Today’s Goder Ethiopia unexpected good job Ethio Telecom will be the first company to be privatized partially from among the four state-owned companies the government has decided to privatize. Ministry of Finance Communication Director, Haji Ebsa told journalists today that the government gave priority to partially privatize Ethio Telecom to take lessons from the process of undertaking privatization. Accordingly, technical and steering committees are established under Ministry of Finance, and a macro committee under the Office of the Prime Minister, Haji added. Among the major state-owned companies to be privatized include Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise, and Ethiopian Electric Power. It is to be recalled that the government decided to fully and partially privatize major state-owned and public enterprises for local and foreign investors to stimulate the country’s development and economic growth. The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) is striving to support the effort of the government in decreasing mortality caused by gynecologic cancer. Opening the 27th annual conference of the society today, ESOG President Dr. Delayehu Bekele said the society has been supporting the government’s endeavor for the betterment of the health of women and girls in Ethiopia for the last 27 years. According to him, the society is playing a crucial role in providing quality, evidence based, and locally appropriate care for women related sexual and reproductive health. As a result, Delayehu pointed out that 72 percent reduction in maternal deaths caused by gynecologic cancer has been registered since 1990. Health State Minister Dr. Liya Tadesse told ENA during the occasion that Ministry of Health has made significant improvements in maternal health in the past two decades. Despite the meaningful improvements, she noted that significant family members still do not access high quality care. With integrated efforts between stakeholders, the ministry is working with stakeholders towards an enhanced integrated effort by focusing on identified problems. The state minister asserted that encouraging and creative workable solutions that can improve the cost-effective quality health care for women and children can be achieved with partnership of the ministry and societies like Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ESOG is conducting its 27th annual conference under the theme “promoting quality, equity and dignity in reproductive healthcare.”Ethiopia’s government has explained that privatisation of the national airline and state telecommunications company is being done to ease the shortage of foreign currency. Ethiopia announced last week plans to open its state-run telecoms monopoly and state-owned Ethiopian Airlines to private domestic and foreign investment. In an exclusive interview with state broadcaster, Fana BC, Dr. Yinager Desie, Commissioner of the Ethiopian National Planning Commission said lower export performance, failure of mega projects to commence production, high demand for imported goods and growing external debt burden have worsened the shortage of foreign currency. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Ethiopia requires more than $13 billion over the coming two years for oil importation, private investment, upgrading of existing projects and for repayment of external debt. South African telecommunications firms MTN Group and Vodacom Group have already expressed interest in taking up investment options in Ethiopia’s telecom sector as soon as it opens up. Desie says the privatised enterprises would generate large amount of foreign currencies to tackle shortage. The commission will therefore give priority to foreign companies in privatising the enterprises as government’s decision is targeted obtaining foreign currency.