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Interview with President Isaias Afwerki

Eri-Tv and Radio Dimtsi Hafash conducted a 90-minute long interview with President Isaias Afwerki yesterday on important and regional issues.  The second part of the interview on important domestic issues is scheduled for next Saturday.  

Asmara, 15 January 2018 -   Eri-Tv and Radio Dimtsi Hafash conducted a 90-minute long interview with President Isaias Afwerki yesterday on important and regional issues.  The second part of the interview on important domestic issues is scheduled for next Saturday.

President Isaias dismissed Al-Jazeera’s fabricated, latest news story on the “deployment of Egyptian and Emirati troops and weapons in Sawa (western Eritrea” as ridiculous and the “joke of the New Year/2018”.   As usual, this baseless story was widely recycled by other media outlets without any verification.    President Isaias underlined that this fictitious story was a continuation of numerous lies deliberately peddled against Eritrea by various media outlets in the past years in order to foment tension and to deflect public attention from real domestic problems in certain countries.

Outright lies repeated ad nesuem by an assortment of Eritrea’s detractors have been many indeed, President Isaias noted.  These include, among others, wild stories of juxtaposed “Israel and Iranian military bases in Eritrea’s Dahlak Islands… Israeli Listening Post at Amba/Mount Soira (southern Eritrea)… Egyptian troops deployed in Tsorona (propagated last year prior to and apparently to justify TPLF aggression in that area at the time)”.

President Isaias asserted that the latest Al Jeezera news story was concocted and planted by the TPLF regime in Ethiopia   – where the TV channel has opened a new bureau recently with the specific task of spearheading and coordinating the disinformation campaign against Eritrea.  The underlying purpose of the Egyptian troop deployment fake story is to drive a wedge between Sudan and Eritrea and plunge the Sudan into unnecessary conflict.   Certain special interest groups in the Sudan were complicit in this act.  President Isaias stated that the Sudanese people will not be misled by this crass disinformation and fall into the trap.

In regard to recent media reports of an agreement between the Sudan and Turkey for the establishment of a military base by the latter in Sauken, President Isaias noted that “it would be unwise and premature to comment on this matter at this stage on the basis of hearsay and without incontrovertible evidence”.   Available information at this juncture indicates that this is indeed a public relations stint.  On the other hand, President Isaias stated that Turkish military presence in Somalia is both unjustifiable and inexplicable since it has no geographic proximity or bearing on Turkey’s national security considerations.    In this perspective, if the purported establishment of a Turkish military base in the Sudan; i.e. on the western flank of the Red Sea were to become  true  - this development will provoke certain questions in view of the sensitivity of this important maritime route.

President Isaias Afwerki emphasized that the unfolding situation in Ethiopia is a matter of high concern to the people and government of Eritrea above any other country.  The intractable political crisis that has beset Ethiopia in the past months is the result of the TPLF’s myopic and deliberate policy of institutionalizing ethnic polarization for the last 25 years or so.     The TPLF regime pursued this misguided policy so as to secure total political, economic and security domination of the country to benefit a narrow group.  The insertion of the “right of secession” in the “Federal Constitution” was maliciously crafted in order to legitimize and perpetuate centrifugal tendencies of ethnic polarization and institutionalization.  “This game is now over”, President Isaias stressed.  The damage inculcated in Ethiopia and the region as a whole is considerable indeed, President Isaias stated, adding, “external powers who provided subsidy and succor to the TPLF regime throughout these years must also share the blame”.

President Isaias concluded his remarks by expressing the hope that the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia will recoup, in the near future, the opportunities they had lost in the past 25 years due to the TPLF’s noxious policies.

Commendable water and soil conservation

The residents of three administrative areas in Ginda are conducting commendable water and soil conservation popular campaigns with a view to redress the environment and control soil erosion.

Ginda, 15 January 2018- The residents of three administrative areas in Ginda are conducting commendable water and soil conservation popular campaigns with a view to redress the environment and control soil erosion.

The popular campaign that is being conducted twice per week and in which more than 2 thousand residents are taking part includes construction and maintenance of terraces and water diversion schemes as well as forestation program.

The agricultural experts that are taking part in the popular campaigns indicated that three fourth of the planted tree seedlings in more than 10 hectares of land are in good condition.

In the same vein, the residents of 12 administrative areas in Ginda sub-zone conducted water and soil conservation popular campaigns as well construction of terraces and water diversion schemes.

