United States and Ministry of Health Inaugurate National Blood Bank

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sean Jones and State Minister of Health Saharla Abdulahi officially inaugurated the new $5 million National Blood Bank Services headquarters building during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new facility will provide the National Blood Bank Services with the capacity to receive a much-increased volume of …

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Statement on Prime Minister Abiy’s Nobel Peace Prize

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa congratulates His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his “…efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation and his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” We join all Ethiopians as they celebrate this proud moment …

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23 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in at U.S. Embassy

Chargé d’Affaires David Renz administered the oath of service to 23 new Peace Corps Volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, today.  These Volunteers will be working on community-based engagement and teaching English in Ethiopian Public Schools within the Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, and SNNP regions. Chargé d’Affaires David said “You have come to Ethiopia …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Launch of the Advancing Economic Diversification in Ethiopia Project

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Launch of the Advancing Economic Diversification in Ethiopia Project Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa August 23, 2019 (As prepared for delivery)   Your Excellencies, It’s a great pleasure and honor for me to be here this morning to highlight an important centerpiece in the partnership between Ethiopia and …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Successful Conclusion of Ethiopia Debates! Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa celebrated the successful conclusion of the first Ethiopia Debates! Competition on August 21, 2019 in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia Debates! is a nationwide program that creates an interactive platform for university students to engage in a series of debate competitions, during which they learn public speaking skills, constructive dialogue, and …

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The United States and Ethiopia Sign Agreement to Exchange Terrorist Screening Information

The United States and Ethiopia recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Exchange of Terrorist Screening Information. Signing for the United States was the Assistant Director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director of the United States Terrorist Screening Center, Charles H. Kable, and signing for Ethiopia was the Director General of the …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on June 22 Attacks

The U.S. Embassy is shocked and deeply saddened by the June 22 fatal attacks on the President of the Amhara Regional Government, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen; Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, General Seare Mekonnen; Amhara Regional Government Office Advisor, Ezez Wassie; and retired Major General Gezai Abera. Their senseless deaths are a …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the U.S. National Day Celebration

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the U.S. National Day Celebration U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa May 7, 2019 (As prepared for delivery)   At this time last year, I spoke about the incredible promise of the reform efforts under His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, and the unprecedented opportunity for Ethiopia to build a …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Winners of “I Stand for Peace” Video Competition

Ambassador Michael Raynor was joined by His Excellency, Mr. Kefyalew Tefera, State Minister for Capacity Building and Modernization Sector at the Ministry of Peace to announce the winners of the U.S. Embassy’s fourth annual video competition under the theme “I Stand for Peace”. At the event, the Ambassador said the theme was chosen in response …

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Readout from Advisor to the President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed at Menelik Palace in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Acting OPIC President and CEO Dave Bohigian met with His Excellency, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed at Menelik Palace, to reaffirm strong U.S. support for Ethiopia’s progress on reforms toward inclusive democracy, broad-based prosperity, and lasting stability. During the meeting, Ms. Trump welcomed the Prime Minister’s proactive approach to increasing the number …

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Readout of Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump’s Meeting with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and OPIC Acting President and CEO Dave Bohigian met with Her Excellency, President Sahle-Work Zewde, to reinforce the United States’ ongoing commitment to its strong partnership with Ethiopia.  During the meeting, Ms. Trump highlighted the President’s achievement in becoming the first female president of Ethiopia and …

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Readout of Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump’s Visit to Holy Trinity Church

This morning Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Acting OPIC President and CEO Dave Bohigian paid respects to the victims of Ethiopian Airlines 302 crash at the Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa. She met with religious leaders representing the diverse faiths of those who perished in the crash, laid …

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Readout of Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump’s Muya Site Visit in Ethiopia and Announcement of OPIC Financing for Muya

Upon arrival, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and OPIC Acting President and CEO David Bohigian met with Sara Abera, the owner of Muya Ethiopia, a leading textile and handicrafts company that got its start through the assistance of USAID. The delegation toured the Muya Ethiopia production facility, met with employees, learned more about …

