Tuesday 20 February 2018
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/14/13)
Last week, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi summoned senior politicians of all parties to discuss Ethiopia’s plan to dam the main tributary of the Nile River. One proposed sending Special Forces to destroy the dam. Another thought buzzing the dam site with jet fighters might scare the Ethiopians off. Ayman Nour, a former presidential candidate and a more sophisticated player, suggested that Egypt support rebel groups fighting the Ethiopian regime. “This could yield results in the diplomatic arena,” he said. And none of them realised that their discussion was being broadcast live by Egyptian state television. All students of geopolitics are familiar with the legend that Egypt has privately warned the governments upstream on the Nile that it will start bombing,...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/14/13)
President Yoweri Museveni has sternly warned the Egyptian "government and other groups" against making "chauvinist and irrational statements" in the wake of Ethiopia's decision to construct a multi-billion dollar electricity dam, Chimp Corps report. "I have seen in the print media statements coming out of Egypt regarding the commendable work of the Government of Ethiopia of building dams for electricity in that country," said Museveni. "This is what the whole of Africa needs to do. That is one reason the economy of Ethiopia has been growing in double digits. It is, therefore, advisable that the new Government of Egypt and some chauvinistic groups inside Egypt should not repeat the mistakes of the past Egyptian Governments," he added. Museveni said leaders...
(Ventures Africa 06/14/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ethiopian Airlines will next week start flying the B787 Dreamliner on flights to Seoul, South Korea, it said on Thursday, as its CEO was elected to the board of governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Ethiopia, which is Africa’s fastest-growing airline, said it will be the first airline on the continent to operate this route utilising the Dreamliner on June 18 this year. “With the economic boom of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular and the growing ties with South Korea, we are pleased to provide the critically essential air connectivity using the 1st African B787 to Seoul”, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines, told Ethiopia’s biggest business portal. The Ethiopian said it will...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/14/13)
Government of Ethiopia in association with the Government of the United States would host the 2013 US-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum otherwise known as the AGOA Forum August 12-13, 2013 in Addis Ababa. This is according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The theme of this year’s ministerial level meeting is "Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology". The Forum will include a high level dialogue on the future of US-Africa trade and economic cooperation and involve a variety of private sector and civil society programs. The Corporate Council on Africa, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Chambers of Commerce and Sectoral Associations will organize a US-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Exhibition during the Forum. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/13)
Ethiopia's parliament ratified a controversial treaty Thursday ensuring its access to Nile water resources, amid bitter arguments with Egypt trigged by an Ethiopian dam project. The deal replaces a colonial-era agreement that granted Egypt and Sudan the majority of water rights and allows upstream countries to implement irrigation and hydropower projects without first seeking Egypt's approval. "Parliament approved and passed a law that incorporates the treaty into domestic law," government spokesman Shimeles Kemal told AFP. Egypt and Sudan have not signed the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) led by the Nile Basin Initiative, but six upstream nations have. In addition to Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have all signed, while Democratic Republic of Congo and newly independent South Sudan...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/13/13)
ADDIS ABABA, 13 June 2013 (Reuters) - The parliament's move follows days of irate exchanges between two of Africa's most populous nations over Ethiopia's new hydroelectric plant, which Egypt fears will reduce a water supply vital for its 84 million people. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said on Monday he did not want "war" but would keep "all options open", prompting Ethiopia to say it was ready to defend its $4.7 billion (3 billion pounds) Great Renaissance Dam near the border with Sudan. Six Nile basin countries including Ethiopia have signed a deal effectively stripping Cairo of its veto, which is based in colonial-era treaties, over dam projects on the Nile, source of nearly all Egypt's water. Ethiopia's late leader Meles...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/13/13)
Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs held discussions with Thai Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow on 12 June, 2013. Discussions between the two officials mainly centered on the Thai-Africa initiative and the country's plans to host the first ever Thai-Africa High-Level Forum in Bangkok. The Permanent Secretary expressed that the Thai-Africa initiative and his visit to Ethiopia was aimed at promoting and strengthening Thailand's relations with Africa as whole, and Ethiopia in particular. He highlighted Thailand's firm belief that Africa was a region on the rise. In regard to the proposed Thai-Africa High Level Forum, the Permanent Secretary explained that the forum would act as a platform for further global south-south cooperation, broader economic partnership and solidarity in the...
(Washington Post 06/13/13)
GIZA, EGYPT — Since long before the Pyramids towered above the rich soil of this riverside town, Egyptians have given thanks to the muddy waters of the Nile. “Plants, animals, humans,” said Ibrahim Abdel Aziz, a 45-year-old farmer, “we all come from this river.” But trace the Nile about 1,400 miles upstream and there’s a rising colossus that threatens to upset a millennia-old balance. There, in the Ethiopian highlands, one of the world’s largest dams is taking shape. For Ethiopia, the dam promises abundant energy and an escape from a seemingly permanent spot in the lowest rungs of the world’s human development index. But for Egypt, the consequences could be dire: a nationwide water shortage in as little as two...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/13/13)
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairwoman of AUC reckons the Nile waters issue deserves a win-win solution in the new Pan-Africanism spirit: “I think it will be important to have discussions that are open and that look at how we can have a win-win solution in a new context not in the context of the colonial powers but in the context of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.” She urges Egypt and Ethiopia to come to round table discussions so that they can sort out the concerns through win-win negotiations: “Our view from the Commission obviously is that it is important that there should be discussion aimed at having win-win solution and we think it is possible to come to agreement that won’t harm...
