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Consensus building workshop

The Ministry of Education organized consensus building workshop on 4 and 5 December in Asmara focusing on Education Sector Communication and Early Childhood Care and Education Strategies.   Asmara, 06 December 2019- The Ministry of Education organized
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Consensus building workshop

The Ministry of Education organized consensus building workshop on 4 and 5 December in Asmara focusing on Education Sector Communication and Early Childhood Care and Education Strategies.   Asmara, 06 December 2019- The Ministry of Education organized consensus building workshop on 4 and 5 December in Asmara focusing on Education Sector Communication and Early Childhood Care and Education Strategies. Mr. Petros Hailemariam representing the Minister of Education said that the objective of the workshop was to discuss on the implementation of education policies the Eritrean Government issued from time to time in congruent with the Fourth Pillars of the Sustainable Goals. Indicating that there are about 175 million children in the world that are denied educational opportunity, Ms. Shaheen Nilofer, Representative of UNICEF in Eritrea, expressed readiness to cooperate with the commendable pre-education program that Eritrea is initiating. The participants conducted extensive discussion on the 2020-2022 Education Sector Communication and Early Childhood Care and Education Strategies and adopted various recommendations that could enrich the strategies.

Eritrea participates at International Maritime Organization conference

Eritrea participated at the 31st Assembly of the International Maritime Organization Conference held from 25 November to 4 December in London.   Asmara, 04 December 2019- Eritrea participated at the 31st Assembly of the International Maritime Organizati
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Eritrea participates at International Maritime Organization conference

Eritrea participated at the 31st Assembly of the International Maritime Organization Conference held from 25 November to 4 December in London.   Asmara, 04 December 2019- Eritrea participated at the 31st Assembly of the International Maritime Organization Conference held from 25 November to 4 December in London. Eritrea as a member state of the International Maritime Organization also participated at the election of countries to become members of the council of the organization for 2020 and 2021. The International Maritime Organization is the highest organ responsible for maritime safety, security and pollution. In the same vein, the National Committee in Germany held its annual meeting on 23 November in Frankfurt. The meeting was attended by 52 representatives from 14 cities in Germany. At the meeting the head of Diplomacy and Media at the Eritrean Embassy in Germany, Mr. Teklu Lebasy gave extensive briefing on the objective situation in the homeland. Mr. Kahsai Tewolde, head of Public and Community Affairs, also gave briefing on the investment opportunity being initiated to nationals and called on the nationals take advantage of the opportunity being created. Like wise, Eritrean nationals residing in Manheim, Germany, observed the International Day of the Disabled under the theme “Assisting War Disabled Veterans: Responsibility of Every Citizen”. The head of the Public and Community Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy in Germany, Mr. Kahsai Tewolde said that supporting the war disabled veterans is the responsibility of every citizen and called for augmenting contribution. At the event the nationals raised 2500 Euros in support of the National Association of the Eritrean War Disabled Veterans.

Presidents Isaias receives credentials of several Ambassadors

President Isaias Afwerki received at the Denden Guest House the credentials of 29 Ambassadors. Asmara, 04 December 2019- President Isaias Afwerki received at the Denden Guest House the credentials of 29 Ambassadors. The Ambassadors that submitted their cr
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Presidents Isaias receives credentials of several Ambassadors

President Isaias Afwerki received at the Denden Guest House the credentials of 29 Ambassadors. Asmara, 04 December 2019- President Isaias Afwerki received at the Denden Guest House the credentials of 29 Ambassadors. The Ambassadors that submitted their credentials are Ambassadors of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Federal Republic of Germany, United Kingdom, Republic of India, European Union, Republic of Egypt, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Slovakia, Kingdom of Belgium, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Uganda, Romania, Austria, Poland, Republic of Indonesia, Canada, Finland, Check Republic, Spain, Sweden, Philippines, Rwanda, Greece, Brazil, Ireland and Republic of Venezuela. At the event the Ambassadors wished good health to President Isaias Afwerki and peace and prosperity to the Eritrean people and expressed readiness to work for the development of bilateral relations and cooperation of their respective countries with Eritrea. The resident Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Redwan Hussein Rameto, said that Eritrea and Ethiopia have agreed to work for the develop of the multi-faceted bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries and to strengthen peace and stability prevailing in the region. In the meeting with Mr. Sagr Suliman Al Qurashi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Isaias commending the encouraging progress of the bilateral relations between Eritrea and Saudi Arabia, said that the two countries should work for the stability and peace in the Red Sea Basin. Indicating that the relation between the two countries is on the right track, Ambassador Sagr Suliman expressed his country’s readiness to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries and beyond.The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Gerald Wolf expressed his country’s readiness to contribute in maintaining the peace and stability prevailing in the region. Indicating that peace and stability is the only alternative for the peoples in the region, President Isaias said that synchronized effort is being exerted to develop peace, stability and cooperation in the region. Indicating the progress Eritrea is registering in addressing climate change and to develop water resources and solar energy, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Mr. Alasdair Walker expressed his country’s willingness to cooperate in the development of the sectors. Expressing delight for becoming the first resident Indian Ambassador to Eritrea, Mr. Subhash Chand expressed his country’s readiness to develop bilateral cooperation with Eritrea in all sectors. President Isaias on his part expressed Eritrea’s willingness to develop relation with India in the sectors of human resources development and others. President Isaias similarly discussed the enhancement of bilateral ties and cooperation in his meetings with the Ambassadors of the several countries that submitted their credentials.                                    

Workshop on health strategic plan

The Ministry of Health convened a workshop at Asmara Palace Hotel on the progress of the five years strategic plan in the sector of health. Asmara, 04 December 2019- The Ministry of Health convened a workshop at Asmara Palace Hotel on the progress of th
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Workshop on health strategic plan

The Ministry of Health convened a workshop at Asmara Palace Hotel on the progress of the five years strategic plan in the sector of health. Asmara, 04 December 2019- The Ministry of Health convened a workshop at Asmara Palace Hotel on the progress of the five years strategic plan in the sector of health. Speaking at the opening event of the workshop, Ms. Amina Nur-Hussen, Minister of Health said that the objective of the three-day workshop is to critically analyze the progress made and identify the challenges with a view to attain the objectives of the plan. Minister Amina went on to say that the mission of the national health policy of Eritrea is to provide up to date and efficient health service to the public and that commendable achievements have been registered including the reduction of death rate of infants and children under five years of age and life expectancy of nationals that was about 49 in 1995 has now increased to over 64. At the workshop, Dr. Andebrhan Tesfatsion, D. G. of Public Health in the Ministry, presented report focusing on the priorities of the public health, current situation of communicable and non-communicable diseases, effort conducted to control the prevalence of malaria and achievements registered in preventing harmful practices and challenges encountered. According to Dr. Andebrhan since 2012 cardiac diagnoses has been conducted on over 9 thousand students in 80 elementary schools and as a result of the sustainable awareness raising campaigns 70 villages in the sub-zones of Asmat and Habero have become free from practicing harmful practices. Present at the opening event held on 3 December, Representatives of UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA expressed appreciation for the achievements Eritrea registered in the health sector.

Eye surgery on a number of nationals

The Keren Hospital this year has conducted eye surgery for about a thousand patients from the regions of Anseba, Northern Red Sea and Gash Barka. Keren, 03 December 2019- The Keren Hospital this year has conducted eye surgery for about a thousand patie
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Eye surgery on a number of nationals

The Keren Hospital this year has conducted eye surgery for about a thousand patients from the regions of Anseba, Northern Red Sea and Gash Barka. Keren, 03 December 2019- The Keren Hospital this year has conducted eye surgery for about a thousand patients from the regions of Anseba, Northern Red Sea and Gash Barka. According to Mr. Kahsai Seyum, from Keren Hospital, trachoma surgery was conducted on over 700 patients and minor eye surgery on more the 230 patients. Indicating that trachoma and cataract diseases are common in the Anseba region, Mr. Kahsai said that effort is being exerted to provide the necessary treatment to patients. Mr. Kahsai went on to say that Keren Hospital is well equipped with medical equipment and human capacity and is ready to conduct eye treatment to patients in the region and to the neighboring regions.

Sudanese senior delegation on official visit to Eritrea

President Isias Afwerki received on 01 December at the State House a senior Sudanese delegation led by the Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo. Asmara, 02 December 2019- President Isias Afwerki received on 01 December a
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Sudanese senior delegation on official visit to Eritrea

President Isias Afwerki received on 01 December at the State House a senior Sudanese delegation led by the Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo. Asmara, 02 December 2019- President Isias Afwerki received on 01 December at the State House a senior Sudanese delegation led by the Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo. The two sides discussed on the progress of the peace process in Sudan. At the meeting, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan briefed President Isaias on the progress of the ongoing peace process in the Sudan and underlined the significance of Eritrea’s support to the success of the process. President Isaias on his part, emphasized that sustainable peace in the Sudan can only be achieved through the Sudanese efforts and its institutions. President Isaias further underlined that the genuine partnership between the two peoples and expresses readiness of the Government and people of Eritrea to play their modest role in the success of the peace process. They also agreed to enhance the positive bilateral relation between the two countries. The Sudanese delegation comprised Lieut. Gen. Yasser Al-Atta and Ms. Ragga Nicola, members of the Sovereign Council, as well as Mr. Faisal Mohamed Salih, Minister of Culture and Information. The Sudanese delegation returned home in the afternoon hours concluding one-day official visit.