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Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and USAID Administrator Mark Green Meet Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association Entrepreneurs

Today, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and USAID Administrator Mark Green met with businesswomen in the coffee industry at Dumerso Coffee in Addis Ababa to discuss the opportunities and challenges women entrepreneurs face in Ethiopia. During the meeting, Ms. Trump expressed United States’ support for improving the opportunities for women to start and grow …

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U.S. Hands Over $4 Million in New Medical Equipment and Medicines for Developing Regions

The United States handed over more than USD $4 million (approximately 115 million ETB) worth of new medical equipment and medicines to the Ministry of Health for use in hospitals and health centers in the regional states of Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, and Somali. The equipment was provided by the United States Agency for International Development …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Journalism Training for Editors

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Journalism Training for Editors Adama, Ethiopia February 8, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning. Thanks very much for this chance to be with you all this morning. I’d like to offer a very big thank you to OBN for providing the facilities and logistical support for …

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“I Stand for Peace” Video Challenge

Official Video Contest Rules “I Stand for Peace” Video Challenge Contest Sponsor [1] The “I Stand for Peace” Video Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. Description of Contest Objective The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2019 video challenge entitled “I Stand for Peace.”  We invite all current and aspiring filmmakers …

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Ambassador Mike expresses his condolences on the passing of former President H.E. Girma Woldegiyorgis

On behalf of the People and Government of the United States, I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of former President H. E. Girma Woldegiyorgis. With wisdom and foresight, he forged ever-stronger international partnerships for Ethiopia, and deepened the ties of friendship and partnership between Ethiopia and the United States. His dedication to the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor on Progress toward HIV Epidemic Control in Ethiopia

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia on Progress towards HIV Epidemic Control in Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 10, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Afternoon! It’s great to be here with you today as we celebrate the successful completion of the landmark Ethiopia HIV Impact Assessment. The encouraging results show us …

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Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy Meets with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy and Ambassador Michael Raynor met with His Excellency, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu, to discuss opportunities for mutual cooperation regionally and internationally, as well as in support of Ethiopia’s ambitious program of economic and political reforms. Assistant Secretary Nagy welcomed Ethiopia’s ongoing rapprochement with Eritrea and Ethiopia’s …

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Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy meets with Minister of Peace Muferihat Kamil

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy and Ambassador Michael Raynor met with Her Excellency, Minister of Peace Muferihat Kamil, on November 29 to learn more about the goals and priorities of the newly formed Ministry of Peace. Assistant Secretary Nagy expressed strong support for Ethiopia’s reform agenda and for the Ministry of …

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Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy meets with Ethiopian Minister of Defense Aisha Mohammed

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy, Ambassador Michael Raynor, and General Thomas D. Waldhauser of U.S. Africa Command met with Her Excellency Minister of Defense Aisha Mohammed on November 28 to discuss opportunities for security cooperation between the United States and Ethiopia. During the meeting, the Assistant Secretary expressed optimism following …

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy arrives in Addis Ababa

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy arrived in Addis Ababa today, November 28, for a three-day visit that will include engagements focused on the United States’ relationship with Ethiopia and the sixth annual U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue. This is Nagy’s first visit to Ethiopia since his confirmation on July 23, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor Addresses at Jigjija University

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Addresses at Jigjija University Jigjiga, Ethiopia November 27, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   His Excellency Mustafa Mohamed Omer, Somali Regional State President Mr. Elias Oumar, Acting President and Academic Vice President, Jigjiga University Students and friends, Good morning, and thank you for joining me this morning. It’s good to …

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U.S. Completes Cultural Preservation Project at Bete Golgotha Mikael in Lalibela

U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor and State Minister of Culture and Tourism Bizunesh Meseret jointly inaugurated the completion of the preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela today. Representatives of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Lalibela government administration, members of the National Scientific Committee, and invited guests attended this special event. This project was funded …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Ethiopia Hacks! During Global Entrepreneurship Week

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa launched the first in a series of 12 hackathons under its Ethiopia Hacks! program as part of its annual Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration. Ethiopia Hacks! is conducted in partnership with the Google Developers Group (GDG- Addis) and the Centre for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE). Each hackathon will challenge …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at 8th Bilateral Defense Conference between the US and Ethiopia

