Monday 21 August 2017

Ethiopie

(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The following are news highlights in Ethiopia's major media outlets on Monday. -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that his government would support the private sector to improve its efficiency and productivity. During the 3rd national government-private sector consultation forum held on Saturday, the Premier said the government would contribute share for the development of the sector. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Lesotho's King Letsie III will arrive in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia on Monday for a four-day state visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Qatar Chamber held a meeting with an Ethiopian government delegation on Saturday to review and enhance trade ties between the two countries. (Fana...
(AfricaNews 08/18/17)
Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian Prime Minister has identified poverty as the main underlying factor of instability in the Horn of Africa region. He added that economic integration was a sure means to secure the region. The 52-year-old Premier who just ended a three-day official visit to Sudan was addressing Khartoum-based diplomatic community and Sudanese intellectuals. His research paper titled: ‘Horn of Africa: Possibilities of an Economic Community,’ stressed the need for the region despite its security challenges to build global competitiveness via economic integration. The time is now for Africans to play their role by filling the market gap observed at the global level. “The time is now for Africans to play their role by filling the market gap observed...
(Agence Ecofin 08/18/17)
At the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, Ethiopia’s horticultural exports generated $271 million for the economy, according to hortibiz.com. According to the authority in charge of the sector and agricultural investment, this is slightly (+1.5%) above the revenues generated a year before ($275 million) but far below (-41.2% or $190 million) what it targeted revenues for the period. In details, the authority said cut flowers remain the main source of revenues in the sector with earnings standing at about...
(2Merkato 08/18/17)
Ethiopia imported a total of 117,032 vehicles in the just concluded fiscal year. The news was disclosed by Ethiopian Transport Authority (ETA). Commenting on the development, ETA’s Public Relation Head, Yigzaw Dagne, said the number might be higher as there might be cars in different states that are not registered within the national database. According to Yigzaw the number of cars being imported Ethiopia have been increasing every year. Following last year’s vehicles import, the number of cars in Ethiopia...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn left here on Tuesday for a three-day official state visit to Ethiopia's neighboring country Sudan. Desalegn, during his visit to Sudan starting from Tuesday, is expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on ways of strengthening ties between the two neighboring countries, according to the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The prime minister is also expected to hold talks with Sudan's First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih. He will then deliver a lecture in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Thursday on topics pertaining the Horn of Africa region state of affairs, it was indicated.
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Ethiopia has generated close to 271 million U.S. dollars from the exports of flower and other horticulture products during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ethiopian horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority revealed on Tuesday. The Ethiopian Horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority, however, disclosed that the amount earned during the just concluded 2016-2017 Ethiopian fiscal year was slightly less than last fiscal year's earnings by 1.5 percent. The authority further indicated that the revenue earned from the sector was 190...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
In what appears to be a concrete answer to the preoccupations of the public, the Ethiopian government is undertaking its large scale anti-corruption investigation and arrest during the past few weeks. During the crack down, 56 senior government officials, businessperson and middlemen were arrested in less than a month. The Ethiopian Ministry of Government Communication Affairs Office has indicated that the large-scale anti-corruption investigation and arrest of high-profile individuals is part of the Ethiopian government's reform agenda, which was started...
(Voice of America 08/16/17)
Food insecurity in the Somali region of Ethiopia has worsened, putting 700,000 people on the verge of starvation, according to Oxfam International. The humanitarian organization says that about 8.5 million people across the country face a high risk of hunger, a 30 percent increase since the beginning of the year. Food shortages and hunger have led to displacement and negative coping mechanisms such as increases in child labor, early marriage and school dropouts, according to a recent joint report by...
(Nazret 08/16/17)
Gishen Pharmacy says they will publicly apologize if it is proven their pharmacists sold medicine without a prescription. An article in the Guardian entitled: “Inside the doping hotspot of Ethiopia: dodgy testing and Erythroprotien (EPO) over the counter,” which came as a result of a joint investigation by the German broadcaster ARD and Holland Media, suggests that it is easy to obtain doping products in the country and that the anti-doping agency tasked with testing athletes is disorganized. The writer...
