Saturday 16 December 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/27/13)
Secretary of State John Kerry defended U.S. antiterrorism policies in a sometimes-contentious town hall meeting in Addis Ababa, just before departing Ethiopia Sunday. Mr. Kerry, in response to audience questions about the U.S. drone program, vigorously defended the justice of kill strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles just days after President Barack Obama’s big speech last week narrowing the scope of the fight against terrorism. “The only people we fire at are confirmed terror targets, at the highest level. We don’t just fire a drone at somebody we think is a terrorist,” Mr. Kerry said, adding that strikes are ruled out if there could be collateral damage. He went on to describe the drone program as one of the “most accountable,”...
(Bloomberg 05/27/13)
Ethiopia will receive $1 billion in funding from the Brazilian Development Bank to build a section of a railway that will be extended to connect to neighboring South Sudan, a Foreign Ministry official said. Andrade Gutierrez Participacoes SA of Brazil will build the link running from the capital, Addis Ababa, to Jimma about 439 kilometers (273 miles) to the southwest, Taye Atskeselassie, director general for the Americas at the ministry, said in an interview on May 24. The bank “is willing to finance the project,” he said after Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. “The technical side has been finalized, it’s only the financing part; it’s a matter of the details.” Construction will begin “soon,” he...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
The winner of this year's Boston Marathon, Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa, says he will return his medal to the city to honor the victims of the April bombing. Desisa met Sunday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa. He said "sport should never be used as a battleground." The Ethiopian athlete said he will return next year to run in the marathon as a gesture of his solidarity with the victims of the bombings. He said returning to Boston will show that the commitment to freedom is stronger than any act of violence. The twin blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 260. A...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
( 05/25/13)
Egypt is not opposed to the construction of the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia, or to any other development project, as long as it does not impair Egypt's interests, the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Bahaa Eddin said on Saturday. "A tripartite committee involving Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia is studying the effects that building the [Renaissance] Dam would have," Bahaa Eddin added in a press statement Saturday, after President Mohamed Morsy and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met on the sidelines of the African Summit. Bahaa Eddin refused to comment on Addis Ababa's insistence on continuing work on the dam despite the fact that the committee has not concluded its study. "Talks broached the subject of the Renaissance Dam...
(Voice of America 05/24/13)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Ethiopia for security talks with regional officials and to attend a 50th anniversary celebration for the African Union. Kerry's three-day visit begins Friday in Addis Ababa, where the State Department says he will meet with senior Ethiopian officials to discuss "bilateral issues." On Saturday, he will join African leaders and other foreign dignitaries at an AU summit that will celebrate 50 years of the pan-African organization, which used to be referred to as the Organization of African Unity. Kerry's visit is expected to include talks on efforts to battle Islamist extremists in countries such as Mali and northern Nigeria. During recent talks with his Nigerian counterpart, Kerry reaffirmed U.S. support for...
(New Business Ethiopia 05/24/13)
Addis Ababa (WIC) – Ethiopia has earned $229.4 million from the export of manufactured goods in the last ten months of this fiscal year, according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry. Public Relations Directorate Director Melaku Taye told WIC that the revenue was earned through the exports of textiles and clothes, leather and leather products, agro-processing, Pharmaceuticals and chemicals to various countries. WIC learnt that $98 million 492 thousand of the income was earned from leather and leather products, $83 million 421 thousand from textiles and clothes, $41 million 100 thousand from agro-processing and $6 million 401 from pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The ten months revenue exceeds that of the same period last year by more than 4.2, according to the director.
( 05/24/13)
Budget for African Union Commission (AUC) - The African Union Commission (AUC) is set to hit the ground running come January 2014 after the Executive Council approved a budget of US$308 million for the organisation’s annual activities, the Commission’s Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha, said here Thursday. “The approved budget is very much in line with the Commission’s statistics plan. This is the first budget to be implemented alongside the statistics plan,” Mwencha told journalists, explaining that the plan very clearly indicates outputs and has a timeframe to ensure when every component would be implemented. Besides formal adoption of the draft statistics plan, he said the AU member states were committing themselves to provide resources to the Commission and ensure accountability...
(Standard Digital 05/23/13)
Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta travels to Addis Ababa Ethiopia today to attend the Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government. President Uhuru will be one of the speakers and is expected to reflect on Kenya’s achievements and national programmes in his inaugural speech. On his way to Addis Ababa, the Head of State will have a brief stop-over in Juba for a meeting with the Southern Sudan counterpart President Salva Kiir. The AU summit coincides with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the OAU-AU. During the AU Jubilee celebrations, member states will take stock of the past fifty years, acknowledge the contribution of the founding fathers of OAU towards pan- Africanism and reflect on the Africa...
(BBC News Africa 05/23/13)
Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). She was awarded the King Baudouin Prize in Belgium for confronting "culturally entrenched taboo subjects", the selection committee said. Ms Bogaletch helped reduce cases of FGM from 100% of newborn girls to less than 3% in parts of Ethiopia, it said. FGM is practised mainly in communities in Africa and the Middle East. Also known as female circumcision, it is seen as a traditional rite of passage and is used culturally to ensure virginity and to make a woman marriageable. It typically involves removing the clitoris, and can lead to bleeding, infections and childbirth problems. Ms Bogaletch told BBC Focus on Africa...