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the 8th Bilateral Defense Conference between the U.S. and Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 15, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning. Her Excellency Minister Aisha Mohammed, Minister of Defense; General Birhanu Jula, Deputy Chief of Staff; Ms. Michelle Lenihan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African …

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The United States and Ethiopia Hold 8th Bilateral Defense Conference

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor was joined by Principal Director for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Michelle Lenihan at the 8th Bilateral Defense Conference between the United States and Ethiopia. In acknowledgement of Ethiopia’s commitment to lasting reforms, Ambassador Raynor stressed that the United States is viewed the meetings …

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Ambassador Michael Raynor Addresses Jimma University Students

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Addresses Jimma University Students Jimma University, Jimma November 1, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Hi everyone, It’s great to see you all here; thanks very much for coming. My Embassy colleagues and I have a schedule full of great events during our trip to Jimma, including a visit to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the launch of Center for International Private Enterprise Regional Office

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the launch of CIPE Regional Office Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa October 25, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good evening! I’m honored to be here tonight to help celebrate an exciting new milestone in Ethiopia’s reform efforts, and yet another milestone in the United States’ support for those reforms. …

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U.S Embassy Organizes 2nd Inclusive Fashion Show to Promote Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Embassy organized the second Inclusive Fashion Show to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities.  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael A. Raynor said, “Inclusivity is about giving every member of your community the chance to reach his or her fullest potential. Inclusivity also ensures that each of us is able to contribute fully to our …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at Solve It! National Competition

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at Solve IT! National Competition Mosaic Hotel, Addis Ababa September 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Her Excellency, Ms. Efra Ali, State Minister for Science and Technology. Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. Thank you very much for being here this afternoon, as we celebrate the fantastic results of an …

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2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings young African leaders to the United States for academic and leadership training and will create unique opportunities to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions in Africa. …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed

The Vice President met today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ longstanding partnership with the people of Ethiopia and applauded the historic reform efforts by Prime Minister Abiy, including improving respect for human rights, reforming the business environment, and making peace with Eritrea. The Vice President encouraged …

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U.S. Announces $170 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Displaced People in Ethiopia

Today the United States announced an additional $170 million in humanitarian assistance to support the people of Ethiopia, many of whom have been pushed from their homes by escalating conflict or natural disaster and who are facing severe food insecurity as a result. With this new funding, the United States is providing emergency food and …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at “Our Ethiopia” Video Challenge Awards Ceremony

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at “Our Ethiopia” Video Challenge Awards Ceremony Ethiopian National Theatre, Addis Ababa July 23, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Hello, and thank you very much for joining us this evening. And particular thanks to Her Excellency Fozia Amin, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, for being an important part …

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Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan Meets Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu

Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu in Addis Ababa today, discussing a full spectrum of issues related to the Ethiopian economy and the bilateral commercial relationship. The Under Secretary expressed support for Prime Minister Abiy’s economic reform agenda. He also conveyed his optimism regarding the potential for …

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Under Secretary for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan Arrives in Ethiopia for Fact-Finding Mission

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan today launched a fact-finding mission with members of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under Secretary Kaplan is joined by representatives from 14 PAC-DBIA member firms and officials from 11 U.S. government agencies on this first stop of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Inauguration of Amhara Public Health Institiute

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Inauguration of Amhara Public Health Institute Bahir Dar June 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Your Excellency Gedu Andargachew, President of the Amhara Regional State; Mrs. Saharla Abdulahi, State Minister of Health; Dr. Abebaw Gebeyehu, Head of the Amhara Regional Health Bureau; Dr. Ebba Abate, Director General of the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Discussion on Responsible Business Practices

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Discussion on Responsible Business Practices Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa June 21, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for being a part of this very important discussion. There has been a lot of talk of change in Ethiopia recently. And I have to …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Progress Toward Peace Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