(Nazret 08/16/17)
The number of people that are in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia has increased to 8.5 million; well surpassing the 5.6 million estimated in January 2017. According to the newly revised Humanitarian Document (HRD) in order to respond to the emergency, USD 1.25 billion is needed of which USD 487.7 million is outstanding. According to the Document an additional of 4 million people targeted by the Government’s food pipelines will also require a total USD 300 million in sustained...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters that the rebels were seeking to regain Pagak, which was captured by government forces on Aug. 7. "We decided to launch an attack on them because Pagak is our base. They took it from us and we want to take it back," Gabriel said. "We...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Swiss prosecutors have charged an Ethiopian imam with inciting violence and other offences, they said on Friday, alleging he called in a mosque sermon for followers to kill Muslims who did not pray in the community. The step by prosecutors in the northern town of Winterthur comes amid heightened sensitivity to the risk of Islamist violence in Switzerland, whose spy agency warned about the threat in May. Prosecutors did not name the imam, one of four people they said were...
(New Business Ethiopia 08/10/17)
Geletu Tafa, father of six children, is one of the over 20,000 smallholder contract farmers producing improved malt barley variety for Heineken Ethiopia. He lives in Arsi Tiyo district Dosha area farming five hectares land. Before starting contract farming receiving ‘Traveller’, a French origin improved malt barley seed, from Heineken three years ago; he was producing wheat and other barley varieties. “After I began using Traveller seed, my production on one hectare has increased to around 60-70 quintals from around...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
Multimillion dollar project aims at turning dirty river banks of Addis Ababa into attractions Rivers in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa have become increasingly polluted, but a rehabilitation effort hopes to replenish them. The capital's six rivers and streams meander across irregular terrain towards the south or southeast, crossing the capital for a total of over 600 kilometers (373 miles). Too small to be navigable, too polluted to support life, they can be turned into an aesthetically satisfying area of repose,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A British explorer for mineral resources in Africa will on Thursday become the first venture of its kind to be listed on London's AIM market for growing companies, its CEO said. Following the recovery of the mining sector from a commodity price crash in 2015-16, a handful of new companies have listed. But smaller exploration companies known as project generators, which find assets but sell them on or agree joint ventures to develop them, have generally preferred the Canadian or...
(Goal 08/10/17)
There is massive financial ploughing into stadiums by Addis Ababa as the EFF prepares to host the 2020 CHAN and put in a bid for the 2025 AFCON. The increase in the number of participating teams at the Africa Cup of Nations to 24 means only a few countries on the continent can afford to host the tournament. Ethiopia is building its capacity to become one of those few with an investment of more than $500million in new stadiums across...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
Dr. Zhang Xiaoyang, aged 53, is a man on a mission as he paces briskly through the corridors of Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital (TBGH) on the southern outskirts of this city on a hot August day. Named after Tirunesh Dibaba, a well-known Ethiopian runner and champion of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races, the hospital built with Chinese finances and expertise showcases the multifaceted Ethiopia-China ties. Opened in March 2012, the hospital has been offering health services...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
South Sudan plans to construct road projects, oil pipeline and oil refinery after government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Pagak near Ethiopia border. Speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday, South Sudan's Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan said despite Ethiopia and South Sudan signing an economic Memorandum of Understanding early this year, the lack of control by South Sudan government forces bordering Ethiopia had hindered implementation of the agreement. Although South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 from Sudan, less than...

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(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
In what appears to be a concrete answer to the preoccupations of the public, the Ethiopian government is undertaking its large scale anti-corruption investigation and arrest during the past few weeks. During the crack down, 56 senior government officials, businessperson and middlemen were arrested in less than a month. The Ethiopian Ministry of Government Communication Affairs Office has indicated that the large-scale anti-corruption investigation and arrest of high-profile individuals is part of the Ethiopian government's reform agenda, which was started at the end of 2016 following mass protests in different parts of the country. The Ethiopian government has since then stressed bad-governance and corruption among the major reasons for the preoccupations of the public that...
(Voice of America 08/16/17)
Food insecurity in the Somali region of Ethiopia has worsened, putting 700,000 people on the verge of starvation, according to Oxfam International. The humanitarian organization says that about 8.5 million people across the country face a high risk of hunger, a 30 percent increase since the beginning of the year. Food shortages and hunger have led to displacement and negative coping mechanisms such as increases in child labor, early marriage and school dropouts, according to a recent joint report by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners. “Sex for food and child labor were reported in some woredas [districts],” the report said. Much of Ethiopia is now in the midst of its lean season, and some people at risk have not...
