Friday 20 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/28/17)
More than 800,000 children risk death by starvation in East Africa and aid agencies have just weeks - months at most - to save them, World Vision charity said on Wednesday. Conflict in South Sudan and Somalia, and prolonged drought across the region have left more than 15 million children in need of food, water, healthcare, education or protection, said the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF. Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya have witnessed a spike in hunger levels among children in recent weeks, with several areas reporting that more than a third of their children have health problems as a result, World Vision said in a statement. “We are still in the danger zone. More than 800,000 children remain severely malnourished...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel franchise). “The idea is to produce everything in local markets,” says Erwiah. “Particularly in Africa, particularly in Ghana.” The founders set up the company in partnership with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative, which also works with such socially conscious...
(Bloomberg 09/26/17)
Ethiopia accused a semi-autonomous territory in neighboring Somalia of illegally displacing more than 3,000 long-term Oromo residents in the wake of clashes on the boundary between two of Ethiopia’s regional states. The northern territory of Somaliland displaced the Oromos, who belong to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group and are now sheltering in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regional states, Information Minister Negeri Lencho told reporters Monday in the capital, Addis Ababa. He said the eastern part of Oromia experienced “bloody conflict” in the border clashes earlier this month and described Oromos as having been “targeted” there, in Ethiopia’s Somali
(Eye Witness News 09/26/17)
Fedusa General Secretary Dennis George says the federation is concerned that the PIC is falling victim to forces opposed to the best interests of pensioners and public servants. Trade union Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) has warned Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba that it’ll institute action against him if he continues with certain plans to fund state-owned entities with money from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). PIC CEO Dan Matjila has told the media that politically connected people are trying to remove him in order to lay their hands on the PIC’s funds. Gigaba’s spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete has stated that the allegations are alarming and scary and this is untrue. Fedusa General Secretary Dennis George says the federation is...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
At just five years old, Yetnebersh Nigussie’s world went dark. After contracting a fever as a child, no amount of “holy water” or traditional medicine in rural Ethiopia was enough to stop Nigussie from losing her sight - and community acceptance. As far as her village was concerned, the girl was “cursed” and no longer had value as a daughter to bring in a sizeable marriage dowry. Her father eventually left. “It was not easy to accept for my family. Blind people are assumed to be unfit, invalid in the community. It is considered to be a result of a curse,” said Nigussie, who believes her blindness was preventable and likely due to meningitis. “So everybody told my mum, ‘Oh...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Ethiopia has granted amnesty for thousands of prisoners on the occasion of the Ethiopian New Year. On Monday, Ethiopia's largest Oromia regional state granted amnesty for 6,655 prisoners who have demonstrated good manners whilst in detention. Other Ethiopian regional states had pardoned a large number of prisoners earlier this month in connection with the recently celebrated Ethiopian New Year, which started on September 11. Ethiopia's Southern SNNP region pardoned over 3,000 prisoners, while the second largest northwestern Amhara region granted amnesty for over 1,980 prisoners ahead of the New Year earlier this month. Tigray region was also the third state that granted some 957 prisoners earlier this month. Administrators of the three regional states have urged the pardoned individuals to...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
When Tashitaa Tufaa first arrived in Minneapolis from Ethiopia in 1992, he remembers craning his head skyward in disbelief. Looking up at the tallest skyscraper he had ever seen, he began counting the stories until he couldn’t count anymore. Eventually, he found out the building had 55 floors. It was a long way from Negele Arsi district in the Oromia region of Ethiopia where he grew up. As a child, he worked alongside his 13 siblings on the family farm. Now he’d have to do other types of work. He thought he had a fluent command of English that would open doors in the job market. “But I found out that I didn't after I came to Minneapolis,” he said...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted the Ethiopian government in relocating to refugee camps more than 100,000 South Sudanese who fled renewed conflict in the world’s youngest nation, since September 2016. Since the eruption of the brutal conflict in South Sudan in December 2013, Ethiopia has received some 330,000 refugees, including more than 115,000 since the renewed violence in September 2016 which came as a major setback to peace efforts in that country. Of these, some 30,000 arrived fleeing the escalation of conflict in July in Maiwut, Mathiang and Pagak in Upper Nile Region bordering Gambella. “The sheer scale of the refugee influx which started in September 2016 quickly filled the existing camps...
(The Associated Press 09/25/17)
Ethiopia has banned weapons at the upcoming Irrecha religious festival in order to avoid the violence that killed several dozen people last year. The statement from the restive Oromia region comes ahead of the October 1 thanksgiving gathering. “The security situation in the region has improved immensely compared to last year so armed personnel will not be allowed to be at the center of the festival,” Lomi Beo, head of the Oromia Culture and Tourism Office, told the Associated Press on Sunday. “Armed police will be confined to the outskirts of the festival site as per the request of the religious leaders. We don’t expect last year’s tragedy to happen again.” Up to 1.5 million people are expected to participate...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(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 regional issues of mutual interest and the areas of discussion revolved around strengthening cooperation and partnership to cement the ties between the two countries. Gebeyehu also invited Egyptian companies to invest in the east African country, it was indicated. The...
(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 to exit Ethiopia,” Karuturi said in the letter, citing a government decision to “unilaterally and illegally cancel our investment and trade license.” The company also asked Hailemariam to allow the company to re-export all its equipment. Karuturi, based in Bengaluru,...
(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 favourable for businesses. Paul Gabriel, senior analyst for Africa of Control Risks joined us from the UK to speak further on the issue. Afolake Oyinloye
(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 to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(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 guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(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 projects over the past decade has helped Ethiopia to drastically reduce child mortality, double access to antenatal care and increase net school enrollment rates,” announced Monchuk. “In the past two years alone, ESPES facilitated the training of over 8,600 health...

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