The United States is encouraged by the progress that Ethiopia and Eritrea have made to resolve longstanding disputes and normalize relations.  Over the past 20 years, the frozen conflict between these states has hindered stability and economic growth in the vital Red Sea region.  A durable peace will yield greater prosperity and security not only …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Muslim Heritage in Ethiopia

U.S. Ambassador to the Ethiopia, Michael Raynor visited the Nejashi Mosque this week to learn more about the history of Muslims in Ethiopia and followed his trip by hosting an Iftar dinner for Islamic leaders, business professionals, NGO leaders, media representatives, and academics from the Addis Ababa Muslim community. At the Nejashi Mosque, the Ambassador …

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U.S. Government Delivers C-130 Aircraft to Ethiopia

U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor participated in a ceremony to deliver a C-130 aircraft on behalf of the United States Government to Ethiopian Air Force Head, General Adem Mohammed. The C-130 will further enhance Ethiopia’s capacity to play a vital role in regional peacekeeping missions, enabling Ethiopia to move humanitarian supplies where they are needed in a …

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U.S. Embassy Honors the Legacy of Colonel John C. Robinson

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa held a wreath-laying ceremony to honor Colonel John C. Robinson in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Ethiopian aviation and strengthening relations between the United States and Ethiopia. Following a ceremony at Gulele Cemetery, led by His Eminence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphael Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ambassador Raynor delivered remarks …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the U.S. National Day Celebration

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the U.S. National Day Celebration U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa May 10, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)                      Ambassador Birtukan, ladies and gentlemen, good evening and thank you very much for joining us As Ambassador Mary Beth mentioned, this year …

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Remarks by USAID Mission Director, Leslie Reed at the Inauguration of Lemi Health Center

Leslie Reed  USAID Mission Director at the Inauguration of Lemi Health Center Lemi, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia May 3, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Regional Health Bureau and Woreda Representatives Distinguished guests Indemin aderachu Ask any mother how far she would go to get care for her sick child and you’ll most likely hear …

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Release of the 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia

The 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia reflects serious challenges to the Ethiopian people’s ability to exercise their basic rights last year. We believe there is reason for optimism that the 2018 Human Rights Report will tell a different story, one of progress. Notwithstanding the ongoing state of emergency, about which we have already expressed …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Confirmation of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed

  We welcome the Ethiopian Parliament’s confirmation of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as the next Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and look forward to working with Dr. Abiy and the Ethiopian government on our shared interests. We commend the peaceful transfer of power in accordance with Ethiopia’s constitution, which then Prime Minister Hailemariam highlighted when announcing his resignation …

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Training Opportunity for Practicing Journalists

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa in partnership with the Ethiopia Media Women Association (EMWA) are pleased to announce the launch of a project entitled “Supporting Opportunities for Professional Journalism” will provide training for local journalists on how to effectively report on key development-related topics such as health, development, and humanitarian assistance. The program aspires …

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Press Availability With Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 8, 2018 MODERATOR: Would you join me to welcome the two foreign ministers. May we rise, please? I thank you very much. Ameseginalehu. Your Excellency Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, foreign minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Your Excellency Rex Wayne Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu in Addis Ababa today, addressing a wide range of shared interests in security, economic growth, and governance. The Secretary underscored U.S. appreciation for Ethiopia’s role in improving regional security as a both caretaker of refugees and of contributor …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa today, his first stop on his first visit to Africa as U.S. Secretary of State. The Secretary emphasized long-standing U.S. commitment to and partnership with the Ethiopian people. The Secretary thanked the Prime Minister for …

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English Access Microscholarship Program Launched at Bahir Dar University

The English Access Microscholarship Program in Bahir Dar was launched at Bahir Dar University today.  “Through the Access program, Ethiopian youths will acquire English language and life skills that will create new opportunities and pave the way to a successful future,” said Counselor for Public Affairs David Kennedy.  He added, “These students are part of …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Declared State of Emergency

We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression. We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incidents of violence and loss of life, but firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom, not less. The challenges …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the Alumni Global Health Workshop