(Nazret 08/16/17)
Gishen Pharmacy says they will publicly apologize if it is proven their pharmacists sold medicine without a prescription. An article in the Guardian entitled: “Inside the doping hotspot of Ethiopia: dodgy testing and Erythroprotien (EPO) over the counter,” which came as a result of a joint investigation by the German broadcaster ARD and Holland Media, suggests that it is easy to obtain doping products in the country and that the anti-doping agency tasked with testing athletes is disorganized. The writer...
(Nazret 08/16/17)
The number of people that are in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia has increased to 8.5 million; well surpassing the 5.6 million estimated in January 2017. According to the newly revised Humanitarian Document (HRD) in order to respond to the emergency, USD 1.25 billion is needed of which USD 487.7 million is outstanding. According to the Document an additional of 4 million people targeted by the Government’s food pipelines will also require a total USD 300 million in sustained...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters that the rebels were seeking to regain Pagak, which was captured by government forces on Aug. 7. "We decided to launch an attack on them because Pagak is our base. They took it from us and we want to take it back," Gabriel said. "We...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Swiss prosecutors have charged an Ethiopian imam with inciting violence and other offences, they said on Friday, alleging he called in a mosque sermon for followers to kill Muslims who did not pray in the community. The step by prosecutors in the northern town of Winterthur comes amid heightened sensitivity to the risk of Islamist violence in Switzerland, whose spy agency warned about the threat in May. Prosecutors did not name the imam, one of four people they said were...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
Multimillion dollar project aims at turning dirty river banks of Addis Ababa into attractions Rivers in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa have become increasingly polluted, but a rehabilitation effort hopes to replenish them. The capital's six rivers and streams meander across irregular terrain towards the south or southeast, crossing the capital for a total of over 600 kilometers (373 miles). Too small to be navigable, too polluted to support life, they can be turned into an aesthetically satisfying area of repose,...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
Dr. Zhang Xiaoyang, aged 53, is a man on a mission as he paces briskly through the corridors of Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital (TBGH) on the southern outskirts of this city on a hot August day. Named after Tirunesh Dibaba, a well-known Ethiopian runner and champion of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races, the hospital built with Chinese finances and expertise showcases the multifaceted Ethiopia-China ties. Opened in March 2012, the hospital has been offering health services...
(Hrw 08/08/17)
Ethiopia's parliament has just lifted the country's 10-month-long state of emergency. The government's emergency powers brought mass detentions, politically motivated criminal charges, and numerous restrictions on people's movement and communication. While the end is welcome news, thousands remain in detention without charge, none of the protesters' underlying grievances have been addressed, and politically motivated trials of key opposition leaders, artists, journalists, and others continue. In October 2016, at the beginning of the state of emergency, the government promised "deep reform"...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Ethiopia's parliament on Friday lifted a nationwide state of emergency decreed last year after Africa's second most-populous country was rocked by months of protests. The state of emergency was allowed to expire, ending 10 months of heightened restrictions and greater police powers. Siraj Fegessa, the defence minister, told an emergency meeting of parliament that, "even though there are a few situations that are happening in some areas, we have understood that it can be handled by the local security and administration." "We have assessed the general situation and we have provided...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday voted to lift a state of emergency imposed since October last year. It was imposed to quell spreading anti-government protests in the country. Originally imposed for a six-month period, the state of emergency is in its tenth month after it was extended by four months upon the first expiration in March 2017. Since January 2016 the human rights situation in Ethiopia has stagnated according to a Human Rights Watch reports which said security forces have killed...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
The Trump administration gave $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya, USAID said on Thursday, adding to earlier assistance for those suffering from drought and conflict in four other nations. USAID, the U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency, said in a statement that it would provide $137 million in aid for Ethiopia and nearly $33 million for Kenya. The latest wave of funding comes after Trump pledged $639 million last month in urgent food assistance for those in...
