Robot Desta in Display At Science Museum

Robot Desta, which was in display at the Science Museum starting today, has been developed by Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute and iCog Labs in collaboration with other institutions.

Children, youths and various sections of the society visited robot Desta and the Startups Exhibitions already opened at the science museum.

On the occasion, State Minister of Finance, Eyob Tekalign said that Ethiopia has embarked on emerging technology of AI by giving particular attention to the global technological age.

Stating that Robot Desta has been made to speak Amharic, the state minister said Ethiopia is striving to come closer to technological age of AI.

Robot Desta will participate at the music event tomorrow night with the famous Mulatu Astatke, founder of a hybrid of music form called Ethio Jazz.

Starting from come Friday, Desta will be displayed at Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence Institute with other robots, it was learnt.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia, Japan Hold Inaugural Political Consultation in Tokyo

Ethiopia and Japan held an inaugural political consultation, a significant milestone for diplomatic ties between the two countries.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two nations convened their inaugural political consultation in Tokyo, Japan on 9th April 2024.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga and Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kiyoto Tsuji co-chaired the meeting.

After the opening remarks by the co-chairs, participants engaged in a robust exchange of views, delving into the domestic landscapes of both nations and exploring avenues to strengthen bilateral ties.

Discussions encompassed diplomatic and economic relations, as well as broader Japan-Africa relations, it was indicated.

Speaking at inaugural political consultation, Ambassador Mesganu underscored Ethiopia’s profound commitment to nurturing its relationship with Japan, highlighting the pivotal role of platforms like political consultations in bolstering bilateral and multilateral
cooperation.

He advocated for the enhancement of trade and investment links, recognizing the mutual benefits such collaboration could yield for the two countries.

Vice Minister Tsuji on his part, indicated Japan’s aspiration for a robust partnership with Ethiopia.

The deliberations also saw a comprehensive review of bilateral relations and constructive dialogue on various regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern.

This inaugural political consultation marks a pivotal step in deepening the bond between Ethiopia and Japan, paving the way for enhanced collaboration and mutual prosperity in the years to come.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Gov’t Reforms Essential to Further Stimulate Startups Ecosystem: Startuppers

The reform carried out by the government is favorable for startuppers and further stimulate the sector, youths engaging in startups told ENA.

‘Startup Ethiopia Exhibition’ kicked off at the Science Museum in the presence of senior government officials earlier this week.

The exhibition runs from April 4, until April 28, 2024, it was indicated.

At the exhibition, youths presented their startups in various sectors including information technology, agriculture, health, education, energy, industry and finance.

Meron Sileshi presented her digital application called ‘Lersha’, which means ‘for agriculture, at the exhibition.

The startup provides a one-stop digital service to smallholder farmers to enable them to access farm inputs, mechanization services, and follow dynamic agro weather condition alerts using technology, she elaborated.

For this, Meron stated, the platform combines a mobile application, a call center, and LERSHA agents to facilitate transactions with farmers.

As startups are innovative ideas
, they will take time for the society to adopt use them, she said, adding that the efforts being underway by the government are essential to promote and further stimulate the ecosystem.

Head of Operations at Noliga Engineering PLC, Kassa Dejene, said that on his part, they developed a turbine that can generate energy from any flowing water and a device that can easily generate energy from wind.

Noting that they received financial support from the government during the implementation of this innovative work, he said that the new legal system put in place by the government has created a conducive environment for startups.

Founder of Simbona Africa, Hana Berhanu on her part said Simbona Africa is a MedTech company engaged in locally manufacturing medical devices in Ethiopia.

Simbona has five products and works on any customer-based items. These products are UVC light-based sterilization (non-medical) device, a phototherapy device, an infant radiant warmer, Oxygen Concentrator and Neonate and adult vein finde
r.

She mentioned that they were facing financial constraints while doing these jobs; stating that the activities being carried out by the government to address the financial challenges will motivate startuppers.

Recall that the ‘Startup Ethiopia Forum” was held in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the Adwa Victory Memorial Museum on Thursday, April 4, 2024, where senior government officials, representatives of the private sector, and startuppers attended the forum.

The premier noted that ‘Startup Ethiopia’ aims to cultivate an environment conducive to youth entrepreneurship, fostering innovative problem-solving businesses.

He also announced several reforms that will create favorable conditions for startups, addressing previous operational bottlenecks.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Muslims Call for Sustained Support to Needy beyond Eid al-Fitr

Some Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr told the Ethiopian News Agency the need for extending the support that has been given to the needy during the Ramadan.

Ethiopian Muslims across the country celebrated the 1445th of Eid al-Fitr today.

The Muslims celebrating the holiday at the Addis Ababa Stadium stressed the importance of preserving the invaluable essence of helping one another, and added that the good deed should not be limited to the month of Ramadan.

Jamal Redi said Ramadan is a month when all Muslims support and extend a helping hand to the needy.

During the month, Muslims share what they have and demonstrate generosity, he noted.

According to him, there is a need to extend the commendable deed of helping and supporting one another.

Mubarek Mohammed also said that Muslims should continue providing the support they were rendering in Ramadan.

He stated that it is important not only to help the poor but also to incorporate the practice as social norm.

Similarly, Nurselam Hassen underscored that t
he good deeds cherished should not be exercised only during the month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr, the holiday which marks the end of the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, is being celebrated by Muslims across the country.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopian Muslims Celebrating 1445th Eid al-Fitr Today

Ethiopian Muslims across the country are celebrating the 1445th Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan today.

Muslims in large number marched to Addis Ababa Stadium to celebrate the1445th Eid al-Fitr.

President of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council Sheikh Haji Ibrahim and many other religious fathers, members of the diplomatic community and other invited guests attended the morning prayers.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency