PM Abiy Announces New Cabinet

19 Apr 2018

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed 16 cabinet ministers following parliamentary approval from the House of People’s Representatives. The new cabinet which includes the reshuffle of six ministers and the appointment of ten new ministers, is part of the reform process to address public grievances.

Newly-appointed ministers

  1. Ambassador Teshome Toga – Minister of Public Enterprises
  2. Dr Hirut Woldemariam – Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
  3. Siraj Fegessa – Minister of Transport
  4. Uba Mohammed – Minister of Communications and Information Technology
  5. Dr Ambachew Mekonnen – Minister of Industry
  6. Ahmed Shide – Minister of Government Communications
  7. Shiferaw Shigute – Minister of Agriculture and Livestock
  8. Motuma Mekassa – Minister of Defense
  9. Dr Amir Aman – Minister of Health
  10. Fozia Amin – Minister of Culture and Tourism
  11. Meles Alemu – Minister of Mines and Energy
  12. Yealem Tsegaye – Minister of Women and Children Affairs
  13. Melaku Alebel – Minister of Trade
  14. Jantrar Abay – Minister of Urban Development and Housing
  15. Berhanu Tsegaye – Attorney General with the rank of Minister
  16. Umar Hussein – Director General of Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority with the rank of Minister

 

Ministers that have remained in their previous posts:

  1. Demeke Mekonnen – Deputy Prime Minister
  2. Dr Workneh Gebeyehu – Minister of Foreign Affairs
  3. Dr Abreham Tekesete – Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation
  4. Dr Tilay Gete – Minister of Education
  5. Kebede Chanie – Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Affairs
  6. Tagesse Chafo – Minister of Public and Human Resource
  7. Sileshi Bekele – Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity
  8. Dr Getahun Mekuria – Minister of Science and Technology
  9. Restu Yirdaw – Minister of Youth and Sports
  10. Dr Gemeda Dole – Minister of Environment, Forest Development and Climate Change
  11. Asmelash Woldeselassie – Chief Government Whip at the House of People’s Representatives with the rank of Minister
  12. Yinager Desie – Commissioner of National Plan Commission with the rank of Minister

Addressing the parliament, PM Abiy said the ministers should administer their new roles by fighting corruption and ensuring good governance.

In related news, a new speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (Parliament) was also elected, replacing Aba Dulla Gemeda who had served as speaker for six years. Muferait Kemil, the former Women and Children Affairs Minister, is the new speaker of the House of People’s Representatives – the first female to hold the position.

The House also approved the draft bill prepared to merge the Ministry of Farming and Natural Resource and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries into the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

Latest News

Browse all
A high-level ministerial delegation from Ethiopia and the private sector is coming to London on 16th October 2018 for a full-day trade and investment forum, representing the first significant overseas trade and investment mission for the new Ethiopian Government.
14 Sep 2018
Ethiopia invites UK partners to invest in Africa’s fastest-growing economy
As we move into the New Year, we should aspire to create a strong and democratic Ethiopia, based on our unity under a diversity “intertwined and moulded with love and forgiveness”. Our task for the year is to maintain the spirit of change and transformation, to overcome our shortcomings, to bring the peace and unity we all want.
12 Sep 2018
New Year Message from Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
24 Aug 2018
A Week in the Horn
Fresh from a global highly acclaimed tour including their debut at the Underbelly Festival in London’s Southbank, the Circus Abyssinia Troupe brings Ethiopian Dreams to enchant Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences again this summer.
10 Aug 2018
Circus Abyssinia returns to Edinburgh Fringe
Following the historic rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a delegation led by Ambassador Hailemichael, senior diplomats and staff paid a courtesy visit to the Eritrean Embassy in London, to further cement the agreement and resume diplomatic ties.
7 Aug 2018
Ethiopia and Eritrea resume diplomatic ties
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
3 Aug 2018
A Week in the Horn
The project manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Engineer Semegnew Bekele, was given a hero’s farewell on 29thJuly as thousands gathered to pay their respects at his funeral.
31 Jul 2018
Ethiopia bids farewell to Engineer Semegnew Bekele
A UK-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Forum is scheduled to take place in London on 16 October. This will be the first significant overseas Trade and Investment Summit for the new Ethiopian Government and will showcase the huge opportunities that Ethiopia offers and encourage inward investment.
30 Jul 2018
UK-Ethiopia Trade & Investment Forum – London – 16th October
On 11 July, PM Abiy marked his first 100 days in office. Since his election on 2ndApril, he has motivated Ethiopians with his catchphrase, “Medemer,” which has become the mantra for the revitalisation of Ethiopian unity.
27 Jul 2018
PM Abiy’s first 100 days in Office
Leading Ethiopian botanical scientist, Professor Sebsebe Demissew, has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, becoming the first ever Sub-Saharan African scientist to be elected in the Society’s 357-year history. Professor Sebsebe is recognised for his lifelong work on promoting Ethiopian biodiversity.
20 Jul 2018
Prof. Sebsebe becomes first African Foreign Member of the Royal Society
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
20 Jul 2018
A Week in the Horn