International Aids Day observed

International Aids Day, 1 December, was observed today, 30 November, at national level in Asmara under the theme “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”. Asmara, 30 November 2019- International Aids Day, 1 December, was observed tod
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International Aids Day observed

International Aids Day, 1 December, was observed today, 30 November, at national level in Asmara under the theme “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”. Asmara, 30 November 2019- International Aids Day, 1 December, was observed today, 30 November, at national level in Asmara under the theme “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”.  The event was attended by Ms. Amina Nur-Hussen, Minister of Health, and Coordinator of UN Offices in Eritrea as well as invited guests. Indicating the Government of Eritrea has been exerting effort since 1988 to control the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the death rate due to the disease, Dr. Andebrhan Tesfatsion, D. G. of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, called for integrated effort for better outcome. Ms. Susan Ngongi, Coordinator of UN Offices in Eritrea, on her part said that reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS to zero level is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Susan also commended the strong effort the Government of Eritrea exerted in the past 10 years to control the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and as a result new infection rate has been reduced to 1%. According to the report presented by Sister Negisti Tesfamicael, head of HIV/AIDS Control in the Ministry, the prevalence of HIV has been reduced by 87% and new infection by 0.28 from that of 2.1% in 2003. Speaking at the event, Minister Amina said that the reduction of the occurrence of HIV/AIDS in Eritrea was the result of the coordinated efforts on the part of Ministry of Health and all stakeholders and called for reinforced effort until the disease is fully eradicated.

Carnival in connection with founding of NUEW

Carnival in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women was staged on 27 November in the main streets of Asmara under the theme “Congratulations to Eritrean Woman Who Sparkle the Torch of Independence and
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Carnival in connection with founding of NUEW

Carnival in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women was staged on 27 November in the main streets of Asmara under the theme “Congratulations to Eritrean Woman Who Sparkle the Torch of Independence and Equality” Asmara, 29 November 2019- Carnival in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women was staged on 27 November in the main streets of Asmara under the theme “Congratulations to Eritrean Woman Who Sparkle the Torch of Independence and Equality” The carnival was kicked off from Shida Square in the presence of Ms. Leul Gebreab, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, and Maj. Gen. Romodan Osman Aweliay, Governor of the Central region, and passed through the main streets of Asmara and ended at Makti Meskeram Square. Speaking at the ceremony held at Bahti Meskerem Square, Ms. Alem Belai, head of the National Union of Eritrean Women branch in the Central region, gave briefing on the 40 years journey of the union in organizing the Eritrean women inside the country and aboard. Ms. Alem went on to say that the Eritrean women in the past 40 years have played pivotal role in realizing national independence and in safeguarding the national sovereignty as well as in empowering women in all sectors. Ms. Alem also called on Eritrean women to strengthen organizational capacity, ensure their status in society through developing skills and contribute in the national development drives.

Commemoration of 40th anniversary in Central region concludes

Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women that was underway in various sub-zones in the Central region concluded at a ceremony held today, 29 November at the Expo Compound. Asmara, 29 November 2019-
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Commemoration of 40th anniversary in Central region concludes

Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women that was underway in various sub-zones in the Central region concluded at a ceremony held today, 29 November at the Expo Compound. Asmara, 29 November 2019- Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women that was underway in various sub-zones in the Central region concluded at a ceremony held today, 29 November at the Expo Compound. The ceremony was attended by Government and PFDJ officials, members of the diplomatic community as well as representatives of national associations and invited guests. Indicating that the heroic feat demonstrated by the Eritrean women in the struggle for independence has unique place in the contemporary world history, Ms. Alem Belai, head of the union branch in the Central region, said that the shining history in the past 28 years has been repeated by the young generation in safeguarding the national sovereignty. Underlining that the establishment of the NUEW has been one of the strategies of the EPLF to organize the public in associations with a view to increase the awareness of nationals and advance the liberation struggle, Maj. Gen. Romodan Osman Aweliay, Governor of the Central region, said that the contribution of the Eritrean women under the auspices of their union has unique place in the Eritrean history. The event was highlighted by cultural and artistic programs depicting the contribution of the Eritrean women in the struggle for national independence, safeguarding the national sovereignty as well as in the nation building process.

Eritrea participates at 17th Session of African Ministerial Conference

Eritrean Ambassadors to South Africa and South African countries and Kenya, Ambassador Saleh Omar and Ambassador Beyene Russom participated at the 17th session of the African Ministerial Conference held on 14 and 15 November in Durban, South Africa. A
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Eritrea participates at 17th Session of African Ministerial Conference

Eritrean Ambassadors to South Africa and South African countries and Kenya, Ambassador Saleh Omar and Ambassador Beyene Russom participated at the 17th session of the African Ministerial Conference held on 14 and 15 November in Durban, South Africa. Asmara, 28 November 2019- Eritrean Ambassadors to South Africa and South African countries and Kenya, Ambassador Saleh Omar and Ambassador Beyene Russom participated at the 17th session of the African Ministerial Conference held on 14 and 15 November in Durban, South Africa. In his statement, Ambassador Saleh Omar indicated that the Eritrean farmers are engaged in sustainable water and soil conservation activities with a view to boost agricultural production and contribute in the effort to ensure food security. Ambassador Saleh went on to say that the Eritrean Government is giving due attention to enable farmers become beneficiaries of alternative energy aimed at boosting production and productivity. Ambassador Beyene Russom on his part delivered speech representing the Ambassadors stationed in Kenya and the United Nations Environment Program.

Eritrea and Amnesty International

Any entity that highlights a wrongdoing to the Government of Eritrea is considered as 'hostile to Eritrea'. Amnesty International is a case in point.
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Eritrea and Amnesty International

Any entity that highlights a wrongdoing to the Government of Eritrea is considered as 'hostile to Eritrea'. Amnesty International is a case in point.

Eritrean community festival in Qatar concludes

The three-day Eritrean community festival in Qatar that was underway from 21 November at the Eritrean Embassy compound in Doha under the theme “Resilience for Higher Progress” concluded with patriotic zeal.   Asmara, 25 November 2019- The three-da
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Eritrean community festival in Qatar concludes

The three-day Eritrean community festival in Qatar that was underway from 21 November at the Eritrean Embassy compound in Doha under the theme “Resilience for Higher Progress” concluded with patriotic zeal.   Asmara, 25 November 2019- The three-day Eritrean community festival in Qatar that was underway from 21 November at the Eritrean Embassy compound in Doha under the theme “Resilience for Higher Progress” concluded with patriotic zeal. The festival included exhibition depicting the tradition and way of living of the Eritrean ethnic groups, resources endowments of Eritrea as well as other programs staged by the Eritrean community members. Speaking at the seminar organized on 23 November, the Eritrean Ambassador to Qatar, Mr. Ali Ibrahim Ahmed gave briefing on the progress of peace and cooperation following the peace and friendship agreement signed by Eritrea and Ethiopia as well as on the investment opportunities being initiated for nationals. The festival was highlighted by cultural and musical performance by cultural troupe from Eritrea.

Training on Environmental Monitoring and Hazard Assessment

The Ministry of Land, Water and Environment in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) organized five-day technical training on environmental monitoring and hazard assessment. Asmara, 25 November 2019-
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Training on Environmental Monitoring and Hazard Assessment

The Ministry of Land, Water and Environment in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) organized five-day technical training on environmental monitoring and hazard assessment. Asmara, 25 November 2019- The Ministry of Land, Water and Environment in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) organized five-day technical training on environmental monitoring and hazard assessment. Speaking at the opening of the training, Mr. Tesfay Gebreselasie, Minister of Land, Water and Environment, said that the objective of the training is to develop the capacity of environmental monitoring and risk assessment and conduct early preparation to address any eventualities that may occur. Minister Tesfay also called on the trainees to practically apply the training they received. Mr. Zachary Atheru, Program Manager of the Intergovernmental Climate Prediction and Application Center, on his part said that disasters destroy hard earned development gains and shatter the livelihoods and that requires integrated effort and scientific approach to address them. Mr. Zachary went on to say that the objective of the training is to strengthen national capacities in environmental monitoring and hazard assessment as well as develop early warning information system. The training is being attended by 42 trainees from the Ministries of Land, Water and Environment, Agriculture, Marine Resources as well as from Meteorology O ffice, College of Marine Technology, Forestry and Wildlife Authority and others.

