

“To create, we need a well equipped laboratory and many universities don’t have good laboratories. Even harder is to introduce the innovations and to be able to sell them. Selling them is as hard as climbing a mountain.” Edom pleaded stakeholders to assist innovators and to support innovative works that can help change the society and the country at large.

ኢትዮጵያ ዉስጥ በመቀሌ ቴክኖሎጂ ኢንስቲቱት (MIT) መሪነት እየተካሄደ ባለው “አልፋ መለስ” የሮኬት ፕሮጄክት በቀጣዩ 4 ወራት ዉስጥ የመጀመርያው ሮኬት የማምጠቅ ሙከራ ለማድረግ በዝግጅት ላይ ነች።

ይህንን እስከ 30 ኪሎ ሜትር ርቀት ሮኬት ለማምጠቅ የሚያስችል ፕሮጀክት በአጠቃላይ 50 ሚሊዮን ብር በላይ የሚፈጅ ሲሆን፥ መስፍን ኢንዱስትሪያል ኢንጅነሪንግ፣ መሶቦ ሲሚንቶና የኢፌዴሪ አየር ኃይል ለግንባታው የሚውሉ ቁሳቁሶችን በማቅረብ ተሳትፈዋል።

Capital Newspaper

Ethiopia to build tallest building in East Africa

Ethiopia launches the construction of a 46-story building, the tallest in East Africa and second tallest structure in the continent, reports said on Saturday. The construction of the $200 million structure has officially been launched on Saturday and will serve as headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) which owns the building.

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The four basement structure with designed height of 198 meters will be built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation which already entered to contractual agreement with CBE.

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CBE, one of the oldest banks in Africa, would use the headquarters to offer various services under one roof.

The new headquarter is particularly important for the current booming business, running in the country Bereket Simon, the board chairperson of the commercial bank of Ethiopia and Policy research advisor at the ministerial level spoke during the ceremony.

No definite time is set when the construction of the diamond shaped structure would be completed but believed it would give aesthetic value to Africa’s capital after completion.