Monday 25 September 2017
(Hrw 06/21/13)
In 2012, Mwamini K. a sex worker in Dar es Salaam, was raped at gunpoint by a client who got angry when she asked him to use a condom. She did not report the case to the police nor seek medical assistance because she did not trust that she could get the help that she needed, she told me. (Mwamini’s name, like all others here, has been changed.) Mwamini explained that in 2011, she sought treatment for a sexually transmitted infection at Mwananyamala Hospital. The nurse refused to treat her unless she brought her sexual partner. Mwamini told the nurse that she was a sex worker and did not know who infected her. The hospital turned her away. The same...
(Global News 06/21/13)
A two-year project aimed at designing more durable, longer-lasting refugee shelters was unveiled Thursday. The project – a collaboration between the IKEA Foundation, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Refugee Housing Unit – is currently being tested at refugee camps in Ethiopia. The prototype shelters are an alternative to refugee tents, which typically have a lifespan of six months. Families using the prototype shelters will be asked to provide feedback, with the hope of further improving the shelter design. Thursday is World Refugee Day, which focuses this year on the impact war has on families worldwide. Read more: World Refugee Day – One-quarter of world’s displaced people are from Afghanistan. “World Refugee Day is a good opportunity for us...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/21/13)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn asked the African Export-Import Bank to strengthen its support to Ethiopia’s agriculture and other sectors. The Premier made the remark on Thursday while holding talks with board members of the Bank at his office. Hailemariam said the Bank has been supporting mainly the agriculture sector of Ethiopia over the last 20 years. In addition, the textile and garment, leather and leather products as well as other manufacturing sector investors have secured financial support from the Bank, he said. The Premier commended the Bank’s effort of boosting intra-Africa trade and improving quality of export products for better revenue. He requested the Bank to strengthen its support to Ethiopia and other countries. The African Export-Import Bank is marking...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/20/13)
Ethio-Korea Business Forum began on Thursday in Seoul with the attendance of several hundreds of representatives of the Korean government and members of the private sector. The 160 member strong Ethiopian delegation, which arrived in Seoul yesterday, is led by Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom. The delegation includes ministers, state ministers, members of government and private sector institutions and businesses. In his opening address, Dr. Tedros underlined the importance of the Forum for showcasing the untapped investment, trade and tourism potential that exists between the private sectors of the two countries. It would also help to exchange views, discuss projects and policy matters to provide a clear picture of what Ethiopia can offer to Korean businesses as well as clarify...
(Ahram Online 06/20/13)
Ethiopian officials look to soothe Egyptian fears over Nile dam project, while Egyptian expert warns that the dam will dramatically reduce Egypt's water share. Ethiopia strongly believes that Egypt's and Ethiopia's interests are highly compatible and that the Nile River can be source of cooperation between the two countries, Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos said. The Ethiopian minister stated in an interview published by the Ethiopian Herald newspaper that the Nile water, if used according to the principle of joint benefit, is more than enough for all of the Nile Basin countries. "Ethiopia completely understands Egypt's reliance on the Nile River water. We expect that Egypt will understand that Ethiopia has the right to use its resources,"...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/20/13)
The South Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mr. Paul Mayom Akec has urged Sudan and Egypt to reconsider their position in the affairs of the Nile Waters and membership to the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). “I want to appeal specifically to Sudan and Egypt to reconsider their positions and become effective members of the NBI that they participated in founding. They will have more influence in the NBI than in isolation,” said Mayom. The minister made the appeal while briefing the press on NBI’s 21st Nile Council Of Ministers meeting scheduled for 20 June 2013 at Juba Grand Hotel. NBI is a regional bloc within the River Nile basin comprising of Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda,...
(The Guardian 06/19/13)
Middle-class aspirations blossom among the new high-rises, though poverty is far from conquered. The capital of Ethiopia seems to be one vast building site. As the high-rise blocks, broad avenues and roundabout take shape, a new Addis Ababa is springing up. The priority for the regime is to build at all costs, the work being supervised by impassive Chinese foremen. Ethiopia (population 85 million) is the second largest country in Africa and busily modernising. It is ruled by the (Maoist) People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, which is set on turning the country into the tiger of Africa, after the Vietnamese model. Once synonymous with acute poverty and famine, Ethiopia has over the past decade enjoyed one of the highest growth rates...
(Global post 06/19/13)
CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s foreign minister is in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today to diffuse a diplomatic standoff over access to the Nile River that had led President Mohamed Morsi to threaten his Ethiopian counterparts with the prospect of “war." Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr’s visit comes a week after Ethiopia's parliament voted to strip Egypt of its right to the lion’s share of Nile waters, and as Ethiopia vows to plough ahead with the construction of a controversial $4.7 billion dam that many in Cairo believe will limit the flow of Nile water to Egypt. Ethiopia hopes that its Grand Renaissance Dam will become Africa’s largest hydropower plant, generating 6,000 megawatts of electricity and creating a reservoir with...