(APA 08/03/17)
The number of government officials, businesspersons and brokers detained on suspicion of corruption in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has hit 48, reports said on Thursday. Meanwhile, three others detained last Tuesday on suspicion of corruption appear before the country’s Federal High Court on Thursday. The suspects are Brigadier General Ephrem Bangie, Yosef Begashaw former general manager of Tendaho Sugar Factory and Kassaye Kachi, materials supply team leader of the Ethiopian Roads Construction Corporation. They were taken into custody three...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Ethiopia's foreign ministry said Friday it will issue identification cards to Rastafarians, granting rights to a community that has long complained of living in limbo in their "promised land". Rastafarians began immigrating to Ethiopia in the 1950s after Emperor Haile Selassie, whom they consider their messiah, set aside 500 acres (1,200 hectares) of land in the southern city of Shashamane for descendants of African slaves seeking to return "home". But the community shrank after Haile Selassie's overthrow and eventual murder...
(Andalou Agency 07/28/17)
British authorities to step up training, detection efforts at Ethiopia's main airport. The U.K. and Ethiopia will work closely on a series of measures to curb human smuggling from the eastern African country, the British government announced on Friday. According to the new initiative, British embassy staff in Addis Ababa will provide training to Ethiopian immigration officials in a bid to tackle human smuggling. The embassy, which has already worked closely with Ethiopian Airlines by providing its staff with regular...
(AfricaNews 07/28/17)
The Ethiopian government on Thursday put over 30 persons before a federal high court on charges of high-level corruption, the state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting corporate reported. The 37 persons were arrested on Tuesday for their involvement in deals that allegedly led to the embezzlement of an estimated 1.1 billion birr – which translates to over $47.2 million. The detained persons include senior government officials, business people and brokers. The court denied all of them bail and granted police prosecutors 14 days...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
More than 3,600 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia between July 3-27, after serving prison sentences for violating Saudi rules and regulations. Speaking to Xinhua on Friday, Asmelash Gebrehiwot, senior official at Ethiopia's National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), said the deportees are separate from the 70,000 Ethiopians that have returned to Ethiopia ahead of a Saudi amnesty deadline for undocumented migrants to leave. "The Ethiopian deportees were in Saudi Arabia jails over offenses ranging from being caught without...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Thirteen people were killed in fresh inter-ethnic clashes between the Gujji clan of the Oromo ethnic group and the Koore group in southern Ethiopia, a local official said. In addition to 13 dead, scores of people were injured and an unspecified number of houses were set alight, southern regional state communications office Chief Solomon Hailu told the state owned Ethiopian News Agency on Friday. The situation has calmed down, with a taskforce identifying the cause of violence and suspects accused...

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(Agence Ecofin 08/18/17)
At the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, Ethiopia’s horticultural exports generated $271 million for the economy, according to hortibiz.com. According to the authority in charge of the sector and agricultural investment, this is slightly (+1.5%) above the revenues generated a year before ($275 million) but far below (-41.2% or $190 million) what it targeted revenues for the period. In details, the authority said cut flowers remain the main source of revenues in the sector with earnings standing at about $218 million, which is more than 80% of total revenues. Regarding fruits and vegetables exports, they generated $53 million for the economy. Ethiopia, it should be recalled, is Africa’s second largest cut flowers exporter and...
(2Merkato 08/18/17)
Ethiopia imported a total of 117,032 vehicles in the just concluded fiscal year. The news was disclosed by Ethiopian Transport Authority (ETA). Commenting on the development, ETA’s Public Relation Head, Yigzaw Dagne, said the number might be higher as there might be cars in different states that are not registered within the national database. According to Yigzaw the number of cars being imported Ethiopia have been increasing every year. Following last year’s vehicles import, the number of cars in Ethiopia increased to 825,448 from 708,416, he explained. Nevertheless, the Authority does not have the number of vehicles on the street and off the street. Source: Walta Information Center
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Ethiopia has generated close to 271 million U.S. dollars from the exports of flower and other horticulture products during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ethiopian horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority revealed on Tuesday. The Ethiopian Horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority, however, disclosed that the amount earned during the just concluded 2016-2017 Ethiopian fiscal year was slightly less than last fiscal year's earnings by 1.5 percent. The authority further indicated that the revenue earned from the sector was 190...