Training for newly assigned teachers

The Ministry of Education branch in the Assab sub-zone organized training for about 40 newly assigned teachers on teaching and learning process, the importance of student centered teaching process as well as on planning and implementation.

Assab, 15 January 2018- The Ministry of Education branch in the Assab sub-zone organized training for about 40 newly assigned teachers on teaching and learning process, the importance of student centered teaching process as well as on planning and implementation.

The supervisors who provided the training pointed out that a teacher who abides by the plan has significant contribution for himself and the students in creating self confidence and properly guiding the students.

The head of the education branch office of the sub-zone, Mr. Tesfamihret Andebrhan called on the teachers to apply the training they were provided practically on the ground.

The Eritrean community festival in Australia

The 18th Annual Eritrean community festival in Australia is undergoing with patriotic zeal in Melbourne under the theme “Laying Pillars for Vibrant Development”.

Asmara, 15 January 2018 – The 18th Annual Eritrean community festival in Australia is undergoing with patriotic zeal in Melbourne under the theme “Laying Pillars for Vibrant Development”.

At the opening event that was held on 12 January, a number of Eritrean nationals residing in Australia, friends of Eritrea, mayors of several cities in Australia, Vice Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Victoria zone, representatives of Border Patrol of Australia, Vice Commissioner of the Police Department in the Victoria zone, honorary consulates of the states of Poland and Maldives countries, as well as invited guests took part.

Speaking at the event, the General Consul of Eritrea in Australia, Mr. Mehari Tekeste stating that the 18th annual festival is being celebrated at a time in which the impact of the big development programs the people and government of Eritrea have been conducting and their resilience are becoming noticeable on the ground, called for integrated efforts and enhanced organizational capacity of the Eritrean communities and the national associations.

At the event various guests delivered messages of solidarity.

The yearly festival which will stay open until Monday 15 January is featuring different activities including pictorial exhibition depicting the unique architectural buildings of Asmara, seminars on objective situation in the homeland, workshops on health and mining, as well as cultural and artistic performances.

NUEW Central region: Activity assessment meeting

In annual assessment meeting the National Union of the Eritrean Women branch in the Central region conductedon on 11 January, it was stated that in 2017 successful effort has been conducted in organizing women civil servants.

 

Asmara, 15 December 2018 – In annual assessment meeting the National Union of the Eritrean Women branch in the Central region conductedon on 11 January, it was stated that in 2017 successful effort has been conducted in organizing women civil servants.

Speaking at the meeting, the head of the branch, Ms. Alem Belay said that in a bid to enhance the contribution of women in development programs, the union conducted commendable effort in organizing women civil servants working in several government institutions.

In a report presented at the meeting, it was indicated that in 2017 the branch conducted several activities including enhancing the level of awareness of members in tackling all kinds gender discriminations, underage marriages, and FGM, and in increasing women’s participation in national holidays, as well as in organizing conferences and meetings in connection with the observance of the quarter century of independence, among others.

It was also stated that kindergartens were established in Bet Mekae, Haz-haz, and Halibet Hospitals with a view to ease the burden of the women workers at the hospitals.

Sustainable awareness raising campaigns, enhancing women’s participation in national development drives as well as organization of women involved in private sectors are among the charted out programs for 2018.

The NUEW branch in the Central region has more that 75 thousand members organized in 1016 clusters.

Meeting on implementation of charted out development programs

The branch office of the Ministry of Health in the Central region conducting a meeting on 10 and 11 January with a view to evaluate the implementation of activities of 2017 and on the charted out programs for 2018.

 

Asmara, 13 January 2018 - The branch office of the Ministry of Health in the Central region conducting a meeting on 10 and 11 January with a view to evaluate the implementation of activities of 2017 and on the charted out programs for 2018.

Reporting at the event, Dr. Tesfai Solomon, head of the branch, said that beyond focusing on the communicable diseases praiseworthy activities have been conducted to ensure the health of maternity and child and that the mortality rate during pregnancy and delivery has been reduced by 92%.

Dr. Tesfai reiterated that the post natal treatment has been increases by 84% and as a result of the growing awareness of the public the number of pregnant women delivering in health facilities has increased by 72%.

Dr. Tesfai further indicated that conducting study for the cause of premature births and finding solution, strengthening the role the community on health issues, reducing the death rate of maternal and child to the lowest level, strengthening vaccination programs, reinforcing health service provision in schools, augmenting effort to eradicate malaria, maintenance of health facilities and underpin ambulance service are among the charted out programs for 2018.