Discussion forum on violence against women

The National Union of Eritrean Women organized a discussion forum on 25 November in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the union focusing on the launch of the 16 days activism on violence against women. Asmara, 26 November 2019- T
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Discussion forum on violence against women

The National Union of Eritrean Women organized a discussion forum on 25 November in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the union focusing on the launch of the 16 days activism on violence against women. Asmara, 26 November 2019- The National Union of Eritrean Women organized a discussion forum on 25 November in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the union focusing on the launch of the 16 days activism on violence against women. The discussion forum was attended by Mr. Alamin Mohamed Seid, Secretary of the PFDJ, Ministers, members of the diplomatic community, representatives of UN Offices in Eritrea as well as members of the NUEW and invited guests. Speaking at the occasion, Ms. Zaid Mesfun, head Administration and Finance at the National Union of Eritrean Women, said that Eritrea entered to force of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) that was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1979 even when it was not a member of the United Nations. Indicating that the Eritrean women have registered commendable progress in all sectors, Ms. Zaid said that participation of women in education is highly promising in every level and has reached to above 45%, equal access to land use for women is ensured by law and practice, participation of women in politics and public arena has reached to 34% and that attests to the efforts conducted. Ms. Shaheen Nilofer, UN Resident Coordinator, on her part commended the Government of Eritrea for the hard work to enact policies and laws to ensure equal rights and opportunities to men and women and ensure social justice as well as in the eradication of harmful practices and under age marriages. The participants conducted extensive discussion on the Eritrean laws against violence against women as well as social and psychological consequences.

Official visit by Prime Minister of Sudan to Eritrea

A Sudanese delegation led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdox arrive in Asmara in mid morning hours today for an official visit. Asmara, 25 November 2019- A Sudanese delegation led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdox arrive in Asmara in mid morning hours today
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Official visit by Prime Minister of Sudan to Eritrea

A Sudanese delegation led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdox arrive in Asmara in mid morning hours today for an official visit. Asmara, 25 November 2019- A Sudanese delegation led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdox arrive in Asmara in mid morning hours today for an official visit. Upon arrival at the Asmara International Airport, the Sudanese delegation comprising the Ministers of Trade and Industry, Internal Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Higher Education and Parliamentary Affairs was welcomed by Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Gebreab.The delegation held discussion with President Isaias Afwerki focusing on the development of bilateral relations between Eritrea and Sudan, developments in the Sudan, as well as on issues of mutual importance.The two sides also agreed to develop the cooperation and partnership agreement between the two countries including in the sectors of economic, education, health as well as the historic relations.The delegation also expressed appreciation for the support Eritrea extended to the Sudanese people during their trial time.The Sudanese delegation returned home in the afternoon hours concluding one-day official visit.

الغاء الرواتب التقاعدية للرئاسات الثلاث والبرلمان مطلبنا

الكاتب اسعد عبدالله عبدعلي assad_assa@ymail.com ما ان اصبح التشريع بيد الطبقة السياسية, حتى قامت بحرف مسار التشريع عن العدل, بحيث يكون خادما لهم فقط,
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الغاء الرواتب التقاعدية للرئاسات الثلاث والبرلمان مطلبنا

الكاتب اسعد عبدالله عبدعلي assad_assa@ymail.com ما ان اصبح التشريع بيد الطبقة السياسية, حتى قامت بحرف مسار التشريع عن العدل, بحيث يكون خادما لهم فقط, فقاموا بتشريع رواتب لا تنتمي للعدل بل هي سرقة للمال العام تحت مظلة التشريع, ولتتكون طبقة سرطانية تنتفع من مال العراق بحيث اصبحت الخزينة مسخرة لدفع رواتبهم واستحقاقاتهم الشيطانية, ولم يكتفوا بهذا الظلم [...]

حزب النهضة الإرتري يدين بشدة حملة الاعتقالات التي تطال المواطنين الأبرياء

ظل حزب النهضة الارتري يتابع طيلة الأسبوعين الماضين لمنع المسلمين من تلقي الدروس الدينية في مساجدهم وتلقي الاطفال دروس القران الكريم ومنع الخ
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حزب النهضة الإرتري يدين بشدة حملة الاعتقالات التي تطال المواطنين الأبرياء

ظل حزب النهضة الارتري يتابع طيلة الأسبوعين الماضين لمنع المسلمين من تلقي الدروس الدينية في مساجدهم وتلقي الاطفال دروس القران الكريم ومنع الخطب بالمساجد وما أعقبه من الاعتقالات والحبس التعسفي في جنح الليل لمواطنين عزل ابرياء حيث تم اقتيادهم الى جهات غير معلومة وعبر عربات لا تحمل لوحات وبرجال امن ملثمين حيث تم كل ذلك [...]

Seminar to Eritrean nationals in Riyadh

Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, conducted seminar to the participants of the annual Eritrean community festival in Riyadh and its environs on 22 November focusing of the objective situation in the homeland, big national development programs a
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Seminar to Eritrean nationals in Riyadh

Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, conducted seminar to the participants of the annual Eritrean community festival in Riyadh and its environs on 22 November focusing of the objective situation in the homeland, big national development programs as well as regional developments. Asmara, 23 November 2019- Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, conducted seminar to the participants of the annual Eritrean community festival in Riyadh and its environs on 22 November focusing of the objective situation in the homeland, big national development programs as well as regional developments. Indicating that following the peace and friendship agreement signed by Eritrea and Ethiopia on 9 July 2019 encouraging atmosphere of cooperation and integration is unfolding,  Minister Osman said that the Government of Eritrea is conducting successful diplomatic activity with a view to ensure regional peace, security and development. Pointing out that big development programs are being initiated in the sectors of infra and super structure, agriculture and innovation aimed at rehabilitating the national economy, Minister Osman said that substantial investment is being made to human resources development. Minister Osman went on to say that the Government of Eritrea is initiating investment opportunities that give priority to nationals and called the national to take advantage of the opportunities.

Locust swarm put under control

The Ministry of Agriculture branch in the Southern region reported that the locust swarm that was detected in the sub-zones of Tsorena, Adi-Keih, Segeneity, Senafe and Mai-Aini was put under control. Asmara, 20 November 2019- The Ministry of Agricultu
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Locust swarm put under control

The Ministry of Agriculture branch in the Southern region reported that the locust swarm that was detected in the sub-zones of Tsorena, Adi-Keih, Segeneity, Senafe and Mai-Aini was put under control. Asmara, 20 November 2019- The Ministry of Agriculture branch in the Southern region reported that the locust swarm that was detected in the sub-zones of Tsorena, Adi-Keih, Segeneity, Senafe and Mai-Aini was put under control. The locust swarm has inflicted no damage on crops and grazing areas. According to report, the locust swarm that came across border from Ethiopia was put under control through coordinated effort by the residents, the Ministry of Agriculture, members of the Eritrean Defense Forces and other partners. Indicating that the early preparation and timely response has significantly contributed in the effort to control the locust swarm before inflicting damage, Mr. Hagos Haile, head of Seeds Health Safety in the Southern region Ministry of Agriculture branch, said that constant follow up is being conducted. Mr. Hagos also said that the timely report by the residents and members of the Eritrean Defense Forces on the prevalence of the locust has contributed in the success of the program.

Cardiac surgery on children

Successful cardiac surgery on children was carried out at Orotta Referral Hospital from 13 to 20 November by foreign medical doctors alongside their Eritrean counterparts. Asmara, 20 November 2019- Successful cardiac surgery on children was carried ou
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Cardiac surgery on children

Successful cardiac surgery on children was carried out at Orotta Referral Hospital from 13 to 20 November by foreign medical doctors alongside their Eritrean counterparts. Asmara, 20 November 2019- Successful cardiac surgery on children was carried out at Orotta Referral Hospital from 13 to 20 November by foreign medical doctors alongside their Eritrean counterparts. The 20 foreign Medical Doctors members of the ‘One Heart-One World’ International Association that participated in the program comprised Pediatrics Cardiologists from Italy, Lebanon, Serbia and Kosovo. Dr. Bruno Morzi, Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and International Cooperation of the One Heart and One World Association, indicated that the group has been providing medical service in Eritrea since 2005 and that this year diagnosis has been conducted on 112 children and surgery on 15 children. Dr.  Nadia Assanta, Pediatric Cardiologist, on her part said that unless infants with throat ailment receive timely treatment they could be exposed to heart disease. Dr. Nadia also said that so far diagnosis and treatment has been conducted on 10 thousand children in various regions of the country in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. The beneficiary families expressed appreciation for the medical treatment their children were provided.

Seminar to festival participants in Jeddah

Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, conducted seminar to the participants of the Eritrean community festival in Jeddah and its environs on the objective situation in the homeland and regional developments as well as on the charted out national de
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Seminar to festival participants in Jeddah

Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, conducted seminar to the participants of the Eritrean community festival in Jeddah and its environs on the objective situation in the homeland and regional developments as well as on the charted out national development program with a view to improve the livelihoods of citizens. Asmara, 16 November 2019- Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, conducted seminar to the participants of the Eritrean community festival in Jeddah and its environs on the objective situation in the homeland and regional developments as well as on the charted out national development program with a view to improve the livelihoods of citizens. Indicating that the peace and friendship agreement signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia attests to the relentless diplomatic effort by the Government of Eritrea, Minister Osman said that the positive engagement and respect to each other will have significant contribution in the peace and stability in the region. Minister Osman reiterated that in the past 20 years the external conspiracies and hostilities have been foiled through the strong resilience and steadfastness of the Eritrean people and Government. Minister Osman went on to say that in this new era, big development programs are being initiated including transportation infrastructure, expansion of ports, water and energy supply, development of modern agriculture among others. Minister Osdman further gave briefing on the investment opportunities that are being initiated in the sectors of agriculture and innovation giving priority to nationals and called on nationals to take advantage of the opportunity being created.