(Sudan Tribune 06/13/13)
Sudanese foreign minister Ali Ahmed Karti has met with Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa, where they discussed the recent tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as Ethiopia’s controversial Nile dam project. Karti’s visit on Tuesday comes as the row between Cairo and Addis Ababa over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile escalated this week, raising fears of a potential conflict over water resources. In an apparent threat to Ethiopia , Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi said “all options are open on the table” in reference to sabotage plans voiced by some Egyptian politicians, which were inadvertently broadcast by state television. At the meeting chaired by Morsi, options such as military action and...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/12/13)
The Chairperson of the African Union, Haile Mariam Desalegn who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, said he is making contacts with the Government of South Sudan in collaboration with the AU High Implementation Panel to work out proposals to address the situation between Sudan and South Sudan in the wake of Khartoum's announcement of suspension of the cooperation agreement between the two countries. Mr. Hailemariam praised President Al Bashir, the Sudanese leadership and the people of the Sudan for the conclusion of peace agreements and acceptance of South Sudan secession, highlighting President Al Bashir's participation in the celebrations marking the birth of the new nation. Foreign Minister Ali Karti, who briefed the Ethiopian Prime Minister on Sudan's decision...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/13)
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is facing heavy pressure to secure a negotiated settlement to a bitter dispute with Ethiopia over the sharing of Nile waters. There has been tough rhetoric from Morsi and other Egyptian officials in recent weeks about Ethiopia's diversion of a section of the Blue Nile for a dam project. "If a single drop of the Nile is lost, our blood will be the alternative," Morsi said in a speech on Monday. A government official told AFP Egypt would negotiate a solution to the intensifying dispute. "We are in the midst of negotiations," said the official, on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. Morsi's stern tone, he added, was meant to emphasise "that...
(The Guardian 06/12/13)
Construction of Grand Renaissance dam to continue despite Eygptian concerns over impact on water supply and farming. Ethiopia has refused to halt work on a controversial giant dam across the river Nile that Egypt fears will severely curb its water supply. The refusal came after the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, promised to "defend each drop of Nile water with our blood" and other senior Egyptian politicians called for the dam's destruction. A spokesman for the Ethiopian prime minister said on Tuesday that Morsi's speech was irresponsible and that the project would proceed as planned. "Nothing is going to stop the Renaissance Dam. Not a threat will stop it," Getachew Reda said via telephone. "None of the concerns the Egyptian politicians...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/12/13)
Delays in clearing goods are bound to reduce as Uganda finally acquires her container freight station at Mombasa Port. The facility which has been lying idle for the last four years is owned by Uganda Property Holdings Ltd, a Uganda government company. Unifreight Cargo handling Limited- the company which won the bid and compliance with Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) CFS requirements received the keys on Monday at Mombasa Port to manage the facility. This development has been lauded by the private sector saying it will help them reduce the costs they have been incurring while waiting for the goods to be cleared at the port. Initially, clearing goods at Mombasa has been taking more than two...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/12/13)
Ethiopia is set to host the 2013 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, which is also known as the United States-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is the U.S. Government’s signature trade initiative with sub-Saharan Africa. The United States is strongly committed to expanding trade and investment, and to supporting broad-based economic opportunity and prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Forum, which will be conducted in association with the United States Government, is expected to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from August 12-13, 2013, according to the press statement from the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa. The theme of this year’s AGOA Forum is “Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology.”...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Sudan Tribune 06/12/13)
Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia heightened on Monday after Cairo threaten Addis Ababa in connection with its first dam project along the Blue Nile. Egypt, which has long been opposing the construction of the $4.8 billion dam, said it will not tolerate any attempt by the horn of Africa’s nation that diminishes its water share. Addressing to Egyptians on a live televised speech, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi warned that his country is ready to confront any threat that would endanger the country’s water security. "Egypt’s water security cannot be violated at all," said Morsi. "As president of the state, I confirm to you that all options are open." The Egyptian president however said that he is not calling for war...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/12/13)
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, has been elected to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is the government of IATA, which represents around 240 airlines. Its members exercise an oversight and executive role on behalf of the membership as a whole and in representing the interests of the Association. Tewolde GebreMariam has been serving as CEO of Ethiopian Airlines since January, 2011. He joined Ethiopian Airlines in 1985 as Transportation Agent at Addis Ababa Airport. He progressed through the ladder to Manager Cargo Traffic Handling and was appointed Regional Director for India and South East Asia, based in Bombay, before transferring to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. The election of Ethiopian...
(Addis Fortune 06/11/13)
The quantity of imported goods, far above the regional average, is a concern for ethiopia. It is rare to see representatives of multilateral financial institutions straight talking on the matter of sensitivities to their client states. Yet direct talk was what Jan Mikkelsen, the Danish country representative of the IMF for Ethiopia, chose to have last week, when talking about Ethiopia’s macroeconomic state affairs. Inviting people that matter in policy corridors, Mikkelsen told the government to “seek help” and “open up” the economic frontier. He looked at Ethiopia’s current macroeconomic reality, in the context of a regional economic outlook for Africa released by his agency last week, inside the World Bank-IMF country office, on Africa Avenue (Bole Road), which has...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/11/13)
Ethiopia and Japan on Monday signed grant agreements amounting to 1.5 billion Birr. Finance and Economic Development State Minister Ahmed Shide and Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Hiroyuki Kishino signed the agreement. Some 1.43 billion Birr of the sum will be used for rehabilitation of Lumame-DebreMarkos road while the balance will go for implementation of safe water projects in Amhara State. Ahmed on the occasion said Japan is a long time development partner of Ethiopia. Ambassador Kishino responded Japan has been providing support towards success of ongoing development endeavours of Ethiopia. The ambassador on the occasion recalled that Japanese PM Shinz Abe has announced at TICAD V meeting held in Yokohama Japan's new support package for Africa amounting to 32 billion...

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