Sunday 22 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Ethiopia's parliament on Friday lifted a nationwide state of emergency decreed last year after Africa's second most-populous country was rocked by months of protests. The state of emergency was allowed to expire, ending 10 months of heightened restrictions and greater police powers. Siraj Fegessa, the defence minister, told an emergency meeting of parliament that, "even though there are a few situations that are happening in some areas, we have understood that it can be handled by the local security and administration." "We have assessed the general situation and we have provided...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food insecurity could reach catastrophic levels for some families in the worst-affected areas" and result in "the displacement of affected populations." In Kenya, USAID said some 2.6 million people are "acutely food-insecure" as drought conditions continue. The latest round of humanitarian...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday voted to lift a state of emergency imposed since October last year. It was imposed to quell spreading anti-government protests in the country. Originally imposed for a six-month period, the state of emergency is in its tenth month after it was extended by four months upon the first expiration in March 2017. Since January 2016 the human rights situation in Ethiopia has stagnated according to a Human Rights Watch reports which said security forces have killed more than 500 people during protests over the course of 2016. The government reported mass arrests of persons believed to be behind the protests, some have been released after training whiles others have been arraigned before the courts on offences...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
The Trump administration gave $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya, USAID said on Thursday, adding to earlier assistance for those suffering from drought and conflict in four other nations. USAID, the U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency, said in a statement that it would provide $137 million in aid for Ethiopia and nearly $33 million for Kenya. The latest wave of funding comes after Trump pledged $639 million last month in urgent food assistance for those in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. Increased aid comes as numerous countries in the region face crisis-level food shortages due to armed conflict, drought and economic upheaval that have also resulted in a lack of medical care, sanitation, shelter and...
(APA 08/03/17)
The number of government officials, businesspersons and brokers detained on suspicion of corruption in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has hit 48, reports said on Thursday. Meanwhile, three others detained last Tuesday on suspicion of corruption appear before the country’s Federal High Court on Thursday. The suspects are Brigadier General Ephrem Bangie, Yosef Begashaw former general manager of Tendaho Sugar Factory and Kassaye Kachi, materials supply team leader of the Ethiopian Roads Construction Corporation. They were taken into custody three days ago for alleged embezzlement of a total of $12million. The suspects were working in the ministry of Finance and Economic and International Cooperation, Addis Ababa housing development project, Ethiopian and Addis Ababa Roads Authorities and Ethiopian Sugar Corporation. The...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Addis Fortune 08/02/17)
Ethiopia has earned 3.3 billion dollars from 886,897 tourists who have visited the country during the 2016/17 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Culture & Tourism (MoCT), achieving 88pc of the target. The tourism proceeds are 2.5pc lower than the preceding year, and the number of tourists declined by 23,231 compared to the previous year. In the just ended fiscal year, the number of tourists who arrived in the country has improved compared to the first and second quarters of the fiscal year, according to MoCT, which is headed by Hirut Woldemariam (PhD). The amount is announced in a year when the country is under a state of emergency, which has affected the hospitality industry. During the first quarter...
(Addis Fortune 08/02/17)
The Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources (MoANR) has finalised draft legal frameworks which aim to regulate the production, import, trade and distribution of fertilisers in the country. The two drafts are the Fertilizer Policy and the Fertilizer Production & Trade Proclamation. The legal frameworks have been under draft by the Ministry for the past one year and were fully completed and delivered to the high-level officials of the Ministry on June 8, 2017. The drafts were also up for discussion by stakeholders of the Ministry including the Agricultural Research Institute, the Federal Cooperative Agency, the Regional State Agriculture Bureaus and various departments under the Ministry working on agricultural inputs. In a meeting held in Adama (Nazareth) two weeks ago,...
