The 2017 African Continental Cycling Championship that started on Tuesday in the Egyptian city of Luxor witnessed extraordinary performance the Eritrean National Cycling team that comfortably won the 57.8 Km Team Time Trial (TTT) both in the elite men and women.
Asmara, 18 February 2017 - The 2017 African Continental Cycling Championship that started on Tuesday in the Egyptian city of Luxor witnessed extraordinary performance the Eritrean National Cycling team that comfortably won the 57.8 Km Team Time Trial (TTT) both in the elite men and women.
Neither Luxor’s sweltering heat nor the participation of continents finest cyclists can deter the indomitable Eritrean riders from scooping the available 8 gold Medals of the day.
Winning this edition of the African championship was another great milestone for the Eritrean elite men’s team as it turns out to be their unprecedented record 7th consecutive victory.
For the Eritrean women team, it is their second victory of the championship since they scooped it first time in 2013 in Sharme-el- Shiehk, Egypt.
Ever since 2012, the Eritrean national team dominates the African Continental Championship competition and yet, no other national team on the continent was managed to upset their absolute dominance.
In this edition of the time trial, Eritrea was represented by, Meron Abraham, Meron teshome, Amanuel Gebregziabher, and Awet Habtom in the men’s elite group. Wehazit Kidane, Mosana Debesay, Bisrat gebremeskel and Wegahta Gebrehiwot represented the women’s elite team.
Meanwhile, Meron Teshome has won his second gold medal in the elite men Individual Time Trial (ITT), Awet Habtom from Eritrea also took the third place in the same category, while Mosana debesay won silver medal in the elite women Individual Time Trial.
A total of 24 African national teams have participated in the time trial.
Eritrean nationals residing in Mannheim, Germany, commemorated the 27th anniversary of Operation Fenkil on 10 February under the theme ““Fenkil: Precursor of the Final Phase”.
Asmara, 16 February 2017- Eritrean nationals residing in Mannheim, Germany, commemorated the 27th anniversary of Operation Fenkil on 10 February under the theme ““Fenkil: Precursor of the Final Phase”.
The event which was organized by the YPFDJ branch in Mannheim was attended by, the head of the Public and Community Affairs in Germany, Mr. Kahsai Tewolde and a number of youth and parents.
In a speech he delivered at the occasion, Mr. Kahsai said that Operation Fenkil was a decisive moment in the history of the Eritrean struggle for independence that paved the way for the total liberation of the country.
The event was featured by artistic and cultural performances.
In the same vein, Eritrean nationals residing in the cities of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and New Castle donated 17,705 Pounds in support of martyrs trust. Mr. Petros Berhe from London also donated 1000 dollars for the same cause.
According to report, YPFDJ members of “Pal-Talk” also donated 3,540 Pounds.
Likewise, the members of NUEW branch in London, other national associations and individuals donated 1428 Euro to the National Association of Eritrean War Disabled Veteran Fighters.
Ms. Beletset Beraki, head of NUEW branch in Adi-Keih sub-zone pointed out that effort is being exerted to economically empower women with a view to improve their livelihoods.
Adi-Keih, 16 February 2017- Ms. Beletset Beraki, head of NUEW branch in Adi-Keih sub-zone pointed out that effort is being exerted to economically empower women with a view to improve their livelihoods.
At a meeting she conducted with over 800 women representatives from the administrative areas of Hishmele, Hadamu, Haineba and Onabur, Ms. Beletset called on the participants to efficiently use the educational opportunities that are put in place and increase participation in the development endeavors.
She also presented activity report of 2016 and the charted out development programs for 2017.
The participants on their part called for sustainable awareness raising programs and for organizing vocational trainings.
Nurse Temesgen Berhe, head of Barentu healthcare center, explained that the number of pregnant women who have been provided with efficient maternity service has been increasing along with the expansion of healthcare facilities.
Barentu, 16 February 2017- Nurse Temesgen Berhe, head of Barentu healthcare center, explained that the number of pregnant women who have been provided with efficient maternity service has been increasing along with the expansion of healthcare facilities.
Nurse Temesgen, further elaborated that the healthcare center has been offering pediatric service to children below 5 years of age, prenatal and postnatal service to pregnant women, voluntary blood test for HIV/AIDS as well as counseling service related to reproductive health.
Parallel to the expansion of services, Barentu healthcare service has been playing significant role in alleviating workloads that may occur in Barentu referral hospital.
The beneficiaries of the healthcare service that has been offered in the medical center said that concerted actions need to be taken to combat traditional challenges that may negatively impact women's well-being.
