Sunday 25 February 2018
( 07/25/13)
The Addis Ababa City Road Authority (AACRA) is installing new traffic lights in four junctions. The authority’s plan is eventually to install traffic lights in 14 junctions throughout the capital to upgrade the existing traffic lights in the city. The authority tendered the bid for the installation of the traffic lights in 14 junctions across Addis Ababa. It had budgeted 30 million birr for this, according to sources. Some 10 companies from around the world gathered to bid for the tender. The junctions were selected as there are no expansion projects close to them, according to Fekade Haile (Eng.), Director General of AACRA. The authority awarded the contract to U.E International Trading and to a joint venture (JV) of two...
( 07/25/13)
A delegation from the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights, which visited Ethiopia earlier this month, was told there was “no time” to host them on a pre-arranged visit to a prison close to Addis Ababa. German Barbara Lochbiler, who led the delegation, said the incident at Kaliti Correctional Facility overshadowed their visit and subsequent findings. “Visiting the Kaliti Correctional Facility was one of the things we had planned to do, as we had already received confirmation from the Ministry of Federal Affairs that we would be able to do so. Unfortunately, after we arrived at the facility on the day of the visit, we were told that visitation has been cancelled as the concerned body had no time to...
(This Day Live 07/25/13)
African countries and their communities have been told they can effectively end ‘land grabs,’ grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernise the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. This was revealed in a new World Bank report titled Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity released on Monday in Washington, US, which also noted that Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 per cent of the population living below $1.25 a day. The detailed report noted that sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
CAPITOL HILL — Prospective U.S. diplomats to Africa say President Barack Obama’s recent trip to the continent underscored persistent challenges and vast opportunities that cry out for robust and sustained American engagement. Administration nominees for the State Department’s top Africa post, as well as numerous ambassadorships, testified Wednesday at their Senate confirmation hearing. During his three-nation trip to Africa earlier this month, Obama unveiled initiatives to boost electric service on the continent, increase trade and commercial ties, and help groom Africa’s next generation of leaders. But more must be done, according to Democratic Senator Chris Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa. “President Obama’s recent trip was a positive demonstration of U.S. commitment, and the president’s initiatives...
(Africa Review 07/24/13)
In attempts to boost its tourism, Ethiopia plans to construct a unique museum dedicated to archaeological findings such as Lucy, Selam and other remains of early hominid specimen. Already, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has secured 4,500 square meters of land in central Addis Ababa around the National Museum. “The Museum will be the first of its kind,” said Mr. Amin Abdulkadir, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia. Of the 14 human origin specimen, 12 are found in Ethiopia. Researchers agree that the evidence makes Ethiopia the cradle of mankind. In addition to boosting country's revenue through tourism, the museum will also play an important role in promoting Ethiopia’s tourism industry. Ethiopia’s archaeological findings include, the most famous...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/24/13)
Over 83 million Birr income was secured from more than 1.3 million foreign and domestic tourists, who visited North Shoa Zone of Amhara State during the just ended Ethiopian fiscal year, the zonal culture and tourism department said. The department said on Wednesday that the tourists visited historical, cultural and religious sites in the zone. The number of tourists increased by more than 300,000 compared to that of same period in the previous year. Activities carried out to promote attraction sites as well as expansion of infrastructure development, among others, contributed to the growth in the number of visitors. Seven heritages are being renovated with over 1.3 million Birr, the department said. Nine of Ethiopia's heritages are inscribed by UNESCO...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
LONDON — Two new reports published this month say sustainable development in Ethiopia is impossible without a specific focus on human rights. The reports say donor countries should bear responsibility for ensuring their aid money is not used to fuel abuse. Ethiopia receives billions of dollars in international aid every year. It is money that is used to help improve basic services like access to health and education. But human-rights campaigners say there also is widespread abuse that takes place in Africa’s second most populous country. And they say donors need to face up to what role their aid money might play in fueling that abuse. Leslie Lefkow, the deputy director for Human Rights Watch's Africa Division, said, “The Ethiopian...
