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Political System Based on Citizenship Significant in Nation-Building Process: PFDJ Official
Posted on Tuesday March 28, 2017

Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of PFDJ Political Affairs, said that a political system based on citizenship and an administrative mechanism based on own reality is a vital denominator for building a developed and stable society.

Asmara, 28 March 2017- Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of PFDJ Political Affairs, said that a political system based on citizenship and an administrative mechanism based on own reality is a vital denominator for building a developed and stable society. He made the remarks at the 7th NCEW Congress underway at Asmara Palace Hotel.

Underlining that sustained and organized popular political participation is imperative for building a developed and stable society, he explained that short of popular participation, especially workers and the youth, the struggle for peace and development in Africa could not be realized.

Mr. Yemane further said that African countries need to build administrative mechanism and socio-economic development based on their own circumstance, past experience of their history while at the same time responding to the priorities of their own population. He further underlined that the problem witnessed in some African countries is the failure to chart own path and blind imitation of the experience other countries. The main cause for the conflicts being witnessed in Africa are monopolization of power and resources by certain groups, he added.

The PFDJ official emphasized the significance of human resource development, equitable distribution of resources, developing infrastructure as well as nurturing relations based on partnership. He further called on workers movements to build social force through taking the development of their respective countries and the region as a central objective.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, Head of Economic Affairs at the PFDJ, conducted a seminar to Congress participants on Economic Prospects and Employment Opportunities in Eritrea.  He explained that Eritrea’s economic policy is based on avoiding extravagance and raising productivity. He also pointed out that 65% of the Eritrean population depends on farming for its livelihood and that the government’s main priority rests on developing agricultural infrastructure.

Mr. Hagos also explained that due effort is being made to develop institutional capacity and human resource. Noting that there exist direct relation between workers and their productivity, he added that workers need to develop their contribution to higher productivity.

PFDJ Cultural bureau graduates artists
Posted on Tuesday March 28, 2017

The Cultural bureau of the PFDJ graduated 130 artists trained in directing and acting in films and stage drama on 27 March.

Asmara, 28 March 2017- The Cultural bureau of the PFDJ graduated 130 artists trained in directing and acting in films and stage drama on 27 March. The ceremony was conducted in connection with the International Theatre Day.

Ambassador Zemede Tekle, Commissioner of Culture and Sports, indicated that the initiative has significant importance in developing art works in the country and called on the graduates to live up to expectations to that end.

The representative of the graduates expressed that the training incorporated both theoretical and practical aspects of art and commended those who organized the program.

Likewise, 288 youth trained in different skills in Mendefera graduated on 23 March.

The theoretical and practical training that was provided from 3 to 7 months included poultry farming, weaving, beauty saloon, computer graphics as well as social science.

The administrator of the sub-zone, Mr. Abraham Hagos called on the youth to make proper use of the opportunities that are being provided and to practically upgrade their skills.   


Key Note Address by President Isaias Afwerki
Posted on Monday March 27, 2017

Key Note Address by President Isaias Afwerki

7th Congress of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW)

Asmara 27 March 2017

 

 

Key Note Address by President Isaias Afwerki

7th Congress of the
National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW)
Asmara
27 March 2017



 

Distinguished Participants of this Congress,
Honourable Invited Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me first to express, at this auspicious moment, my warmest congratulations to all members of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW).

This Congress is taking place, if only by happenstance, at a time when Eritrea has just celebrated the 25th anniversary of its (post-independence) nation building journey.  As such, and even as we pay tribute to the long and proud history of struggle of Eritrean workers, it is imperative and timely to ask what the NCEW has achieved in this past quarter of a century.  Where does the NCEW want to go and how will it proceed in the years ahead?   

These questions are not pertinent to the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers only.  They are equally relevant to various government bodies, social associations, corporations and different enterprises.  And beyond national entities, the subject matter is also relevant to our close and distant external partners.  In the event, these issues will require objective and profound assessment. 

The vision and strategy of nation building that we have tenaciously pursued in the past quarter century include:
1.    Ensuring sustainable improvements in the quality of life of our citizens, and, the maintenance and preservation of this task as a central goal or objective;
2.    Increasing productivity and output for genuine economic growth and prosperity;
3.    Building extensive infrastructure, with even and fair spatial distribution, in all sectors (roads, ports, airports, water systems, electricity, transport, health and education, manufacturing, services… etc.) so as  to pave the ground and stimulate overall productivity and economic growth;
4.    The creation of extensive employment opportunities in all sectors, industries and enterprises in accordance with their respective potential and comparative advantages;
5.    To build efficient/effective and clean institutions in phases;
6.    Above all, to cultivate, organize and enhance a professional, experienced and highly disciplined labour force in all sectors, industries and enterprises.

How many of the visions, strategies and plans spelled out above have we achieved in the past quarter century against the backdrop of a devastated, literally below zero, economic reality that we inherited and that was further compounded by limited, underdeveloped and unexploited domestic endowments, as well as the relentless national security and economic hostilities and subversions that were employed against us through different forms and facades.  These intertwined phenomena will require sober and objective appraisal that is not tainted by emotional or presumptuous approaches.

