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The anti corruption and good administration movement seems to be gaining momentum. Immigration is taking big steps towards good service, they say they are going to use post service to send passports to the public, no more travelling to Addis ababa and major cities to apply for and collect passports, visas , etc. they are also cutting waiting time to few days from the months it used to take.

የኢምግሬሽን ዋና መምርያ ከችግር ወጥቻለሁ አለ
22 April 2018
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  • 21 የውጭ አገር ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያዊ ዜግነት አግኝተዋል
በብሔራዊ መረጃና ደኅንነት አገልግሎት ሥር ከሚገኙ ሰባት ተቋማት መካከል አንዱ የሆነው የኢሚግሬሽንና ዜግነት ጉዳዮች ዋና መምርያ፣ ከፍተኛ ቅሬታ ሲያስነሱ የቆዩ ሥር የሰደዱ የመልካም አስተዳደር ችግሮችን መፍታቱን አስታወቀ፡፡

ዋና መምርያው ከወታደራዊው መንግሥት ውድቀት በኋላ በአጭር ጊዜ ውስጥ፣ በአገሪቱ የተገልጋዮችን ፍላጎት በማርካት ከቀዳሚዎቹ ተርታ ይመደብ ነበር፡፡

ነገር ግን በራሱ ውስጣዊ ችግሮች ተተብትቦ ዕድገቱን ከማስቀጠል ይልቅ፣ አገልግሎት አሰጣጡ በማሽቆልቆሉ ከተገልጋዮችም ሆነ ከተቆጣጣሪ የመንግሥት ተቋማት ቅሬታ ሲቀርብበት ቆይቷል፡፡

ከሁለት ዓመት በፊት መምርያው አዳዲስ አመራሮች እንደተሾሙለት፣ አዲሶቹ አመራሮች የነበሩትን ችግሮች ለመፍታት መዋቅራዊ ማስተካከያዎችን በማድረግ ጥፋተኛ በተባሉ 45 ኃላፊዎችና ሠራተኞች ላይ ዕርምጃ መውሰዱን አስታውቀዋል፡፡

የኢሚግሬሽንና ዜግነት ጉዳዮች ዋና መምርያ ዋና ዳይሬክተር አቶ ገብረ ዮሐንስ ተክሉ፣ ምክትሎቻቸው አቶ ዘለዓለም መንግሥቴና አቶ መንግሥቱ ዓለማየሁ በጋራ ዓርብ ሚያዝያ 12 ቀን 2010 ዓ.ም. ለጋዜጠኞች መግለጫ ሰጥተዋል፡፡

ባለሥልጣናቱ በመግለጫቸው የመምርያው ስም እንዲጎድፍ ምክንያት የሆኑ አካላት፣ ሕግና መመርያ በመጣስ ችግር የፈጠሩ አመራሮችና ሠራተኞች ከቦታቸው ተነስተው ጉዳያቸው በሕግና በዲሲፕሊን እየታየ ነው ብለዋል፡፡

ለአገልግሎት አሰጣጥ ማነቆ ለነበሩ ችግሮች ማስተካከያ ተደርጓል፡፡ የቪዛ አገልግሎት አምስት፣ የፓስፖርት አሰጣጥ ቀደም ሲል ሁለት ወራት ይፈጅ ነበር፡፡ አሁን ግን በሦስት ቀናት፣ አስቸኳይ ሰነድ ደግሞ በአንድ ቀን አትሞ መስጠት ተችሏል በማለት ባለሥልጣናቱ አስረድተዋል፡፡

