Wednesday 17 January 2018
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 08/09/13)
The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) will next week meet in Ethiopia to discuss strategies for resistance against genetically modified (GM) seeds. AFSA is a Pan African platform comprising networks and farmer organisations working in Africa including the African Biodiversity network, Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage, Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development Africa, Friends of the Earth- Africa, Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and Participatory Ecological Land Use Management Association. The rest are Eastern and Southern African Small Scale Farmers Forum, La Via Campesina Africa, World Neighbours, Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa, Community Knowledge Systems, Plate forme Sous Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale and African Centre for Biosafety. The...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (GS.N) has appointed Alasdair Warren as head of its financial sponsors group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to a memo seen by Reuters. Financial sponsors, the term investment banks use to describe private equity firms, are regular users of equity capital markets for selling shares in their portfolio companies. London-based Warren, who joined Goldman in 2005 and was named a partner in 2008, was previously head of equity capital markets (ECM), convertibles and equity derivatives for EMEA. Richard Cormack and Christoph Stanger will jointly take on that role, becoming co-heads of ECM and convertibles in EMEA, the memo said. A spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs confirmed the contents...
(Voice of America 08/09/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Muslims in Ethiopia protested in the capital Addis Ababa during Eid al-Fitr prayers on Thursday, part of a two-year-old campaign against what they say is government interference in their religious affairs. A heavy police presence around the city's stadium — the venue for morning prayers — marked a tense run-up to the Muslim holiday after clashes between Muslims and police killed up to five people last week in Ethiopia's south. Demonstrators chanted "Allahu Akbar" and hoisted banners that read "respect the constitution," referring to allegations that the government has tried to influence the highest Muslim affairs body, the Ethiopia Islamic Affairs Supreme Council. Ethiopia, long seen by the West as a bulwark against militant Islam in the...
(Standard Digital 08/09/13)
Tanzania hit Burundi 2-0 on the second day of the East Africa Military Games at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, yesterday. Ayubu Kitala scored first for the winners in the 73rd minute before Shila Makula added the second goal in the 89th minute to ensure Tanzania picked their first win and almost enhanced their chances of making it to the next round. The first half of the Tanzania and Burundi tie was full of wasted chances by both sides. Burundi showed the first intent to go ahead and nearly scored with the first kick off the ball after Pascal Hakizinana found himself inside the Tanzanian half but failed to beat Dihile Shabani in the goal. Tanzania almost scored in...
(AFP 08/08/13)
CAPE TOWN, August 8, 2013 (AFP) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu had his Twitter account briefly suspended Thursday for "aggressively following" other users, just hours after it was launched. The ex-archbishop's @TutuLegacy account racked up hundreds of followers in its first hours of use, before being black listed. "Twitter says it's 'sorry for the inconvenience' over our suspension. We got caught up in a spam clean up. Glad it wasn't something we said," Tutu tweeted soon after he was unblocked. His foundation had earlier expressed dismay at the decision. "Twitter has not explained how following 30 people could be construed as 'aggressive following'," his foundation said in a statement. The foundation suggested "the number of people who followed...
(AFP 08/07/13)
PRETORIA, August 7, 2013 (AFP) - South African church leaders on Wednesday led prayers in front of the hospital where critically ill former South African president Nelson Mandela is soon to mark two months in care. Archbishop Joe Seoka used the eve of the sorrow-tinged anniversary to urge South Africans to rally together. "God is using Madiba, and his extended illness, to present to us a great challenge to unite behind the values that he represents," the Pretoria archbishop said, using Mandela's clan name. Mandela was rushed to the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection. On Wednesday the South African presidency reported his condition was still "critical but stable". The last two months have...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 08/07/13)
With its abundance of natural resources and large and growing population , Africa is the next frontier for many global companies. However, while investors are keen to get, there's often a wariness on the part of Africans. The BBC's Vineet Khare travelled to Ethiopia to find out about what can be a tricky relationship and how things are not always so rosy. Watch the video...
(Independent Online 08/06/13)
Addis Ababa - Anti-government Muslims in Ethiopia on Monday called for mass demonstrations to be held on the religious day of Eid al-Fitr later this week to protest the arrests of 28 people on terror charges. The calls followed a weekend of violence in which three people were killed after security forces clashed with what police labeled Muslim “extremists.” Hundreds of people held rallies near mosques in the capital, Addis Ababa, and some regional towns on Friday and Saturday. Police in the Oromia region said some protesters fired guns at police. The state news agency said all three killed were police officers and that 11 people were injured during the hours-long unrest. Muslim leaders, however, said that police stormed a...
(New Vision 08/06/13)
Regional heads of state still want other African countries to contribute to the stabilization effort in Somalia under AMISOM. So far, this role has been played by states under the regional grouping of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as well as Sierra Leone and Nigeria. AMISOM is presently comprised of 6,000 Ugandan troops, 5,000 from Burundi, 4,000 Kenyans and 1,000 troops from Djibouti. There are also 850 troops from Sierra Leone, with police units from Nigeria and Uganda. Uganda, which was the first to deploy troops in the Horn of Africa nation in March 2007, has the biggest troop numbers in Somalia. The heads of state and government of the troop-contributing countries under AMISOM as well as Ethiopia and...
(In2 East Africa 08/06/13)
Addis Ababa — A Kenyan business delegation was last week in Addis Ababa to follow up on the implemention of the Special Status Agreement signed last November. They met Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn at his office to specifically look into the interests of Kenyan investors wanting to set up enterprises in Ethiopia. According to a government statement Hailemariam explained how Kenya and Ethiopia are working to integrate their economies as spelt out in the special economic agreement. Cooperation covers such things as the electric transmission line, the road and rail lines under development. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, also had talks with the delegation. He assured them Ethiopia considers the Special Status Agreement a vital instrument to...
