Saturday 20 January 2018
(Shabait 08/02/13)
Serejeka — Commendable soil and water conservation activities are being carried out in Weki area, Serejeka sub-zone, through the collaboration between participants of the SWP and the inhabitants, reports indicated. Mr. Fitsumbirhan Gebremariam, one of the coordinators of the SWP in the locality, and Mr. Solomon Kokob from the Agriculture Ministry expressed satisfaction with the pace of the joint venture and the spirit of teamwork witnessed thereof. They further disclosed that remarkable afforestation activities have been accomplished, while more than 1 Km long terraces have been constructed and around 2.5 Km-long others were renovated. Among the participants of the SWP, Zebib Meharizgi and Gebrehiwet Firezgi expressed satisfaction with taking part in the undertaking which has significant impact on the environment,...
(Sudan Tribune 08/01/13)
(ADDIS ABABA) – In fresh allegations made by Ethiopia on Monday, the East African nation said that efforts to maintain peace and stability in Somalia is taking longer due to Eritrea’s continued support of the Islamist militia group, Al-Shabab. The Ethiopian government said despite ongoing efforts by regional governments and the African Union peace keeping force (AMISOM), Eritrea continues to undermine peace efforts in war-ravaged Somalia. “Although relative peace and security is gained in Somalia, Eritrea didn’t reduce its support to Al-Shabab and remains to be a destabilising influence”, Ethiopia’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Dina Mufti, told Sudan Tribune. “Eritrea continues to violate UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the country absolutely remains to be a regional security threat”, he added...
(Shabait 08/01/13)
Asmara — The Agriculture Ministry's branch in the Central region has conducted seminars in Weki and Serejeqa villages with the local inhabitants and SWP participants focusing on advantages of sweet potato. Mr. Musie Fikadu, coordinator of Sweet Potato Project in Halhale National Institute of Agricultural Research, pointed out that the venture is aimed at widespread introduction of the root vegetable, 5 varieties of which have already been adopted by a number of farmers in the areas of Mendefera, Debarwa and Dekemhare. He further indicated that sweet potato has a remarkable advantage in connection with the fact that more than 400 quintals could be harvested from a single hectare, besides its versatility as food and its resistance to drought, diseases and...
(This Day Live 08/01/13)
The World Bank Group committed a record $14.7 billion in fiscal year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013) to support economic growth and better development prospects in Africa, despite uncertain economic conditions in the rest of the global economy. “The region has shown remarkable resilience in the face of a global recession and continues to grow strongly,” said World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Makhtar Diop. “Africa is at the centre of the World Bank Group 2030 goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, in an environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable manner.” The World Bank Group, according to a release from its Nigeria office in Abuja, continued its strong commitment to Africa approving $8.25 billion in...
(Voice of America 07/31/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The United Nations’ AIDS agency is hailing what officials describe as significant progress in the fight against the epidemic in eastern and southern Africa. The report says AIDS-related deaths have declined dramatically and that the number of new infections has decreased - a direct result of more available treatment. But, they warned, challenges remain. Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in southern and eastern Africa - among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001. The cause, they said was simple: The number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment has increased tenfold, from 625,000 in 2005 to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/13)
LAGOS, July 31 | Wed Jul 31, 2013 (Reuters) - The chairman of African lender Ecobank Transnational (ETI) has repaid a set of loans he took from the bank and no company rules were broken by the transactions, Chief Executive Thierry Tanoh said on Wednesday. South African sovereign fund manager PIC, a 20 percent shareholder in the African bank, has said they would wait for the board of directors to investigate and draw conclusions over the allegations around debt taken out by chairman Kolapo Lawson on August 5. The lender itself has said previously that the loans, which the Financial Times reported were the subject of a boardroom battle, were performing. Tanoh said on Wednesday they were contracted two years...
