October 13, 2019

President Isaias met and held talks with Foreign...

President Isaias met and held talks with Foreign Minister of South Sudan

Asmara, 12 October 2011 – President Isaias Afwerki received, at State House in the afternoon hours of yesterday 11 October, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan, the Hon. Awut Deng Acuil.

At the meeting Foreign Minister Awut Deng Acuil delivered a message from President Salva Kiir Mayardit to President Isaias Afwerki.

President Salva Kiir’s message centered on peace-building efforts in South Sudan, its facilitation of peace talks between Sudanese Government and opposition movements, and ties of cooperation between Eritrea and the Republic of South Sudan. Read more

October 11, 2019

STATEMENT BY H.E. MS. SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM,...

STATEMENT BY H.E. MS. SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ERITREA TO THE UN

Mr. Chairman,
Let me seize this opportunity to congratulate you and the other members of the Bureau on your elections. My delegation wishes to assure you of its full support for a successful session of the Committee.

I would also like to commend the leadership of Under-Secretary Vladimir Voronkov and his team for the excellent work in coordinating UN counter-terrorism related activities since the creation of the Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Allow me to highlight, in a broad brush manner, Eritrea’s perspectives and experiences on this crucial subject.

As you will all agree with me, the scourge of terrorism and extremism has global dimensions and tentacles; is transnational in intent and scope; and continues to grow and proliferate in spite of all the concerted efforts to uproot and eradicate it. In the event, it is important to ponder and assess profoundly, at this juncture, on the tools and methods that have been employed to date to combat this abomination, and, more importantly, to diagnose and fully address the underlying causes that may have contributed to its incubation.

On the first parameter, the absolute urgency of creating robust regional and global mechanisms of coordination; the establishment and consolidation of suitable coalitions that encompass all stakeholder countries is critical. These are broadly speaking, flexible architectures of defense cooperation that can be created to combat specific threats. This means that they will be of limited in geographic and temporal terms. But above and beyond these specific coalitions, the scope of continuous exchange of information, coordination and experiences must be enlarged in terms of participant countries and frequency of interactions.

Eritrea fully subscribes to these policy precepts and approaches. In the new congenial climate of regional cooperation, Eritrea is already pursuing these objectives with added vigor and urgency. Both in bilateral and trilateral Summits that Eritrea has held with its neighbors in the Horn of Africa in the past year, these issues were broached fully with the aim of refining mechanisms for effective cooperation and coordination.

In addressing underlying causes, Eritrea’s two-pronged approach have revolved around the following. First and foremost, Eritrea believes in pursuance of judicious policies of inclusiveness and social justice that do not alienate specific segments of society on the basis of religious creed or ethnic identity. This is crucial especially in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies such as Eritrea.

Secondly, pursuance of purposeful and persistent sensitization programs aimed at potentially susceptible age groups and segments of society in order to counter imported radicalization. In specific terms, the approach includes secularization of education, nurturing of mutual tolerance and co-existence between different faiths, youth programs that counter religious radicalization… etc. within the setting of a fully secular State.

As part of its overall commitment to promote peace and security and to combat terrorism, Eritrea continues to take measures in improving its legislative and law enforcement capacities to prevent and prosecute acts of terrorism in all their manifestations. It has issued a proclamation on “Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism” as well as established a Financial Intelligence Unit to monitor and criminalize financing of terrorism. Last month, Eritrea became an observer member of the Eastern and Southern Anti-Money Laundering Group.

At the operational level, all relevant enforcement bodies are collectively working with the highest vigilance to fight and suppress any threat of terrorism. Primarily, public awareness-raising programs, including at schools, are regularly conducted by the relevant authorities. Eritrea has recently signed a Partnership Framework with UNODC to strengthen the human, infrastructural, technical and technological capacities of the Eritrean law enforcement agencies to combat transnational organized crime, including terrorism. This project aims to enhance the capacities of Eritrea’s justice and law enforcement bodies in detection, prevention, and combating terrorist activities, as well as their capacities for international cooperation.

In this regard, there is a need to scale up the activities of the United Nations in the area of strengthening the capacity of member states to combat terrorism and their obligations under the global, continental and national levels, through the provision of operational and technical support.

In conclusion, Mr. Chair, Eritrea wishes to stress the need to create a narrative of hope as opposed to the narrative of extremism and terrorism. Root causes of terrorism and radicalization such as poverty, social marginalization, and lack of access to resources and sense of injustice must be addressed. We must promote sustainable and inclusive development to effectively combat international terrorism. The challenges of terrorism and extremism cannot be underrated and the need for wide-ranging consultation, both at regional and international levels, remains too palpable to merit further emphasis.

I thank you

October 10, 2019

Various activities by nationals in Diaspora

Various activities by nationals in Diaspora

Asmara, 10 October 2019- Eritrean nationals in the Diaspora have conducted various activities depicting their attachment with their homeland.

According to report, a seminar was conducted in Bologna, Italy, on 6 October aimed at encouraging nationals become beneficiaries by investing in their country in the agricultural and innovation sectors. Read more

July 10, 2019

Weki-Duba: Solar powered water project inaugurated

Weki-Duba: Solar powered water project inaugurated

Asmara, 07 October 2019 – Solar powered potable water project worth over 3 million Nakfa was inaugurated yesterday, 6 October in Weki-Duba, Central region.

The project includes a solar power able to drill 30 barrels of water per hour, a reservoir, as well as pipelines and 4 water distribution stations.

At the inauguration ceremony, it was indicated that there has been acute water crisis in Weki-Duba and that with putting in place the new solar powered water project, the problem has been alleviated.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Tesfu Fesshatsion, administrator of Berik sub zone noting the significance of clean water in the health and socio economic lives of nationals called on the public to properly use the project and follow-up of its sustainability. Read more

October 9, 2019

‘Sergel’ Award to exemplary teachers in Anseba...

‘Sergel’ Award to exemplary teachers in Anseba region

Keren, 09 October 2019 – ‘Sergel’ Award was conferred to 15 exemplary teachers including 5 females in Anseba region for outstanding contribution in the teaching-learning process. The objective of the award was to encourage outstanding teachers and create positive competition and there by contribute in the development of teaching-learning process, the report indicated.

At the ceremony organized on 5 October in Keren, Mr. Kiflay Andemicael, head of the Ministry of Education branch in the Anseba region stating that the teaching profession demands commitment and extra effort, called on the society in general and youth teachers in particular to shoulder responsibility and enhance effort to that effect.

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