(New Business Ethiopia 08/10/17)
Geletu Tafa, father of six children, is one of the over 20,000 smallholder contract farmers producing improved malt barley variety for Heineken Ethiopia. He lives in Arsi Tiyo district Dosha area farming five hectares land. Before starting contract farming receiving ‘Traveller’, a French origin improved malt barley seed, from Heineken three years ago; he was producing wheat and other barley varieties. “After I began using Traveller seed, my production on one hectare has increased to around 60-70 quintals from around...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A British explorer for mineral resources in Africa will on Thursday become the first venture of its kind to be listed on London's AIM market for growing companies, its CEO said. Following the recovery of the mining sector from a commodity price crash in 2015-16, a handful of new companies have listed. But smaller exploration companies known as project generators, which find assets but sell them on or agree joint ventures to develop them, have generally preferred the Canadian or...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
South Sudan plans to construct road projects, oil pipeline and oil refinery after government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Pagak near Ethiopia border. Speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday, South Sudan's Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan said despite Ethiopia and South Sudan signing an economic Memorandum of Understanding early this year, the lack of control by South Sudan government forces bordering Ethiopia had hindered implementation of the agreement. Although South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 from Sudan, less than...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(The Ethiopian Herald 08/08/17)
Ethiopian economy has been dependent on traditional agriculture for centuries. However, from the last few years, farmers have begun utilizing the modern agricultural technologies to increase their benefits from the sector. They have shown incremental interest in the modern agricultural inputs especially during the summer season. Fertilizer has become farmers' day to day agenda as they have to prepare it before the sowing season. The Ethiopian Agricultural Works Corporation was established to supply, produce and distribute agricultural input products and...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Addis Fortune 08/02/17)
Ethiopia has earned 3.3 billion dollars from 886,897 tourists who have visited the country during the 2016/17 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Culture & Tourism (MoCT), achieving 88pc of the target. The tourism proceeds are 2.5pc lower than the preceding year, and the number of tourists declined by 23,231 compared to the previous year. In the just ended fiscal year, the number of tourists who arrived in the country has improved compared to the first and second quarters...
(Addis Fortune 08/02/17)
The Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources (MoANR) has finalised draft legal frameworks which aim to regulate the production, import, trade and distribution of fertilisers in the country. The two drafts are the Fertilizer Policy and the Fertilizer Production & Trade Proclamation. The legal frameworks have been under draft by the Ministry for the past one year and were fully completed and delivered to the high-level officials of the Ministry on June 8, 2017. The drafts were also up for...
(The Guardian Nigeria 08/02/17)
Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday commenced flight operations to Kaduna with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which landed at the Kaduna International Airport from Addis Ababa at noon carrying 17 passengers on board. The flight with registration number ET-9221, also departed for Addis Ababa at 1:30 p.m. with 10 officials of Kaduna State Government on board and other passengers. Speaking before departure of the aircraft, Governor Nasir EI' Rufai said Kaduna State had hitherto been disadvantaged in terms of access to the outside...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Ministry revealed on Friday that over 3.32 billion U.S. dollars had been generated from the tourism sector during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year. According to the ministry, the 3.32 billion U.S. dollars revenue was generated from over 886,800 tourists that have visited the east African country during the just concluded 2016 / 2017 Ethiopian fiscal year. The ministry, however, indicated that the revenue earned from the sector has registered a 2.5 percent reduction as compared...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with...
(Addis Standard 07/25/17)
This comes after business owners protested over what they see as disproportionate tax amounts levied on small businesses. Following days of defiance by small business owners in Oromia regional state and in the capital Addis Abeba against the newly introduced presumptive tax system, Kebede Chane, Director General of the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ECRA), said the government was now scraping its implementation. The revised presumptive tax system concerns category 'C' tax payers, which consists small businesses with an annual turnover of up to 100,000 Birr. It was conducted by ECRA in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) and has come into effect
(Addis Fortune 07/25/17)
The Ethiopian Meat & Dairy Industry Development Institute reported that the country generated 104 million dollars from meat, honey, wax, fodder products, and milk and dairy exports during the recently ended fiscal year. Currently, a total of 579 industries, of which 468 are established by local investors, engage in meat and dairy production. Out of the total investments, 186 are engaged in meat and fodder processing, 279 industries in milk and dairy processing, 65 in honey and wax processing, and...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread...

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(Goal 08/10/17)
There is massive financial ploughing into stadiums by Addis Ababa as the EFF prepares to host the 2020 CHAN and put in a bid for the 2025 AFCON. The increase in the number of participating teams at the Africa Cup of Nations to 24 means only a few countries on the continent can afford to host the tournament. Ethiopia is building its capacity to become one of those few with an investment of more than $500million in new stadiums across the country. In 2013, I was in Addis Ababa to cover the World Cup qualifier between Ethiopia and Nigeria at the Yidnekachev Tessema Stadium. Built in 1940, the 35,000 capacity ground was filled up on...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Ethiopian steeplechaser Chala Bayo has been banned for two years after he attacked and punched his coach on learning that he was not selected in the squad for next month's world championships. Bayo competed in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where he failed to get past the heats. Bayo confronted Yohannes Mohammed, Ethiopia's deputy 3,000m steeplechase coach, at an event in Addis Ababa where the 40-member squad was announced. "Chala was incensed, he punched...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Ethiopia may not have had an edge over Kenya in the overall medal tally, but the visitors won the battle of long distance races as the World U18 Championships ended in Nairobi on Sunday. However, Kenya has promised to return to the drawing board, immerse itself in training hoping to emerge with a perfect plan to beat their rivals at the senior athletes World Championships in London in August. With Kenya hosting the championships, Ethiopia had to device a better...
(APA 06/12/17)
The Ethiopian national football team was beaten 5-0 by its Ghanaian counterpart in Kumasi on Sunday, in the first game of the group stages of the AfCON 2019 in Cameroon. Sierra Leone beat Kenya 2-1 in the same group. The Black Stars dominated the match and missed countless goal-scoring chances. It was a perfect homecoming for coach Kwesi Appiah as he successfully guided Ghana to a profoundly deserved victory over Ethiopia. Ethiopian coach Ashenafi Bekele’s first competitive game ended in...
(Xinhuanet 05/08/17)
Prague Marathon 2017 was held in Prague, Czech Republic with Abraha Gebretsadik from Ethiopia and Aiyabei Valary Jemeli from Kenya winning the men's and women's events respectively on Sunday. Abraha won the men's event with 2:08:47, and Aiyabei won the women's contest with a track record 2:21:57 which is 37 seconds faster than the previous track record achieved by her compatriot, Lydia Cheromei, in 2011. In the men's category, Bazu Worku finished second, followed by Mekuant Ayenew, both of them...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/17)
Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele believes he is in the sort of form to break Eliud Kipchoge's fastest ever time in the London Marathon on Sunday. Should the 34-year-old -- who still holds the 5,000 and 10,000 metres world records -- manage that it would be a fitting end to a week that has seen the great race receive even more advance publicity than usual. That has been thanks to Britain's Prince Harry revealing earlier this week he had sought...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/17)
Ethiopian runner Lemi Berhanu Hayle will defend his Boston Marathon title in a wide open race on Monday against a men's field that includes the first American champion in three decades and no clear favorite. Berhanu Hayle won last year's race in two hours 12 minutes 44 seconds after pulling away from twice champion and countryman Lelisa Desisa, who is not competing this year. The last men's repeat winner was five-time champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya, who completed a...
(AFP (eng) 04/03/17)
A rain-battered Rome marathon was won by Ethiopia's Shura Kitata Tola in 2hr 07min 30sec on Sunday, almost two minutes clear of Kenyan pair Dominic Ruto and Benjamin Bitok. The women's race was also taken by an Ethiopian as Rahma Tusa burst clear for a solo finish in 2hr 27min 21sec, while compatriots Mestawot Tadesse and Abeba Tekulu Gebremeskel completed a national sweep. One of the abiding images of the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome was the remarkable barefoot marathon...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/17)
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba set a sixth world indoor record in Sabadell, Spain on Tuesday by posting a new 2,000-metres mark. On the eve of her 26th birthday, the Olympic 1,500-metres silver medallist ran a time of 5min 23.75sec in Catalonia. Also the outdoor 1,500m world record holder, Dibaba has the best indoor marks for 1,500m, the mile, 3,000m, two miles and 5,000m. Dibaba's 2,000m time knocked almost seven seconds off the old record by Romania's Gabriela Szabo, which had stood...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(APA 12/28/16)
Following his victory in 2014 and third place finish last year, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa will start as one of the favourites when the 2017 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon gets underway on January 20, APA learns here. According to a statement issued here Wednesday, Mekonnen was just 18 when he became the youngest winner in the history of the world’s richest marathon, setting an unofficial world junior record of 2:04:32 on his marathon debut. His surprise win came just 12...