Address by Minister Amina (MOH): Meningitis Vaccination Campaign

Your Excellencies Ministers!Honorable PFDJ Officials & Governors!Representatives of UN, WHO and other Partners!Distinguished Guests!Participants!All protocol Observed! Ladies and Gentlemen! First and for most, allow me to welcome you all, to this imp
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Address by Minister Amina (MOH): Meningitis Vaccination Campaign

Your Excellencies Ministers!Honorable PFDJ Officials & Governors!Representatives of UN, WHO and other Partners!Distinguished Guests!Participants!All protocol Observed! Ladies and Gentlemen! First and for most, allow me to welcome you all, to this important event, of launching the Meningitis Vaccination Campaign, and Vitamin-A supplementation for our children and young adults.   As you all know, Vaccines are among the most cost-effective public health and clinical preventive-service interventions, as well as, the core component of any preventive service packages. At the same time, we know that prevention is better than cure! By the same token; childhood immunization program provides a very high return on investment. Likewise, awareness of disease and carrying out prevention and treatment courses remain essential components for reducing infectious disease transmission. Ladies and Gentlemen! In recognition of the importance of vaccines, Eritrea has been working diligently to reduce the negative impact of vaccine-preventable diseases. For this reason, Eritrea has policies and appropriate strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality and thereby, increasing productivity that would directly and indirectly contribute to the economic development of the country. At this point,” The Expanded Program on Immunization” is one of the most successful programs in Eritrea. We are providing 12 types of vaccines to prevent diseases, including tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, meningitis, and Rota vaccine, among others. Besides, yellow fever vaccine is being provided for those who travel outside of the country. In addition to the above mentioned, Vitamin-A capsules to prevent vitamin A deficiency is being provided. In Eritrea there are 285 static immunization program sites, and 385 outreach sites. Moreover, we conduct Sustainable Outreach Services (SOS) and Reach Every District (RED) Services. Using these approaches, and additional activities, we are able to achieve over 95% coverage against ten diseases for which, we are on control stage, while we have practically eliminated the other two diseases namely poliomyelitis and both maternal & childhood tetanus. Ladies and Gentlemen! Today’s launching of Meningitis-A immunizations is against meningococcal-A meningitis which is, a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, that have spread up across 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, killing and disabling young people every year. Meningitis-A is highly contiguous disease in our continent; it can kill or cause severe brain damage within hours. The disease is spread from person-to-person through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions, by coughing, kissing, or sharing eating utensils. Children aged between 5-14 years, are the most high risk groups. Meningitis manifested by severe headache, fever, vomiting, bulging of the fontanel in infants, sensitivity to light and neck stiffness, which can lead to - convulsions, delirium and death. At the same time, Meningitis can cause severe brain damage, and it is fatal in 50% of the cases. But, if it is treated soon, the case-fatality rate can be reduced by 5-10%. Meningitis also creates great burden on individuals, families, and the health systems of the affected countries. Epidemics usually start at the beginning of the calendar year (January to February) when dry sands from the Sahara Desert begins blowing southward. Ladies and Gentlemen! Our campaign also includes vitamin ‘A’ supplementation for children aged 6 to 59 months. As we all know, Infants and children have a high requirement of vitamin A for promoting rapid growth and for combating infections. Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD), in children manifests itself as severe respiratory infection, diarrheal diseases, eye diseases ranging from exophthalmia (dry eyes), night blindness, and to a more serious sight threatening keratomalacia (melting of the cornea), that leads to corneal scars. Therefore, Vitamin-A supplementation is critically important, not only to prevent all the above-mentioned diseases, but also as essential element for child growth and survival. Ladies and Gentlemen! At this time, we are conducting catch-up campaign of Meningitis-A vaccination for the age group, ranging from 1-30 years. This will be followed by the introduction of this vaccine    in our routine immunization program for children in the age range 1 to 5 years. The introduction of Meningitis-A vaccine in the routine immunization program will prevent morbidity and mortality of our children. To this effect, the Ministry of Health of the State of Eritrea is officially launching this vaccination today, and as usual, the Ministry is committed to continue the routine immunization program that includes Meningitis-A vaccine. Moreover, distribution of vitamin ‘A’ will be reinforced. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to all Parents of the Beloved Children, Government, Non-Government Partners, & Staff Members of Ministry of Health, who are contributing to the success of this important campaign. I thank you all! Awet n’hafash!

Address by MOH;For Meningitis Vaccination Campaign

Your Excellencies Ministers!Honorable PFDJ Officials & Governors!Representatives of UN, WHO and other Partners!Distinguished Guests!Participants!All protocol Observed! Ladies and Gentlemen! First and for most, allow me to welcome you all, to this imp
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Address by MOH;For Meningitis Vaccination Campaign

Your Excellencies Ministers!Honorable PFDJ Officials & Governors!Representatives of UN, WHO and other Partners!Distinguished Guests!Participants!All protocol Observed! Ladies and Gentlemen! First and for most, allow me to welcome you all, to this important event, of launching the Meningitis Vaccination Campaign, and Vitamin-A supplementation for our children and young adults.   As you all know, Vaccines are among the most cost-effective public health and clinical preventive-service interventions, as well as, the core component of any preventive service packages. At the same time, we know that prevention is better than cure! By the same token; childhood immunization program provides a very high return on investment. Likewise, awareness of disease and carrying out prevention and treatment courses remain essential components for reducing infectious disease transmission. Ladies and Gentlemen! In recognition of the importance of vaccines, Eritrea has been working diligently to reduce the negative impact of vaccine-preventable diseases. For this reason, Eritrea has policies and appropriate strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality and thereby, increasing productivity that would directly and indirectly contribute to the economic development of the country. At this point,” The Expanded Program on Immunization” is one of the most successful programs in Eritrea. We are providing 12 types of vaccines to prevent diseases, including tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, meningitis, and Rota vaccine, among others. Besides, yellow fever vaccine is being provided for those who travel outside of the country. In addition to the above mentioned, Vitamin-A capsules to prevent vitamin A deficiency is being provided. In Eritrea there are 285 static immunization program sites, and 385 outreach sites. Moreover, we conduct Sustainable Outreach Services (SOS) and Reach Every District (RED) Services. Using these approaches, and additional activities, we are able to achieve over 95% coverage against ten diseases for which, we are on control stage, while we have practically eliminated the other two diseases namely poliomyelitis and both maternal & childhood tetanus. Ladies and Gentlemen! Today’s launching of Meningitis-A immunizations is against meningococcal-A meningitis which is, a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, that have spread up across 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, killing and disabling young people every year. Meningitis-A is highly contiguous disease in our continent; it can kill or cause severe brain damage within hours. The disease is spread from person-to-person through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions, by coughing, kissing, or sharing eating utensils. Children aged between 5-14 years, are the most high risk groups. Meningitis manifested by severe headache, fever, vomiting, bulging of the fontanel in infants, sensitivity to light and neck stiffness, which can lead to - convulsions, delirium and death. At the same time, Meningitis can cause severe brain damage, and it is fatal in 50% of the cases. But, if it is treated soon, the case-fatality rate can be reduced by 5-10%. Meningitis also creates great burden on individuals, families, and the health systems of the affected countries. Epidemics usually start at the beginning of the calendar year (January to February) when dry sands from the Sahara Desert begins blowing southward. Ladies and Gentlemen! Our campaign also includes vitamin ‘A’ supplementation for children aged 6 to 59 months. As we all know, Infants and children have a high requirement of vitamin A for promoting rapid growth and for combating infections. Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD), in children manifests itself as severe respiratory infection, diarrheal diseases, eye diseases ranging from exophthalmia (dry eyes), night blindness, and to a more serious sight threatening keratomalacia (melting of the cornea), that leads to corneal scars. Therefore, Vitamin-A supplementation is critically important, not only to prevent all the above-mentioned diseases, but also as essential element for child growth and survival. Ladies and Gentlemen! At this time, we are conducting catch-up campaign of Meningitis-A vaccination for the age group, ranging from 1-30 years. This will be followed by the introduction of this vaccine    in our routine immunization program for children in the age range 1 to 5 years. The introduction of Meningitis-A vaccine in the routine immunization program will prevent morbidity and mortality of our children. To this effect, the Ministry of Health of the State of Eritrea is officially launching this vaccination today, and as usual, the Ministry is committed to continue the routine immunization program that includes Meningitis-A vaccine. Moreover, distribution of vitamin ‘A’ will be reinforced. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to all Parents of the Beloved Children, Government, Non-Government Partners, & Staff Members of Ministry of Health, who are contributing to the success of this important campaign. I thank you all! Awet n’hafash!

Commemoration of 40th anniversary of founding of NUEW

The 40th anniversary commemoration of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women was held in Asneda, Anseba region, at regional level. Keren, 15 November 2019- The 40th anniversary commemoration of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean
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Commemoration of 40th anniversary of founding of NUEW

The 40th anniversary commemoration of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women was held in Asneda, Anseba region, at regional level. Keren, 15 November 2019- The 40th anniversary commemoration of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women was held in Asneda, Anseba region, at regional level. The event was attended by Ms. Leul Gebreab, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Government and PFDJ officials as well as a number of residents in the area. Ms. Amna Hassan, head of the National Union of Eritrean Women branch in the Anseba region, said that effort is being exerted to empower women in all sectors and to realize the participation of young women in the activities of the union. Indicating that the union that was set up 40 years ago in Arag was the result of the struggle and steadfastness of the Eritrean women, Mr. Rezene Adonai, Secretary of the PFDJ in the region, called for reinforced role and contribution for total emancipation of women. Mr. Osman Adm, administrator of the Asmat sub-zone, on his part said that the 40th anniversary of the founding of the NUEW is unique for it is being celebrated at the time of new era unfolding and called for transferring the noble values to the young generation. The commemoration event was highlighted by cultural and artistic programs portraying the history and contribution of Eritrean women.

National meningitis vaccination program commences

The National Meningitis Vaccination program and distribution of vitamin ‘A’ commenced today, 15 November in the presence of senior Government officials, representatives of UN offices in Eritrea and stakeholders. Asmara, 15 November 2019- The Nation
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National meningitis vaccination program commences

The National Meningitis Vaccination program and distribution of vitamin ‘A’ commenced today, 15 November in the presence of senior Government officials, representatives of UN offices in Eritrea and stakeholders. Asmara, 15 November 2019- The National Meningitis Vaccination program and distribution of vitamin ‘A’ commenced today, 15 November in the presence of senior Government officials, representatives of UN offices in Eritrea and stakeholders. Speaking at the event, Ms. Amina Nurhussen, Minister of Health, said that in recognition of the importance of vaccines, Eritrea has been working diligently to reduce the negative impact of vaccine-preventable diseases and that Eritrea has policies and appropriate strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality and thereby increasing productivity that would directly and indirectly contribute to the economic development of the country. Minister Amina went on to say that currently 12 types of vaccines are being provided to prevent diseases including tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, whooping, and meningitis and Rota vaccine among others. Minister Amina also said that in Eritrea there are 285 static immunization program sites, and 385 outreach sites and that using these approaches it was able to achieve 95% coverage against ten diseases which are on controlling stage while practically eliminating poliomyelitis and both maternal and childhood tetanus. D. Martins Ovberedjo, WHO Representative, said that the Meningitis Belt starches from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the east comprising a population of 450 million people and that makes the program very important. Dr. Martins also commended the commitment of the Eritrean Government in terms of channeling resources to the campaign and expressed confidence that Eritrea is on the right track to eliminate meningitis and to reduce the morbidity and mortality among the vulnerable population. The UNCEF Representative in Eritrea, Ms. Shaheen Nilofer on her part said that Eritrea is embarking on one of the largest meningitis vaccination program and distribution of vitamin ‘A’ and expressed that UNCEF will support for the success of the program.

Annual Eritrean community festival in Jeddah

The annual festival of Eritrean community in Jeddah and its environment was officially opened on 13 November by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs.   Asmara, 14 November 2019- The annual festival of Eritrean community in Jeddah and its enviro
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Annual Eritrean community festival in Jeddah

The annual festival of Eritrean community in Jeddah and its environment was officially opened on 13 November by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs.   Asmara, 14 November 2019- The annual festival of Eritrean community in Jeddah and its environment was officially opened on 13 November by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The opening ceremony that was attended by a number of nationals was highlighted by pictorial exhibition, cultural and artistic programs as well as other entertaining programs staged by students of the Eritrean International School. Minister Osman commended the students and the organizers of the festival for presenting programs depicting the true picture of Eritrea. Awards were also handed over to winners in various competitions.

Statement by Eritrea’s Delegation at ICPD Conference

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Statement by Eritrea’s Delegation at ICPD Conference

In 1994, when International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo, Eritrea crafted its National Charter while celebrating its 1st de jure independence. In that Charter, it was clearly stated that; “the issue of women is a major social issue and a society that doesn’t respect the rights and equality of women cannot be truly considered liberated”. Hence, it funneled its financial wherewithal, including international support, to achieve these noble objectives. Excellencies,In 1994, when International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo, Eritrea crafted its National Charter while celebrating its 1st de jure independence. In that Charter, it was clearly stated that; “the issue of women is a major social issue and a society that doesn’t respect the rights and equality of women cannot be truly considered liberated”. Hence, it funneled its financial wherewithal, including international support, to achieve these noble objectives.    In this respect, the GOE made education free for all; from elementary to tertiary level; increased number of schools from just 132 to 1987; NER in elementary school from 30% to 83.2%; in middle school from 6% to 48%. This was done with the objective of enhancing girls’ participation, retention and performance in education. Eritrea has made healthcare services almost free with access to health care within 10 km radius for 80% and 5km radius for 60% of the population. In the same period, Maternal Mortality Rate was reduced by 74%, and, Neonatal Mortality by 73%.  Eritrea is thus embarking on the SDG era having achieved all three Health MDGs. Life expectancy has increased from 47 to 66 years in the post-independence period. FGM/C has been forbidden and made punishable by law since 2007. This, coupled with regular awareness campaigns, has created encouraging sign towards eliminating it.  These achievements and the challenges ahead are good reasons for Eritrea to march to Nairobi with confidence to finish the unfulfilled job in the near future. Hence, Eritrea will commit:1. To make preventable maternal mortality and morbidities zero by 2022. In doing so, it will further reformulate its existing UHC strategies, policies and programs to address the necessary sexual and reproductive health interventions. This will guarantee and ensure every individual’s right to bodily integrity, autonomy and reproductive rights. 2. To create access for all adolescents and youth, especially girls, to comprehensive and age-responsive information, education and friendly quality and timely services. This will enable them to make free and informed decisions and choices about their sexuality and reproductive lives, such as, unintended pregnancies, all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, harmful practices, and, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. 3. Eritrea will strive for, Zero Sexual and Gender-based Violence and harmful practices, including zero child, early and forced marriage, as well as zero female genital mutilation.4. Eritrea will commit to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls, in order to realize their full  socio-economic potential. Nairobi, Kenya14 November 2019  

Seminars in connection with founding of NUEW

Seminars in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women are being conducted in the Central region. Asmara, 13 November 2019- Seminars in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Nation
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Seminars in connection with founding of NUEW

Seminars in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women are being conducted in the Central region. Asmara, 13 November 2019- Seminars in connection with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Union of Eritrean Women are being conducted in the Central region. The seminars are focused on the efforts conducted by the PFDJ in ensuring the equitable participation of women in all sectors, activities exerted after independence to develop educational and vocational skills as well as economic capacity of women and the progress registered as well as in eradicating harmful practices that have been negatively impacting the development of women. According to the report presented at the seminars, the number of female students’ school enrolment has increased by 73% in pre-school, by 27% in elementary, by 63% in junior, by 61% in high school and by 45% in higher education. Regarding health service, according to the research conducted in 2015, the death rate at delivery that has been 1590 out of 100,000 pregnant women has now been reduced to 240; Females Genital Mutilation that has been 95% in 1995 has been reduced to 7%. The seminars are scheduled to continue until 15 November.

Training on communication and report writing

The Office of Auditor General in cooperation with the African Organization for Supreme Audit Institutions-English Speaking Countries (AFROSAI-E) organized one week training to 38 staff members on communication and effective report writing at the Asmara Pal
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Training on communication and report writing

The Office of Auditor General in cooperation with the African Organization for Supreme Audit Institutions-English Speaking Countries (AFROSAI-E) organized one week training to 38 staff members on communication and effective report writing at the Asmara Palace Hotel. Asmara, 12 November 2019- The Office of Auditor General in cooperation with the African Organization for Supreme Audit Institutions-English Speaking Countries (AFROSAI-E) organized one week training to 38 staff members on communication and effective report writing at the Asmara Palace Hotel. At the event held on 11 November, it was reported that the objective of the program is to enable the trainees prepare concise audit report easy to understand. Speaking at the event, Mr. Gerezgiher Gebremedhin, Auditor General, indicated that the training will have significant contribution in preparing effective audit information and report. The training includes introduction to effective report writing, reporting requirements, role of writing in audit process, principles of effective writing, audit planning and crafting messages among others.

‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ conducting eye surgery

The ‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ Ophthalmologists team is conducting eye surgery in Eritrea since 10 November. Asmara, 12 November 2019- The ‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ Ophthalmologists team is conducting eye surgery in Eritrea since 10 November
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‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ conducting eye surgery

The ‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ Ophthalmologists team is conducting eye surgery in Eritrea since 10 November. Asmara, 12 November 2019- The ‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ Ophthalmologists team is conducting eye surgery in Eritrea since 10 November. At the program that will be conducted until 15 November 17 Ophthalmologists from various countries are taking part alongside their Eritrean counterparts. According to Dr. Kahsai Fesehatsion, Medical Director of Brhan Aini Hospital, so far eye surgery has been conducted on over 400 patients. Dr. Kahsai went on to say that it is expected to conduct eye surgery on about 1500 patients and that will ease the burden of the Brhan Aini Hospital. Indicating that they have conducted similar eye surgery in Nepal, Ghana and Ethiopia, members of the ‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ team said that the efficient preparation in Eritrea has contributed to the successful implementation of the program. The CEO of the ‘Himalayan Cataract Project’ Dr. Reeta Gurung said that the ‘Fred Hollows Intraocular Lens Laboratories’ that were set up in Eritrea and Nepal in the same period are supplying the market with fair price.

Minister Osman met and held talks with F.M of Kuwait

Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs met and held talks on 10 November in Kuwait with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Sheik Sabah Al-Sabah.   Asmara, 11 November 2019- Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs met and h
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Minister Osman met and held talks with F.M of Kuwait

Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs met and held talks on 10 November in Kuwait with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Sheik Sabah Al-Sabah.   Asmara, 11 November 2019- Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs met and held talks on 10 November in Kuwait with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Sheik Sabah Al-Sabah. During the meeting the two sides discussed on bilateral relations, regional and global developments as well as on issues of mutual importance. The meeting was attended by the Charge d’Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy in Kuwait, Mr. Humed Yahya and Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Khaled Al-Jarallah, Assistant Foreign Minister for the Deputy and Foreign Minister’s Office Sheik Dr. Ahmed Naser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, and other Kuwaiti officials. Likewise, Minister Osman Saleh on 9 November addressed the Eritrean community members in Kuwait focusing on the objective situation in the homeland, the peace and cooperation prevailing in the Horn of Africa following the peace and friendship agreement as well as the investment opportunity the Government of Eritrea is initiating. Minister Osman called on nationals to take advantage individually or in group the investment opportunity that gives priority to nationals.

The first phase of Habela-Cheatat road construction launches

The first phase of the construction of the Adi-Guadad-Akordet, two-lane, 134 km new asphalt road was launched at a ceremony held today, 11 November in Habela. Asmara, 11 November 2019- The first phase of the construction of the Adi-Guadad-Akordet, two-
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The first phase of Habela-Cheatat road construction launches

The first phase of the construction of the Adi-Guadad-Akordet, two-lane, 134 km new asphalt road was launched at a ceremony held today, 11 November in Habela. Asmara, 11 November 2019- The first phase of the construction of the Adi-Guadad-Akordet, two-lane, 134 km new asphalt road was launched at a ceremony held today, 11 November in Habela. The first phase of the construction of the new road by Chinese Company ‘SFECO’ is expected to be accomplished within two years and will cover 30 km from Habela to Cheatat. At the launching ceremony in which Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, head of the PFDJ  Economic Affairs took part, Mr. Abraha Asfeha, Minister of Public Works, indicating that the old road connecting Asmara with Gash Barka region passing through keren was very narrow and with rolling mountainous topography that limits the driving speed and open to high risk. Mr. Abraha went on to say that the new road will be of high standard and it will shorten the existing Asmara-Akordet road by 20 km and that will have strategic economic importance. Mr. Yang Zigang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Eritrea indicating that since the establishment of diplomatic relation in 1993, Eritrea and China cooperation has been strengthened continuously, said that the ‘SFECO’ Construction Company has vast experience and capacity to construct the road and is expected the Eritrean nationals that join the program will gain substantial experience. This mountainous segment will be constructed on the basis of Chinese Government concessional loan.

Call for strengthening the role of youth females

Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael, President of the National Union of Eritrean Women called for exerting effort to reinforce the role of youth females in all sectors of development by strengthening organizational capacity. Mendefera, 11 November 2019- Ms. Tekea T
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Call for strengthening the role of youth females

Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael, President of the National Union of Eritrean Women called for exerting effort to reinforce the role of youth females in all sectors of development by strengthening organizational capacity. Mendefera, 11 November 2019- Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael, President of the National Union of Eritrean Women called for exerting effort to reinforce the role of youth females in all sectors of development by strengthening organizational capacity. Ms. Tekea made the call at the meeting organized in Dekemhare in connection with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the union. At the meeting that was attended by representatives from the 12 sub-zones in Southern region, Ms. Tekea said that the Eritrean women have reached to the current stage passing through long years of arduous struggle and resilience. Ms. Tekea explaining on the significance of strengthening organizational capacity in empowering women, called for reinforced participation of women in all sectors of development. The head of the union branch in the Southern region, Ms. Senait Afwerki on her part said that commendable achievements have been registered to enhance the participation of women and enabled them become competitive in academic and vocational education. At the occasion, the secretary of PFDJ in the Southern region, administrator of the Dekemhare sub-zone and heads of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers and the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students delivered messages of solidarity.

Eid-Mowlid celebrated nation wide

The 1441 years of Eid-Mowlid Al-Nebi was colorfully celebrated across the country today, 9 November.   Asmara, 09 November 2019- The 1441 years of Eid-Mowlid Al-Nebi was colorfully celebrated across the country today, 9 November. The observance at the A
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Eid-Mowlid celebrated nation wide

The 1441 years of Eid-Mowlid Al-Nebi was colorfully celebrated across the country today, 9 November.   Asmara, 09 November 2019- The 1441 years of Eid-Mowlid Al-Nebi was colorfully celebrated across the country today, 9 November. The observance at the Al-Khulafae Al-Rashidin Mosque here in the capital was attended by senior Government officials, religious leaders, members of the Diplomatic Community as well as thousands of the faithful. At the event, Mr. Mohammed-Seid Beshir, Chairman of the Awkaf in Asmara, gave extensive briefing on the historical background and significance of the religious holiday. In a message Sheik Salem Ibrahim Almukhtar, Acting Mufti of Eritrea and Secretary General of Higher Assembly of Eritrean Iftae and Islamic Affairs, conveyed on the occasion, called on the faithful to practice mutaual cooperation and extend a helping hand to the needy. He also wished the Eritrean people at home and abroad a happy Eid Mowlid and peace and prosperity.

23rd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE)

UNECA, Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa (SRO-EA) Leveraging New Opportunities for Regional Integration in Eastern AfricaTHE ASMARA COMMUNIQUE 1.The 23rd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) was held fro
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23rd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE)

