PM Browne congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winner

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Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne on Friday dispatched a letter of congratulations to Prime Minister of Ethiopia, His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed on being awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo in announcing the award, said that the Ethiopian Prime Minister helped end his country’s 20-year war with Eritrea noting that his efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.

The conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea over disputed border territory came at a huge financial and humanitarian cost for both countries.

In his letter to Prime Minister Ahmed, Prime Minister Browne noted that the recognition of his efforts to bring peace and security to his region of Africa and to stability in the wider world is well deserved.

“My people, my Government and I are very proud of this historic acknowledgement of your leadership and accomplishment as Prime Minister of Ethiopia,” PM Browne letter concluded.

Prime Minister Abiy, aged 43, recently won plaudits for his role in helping to broker a power-sharing deal with neighbouring Sudan after a political crisis that led to the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the country’s ruler for almost three decades.

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Without patriotic political education, a soldier is only a potential criminal.” Capitaine Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, The Upright Man, President Burkina Faso 1983, assassinated 1987!

    Congrats! Congrats! CONGRATS!

    LEST WE REMEMBER! No recessional here!
    While serving in the Ethiopian National Defense Force, Abiy received his first degree, a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in Addis Ababa in 2001! He holds a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership earned from the business school at Greenwich University, London, in collaboration with the International Leadership Institute, Addis Ababa, in 2011, and a Master of Business Administration from the Leadstar College of Management and Leadership in Addis Ababa in partnership with Ashland University in 2013!

    Dr. Abiy, completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 2017 at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University! He did his Ph.D. work on the Agaro (well know to Coffee aficionados and baristas and practitioners of cooperative triple bottom line economics) constituency with a thesis entitled “Social Capital and its Role in Traditional Conflict Resolution in Ethiopia: The Case of Inter-Religious Conflict In Jimma Zone State”! He has published a research article on de-escalation strategies in the Horn of Africa in a special journal issue dedicated to countering violent extremism!

    As a member of Parliament he founded the Ethiopian Government Research Institute called the Science and Technology Information Center (STIC) and served as the Minister of Science and Technology (MoST)! He has been a central figure in the fight against illegal land grabbing activities in Oromia Region and especially around Addis Ababa!

    Time for GoAB to pull its representative from Rabat and appoint a serious Chargé d’affaires in Addis Ababa and to the AU! We ought to be at the AU and in the second most populous home for People of African Descent! No need for any “Pappyshow! “Addis Ababa Light Rail is the first light rail and rapid transit in eastern and sub-saharan Africa! Addis Ababa, last year, has overtaken Dubai as the leading gateway to Africa!

    Time to embrace the Lion Of Judah and Queen of Sheba before neo-colonial agent provateurs and saboteurs emerge again! “In Time to come” – six years hence! By 2025, the continent’s consumers will be spending $2 trillion a year. In Time to Come” – a mere 15 years! By 2034, Africa is expected to have 1.1 billion workers, the world’s largest working-age population! Will we, given our strategic Proximity and the Natural Trade Winds and Waves to which the Victorious Team Antigua Island Girls can speak, take up our bed and walk along the “Silk Road” to the Motherland!

    Ethiopian Airlines as it grows, (Operating revenue rose 17 percent in dollar terms ($4 billion), Passenger numbers were up 14 percent (12.1 million passengers), Operating profit of $260m, Net profit $189m, 432,000 tons of cargo transported with passenger Planes three quarters full on average.) is engaging, supporting, building and merging with other African Airlines!

    One of Ethiopian’s expansion strategies is helping other African countries establish and manage their own carriers! It is interested in supporting the struggling South African Airways which has not made a profit since 2011! They are also investing in new carriers planned for Ghana (agreement executed) and Zambia (45%) which should be up and running in 2020! Ethiopian has rescued Air Malawi (49%), Guinea Airways through ASKY (40%) which followed the demise of Air Afrique. and has successfully launched a Mozambican subsidiary, Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines, in December 2018!

    “The cognitive and structural aspects of a paradigm are incomplete without the functional aspect. There is something more than knowing in the Afrocentric sense; there is also doing.” – Dr. Molefi Asante!

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