(APA 12/22/16)
The 25, 155–seater stadium built by an Ethiopian business tycoon Mohammed Al Amoudi will be inaugurated early next month, APA learns here Thursday. The stadium, built at a cost of more than $25 million at the birth place of Sheikh Mohammad Al Amoudi, has a swimming pool as well as basketball, handball, volleyball and tennis courts that reportedly meet the requirements to host Olympic Games. The stadium that took four years and a half for completion also has a track...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(Ethiosports 11/30/16)
The Ethiopian Football Federation(EFF) to announce the new coach of the Ethiopian Men’s National Team(Waliyas) in one month period. The Ethiopia national team head coach slot has been vacant since 12th October 2016 when the five month contract of interim coach ‘GebreMedhin Haile’ expired. Medhin took over after the Ethiopian born American coach Yohannes Sahle was sacked following unconvincing results in the AFCON 2017 Gabon qualifiers and Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Federation has changed two head coaches after...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/25/16)
Aviators who were detained in Ethiopia while retracing a historic flight route along the length of Africa in 24 vintage planes and support aircraft are now free to continue their journey, the group organizer said on Thursday. The Vintage Air Rally crew, flying aircraft that include biplanes built in the 1920s and 1930s, were held at the airport in Gambela, western Ethiopia, after they landed following their arrival from neighboring Sudan. They have already flown from Europe and through Egypt...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/16)
Pilots taking part in a vintage air rally across Africa were being detained on Wednesday by Ethiopian authorities, a spokesman for the trip said. A dozen biplanes dating from the 1920s and 1930s took off on November 12 from the Greek island of Crete, embarking on a 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) journey to Cape Town. But less than two weeks into their journey the pilots were grounded at Gambella airport in western Ethiopia, close to the border with South Sudan, a spokesman...

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(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The following are news highlights in Ethiopia's major media outlets on Monday. -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that his government would support the private sector to improve its efficiency and productivity. During the 3rd national government-private sector consultation forum held on Saturday, the Premier said the government would contribute share for the development of the sector. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Lesotho's King Letsie III will arrive in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia on Monday for a four-day state visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Qatar Chamber held a meeting with an Ethiopian government delegation on Saturday to review and enhance trade ties between the two countries. (Fana...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/17)
The following are news highlights in Ethiopia's major media outlets on Wednesday. -- The government (of Ethiopia) will further intensify its efforts to bring back undocumented citizens living in Saudi Arabia safely, according to Ethiopia's Embassy in Riyadh. This was disclosed in a report the embassy presented on the activities it has been carrying out to return citizens from Saudi Arabia to development association leaders and volunteers. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Coffee export has earned Ethiopia 866 million U.S. dollars...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(Voice of America 05/03/17)
Ethiopia’s state of emergency has seen thousands of people detained, allegedly in connection with the unrest last year in the Oromia region. Those arrested have included journalists and bloggers. VOA sat down with three of them in Addis Ababa ahead of World Press Freedom Day (May 3). University lecturer and commentator Seyoum Teshome was arrested in October and detained for two months after he gave a radio interview to Deutsche Welle in which he criticized the government. Since his release,...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 12/15/16)
Surrounded by untidy stacks of paper and abandoned half-empty coffee cups, photographer Aida Muluneh chain smokes cigarettes in her Addis Ababa office and rails against the negative portrayals of Africa by foreigners. The 42-year-old came returned to Ethiopia nine years ago after living in Yemen and Canada and set herself the task of changing perceptions of the continent, replacing the outsiders' dominant eye with an African one. The Addis Foto Fest, which she founded and which opens its fourth edition...