UNECA, Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa (SRO-EA) Leveraging New Opportunities for Regional Integration in Eastern AfricaTHE ASMARA COMMUNIQUE 1.The 23rd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) was held from 5 to 7 November 2019, at the Asmara Palace Hotel in Asmara, Eritrea. The meeting was jointly organised by the Government of the State of Eritrea and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Eastern Africa. The theme of the meeting was: ‘Leveraging New Opportunities for Regional Integration in Eastern Africa.’ 2. Welcoming remarks were delivered by Ms. Susan Ngongi, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Eritrea, who applauded ECA Office for Eastern Africa for choosing Asmara to host the 23rd Annual Meeting, and the Government of the State of Eritrea for facilitating it. Mr. Godfrey Kabera, Director General for National Planning at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda, delivered a speech on behalf of the Minister. The outgoing chair, the Honorable Minister, extended his regrets for not being able to attend the meeting. Referencing the 22nd Annual Meeting, he reminded delegates that engagement of all stakeholders, particularly the private sector, is necessary for successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). He added that regional infrastructure projects will ease the flow of trade and reduce the cost of doing business, and that it is important to ensure that citizens are informed and consulted throughout the process. The Executive Secretary of ECA, Ms. Vera Songwe, welcomed participants and applauded the organizers and host country. She mentioned that, though the growth has not been as investment- or technology-led as desired, Eastern Africa has nevertheless emerged as the fastest-growing region in Africa. Ms. Songwe touted peace as one of the key factors in having facilitated this. The ICSOE was officially opened by the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea and incoming Chair of the 23rd ICSOE Bureau, Mr. Osman Saleh. After welcoming the participants to Eritrea in his key note address, he acknowledged the outgoing chair and mentioned that the landmark peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia recently signed in Asmara is one of the key ingredients for improving regional integration in Eastern Africa. 3. The meeting unanimously elected the following countries onto the 2019-2020 ICSOE Bureau: Chair: The State of Eritrea 1st Vice-Chair: Seychelles 2nd Vice Chair: Ethiopia Rapporteur: Tanzania The agenda was then reviewed and adopted. 4. Delegations from the following countries attended the ICSOE: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania. 5. In addition to a wide number of stakeholders from the host country – Eritrea – the following national, sub-regional, regional and international institutions and organizations were also represented: African Union Commission (AUC); Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); Communauté Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs (CEPGL); East African Community (EAC); Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD); Indian Ocean Commission (IOC); Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA); Ports Management Authority for Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA); Nile Basin Initiative (NBI); University of South Africa (UNISA); University of Nairobi; Kenya Youth in Trade; Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development; Life and Peace Institute; National Cohesion and Integration Commission of Kenya (NCIC); Institute for Peace and Security Studies; University of Dar-es-Salaam; Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) of Rwanda; Makerere University; Kenya Institute for Public Policy (KIPPRA);; Tourism Confederation of Tanzania; Office National de Tourisme de Djibouti (ONTD); Leisure and Tourism; Howarth International; RES4Africa Foundation; Deloitte; International Maritime Organisation (IMO); TradeMark East Africa (TMEA); African Development Bank; Sustainable Development Center Goals for Africa (SDG) Center; Economic Commission for Europe in Africa for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs); Kenya Convention Bureau; Invest Afrique; East African Court of Justice; Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI); the Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI); the Diplomatic Corps; UN Agencies; the national and international media; consultants; interpreters; and UNECA Staff. 6. The ICSOE included the following plenary sessions: • Macroeconomic and Social Overview of Eastern Africa; • How to fast-track AfCFTA Implementation in Eastern Africa; • Boosting Tourism Development in Eastern Africa; • Crowding-in Investments for Energy and Infrastructure Development in Eastern Africa; and • Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa: Aligning National, Continental and Global agendas. 7. The ICSOE also included parallel breakout sessions, the outcomes of which were also discussed collectively. These Ad Hoc Expert Group Meetings (AEGMs) were: • Promoting Regional Trade for Faster Job Creation; • The State of Social Cohesion in Eastern Africa. There was also a further side event on ‘Harnessing the Blue Economy for Regional Integration’, as well as a High-Level Dinner that considered ‘Legal Perspectives on Regional Integration in Eastern Africa’. KEY MESSAGES AND ACTION POINTS 8. The meeting studied an overview of the Macroeconomic and Social Developments in Eastern Africa in 2018, based on the annual ECA report of the same name. The meeting noted the consistently high growth rate of the region, whilst acknowledging some of the economic risks, such as: the fiscal and debt situation in some countries; a lack of structural transformation; the weak trade performance of the region comparative to its potential; climate change vulnerabilities; other global risks; and a slow rate of job creation. The meeting noted the size of the regional market in Purchasing Power terms, before noting that trade deficits tend to be driven by manufactured goods, which results in the observed high dependency on imports, with 70 percent of these coming from Asian countries. The meeting took stock of SDG progress, noting that SDGs 3, 9, and 16 have been spotlighted by the SDG Centre for Africa as priority, due to slow progress in the region to date. Having reflected on the improvements to life expectancy and female political representation, the meeting recounted significant gender imbalances in literacy rates and the poor food security rating of the region. The participants recognised the solutions and new opportunities presented by the AfCFTA, such as accelerating industrialization and creating up to 2 million jobs. 9. Seychelles communicated the country’s policies and strategies for development and regional integration, explaining its richness in ocean resources and its strategic approach to sustainably capitalize on this. The meeting saluted the Government’s decision to create a new dedicated Blue Economy Department, as well as innovative funding mechanisms, such as blue bonds and debt swap. This supports the implementation of the Seychelles’ Blue Economy Strategic Policy and Roadmap. The leading sectors of tourism and fisheries were further highlighted as key pillars of the Blue Economy, with funding available for entrepreneurs to further tap into related opportunities. The meeting noted the Seychelles’ inclination for regional integration, whilst being made aware of challenges associated with membership to multiple Regional Economic Communities (RECs). 10. The meeting similarly appreciated some of Rwanda’s noteworthy recent developments, such as the progress that has been made in structurally transforming the economy from agriculture to services, the boost to the Rwandan textiles industry through the ban on imports of second-hand clothing, and the success of the Made in Rwanda policy in cultivating home-grown industries. The challenge of persistent trade deficits was stated. The meeting noted the Government of Rwanda’s belief and confidence in AfCFTA, before stressing the importance of joint projects and regional competitive strategies. 11. The meeting considered that global ‘risks’ such as Brexit and the U.S-China trade dispute could in fact be a source of opportunity for the continent. Meanwhile, more information was requested on: the informal parts of Eastern African economies, cross-border trade and migrant remittances. Other points raised were the role of RECs in AfCFTA acceleration and the opportunities presented by shared waters in regional integration. The session ended recognising: the need for concrete plans to accelerate regional tourism; the need to involve youth in blue economy activities; and lastly the success of the Government of Rwanda in their detailed and effective Monitoring and Evaluation framework. 12. The meeting provided a common understanding of AfCFTA implementation, determining the backstory, current status and recommended ways forward. The meeting ascertained that many technical parts of the Agreement are in place. Participants understood that services liberalization will not happen instantly – with the Protocol for services merely establishing the parameters for a first round of negotiations on business, communications, financial services, tourism and transport services. The meeting recollected the five ‘operational tools’ that were launched at the July 2019 Summit. Having recognised the profound benefits of the AfCFTA, the meeting recommended next steps for the African continent, including the Eastern Africa region. These were to: - Finalize remaining critical components; - Increase the number of state parties; - Create institutions, establish operative mechanisms, introduce obligations into law and regulation; - Optimise implementation, through complementary measures such as national strategies; - Conclude Phase II of negotiations; - Use the AfCFTA as a vehicle for achieving the African Single Market. 13. With the way forward mapped out, the meeting heard that Eritrea is committed to regional integration, deeming it not a choice but a necessity. Panellists pointed out that consultation of the private sector is important for the AfCFTA negotiation process. They also stressed the benefits of: financing regional infrastructure for increased productivity; collecting reliable data; boosting private sector competitiveness; and harmonising regulations. 14. With emphasis on the economic potential and importance of tourism in Eastern Africa, a sector that currently employs over 7.2 million people, the meeting received a presentation on the current state of the industry in the region. Whilst acknowledging steady growth, the meeting participants were cognised on the poor ranking of Member States in the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TTCI) and the causes for this, namely: the narrow range of tourism products and a lack of good quality tourism statistics. The meeting also pointed to emerging opportunities, including the prioritisation of the sector by the Member States, the growing middle class across the continent with disposable incomes, and opportunities for new product development. The ICSOE recognised national and regional initiatives being undertaken by ECA to promote regional tourism. This included the IGAD Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, the Ethiopia Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, the African Union Tourism Strategy, the EAC Tourism Marketing Plan, and the tourism satellite accounts for Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. 15. The subsequent deliberations maintained the regional focus, understanding the tourism concept’s failure to appeal to the African market, stringent visa regimes and the high cost of air transport. To improve the yield of tourism, the meeting recommended that delegates support the full implementation of national, regional and continental tourism initiatives. Other recommendations were: • to improve partnership between key tourism stakeholders drawn from the private and public sectors, the academia and the civil society; • to diversify the tourism product range in Eastern African away from nature-based products and towards those that appeal to the African tourist market; • to jointly promote the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism concept which is high yielding; • to promote the concept of inter-regional ‘city-breaking’, which is a low-hanging fruit in the context of AfCFTA; • to encourage the relaxation of visa regimes particularly for African Member States; • to support the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), whilst promoting modes of transport; and • to integrate research into tourism development and produce good quality tourism statistics. Taking stock of the advice given, the meeting was able to agree on the following actions: developing methodologies to standardise tourism data collection and analysis in Eastern Africa; developing a framework to guide the diversification of tourism products in Eastern Africa, in particular the urban tourism concept; working collaboratively under the existing regional and continental initiatives mentioned. 