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Alumni Global Health Workshop Capital Hotel, Ethiopia February 7, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Good evening, and welcome to Ethiopia! Thank you for making time in your very busy lives to participate in our first “Alumni Global Health Workshop,” here in Addis Ababa. And please accept my …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the commencement of a preservation project of Bet Golgotha Micheal churches

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the commencement of a preservation project of Bet Golgotha Micheal churches Lalibela, Ethiopia February 3, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Good morning! Your Excellency Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, Abba Yared Misganaw, Head of the Administration of the Lalibela Churches, Members of the …

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U.S.-funded Preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela Launched

U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor and Minister for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, jointly launched a new project for the preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela, on Saturday, February 3, 2018. The preservation work is funded with a grant from the U.S. Embassy through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  The project …

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U.S. Embassy Announces “Solve IT!” – A Nationwide Innovation Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is sponsoring a nationwide innovation competition, “Solve IT!” for Ethiopian youth.  “Solve IT!” promotes STEAM, entrepreneurship and encourages a new generation of young Ethiopians to solve problems in their communities using technology, software and hardware. The competition is implemented by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with partners iCog Labs …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the launch of a book “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom”

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the launch of a book “Ethiopia: the living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom” U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa January 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) Good Evening, and welcome! Your Excellency the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, Your Holiness Abune Matthias, Patriarch of Ethiopia, …

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U.S. Embassy Highlights Support for Cultural Preservation at Book Launch – “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom”

The Ambassador of the United States of America Michael A. Rayner hosted a reception for the launch of the book “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom.” Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Hirut Woldemariam and His Holiness Abune Matthias attended the launch along with Ambassadors, artists, photographers, scholars and journalists. The book has 544 pages …

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Promoting Tolerance through Video Contest- “Our Ethiopia”

The U.S. Embassy is excited to announce this year’s video competition under the theme “Our Ethiopia.”  The video challenge is part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing efforts to highlight the importance of tolerance and diversity through open and constructive communication. In a globalized world, tolerance is important for creating a society in which people feel …

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U.S. Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Decision to Release Detainees

We are encouraged by the Ethiopian Government’s decision to drop charges and pardon detainees, including political leaders, as a tangible step toward its stated goal of widening political space for all Ethiopians.  We are aware that reviews of additional cases are underway, and hope they will be conducted in the same spirit.  We understand these …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at the 15th YALI Connect Camp Closing Ceremony

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the 15th YALI Connect Camp Closing Ceremony  Satchmo Center, Ethiopia December 15, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good morning and a warm welcome to Ethiopia for our guests! As YALI Connect Camp participants, I know that you have spent the last week here Addis Ababa getting …

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U.S. Embassy Statement Following Deaths at Chelenko and Universities

We are troubled and saddened by reports of violence that has resulted in deaths and injuries in the town of Chelenko and at several universities over the past two days. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. It is important that the Ethiopian government ensure the safety of all Ethiopian …

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Press round table with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto

Official Transcript Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto Press Roundtable – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa December 8, 2017 A/S Yamamoto: It’s great to be back in Ethiopia, and of course especially with the press. One of the things that we’ve always emphasized was on training and capacity building in the press …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the African Mosaique Fashion Incubator Awards

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the African Mosaique Fashion Incubator Awards African Mosaique, Legetafu November 30, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good evening!  What a wonderful night! Thank you, Anna and African Mosaique, for letting me be a part of this fantastic event. And congratulations on the inauguration of this impressive …

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Reaffirming U.S. Leadership and Commitment to Partnership in the Fight Against HIV AIDS

Open letter by U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Michael Raynor Each year, we mark World AIDS Day on December 1 as a time to remember those who have lost their lives to this disease, and also to reaffirm our commitment to caring for those living with HIV, to working to prevent its spread, and ultimately …

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Readout of a Meeting between Ambassador Haley and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ambassador Haley thanked Prime Minister Hailemariam for his country’s leadership in continuing to host desperate people fleeing conflict in the region and for Ethiopia’s decades-long generosity hosting refugees from nearby countries. Ambassador Haley …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor at TRANSFORM Launch

