Wednesday 18 April 2018
(The New Times 08/06/13)
The Eritrean government is looking to strengthen bilateral ties with Rwanda, according to its Minister for Foreign Affairs. Osman Saleh was yesterday adressing journalists shortly after visiting Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay tribute to the over 250, 000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi laid to rest at the site. The minister, also a member of the Executive Committee of People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), Eritrea's ruling party, is in the country on the invitation of Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF). "Rwanda and Eritrea share the same history of liberation struggles. Our relationship is good but our focus is to further cement our relations, especially in the areas of diplomacy, social affairs and economy and politics,"...
(Shabait 08/06/13)
Massawa — As part of its efforts to develop its human resources, the Marine Ministry graduated on August 1 members of the 20th to 24th round of the National Service trained in different disciplines. During the graduation ceremony held at Hirgigo Training Center, Mr. Tewolde Kelati, Minister of Marine Resources, indicated that Eritrea due its geographical location along the Red Sea possesses variety of marine resources, and that the priority of the Ministry is to turn these resources to the advantage of the nation and people by developing the necessary human resources. Mr. Zewoldi Haile, Head of Human Resources Development in the Ministry, on his part explained that the Hirgigo Training Center in cooperation with the Education Ministry has developed...
(Business Daily 08/06/13)
The top-ranking US trade official Michael Froman said on Monday that issues of "reciprocity" will be raised at a US-Africa conference next week in Ethiopia that will consider renewal of the Agoa trade initiative. The African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is due to expire in 2015, gives duty-free treatment to Kenyan textiles and many other African exports to the United States. Agoa is said to be responsible for creating thousands of jobs in the Kenyan textile industry. But as a condition to Agoa's extension beyond 2015, American negotiators may press African countries to give the same preferential treatment to US exports to Africa. Ambassador Froman made clear in a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington that the US...
(Reuters 08/06/13)
LAGOS/SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Nigeria is gradually opening up to Islamic finance, a move that could bring non-interest banking to over 80 million Muslims and develop one of Africa's fastest-growing consumer and corporate banking sectors. Home to the largest Muslim population in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is trying to establish itself as the African hub for Islamic finance, which follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling. In recent months, a string of regulatory initiatives have set the groundwork for products such as Islamic bonds (sukuk), insurance (takaful) and interbank lending products, although there is still only a small number of local market participants. "The potential is there but the market is negligible in Nigeria because we have...
(Midnimo 08/05/13)
The Government of the State of Eritrea has thrown its full support and recognition towards the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia under the Federal Government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. According to Eritrean diplomat at the UN, it is now official that Eritrea recognizes the Federal government of Somalia as the legitimate representative of the people of Somalia. Sources at the UN Security Council suggests that Eritrea has notified Council members about the said ‘recognition‘ in an informal way when it presents its statement during the informal consultation on July 12 with the Security Council Committee concerning Somalia and Eritrea. In an interview he made today with the Voice of America (VOA), Eritrean envoy to the UN, Ambassador...
(Shabait 08/05/13)
Keren — Site Engineer Mr. Musie Teklai indicated that in the past the inhabitants have been encountering problems in getting potable water for themselves and their animals, and that with the construction of the dam their problems would be resolved. Mr. Teklit Girmatsion who came from Holland to visit the Tsaeda-Amba Monastery explained that Eritreans residing in Holland and other nationals extended the necessary assistance for the construction of the dam. The inhabitants of the area and monks living in the monastery pointed out that they will work hard for the finalization of the construction.
(Sudan Tribune 08/05/13)
(ADDIS ABABA) - Agents of the Eritrean National Security have massacred a group of Eritrean Navy members after accusing them of planning to escape on speed boats to neighbouring Yemen, Ethiopia based Eritrean rebel group alleged on Saturday. "Government agents’ murdered 80 members of the Eritrean Navy on a broad day light in public in Northern red sea region of Bardoli vicinity", leader of the rebel Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), Ibrahim Haron told Sudan Tribune. Haron said the victims are all ethnic Afar minority and their burial ceremony was held on Friday. The rebel official said the killings were a state-sponsored mass murder and politically motivated. "The Navy and the brutal Eritrean government in particular are responsible for...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/05/13)
A few weeks ago, when Tanzania was hosting the Ministerial Committee Organ (MCO) responsible for Defence and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Bernard Member, confirmed that Tanzania is one of the top five countries of the SADC whose harbours and airports are used as conduits for drug trafficking. Speaking at this 15th MCO, which is faced with an uphill task of tackling this illicit trade, Minister Membe singled out other countries being South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola. The announcement just came a fortnight after two female artists from Tanzania were nabbed at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with 150 kg of drugs, crystal methamphetamine locally known...
