Wednesday 17 January 2018
(The Associated Press 06/04/13)
Politicians meeting with Egypt's president on Monday proposed hostile acts against Ethiopia, including backing rebels and carrying out sabotage, to stop it from building a massive dam on the Nile River upstream. Some of the politicians appeared unaware the meeting with President Mohammed Morsi was being carried live on TV. Morsi did not directly react to the suggestions, but said in concluding remarks that Egypt respects Ethiopia and its people and will not engage in any aggressive acts against the East African nation. Morsi called the meeting to review the impact of Ethiopia's $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam, which would be Africa's largest. Egypt in the past has threatened to go to war over its "historic rights" to Nile River water...
(Voice of America 06/04/13)
A peaceful protest rally in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has sparked speculation the government may be relaxing its tight restrictions on political demonstrations. The large turnout at the rally has also raised the profile of a little-known opposition party that seems to be attracting a large following among Ethiopia’s disaffected youth. Sunday’s demonstration drew thousands to the streets of Addis. But estimates of how many thousands varied widely. State-run television reported it was 2,000, while organizers said it was more like 15,000 to 20,000. Whatever the figure, the event was significant. It marked the first time authorities have allowed a mass political protest in Addis Ababa since 2005, when police gunned down demonstrators who accused the ruling party of...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(Voice of America 06/04/13)
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has warned he will not allow a large Ethiopian dam project to reduce his country's share of water from the Nile River. In comments carried on Egyptian state television Monday, Morsi said the country can not let "one drop" of water be affected, and vowed to take steps to ensure water security. Ethiopia says there is no reason for Egypt to worry about the hydroelectric dam, which is being built on the Blue Nile, a main Nile River tributary. Ethiopia's water minister says the dam's construction poses no threat to Egypt or Sudan, which both depend heavily on the Nile. Both countries have expressed concern that the dam will leave them without enough water to support...
(Sudan Views 06/03/13)
Sudans Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity described the diversion of the Blue Nile’s course by Ethiopia as part of a grand Dam construction as routine action that will not affect the river flow. Similar action was cited during the construction of the Meroe, Setit and Upper Atbara Dams. However, the Ministry of Water Resources reported yesterday that the diversion will not impact the river flow. It was stated that the international panel of experts set up to look into the issue, wrapped up its meetings in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and issued its final report which was submitted to the ministers of water resources in the three countries – Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt. The panel convened six...
(Sudan Tribune 06/03/13)
The Ethiopian government says that it will not cooperate with an independent accountability panel tasked to investigate whether or not the World Bank has violated its own policies at a project in the Horn of Africa nation. The World Bank is under fire from many advocacy groups that it has violated own policies by supporting an Ethiopian project known as “villagisation” that has allegedly forced tens of thousands of indigenous people off their ancestral lands. Last September, a group of ethnic Anuak people from Ethiopia’s southwestern Gambella region questioned whether the World Bank was complying with its own policies and pushed forward with a complaint asking for an inspection of the program. They alleged that the Ethiopian government is conducting...
(The Associated Press 06/03/13)
Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Sunday demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation. Protesters marched along major streets in the capital, Addis Ababa, shouting "We need freedom," and "We need justice." The peaceful rally was the first major demonstration since 2005 post-election unrest when security forces killed hundreds of protesters. The protest is the first show of disapproval against Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's government. Hailemariam succeeded former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died Aug. 20. Communications Minister Bereket Simon responded to the demonstration by denying, to The Associated Press, that Ethiopia is...
(New Vision 06/03/13)
Uganda has pledged to work with Ethiopia to undertake major projects in various sectors of the economy to lift millions of citizens of the two countries out of poverty. The state minister for Regional Corporation, Asuman Kiyingi, said that Uganda plans to enter into a number of bilateral agreements with Ethiopia to enhance partnerships between the two countries in areas of education, agriculture, health, power generation, tourism, water and environment among others. Speaking during celebrations to mark the Ethiopian National Day at Sheraton hotel in Kampala, Kiyingi said "We are going to sign several bilateral agreements with Ethiopia to undertake joint projects aimed at lifting people out of poverty". The bilateral agreements, the minister said would help the two countries...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Thousands of Ethiopians demonstrated Sunday in Addis Ababa, the first political protest against the country’s ruling party since 2005. The demonstrators were shouting they wanted their human rights to be ensured, that political and religious prisoners should be released, and accusing state television of only broadcasting propaganda. “We have been raising lots of questions for the government and one is to release those political party leaders and journalists," said Getaneh Banch, a member of the Blue Party, the opposition party that organized the demonstration. "And we have been also calling for the government to release also those who have been dislocated from their locations, because of their ethnic background." This was the first political demonstration since the...
