ESAT Special Program with Artist Tamagn Beyene March 2019

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ESAT Special Program with Artist Tamagn Beyene March 2019 President Emmanuel Macron is set to pay an official visit to Ethiopia where he is expected to announce funds pledged earlier to be availed for the restoration and preservation of the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Following Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s tour to Europe in October,where he met President Emmanuel Macron, the two have agreed on three major declarations;one of those was that of France’s willingness to provide a financial support for the preservation churches of Lalibela. Upon his visit to Ethiopia on March 12, 2019 (has changed several times and is still tentative) President Macronis expected to announce more pledges. Nebyat Getachew, spokesperson with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), told The Reporter that the possibilities of announcing the amount is there, since President Macron has already agreed his country would provide the required resources to restore and preserve Lalibela, one of a UNESCO registered world heritage sites. However, the spokesperson has insisted that it is too early to have all the required details about the visit of President Macron. In addition to pledging funds, when receiving PM Abiy in Paris, Macron hinted that he will contemplatea fiscal support to Ethiopia supplementing standing mutual initiatives.Reports had emerged suggesting there are plans for France to partake in urban development and in the Ethiopian Air transport sector development strategy. While Macron’s visit is on top of the agenda, according to a report in Les Echos, a French business daily,reported that a French bank named Bred BanquePopulaire – part of the second-largest banking group in France – “is planning to initiate commercial operations in Ethiopia, marking the first foray for a European bank in the country”. However, it is very unlikely that the bank is allowed to operate commercially as the law of the land bars foreign financial institutions from doing so. Bred has been present since 2000 in New Caledonia, has developed successively in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos), the Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands) and in the Horn of Africa (Djibouti).

The Ethiopian government says it is working to resolve a deadly boundary crisis between the Oromia and Somali regional states. Clashes between the armed factions in the two states have led to the issuance of travel alerts by the United States and Canada. According to reports, the clashes were largely over border delineation issues. The Information Minister, Negeri Lencho, is quoted by the state-affiliated FANA broadcasting corporate as saying recent clashes led to the loss of lives and property. He said some 600 people displaced by the clashes were receiving humanitarian assistance. displayAdvert("mpu_3") He added that whiles Addis Ababa continues its active mediation efforts, the army had been deployed in the area and was conducting disarmament operations. An investigation has also been opened and armed groups complicit of attacks on residents are being arrested. Reports indicate that the Ethiopia Human Rights Commission was also on the ground to deal with issues of rights violation. The US embassy in Addis Ababa on October 10 issued an alert cautioning of citizens of intense gunfire between two cities leaving a main road linking the capital and another town blocked. The statement read: “The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that the main road

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