(Reuters 08/05/13)
WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 5, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States extended embassy closures by a week in the Middle East and Africa as a precaution on Sunday after an al Qaeda threat that U.S. lawmakers said was the most serious in years. The State Department said 19 U.S. embassies and consulates would be closed through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution" and that a number of them would have been closed anyway for most of the week due to the Eid celebration at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The United States initially closed 21 U.S. diplomatic posts for the day on Sunday. Some of those will reopen on Monday, including Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers...
(CNN 08/05/13)
African Voices is a weekly show that highlights Africa's most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. Follow the team on Twitter. Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- Inside a brightly painted Mogadishu clinic, Salim (not her real name) sits alongside her seven-year-old son, waiting for a check up. Opposite them, a health professional listens to their nightmarish ordeal. Salim recounts how she was raped and then watched, helpless, as her young son was molested. Too afraid to seek assistance, she did what she thought would help. She washed her son's wounds with hot water and salt for four excruciating days, until they were brought here, the Sister Somalia center. "There are...
(Shabait 08/05/13)
Asmara — Veteran fighter Mr. Woldemichael Gebremariam, Minister of Local Government, today passed away at the age of 72 in Keren city during his return from a working visit in Gash-Barka region. Mr. Woldemichael, one of the founders of the Eritrean Liberation Movement (Haraka) and the EPLF, has served in various capacities with dedication here in the Homeland and abroad in the course of the armed struggle for independence, as well as the nation-building process. The funeral ceremony of the late Woldemichael, who is married and a father of 3, would be conducted next Tuesday at the Martyrs cemetery in Asmara. The Eritrean Government conveys condolences to the family and companions of the dear departed Minister.
(CNN 08/03/13)
(CNN) -- The African Union on Friday applauded Zimbabwe for holding peaceful elections, and made no mention of rigging accusations by the main opposition candidate. However, its observers added that they noted several shortcomings. Problems included voters getting turned away, late publication of polling stations and media taking sides, the African Union observers said in a statement released Friday. Even so, the continent-wide body said, "The Mission observes generally, that from a historical perspective and in comparison to the 2008 elections, Zimbabwe has made an important transition in the conduct of its elections." Wednesday's vote pitted President Robert Mugabe against his prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe's party declared victory a day later even though the electoral commission has not released...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 08/02/13)
Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti, said on Monday that efforts to maintain peace and stability in Somalia were taking longer that they should due to Eritrea's continued support of the Islamist extremist opposition group Al-Shabaab. Ambassador Dina said that despite the ongoing efforts by regional governments and the African Union peace keeping force (AMISOM), Eritrea continues to undermine peace efforts in Somalia. He said "although relative peace and security has been gained in Somalia, Eritrea hasn't reduced its support to Al-Shabaab and it remains a destabilizing influence." Ambassador Dina added that "Eritrea continues to violate UN Security Council resolutions and the country absolutely remains to be a regional security threat." Ethiopia, he said, has its own evidence, as...
(African arguments 08/02/13)
UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, has stated that the government will not intervene directly in Barclays Bank's decision to withdraw banking services to Money Service Businesses (MSBs) including those that provide remittance services to Somalia, but said he hoped that a 'market-based solution' could be found. Simmonds stated in a letter dated 18th July to SOAS academic Laura Hammond (and shared with African Arguments) that "the government would not be able to intervene on behalf of a particular company or 'remittance corridor'". He was responding to a letter submitted by Hammond on behalf of 105 academics, researchers and practitioners calling on the UK government to intervene to prevent the collapse of remittance flows into poor and fragile states, particularly...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 2, 2013 (Reuters) - The winning investment strategy of 2013 has been simple but extreme: return home to the safety of the biggest, most-traded markets, or venture to the riskiest frontiers from Ivory Coast to Pakistan. Those in the middle of the risk curve - the biggest emerging markets that now account for almost half of the top 20 world economies - have been the big losers. The contrasting fortunes may herald the start of a broader repricing of big emerging economies where a flood of cheap money from developed economies has distorted prices the most. Risk - which dominated global financial markets in the past few years - has played a smaller role in defining...
(This Day Live 08/02/13)
Against the backdrop of the three-day investment roundtable in Cape Town, South Africa, John Iwori, who attended the event, writes that African countries are forging a common front in the shipping and energy sectors of the continent's economy. Working against One Another That most African countries are working at cross purposes is an understatement. In spite of their proximity, they prefer to work against their common interests. They hardly see each other as partners in progress. In fact, they see themselves as enemies. They work against one another for the benefit of the people on other continents, especially those who ruled over them during the colonial era. The undue rivalry among African countries has often robbed the people on the...
(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...

Pages