Our domestic reality and its checkered trajectory cannot of course be seen in isolation.  It is indeed influenced by global and regional realities and developments.  Our approach has consequently remained comprehensive and holistic.

The spiraling turmoil, devastation, and economic suffering that is afflicting various parts of the world today, and especially our region, is too palpable to merit further elaboration.  These crises are inextricably linked with acts of those who claim or believed that their camp “has triumphed” after the end of the Cold War and who thereby aspired to create a uni-polar world.

Indeed, periodic and appalling statistical explanations that accentuate prevailing acute economic polarizations in society: commonly described as the 1% against the 99% - (in reality, the ratio is 0.001% vs 99.999%); statistical data circulated by Oxfam recently that amplifies “the wealth of a handful billionaires amid the impoverishment of  billions of people”;  or, other anecdotal instances such as the fact that  “the wealth of the four richest people in Indonesia is equivalent to the aggregate income of 100 million citizens in the country” all corroborate the imperative for profound and serious appraisal of global realities. 

Demonization of all arguments and concepts that challenge the validity/ideology of the prevailing global order; weakening and vilification of workers’ movements and other forces that seek social justice; exaltation of speculative practices of international banks;  shrinking of the middle class even in the industrialized nations (known as the 1st World); increased marginalization of countries (mostly found in Africa) that are in the early stages of economic development resulting in their confinement to the production of raw materials and their attendant deprivation from developing their infrastructure, industries and modern services;  ensuring that these countries are governed by corrupt and pliable regimes that serve “external” agendas,… etc.,  are some of the tools routinely invoked to secure the pre-eminence of the uni-polar international system.  Other more perplexing practices include inducement of debilitating brain drain and migration of the professional and educated segments in these countries, while manual labourers without the requisite expertise are not spared and exposed to “modern slavery”. 

In a nutshell, the scheme involves the unfair exploitation of resources, the denial of jobs and job opportunities to augment the number of destitute populations who survive on charities.  The climax of this “film” or “operation” is shedding crocodile tears of “benign concern”.  These are some of the sad hallmarks of global realities in the past quarter century.  These trends warrant a more profound and objective appraisal that is corroborated by quantitative data more and beyond the succinct and general description that I have tried to outline. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our ongoing endeavours to chart out our future developmental path – and the associated questions of: from where we have started? Where we are now? Where we want to be? And how we want to reach there? – are naturally predicated on detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the domestic and global realities and trends that I have described above. 

Perhaps we cannot expect the current Congress of the NCEW to examine all these issues exhaustively to come up with comprehensive answers.  Nonetheless, I hope and trust that the Congress will map out a road map for enhancing its role in future programmes geared towards the achievement of our domestic priorities; especially in regard to the augmentation of job opportunities, work ethic and labour productivity in all sectors, industries and enterprises as well as in the cultivation and consolidation of external ties and solidarity for sharing experiences.  Let me conclude by wishing you success in all your proceedings.

Victory to the Masses!
Asmara
27 March 2017





 

Ambassador Fshehatsion presents credential
Posted on Monday March 27, 2017

Mr. Fsehatsion Petros, Eritrea's Ambassador to Italy has on 21st March presented work credential to the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic as Eritrea's nonresident Ambassador to the republic.

Asmara, 27 March 2017- Mr. Fsehatsion Petros, Eritrea's Ambassador to Italy has on 21st March presented work credential to the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic as Eritrea's nonresident Ambassador to the republic.

In the event, Ambassador Fsehatsion conveyed President Isaias' message of good wish to the Serbian President and affirmed Eritrea's readiness to establish a strong bilateral relation and cooperation between the two countries.

Ambassador Fsehatsion further explained strong conviction that he would work towards advancing the bilateral ties to a high level with the support of all concerned Serbian authorities.

Explaining that the recent working visit of a senior Eritrean delegation was of a paramount importance in understanding Eritrea's stance, President Tomislav affirmed his country's readiness to establish a robust and all-rounded mutual cooperation between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Fsehatsion held discussions with various Serbian officials as regards enhancing partnership of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

40th anniversary of Nakfa's Liberation
Posted on Monday March 27, 2017

The 40th anniversary of the liberation of Nakfa was commemorated on 25th March.

Asmara, 27 March 2017- The 40th anniversary of the liberation of Nakfa was commemorated on 25th March.

Various programs that reflect the culture and livelihood of the Eritrean people, carnival shows of various institutions, cultural and sports activities, planting of tree seedlings in the patriots' cemetery among other added color to the event.

Pointing out that the liberation of Nakfa holds a special place in the history of the struggle for independence, Mr. Idris Ali Sheker, administrator of Nakfa sub-zone, said that once liberated Nakfa had never been retaken by the enemy and  thus it became an icon of  resilience and determination of the Eritrean people and that of the freedom fighters.

Mr. Idris further noted that once the war ravaged Nakfa has now become a perfect example of the achievements registered in the nation building process in the post independence period.

At the event , an association of x-freedom fighters known as Gemahir, staged a colorful exhibition that reflect the livelihood of the residents of the area, people's role during the struggle for independence and  various social services that were rendered in the liberated areas.

Various programs that depict the relics of the struggle for independence, briefings and pictorial exhibition reflecting the activities of EPLF's armed units  of the then Nakfa front were also showcased in the event.