The managing director at the Central region expressed readiness that the regional office will contribute its level best for the success of the charted out programs.

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Health, Ms. Amina Nur- Husein called for exerting strong effort for realizing of the set out health strategy of 2017-2021.

Seminar on Improving lives of Visually Impaired Citizens

The National Association of the Visually Impaired conducted seminar in Dekemhare with a view to make integrated effort towards improving the social and economic status of members.

Asmara, 13 January 2018 -  The National Association of the Visually Impaired conducted seminar in Dekemhare with a view to make integrated effort towards improving the social and economic status of members.

At the seminar in which members of the Association, Area administrators and pertinent government representatives took part, the chairman of the Association, Mr. Dawit Fesehaye, said that the Association is finalizing preparation to extend financial assistance to members of the Association in order to enable them become productive members of the society.

The advisor of the Association, Mr. Gebremeskel Feseha, gave briefing with supportive evidence that if the visually impaired citizens could improve their capacity through education and vocational training, they could be self-reliant and called on the public to extend hands to the disabled citizens.

The National Association of Visually Impaired along providing advice to its members has conducted commendable activities in improving the lives of members through creating income generation projects.

Announcement

  • On the occasion of the New Year, Eri-TV and Dmtsi Hafash Radio will conduct an interview with President Isaias Afwerki on Sunday the 14th of January at 8:00 o’clock in the evening focusing on topical regional developments. The interview will be broadcasted live.

 

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Call on farmers to focus on selected crops

Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture,  called on farmers in the Central region to focus on selected crops taking into account the scarcity of land for cultivation in the region. Minister Arefaine made the call at the workshop held on 10 January here in the capital.

 

Asmara, 11 January 2018- Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture,  called on farmers in the Central region to focus on selected crops taking into account the scarcity of land for cultivation in the region. Minister Arefaine made the call at the workshop held on 10 January here in the capital.

Minister Arefaine also called on farmers to give utmost precedence to boosting the production of milk, meat, vegetables and fruits as well as to give more attention to natural resources with a view to ensure food security.

Indicating that last year commendable achievements have been registered in terms of ensuring food and water supply to humans and livestock and to transform farming from that of traditional to modern one, the D. G. of Agriculture and Land in the Central region, Mr. Yemane Abai said that the water and soil conservation popular campaigns have significantly contributed in boosting agricultural production.

According to reports presented at the workshop, 126 dams and micro-dams that could hold 70 million meter cube of water have been constructed and vegetables on 1525 hectares of land was cultivated and fruits on 148 hectares and that are contributing in stabilizing the market.

More over, commendable activities have been conducted in animal highbred and distribution of diary cows as well as praiseworthy bee farming and animal fodder.

Speaking at the occasion, the Governor of the Central region, Maj. Gen. Romodan Osman Aweliyay called for properly identifying the arable land, appropriately applying the advice from agricultural experts, conducting forestation activities as well as for the introduction of smokeless oven.

Worthy environmental sanitation popular campaigns

The environmental sanitation popular campaigns conducted in the Hamelmalo sub-zone since 2008 are significantly contributing in ensuring the health of the residents.

Keren, 11 January 2018- The environmental sanitation popular campaigns conducted in the Hamelmalo sub-zone since 2008 are significantly contributing in ensuring the health of the residents.

Indicating that owing to the regrouping of their villages they have become beneficiaries of social services, the residents said that the environmental sanitation programs have contributed in the reduction of communicable diseases.

Pointing out that commendable community based environmental sanitation programs are being conducted in the sub-zone, Mr. Berhane Gebrekidan, head of Environmental Sanitation in the Anseba region, said that it is the responsibility of the public for its sustainability.

Concerted effort for eradication harmful practices

The Secretary of the PFDJ branch in Foro sub zone, Mr. Ali Jabr made a call for concerted effort to eradicate harmful practices that are physically and psychologically affecting the development of women.

Massawa, 11 January 2018 – The Secretary of the PFDJ branch in Foro sub zone, Mr. Ali Jabr made a call for concerted effort to eradicate harmful practices that are physically and psychologically affecting the development of women.

In a meeting he conducted with the residents, Mr. Ali Jabr, stated that owing to the awareness raising campaigns conducted in the sub zone, the understanding of the public is gradually increasing and called for similar campaigns for better achievements in the remote areas.

