Tuesday 21 November 2017
(Allafrica 04/29/13)
On his first day at the United Nations in New York, Dr. Tedros met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The discussions were focused on peace and security developments in Somalia and the future course of AMISOM. Also raised were issues related to Sudan, the chance for dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the upcoming London conference on Somalia. The Secretary-General began by commending Ethiopia on the very important role it has been playing in the region, most notably in consolidating peace and security in neighbouring Somalia. Regarding the Ethiopian National Defence Forces currently serving in Somalia, Ban Ki-moon said, he had taken note of Prime Minister Hailemariam's statement in parliament days earlier where he reiterated Ethiopia's commitment to the preservation...
(Capitalfm Business 04/24/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – Kenya and Ethiopia have reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together with Somalia to help its government towards reconstruction. Speaking after holding bilateral talks with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that conflict in Somalia had affected its neighbours. The Head of State said: “On IGAD and regional peace and development, we focused on our efforts to contribute to sustainable peace, reconstruction and development in Somalia.” “Kenya and Ethiopia remains strategic partners especially within the IGAD framework in the search for peace and political stability of Somalia. Kenya and Ethiopia continue to bear a disproportionate burden occasioned by the long standing crisis which afflicted that neighbourly state more than...
(Voice of America 04/24/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA — Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has denied there are plans to withdraw all troops from Somalia, despite recent remarks by the Ethiopian prime minister expressing frustration with the pace of military progress in the country. Speaking to parliament Tuesday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the African Union force in Somalia has not kept its promise to replace Ethiopian soldiers in parts of the country under AU control. Ethiopian forces entered Somalia two years ago to assist the AU force, known as AMISOM, in its fight against al-Shabab militants. The Ethiopians have enjoyed success securing towns and cities in western Somalia. But Hailemariam said the failure of AMISOM to replace Ethiopian troops influenced a decision in March to pull...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/24/13)
Ethiopian Airlines is set to become the world's first carrier to resume flying Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, with a commercial flight on Saturday to neighbouring Kenya, two airline sources said. Boeing's Dreamliners have been grounded since regulators ordered all 50 planes out of the skies in mid-January after batteries on two of them overheated. U.S. regulators approved a new battery design on Friday, clearing the way for installation. An Air India source told Reuters in New Delhi that commercial operations should start within a week or so, immediately after approval from the local regulator DGCA. "Ethiopian Airlines will be the first airline company to resume 787 Dreamliner flights in the world. Saturday's the date," a senior Ethiopian Airlines...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
(AFP 04/19/13)
WASHINGTON, Apr 19 – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday revealed he will attend an African Union summit in Ethiopia next month, and said Washington had be more engaged with Africa. The May 19-27 summit in Addis Ababa will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, the predecessor to the AU. Kerry told US lawmakers he was concerned by China’s growing influence in Africa, and viewed a recent tour of three African nations by Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a “negative development.” “China is now out-investing the United States significantly in Africa,” Kerry told his former colleagues on the Senate foreign relations committee. Although China was principally focused on resources which did...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Carlyle Group (CG.O) is looking at a number of banks in east and west Africa for a potential investment, its Africa co-head said on Wednesday, as the U.S. private equity firm focuses on the continent's growing consumer market. Carlyle, which last year invested in a pan-African grain trading firm, has recently signed a second deal, Marlon Chigwende also told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit. "Banking is very interesting today, and that is the general statement across a lot of sub-Saharan Africa," Chigwende told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit in Johannesburg. "Certainly, there are several opportunities of fast-growing banks, good management teams, interesting market positioning." Although private equity is still at a nascent stage in Africa, investor interest in the fast-growing...