Fishermen in Beylul, said that they have managed to boost production of fish owing to the substantial support the Ministry of Marine Resources has been extending in providing them with fishing materials.
Massawa, 16 February 2017- Fishermen in Beylul, said that they have managed to boost production of fish owing to the substantial support the Ministry of Marine Resources has been extending in providing them with fishing materials.
The fishermen further explained that the material support they have been provided has enabled them to expand their fishing activities so as to meet market demands.
The fisher men went on to say that efficient roads network such as the route that links Beylul and Wade have enabled them to sell fish to remote areas.
The fishermen reiterated that they will expert level best effort so as to make maximum use of modern fishing technology as well as to share their fishing and maritime sanitation experience to the youth.
The 180th anniversary of poet and writer Alexander Pushkin was observed on February 10 here in the capital.
Asmara, 15 February 2017 - The 180th anniversary of poet and writer Alexander Pushkin was observed on February 10 here in the capital.
Present on the observance at the Alexander Pushkin Monument were senior Government and PFDJ officials, members of the Russian Embassy and Eritreans who pursued studies in Russia.
The Governor of the Central region, Maj. General Romodan Aweliai, and Mr. Azim Yarkhmedov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Eritrea, laid wreath at the Monument.
The Russian Ambassador said that poet and writer, Alexander Pushkin has made major contribution in the history of Russian and world literature.
Poems by Pushkin in the Russian language as well as translated versions in Tigrigna, French, German, English and Korean were also presented.
Eritrean Community schools established in Kassala region, Sudan, which has been providing educational service to Eritrean nationals has been instrumental in nurturing the national identity as well as enabling the students maintain attachment with their homeland.
Asmara, 14 February 2017- Eritrean Community schools established in Kassala region, Sudan, which has been providing educational service to Eritrean nationals has been instrumental in nurturing the national identity as well as enabling the students maintain attachment with their homeland.
Mr. Nafie Osman, head of Educational services in Kassala region said that besides academic activities, the community schools have been playing significant role in enabling the students have a clear understanding about Eritrean history as well as national social values.
The schools were established in 2013 through active involvement of the Eritrean communities in Sudan and with the support of Culture and Education office of the Eritrean Embassy to Sudan.
The main objective of the Community schools is to provide an easy and wider access to education to students who could otherwise face difficulty to pursue their education due to financial deficit.
The 6 schools that have been offering educational services to a total number of 1500 students are established in Kassala, Halfa, Shegerab, Wedelhilewn and Ghirba.
Owing to concerted prevention actions so far taken in Ashara administrative area, Hagaz sub-zone, the prevalence of malaria, has in 2016 declined by 10% as compared to that of 2015.
Keren, 14 February 2017- Owing to concerted prevention actions so far taken in Ashara administrative area, Hagaz sub-zone, the prevalence of malaria, has in 2016 declined by 10% as compared to that of 2015.
According to Sister Senbetu Ghebrat, head of Healthcare center in Ashera administrative area, prevalence of various communicable diseases has substantially declined while prenatal and antenatal services has shown commendable progress.
Community based environmental sanitation programs that have been implemented in all villages of the administrative area has played significant role in the reduction as well as eradication of various diseases.
Sister Senbetu further said that provision of healthcare service has been improved along with the introduction of new healthcare facilities and called on the residents of the area to make maximum use of the facilities currently available in their vicinity.
The residents of the area on their part expressed satisfaction as regards the efficient healthcare service they are being provided and called for the sustainability of healthcare related awareness raising seminars.
The commemoration of the 27th anniversary of Operation Fenkil, which was held from February 10 to 12 under the theme, “Fenkil: Precursor of the Final Phase” was conducted with enthusiasm.
Asmara, 13 February 2017 - The commemoration of the 27th anniversary of Operation Fenkil, which was held from February 10 to 12 under the theme, “Fenkil: Precursor of the Final Phase” was conducted with enthusiasm.
In the morning hours of February 11, President Isaias Afwerki laid wreath at Tiwalet Monument in connection with the Commemoration of Operation Fenkil. Mr. Alamin Mohammed Seid, Secretary of the PFDJ, General Flipos Weldeyohannes, Chief of Staff of the Eritrean Armed Forces, Ms. Tekea Tesfamichael, Chairwomen of the National Union of Eritrean Women, Ms. Tsigereda Weldegiorgis, Governor of the Northern Red Sea region, and Mr. Kidane Weldesilassie Mayor of Massawa city respectively also laid wreath at the Patriots Monument.