The residents on their parts expressing readiness to contribute due role called for integrated effort to empower women.

Road renovation popular campaign

Residents of the Mai-Mine sub zone expressed readiness  to enhance contribution for timely completion of the popular dirt road renovation linking Endagergis with Mai Mine.

 

Mendefera, 10 January 2018 - Residents of the Mai-Mine sub zone expressed readiness  to enhance contribution for timely completion of the popular dirt road renovation linking Endagergis with Mai Mine.

They made the pledge at a meeting they conducted with the administrator of the sub zone to assess the activities conducted in 2017 and development programs for 2018.

At the meeting in which representatives of 17 administrative areas took part, the managing director of the Mai-Mine sub zone, Mr. Kidane Furuy indicated that 80% of the set out programs for 2017 were successfully implemented.

According to Mr. Kidane the implemented programs included, expansion and extension of electric power supply to Ma-Mine semi-urban center, land management and allocation, water and soil conservation and forestation popular campaigns.

At the meeting, reports on the activities conducted in the sectors of health, education, agriculture and social welfare were presented and extensive discussion was conducted.

In Mai-Mine sub-zone, Southern region, there are more than 60 thousand residents leading their livelihoods through farming, livestock herding and trade.


Renovation of the dirt road linking Endagergis to Mai Mine

Residents of the Mai-Mine sub zone expressed readiness  to enhance contribution for timely completion of the popular dirt road renovation linking Endagergis with Mai Mine.

Mendefera, 10 January 2018 - Residents of the Mai-Mine sub zone expressed readiness  to enhance contribution for timely completion of the popular dirt road renovation linking Endagergis with Mai Mine.

They made the pledge at a meeting they conducted with the administrator of the sub zone to assess the activities conducted in 2017 and development programs for 2018.

At the meeting in which representatives of 17 administrative areas took part, the managing director of the Mai-Mine sub zone, Mr. Kidane Furuy indicated that 80% of the set out programs for 2017 were successfully implemented.

According to Mr. Kidane the implemented programs included, expansion and extension of electric power supply to Ma-Mine semi-urban center, land management and allocation, water and soil conservation and forestation popular campaigns.

At the meeting, reports on the activities conducted in the sectors of health, education, agriculture and social welfare were presented and extensive discussion was conducted.

In Mai-Mine sub-zone, Southern region, there are more than 60 thousand residents leading their livelihoods through farming, livestock herding and trade.


Commendable implementation of development programs

The Laelai Gash sub-zone reported that commendable development programs have been implemented through integrated efforts of the residents.

Barentu, 10 January 2018- The Laelai Gash sub-zone reported that commendable development programs have been implemented through integrated efforts of the residents.

Commending the strong participation of the residents, the administrator of the sub-zone, Mr. Ghide Estifanos called for strengthening organizational capacity and participation in the implementation of the set out development endeavors of 2018.

The managing director in the sub-zone, Mr. Gebremedhin Kidane also said that the villages regrouped in 2017 are receiving praiseworthy social services.

Mr. Eyob Zeray, head of health service in the sub-zone, on his part said that the growing use of health service of the public was the result of the strong awareness raising campaigns and that the number of pre and post natal visit of women to health facilities has increased by 68% and the vaccination coverage is significantly growing.

The participants on their part commending the health service provision in their area called for due attention for the makeshift schools and the shortage of transportation.

President Isaias Leaves for Egypt

President Isaias Afwerki has yesterday left for Egypt on a working visit at the invitation of Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

 

Asmara, 09 January 2018- President Isaias Afwerki has yesterday left for Egypt on a working visit at the invitation of Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

President Isaias was accorded warm welcome by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the ceremony held at Ittihadiya Presidential Palace. The welcoming ceremony saw the presence of the Egyptian guard of honor, while the national anthems of both countries were played at the background.

In the afternoon hours of  yesterday, President Isaias and President El-Sisi held talks and discuss the growing trade and investment ties between the two countries as well as regional and international topics of mutual importance in addition to developments in regional and international issues. Moreover, asserting that the importance of mutual cooperation between the two countries is decisive, the two leaders agreed to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations.

During his two-day visit, President Isaias will hold talks with other senior Egyptian officials on strengthening bilateral relations, implementation of already agreed programs as well as developments in the regional and international issues of interest to both countries. President Isaias will also visit different development projects and institutions in the country.

In the course of his visit, President Isaias is accompanied by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Advisor Yemane Gebreab.

