Thursday 26 April 2018
(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...
( 07/25/13)
Chantal Hebberecht posted to Addis Ababa and Michael Ryan to Kigali. The European Union has named new ambassadors to two of the most sensitive postings in Africa, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Chantal Hebberecht will move to Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous state, from Kyrgyzstan, where she was also an ambassador. Hebberecht, who is Belgian, steps into a vacancy created by the death in late May of Xavier Marchal, who was also Belgian. Before joining the EU's diplomatic service, Hebberecht served in the European Commission, working for a time as a head of unit for Commission's Peace Facility – a funding instrument – with a particular focus on food-security issues. Ethiopia's efforts to develop its economy and reduce its vulnerability to food...
( 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...

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