| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 05/29/13)
Ethiopia is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the dictatorial regime and the coming into power of a new democratic Government with federal structure and having a new Constitution with provisions of human and democratic rights including equality of nations and nationalities based on understanding and shared respect.The office of the EPRDF in a statement has congratulated the people of Ethiopia on the celebration of the 22nd May 28 Victory which marks the withdrawal of the Ethiopian people from the tragic treatments of the then dictatorial and brutal military regime. The office also expressed gratitude for those who have sacrificed themselves for the current better Ethiopia. Their sacrifices have resulted in the making of policies and strategies that...
(The Associated Press 05/29/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia started to divert the flow of the Blue Nile river to construct a giant dam on Tuesday, according to its state media, in a move that could impact the Nile-dependent Egypt. The official Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnin as telling officials at a ceremony diverting flow at the dam construction site that the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will provide hydroelectricity, not only for Ethiopia but also for neighboring countries. Downstream nations Egypt and Sudan have objected to the construction, saying it violates a colonial-era agreement which gives Egypt nearly 70 percent of Nile River waters. Egypt says its population of 90 million is among the largest in Africa and...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/28/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Monday accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of racial bias and targeting Africans for prosecution. The Hague-based court was set up to bring the perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity to justice — a mission that Mr Hailemariam said it has lost sight of. "The intention was to avoid any kind of impunity but now the process has degenerated into some kind of race-hunting," Mr Hailemariam said at the end of African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa. "So we object to that." African leaders backed a Kenyan proposal for the tribunal to refer its cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy for alleged crimes against humanity...
(Bloomberg 05/28/13)
Ethiopia’s government said it won’t cooperate with a probe into whether the World Bank violated its own policies by funding a program in which thousands of people were allegedly relocated to make way for agriculture investors. Ethnic Anuak people in Ethiopia’s southwestern Gambella region and rights groups including Human Rights Watch last year accused the Washington-based lender of funding a program overseen by soldiers to forcibly resettle 45,000 households. The Inspection Panel of the World Bank, an independent complaints mechanism, began an investigation in October into the allegations, which donors and the government have denied. “We are not going to cooperate with the Inspection Panel,” Getachew Reda, a spokesman for Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, said in a phone interview on...
(Financial Times 05/28/13)
Ethiopia’s new prime minister has ruled out loosening state control of key businesses, dealing a blow to foreign investors circling one of Africa’s fastest growing economies and sending a clear signal that his administration will stick closely to the statist policies advocated by his predecessor. Hailemariam Desalegn, who took over from Meles Zenawi after the latter’s death nine months ago, said the telecoms, retail and banking industries in Africa’s second-most populous country after Nigeria were still too weak to withstand external competition. Read more here: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c0985378-c5ef-11e2-99d1-00144feab7de.html...
(Ahram Online 05/28/13)
Amid Egyptian concerns over water needs, Addis Ababa says it will begin diverting course of Blue Nile on Tuesday as part of Renaissance Dam project. Ethiopia will on Tuesday begin diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a new dam, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported. The move, which was called "historic" by Ethiopian government spokesperson Bereket Simon, will outrage Egypt and Sudan, which are downstream, because it will negatively affect their water quotas, Anadolu added. The Renaissance Dam is one of four dams that could be built along the Blue Nile, one of the two branches of the Nile River, which provides Egypt with around...
(The Telegraph 05/28/13)
At an international hunger summit in London next month, experts will seek to tackle the long-term impact of childhood malnutrition and its consequences for struggling nations. In the first-year classroom of Shemena Godo Primary School, in Boricha, Ethiopia, three dozen children study the alphabet. On a black chalkboard, teacher Chome Muse highlights the letter B and writes the combination with each vowel. Ba, be, bi, bo, bu. The pupils, crowded two or three to a desk, listen to the sounds. I am watching one boy in particular, Hagirso, who sits at the back of the room. He copies the letters in his tattered notebook and proudly shows me his first attempts at writing, a triumphant milestone in early childhood development...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/27/13)
Secretary of State John Kerry defended U.S. antiterrorism policies in a sometimes-contentious town hall meeting in Addis Ababa, just before departing Ethiopia Sunday. Mr. Kerry, in response to audience questions about the U.S. drone program, vigorously defended the justice of kill strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles just days after President Barack Obama’s big speech last week narrowing the scope of the fight against terrorism. “The only people we fire at are confirmed terror targets, at the highest level. We don’t just fire a drone at somebody we think is a terrorist,” Mr. Kerry said, adding that strikes are ruled out if there could be collateral damage. He went on to describe the drone program as one of the “most accountable,”...