(CNN 07/31/13)
(CNN) -- A decade after Angola emerged from devastating civil war, the sea front road that winds around the bay of its capital, Luanda, is now dotted with multi-million dollar condominiums, exclusive clubs, and boutique stores catering for the country's elite. Most of Luanda's population, however, live in the nearby slums, where health facilities are non-existent and children must work, not study, to survive. Africa's natural resource wealth has certainly fueled a decade of rapid growth, but most Africans have still not seen the benefits. More urgently, rapid population growth combined with deepening inequality could one day prove explosive. It does not have to be this way, of course. Botswana successfully used its diamond wealth to develop quickly, growing from...
(Sudan Tribune 07/30/13)
(ADDIS ABABA) – In fresh allegations made by Ethiopia on Monday, the East African nation said that efforts to maintain peace and stability in Somalia is taking longer due to Eritrea’s continued support of the Islamist militia group, Al-Shabab. The Ethiopian government said despite ongoing efforts by regional governments and the African Union peace keeping force (AMISOM), Eritrea continues to undermine peace efforts in war-ravaged Somalia. “Although relative peace and security is gained in Somalia, Eritrea didn’t reduce its support to Al-Shabab and remains to be a destabilising influence”, Ethiopia’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Dina Mufti, told Sudan Tribune. “Eritrea continues to violate UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the country absolutely remains to be a regional security threat”, he added...
(Shabait 07/30/13)
Mensura — The potable water project in Tensheai administrative area, Mensura sub-zone, has been repaired and has started providing service to the inhabitants, according to Mr. Humed Fegi, head of economic development in the sub-zone. He further pointed out that the potable water project that operates with solar energy includes 5 Km. long water lines, 3 water supply points and a basin that could hold 250 barrels of water, and that the finalizing of the project has created satisfaction among the inhabitants. In a speech he delivered during the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Tesfalidet Gebremariam, Administrator of the sub-zone, called on the inhabitants to make judicious use of the project that has been built at substantial cost. Ms. Gebriela Gebreleul, Ms...
(Haaretz 07/29/13)
At first official press conference of Eritrean community in south Tel Aviv, spokesmen call on Israeli government to follow lead of 'most Western countries’ and stop deportations.Representatives of the Eritrean community in Israel on Sunday accused Israel of crossing a “red line” after the so-called “voluntary deportation” of 14 Eritreans two weeks ago. They were sent back to their homeland from the Saharonim detention facility, where they had been detained. One of the expelled men has reportedly been tortured since arriving back in Eritrea. At the first press conference of its kind, convened in south Tel Aviv’s Shapira neighborhood, community spokespersons decried the procedure, recently approved by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein. Davit Damuz said the Israeli government is endangering the...
(Shabait 07/29/13)
Asmara — In a seminar he conducted during the 15th annual festival of Eritrean community members in Scandinavian countries, Mr. Osman Saleh, Foreign Minister, pointed out that Eritrea will come up stronger due to the independent path and clear vision it put in place with the stance of self-reliance. In the extensive briefing he conducted as regards the objective situation in the Homeland, regional and global situation, Mr. Osman said that the Eritrean people inside the country and abroad, the Government and the People's Front are doing all-round miracles. He further reiterated that the nation's human capacity is the vital national resources it is proud of, and called on festival participants to develop skill and knowledge in the countries they...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/13)
PARIS, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - Disappointment over the lack of democratic progress in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya is understandable, but the so-called Arab Spring of 2011 will take time to mature, analysts say, warning that the process will be chaotic. "We have to stop using seasonal metaphors. We are in a revolutionary process that will take at least a decade," says Karim Emile Bitar, an expert on Arab affairs at the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Relations. "And 'revolutionary process' means revolution, counter-revolution, efforts to fix the revolution, and that's exactly what is happening," he added. In Egypt, the army ousted democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood; Tunisia has seen sometimes violent demonstrations against the...
(Huffingtonpost 07/27/13)
South Africa's failure to successfully engage some of Africa's most troublesome conflict zones has undermined the country's credibility and cast doubt about whether South Africa should be perceived as the continent's regional military and political leader. Ineffectual leadership is at the heart of the matter. President Zuma has made some dubious decisions regarding South Africa's regional foreign policy, and his inability to meaningfully address the plethora of domestic problems facing the country raises question about its suitability as Africa's de facto leader. Attempts to promote human rights -- a trademark of South Africa's foreign policy for the past 20 years -- have resulted in the adoption of some erratic policy decisions. For example, the South African government has numerous times...