Remarks by Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at TRANSFORM Launch  Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa October 16, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Yifru Berhan Deputy Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency, Ms. Ji-eun Seong Distinguished Heads and Deputies of the Regional Health Bureaus Distinguished representatives from the Federal …

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U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Michael Enzi visit Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, October 13, 2017; U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Michael Enzi visited Ethiopia on October 12 and 13 to discuss U.S.-Ethiopian relations.  The Senators met with Prime Minister Hailemariam. During the meeting the Senators highlighted the value the United States places on its bilateral relations with Ethiopia and the strong ties between our people.  They reiterated the United States’ commitment …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor Honoring President John F. Kennedy’s Legacy in Supporting Youth

Remarks by  Michael Raynor U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Honoring President John F. Kennedy’s Legacy in supporting Youth  Bahir Dar American Corner, Bahir Dar October 11, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon everyone. I’m so excited to be here with you in Bahir Dar, on my first visit outside of Addis Ababa. I’d like to …

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Remarks by Troy Fitrell at Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy At Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony  U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa September 15, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Selam nau and indemen aderachu!  Aqam Aqam! Kemey Wu’elkum!  Good afternoon! My duties as Charge d’Affaires require me to perform many functions, but this is my first opportunity …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony American Center, Ethiopia September 14, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, In any society, everyone needs to have a role in contributing to success.  As communities, we need to make an effort to enable all …

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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Joined Up Justice Forum

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Joined Up Justice Forum May 20, 2017 Tenestaleygn, endemn aderachu,  attam (or akkam) bultanni. Your Excellency President of the Federal Supreme Court Dagne Melaku, Your Excellency Attorney General Getachew Ambaye, Pastor Daniel, Distinguished officials and members of the Joined Up Justice Forum Ladies …

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USAID-DuPont Partnership helps hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian farmers transform production and livelihoods

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia –The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont announced that the  Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), a public-private partnership between USAID, DuPont and the Government of Ethiopia, exceeded its goal by 150 percent to boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and increase food production for Ethiopian communities. As part of America’s Feed the Future initiative, the …

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Ending Malaria for Good is a Sound Investment

OP-ED by Peter Vrooman, Chargé d’affaires Global progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has been truly historic and the U.S. Government has played a key role in this progress. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 6.8 million malaria deaths were averted worldwide between 2001 and 2015, primarily among children under five …

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The United States Urges Students Interested in Study Abroad to Beware of Fraud

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 17, 2017 – This is the time of year when U.S. colleges and universities send out acceptance letters to students for the coming academic year.  While this is an exciting time for anyone seeking to study in the United States, it is also a time to be wary of scams and …

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USAID and World Food Programme Improved the Nutritional Status of People Living With HIV/AIDS

Addis Ababa, March 29, 2017 –  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the successful completion of the U.S.-funded Urban HIV Nutrition and Food Security Project. Over the past five years, the project improved the nutritional, economic, and food security status of people living with HIV. …

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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the inauguration ceremony of the National Public Health Training Center at Ethiopian Public Health Institue

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the inauguration ceremony of the National Public Health Training Center at Ethiopian Public Health Institute March 28, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) I am honored and delighted to be here with you all today to inaugurate this newly constructed National Public Health training center. This …

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U.S. Army Africa participates in Justified Accord 2017

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The U.S. Military, in partnership with AMISOM troop and police contributing countries, Allies, the African Union, and other international organizations are scheduled to conduct table top exercise Justified Accord 2017 (JA17), formerly known as Eastern accord, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 20-24. JA17 is an AFRICOM-directed and U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)-led …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Visa Issuance on Ethiopia

We would like to clarify the most recent developments regarding U.S. visa issuance in Ethiopia.   Rumors that limitations have been placed on the issuance of visas in Ethiopia are false and we continue to process visa applications as usual.  Applicants whose visa expired less than 12 months ago are eligible to reapply through the interview …

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Transcript of Dina Esposito’s Interview with VOA

VOA:  Thank you very much for your time, Dina Esposito, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the USAID.  Thank you very much. Let us begin with the purpose of your visit to Ethiopia.  Tell me why you are here and what you have been doing so far. …

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