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Workshop on strengthening teaching-learning process
Posted on Saturday October 20, 2018

A workshop aimed at strengthening the teaching-learning process was organized on 9 and 10 October in the Emni-Haili sub-zone.

Mendefera, 19 October 2018- A workshop aimed at strengthening the teaching-learning process was organized on 9 and 10 October in the Emni-Haili sub-zone. The workshop was attended by school directors, supervisors and teachers from 37 schools in the sub-zone.

The head of education in the sub-zone, Mr. Merih Kiros called on teachers to apply student centered educations in all levels and especially in junior and pre-schools.

Indicating that teachers have significant contribution in nurturing disciplined and competitive students, Mr. Merih called on teachers to make ample preparation for delivering their knowledge to students.

Mr. Abraham Mekonnen, administrator of the sub-zone, indicating that parents and the administrations are doing their level best to create conducive atmosphere for teachers, called for identifying shortcoming of schools and take remedial measures.

The participants on their part said that lack of follow-up of parents on their children has been the main reason for the low performance of students and called for strengthening participation in the effort to reinforce the teaching-learning process.

Commendable community based environmental sanitation activity
Posted on Saturday October 20, 2018

Community led environmental sanitation program that has been exerted in the Northern Red Sea region since 2009 is significantly contributing in ensuring the health of nationals, the Ministry of Health branch in the region stated.

Massawa, 20 October 2018 – Community led environmental sanitation program that has been exerted in the Northern Red Sea region since 2009 is significantly contributing in ensuring the health of nationals, the Ministry of Health branch in the region stated.

Mr. Hagos Milkias, head of environmental sanitation unit at the branch, indicated that commendable environmental sanitation activities aimed at preventing water borne diseases have been conducted in the previous years.

Pointing out that half of the villages in the region have introduced latrines and are able to ensure environmental sanitation and public health, Mr. Hagos said that the Ministry of Health along with its partners is exerting effort to introduce latrines to the remaining villages.

Mr. Hagos called for the conducting proper inspection on water sources and  administrations and families to increase contribution for the successful implementation of the program.

President Isaias met and held talks with Russian delegation
Posted on Friday October 19, 2018

President Isaias Afwerki met and held talks today at the State House with Russian delegation headed by Mr. Mikhail Leonidovich Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Asmara, 19 October 2018- President Isaias Afwerki met and held talks today at the State House with Russian delegation headed by Mr. Mikhail Leonidovich Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

At the meeting President Isaias underlined Eritrea’s readiness to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in all sectors.

Mr. Mikhail L. Bogdanov on his part commending the bold initiative Eritrea took to bring peace and stability in the Horn of Africa expressed his country’s readiness to develop trade and investment cooperation with the Horn African countries in general and with Eritrea in particular.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Gebreab and Mr. Amin Hassan, Director of the Office of the President on the Eritrean side and Mr. Azim A. Yarakhmedov, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian federation in the State of Eritrea and Mr. Oleg B. Ozerov, Deputy Director of the Department of Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on the Russian side.

Opening remarks: Draft Seed Legislation Discussion Workshop
Posted on Friday October 19, 2018

Opening remarks of Mr. Tekleab Misghena
Director General, Regulatory Services Department, Ministry of Agriculture  At Draft Seed Legislation Discussion Workshop

Opening remarks of Mr. Tekleab Misghena

Director General, Regulatory Services Department, Ministry of Agriculture  At Draft Seed Legislation Discussion Workshop

Dear friends, Colleagues, Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

To begin with, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to this important workshop and on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture I am honored to say few remarks on the opening occasion of this workshop.

We all understood that production and productivity of agricultural crops greatly depend on seed quality. This is of course without forgetting inputs such as fertilizer and others. The issue becomes so important to us where existing production and productivity of agricultural crops are low and at the same time substantial efforts are being made for ensuring a significance contribution of the agricultural sector to national food security.

The availability of quality seed begins in research, where Eritrea’s agricultural research institutions are making relentless efforts in developing new varieties field and vegetable crops. So far more than 40 varieties of field crops, mostly wheat and sorghum, have been developed by NARI. A number of these varieties are now being used in seed multiplication programs through contractual farmers. Seed multiplying farmers are being organized in clusters, which simplifies the distribution of inputs and seed inspection services.

For the seed sub-sector to be sustainably managed it has to be supported by some legal means. Issues such as varietal development, seed multiplication, and marketing and regulatory inspection services should be legally supported. But we should also understand that our seed legal system should serve the real issues on the ground and not becoming too ambitious which cannot be implemented. Among others, the conservation of local varieties, which could be eroded with the development and introduction of new varieties, and the uncontrolled export of germ plasma are some of the issues we need to remind ourselves while reviewing the draft legislation.

Just to give you some brief background information about the present draft seed legislation, which we belief can serve as the basis for our discussion. The draft legislation was prepared in 2005, which was the result of a seed technical evaluation conducted by a consultant supported by the European Union. A brief consultative process was conducted at that time, which is now 13 years. In view of the limited consultations made then and the time which has elapsed so far, there is a need to look at it again. In its present form the draft seed legislation has a separate set of implementing regulations. In our discussions we may wish to endorse this approach or instead we may decide to have one piece of seed legislation only. This is open for discussion. A seasoned person, Dr. Miti from Zambia, has been recruited by the Ministry of Agriculture as a consultant to guide us in the process to review the draft legislation.

Before I conclude, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the European Union for providing the necessary financial and technical support to undertake the review process. I would like to wish you fruitful deliberations today and tomorrow.

I thank you for your attention and have a nice day.


Seminars for nationals in UAE, South Sudan and Kuwait
Posted on Friday October 19, 2018

Seminars with the view to enhance the understanding of nationals on the objective situation in the homeland as well as strengthening their contribution in the prevailing peace and cooperation have been conducted in the UAE, Republic of South Sudan, and Kuwait, reports indicate.

Asmara, 19 October 2018 – Seminars with the view to enhance the understanding of nationals on the objective situation in the homeland as well as strengthening their contribution in the prevailing peace and cooperation have been conducted in the UAE, Republic of South Sudan, and Kuwait, reports indicate.

The report also indicated that the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) branch in Germany conducted six month activity assessment meeting.

At the seminar organized for nationals in Abu Dhabi and its environs, Ambassador of Eritrea to the UAE, Mr. Osman Mohammed-Omer underlining the new era of peace prospect is the result of the resilience and steadfastness of the people and Government of Eritrea, called for augmenting contribution in the implementation of the peace and friendship agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Similarly, at a seminar organized for Eritrean nationals residing in Kuwait, Mr. Humed Yahya Hali, Charge d’Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy in Kuwait, provided briefing on the progress of the implementation of the peace and friendship agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the prospect of cooperation that has created among countries of the region. He also said that the new era of peace and friendship has been the result of the unity and perseverance of the people and Government of Eritrea and called for its sustainability.

In related news, the Ambassador of Eritrea to the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Yohannes Teklemicael conducted a seminar for Eritrean youth residing in Juba on 14 October regarding the objectives, principles, organizational and political affairs of the PFDJ as well as on the successes so far achieved and challenges encountered.

At the seminar, Mr. Yohannes gave briefing on the activities of the YPFDJ movement and expressed conviction that the PFDJ and other national associations and task forces will work with great vigor to strengthen national unity, inculcating nationalism and combating anti social and sub-national tendencies.

In the same vein, the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) branch in Germany conducted six month activity assessment meeting on 13 and 14 October in Frankfurt.

Representatives of 21 sub branches of the organization took part at the meeting.