Wednesday 23 August 2017
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Global News 05/30/13)
VANCOUVER – The Canadian government is moving to expel the country’s only accredited diplomat from Eritrea in the country, following reports the consulate is charging expatriates taxes to fund the Eritrean regime. The Dept. of Foreign Affairs has given Consul General Semere Ghebremarian O. Micael until 12 p.m. ET on June 5 to leave the country. Recent reports highlighted accusations that the consul was extorting money from Eritreans in Canada by threatening family members back home and other methods of coercion. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Wednesday that for legal reasons, he would not comment on the reasons for the expulsion, but said Micael’s actions were “inconsistent” with his diplomatic duties. Foreign Affairs previously warned the consulate in Toronto...
(National Post 05/30/13)
TORONTO — The Consulate General of Eritrea in Toronto, the African country’s only diplomatic outpost in Canada, has long been accused of running a collection racket set up to finance the regime and its armed forces. As the National Post first reported in 2011, the consulate was acting as a fundraising front that solicited a 2% income tax and a $300 to $500 “national defence” fee from Eritrean expatriates in Canada. On Wednesday, Ottawa moved to shut the scheme down, ordering the expulsion of consul Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael over his persistent efforts to use the consulate to violate a United Nations military embargo. The expulsion order followed a government investigation that found that, months after Canada had ordered him...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Capital Eritrea 05/29/13)
In its May 2013 Regional Economic Outlook, Building Momentum in a Multi-Speed World, the IMF said that the near-term outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains broadly positive, with growth projected to accelerate modestly to around 5½ percent in 2013–14, following a year of strong growth in 2012. The favorable prospects partly reflect the gradually improving outlook for the global economy with investment in export-oriented sectors being the important driver of growth. “The positive outlook for the region is conditional on the implementation of sound macroeconomic policies, although the necessary policy mix differs across countries,” Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department, said. “Given the presence of risk, fast-growing countries with low policy buffers should give priority to rebuilding...
(National Post 05/29/13)
The Eritrean consulate in Toronto distributed an internal letter last year explaining how to send money collected in Canada to the regime’s military — a violation of United Nations sanctions. “Victory to the masses!” read the one-page letter, obtained Tuesday by the National Post. It told consulate “representatives” how to use a German bank account to send “payments” from Canada meant for Eritrea’s Ministry of Defence. Dated Aug. 31, 2012, the letter is evidence of an organized attempt by the Eritrean consulate to fund raise for the one-party African state and its armed forces in defiance of Canada’s repeated demands it stop. It has been illegal to provide financial aid to the Eritrean defence ministry since 2009, when the UN...
(Capital Eritrea 05/29/13)
Asmara, (Shabait) – In accordance to the request forwarded to all African leader to share their views and messages on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the establishment of OAU/AU, here follows the full text of President Isaias Afwerki’s message to the Chairperson of AU Commission. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU under the theme “Pan Africanism and African Renaissance”, and soberly ponder on where our continent will be positioned in the global pecking order 50 years henceforth, I personally believe that the tribulations of our past and the enormity of the multi-faceted challenges that we face at the present should not, in any way, eclipse Africa’s immense potential and higher prospects for vigorous, sustained, and all-rounded...
(Sudan Tribune 05/29/13)
Berahle, Ethiopia — Thousands of Eritrean Afar refugees demonstrated at Berahle refugee camp located in Ethiopia's Afar region only few kilometers away from the Eritrean border. An estimated 3,000 refugees held the demonstration to protest against what they allege is an alleged genocide being committed by the totalitarian Asmara government against the Afar minority group. "We call up on the United Nations and the international community to protect Eritrean Afars from an ethnic cleansing by the brutal regime" the refugees said in a declaration. The refugees chanted; "yes to self determination, Nno to tyranny and injustice"; "save Eritrea from civil war"; "bring down Isaias Afeworki"; and "we are victims of brutal regime". Rashid Saleh, the chairman of the Afar refugees...