On the official commemorative event attended by high level government and PFDJ officials, military commanders, and numerous pilgrims and Massawa residents, the Mayor of the port city of Massawa, Mr. Kidane Weldesilasie, underlined that the Fenkil Operation is one of the most important historical achievements of the liberation struggle that witnessed the liberation of Massaw. He further noted that Operation Fenkil played a crucial role in paving the way for the total liberation of Eritrea.
The General Director of Culture and Heritages in the Northern Red Sea region and Chairman of the Holiday’s Coordinating Committee, Mr. Siraj Haj, explained on the historical meaning of Operation Fenkil to the Eritrean peoples’ struggle for independence and called on all citizens to renew their pledge and readiness to boost their contribution in the nation building drive.
The event was highlighted by exhibitions, cultural shows, and other performances depicting Fenkil Operation.
The commemoration of the 27th anniversary of Operation Fenkil got underway yesterday in Massawa City under the theme, “Fenkil: Precursor of the Final Phase”. Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, PFDJ Secretary, opened the commemoration event.
Massawa, 10 February 2017 - The commemoration of the 27th anniversary of Operation Fenkil got underway yesterday in Massawa City under the theme, “Fenkil: Precursor of the Final Phase”. Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, PFDJ Secretary, opened the commemoration event.
Meanwhile, the sports competitions in connection with the event are in progress. According to Mr. Siraj Haji, Chairman of the Holidays Coordinating Committee in the Northern Red Sea region, the event is featuring sports competitions, bazaars, community gathering and exhibitions, among others.
International Film Week in which 13 countries are participating opened on 8 February here in the capital.
Asmara, 10 February 2017 - International Film Week in which 13 countries are participating opened on 8 February here in the capital. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Zemede Tekle, Commissioner of Culture and Sports, explained that the experience to be acquired from the festival would be a stepping stone for the International Film Festival due to be organized here in the capital in 2018.
He further noted that the event would create a platform for the participating countries to share experience.
In the course of the film week that would remain open for viewers until February15, film products from Eritrea, the PRC, Germany, Turkey, Russia, France, Italy, Qatar, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Korea, and the United States would be featured.
The opening ceremony, in which the Eritrean film “Milenu” featured, was attended by senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and invited artists.
The Eritrean Cabinet of Ministers held a two-day regular meeting in the port city of Massawa. In the opening session, President Isaias Afwerki presented budgetary priorities for 2017.
Asmara, 10 February 2017 - The Eritrean Cabinet of Ministers held a two-day regular meeting in the port city of Massawa. In the opening session, President Isaias Afwerki presented budgetary priorities for 2017.
In a paper he presented on Wednesday, the President pointed out that budget allocation for this year features among the priorities of the main national programs. President Isaias gave extensive briefing regarding the ongoing salary increment, supply and sustainability of basic consumer goods, provision of adequate and reliable power supply, improving the supply of potable water to villages, cities and semi-urban centers both in quantity and quality, provision of educational and health services, ensuring macro-economic stability, efforts to narrow the gap between import and export, effective tax collection, restructuring government institutions as well as strengthening political and development endeavors.
Following the President’s presentation, the Ministerial Cabinet heard work progress of the Ministries.
In connection with the work accomplishments of the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministerial Cabinet heard and conducted discussion on the extent of rainfall in 2016 at national level, efforts to expand agriculture vis-à-vis economic development, administration and land management, community-based awareness raising programs, regrouping of villages as well as the efforts exerted to improve the living standard of citizens and enhance the culture of work and productivity.
As regards the action program of the Ministry of Finance, the Cabinet of Ministers called on banks to effectively accomplish their tasks, develop human capacity and bring about qualitative change, introduce new technology and take the necessary measures to develop productivity.
Regarding the Agricultural sector, the Cabinet of Ministers noted the development of agricultural productivity, development of crop seeds and livestock resources as well as fruits and vegetables, the efforts being exerted to preserve indigenous seeds and the action program for this year.
During its deliberations on the report presented by the Ministry of Marine Resources, the Cabinet of Ministers stressed the need to expand fish distribution and put in place the necessary material and logistics, develop human resources and research capacity, in addition to developing semi-industrial fish farming as well as marine services and the control of resources thereof.
In connection with the report presented by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministerial Cabinet conducted discussion on the ongoing development endeavors in the sector.
