Thursday 21 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/07/13)
The first ever two-day Brazil-Ethiopia-Djibouti-South Sudan Trade and Investment Seminar opened on 6 June 2013 in Addis Ababa. Organized by the Embassy of Brazil in Ethiopia, the Seminar aims to provide an opportunity for business and investment networking between governments and companies from Brazil, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan. It also aims to encourage strategic information-sharing on potential investment opportunities and available incentives, market potential and trade flows between entrepreneurs and policy makers of the four countries. Those attending from Ethiopia include officials of the Ethiopian Ministries of Trade, Industry, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, and representatives of the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, and private businesses among others. All welcomed the event, agreeing that it would serve as a platform for networking...
(Los Angeles Times 06/07/13)
Egyptian politicians are caught on camera suggesting sabotage or a bombing to stop Ethiopia's Nile dam project. CAIRO — A battle over water has turned into a war of colorful rhetoric between Ethiopia and Egypt over the flow of the Nile, which begins in the African highlands but keeps Egypt from being swallowed entirely by desert. An ambitious Ethiopian dam project is diverting Nile waters that Cairo says will reduce the river's northward flow. The Egyptians have stumbled into crisis mode: At a meeting hosted by President Mohamed Morsi this week, several politicians, unaware TV cameras were rolling, suggested sabotaging or threatening to bomb the dam. Egypt can coordinate with Ethiopian rebels and "use them as a bargaining chip with...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Voice of America 06/07/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia are rising after Ethiopia began diverting the water of a Nile River tributary to build the continent’s biggest hydroelectric power plant. Despite criticism from Egypt, Ethiopia says construction of the dam will proceed. Ethiopia summoned the Egyptian ambassador this week to demand an explanation after Egyptian politicians were overheard on a live broadcast discussing ways to sabotage the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The spokesperson of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dina Mufti, says Ethiopia is surprised by the tone of Egyptian officials. "Whether those propaganda that are coming from that corner are the government's position or not, we have asked for verification. We are caught by surprise because some government officials,...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/07/13)
Aviation Academy of the Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday graduated 26 pilots trained in Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) program, which is the first in Africa and among the very few in the world. The program is a response to the ever changing and technology driven aviation industry. The MPL training was kicked off in partnership with Flight Path International of Canada. Ethiopian has also graduated 68 cabin crew professionals. “Ethiopian investment in the Aviation Academy has always been the backbone of the success of Ethiopian Airlines creating the necessary skilled and qualified aviation personnel. Today’s graduation of the first 26 MPL cadets in the continent is part of the continued milestones of Ethiopian fueling the fast, profitable and sustainable growth of...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/07/13)
The Ethiopian Permanent Mission in Geneva and the Committee for the Coordination of Support in Switzerland held a gala to raise funds for the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) over the weekend.This is according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Menelik Alemu, Chief of Mission, told participants that Ethiopia was heading for middle income country status but this could only be realized through utilization of its natural resources. Zekarias Khalid, Head of the Coordinating Committee in his speech underlined the important role of the GERD in the effort to fight poverty and ensure Ethiopia’s renaissance. He added that though it was natural to have political differences among citizens, fund-raising events for projects of prime significance to the national interest were...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/06/13)
The Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a press release that the comments of Egyptian politicians these past days have been unhelpful to the win-win relations Ethiopia and Egypt deserve to establish. The press release condemns the disturbing propaganda of some politicians who try and insight violence in connection to the recent diversion of the Abay river where Ethiopia builds the biggest dam in Africa. The press release reiterates Ethiopia’s commitment to establishing win-win relations with countries like Egypt as Ethiopia recognizes it can very much benefit in cooperation than in hostility. Recently Egyptian politicians are propagating the Renaissance Dam construction by Ethiopia beyond its proportions as if it were a national threat to Egyptian people. Some politicians in Egypt...
(News24 06/06/13)
Cairo - Egypt will demand Ethiopia stop building a dam on one of the main tributaries of the Nile, a senior government aide said on Wednesday, ramping up a confrontation over the project that Egypt fears will affect its main source of water. Ethiopia set off alarm bells in Cairo last week when it began diverting a stretch of the river to make way for the $4.7bn hydroelectric plant. Countries that share the river have argued over the use of its waters for decades - and analysts have repeatedly warned that the disputes could eventually boil over into war. The high stakes involved were underlined on Monday when senior Egyptian politicians were caught on camera advising President Mohammed Morsi to...
(The Independent 06/06/13)
An Ethiopian journalist who was jailed after publishing a series of articles calling for democratic reforms has penned a letter from prison, seen exclusively by The Independent, in which he decries the “human rights crisis” unfolding in Ethiopia and describes the personal toll of facing 18 years behind bars. The call to action: You can help Eskinder’s case. Please share these stories, his journalism, and his prison letter, as widely as you can through social media. Wherever you are in the world, please raise his case with your elected officials and governmental foreign ministers. Eskinder Nega, 45, was sentenced last year under a broad 2009 anti-terrorism law which freedom of speech activists, the United Nations and various members of the...