The relations between Eritrea and Egypt are growing on the basis of common understanding on regional and international issues as well as lasting stability and development.

Western Development Zone: Activity assessment meeting

The Western Development Zone conducted an assessment meeting of the programs implementation of 2017 with integrated efforts of the public, EDF, Bidho and Segen Construction Companies, Training Center of EDF, Crops and Livestock Corporation as well as the regional administration and others and on charted out programs for 2018.

Barentu, 08 January 2018- The Western Development Zone conducted an assessment meeting of the programs implementation of 2017 with integrated efforts of the public, EDF, Bidho and Segen Construction Companies, Training Center of EDF, Crops and Livestock Corporation as well as the regional administration and others and on charted out programs for 2018.

According the report presented it was indicated that construction and maintenance of dams, micro-dams, water wells, bridges, roads, social service provision institutions as well as potable water projects worth about 49 million Nakfa and in which more than 165 thousand of people participated were implemented.

Indicating that commendable coordinated efforts have been demonstrated in the implementation of projects with internal capacity, the Coordinator of the Western Development Zone, Brig. Gen. Tekle Kiflai said that the experience accumulated will have significant contribution in the implementation of future big projects.

Brig. Gen. Teklai called on all concerned bodies for strengthening land management, maintenance and improvement of social service provision institutions, forestation program as well as boosting agricultural production.

Geez Christmas celebrated nationwide

Geez Christmas was celebrated nationwide on 7 January 2018, in Sawa National Service Training Center.

Sawa, 08 January 2018 - Geez Christmas was celebrated nationwide on 7 January 2018, in Sawa National Service Training Center.

At the event that was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Information and the Sawa National Service Training Center and in which commanders and staff members of the center and other invited guests were present, Col. Debesai Gide, Commander of the Center, expressing appreciation for organizing the celebration in Sawa wished a merry Christmas to the Eritrean people inside the country and abroad.

The occasion was highlighted by music and artistic performance by the Sawa musical troupe and other musicians and artists.

Seminar on enhancing quality education

The D. G. of General Education in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Musa Hussien Naib stated that integrated effort has paramount contribution in developing the teaching and learning process as well as in providing quality education.

Barentu, 08 January 2018 – The D. G. of General Education in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Musa Hussien Naib stated that integrated effort has paramount contribution in developing the teaching and learning process as well as in providing quality education. He made the comment at a meeting he conducted with sub-zonal administrators and heads of education branches in the Gash Barka region.

Indicating that the outcome of the investment made in education should be measured in comparison with the achievements registered; Mr. Musa gave extensive briefing on the effort being exerted to enhance the quality and expansion of education and on the achievements so far registered.

The coordinator of the Eighth Grade National Examination in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Kifle Mokonnen on his part, presented a report on the national eighth grade examination and the outcome registered as well as on strengths and weaknesses witnessed.

The participants conducted extensive discussion on the report presented.

Contribution in support of disadvantaged citizens

The business owners in Dubaruwa contributed 21 thousand Nakfa in support of orphans and disadvantaged citizens.

Mendefera, 08 January 2018- The business owners in Dubaruwa contributed 21 thousand Nakfa in support of orphans and disadvantaged citizens.

The business owners underled that supporting disadvantaged citizens is not to left only for the Government and Front and that is the responsibility of every citizen. The also pledged to sustainably continue their contribution.

Speaking at the occasion, the head of the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare branch in the sub-zone, Mr. Fesehaye Werede indicated that the public and business owners in Dubaruwa town have been taking initiatives to support the disadvantaged citizens and called for sustainability of the contribution.

Mr. Fesehaye also said that the zonal administration has been extending support for the identified disadvantaged citizens and that there is plan for creating job opportunities.   

General Secretary of Synod Gives Benediction

His Holiness Abune Lukas, General Secretary of the Eritrean Tewahdo Orthodox Church Synod, gave benediction in connection with Geez Christmas.

Asmara, 6 January 2018 -  His Holiness Abune Lukas, General Secretary of the Eritrean Tewahdo Orthodox Church Synod, gave benediction in connection with Geez Christmas.

The General Secretary of the Synod wished a merry Geez Christmas to the Eritrean people inside the country and abroad, members of the Eritrean Defense Force, as well as the sick.

His Holiness Abune Lukas called on the faithful to extend hand to  the needy and assist families of martyrs.

His Holiness also wished Christmas to bring peace and prosperity as well as success to national development programs.

 

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