The Cabinet of Ministers noted that a number of villages across the country are becoming beneficiaries of power supply and called for the speeding up of efforts to this end. It also conducted discussion on the action plan for 2017. Moreover, the Ministerial Cabinet took note of the different mining activities on the part of different companies.
In the second day of its deliberations, the Cabinet of Ministers conducted discussion on the activities and action plan of the Ministries of Transport and Communications, Public Works, Land, Water and Environment, Tourism, Trade and Industry, National Development, Health, Labor and Human Welfare, Justice and Foreign Affairs.
As regards the transportation and communication sector, the meeting made focus on the activities to expand land transportation and the projects to develop all sectors thereof. The Cabinet of Ministers further discussed human resource development, land and mobile telephone services, land and air transportation and the action plan for this year.
In connection with the work program of the Ministry of Public Works, the meeting conducted discussion on the report presented regarding infrastructure, construction of health and educational facilities, stores and laboratories, and that of communication services.
Regarding the Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, the meeting discussed the implementation of regulations and policies, the efforts exerted to ensure effective use of water and land resources, as well as programs to develop institutional capacity. It also discussed land management, information gathering pertaining to land usage, and shortcomings encountered as regards land proclamation. It further conducted discussion on the action plan for 2017 and efforts to develop human resources.
Concerning the Tourism Sector, the Ministerial Cabinet held discussion on the efforts exerted to develop the sector and its contribution besides the action program for 2017. The meeting noted the efforts made to ensure quality services on the part of social service rendering institutions, the progress registered in domestic tourism as well as human resource development.
In the domain of the trade and industry sectors, the meeting discussed domestic and foreign trade activities, the development of small enterprises and statistical information gathering.
In connection with the work accomplishments of the Ministry of National Development, the Ministerial Cabinet conducted deliberations on bilateral cooperation at international level and their contribution. It also discussed the projects mapped out and their progress.
As regards educational service, the meeting took note of participation of citizens, professional upgrading of teachers, supply of school materials, the research work undertaken, construction and maintenance of schools as well as the availability of textbooks.
In connection with the work accomplishments of the Health Ministry, the Ministerial Cabinet discussed the availability of basic medical supplies, expansion of health facilities in remote parts of the country, control and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, the sustainable development of health service and the five-year strategic plan.
In the domain of labor and human welfare, the meeting discussed nurturing the culture of work and productivity, amicable relationship among employers and employees, as well as training programs for disadvantaged citizens.
Regarding the work program of the Ministry of Justice, the meeting discussed the efforts being exerted to promote qualitative administration of justice, provision of timely service and the activities made to enhance public awareness as well as organizing training programs.
In its review of the work progress registered by the Ministry of Information, the Cabinet of Ministers discussed the efforts being exerted to develop programs, media technology advancement, participation of stakeholders, the introduction of modern IT and its five-year roadmap in addition to implementation of digital migration by 2020.
Pertaining to the tasks accomplished by the Foreign Ministry, the Ministerial Cabinet conducted extensive discussion on activities undertaken to promote and strengthen relations at regional and global level as well as the role of all round public resistance in foiling anti- Eritrea agendas.
The Ministerial Cabinet thus concluded its two-day meeting.
Nurse Ibrahim Ahmedin, head of health facilities in Southern Denkalia sub-zone, said that owing to the initiatives health care professionals have been taking, the residents of the Southern Denkalia sub-zone including those in aloof area have been gaining wider access to healthcare services.
Assab, 08 February 2017- Nurse Ibrahim Ahmedin, head of health facilities in Southern Denkalia sub-zone, said that owing to the initiatives health care professionals have been taking, the residents of the Southern Denkalia sub-zone including those in aloof area have been gaining wider access to healthcare services.
Pointing out that maternity service has been improved along with the expansion of all rounded and efficient healthcare services; Nurse Ibrahim explained that the number of beneficiaries has shown remarkable progress and particularly that of immunization of children against various communicable diseases.
Nurse Ibrahim also underlined that regular environmental sanitation activities being carried out in the sub-zone have been playing significant role towards successful implementation of healthcare programs.
In Southern Denkalia sub-zone, there are six healthcare institutions providing commendable service to the residents of the sub-zone.
A new secondary school is under construction in Adi-Greto administrative area, Areza sub-zone.
Mendefera, 08 February 2017- A new secondary school is under construction in Adi-Greto administrative area, Areza sub-zone. The new school is being constructed at a communal level and through active involvement of the residents of the area.
According to Mr. Fitwi Yemane, administrator Adi-Greto administrative area, 28 villages of the administrative area have in collaboration took the initiative to construct the school in a bid to enable their children have an easy access to education.