(APA 12/01/16)
The Gada system, the indigenous democratic sociopolitical system of the Ethiopia’s Oromo people, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Its inscription was announced on Wednesday at the 11th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which has been underway in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, since last Monday. The Gada system is a political, economic and social system with a long history with which the people of Oromo in Ethiopia have been governing...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(AfricaNews 09/26/16)
Popular Ethiopian actor, Znah-Bzu Tsegaye, is reported by the Voice of America (VOA) to have sought asylum in the United States after leaving the country two months ago. His decision to go into exile is linked with the heavy security crackdown on protesters in the Amhara and Oromia region. Tsegaye, is from the Amhara region. He becomes the latest high profile Ethiopian to go into exile and his move is expected to make a big impact in the country. During...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(Sudan Tribune 04/30/16)
Eritrea and Ethiopia have respectively continue to become Africa’s leading jailers of journalists, according to a new survey released Thursday by an independent watchdog. The US-based Freedom House said governments of the two east African countries continue to show little tolerance to dissent and as a result have the highest number of imprisoned journalists in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the release of 10 imprisoned journalists in 2015, the report said Ethiopia continued to repress all independent reporting, and remained the second-worst...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.

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(Voice of America 08/16/17)
Food insecurity in the Somali region of Ethiopia has worsened, putting 700,000 people on the verge of starvation, according to Oxfam International. The humanitarian organization says that about 8.5 million people across the country face a high risk of hunger, a 30 percent increase since the beginning of the year. Food shortages and hunger have led to displacement and negative coping mechanisms such as increases in child labor, early marriage and school dropouts, according to a recent joint report by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners. “Sex for food and child labor were reported in some woredas [districts],” the report said. Much of Ethiopia is now in the midst of its lean season, and some...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/17)
Ethiopia says that only a fraction of its citizens working illegally in Saudi Arabia have returned home before today's amnesty deadline. In March, the Gulf state said that those without papers would not be arrested if they left within 90 days. The deadline was extended by another month, but so far only 60,000 out of an estimated 400,000 Ethiopians have left, the Ethiopian government says. Ethiopians make up a large portion of the kingdom's undocumented workers. All those without papers...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Five countries in East Africa face dire food insecurity after a third poor rainy season in a row, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Areas in five countries - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall. "The current phenomenon encompasses an area of about 1 million square kilometers, which is roughly twice the size of France," FAO economist Alessandro Costantino told VOA's Africa division. The extended drought along with a pest called an armyworm has drastically reduced crop yields, leaving millions in East Africa without
(Voice of America 07/14/17)
Thousands of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia are in a state of limbo as they try to return home after being ordered to leave the Gulf state. On March 29, Saudi Arabia launched a campaign it dubbed "Nation Without Violations," giving all foreign immigrants living there illegally 90 days to leave without incurring a penalty. They were told they could return later after applying and going through the immigration process. As of the beginning of July, 111,000 Ethiopians had agreed to...
(Voice of America 07/14/17)
For 12 years, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has worked in Ethiopia's Somali region, providing medical care during droughts, floods and other types of emergencies that made food scarce and left people hungry. But MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, says it has never seen malnutrition levels spike so high in the region as during the current drought. Thousands of acutely malnourished children have been admitted to hastily-established feeding centers in hopes of staving of starvation and death. MSF reports...
(Financial Times 07/12/17)
Government targets private investment to help speed up change, driving rural and urban growth. Often dubbed an “African tiger” after a decade of economic growth averaging 10 per cent a year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia is in a state of transformation. In an ambitious bid to achieve the status of a middle-income country by 2025, the government has developed an extensive blueprint for progress — its Growth and Transformation Plan 2015-2020 — which has prioritised the development of agriculture...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa,...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(Voice of America 06/03/17)
Forecasters are warning that Ethiopia could face more rainfall deficits, deepening a drought that has left nearly eight million of the country's people in need of aid. Dr. Chris Funk is a climate scientist at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) whose research focuses on African and Asian countries. He told VOA's Horn of Africa Service that there is a 50 percent chance another El Nino weather event could form in the Pacific Ocean this year. “If it's a moderate or strong El Nino, that would definitely tilt towards odd, below normal rain for northern Ethiopia," he said.
(The Guardian 05/31/17)
The country has closed its digital borders to prevent leaks during tests after papers were posted online by activists last year. Ethiopia has shut off internet access to its citizens, according to reports from inside the country, apparently due leaked exam papers for the nation’s grade 10 examinations. Outbound traffic from Ethiopia was shutdown around 4pm UK time on Tuesday, according to Google’s transparency report, which registered Ethiopian visits to the company’s sites plummeting over the evening. By Wednesday afternoon,...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has...

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