Monday 20 November 2017
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/31/13)
Ethiopia's Ambassador in Ankara Mulatu Teshome slams the attack of terrorists on Turkish Embassy in Somalia. He said, "What was the Turkish Embassy doing there? Helping Somali people return to their normal lives; Terrorists are enemies of life, peace, stability and democracy. Terrorists don't like tranquility." Defining the attack on the Turkish Embassy as "unacceptable," Mulatu said terrorists aim at ruining relations of friendly states. People resuming their lives under normal conditions wouldn't be involved in violence, he expressed his belief, and however, unemployment, poverty and lack of education helps terror organizations survive. The Ambassador said the destiny of Somalia has begun to change following the intervention by Ethiopia, IGAD and African Union. The situation there is further improving, though...
(CNN 07/31/13)
(CNN) -- A decade after Angola emerged from devastating civil war, the sea front road that winds around the bay of its capital, Luanda, is now dotted with multi-million dollar condominiums, exclusive clubs, and boutique stores catering for the country's elite. Most of Luanda's population, however, live in the nearby slums, where health facilities are non-existent and children must work, not study, to survive. Africa's natural resource wealth has certainly fueled a decade of rapid growth, but most Africans have still not seen the benefits. More urgently, rapid population growth combined with deepening inequality could one day prove explosive. It does not have to be this way, of course. Botswana successfully used its diamond wealth to develop quickly, growing from...
(Africa Review 07/30/13)
A high-powered delegation of Kenyan businessmen and government officials is currently in Ethiopia as the two countries look to ramp up trade ties that have over the years remained week despite sharing a sizeable border. The 40 traders representing some 30 companies will during the July 29-31 visit will meet Ethiopia prime minister Hailemariam Desalgn as well as scout for investment opportunities in the populous country of 85 million. Under the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, it is the largest delegation yet of Kenyans to its northern neighbour and the first in seven years. The visit comes nine months after PM Hailemariam visited Kenya where a Special Status Agreement (SSA) was signed between the two countries. They are looking to expand...
(Sudan Tribune 07/30/13)
(ADDIS ABABA) – In fresh allegations made by Ethiopia on Monday, the East African nation said that efforts to maintain peace and stability in Somalia is taking longer due to Eritrea’s continued support of the Islamist militia group, Al-Shabab. The Ethiopian government said despite ongoing efforts by regional governments and the African Union peace keeping force (AMISOM), Eritrea continues to undermine peace efforts in war-ravaged Somalia. “Although relative peace and security is gained in Somalia, Eritrea didn’t reduce its support to Al-Shabab and remains to be a destabilising influence”, Ethiopia’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Dina Mufti, told Sudan Tribune. “Eritrea continues to violate UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the country absolutely remains to be a regional security threat”, he added...
(Voice of America 07/30/13)
ADDIS ABABA — It has been almost one year since Hailemariam Desalegn came to power in Ethiopia, following the death of his predecessor Meles Zenawi. Despite recent demonstrations and a cabinet shuffle, little seems to have changed in the East African country. After weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's death was announced last year, on the morning of August 21st. The passing of the longtime ruler made way for his deputy Hailemariam Desalegn, to lead the second most populous nation on the African continent. Ethiopia witnessed several anti-government demonstrations in recent months, a rare sight. And the new prime minister also replaced most of the cabinet. But a spokesperson for the prime minister, Getachew Redda, said these developments are...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/29/13)
Ethiopian Military Leadership College graduates 79 senior military officers in Military science and leadership. The senior officers go through two years of intensive training. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Commander-in-Chief of Ethiopian Military Forces, encourages the graduates to do everything in their power to safeguard the development of the nation from any alien forces. He reaffirmed to the military that the public is always there to do what it takes to keep them motivated to help them achieve the national cause they are up for. According to Commander of the College, the 6th round of trainees of the ground and air forces are provided with quality training on strategic security, and warfare tactic with solid practical lessons, among others. According to...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/29/13)
Establishing a democratic system in Ethiopia is not an option; it is a matter of death and life in Ethiopian context; these are words of Abay Tsehaye Director General of the national Sugar Corporation. This came as training to Presidents, Deans and department heads of Universities began at Civil Service University to equip them with government policy directions and leadership tactics. Shiferaw Shigute, Minister of Education, says the training enables the leadership of universities in the country to be clear with leadership issues of the country so that they can best help meet the targets and objectives on the GTP. The first document that has been on plate for discussion was "Democratic system in Ethiopia- what kind of democracy and...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/13)
PARIS, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - Disappointment over the lack of democratic progress in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya is understandable, but the so-called Arab Spring of 2011 will take time to mature, analysts say, warning that the process will be chaotic. "We have to stop using seasonal metaphors. We are in a revolutionary process that will take at least a decade," says Karim Emile Bitar, an expert on Arab affairs at the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Relations. "And 'revolutionary process' means revolution, counter-revolution, efforts to fix the revolution, and that's exactly what is happening," he added. In Egypt, the army ousted democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood; Tunisia has seen sometimes violent demonstrations against the...
