Sunday 19 November 2017
(AL Jazeera 06/11/13)
President Morsi says "all options are open" in dealing with dam project that threatens Egypt with a water shortage. Egypt's president has warned Ethiopia that “all options are open" in dealing with its construction of a Nile dam that threatens to leave Egypt with a dangerous water shortage. Speaking in a live televised speech before hundreds of supporters on Monday, Mohammed Morsi said Egypt was not calling for war, but it is willing to confront any threats to its water security. "If it loses one drop, our blood is the alternative," he said to a raucous crowd of largely Islamist supporters that erupted into a standing ovation. Ethiopia's $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam, which would be Africa's largest, challenges a colonial-era...
(Bloomberg 06/11/13)
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said his government opposes Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on the Nile River and called for cooperation on the project to ensure Egypt’s interests are protected. Studies conducted so far by a committee made up of neutral experts and officials from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have failed to show whether the dam will affect Egypt’s share of the Nile, Qandil said in remarks broadcast on state television today in the capital, Cairo. The project, known as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, will generate 6,000 megawatts once built and will be Africa’s largest hydropower plant. “Egypt opposes dam construction in light of the information available,” Qandil said. “Egypt has legal, diplomatic and technical alternatives to deal...
(BBC News Africa 06/11/13)
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has said "all options are open" to deal with any threat to his country's water supply posed by an Ethiopian dam. Mr Morsi said he was not "calling for war", but that he would not allow Egypt's water supply to be endangered. Egypt was apparently caught by surprise when Ethiopia started diverting the Blue Nile last month, amid works to construct a hydroelectric dam. The river is a tributary of the Nile, on which Egypt is heavily dependent. The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a $4.7bn (£3.1bn) project that Ethiopia says will eventually provide 6,000 megawatts of power. It says the Blue Nile will be slightly diverted but will then be able to follow its natural...
(AFP (eng) 06/11/13)
Egypt's foreign minister is to hold talks in Addis Ababa on Ethiopia's plan to build a Nile dam that has stirred "life or death" concerns over water resources, the premier announced Monday. Hisham Qandil told the Senate, taking the place of parliament until a new National Assembly is elected, that Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr would travel to Ethiopia "in the coming days to give the Egyptian point of view" on the project. "Water is a question of life or death for the Egyptian people. Water is a matter of national security," he stressed. "Egypt's share of the Nile that is 55 billion cubic metres does not meet the daily needs of Egypt and its needs for growth. Egypt entered...
(Addis Fortune 06/11/13)
With the prices of materials fluctuating, the new directive will solve the current debate over project budgets. Alarmed by the constant price fluctuation on construction materials, the Ministry of Urban Development & Construction (MoUDC) has prepared a draft directive to change the fixed rate pricing system currently applied to all contractors that undertake constructions for the government. The directive, which will be mandatory for government institutions that are responsible for construction works, will have prices of construction materials and labour revised every three to six months, unlike the existing practice where revision is only possible within nine months to a year and half. “The Ministry is expecting to approve and implement the directive after a month,’’ Wubshet Kibebew, construction contract...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/11/13)
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom on Monday discussed with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn in Addis Abab. This is a report by ENA. The two parties discussed on bilateral issues between the two countries as well as African and European affairs. The officials also exchanged views on security affairs in particular of Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, according to the Spokesperson of the Ministry, Ambassador Dina Mufti. Ambassador Dina said they also conferred on economic affairs between the two countries. Dr. Tedros briefed Asselborn on existing differences and problems between Sudan and South Sudan. The two parties reportedly exchanged views on activities, which will be undertaken by the European Union and Luxembourg with...
(Ahram Online 06/10/13)
Britain recognises that Nile water security is a strategic necessity for Egypt, says UK foreign ministry spokesperson. The UK government has called on the Nile riparian states to negotiate a water-distribution agreement. “We recognise that the security of the Nile waters is a major strategic necessity for Egypt,” a UK Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) spokesperson told Ahram Online. Dr Eassam El-Haddad, Egypt's assistant presidential advisor for external relations and international cooperation, raised the Egypt-Ethiopia Nile water dispute at discussions with British officials in London recently. El-Haddad was quoted as saying he'd asked UK Foreign Minister William Hague “to help solve the Nile water problem in way which serves all countries' interests.” He added that the UK could play an important...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/10/13)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has urged the National Movement against Human Trafficking to reinforce its effort to end human trafficking. The Premier made the remark on Saturday while addressing a public forum organized to prevent human trafficking at Millennium Hall. He said it is becoming difficult to control the flow of citizens to neighboring and Middle East countries in search of jobs before making use of domestic job opportunities. He stated that the nation has been registering consecutive speedy economic growth over the last decade. However, since the poverty in the nation is not fully addressed, citizens are exposed to human trafficking, he said. According to Hailemariam the role of illegal brokers worsens the situation in smuggling citizens to neighboring...
(Business Week 06/10/13)
Allana Potash Corp. (AAA), the Canadian developer of a $642 million potash mine in Ethiopia, says predictions of a global oversupply of the crop nutrient are overblown because competing projects are being put on hold. World potash production capacity will rise 38 percent to 96.5 million metric tons by 2017, while demand will increase 26 percent to 66 million tons, according to Green Markets, a fertilizer industry information provider. Supply forecasts include mines that aren’t yet in production and may be shelved or canceled because of rising construction costs, said Farhad Abasov, Toronto-based Allana’s chief executive officer. “On paper it seems like there is quite a bit of supply coming on line,” Abasov said in a May 28 telephone interview...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/10/13)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's foreign minister, vowing not to give up "a single drop of water from the Nile", said on Sunday he would go to Addis Ababa to discuss a giant dam that Ethiopia has begun building in defiance of Cairo's objections. Speaking to Egypt's state news agency MENA two days after the Ethiopian government flatly rejected a request from Cairo to halt the project, Mohamed Kamel Amr said Egyptians view any obstacle to the river's flow as a threat to national survival. "No Nile - no Egypt," he said, highlighting the pressure on the Egyptian government, whose popularity is wilting in the face of economic troubles, to prevent the hydro power plant cutting already stretched water supplies for...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/10/13)
The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) says it is undertaking upgrading of airport facilities by investing a total cost of some 1.6 billion birr (84 million US dollars at the prevailing exchange rate). The Addis Ababa Bole International Apron construction work undertaken by the China Road and Building Construction Company (CRBC) at a total cost of 1.2 billion birr is the largest of the four projects, which will be inaugurated in the coming few months, according to Wondim Teklu Public Relations Head at EAE. The project was started in December 30, 2010, with its consulting company being the Transport Construction Design Share Company (TCD), with inauguration date slated for this month. The enterprise expects the apron’s airplane handling capacity to rise...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
Ethiopia won 2-1 in Botswana Saturday to stay two points ahead of fancied South Africa in a thrilling Group A race for World Cup survival. A couple of first-half goals for leading scorers Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Ahmed put bottom seeds Ethiopia in control before Tebogo Sembowa pulled one back in Lobatse. South Africa triumphed 3-0 over Central African Republic in a clash of injury depleted sides in Yaounde, with the match moved to Cameroon because Bangui was considered unsafe. Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala scored during the opening half on an artificial surface and leading South African 2012-2013 league scorer Katlego Mashego added a third during stoppage time. But Bafana Bafana (The Boys) celebrations of a rare competitive win...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(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...

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