Tuesday 25 July 2017
(Voice of America 05/31/13)
A former high-ranking Egyptian diplomat says Ethiopia’s move to divert the flow of the Nile River has needlessly heightened regional tensions. Ethiopia began diverting the river this week as it builds a massive hydroelectric dam. Egypt, which depends on the Nile for its water supply, stressed that it has not approved the dam's construction. Ambassador Tarek Ghuneim was a key player in Nile water negotiations until shortly before his retirement last year. In a interview, the former Egyptian diplomat said those talks were characterized by mutual mistrust. He questioned Ethiopia’s timing in announcing the diversion of Nile water, one day after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s visit to Addis Ababa, and just days before release of a study on the effects...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Sudan Views 05/30/13)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed continuity of consultations and understanding between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt concerning the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. The ministry stated that the technical authorities at the Ministry of Electricity and Water Resources affirmed that the Ethiopian step to establish the dam will not affect Sudan. This came in a briefing given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on statements attributed to Sudan Ambassador to Cairo, Kamal Hassan Ali, about the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The Foreign Ministry reiterated Sudan commitment to cooperate with both Ethiopia and Sudan in the Nile water for the sake of guaranteeing maximum common benefit for the three countries. The ministrys briefing included denial of Sudan Ambassador to Egypt, Kamal Hassan...
(Bloomberg 05/30/13)
Ethiopia’s government said it will try to accommodate nations concerned that their water supplies may be affected by the damming of the Blue Nile River, as Sudanese and Egyptian officials met to discuss the issue. Ethiopia, source of one of the two tributaries of the Nile River, will start filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile at the “end of next year,” Deputy Prime Minister Debretsion Gebremichael said in an interview yesterday. The 80 billion-birr ($4.3 billion) hydropower project may begin generating of electricity next year and is set for completion in 2017, he said. The schedule for filling the 74 billion cubic meter reservoir is expected to be a “major comsg4ncern” for the downstream nations of...
(Voice of America 05/30/13)
WASHINGTON — Egypt is expressing concern at Ethiopia’s move to divert water from the Nile River to allow construction of a massive hydroelectric dam. Egypt’s cabinet met Wednesday to discuss Ethiopia’s announcement that it was diverting the flow of the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the river. The meeting came a day after Ethiopian officials said the water would be diverted to make way for construction of a nearly $5 billion dam. The hydropower facility will be the largest in Africa, producing as much electricity as six nuclear power plants. It is scheduled for completion in 2017. Read more here: http://www.voanews.com/content/nile-dam-project-will-not-affect-neighbor...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Mining Weekly 05/29/13)
Egypt-focused gold miner Centamin, which is facing ownership challenges at its flagship Sukari mine, could diversify geographically and was considering further opportunities in Ethiopia. Aim-listed exploration and development company Alecto Minerals, which owns the Wayu Boda and Aysid-Metekel gold projects, in Ethiopia, announced on Wednesday that it had entered into a nonbinding heads of terms and strategic alliance with Centamin regarding a proposed joint venture to pursue opportunities in the African country. Alecto stated that the alliance underpinned both parties’ commitment to identifying and developing projects in a country that is quickly emerging as a highly prospective destination, particularly for gold. “This is a potentially transformative deal for Alecto that endorses the work we have completed and the quality of...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 05/29/13)
Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnin has invited more Chinese business persons to invest in Ethiopia while meeting with them in Beijing. The Deputy PM was in Beijing representing African Union (AU) Chairperson Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to be part of the 50th Anniversary of the Organization of African Unity, the current African Union, held in Beijing, China. The participants of the discussion expressed their desire to engage in various investment activities in Ethiopia. They particularly showed interest to engage in commercial farming, mining, hotel business and setting up industrial parks, among others. Demeke said his government welcomes interested Chinese investors in all the sectors they have requested, adding that the country has a sound investment policy. Ethiopia’s strategic...
(Bloomberg 05/29/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s government says it will not co-operate with an investigation into whether the World Bank violated its own policies by funding a programme in which thousands of people were allegedly relocated in order 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 programme 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 last year into the allegations, which donors and the government have denied. "We are not going to co-operate with the Inspection Panel," Getachew Reda, a spokesman for Prime Minister...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/29/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia began diverting a stretch of the Nile on Tuesday to make way for a $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam that is worrying downstream countries dependent on the world's longest river for water. The Horn of Africa country has laid out plans to invest more than $12 billion in harnessing the rivers that run through its rugged highlands, to become Africa's leading power exporter. Centerpiece to the plan is the Grand Renaissance Dam being built in the Benishangul-Gumuz region bordering Sudan. Now 21 percent complete, it will eventually have a 6,000 megawatt capacity, the government says, equivalent to six nuclear power plants. “The dam is being built in the middle of the river so you can't carry out...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/29/13)
The Governments of Liberia and Ethiopia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the Establishment of a Political Consultation Mechanism. The framework agreement is aimed at enhancing the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Liberia's Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan signed on behalf of Liberia while the Foreign Minister of the Federative Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom, signed the Political Consultation Mechanism agreement for his country. According to the MOU, both Liberia and Ethiopia have agreed to establish a mechanism for regular political consultations which will deal with the development of bilateral relations, as well as with regional and international issues of common interest. The two countries have also agreed to evaluate and determine common priority areas suitable for...
(New Business Ethiopia 05/29/13)
Delegates of one of the world’s commercial hubs, the City of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) paid a visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to bid its case for hosting the World Expo 2020. The visit made to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU which ended on May 27, was coordinated between the Sierra Leone Embassy and the UAE embassy in Addis Ababa, as well as the consul general of Sierra Leone of Dubai. Hisham Abdulla Al Shirawi, Vice Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that in 1980 only eight percent of global trade was South-South Trade, while in 2011 that figure had risen to 26 percent. “Dubai is a hub between Africa, Middle East and...
(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...

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