September 18, 2020

Reflections on the International Day of Peace

Reflections on the International Day of Peace

by Dr. Fikejesus Amahazion | In several days the world will observe the International Day of Peace (IDP). The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) set 21 September as the IDP in 1981 a unanimous resolution. Two decades later, in 2001, the UNGA would unanimously vote to designate the IDP as a 24-hour period of non-violence and cease-fire. Recognized annually and globally, the IDP is devoted to overcoming differences, promoting tolerance, and strengthening the ideals of peace. With the IDP only a few days away, and in light of the momentous regional developments for peace and cooperation that have unfolded in recent times, it is a useful opportunity to discuss several important points about peace and note how they may apply in relation to Eritrea. Recall that just two short years ago, in July 2018, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship, in Asmara. The agreement ended the long state of war and hostility between the two countries and opened an exciting new era of peace, friendship, and comprehensive cooperation. Read more

September 17, 2020

Statement by Ms. Elsa Haile, Director of the...

Statement by Ms. Elsa Haile, Director of the International Organizations Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Annual LDC Ministerial Meeting

17 September 2020, New York

Mr. Chair,

I wish to thank H.E. Mr. Eisenhower Mkaka M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malawi for convening this annual meeting. Let me warmly greet DSG Ms. Amina Mohamed and Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs. Let me also congratulate H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the General Assembly and President-elect of the ECOSOC, His Excellency Mr. Munir Akram.

I would also like to take this opportunity to extend Eritrea’s wishes of good health to all and our deepest condolences to the families who have suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

September 16, 2020

Prospects of Wind Energy in Eritrea

Prospects of Wind Energy in Eritrea

By Ruth Abraham | Since its independence, one of the major challenges Eritrea has been facing is the provision of sustainable energy in the country for industrial, agricultural  as well as household consumption and making it equally accessible to the entire population. Currently, Eritrea’s electricity generation mode – in the interconected and independent platforms – mostly depends on diesel fuel powered turbines. This is both expensive and harmful to the ecosystem. The ever increasing demand of electricity and the cost of energy production is a heavy burden for the country to continue to carry unless economically and environmentally safe alternative sources of energy, such as geothermal, solar and wind are sought.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines has been working to find a solution. For example, a study on Eritrea’s potential for renewable energy production was conducted by the ministry, in collaboration with its International partners, in 1998. The project started by setting up Wind and Solar Monitoring Network (WSMN) in 25 locations across the country. It was a valuable step in expanding the technical and man power capabilities to promote renewable energy development in Eritrea. Read more

The “Needy and Less Capable” African

The “Needy and Less Capable” African

Recently, Eritrea Profile began publishing a new series of articles under the banner, “#UnderstandingEritrea”. Broadly, the series aims to clarify and help shed further light on some of the most critical elements of Eritrea’s national development plans, such as the improvement, preservation, and sustainable use of its land and water resources. Thus far, the articles featured within the series have been enlightening and several readers have commented that they have learned a great deal about some amazing and exciting development projects. In the last issue of Eritrea Profile (published on Saturday 12 September), the article that was featured as part of the #UnderstandingEritrea series described the process of how some of the large dams in the country were actually developed, charting their path from initial ideas and early blueprints to the construction phase and then full service. While the article was informative and full of detail, mirroring those published previously, one point mentioned by the author especially piqued my interest and is worth further discussion. Specifically, the author explained how some of the dams (and other development projects in the country) have been the target of misinformation, condescending narratives, baseless criticisms, and unsubstantiated claims from abroad. What gives? Read more

September 12, 2020

Desert Locust Swarm invasion put under control in...

Desert Locust Swarm invasion put under control in Selea’ subzone

The desert locust infestation that appeared in Tahra district area Selea’ sub zone in the Gash Barka region has been put under control through coordinated efforts by the ministry of agriculture, residents of the sub zone and defense force units.

According to reports from ERINA, the desert locust infestation that came across Habero subzone was stretched on 42 hectares of land but was put under control thanks to the coordinated effort.

Despite this achievement, some desert locust swarms have managed to cross to Sheriet area and that constant follow up will be reinforced till the infestation is put under control, according to further reports.
Pointing out that most of the desert locust invasion that has infested several parts of Eritrea since mid-August remains under control, the Ministry of Agriculture called on farmers to remain vigilant and make instant follow ups until their crops are fully harvested.

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Reflections on the International Day of Peace