( 04/10/13)
The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a a multi-country and multi-partner project which seeks to increase food security and improve the income and living standards of small-holder farmers in the 20 African countries by improving the value chains of four important staple crops – maize, wheat, cassava and rice. The project targets to demonstrate by 2016, that it is possible to increase the yields of cassava, maize, rice and wheat by at least 20% on smallholders’ farms, increase the smallholder’s household cash income to $600 from the current $370 and increase food security by at least 20% to 84% from the present 73%. According to media statement from the implementing agency, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), key stakeholders...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's intelligence agency said on Monday it has detained eight members of Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist militant group who it accused of plotting to kidnap U.N. workers. The arrests were the latest in a crackdown on people charged with having links to fighters in neighbouring Somalia, where Ethiopia has deployed troops to support Mogadishu's battle against al Shabaab and its six-year insurgency. The group wanted to abduct foreigners working for the U.N. World Food Programme and the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia and take them to Somalia to demand a ransom, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) said. "The eight were caught red-handed with arms as they plotted to carry out the kidnappings," NISS...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
( 03/20/13)
Ethiopia sits as one of the fourteen countries that have recorded impressive Human Development Index (HDI) gains of more than 2 percent annually since 2000, according to a report released by UNDP. The 2013 HDI under the theme “The Rise of the South: Human Development in a Diverse World” was released on Friday 15th of March 2013. The report released by UNDP’s Ethiopia Representative Eugene Owusu looks at the dynamics of transforming power imbalance and examines the emerging issues and trends as well as new actors which are shaping the global development landscape. The report states that over the past decades, countries across the world have been converging towards higher levels of human development, as shown by the Human Development...
(Addis Fortune 03/20/13)
Ethiopia will benefit from being paid by the barrel, as well as saving on oil transportation costs. Ethiopia is to be a pass way for the oil pipeline that South Sudan is set to construct, in order to export its cruel oil through the Djibouti Red Sea port of Douraleh. The government ofEthiopiasigned a memorandum of understanding on March 12, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel, with South Sudan andDjibouti, for the construction of the pipeline. Abrahame Tekeste (PhD), state minister for Finance & Economic Development; Elizabeth James Bol, deputy minister of Petroleum & Mining for South Sudan and Aboubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Ports & Free Zones Authority of Djibouti, agreed that South Sudan will export oil via Djibouti’s port,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
Addis Ababa — Ethiopian authorities have banned three civic organisations, accusing the NGOs of engaging in activities that break 2009's Charities and Societies Proclamation law. The Ethiopian government alleged that the three NGOs were banned as a result of conducting "illegal religious activities" contrary to the law. The groups who had their licences revoked were One Euro, the Islamic Cultural and Research Centre and the Gohe Child, Youth and Women Development organisation. The controversial law has attracted criticism from a number of international right groups, local civil society actors and international non-governmental organisations since it was introduced in 2009. The Charities and Societies Proclamation law prohibits local NGOs from engaging in human rights advocacy or political related activities. It also...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
Addis Ababa — Over the years, small-scale farmers growing white pea beans in Ethiopia have sold their produce through the informal market, relying largely on middlemen who dictate prices and walk away with huge profits, often leaving the farmers in poverty. "When smallholders sell their produce individually, they are easily shortchanged by middlemen who give them very little money for their products, and they can hardly provide for their families despite their hard work on the farms," Legesse Dadi, agricultural project manager for Catholic Relief Services in Ethiopia, told IRIN. Some traders on the informal market are also more likely to tamper with weighing scales, which means farmers get even less money for their produce. "In a disorganized marketing system,...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
Khartoum — A senior Saudi Arabian official unleashed a barrage of attack against Ethiopia saying that the Horn of Africa nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan. "The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water, and is located at an altitude of 700 meters and if it collapsed then Khartoum will drown completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam," the Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan said at the meetings of the Arab Water Council in Cairo. "Egypt is the most affected party from the Ethiopian Renaissance dam because they have no alternative water source compared to other...
(Addis Fortune 02/28/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — On a warm Sunday morning in late November, about 36,000 people set off on the Great Ethiopian Run, a 10-kilometer race across the center of Addis Ababa. Diplomats, students, merchants, Orthodox priests, homeless children and professional runners were among the participants. It is one of Africa’s largest road races, hosted in the capital of a passionate running nation that has dominated long-distance competitions for the past two decades. Haile Gebrselassie, one of Ethiopia’s most successful runners and businessmen, founded the race 12 years ago. He wanted to bring a big race to his home country. Though finishing times are world-class, Gebrselassie’s goal of making the race an attraction has been somehow elusive. Top foreign athletes have...
(Addis Fortune 02/28/13)
A day after Prince Khalid bin Sultan, deputy defence minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, made hostile remarks about Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, will be meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Abeba, today. The Prince, who is attending the third session of the Arab Water Council in Cairo, Egypt, made claims that the dam has the capacity to flood Khartoum and severely impact Aswan Dam. Moreover, he accused Ethiopia of having ulterior motives for the dam. "The establishment of the dam 12Km from the Sudanese border is for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national...

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