Addis Ababa ( Ethiopia Today) February 18, 2023: According to the Ethiopian Media Authority, 852 journalists are covering the 36th AU Summit.
Ethiopian Media Authority Communication Affairs Director Dessie Kefale told reporters that the number of journalists who cover the AU ministerial meetings has shown over 21.1 percent growth.
According to him, the authority has opened a temporary office at the airport to assist journalists with visas and the duty-free import of their professional equipment.
Out of the 852 journalists, 450 are foreigners who came from all corners of the world to cover the 36th AU summit.
The number of foreign journalists that came to cover last year’s AU summit was 330, and this has shown a 36 percent increase, the director added.
The Ethiopian Media Authority is offering a 24-hour express service to journalists to help them import professional equipment for free.
The authority is also assisting them to obtain visas.
For the efficiency of the service, the authority is working in cooperation with Ethiopian Airlines, the Customs Commission, the Immigration and Citizenship Service, the Vital Status Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the African Union.
The authority will continue to provide services at its temporary offices at Bole Airport and the African Union as well as at the main office located behind the Exhibition Center in the Flamingo area until the end of the conference.