(Xinhuanet 06/03/13)
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday called for holding a national dialogue session to discuss a report by the tripartite technical committee on Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam, which is expected to be built on the River Nile. Morsi called on all political parties and groups to hold a national dialogue meeting to study the report of the committee, said a statement released by Egypt's presidency. According to the statement, the decision came after Morsi's meeting with the Egyptian team, who partook in the meeting of the tripartite committee that includes three countries, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, along with international experts. The committee's report recommended more studies for the economic and social impacts of the dam, as well as its effects on...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/03/13)
(Reuters) - Ethiopia has not thought hard enough about the impact of its ambitious dam project along the Nile, Egypt said on Sunday, underlining how countries downstream are concerned about its impact on water supplies. The Egyptian presidency was citing the findings of a report put together by a panel of experts from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the impact of the plan to build a $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam. Ethiopia triggered deep concern in Egypt last week when it began work to divert the river as part of the project. Egypt depends on the Nile for nearly all its water. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who met the Egyptian members of the tripartite committee on Sunday, referred the report to...
(Africa Review 06/03/13)
Thousands of protesters have demonstrated in the Ethiopian capital to demand the release of jailed journalists and activists. It is the first major demonstration on the streets of Addis Ababa since 2005 when hundreds of protesters were killed in violence. Demonstrators shouted slogans calling for freedom and justice. Ethiopia's governing party, the EPRDF, maintains strict control over public life in the East African country. The protests were organised by the opposition Semayawi (blue) party. Party chairman Yilekal Getachew told wire agency Reuters that as well as the release of the prisoners, the demonstrators also wanted action on unemployment, inflation and corruption in Ethiopia. Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took office in September 2012 following the death of Meles Zenawi. Observers...
(New Vision 06/03/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia will sign agreements with China’s ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in a “few weeks” to expand its mobile phone infrastructure and double subscribers to 40 million, a senior Ethiopian official said on Thursday. ZTE Corp, China’s second-largest telecoms equipment maker, has already been involved in developing phone and internet services in the Horn of Africa nation for several years. Africa’s rapidly expanding telecoms industry has come to symbolise the continent’s 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. “We are now poised to start the expansion. We are almost on the final stage on dealing with. ...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Washington Post 06/03/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An independent panel of experts has concluded that the country’s multi-billion dollar hydropower dam being built on the Nile River will not significantly affect Sudan and Egypt, countries that are highly dependent on the water of the world’s longest river, said an Ethiopian official. The Ethiopian official, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly on the topic, said late Saturday that the final report by the panel of experts — which included representatives from Egypt and Sudan — concluded after a yearlong study that the dam’s construction meets international standards. Egypt in the past has threatened to go to war over its “historic rights” to Nile River water but diplomats from...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(The Associated Press 05/31/13)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopian authorities have detained a reporter covering evictions near the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam that is raising tensions with Nile-dependent Egypt. It says Muluken Tesfahun of the private weekly Ethio-Mehedar has been held since May 4. The New York-based group says Tesfahun was reporting on the return of thousands of farmers who had been forced from their land near the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The government has admitted the March evictions were illegal. Another journalist who reported on alleged coercion to force government workers to contribute to the $4.3 billion project was tried for terrorism and sentenced to two years' jail. The dam may affect flows of water to...
(Sudan Tribune 05/31/13)
As nation pushes forward the construction of a controversial dam project, the Ethiopian government on Thursday affirmed that the power plant being built at the Nile River won’t affect relations with Nile basin countries particularly with Sudan and Egypt. In a ceremony held on Tuesday, Ethiopia began diverting the flow of the Blue Nile River as part of the first phase construction work of the massive power plant project which is underway in Benshangul Gumuz region near the Sudanese border. The launch of the dam project known as the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, raised some concerns in downstream countries, particularly Egypt, fearing that it would reduce the flow of water to its territories. Sudan, despite its solidarity with Egypt over...
(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...

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