| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Andalou Agency 03/02/17)
13 assailants killed in foiled attack on Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, government spokesman says. Ethiopia has foiled an “Eritrean-sponsored terrorist attack” on the multi-billion dollar Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, an official told Anadolu Agency Thursday. Zadig Abrha, a deputy spokesman for the government, told Anadolu Agency 13 assailants belonging to the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement were killed Tuesday during the attack. Seven other attackers who crossed over into Sudan were later handed back to Ethiopian authorities by the Sudanese government, Abrha said. “They were trained, armed and directed by Eritrea and were heading to the construction site in a bid to attack it on Tuesday,” he said. “We are conducting further investigation and will decide how to respond to...
(The Associated Press 03/02/17)
Ethiopia says it has thwarted a planned attack by an Eritrea-backed group on its massive dam project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Deputy government spokesman Zadig Abraha told the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate on Wednesday evening that 20 members of the armed group were “completely annihilated” earlier this week. Zadig says “actions were taken” against 13 members of the Benishangul Peoples Liberation Movement. The spokesman did not give details, but similar statements have meant people were killed. The spokesman says the other members escaped to Sudan, which then handed them over. Ethiopia’s dam project is about halfway complete and has been a source of regional tension. Egypt has long suspected it will reduce its share of the Nile River. Ethiopia...
(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 the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(Dw-World 02/27/17)
The World Mobile Congress gets underway in Barcelona on Monday and one highlight is the reported relaunch of the Nokia 3310. In parts of Africa, simpler phones are coveted because they are robust and cheap. Melaketsehay Melese, a 33 year old resident of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, is known among friends and colleagues for being tech savvy. With his two jobs, as graphic designer and computer programmer, he's familiar with all the latest gadgets. He's often to be seen browsing the internet with his wide-screen tablet. But onlookers gasp in astonishment when they see his mobile phone. Unlike his friends and colleagues, he didn't opt for a slim, stylish and lightweight smartphone. His bulky device doesn't even seem to...
(The Guardian 02/27/17)
Bezawit Hailegiorgis says western powers could help free Anania Sorri, one of tens of thousands held in Ethiopia since last year. The wife of a blogger and journalist detained in Ethiopia has called on the international community to pressure local authorities to release her husband, who is among tens of thousands held since a state of emergency was declared in the emerging east African power last year. Anania Sorri, a 34-year-old writer and intellectual, was arrested in November on his way to a meeting at the US embassy in Addis Ababa. He is being held in a high security prison in the Ethiopian capital and has not yet been formally charged with any offence. Bezawit Hailegiorgis, 29, his wife, said...
(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 by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Ethiopia and South Sudan on Friday signed eight agreements aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries. The agreements are part of South Sudan president Salva Kiir's official visit to Ethiopia from February 23 to 25. The agreements include Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on the construction of roads, cooperation of health, energy and diesel offtake agreement. Border trade protocol and preferential trade agreement are also included in the agreements. Construction of two road projects, which will be funded by the Ethiopian government
(The Ethiopian Herald 02/24/17)
Putting their differences aside, the ruling and opposition parties have recently come to a round table to find ways of nurturing the political environment for the good of the people. Using this as a ground, The Ethiopian Herald had approached opposition parties to seek their reflections on the political dialogue. Unity for Justice and Democracy Party (UJDP) Chairman Tigistu Awolu had this to say: The ruling party seems to have decided to hold the dialogue on various accounts. For him, the public's rising concern about the political, economic and social issues has brought the incumbent to a round table with opposition parties. Tigistu further said formerly, the ruling party did not have a right outlook towards oppositions. "There was a...
(AfricaNews 02/23/17)
The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has stated that his country was looking to work with the new United States government particularly in the area of trade and investment. He was speaking during a visit by a US delegation led by Republican Senator, Jim Inhofe, to Addis Ababa on Wednesday, the state-owned Ethiopia News Agency reports. The Premier said despite cordial relations between Washington and Addis, there was the need to boost trade and investment cooperation in general and the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) in particular. AGOA is a United States Trade Act, enacted seventeen years ago as Public Law 106 of the 200th Congress. The legislation significantly enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA)...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
The Ethiopian government is implementing various interventions in drought affected areas, despite slow response from the global community, Mitiku Kassa, head of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, told Xinhua Thursday. "The Ethiopian government, after taking lessons from the successful intervention response of last year's El Nino induced drought, is implementing various interventions in areas affected by the current drought," said Mitiku. "So far there is no death or fatality of human being," he said. "Death of livestock has been already reported in heavily affected areas of Afar, Oromia and other parts of the country." The Government of Ethiopia and its humanitarian partners in January
(Bloomberg 02/23/17)
Ethiopia may finance a road linking it with South Sudan’s largest oilfields, allowing the war-torn country to sell its neighbor fuel produced at a planned new refinery, a South Sudanese official said. The plan for a road linking the Paloch oilfields in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region with Malakal city and western Ethiopia is among the memoranda of understanding President Salva Kiir is due to sign this week during a visit to Ethiopia, according to Mayik Ayii Deng, a minister in Kiir’s office. South Sudan, in turn, will build a refinery in Upper Nile with the capacity to process as much as 100,000 barrels of oil per day, and has secured financing from a Swiss and a U.S. company, he...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
A 30-million-euro program was launched in Ethiopia on Wednesday to address protection and development challenges facing refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa nation. Ethiopia is a major refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering many who fled conflicts in neighboring South Sudan and Somali. The program dubbed Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) is part of the wider RDPP in the Horn of Africa, which is led by the Netherlands in cooperation with the EU Delegation to Ethiopia. Speaking during the launch in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Chantal Hebberecht, Head of EU Delegation to Ethiopia, hailed Ethiopia's open-door policy towards refugees. She noted that the program supports basic services delivery in water, energy, and education, livelihood activities and job...
