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Ministry of Trade and Industry has called on bottled water and soft drinks manufacturing industries to increase productivity and unleash Ethiopia’s export industry. Speaking at the general assembly of Ethiopian Bottled and Soft Drinks Manufacturing Industries Association (EBSMIA), Trade and Industry State Minister Yohannes Dinkayehu said Ethiopia needs to exploit its export potential and transform the economy. In this respect, the government is keen to see that bottled water and soft drinks manufacturing industries start exporting their produces. Currently, there are over 80 bottled water and soft drinks factories registered with two billion Birr capital. The state minister stressed that strengthening export performance through improved competitiveness has become priority of the country. “Industrialists in bottled and soft drinks manufacturing should maximize effort to supply standardized products both for the local and international markets,” he noted. Yohannes pledged that the government will support to manufacturers, especially by facilitating and making promotions that enables the companies to easily penetrate the international market. EBSMIA President, Getnet Belay said preparations have been underway to export bottled and soft drinks to some neighboring countries next Ethiopian fiscal year. The companies will soon be able to penetrate the international market of bottled water and soft drinks as the industry grows and production as well as international standards are met.

There are parts of Africa where leaders come and go, in other parts, leaders virtually come and stay. Those are the sit-tight leaders who after decades in charge are still going strong. Throwback Thursday (TBT) seeks to explore how especially long serving African leaders have changed or remained the same pictorially. We do a photo comparison of African leaders – from years back to the most recent. Whiles at it, we will share some facts about the particular leader – among others their full name, age, profession before becoming president, length of stay till date, who they replaced etc. displayAdvert("mpu_3") NOTE: This is a thread of African leaders which started on April 04, 2018. The first season is compiling 10 African heads of state in the long-serving bracket. Candidate 9: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea Full Name/Age: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 76 years Profession: Soldier Became President: 1979 – till date Predecessor: Francisco Macías Nguema Presidential reign: 39 years South African President Thabo Mbeki ® shakes hands with his counterpart Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema before their bilateral in Pretoria July 14, 2004. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni (L) decorates his Equatorial Guinea counterpart Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo during the Pearl of Africa medal awards ceremony during Uganda

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