(Addis Fortune 06/19/13)
Despite assurances from the minister of Finance & Economic Development, macroeconomists, MPs see the budget suspiciously. Sufian Ahmed, the minister of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED), faced one of the toughest confrontations from Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, while tabling the bill, amounting to 155 billion Br, on the budget for the coming fiscal year. MPs who were assembled to hear the federal budget proposal in the absence of Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the House, referred it to the Budget & Financial Affairs Standing Committee for further scrutiny. Over the next three weeks, members of the committee, chaired by Wanna Wake, are expected to debate on the budget proposal, before suggesting their recommendations to Parliament. For...
( 06/19/13)
42 Taiwanese businesses are in Ethiopia to explore business opportunities in the country. They will meet managers of companies dealing in ICT, solar panel systems, food and textiles, among others. These managers will have the opportunity to meet with the Taiwanese delegates to discuss opportunities for partnerships at sessions to be held at the Hilton Hotel. The conference follows last year’s visit by almost 30 Taiwanese firms to Addis Ababa, with a focus on clothing manufacturers. In 2012 Taiwan announced that it has no plans to open a trade centre in Ethiopia, as it already has a similar centre in Kenya and the majority of trade between the two countries takes place online. Taipei has encouraged Ethiopian businesses to approach...
(CBC News 06/19/13)
CAIRO, EgyptEgypt's foreign minister is in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today to diffuse a diplomatic standoff over access to the Nile River that had led President Mohamed Morsi to threaten his Ethiopian counterparts with the prospect of "war." Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr's visit comes a week after Ethiopia's parliament voted to strip Egypt of its right to the lion's share of Nile waters, and as Ethiopia vows to plough ahead with the construction of a controversial $4.7 billion dam that many in Cairo believe will limit the flow of Nile water to Egypt. Ethiopia hopes that its Grand Renaissance Dam will become Africa's largest hydropower plant, generating 6,000 megawatts of electricity and creating a reservoir with a capacity...
(The Jerusalem Post 06/19/13)
The Knesset State Control Committee chairman says "we could have integrated them better and faster." The state has failed in the absorption of Ethiopian olim, Knesset State Control Committee chairman Amnon Cohen (Shas) said at a committee meeting on the subject that took place on Tuesday. “We could have integrated them better and faster,” he said. The meeting was convened to discuss improvement of Ethiopian integration efforts following the State Comptroller’s Report on the matter published earlier this year, which revealed, among other problems, a lack of coordination between ministries, a lack of knowledge of and familiarity with the issue by decision- makers, and an insufficient budget. Director-general of the State Comptroller’s Office, Shmuel Golan, said at the meeting that...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Haaretz 06/19/13)
At a Knesset session, officials outline efforts to better support the struggling soldiers, who are five times more likely to be jailed, go AWOL, or desert. The percentage of Israeli soldiers from the Ethiopian community that are in military prison, absent without leave or have deserted is five times that of the general population, according to a military officer who spoke at the Knesset on Tuesday in a session dedicated to the issue. The Israel Defense Forces classifies soldiers who were jailed, went AWOL or deserted as having “failed in service,” and they estimate that 10 percent of those soldiers are Ethiopian, compared to 2 percent in the general population. The State Control Committee's session in the Knesset focused on...
(Addis Fortune 06/19/13)
High profile legal battles have seen trust evaporate from Ethiopia’s thriving real estate sector. The China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC), which has previously been engaged in the road construction sector in Ethiopia, two weeks ago started the construction of an international standard real estate complex, with three billion Birr capital. The construction is being implemented by Tisaye Real Estate Plc, established by CGC, as a major shareholder a year ago. The excavation work, which goes two metres down, has already begun on the 50,000Sqm plot of land, located around CMC on Asmera Road, leased by the real estate company from the Addis Abeba City Administration. The Complex, which is scheduled to be completed within two years, contains 21 buildings, a senior...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/18/13)
The World Bank says Ethiopia has the capability to achieve its plan to be a middle income country by 2020. The private sector is not growing as it is ought to, the Bank’s economic assessment of Ethiopia indicated. The report by the World Bank Ethiopia Office indicated that the current economic growth of Ethiopia is in a good condition. Inflation which was the major challenge of the economic growth is now down to a single digit, the report stated. World Bank Lead Economist Lars Christian Moller says the nation is in shape to be among the middle income countries in 2020, however, the fact that the private sector investment is remaining behind the public sector would be a challenge. Ethiopia...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/18/13)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom and Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamel Amr agree to continue the dialogue for win-win solutions on the Nile Basin outstanding issues. The two ministers showed interest to strengthen bilateral relations and coordinate their efforts to reach an understanding regarding all issues between both countries on the basis of trust. With regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), they agreed as per the Terms of Reference of the International Panel of Experts to immediately initiate consultations among Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. The consultation is intended to help move forward with the implementation of its recommendations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia welcomed the Egyptian initiative to begin consultations amongst the...

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