Daily Archives: March 25, 2020

Gov’t to Release More Than 4,000 Prisoners to Prevent COVID-19

The Attorney General announced today that it will grant pardon to more than 4,000 prisoners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In a press conference she held today, Attorney General Adanech Abeebee said the government decided to release the prisoners in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

She stated that the prisoners pardoned include those convicted of minor crimes and sentenced up to 3 years as well as others put under one-year probation.

The amnesty covers nursing mothers and pregnant women and prisoners who were not involved in murder.

All the prisoners granted pardon will be screened for coronavirus before they join the community, it was learned. Source: Ethiopia News agency

PM Abiy, Leaders of IGAD Member Countries Holds Telephone Conversation

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held telephone conversation with leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries on ways of halting the spread of COVID-19. 

During the phone call among the leaders, wide ranges of regional issues particularly containing the outbreak of COVID-19 were discussed in order to uphold regional health security.

Abiy said IGAD member countries as a regional bloc can play a key leadership role to curtail the spread of the virus and to effectively address the economic hurdles posed by coronavirus.

“In my phone conversation with Abdalla Hamdok, Mohammed Abdullahi, Ismail Omar Guelleh, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Salva Kiir, we agreed to work closely together to respond to the emerging challenges in a coordinated manner,” he said.

He added that the regional integration goals should not be hampered if “we align and lead with collective regional interests.”

As the global community is battling to slow down and ultimately halt the spread of COVID-19, East African countries moved from readiness to response following many confirmed cases in the region.

Source: Ethiopia News agency

Afreximbank Announces 3 Billion USD Credit Facility for Africa

African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) announced that it will provide a three-billion-US dollar credit facility to help African countries overcome the effects of the coronavirus (CO VID-19) pandemic.

The bank said in a statement released yesterday that the Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility will help support foreign exchange reserves and assist commodity exporters with declining revenues.

“Africa is exposed on many fronts, significant declines in tourism earnings, migrant remittances, commodity prices and disruption of manufacturing supply chains,” African Export Import Bank President Benedict Oromah was quoted as saying.

“A rapid and impactful financial response is required to avert a major crisis in Africa,” he added.

It is heartening to see Africa receiving a much-needed coronavirus care package from different donors, including the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. Source: Ethiopia News agency

Deputy PM Calls for Full Implementation of Decisions Passed on COVED-19

Addis Ababa  Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen said all decisions passed by the government should be fully implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and contain it. 

The national disaster risk management and response taskforce led by the deputy prime minister held discussion today with COVID-19 health technical committee about ways of executing the government directions.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke noted that all government institutions have to consolidate the effort at all structural levels to implement the decisions against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need to evidently realize that we are now at a critical juncture in the history of our country. And  we should swiftly reinforce a strategic endeavor in all part of the country to save our people and the beloved country,” he added.  

According to him, the government has also to ensure the full implementation of the decisions that would help the national effort bring meaningful results in this regard.

This national taskforce and the technical committee would give management support and strong monitoring to the effectiveness of the national mission, the deputy premier pointed out.

The measures taken at federal level would be implemented in a consistent manner in all regions and in the two city administrations to curb and prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country, he stressed.

Demeke further emphasized the need for strict leadership to ensure the full implementation of the government’s decisions regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of the measures it takes.

Recalling the government’s successful responses to difficult natural disasters in the past, he stated that effective experiences will be implemented in the national context.

Finally, the deputy prime minister urged the public to protect themselves from the pandemic  by following the safety measures recommended by health professionals to prevent the disease.

Source: Ethiopia News agency

Nat’l Resources Mobilization Committee for COVID-19 Established

Addis Ababa Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has launched today a national resource mobilization committee tasked with coordinating efforts of gathering financial and non-financial materials for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The national resource mobilization committee will have a pivotal role to mobilize resources for COVID-19 emergency preparedness, according to the Office of the Prime Minister.

The office added that the government has allocated a significant budget and is mobilizing resources to prepare for the worst case scenario. Yet such periods require the effort and contribution of each individual.

“Our collective and concerted efforts to help one another in times of great need will be the only way we overcome (the challenge),” it underlined.

Modeling the effort to ‘keep calm and contribute’ the national committee members have donated their one month salary to the National COVID-19 resource pool, it was learned.

It is to be recalled that the government had early this week allocated 5 billion Birr for the fight against coronavirus. Source: Ethiopia News agency