Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Shabait 06/04/13)
Asmara, 4 June 2013 – Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and Crown Prince Sheik Tamim bin Hamid Al-Thani, as well as the country’s Premier and Foreign Minister, Sheik Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani respectively sent messages of congratulations to the people and Government of Eritrea in connection with the 22nd anniversary of Independence Day. In his message to President Isaias Afwerki on behalf of the people and Government of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani wished President Isaias good health as well as peace and prosperity to the Eritrean people. Likewise, President Karolos Papoulias of Greece and the Chairman of the Pakistan National Assembly, Dr. Fehmida Mirza , sent messages of congratulation to the people and Government of Eritrea.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/04/13)
An unidentified country has agreed to take in Eritrean illegal immigrants living in Israel, according to Israeli court documents. Humanitarian agencies say many of the 60,000 African migrants who have walked into Israel from Egypt should be considered for asylum. Israel regards most of them as illegal job-seekers, and a national debate on deporting them has stirred strong emotions in a Jewish state founded by war refugees and immigrants. At a Supreme Court hearing on Sunday on the legality of detaining asylum-seekers who entered Israel surreptitiously, a government lawyer said a deal to resettle “infiltrators from Eritrea” had been reached with a country she did not identify. Israeli government officials declined to comment, but local media speculated that the statement...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
( 06/03/13)
Israel has reached an agreement with an unspecified state willing to absorb illegal Eritrean migrants, and is in advanced talks with two other states seeking to reach similar agreements regarding the deportation of illegal Sudanese migrants. Attorney Yochi Gnessin, who represents the State Prosecution, conveyed the information on Thursday during a High Court hearing on a petition against an amendment to a law that allows the prolonged incarceration of people who enter Israel illegally. Gnessin also said that the state was likely to reject close to 100 percent of all Eritrean migrants’ requests for asylum. The attorney was responding to a petition submitted by various human rights groups demanding the annulment of an amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law...
(Shabait 06/03/13)
Asmara — The Eritrean Embassy in the UK organized the 5th Annual Eri-UK Friendship Forum in London city in connection with the 22nd Independence Day anniversary. The Forum reportedly witnessed participation of diplomats, members of various British institutions, investors, professionals with different backgrounds and other honored guests, besides a number of Eritrean nationals residing in the country. Speaking on the occasion, the Eritrean Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, Mr. Tesfamichael Gerahtu, commended the participants for sharing the spirit of Independence Day celebrations, and gave briefings regarding investment prospects and the progress of socio-economic activities in the Homeland, besides the unjust sanctions imposed on the nation. A number of friends lauded the prevailing peace in Eritrea, and urged others to...
(AL Jazeera 06/03/13)
Ottawa expels Eritrea envoy after he reportedly ignored warnings to stop collecting money from expatriates to fund army. Eritrea has accused Canada of bullying after Ottawa expelled its envoy for demanding money from expatriates to fund its army. Eritrea's consul general in Toronto was ordered on Wednesday to leave the country by June 5, after he reportedly ignored a warning to stop collecting funds from Eritreans in Canada, a breach of UN sanctions against the African nation and illegal under Canadian law. Eritrea condemned the expulsion on Thursday, rejecting the accusations and saying the services given at the consulate were "fully consistent" with diplomatic agreements and "do not violate international or Canadian laws". "It is the act of a bully...
(Shabait 06/03/13)
The Ministry of Agriculture's branch in Massawa sub-zone indicated that the residents of the port city are engaged in soil and water conservation ventures involving the construction and renovation of narrow and wide water diversion canals, as well as restoring erosion-hit areas. Accordingly, more than 800 manpower and around 40 oxen were deployed on daily basis in the undertaking in the areas of Emberemi, Hirgigo and Degoli, and around 5 Km-long water diversion canals have subsequently been constructed. Among the participants, Mr. Osman Mohammed Idris, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Saleh, Ms. Awelkier Sead and Ms. Meryem Mohammed-Nur pointed out that the community-based task is part of the endeavors being exerted at national level in this regard. They further disclosed that such...
(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...

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