አቶ ገብረ ዮሐንስ እንደተናገሩት፣ አገልግሎት አሰጣጡን የተሻለ ደረጃ ለማድረስ በተለይ ከኢትየጵያ ፖስታ አገልግሎት፣ ከኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድና ከኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ ጋር በጋራ እየሠሩ ነው፡፡ የዜጎች መጉላላትን ለማስቀረት ፓስፖርት ለመውሰድ ወደ መምርያው ዋና መሥሪያ ቤት መምጣት ሳያስፈልግ፣ በፖስታ ቤት በኩል መውሰድ የሚችሉበት ዕድል ተመቻችቷል ብለዋል፡፡ ዜጎች ፓስፖርታቸውን በአዲስ አበባ፣ በክልልና በመላው ዓለም በፖስታ አገልግሎት በኩል መውሰድ እንደሚችሉ ገልጸዋል፡፡ ከዚህ ባሻገርም አዲስ አበባ መምጣት ሳያስፈልግ ዜጎች ባሉበት አካባቢ ፓስፖርት የሚያወጡበት ዕድል የተመቻቸ መሆኑን፣ በመጪው ግንቦት በአዳማ፣ በሰመራና በጅግጅጋ ከተሞች ቅርንጫፎች እንደሚከፍቱ አቶ ገብረ ዮሐንስ ገልጸዋል፡፡

ከኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ ጋር የኤሌክትሮኒክ ቪዛ በተለይም ለቱሪዝምና ለኮንፈረንስ ተሳታፊዎች የተጀመረ መሆኑን፣ በኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ በአውቶሜሽን ሲስተም የተገልጋዮችን መረጃዎች መሙላት፣ ክፍያ መፈጸምና ቀጠሮ መያዝና ወደ ኢምግሬሽን ሲስተም መላክ የመሳሰሉ ሥራዎች እንደሚከናወኑ አስረድተዋል፡፡

አገሪቱ በቦሌና በድሬዳዋ ዋና መግቢያ በር፣ ከእነዚህ በተጨማሪ በኢትዮ ጂቡቲ ምድር ባቡር አንድ ኬላ፣ ከዚያ በተጨማሪም ዘጠኝ የየብስ ኬላዎች አሏት፡፡

በእነዚህ ኬላዎች በቀን ከ8,500 በላይ ሰዎች የሚገቡና የሚወጡ ሲሆን፣ ሰባት ሺሕ የሚሆኑት በቦሌ ኤርፖርት የሚስተናገዱ መሆናቸው ታውቋል፡፡

የኢምግሬሽን ዋና መሥሪያ ቤት በቀን ከ2,500 እስከ 3,000 በሚደርሱ ተገልጋዮች የሚጎበኝ እንደሆነ፣ ለተገልጋዮች የተሻለ ግልጋሎት ለመስጠት የተለያዩ ሥራዎች እየተከናወኑ መሆኑ ተገልጿል፡፡

ከዚህ በተጨማሪ መምርያው በተያዘው በጀት ዓመት ለ21 የውጭ አገር ሰዎች የኢትዮጵያ ዜግነት መስጠቱ፣ ከእነዚህ ውስጥ ሰባት የመናውያንና አንድ የሶማሊያ ተወላጆች እንደሆኑ ታውቋል፡፡

አሁንም 20 የሚሆኑ የውጭ አገር ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያዊ ዜጋ ለመሆን ጥያቄ ማቅረባቸው፣ 13 የሚሆኑት መሥፈርቱን በማሟላታቸው በቅርብ ኢትዮጵያዊ እንደሚሆኑ ተገልጿል፡፡ ከእነዚህ ውስጥ ዘጠኝ የሚሆኑት የየመን ተወላጆች ሲሆኑ፣ አራቱ ኤርትራውያን እንደሆኑ ተጠቁሟል፡፡
https://www.ethiopianreporter.com/article/10100
 

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USA: Ethiopian Diplomat Arrested on Visa Fraud Charges

OS ANGELES – An Ethiopian diplomat was arrested today by federal agents for visa fraud violations arising out of the use of non-immigrant diplomatic visas for family members who did not qualify under federal regulations.

Desta Woldeyohannes Delkasso, 54, an Ethiopian national assigned to the Ethiopian government’s Consulate General as the Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles, was charged in a three-count indictment unsealed this morning. She is charged with three counts of visa fraud, including falsely stating that her brother and his wife were “single” and “fully supported by her” and that their minor child was her “son.”