(Huffingtonpost 07/27/13)
South Africa's failure to successfully engage some of Africa's most troublesome conflict zones has undermined the country's credibility and cast doubt about whether South Africa should be perceived as the continent's regional military and political leader. Ineffectual leadership is at the heart of the matter. President Zuma has made some dubious decisions regarding South Africa's regional foreign policy, and his inability to meaningfully address the plethora of domestic problems facing the country raises question about its suitability as Africa's de facto leader. Attempts to promote human rights -- a trademark of South Africa's foreign policy for the past 20 years -- have resulted in the adoption of some erratic policy decisions. For example, the South African government has numerous times...
(Bloomberg 07/26/13)
The value of exports from Ethiopia, Africa’s biggest grower of coffee, fell 2 percent in 2012-13 from a year earlier as a result of declining prices for the beans even as volumes increased, the Trade Ministry said. Ethiopia’s exports declined to $3.08 billion in the 12 months through July 7 from $3.15 billion a year earlier, the Addis Ababa-based ministry said in an e-mailed statement. The Horn of African nation’s $43 billion economy is forecast to expand 6.5 percent this year, faster than the average of 5.6 percent for sub-Saharan Africa, according to the International Monetary Fund. Revenue from coffee exports declined to $746.4 million in 2012-13 from $832.9 million, while volumes jumped 18 percent to 199,104 metric tons, the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/13)
(Reuters) - Sudan has postponed the shutdown of pipelines carrying oil from South Sudan to allow time for investigating claims that both sides support rebels in one another's territories, Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs ministry said. Sudan, the sole conduit for South Sudan's oil exports, said earlier this month it would close two cross-border oil pipelines within two months and insisted that South Sudan shut oil production by August 7 unless it gave up support for rebels operating across their border. "The government of Sudan has agreed to postpone for at least two weeks the deadline by which it will shut down the pipelines carrying oil from landlocked South Sudan for export through Port Sudan," the Ethiopian foreign ministry said on Friday...
(Sudan Tribune 07/26/13)
The Ethiopian government has suspended issuing work visas to business migrants from Saudi Arabia, according to a source from the Ethiopian ministry of labour and social affairs. The decision follows Saudi Arabia’s ban last week on domestic labourers from Ethiopia, forcing tens of thousands of undocumented Ethiopian workers to leave the kingdom. The Ethiopian official, who is not authorised to speak to the media, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that Ethiopian authorities had revoked up to 35,000 work visas for housemaids destined for work in Saudi Arabia. The official said the Ethiopian ban on Saudis will remain in place permanently unless a new labour agreement that respects the rights of migrating workers is reached between the two countries. The move...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/26/13)
The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) will be held on 2-6 September 2013 at the United Nations Conference Centre, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the conference will be harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The future we want for Africa. This conference seeks to emphasize the need for state and non-state actors to recommit themselves at the highest level to fully implementing the ICPD Plan of Action at national and regional levels. According to the organizers, the outcomes of the regional report will serve as a major reference for population and development policies and program mes beyond 2014 and inform the post-2015 development agenda in Africa. This will be based on three principles: Right to development: the people...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/13)
ADDIS ABABA, July 25 | Thu Jul 25 (Reuters) - Ethiopia on Thursday signed a $700 million agreement with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce high-speed 4G broadband network in the capital Addis Ababa and 3G service throughout the country. Huawei, the world's second largest telecom equipment maker, has been involved in developing phone and internet services in the Horn of Africa country for several years. Africa's rapidly expanding telecoms industry has come to symbolize its economic growth, with subscribers across the continent totalling almost 650 million last year, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank. Andualem Admassie, acting chief executive officer of state-run Ethio Telecom, and Jony Duon,...