(Addis Fortune 07/24/13)
Meseret Mekonnen, who came from Dessie in the Amhara Regional State, 400 kms north of Addis Abeba, was left with just a medical check up before leaving for Saudi Arabia as a domestic servant. This was before the news came that the Ethiopian Gulf Approved Medical Centres Association (GAMCA) had stopped its operations, however. The GAMCA, in partnership with a number of local health facilities, was the authorised body to handle medical checkups for domestic workers going to Gulf States. These included Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates(UAE). Meseret quit school after the ninth grade to go to Saudi Arabia as a housemaid. Her parents had given her money to cover the costs while she...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
Malaria infections, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, are responsible for the deaths of some 200,000 newborns and 10,000 new mothers each year. The parasitic illness can also cause miscarriage and premature birth, increasing the risk of death. There are low cost, lifesaving interventions to prevent infection, yet, according to a new study, there are significant barriers to implementing them. For the past 20 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that pregnant women in areas with high rates of malaria receive insecticide-treated bed nets and periodic doses of a cheap drug to prevent the disease. Yet, despite relatively high attendance at clinics for expectant mothers and their newborns throughout sub-Saharan Africa, statistics show that just a little over 21 percent...
(Addis Fortune 07/24/13)
Expired Rani drinks, one of the more popular juice brands in Ethiopia, have swarmed the market lately, with the police currently launching an investigation. Gebresh Belay, a 48-year-old mother of four, frequents supermarkets both to buy food items and, if supermarkets agree to shelve her products, to sell small packets of spices she prepares. On Thursday afternoon, July 20, 2013, she was visiting supermarkets in Gurdshola, off Asmara Road, with samples of her product. “I have been doing this for a long time,” she told Fortune, whilst waiting for the drizzling rain to stop, along with her teenage daughter who was accompanying her. Whether trying to sell her items or shopping for her family, for over a decade there is...
(Ghana Business News 07/24/13)
It will cost Africa $4.5 billion over the next ten years in order to bring proper reforms into managing the continent’s ‘rich’ land, says a new World Bank report published July 22, 2013. According to the report, “Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity,” African countries could effectively end ‘land grabs,’ if the complex land ownership and management is mordernized through governance procedures. The World Bank therefore suggests a number of steps and policies that can bring major changes in the continent’s land governance. “It would cost African countries and their development partners, including the private sector, $4.5 billion spread over ten years to scale up these policy reforms and investments,” said the Bank. The report suggests that Africa could finally...
(Xinhuanet 07/23/13)
Ethiopia is keen to maintaining strong ties with Egypt and the dam under construction by Ethiopia on the Abay (Blue Nile) River will not be a source of tension in their relations, Ethiopia's Ambassador to Egypt said. The Renaissance Dam would not affect Egypt's share of the Nile water and both countries benefit from it, Mahmoud Drir said in a recent interview with Xinhua. "Mutual interests between the two states connect their future, and the minor issues that rise sometimes cannot affect their relations," said the Ambassador, describing ties with Egypt as "historic and eternal." "Even the diplomatic relations between both countries date back 85 years, when most African states were under Western occupation," he added. In May this year,...
(Addis Fortune 07/23/13)
Ethiopia's track legend, Haile G.Selassie, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, multiple world 10,000m champion and a holder of more than 27 world records in distances ranging from 1,500m to marathon. Shining for more than a decade in many world athletics races, he is considered the greatest distance runner in history and even dubbed as "a man from another planate." No doubt, he is an unforgettable man; a symbol and a living example of Ethiopian athletics that made our national flag fly high at the international level many times. Haile, however, is not only an athlete but also a businessman owning a cinema, in Bole area, and a luxurious resort on the shore of Lake Hawassa, among many others. He...
(NPR 07/23/13)
As we reported during in April, coffee aficionados for single-origin roasts. The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean. But to the farmers who hope to be that next great discovery, the emergence of this new coffee aristocracy is less Marco Polo, more Cinderella: How do you get your coffee bean to the ball? Consider this tale of impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers whose beans once sold for rock bottom prices: The yellowed highlands around the city of Jimma in Ethiopia are where coffee in the 8th century. But by the end of the 20th century, its reputation had become as shaky as a car ride on its...