(Los Angeles Times 07/26/13)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the crackdown on Africans seeking asylum an 'extraordinary achievement.' Critics call it heartless and illegal. In an acceleration of its controversial crackdown on African asylum seekers, Israel has begun sending Eritrean refugees back to their restive homeland, where they face uncertain and potentially perilous futures. The first planeload of 14 Eritreans left Israel over the weekend and the government is expected to repatriate about 200 more in the coming days, according to refugee-rights groups. After receiving a flood of about 60,000 African refugees over the last seven years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the influx a threat to the country's security and Jewish character. A year ago, his government launched an aggressive, multi-pronged...
( 07/26/13)
Successful elections in Zimbabwe are crucial both for that country's own socio-economic development and for improved security in the southern African region, says South African Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said the South African government welcomed the fact that the overall atmosphere in Zimbabwe remained calm ahead of next week's elections, with no major instances of violence or intimidation having been reported so far. Ebrahim added that South Africa hoped there wouldn't be a repeat of Zimbabwe's previous election in 2008, when the announcement of the results had been delayed, stoking concerns about poll rigging. Over six-million Zimbabweans who have registered to vote will go to the polls next Wednesday to...
(Business Daily 07/26/13)
Global food prices fell by 2 per cent in the latest four-month period, marking the third straight period of declines, as declining imports in the Middle East and North Africa, and lower demand pushed prices down 12 per cent from their August 2012 peak, the World Bank said on Thursday. The World Bank's Food Price Index showed international prices of wheat fell by 2 per cent, sugar by 6 per cent, soybean oil by 11 per cent, and maize, or corn, by 1 per cent during the four-month period between February and June. The index, which weighs export prices of food, fats and oils, grains, and other foods in nominal U.S. dollars, fell by 2 per cent. Improved weather conditions...
( 07/25/13)
The UN Security Council has extended by 16 months the mandate of the UN expert panel monitoring compliance with sanctions against Somalia and Eritrea. In its resolution adopted on Wednesday, the Council also further eased funding and equipment restrictions on the UN and EU missions in the region. The Council also asked the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to sustain the eight-member monitoring group on Eritrea and Somalia until Nov. 25, 2014. The panel, which monitored compliance with the embargoes on the delivery of weapons and military equipment to Somalia and Eritrea, also investigated any seaport operations in Somalia that could generate revenue for the Islamist militant group known as Al-Shabaab that controls some Somali territory. The Security Council in 1992...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/25/13)
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday condemned the flow of weapons and ammunition to and through Somalia and Eritrea in violation of arms embargoes against both countries. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council called the arms flow "a serious threat to peace and stability in the region." The council reaffirmed the arms embargoes on Somalia and Eritrea but gave a green light for Somalia to import some military equipment and provide assistance or training for its security forces until March 6, 2014. It barred the security forces from bringing in heavy equipment including surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank and night vision weapons, and large mortars, guns, howitzers and cannons without prior approval from the council committee monitoring sanctions against Somalia. The...
(This Day Live 07/25/13)
African countries and their communities have been told they can effectively end ‘land grabs,’ grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernise the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. This was revealed in a new World Bank report titled Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity released on Monday in Washington, US, which also noted that Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 per cent of the population living below $1.25 a day. The detailed report noted that sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
CAPITOL HILL — Prospective U.S. diplomats to Africa say President Barack Obama’s recent trip to the continent underscored persistent challenges and vast opportunities that cry out for robust and sustained American engagement. Administration nominees for the State Department’s top Africa post, as well as numerous ambassadorships, testified Wednesday at their Senate confirmation hearing. During his three-nation trip to Africa earlier this month, Obama unveiled initiatives to boost electric service on the continent, increase trade and commercial ties, and help groom Africa’s next generation of leaders. But more must be done, according to Democratic Senator Chris Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa. “President Obama’s recent trip was a positive demonstration of U.S. commitment, and the president’s initiatives...

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