(France 24 05/23/13)
In the past half century, Ethiopia has ravaged more than 90 percent of its forests. Reforestation campaigns are now sowing new hope on the Ethiopian highlands. France 24 went out to Ethiopia to find out more. For every tree that is planted in Ethiopia, dozens of others are cut down. The result is an arid landscape, prone to erosion and incapable of growing essential crops. Read the story and watch the video at: http://www.france24.com/en/20130509-down-to-earth-ethiopia-planting-hope...
(Times of Zambia 05/23/13)
PRESIDENT Michael Sata is expected to arrive here today to join other Heads of State and government at the 21st Africa Union (AU) summit. The summit is taking place alongside celebrations to mark 50 years of the continental body’s existence since its formation in 1963, as Organisation of African Unity (OAU). President Sata will be accompanied by First Lady Christine Kaseba and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba. Foreign Affairs Minister Effron Lungu has already arrived in the advance party. Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta said yesterday that the President was expected to jet in this morning ahead of the official opening of the summit on Monday next week. Ms Sikaneta said President Sata would join more than 75 other African...
(Addis Fortune 05/22/13)
As the 50th anniversary of the African Union (formerly the Organisation for African Unity) is being celebrated, the issue of peace and security, and the role played by the organisation and its member states, continues to be a primary preoccupation. In recognition of this, a new, progressive definition of peace and security seems to have emerged. The definition takes peace and security as a foreign policy tool, contributing to the stability, security and development of Africa, and the strengthening of the continental peace and security architecture. The late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s thoughts on this issue are now, more than ever, relevant to Africa’s quest for peace, security and prosperity. Meles was widely recognised as a bold and innovative economic...
(Addis Fortune 05/22/13)
The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange’s (ECX) exclusive auction for farmers’ cooperatives seats attracted few and vastly differing offers, all but one of which were declared winners for the seats they sought. The Exchange has a total of 329 seats, 15 of which are held by farmers’ cooperatives. These cooperatives are even less significant in their trading participation, accounting for just 2.2pc of the 601,000tns traded in 2012. The reason for their low presence, according to both cooperatives and the ECX, is that they are permitted to bypass the Exchange in exporting their products. Additionally, most of them happen to have a limited financial capacity to compete with businesses for auctioned seats. ECX’s seats, which were auctioned at a starting price of...
(Sudan Tribune 05/22/13)
(ADDIS ABABA) - At least five people died when a boat carrying 110 passengers overturned on Lake Tana in Ethiopia’s north western region of Amhara on Monday, police told Sudan Tribune. The boat was travelling to attend a religious event at an island monastery in the Derji area of Lake Tana, which is the source of the Blue Nile River. Local residents helped the rescue operation. “The boat overturned when it was only 20 meters away from reaching the port” Amhara’s regional police commission information officer, Solomon Mohamed, told Sudan Tribune. The cause of the accident is yet to be announced, however initial reports blame bad weather conditions. “There was heavy rain that led into sudden strong wave which is...
(Sudan Tribune 05/21/13)
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has relocated over 1,480 Sudanese refugees from the border to Sherkole camp in Ethiopia pushing the capacity of the camp beyond the initial limit of 9,000 people. In a statement the UNHCR in Ethiopia said the refugees who had originally been displaced by the conflict in Sudan's eastern Blue Nile state were relocated during March and April. The Sudanese refugees were being sheltered among host communities along the Ethiopia-Sudan border since their arrival in 2011 hoping to return when stability is restored. But with the security situation in Blue Nile state still uncertain the UN refugee agency said it is planning to relocate more Sudanese refugee from the borders to camps further inside Ethiopia...
(Inter Press Service (IPS) 05/21/13)
Addis Ababa — Despite comments by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suggesting the pending withdrawal of his country's troops from Somalia, many experts have voiced doubts that Ethiopia will pull out of Somalia before it is capable of handling its security without assistance. "Ethiopia has a big interest in Somalia and will remain, keeping its eyes wide open there for some time," Abel Abate, from the state-funded think tank the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development, told IPS. "One purpose is to avoid the threat posed by the Islamist Al-Shabaab group, which sees Ethiopia as an enemy. And secondly, to show the world that it has made a significant contribution to peace and stability in the region." Somalia is...
(Agprofessional 05/18/13)
DuPont launched collaborative initiatives in Ethiopia that will boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and help increase food production for local communities. The investment will total more than $4 million over the next three years. “DuPont is committed to collaboratively tackling global food security challenges and we are honored to work with USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the Government of Ethiopia to significantly increase productivity for maize farmers here,” said DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel, during the DuPont Pioneer seed production plant opening in Menagesha. DuPont is collaborating with the government of Ethiopia and USAID to advance the agricultural development and food security goals set by the government of Ethiopia. This collaboration, which is termed...
(Standard Digital 05/17/13)
MANDERA, KENYA: Three people were Thursday night killed after militiamen believed to be from Ethiopia attacked a village at the main border. Officials said tension was high along the Kenya-Ethiopia border after the militiamen killed three women in Malkamau area and escaped back to their country. Sources said all the killed women were Degodia and link the attack to the ongoing inter clan attacks in the area. There has been an inter clan fighting between Degodia and Gareh over control of resources in the larger Mandera County in the past month along leaving at least eight people dead now. Police say the attack happened when a gang armed with guns crossed over and struck the village before returning back and...

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