Tony Blair Ethiopia Digital TransformationTony Blair Institute for Global Change has announced its willingness to support the implementation of Ethiopia’s digital Transformation Strategy.

Innovation and Technology Minister Getahun Mukuria conferred with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on ways of supporting the implementation of Ethiopia’s Digital Transformation Strategy.

The government has prepared a Digital Transformation Strategy which would be finalized after a month, the minister added.

The strategy focuses on interconnectivity of kebeles to woredas, ease of doing business, providing support for the tourism sector, and developing digital knowledge and e-commerce as well as enhancing the technology sector to create jobs, it was learned.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on his part, assured the minister that his institution will support the implementation of the strategy through capacity building and funding.

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a non-profit organization that supports government agencies in various parts of the world.

The institution has been providing assistance for the Job Creation Commission, Investment Commission, and ICT Park in Hawassa. It also conducted research on export and offered consultations in the sub-sector for the Office of the Prime Minister.


Ethiopia Coal ProductionCoal production at the national level will help to recover costs incurred in foreign currency expenditure on the mineral beyond encouraging investors to the energy sector, according to Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

In its 73rd regular session, Council of Ministers has approved a regulation on issuance of license for coal and chromites mining on August 24, 2019 to promote investments in mining industry.

Case Team Coordinator for Mineral Licensing at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Leul Gebre, told ENA that the government has been taking various measures to encourage investments in coal, it was learned.

Amending energy proclamation and licensing potential companies who wish to invest in the sector are some of the measures that Ethiopia has taken in mining industry, he indicated.

He pointed out that Ethiopia’s potential in coal deposits have already been studied and identified in Amhara, Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNP) regional states.

According to the Geological Survey of Ethiopia, there are 17 main locations in which potential coal resources have been identified which amounts over 360 million tons of coal.

Coal fossil fuel generates around 40 percent of the world’s electricity and about 25 percent of the world’s primary energy. 

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Privatization EthiotelecomMinistry Invites Advisory Firms for Partial Privatization of Ethio Telecom.

Briefing journalists, Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalegn said,“We have issued an expression of interest to hire a transaction advisory firm to lead the partial privatization of ethio telecom.”

The request for expressions of interest for a transaction advisor firm for the process of patrial privatization of ethio telecom posted today on the website of the ministry will be closed after two weeks.

Public Enterprises Holding and Administration Agency will select and probably engage the consulting firm on November 1, 2019, Eyob added.

Ethio telecom has hired the international firm KPMG recently to support the valuation and sales process.

The state minister further revealed that the process of privatizing sugar factories is underway and energy reform roadmap is being finalized.


AHIFMinister of Culture, Dr. Hirut Kassaw, said that Ethiopia is not benefiting enough from its potential resources of tourism.

She made the remark on day two of the 2019 edition of Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), opened in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa yesterday.

The Minister said both Ethiopia and Africa are not taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the tourism industry.

However, Dr. Hirut said, the Government of Ethiopia is now taking various initiatives to increase tourism in the country.

AHIF is the premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies, and their advisers.

The Forum attracted participants from more than 52 countries.


Ethio SudanThe Ethio-Sudan business forum started in Addis Ababa today in the presence of ministers, ambassadors, and stakeholders from both sides.

In his opening remark, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide, said the forum is vital to boost the trade ties between the two countries.

Wajdi Mirghani, President of the National Chamber of Exporters of Sudan, thanked Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia for his contribution in promoting peace in Sudan.

People of the two countries have strong social, political, and economic relations, he said.