According to the members of the development committee in the sub-zone, indicated that students had to travel long distance to Mendefera to attend school and that with the construction of the new school their problem is alleviated.
The Adi-Groto administrative area comprises 11 villages and has one elementary and one junior schools as well as on health center and three water distribution centers.
Mr. Fitwi further explained that Bidho Construction Company is constructing a 15 km long road linking the new school with the Areza town and commended the administrations of the Southern region and Areza sub-zone for the substantial contribution they made in facilitating the construction activity.
The effective realization of Millennium Development Goals attest to Eritrea’s commitment and implementation capacity.
Asmara, 8 February 2017 - The effective realization of Millennium Development Goals attest to Eritrea’s commitment and implementation capacity. The remarks were made by Ms. Amina Nur-husein, Minister of Health, during a meeting on 3rd of February in Assab.
She explained that strategic plan had been drawn up in a bid to achieve the set national and global development goals. Ms. Amina further noted that coordinated participation on the part of stakeholders and the public ensured the realization of commendable outcome.
Eritreans nationals residing in Switzerland, Canada, Germany and Greece have donated a total of 13,000 Euro and 9,000 US dollars respectively in support of martyr’s families as well as augment Martyrs Trust Fund.
Asmara, 8 February 2017 - Eritreans nationals residing in Switzerland, Canada, Germany and Greece have donated a total of 13,000 Euro and 9,000 US dollars respectively in support of martyr’s families as well as augment Martyrs Trust Fund.
Meanwhile, Eritreans residing in Canada have donated about 9000 US dollar to martyrs families.
Eritreans citizens at individual levels and Eritrean communities abroad have been extending donations to augment the Martyrs Trust Fund.
Community-based environmental sanitation programs in Foro sub-zone are registering commendable outcome.
Asmara, 8 February 2017 - Community-based environmental sanitation programs in Foro sub-zone are registering commendable outcome.
According to Nurse Merhawi Hadgu, Head of the health services there, regular basic pre-and post-natal treatment, as well as medication for children below 5 years of age, and vaccination programs are being provided in the locality. He further explained that efforts being exerted to control the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases, coupled with the awareness raising programs have ensured the set goals.
There exist 4 health centres and stations in Foro sub zone.
The residents of Unda, Beilul sub-zone have expressed satisfaction with potable water supply.
Asmara, 8 February 2017 - The residents of Unda, Beilul sub-zone have expressed satisfaction with potable water supply. Mr. Abubeker Husein, Managing Director in Beilul Administrative area, stated that the local residents used to travel long distance in search of water.
The new facility that incurred 2.2 million Nakfa would spare the public of the inconvenience previously encountered. The beneficiaries stated that they used to encounter hardship resulting from traveling long distance to fetch water that was not up to standard.
During an assessment meeting conducted in Keren, the Governor of Anseba region, Mr. Ali Mahmud, underlined that the regrouping of villages have made significant contribution in enabling the residents have better access to social services.
Asmara, 8 February 2017 - During an assessment meeting conducted in Keren, the Governor of Anseba region, Mr. Ali Mahmud, underlined that the regrouping of villages have made significant contribution in enabling the residents have better access to social services.
The number of mothers undergoing delivery in hospitals has increased and that women’s participation in adult education program has equally registered 55% growth.
As regards agricultural activities, over 58 thousand hectares have been cultivated and good harvest has been collected.
Confucius Institute, a school of Chinese Language and Culture in Asmara, has celebrated Chinese New Year on 3 February at Cinema Roma.
Asmara, 06 February 2017- Confucius Institute, a school of Chinese Language and Culture in Asmara, has celebrated Chinese New Year on 3 February at Cinema Roma.
At the event in which senior government officials took part, Mr. Yong Zigang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, pointed out that the Chinese New Year is a popular holiday during which family reunion and companionship is highlighted.
The Ambassador also underlined that in a bid to strengthen the existing mutual relations between the peoples of the two countries, the People’s Republic of China has offered scholarships for masters degree program to more than 40 Eritrean students. The Ambassador further indicated that the school of Language and Culture will organize summer students’ tour program to China and short term training will be provided to more than 100 students.
Pointing out that the number of Eritreans who want to learn the language and culture of China has shown significant development; Ambassador Yong Zigang noted that the Chinese nationals residing in Eritrea are also developing interest to learn Eritrean language and culture.
The event was highlighted by cultural and artistic programs depicting the culture of the two countries.