According to the allegations in the indictment, Delkasso caused the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send letters required for the visas to the Embassy of the United States in July and August 2016, stating that Delkasso would be accompanied by family members who would stay in Los Angeles until the end of the diplomatic term. The letters stated that her nephew was her “son” and that her brother and sister-in-law were “dependents” and “fully supported by her.”

Based on this information, her family members were then issued A-1 diplomatic visas to enter the United States.

Delkasso’s brother and his son have lived in Washington, D.C. since their arrival in the United States, and as alleged in the indictment, never resided in Los Angeles.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentences of 30 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Criminal Investigations Division with assistance from the DSS Los Angeles Field Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lana Morton-Owens of the Violent and Organized Crime Section.
well, I hope he wasnt assigned by Abiy. maybe Abiy needs to lay off some old guard diplomats who bring us such embarrassment...

If abiy is looking for support to successfully implement his huge reforms, first thing to do : fire previous diplomats whose allegiance to ongoing changes is disputable. Did he change the diplomatic staff btw ?

source: https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/ethiopian-diplomat-arrested-visa-fraud-charges
 

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Doesn't she have diplomatic immunity? They'll probably just remove her from the US and ban her.

Ethiopians need to be cured of the mentality that it's their right to live in other people's countries. But I don't know when that will happen. If you can find a legal way, sure. But all this illicit nonsense comes from a crazy sense of entitlement to settling in someone else's land.
 
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http://et.fanabc.com/english/index.php/news/item/12811-uk-launches-largest-tax-partnership-programme-to-help-ethiopia-increase-revenue-generation

UK launches largest tax partnership programme to help Ethiopia increase revenue generation
Addis Ababa, August 8, 2017 (FBC)

UK International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, will today launch DFID’s largest bilateral tax programme to help Ethiopia increase revenue generation.


The £35 million programme will transform Ethiopia’s tax system, helping it to harness the potential of its booming economic growth, according to a statement the British Embassy in Addis Ababa sent to FBC today.

The new partnership will also help the country generate revenue so that it can better finance its own services and development. The scheme will be announced today.

Ethiopia is rapidly industrialising, and with this new partnership the UK will support the country to meet its ambitions to develop its economy.

Extra tax revenues will help the country tackle poverty, invest in its own services, boost economic growth and move beyond aid.

During her visit to Ethiopia, she visited UK garment factory Hela at Hawassa Industrial Park to see how the country’s industrialisation is opening up opportunities for UK business, trade and investment.

She marked the launch of the previously announced £80 million Jobs Compact which is creating over 100,000 jobs for some of the most vulnerable Ethiopians, including refugees.

Ethiopia is currently host to over 900,000 refugees from across the region. By empowering refugees to get jobs, the UK is helping them to rebuild their lives so that they do not seek dangerous migratory journeys outside the region. This is ensuring Ethiopia remains a force for stability in a volatile region.

She also announced a £3.1m new support to improve the welfare and security of employees at the Industrial Park, the statement noted.

Ms Mordaunt said “Ethiopia’s security, development and prosperity matter for the UK – which is why we’re working with the country to help it generate more tax from its rapid growth. This will help Ethiopia fund its own development – and ultimately transition beyond aid.”

“We’re also helping the most vulnerable Ethiopians, including refugees who have fled neighboring countries, to find jobs and rebuild their lives, creating the stability which will allow Ethiopia and the region to prosper,”

“This is a win for Ethiopia and a win for the UK, including British businesses such as Hela which are thriving in East Africa.

During her visit Ms Mordaunt also had the chance to visit a camp for internally displaced people in Ethiopia, where over two million people across the country have been forced to leave their homes.

She saw first-hand how the UK’s flexible response is currently providing an uplift in basic lifesaving support for almost a million people.

In response to a recent increase in need, the UK provided £27 million additional humanitarian funding to support up to a million people across the country, most of whom have fled their homes as a result of conflict within Ethiopia

Amid historic change and optimism in the country, Ms Mordaunt will today also launch a £9 million Civil Society Support programme to empower some of the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia, including those with disabilities, to have their say in the changes happening in their country.

Ms Mordaunt will meet with Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Dr Abraham Tekeste. She may also have the opportunity to meet Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed.
 
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