16. The meeting considered the importance of ensuring alignment and compatibilization of national, regional, continental and global frameworks. Taking the example of Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063, the meeting acknowledged where there was convergence, but also deciphered areas which do not converge. The UN itself also operates on various geographic scopes across a multitude of frameworks. Drawing on the challenges that the UN too experiences, the meeting noted that there is no ‘Marshall Plan’ and hence the financial pressure of alignment. With reference made to the ECA-led Integrated Planning and Reporting Toolkit, the participants concluded that the core alignment of strategies has to take place at the national level, both for planning purposes and because national developments have the ‘most-felt’ impact on people’s lives. Methodologies were shared, including prioritization of the most ambitious goals as a tactic to vertically synchronize the various goals. Participants also applauded the basket fund approach to data collection used in Rwanda, which has facilitated the pooling of resources for meeting statistical needs by mobilizing resources and avoiding duplication. 17. The meeting recognized the transformation taking place in Africa’s energy sector, evidenced by: appreciable improvements in energy access, expanding investment sources and improving infrastructure capacity. However, remaining infrastructure gaps are affecting competitiveness of the region in terms of higher freight costs, and increased trade costs. Addressing the infrastructure gap will require USD 90 billion per year for energy development. 18. The latest global SDG7 tracking report warned that current progress on access to electricity will be insufficient to achieve universal access by 2030, and almost 90 percent of the people still lacking access in 2030 will be in Africa. Given that current funding remains insufficient, crowding-in additional public, public-private and private investment resources was discussed. Diversifying the investment resources also involves expanding the scope of public finance, through: expanding the tax base, leveraging diaspora remittances, tapping into private equity markets, utilizing bank revenue streams and issuing of international sovereign bonds. The session concluded with three actionable recommendations: • Additional investment resources should be crowded-in from public and private sectors to sustain investment in Eastern Africa’s infrastructure; • Experience-sharing through periodic regional forums should be pursued in order to bolster the Member States that are implementing various solutions to bridge the infrastructure gap; and • Regional infrastructure projects should leverage progress on regional economic integration, especially on the AfCFTA, to make a better business case. 19. The meeting broke into the two AEGMs and the side event. 20. The AEGM on “Promoting Regional Trade for Faster Job Creation” unanimously elected the following ICSOE participants to serve on the AEGM bureau: Chair: Anthony Mveyange, Trademark East Africa. Rapporteur: Arnold Segawa, NTV Uganda. The theme was introduced, explaining the fast-growing supply of new entrants to the workforce. The AEGM noted that, currently, the bulk of employment is in the agricultural sector and the growing importance of the services sector. They recognised tourism and ICT as a source of employment, before concluding that increased intra-regional trade associated with AfCFTA implementation will change the labor market, creating between 800,000 and 2 million jobs. 21. The AEGM also benefitted from contributions that mapped out the challenges for job creation (namely: importation of cheap goods, limited intra-African trade, poor interconnectivity and other non-tariff barriers) and that mentioned the need to train the youth to connect to emerging opportunities. The meeting established that reliability of energy supply is crucial to support industrial activities and highlighted the need for a competition policy and competition commission. The meeting also contemplated the employment situation in Eritrea. 22. The discussion led to the following five actionable recommendations: • Enable labor mobility through regional harmonization of qualification standards; • Leverage the opportunities for job creation that new technologies can offer, despite the disruption they can also sometimes cause; • Formalize as much of the informal sectors as is possible, to encourage fair competition; • Encourage and facilitate improvements to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to resolve education and job mismatches; and • Support the implementation of the AfCFTA Free Movement Protocol to enhance regional and continental labor mobility. 23. The AEGM on ‘The State of Social Cohesion in Eastern Africa’ unanimously elected the following ICSOE participants to serve on the AEGM bureau: Chair: Yohannes Isaac Yehdego, Director General, Inland Revenue Department, Ministry of Finance Rapporteur: Berhe Araya Mana, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Eritrea. The session opened with a presentation of a report by the same name. The meeting took note of the findings of the report, which are premised on a perceptions survey, disaggregated around five themes: belonging, social inclusion and a shared vision; safety, peace and security; inequality and migration; the effects of cross-border trade; as well as citizen participation and active engagement. 24. The AEGM deliberated on the threats to social cohesion coming from uneven growth and perceived inequalities, which are known to fuel social tensions and conflict. As a result, the AEGM recommended that this was one avenue through which to enhance social cohesion: by reducing inequality and improving the lived day-to-day experiences of people across Eastern Africa. With emphasis on the favorability of early intervention for conflict prevention, the meeting noted the existence of the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index (SCORE). The AEGM took the Kenya example to understand themes, patterns and how existing data can build a picture of the current state of social cohesion, as well as touching on new methodologies and data gaps. Key conclusions were that governments ought to be at the forefront of social cohesion, in the name of institutional development, and that having a constitution can promote social cohesion. Experiences and reflections were also shared to emphasize the strong positive correlation between the Social Cohesion Index and Human Development Index, whilst academic insights suggested that the ageing population of the future be considered. 25. The AEGM noted Eastern Africa’s reservoir of potential for increased Social Cohesion regionally, and its relative resilience in this regard historically, especially given challenges such as displacement, disparity in levels of economic development, conflict, and the prevalence of national and local identities. Clear diagnosis of the challenges allowed the meeting to put forward actionable recommendations: • There is need to: promote policy interventions that leverage cross-border ethnic affinities; advocate for the usefulness of the concept of social cohesion at regional level; undertake a study of regional cohesion; promote peace and civic education in schools, universities, communities; and establish a specialized framework to understand the state of cohesion in the region’s island states in order to cater for their specific needs. Also, regional money-transfer platforms could and should be established. • Governments are advised to: understand the soft skills that foster a culture of entrepreneurship, and adopt and implement policies accordingly; address inequities; ratify the African Union’s Protocol on the Free Movement of People; finance policies that alleviate social tensions, such as those that develop social safety nets; and facilitate cross-border trade. Also, governments should encourage the use of the language of Kiswahili – and more generally promote cultural exchange and educational programmes. 26. The side event on ‘Harnessing the Blue Economy for Regional Integration’ unanimously elected the following ICSOE participants to serve on the bureau: Chair: Ambassador Tewelde Weldemichael, Director General, Department of Marine Development, Ministry of Marine Resources, Eritrea. Rapporteur: Aboud S. Jumbe, Policy Planning Research Analyst, Department of Environment, Zanzibar, Tanzania. The side event showcased the large Blue Economy potential of Eritrea, in particular in the fisheries and the deep-sea mining sectors. The meeting exhibited Blue Economy policy initiatives from the sub-region including Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, with participants also taking note of policy initiatives from the African Union, Regional Economic Communities and Intergovernmental Organizations, such as IGAD and IOC, the academia (University of South Africa) and the United Nations (International Maritime Organization). 27. The session raised issues related to the risk of scramble for Africa’s water and sea resources, appreciating that this being addressed by the African Union through their recently endorsed strategy. The meeting also underlined the need to assess the real socio-economic value of the Blue Economy and put in place mechanisms to ensure that local communities also benefit from its dividend. The lack of common understanding of the Blue Economy concept and insufficient data and research for policy development were mentioned, with participants underscoring the important role of regional cooperation in fostering sustainable sharing and management of Blue Economy resources and sectors. Environmental sustainability as well as consideration of climate change was deemed crucial. Creative funding mechanisms such as Blue bonds, debt swap in Seychelles along with high-level consultation mechanisms (Blue Economy Council) and planning tools (Marine Spatial Planning) were further highlighted as success stories. 28. With insights shared and well-understood, the session unanimously recommended the following actions: • Align methodologies on how Blue Economy progress is measured in the framework of 2030 UN Agenda and 2063 AU Agenda; • Work together as regional platforms to avoid duplication and promote good practices so regional policies can be aligned and complementarity achieved at RECs, Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) and Regional Seas Programs (RSP); • Design and formulate strategic communication on the Blue Economy in order to create awareness and mobilize all stakeholders effectively; • Promote circular economy as a strategy to conserve critical habitats, encourage entrepreneurship and address marine pollution; • Invest in mitigation and adaptation measures to combat climate change and address issues related to natural risks; • Strengthen maritime safety and security through regionally-owned mechanisms so as to address Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), marine pollution, illegal trafficking, search and rescue; • Involve academia and research institutions in the science-policy nexus for addressing the Blue Economy in the region; • Incorporate all stakeholders, through dialogue and consultations, including youth and private sector, so as to ensure synergies with all other regional initiatives; • Work together at the regional and continental levels to address innovative financing in the implementation of Blue Economy frameworks, through leveraging partnerships with RECs, IGOs and RSPs and adequate budgeting and co-funding; • Develop adequate policy and legislative frameworks to foster deep seabed mining and hydrocarbons extraction in a sustainable way, capitalizing on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initiatives; • Raise awareness and organize an annual or biannual Blue Economy Forum at the regional level; • Adopt, replicate and upscale successful regional initiatives on the Blue Economy; and • Formulate national and sub-regional Blue Economy strategies or action plans where needed, building on the ECA Blue Economy Policy Handbook and the African Union Blueprint for Africa’s Blue Economy. 29. The meeting incorporated a high-level dinner in which participants contemplated the legal aspect of regional integration, presented by Justice Isaac Lenaola, Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya and Retired Deputy Principal Judge of the Court of First Instance, East African Court of Justice. Emphasising the lessons that can be learnt from history, it was recognised that the legal element of the EAC guarantees the prosperity and longevity of the treaty. The EAC can be commended for gains under the EAC customs union, common market and monetary union. Public participation is an integral part of the treaty, meaning civil society – and every East African – should be champions of regional integration, especially since the legal framework exists for the people to be involved and have a say in the process. 30. Courtesy of the Government of Eritrea, international participants were taken on a tour outside of the city of Asmara, during which participants admired Gergera and Logo dams, a solar farm and Halhale Dairy Farm. 31. The rapporteurs reported back to the ICSOE on their respective sessions in a plenary session. 32. The ICSOE participants enjoyed a Q&A session with Gabriel Negatu, former Director General for Eastern Africa, African Development Bank. 33. Participants expressed a sincere vote of thanks to the Government of Eritrea for hosting the 23rd ICSOE Annual Meeting and the excellent hospitality and facilities provided. The theme and venue of the 24th meeting (2020) will be determined at a later date, in close consultation with the Bureau of the 23rd ICSOE.

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