National Anti-Corruption Coalition holds its 6th regular meeting
Addis Ababa, October 13, 2012 - The Federal Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission said on Friday among cases it had been handling in the year 2004 E.C., over 2,200 individuals suspected with various corruption crimes were found guilty by the court.
The Commission’s capacity in make individuals suspected of corruption to be found guilty by the court has increased to 75 percent, it was noted. The Commission made the remark at the 6th regular conference of National Anti-Corruption Coalition held in Addis Ababa.
Cash and asset worth over 54 million Birr proven by a court to be found through corruption was made to be confiscated by the government, the Commission stated. The Coalition in its meeting also deliberated on the 2005 E.C. plan.
According to ERTA, National Anti-Corruption Coalition was established to prevent corruption jointly and is composed of government and the private sectors as well media and others.
Acting Foreign Minister briefs Ambassadors of UNSC member states
Acting Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ambasador Berhane Gebrechristos briefed Ambassadors of the UNSC member states in Addis Ababa today on the IGAD's position on the current situation in Somalia. The meeting was co-chaired by the Kenyan ambassador in Ethiopia, Dr. Monieoca K.Juma. During the briefing, Ambassador Berhane said all IGAD member states are extremely happy on the overall situation in Somalia. He said the highest credit should go to the responsible Somalia political actors who worked relentlessly to establish the new government before and following the end of the transition. He said significant coordination among regional bodies and the international community has also contributed to the encouraging improvement being seen in Somalia. He also underlined IGAD's unanimous belief that the situation in Somalia is now more critical than any time before ushering in as it does a new chapter full of opportunities and emphasised the need for a more coordinated support to the new government in Somalia.
President Girma opens the new Parliamentary session
The new session of the House of People's Representatives and the House of Federation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was opened on Monday (October 08th). The joint session was addressed by President Girma Woldegiorghis in a wide-ranging speech covering social, economic and political issues.
The President noted that the session was beginning with a “successful completion of a fully democratic transition of power”, adding that this “had only been possible because of the system that the late Prime Minister Meles, and his colleagues had built up”. President Girma paid homage to the late Prime Minister who had, he said, led the nation to “a commendable level of progress”. He said “our grief at his passing remains immense, and I would wish for solace and strength for all the peoples of our nation to help us deal with our sorrow for the loss of the architect of our renaissance.” The late Prime Minister had contributed a lot for the prevailing democracy, peace and economic growth over the past two decades.
President Girma stressed Ethiopia had maintained double digit economic growth since the beginning of the implementation of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) and called on all Ethiopians to exert utmost effort to achieve the targets set in the budget year and to maintain the rapid economic growth registered over the previous nine consecutive years.