(The Ethiopian Herald 02/23/17)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia and Djibouti would expand joint infrastructural development activities that ensure mutual benefits. The Premier made the remark on Monday while holding talks with Djibouti's Minister of Economy and Finance Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh. The two sides exchanged views on the joint protection of the Ethio-Djibouti railway line and the planned oil pipeline. Maintaining Ethio-Djibouti asphalt road that links the two countries was also among the issues the parties conferred. Djibouti Economy Minister also handed over the message of President Ismail Omar Guelleh to Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. In the message to the prime minister, President Guelleh expressed his desire
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Four east African leaders are calling for joint efforts to tackle food insecurity in the region which is affecting millions of people due to multiple seasons of failed rains. In a joint declaration on regional cooperation on the current drought released in Mogadishu on Wednesday night, leaders from Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia resolve to cooperate on cross-border collaboration and efforts to establish security and stability in Somalia to ensure an effective response to the drought and to enable further progress in peace building and state building in Somalia. "We further commit to the provision of appropriate protection and assistance to those compelled to leave their areas of origin as a consequence of the drought, including those who have fled...
(Dw-World 02/23/17)
The Ethiopian government has been trumping the country's recent economic success. But a new plan to employ young people appears to be more about quelling protests than providing employment. The town of Ambo is located in the Oromo region of Ethiopia, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Addis Ababa and is known as the kicking off point of the protests against the infamous re-zoning plan of the government almost three years ago. Reports show that security forces responded to the protests with lethal force that claimed hundreds of lives while thousands more were arrested. "The urgent problem of the youth now is not unemployment rather lack of peace in their area, because those employed or unemployed people are still getting...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in Africa. "The spread of artemisinin resistance in Africa would be a major setback in the fight against malaria, as ACT (artemisinin-based combination therapy) is the only effective and widely used antimalarial treatment at the moment," said lead author Arnab Pain,...
(The Ethiopian Herald 02/22/17)
Ethiopia's ties with Gulf countries is gaining momentum Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are desirous of strengthening their bilateral ties in economic and investment frontiers. Special Advisor to Ethiopian Prime Minister Amb. Berhane Gebre-Christos and UAE's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks on ways of enhancing the Ethio-UAE bilateral ties on Monday at the sidelines of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) being held in Abu Dhabi, according to Emirates News Agency. During the meeting, the parties reviewed the two countries multifaceted relation and ways to consolidate the ties through active engagement in economic and investment areas. Among Gulf countries, UAE is Ethiopia's second largest economic partner...
(The Ethiopian Herald 02/22/17)
Education Ministry said Finland would work jointly with the ministry in increasing access to quality education across the country. This was disclosed during a day-long seminar in connection with the centennial anniversary of the Finish State Independence organized by the Finland Embassy here yesterday. Opening the seminar, Education Minister Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam said the existing extensive education cooperation between the two countries has been implemented through bilateral programs and pooled funding mechanisms directed to the development of teacher training, special needs education and quality improvement in education. On the occasion, the minister particularly appreciated Finish government supports to the development of special needs education in Ethiopia. Accordingly, since 1980s ,over 60 Ethiopians have obtained their first, second and terminal degrees...
(Dw-World 02/22/17)
For the last two decades, the Ethiopian government has been trumping the country's economic successes , which earned it the title the "African Tiger." However the youth appear to have been left behind. The town of Ambo is located 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Addis Ababa and is knows as the kicking off point of the protests against the infamous re-zoning plan of the government almost three years ago. Reports show that security forces responded to the protests with lethal force that claimed hundreds of lives while thousands more were arrested. "The urgent problem of the youth now is not unemployment rather lack of peace in their area, because those employed or unemployed people are still getting killed or...

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