(Bloomberg 05/27/13)
Ethiopia will receive $1 billion in funding from the Brazilian Development Bank to build a section of a railway that will be extended to connect to neighboring South Sudan, a Foreign Ministry official said. Andrade Gutierrez Participacoes SA of Brazil will build the link running from the capital, Addis Ababa, to Jimma about 439 kilometers (273 miles) to the southwest, Taye Atskeselassie, director general for the Americas at the ministry, said in an interview on May 24. The bank “is willing to finance the project,” he said after Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. “The technical side has been finalized, it’s only the financing part; it’s a matter of the details.” Construction will begin “soon,” he...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
The winner of this year's Boston Marathon, Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa, says he will return his medal to the city to honor the victims of the April bombing. Desisa met Sunday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa. He said "sport should never be used as a battleground." The Ethiopian athlete said he will return next year to run in the marathon as a gesture of his solidarity with the victims of the bombings. He said returning to Boston will show that the commitment to freedom is stronger than any act of violence. The twin blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 260. A...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
( 05/25/13)
Egypt is not opposed to the construction of the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia, or to any other development project, as long as it does not impair Egypt's interests, the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Bahaa Eddin said on Saturday. "A tripartite committee involving Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia is studying the effects that building the [Renaissance] Dam would have," Bahaa Eddin added in a press statement Saturday, after President Mohamed Morsy and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met on the sidelines of the African Summit. Bahaa Eddin refused to comment on Addis Ababa's insistence on continuing work on the dam despite the fact that the committee has not concluded its study. "Talks broached the subject of the Renaissance Dam...
(Voice of America 05/24/13)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Ethiopia for security talks with regional officials and to attend a 50th anniversary celebration for the African Union. Kerry's three-day visit begins Friday in Addis Ababa, where the State Department says he will meet with senior Ethiopian officials to discuss "bilateral issues." On Saturday, he will join African leaders and other foreign dignitaries at an AU summit that will celebrate 50 years of the pan-African organization, which used to be referred to as the Organization of African Unity. Kerry's visit is expected to include talks on efforts to battle Islamist extremists in countries such as Mali and northern Nigeria. During recent talks with his Nigerian counterpart, Kerry reaffirmed U.S. support for...
(New Business Ethiopia 05/24/13)
Addis Ababa (WIC) – Ethiopia has earned $229.4 million from the export of manufactured goods in the last ten months of this fiscal year, according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry. Public Relations Directorate Director Melaku Taye told WIC that the revenue was earned through the exports of textiles and clothes, leather and leather products, agro-processing, Pharmaceuticals and chemicals to various countries. WIC learnt that $98 million 492 thousand of the income was earned from leather and leather products, $83 million 421 thousand from textiles and clothes, $41 million 100 thousand from agro-processing and $6 million 401 from pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The ten months revenue exceeds that of the same period last year by more than 4.2, according to the director.
( 05/24/13)
Budget for African Union Commission (AUC) - The African Union Commission (AUC) is set to hit the ground running come January 2014 after the Executive Council approved a budget of US$308 million for the organisation’s annual activities, the Commission’s Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha, said here Thursday. “The approved budget is very much in line with the Commission’s statistics plan. This is the first budget to be implemented alongside the statistics plan,” Mwencha told journalists, explaining that the plan very clearly indicates outputs and has a timeframe to ensure when every component would be implemented. Besides formal adoption of the draft statistics plan, he said the AU member states were committing themselves to provide resources to the Commission and ensure accountability...
(Standard Digital 05/23/13)
Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta travels to Addis Ababa Ethiopia today to attend the Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government. President Uhuru will be one of the speakers and is expected to reflect on Kenya’s achievements and national programmes in his inaugural speech. On his way to Addis Ababa, the Head of State will have a brief stop-over in Juba for a meeting with the Southern Sudan counterpart President Salva Kiir. The AU summit coincides with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the OAU-AU. During the AU Jubilee celebrations, member states will take stock of the past fifty years, acknowledge the contribution of the founding fathers of OAU towards pan- Africanism and reflect on the Africa...
(BBC News Africa 05/23/13)
Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). She was awarded the King Baudouin Prize in Belgium for confronting "culturally entrenched taboo subjects", the selection committee said. Ms Bogaletch helped reduce cases of FGM from 100% of newborn girls to less than 3% in parts of Ethiopia, it said. FGM is practised mainly in communities in Africa and the Middle East. Also known as female circumcision, it is seen as a traditional rite of passage and is used culturally to ensure virginity and to make a woman marriageable. It typically involves removing the clitoris, and can lead to bleeding, infections and childbirth problems. Ms Bogaletch told BBC Focus on Africa...
(France 24 05/23/13)
In the past half century, Ethiopia has ravaged more than 90 percent of its forests. Reforestation campaigns are now sowing new hope on the Ethiopian highlands. France 24 went out to Ethiopia to find out more. For every tree that is planted in Ethiopia, dozens of others are cut down. The result is an arid landscape, prone to erosion and incapable of growing essential crops. Read the story and watch the video at: http://www.france24.com/en/20130509-down-to-earth-ethiopia-planting-hope...
(Times of Zambia 05/23/13)
PRESIDENT Michael Sata is expected to arrive here today to join other Heads of State and government at the 21st Africa Union (AU) summit. The summit is taking place alongside celebrations to mark 50 years of the continental body’s existence since its formation in 1963, as Organisation of African Unity (OAU). President Sata will be accompanied by First Lady Christine Kaseba and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba. Foreign Affairs Minister Effron Lungu has already arrived in the advance party. Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta said yesterday that the President was expected to jet in this morning ahead of the official opening of the summit on Monday next week. Ms Sikaneta said President Sata would join more than 75 other African...

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