(The Associated Press 06/06/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Egyptian officials tried to cool tensions with Ethiopia Wednesday over the new Nile River dam project by highlighting its "neighborliness" as the Ethiopian prime minister's spokesman insisted that nothing would stop the dam from being completed upstream from Egypt, which is wholly dependent on Nile River water. Egypt fears a diminished flow from Africa's largest dam and hydropower station but Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said Egypt respects Ethiopia and will not engage in any aggressive acts against the East African nation. Egyptian politicians had suggested the country should sabotage the project in a meeting with the president Monday. Getachew Reda, a spokesman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, said late Tuesday that Egyptian leaders in...
(Ahram Online 06/06/13)
Leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei under fire by Salafist Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar for not attending Nile dam meeting with president, issuing apology to Ethiopia. Salafist Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar expressed his discontent with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei after the latter issued an apology to Ethiopia for controversial comments made by Egyptian politicians during a meeting with the president. The meeting with President Mohamed Morsi on Ethiopia's dam 'crisis' on Monday, which was aired live without notifying the attendees, witnessed suggestions of sabotaging the Ethiopian dam through bribing Ethiopian tribes or spreading false rumours of impending an Egyptian airstrike on the dam as solutions to end the issue. ElBaradei, who had refused to take part in the meeting,...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/06/13)
Interview with Population, Health, Ethiopia (PHE) Executive Director Negash Teklu. Fighting Climate change has been thought of being a merely related to cutting carbon dioxide (Co2) from factories, and protecting the earth’s environment. But according to Population, Health, Ethiopia (PHE) Executive Director Negash Teklu integrated family planning to Ethiopia, whose population is nearing the 90 million, is also a key topic that’s a necessity if Ethiopia is to combat effectively the effects of climate change. NewBusinessEthiopia.com: Could you give us the general overview of the activities of Population Health, Ethiopia (PHE) does? Negash: PHE consortium is a coordinating organization, with 47 member organizations, basically our approach deals with bringing sustainable development through integrating social, economic and environmental concerns of the...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/05/13)
Following the successful conclusion of the TICAD V summit, the Ethio-Japan Investment forum was held on Monday in Tokyo, at the headquarters of the Japan External Trade Office (JETRO). Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom, in his address, noted that Japan is a strategic partner of Ethiopia. He added that the two countries are enjoying a successful partnership. However, he pointed out that the trade and investment relation between the two countries leaves much to be desired and invited Japanese investors to take part in Ethiopia's dynamic growth. He said Ethiopia is a country with dynamic economy, a rising income and emerging class, stable with attractive investment incentives. He also raised the one-stop-shop service to investors as crucial factor...
(Ahram Online 06/05/13)
Presidential spokesperson denies reports that Ethiopia has complained to UN over controversial comments made at dam meeting. An Egyptian presidential spokesperson has denied reports that Ethiopia has filed a complaint with the UN Security Council over comments made at President Morsi's meeting on Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam. The meeting, which was broadcast live without the knowledge of some attendees, came under fire for featuring indiscreet, off-the-record statements. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his country would file a complaint about the meeting with the UN. "No official move, however, has been taken," spokesperson Omar Amer said on Tuesday in televised comments. Among the controversial comments were that Egypt could indirectly threaten military action against Ethiopia, while another proposed "destroying" the dam...
(The Associated Press 06/05/13)
Ethiopia's official says Egyptian politicians suggestions of sabotaging Renaissance dam is 'day dreaming'. A spokesman for Ethiopia's prime minister is downplaying suggestions by Egyptian politicians that Egypt should sabotage Ethiopia's new Nile River dam. Political leaders in Egypt on Monday proposed carrying out hostile acts against Ethiopia. Egypt, which is dependent on the Nile, fears a diminished flow. Getachew Reda, a spokesman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, said late Tuesday that Egyptian leaders in the past have unsuccessfully tried to destabilize Ethiopia. He called the suggestions of attack or sabotage an "old failed concept." He also labeled it "day dreaming." Ethiopia last week ago began diverting the flow of the Nile toward its $4.2 billion hydroelectric plant that has...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/05/13)
Ethiopians in the UK rededicated themselves to supporting the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) at the 22nd anniversary of May 28 Victory, a day on which the Dergue regime fell and new vistas for Ethiopia’s Renaissance opened up. Members of the Diaspora pledged more rigorous support of the national economic transformation that is transforming living conditions through the implementation of pro-poor economic policies and strategies. Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK and Scandinavian countries, Berhanu Kebede, addressing the gathering organized by the Tigray Development Association (TDA), said we will rededicate efforts supporting Ethiopia’s Renaissance, rolling out good practice and success stories in all fields of endeavor. He said we will remain fully engaged in development, peace and democracy...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/05/13)
Supporting smallholder farmers to play a greater role in food production and natural resource stewardship is one of the quickest ways to lift over one billion people out of poverty and sustainably nourish a growing world population, a new United Nations report released on 4 June 2013 said. Most of the 1.4 billion people living on under US$1.25 a day live in rural areas and depend largely on agriculture for their livelihoods, while an estimated 2.5 billion people are involved in full- or part-time smallholder agriculture. These smallholders manage approximately 500 million small farms and provide over 80 per cent of the food consumed in large parts of the developing world, particularly Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, thus contributing to...

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