(Addis Fortune 08/06/13)
There seems to be no service that Ethiopians of all colours complain about more than telecommunications. A sector destined to live under the reign of the restructured ethio telecom monopoly, telecommunications remains the hotspot for the disappointments of the ever-growing population of the nation. At the heart of the complaint matrix rests the quality of the services provided by the monopoly. All of the services that the corporation provides, ranging from landline telephones to broadband internet, witness the same magnitude of grumbles from consumers. The cyclic quality issue facing the services is unable to find any viable solution, even after a series of quick fixes tested by the ruling elite. Of course, the overall policy of the EPRDFites towards the...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 08/06/13)
Harar City tourist sites have attracted more than 41 thousand tourists in the just ended fiscal year. This is according to Culture, Tourism and Heritages Bureau of the City. The report shows the City made over 25 million Birr from the domestic and foreign tourists who visited the attractions there. Tourists to Harar often see historical, cultural and religious sites. In the just ended fiscal year the City hosts around 7,302 foreign tourists while the rest are domestic tourists who take interest in Harar and want to spend their free time there. The Wall of Jugol, ancient houses circumscribed by the wall and the five Jugol gates and museums are among the tourist attractions of the City, one of the...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 08/06/13)
Figures on the 2012/13 annual report of Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) revealed an enormous 32.3pc increase in profit this year compared to same period the previous year. The figures further show the Bank has approved its highest ever advance of 8.15 billion Br during the just ended fiscal year. The Bank earned a net income of 491 million Br for the year. This is 26.3pc more than its performance during the 2011/12 fiscal year. The annual report, which was approved by the board of directors in Bahir Dar last week, showcases the DBE's achievements. These include its jump in net income. It also highlights key indicators where it missed the mark, Fortune, the English weekly paper, reported. The Bank,...
(Business Daily 08/06/13)
The top-ranking US trade official Michael Froman said on Monday that issues of "reciprocity" will be raised at a US-Africa conference next week in Ethiopia that will consider renewal of the Agoa trade initiative. The African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is due to expire in 2015, gives duty-free treatment to Kenyan textiles and many other African exports to the United States. Agoa is said to be responsible for creating thousands of jobs in the Kenyan textile industry. But as a condition to Agoa's extension beyond 2015, American negotiators may press African countries to give the same preferential treatment to US exports to Africa. Ambassador Froman made clear in a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington that the US...
(Reuters 08/06/13)
LAGOS/SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Nigeria is gradually opening up to Islamic finance, a move that could bring non-interest banking to over 80 million Muslims and develop one of Africa's fastest-growing consumer and corporate banking sectors. Home to the largest Muslim population in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is trying to establish itself as the African hub for Islamic finance, which follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling. In recent months, a string of regulatory initiatives have set the groundwork for products such as Islamic bonds (sukuk), insurance (takaful) and interbank lending products, although there is still only a small number of local market participants. "The potential is there but the market is negligible in Nigeria because we have...
(In2 East Africa 08/05/13)
Kampala — Ethiopia is the first pilot country to undertake a strategic initiative to draw up an AGOA strategy. This is aimed at helping the country to benefit from the United States-Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). State Minister for Trade Yacob Yala said he considers this strategy an integral part of the country's growth and transformation plan. "The underlying objective of our growth and transformation plan (GTP) strategy is to increase the share and the benefits gained from the global economic integration with an ultimate goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2025," he said at a consultative meeting as part of the strategy. The Ethiopian national AGOA response strategy consultative meeting held at the UN conference centre was organized...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 08/05/13)
Wolkait Sugar Development Project is now going on very well after resolving challenges like the absence of road and resettlement of communities around the project area. A Chinese Engineering Company takes the contract to install the factory with a capacity to process 24 thousand tons of sugarcane per day. The installation will have two phases, and will consume 18 months to finish; this is according to figures on the project agreement document. The sugar plantation will basically be developed with water from zarema river, and the dam under construction is assumed to irrigate 45 thousands hectare of land. Sur Construction completed 14 per cent of the dam project so far. Metal and Engineering Corporation subcontracted Sur Construction to develop the...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/05/13)
A few weeks ago, when Tanzania was hosting the Ministerial Committee Organ (MCO) responsible for Defence and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Bernard Member, confirmed that Tanzania is one of the top five countries of the SADC whose harbours and airports are used as conduits for drug trafficking. Speaking at this 15th MCO, which is faced with an uphill task of tackling this illicit trade, Minister Membe singled out other countries being South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola. The announcement just came a fortnight after two female artists from Tanzania were nabbed at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with 150 kg of drugs, crystal methamphetamine locally known...
(Reuters 08/05/13)
WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 5, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States extended embassy closures by a week in the Middle East and Africa as a precaution on Sunday after an al Qaeda threat that U.S. lawmakers said was the most serious in years. The State Department said 19 U.S. embassies and consulates would be closed through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution" and that a number of them would have been closed anyway for most of the week due to the Eid celebration at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The United States initially closed 21 U.S. diplomatic posts for the day on Sunday. Some of those will reopen on Monday, including Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers...
(CNN 08/05/13)
African Voices is a weekly show that highlights Africa's most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. Follow the team on Twitter. Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- Inside a brightly painted Mogadishu clinic, Salim (not her real name) sits alongside her seven-year-old son, waiting for a check up. Opposite them, a health professional listens to their nightmarish ordeal. Salim recounts how she was raped and then watched, helpless, as her young son was molested. Too afraid to seek assistance, she did what she thought would help. She washed her son's wounds with hot water and salt for four excruciating days, until they were brought here, the Sister Somalia center. "There are...

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