Monday 25 September 2017
(AfricaNews 09/22/17)
Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has confirmed that there will be no armed security personnel at this year’s Irreecha festival. Security on the day will be handled by unarmed police and another 300 young people whose mandate will be to prevent unethical behaviour. A top official involved in the organization of the annual cultural festival of the Oromo people further disclosed that it would be kept strictly within its cultural boundaries with no politics allowed. This year, the government should consider whether a much lighter security force presence would best serve to minimize the potential for violence, and in any case, ensure that security force personnel minimize
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Ethiopia has planned to promote domestic tourism as part of the World Tourism Day celebration, which will be celebrated September 27 worldwide. The World Tourism Day celebration in Ethiopia is a week-long program, from September 21 to 27, in which the Ethiopian government envisaged to promote domestic tourism among Ethiopians with due emphasis given to the east African country's historical and natural attraction sites. According to the Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Ministry, over 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. However, the Ethiopian government frequently expressed its concern that even though the tourist influx to the east African country is mounting,...
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu on Friday asserted the need to strengthen the long-standing ties between Ethiopia and Egypt. In his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday, Gebeyehu called for strengthening ties between the two African countries, according to a statement issued by the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday. According to the statement, the two foreign ministers discussed bilateral and...
(Bloomberg 09/22/17)
Karuturi Global Ltd., an Indian flower grower, demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit the Horn of Africa nation. The company wrote a letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the state of nationalizing its farming investments and said it should be given “adequate and appropriate” redress. The Sept. 20 letter was emailed to Bloomberg by Karuturi Managing Director Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi. “We stand tired and defeated and wish...
(AfricaNews 09/22/17)
Nigeria and South Africa may be out of recession, however Kenya and Ethiopia might soon outshine these economic giants in the competition for investment, according to the newly released Africa Risk-Reward Index. The report compiled by Oxford Economics, an advisory group affiliated with the Oxford University, UK, says rising security risks and political instability in Egypt, economic downturn and militancy in Nigeria and escalating political risks in South Africa have led to doubts whether opportunities in these markets are still...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(APA 09/20/17)
The World Bank has approved additional financing of $700 million to support Ethiopia’s efforts to improve equitable access to basic services and reinforce accountability systems. The assistance is in line with the country’s second Growth and Transformation Plan, as well as the World Bank Group’s new Country Partnership Framework for Ethiopia, said Victoria Monchuk, WB project task team leader while announcing the financing in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. “Our support through Enhancing Shared Prosperity through Equitable Services (ESPES) and related...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
The United States on Tuesday urged Ethiopia to investigate deadly clashes between two of the country's major ethnic groups that have caused tens of thousands to flee. Fighting broke out in recent weeks along the border between the Oromia and Somali regions, which Oromia president Lemma Megersa said earlier this week led to "brutal killings" and the displacement of 50,000 people. Details of what started the fighting remain unclear, but the US embassy in the capital Addis Ababa said it...
(Sudan Tribune 09/19/17)
Military talks between Sudan and Ethiopia aims to enhance joint cooperation to face security challenges in the region, said the Sudanese army chief of staff before to engage meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart on Monday. Several years after the unsuccessful attempt to reconcile Addis Ababa and Asmara in order to build a tripartite economic and military regional alliance, Sudan and Ethiopia developed joint economic projects and moved together towards broader regional political and security cooperation. During a visit to Khartoum...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
An Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has left for New York to participate in the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly. The high level open debate on the reform of UN peacekeeping is one of Ethiopia's signature events during the east African country's presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the month of September. According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hailemariam, due to arrive in New York late on Monday, will preside...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
More than 70,000 ethnic Oromos have been displaced from Ethiopia's Somali regional state after a week of clashes with ethinic Somalis that left scores dead. A smaller number of ethnic Somalis numbering around 300 have also been displaced from Oromia regional state. Speaking exclusively to Xinhua on Tuesday, Negeri Lencho, Minister of Ethiopia Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) says the Ethiopian government has formed a national taskforce to help with the needs of the displaced people. He further said despite...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
Ethiopian authorities should exercise restraint at a festival held by the country’s largest ethnic group in October, after security forces at last year’s event triggered a fatal stampede by using teargas and discharging firearms on protesters, Human Rights Watch said. Scores of people -- possibly hundreds -- died at the Irreecha festival on Oct. 2, 2016, from falling into a deep trench, being trampled or shot after the government responded to unrest with force, the New York-based advocacy group said...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
Clashes along the border of Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday, in violence that has prompted the government to send the military in. Spokesmen from the two regions told regional news outlets earlier this week that at least 50 people were killed. Each side blames the other. Lema Megersa, president of Oromiya province, told local journalists on Sunday: “It is not just deaths that occurred. More than 50,000 people...
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Somalia’s parliament, the House of the People, has instituted a body to investigate the government’s decision to handover a Somali national to neighbouring Ethiopia. Their position was contained in a press release issued on Monday September 18, 2017 from the office of the Speaker of the House. It comprises 15 persons whose mandate is to report back on the circumstances surrounding the handover. Mogadishu’s detention and subsequent transfer of Mr. Abdikarin Sheikh Muse of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Ethiopia is considering finding a new partner to develop a potash mine abandoned last year by Israel Chemicals Ltd., which has sought compensation at an arbitration court after accusing the government of failing to support the project. Several companies are interested in developing potash deposits in the country’s northeastern Afar region, Mines Minister Motuma Mekassa said in an interview Wednesday in the capital, Addis Ababa. The government is eager to begin work on the project as long as there are...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
Ethiopia received 72,890 refugees in the first eight months of 2017 ending August 31, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Speaking to Xinhua on Friday, Kisut Gebreegziabher, Assistant Communications Officer at UNHCR Ethiopia said the largest group of refugees come from South Sudan at 44,000 followed by Eritreans at 17,000 and Somalis at over 6,400. "Refugees from South Sudan fled to Ethiopia to escape civil war, Eritrean refugees mentioned indefinite military conscription and human rights violations...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
Sherry Zhang, the General Manager of Huajin shoe making factory, is a zealous Chinese investor with a determination to expand job opportunities for Ethiopia's skilled youthful population. In the next five years, her firm that is located in Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa's Eastern Industrial Zone will be prospecting 100,000 jobs for the locals. "We currently have 4,200 employees and next year we expect to increase the number to 6,000," Sherry told Xinhua during a recent tour to the factory. "But...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way...

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