( 07/26/13)
Successful elections in Zimbabwe are crucial both for that country's own socio-economic development and for improved security in the southern African region, says South African Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said the South African government welcomed the fact that the overall atmosphere in Zimbabwe remained calm ahead of next week's elections, with no major instances of violence or intimidation having been reported so far. Ebrahim added that South Africa hoped there wouldn't be a repeat of Zimbabwe's previous election in 2008, when the announcement of the results had been delayed, stoking concerns about poll rigging. Over six-million Zimbabweans who have registered to vote will go to the polls next Wednesday to...
(Business Daily 07/26/13)
Global food prices fell by 2 per cent in the latest four-month period, marking the third straight period of declines, as declining imports in the Middle East and North Africa, and lower demand pushed prices down 12 per cent from their August 2012 peak, the World Bank said on Thursday. The World Bank's Food Price Index showed international prices of wheat fell by 2 per cent, sugar by 6 per cent, soybean oil by 11 per cent, and maize, or corn, by 1 per cent during the four-month period between February and June. The index, which weighs export prices of food, fats and oils, grains, and other foods in nominal U.S. dollars, fell by 2 per cent. Improved weather conditions...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/25/13)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn told the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter it is in his country’s interest to advance bilateral relations with the U.S. The Premier met the US official at his office in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, and said Ethiopia is keen to further the relations with the US in a way it nurtures the mutual interest of the two friendly people. According to the Premier one such area for common interest is to work together to maintain peace and stability in the horn of Africa and in the entire Eastern Africa region. Carter responded by appreciating Ethiopia's contribution in making and keeping peace in Africa particularly in the sub region. He singled out Ethiopia's considerably...
( 07/25/13)
The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) is to hold an Ethiopian Coffee Conference in November. It will soon outsource its warehousing service to third party -private, public, and public enterprises and companies. A group from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), led by country director Dennis Weller, recently visited the ECX. Anteneh Assefa, CEO of ECX, said November’s coffee conference will bring together stakeholders and promote Ethiopian coffee. Details of the conference are still being finalised. Ethiopia is believed to be the mother of coffee and it is said the word ‘coffee’ derives from Kaffa, the place where coffee was first identified. The country produces Arabica beans, the most highly-prized coffee worldwide. Though revenues from coffee exports have improved...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/25/13)
Ethiopian road infrastructure has been experiencing fast growth over the last decades due to huge public investment in the sector. This is according to Ethiopian Roads Authority. The Authority said the growth in the sector is essential to fuel the fast paced continuous economic growth the nation has achieved for a little less than a decade. Three decades back the length of roads in Ethiopia was 18 thousand km; the current 78 thousand km roads length in the country means it has managed to achieve fourfold growth since then. The road infrastructure has networked districts with major development corridors while it links with neighboring countries. The development of the sector so far enables to start transformation for the countryside economic...
(Sudan Tribune 07/25/13)
The head of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki, will arrive in Khartoum today accompanied by the Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhan to hold consultations on the implementation of the joint cooperation agreement between Sudan and South Sudan. In September of last year, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others. Last March, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements. But last June, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered the closure of all pipelines carrying oil from South Sudan. He said that the move was in response to South Sudan's funding of rebels fighting his government. Khartoum...

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