(In2 East Africa 07/23/13)
Addis Ababa — Ethiopia's emergence as one of the continent's most vibrant markets is attracting a host of firms in the services industry. Cyber Security Africa Alliance Manager, the one-day event will bring together business players from both public and private sectors, including government officials, international organisations and local business leaders. It takes place on August 2 at the Sheraton Hotel. "Africa's second most populous nation is emerging as an important investment destination. Almost non-existent before 2006, activity has picked up in recent months on the back of government efforts to open the country's economy," Kioko said last week. Ethiopia has the fastest growing non-energy-based economy in Africa, growing at an average annual rate of 11% GDP in recent years...
(AFP (eng) 07/23/13)
UN says although genital cutting is on decline, female genital mutilation remains "almost universal" in some countries. More than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, and 30 million more girls are at risk in the next decade, UNICEF said. Although genital cutting is on the decline, the practice remains "almost universal" in some countries, said the report by the United Nations Children's Fund, released on Monday. The report compiles 20 years of data across 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The tradition involves removal of some or all of a female's external genitalia. It can include cutting out the clitoris and sometimes sewing together the labia. Laws are not enough to stop...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/23/13)
The UNHCR says around 5 thousand South Sudanese have fled to Ethiopia to escape fighting in eastern South Sudan. The refugees are mostly from Jonglei State’s Pibor County, are fleeing fighting between government troops and rebel fighters in the Boma area, near the Ethiopian border. Since May, UNHCR says, thousands of refugees have sought refuge in Gambella Regional State. Most of the arrivals are said to be women and children. The UNHCR says it is distributing food and non-food aid pending a government decision on where to relocate the refugees. The UNHCR and its partners are also providing health care services, water and sanitation at a temporary camp. Ethiopia currently hosts more than 62,000 South Sudanese. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/22/13)
(Reuters) - Ethiopia has begun pulling troops out of a former rebel stronghold in Somalia, but it has no plans for a complete withdrawal from the fight against al Qaeda-linked insurgents, its foreign minister said on Monday. Somalia has enjoyed relative calm after military offensives by African Union (AMISOM) peacekeepers and Ethiopian troops, who have pushed al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab from urban strongholds in central and southern Somalia. But suicide attacks have reinforced concerns the militants remain a potent force and Ethiopia's sudden withdrawal in March from Hudur - the capital of Bakool province near the Ethiopian border - enabled al Shabaab to retake the town. Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said Ethiopia had begun pulling out of Baidoa - once...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/22/13)
Ethiopian Economics Professionals Association in its 3rd day 11th International Conference dwelt on a research paper that explains the potential of tourism to Ethiopia's economic growth. The paper would be input to policy makers and think tanks. The research entitled: "Economic Growth and Tourism Sector in Ethiopia" explains that Ethiopia hasn't exploited the tourism sector as much as it can while the sector has considerable potential to propel the countries fast growing economy. According to the researcher the causes for this are lack of skilled human resource, poor infrastructure, poor financial system and governments failure to attach due attention. The research encourages the government of Ethiopia to attach due priority, train skilled manpower and continue to expand infrastructure which is...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 07/22/13)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia would strengthen support to Somalia to ensure sustained peace and stability in that country. Hailemariam made the remark while holding talks with Somalia's Defense Minister, Abdulhakim Haji Mohammed on Friday in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia would enhance support to strengthen Somalia's defense force through capacity building training, the Premier said. It would, however, like to withdraw its peacekeeping force from the country, he said - according to a senior Ethiopian government official who attended the meeting. Minister Abdulhakim Haji Mohammed told reporters after the meeting that his discussions with PM Hailemariam were focused on existing bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Somalia. The two sides discussed ways of eliminating Al-Shabab and other terrorist groups from Somalia,...

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