(Shabait 05/29/13)
Qrora — The Education Ministry's branch in Qrora sub-zone pointed out that the teaching-learning process is assuming development pace in the locality vis-à-vis reinforcement of junior education pedagogy and beginning of computer classes. Qrora, 28 May 2013 - The Education Ministry's branch in Qrora sub-zone pointed out that the teaching-learning process is assuming development pace in the locality vis-à-vis reinforcement of junior education pedagogy and beginning of computer classes. Mr. Abdullahi Saleh, head of the branch office, explained that the local inhabitants used to lead a nomadic pattern of living before 20 years, thus giving rise to low community participation in education, and that the awareness of the inhabitants as regards to education has presently assumed significant growth. He further...
(CBC News 05/28/13)
A Canadian chartered bank being used in Eritrea's controversial tax collection scheme is being urged to get out of it, CBC world affairs correspondent Rick MacInnes-Rae reports today from Winnipeg. The UN says Eritrea relies on threats and coercion to extract two per cent of the income from Eritrean citizens in Canada. In Winnipeg, the money is then funnelled to the East-African dictatorship via Toronto-Dominion Bank, documents obtained by CBC News show. They show two branches of TD Bank are favoured by the man Eritrea designates to deal with the diaspora. TD Bank is his vehicle for wiring money to the DZ Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, which routes it to a bank owned by the ruling party in Eritrea, a...
(National Post 05/28/13)
The diplomat who represents Eritrea in Canada insisted Monday his office was not extorting money from expatriates but merely providing “information” to those who want to donate to the African regime. “I am not violating the law,” Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael, the Eritrean consul, told the National Post in an interview, his first since the Canadian government began probing the activities of his office in Toronto. The consulate headed by Mr. Micael, Eritrea’s only accredited diplomat in Canada, is under investigation over its alleged role in financing the repressive regime and its military in violation of international sanctions. The dispute revolves around Eritrea’s efforts to impose a 2% “diaspora tax” and “national defence” fee on Eritreans living abroad — a...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(Shabait 05/27/13)
President Isaias Afwerki and Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela, Administrator of Sudanese Red Sea region, held talks at the State Hall today, 26 May. During the meeting the two sides conducted extensive discussions on ways of developing relations as well as reinforcing the historical ties and implementation of the already existing agreements. After the meeting, Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela told Erina that the meeting with President Isaias Adwerki was aimed at reinforcing the relationship of the two countries and people, and on linking the two countries with land transportation in accordance wit the agreement previously reached as well as on ways to strengthen cultural and tourism ties. It is to be recalled that Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela participated in the 22...
(Shabait 05/27/13)
During the celebrations they conducted in connection with the 22nd Independence Day, Eritreans living in different countries expressed that national holidays are symbols of harmony and unity of the Eritrean people. Speaking on the occasion conducted in Kuwait in which Ambassadors of different countries and other invited guests were present, Mr. Osman Saleh, chairperson of Eritrean community, indicated that the specialty of the event lies on the fact that it is being celebrated at a time when anti-Eritrea agendas have ended up in utter failure and that the economic development achieved in the past 22 years of independence are vivid indicators for the bright future of the country. The participants on their part expressed readiness to back up national development...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(RFI(EN) 05/24/13)
Eritrea celebrates its 20th anniversary of independence on Friday with state-run media describing festivities across the country. But Amnesty International has decried the alleged human rights abuses committed by the one-party government run by President Isaias Afewerki, asserting that some 10,000 people are being held in jails. Read more here: http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20130523-Eritrea-20th-anniversary-haunt...
(Shabait 05/24/13)
Asmara — Dr. Mohamed Morsy, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal, and President Pranab Mukherjee of India, respectively sent messages of congratulations in connection with the 22nd Independence Day anniversary. In their respective messages, the leaders wished President Isaias good health, as well as peace and prosperity to the Eritrean people. Moreover, President Mukherjee expressed conviction that bilateral ties between Eritrea and India would be fostered in a way that benefits the two nations and their peoples.

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