(The Guardian Nigeria 08/02/17)
Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday commenced flight operations to Kaduna with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which landed at the Kaduna International Airport from Addis Ababa at noon carrying 17 passengers on board. The flight with registration number ET-9221, also departed for Addis Ababa at 1:30 p.m. with 10 officials of Kaduna State Government on board and other passengers. Speaking before departure of the aircraft, Governor Nasir EI' Rufai said Kaduna State had hitherto been disadvantaged in terms of access to the outside world. The governor said the state had no access to the sea, as well as a lack of international flight into the state until the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja was shut for rehabilitation of its runway in March. He...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Ethiopia's foreign ministry said Friday it will issue identification cards to Rastafarians, granting rights to a community that has long complained of living in limbo in their "promised land". Rastafarians began immigrating to Ethiopia in the 1950s after Emperor Haile Selassie, whom they consider their messiah, set aside 500 acres (1,200 hectares) of land in the southern city of Shashamane for descendants of African slaves seeking to return "home". But the community shrank after Haile Selassie's overthrow and eventual murder in the 1970s. These days, the Rastafarian community in Shashamane numbers in the hundreds, but the religion's adherents complain that they can't own property, send their children to university or work because they're not Ethiopian citizens. Many have also turned...
(Andalou Agency 07/28/17)
British authorities to step up training, detection efforts at Ethiopia's main airport. The U.K. and Ethiopia will work closely on a series of measures to curb human smuggling from the eastern African country, the British government announced on Friday. According to the new initiative, British embassy staff in Addis Ababa will provide training to Ethiopian immigration officials in a bid to tackle human smuggling. The embassy, which has already worked closely with Ethiopian Airlines by providing its staff with regular training at Bole International Airport, will aim “to make Ethiopia a secure and difficult place for traffickers as well as to tackle the irregular flow of migration to the U.K.” Britain is also planning to provide “regular capacity building training...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Ministry revealed on Friday that over 3.32 billion U.S. dollars had been generated from the tourism sector during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year. According to the ministry, the 3.32 billion U.S. dollars revenue was generated from over 886,800 tourists that have visited the east African country during the just concluded 2016 / 2017 Ethiopian fiscal year. The ministry, however, indicated that the revenue earned from the sector has registered a 2.5 percent reduction as compared with the amount generated during the previous fiscal year. The violent public demonstrations that erupted in different parts of Ethiopia during the last quarter of 2016 has substantially affected the country's tourist inflow, the Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Ministry revealed...
(AfricaNews 07/28/17)
The Ethiopian government on Thursday put over 30 persons before a federal high court on charges of high-level corruption, the state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting corporate reported. The 37 persons were arrested on Tuesday for their involvement in deals that allegedly led to the embezzlement of an estimated 1.1 billion birr – which translates to over $47.2 million. The detained persons include senior government officials, business people and brokers. The court denied all of them bail and granted police prosecutors 14 days to collect additional evidence. The bail denial was based on the ability of the accused persons to tamper with sensitive documents. The case will next be heard on August 9 according to the trial judge. State entities whose officials are...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
More than 3,600 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia between July 3-27, after serving prison sentences for violating Saudi rules and regulations. Speaking to Xinhua on Friday, Asmelash Gebrehiwot, senior official at Ethiopia's National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), said the deportees are separate from the 70,000 Ethiopians that have returned to Ethiopia ahead of a Saudi amnesty deadline for undocumented migrants to leave. "The Ethiopian deportees were in Saudi Arabia jails over offenses ranging from being caught without valid expatriate residency identification cards to being engaged in petty crimes," he added. Gebrehiwot further said the Ethiopian government is working with the International Organization for Migration to provide shelter, transportation, clothes and pocket money for the deportees. Saudi Arabia...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Thirteen people were killed in fresh inter-ethnic clashes between the Gujji clan of the Oromo ethnic group and the Koore group in southern Ethiopia, a local official said. In addition to 13 dead, scores of people were injured and an unspecified number of houses were set alight, southern regional state communications office Chief Solomon Hailu told the state owned Ethiopian News Agency on Friday. The situation has calmed down, with a taskforce identifying the cause of violence and suspects accused of participating in the deadly clashes, he said. The two agricultural communities, Koore and Gujji, sometimes clash over grazing land and adjoining areas, where both communities have a claim to. Hailu added that local authorities are undertaking reconstruction efforts in...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
Another refugee camp has been opened in Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz region for the increasing number of South Sudanese refugees in the country. The opening of the camp, announced by the regional authorities, is aimed at easing the overpopulated Sherkole camp. Bordered by South Sudan on the north, the region host majority of the over 200,000 South Sudanese refugees who are still trooping in due to the ongoing conflict in the world’s newest country. The Sherkole refugee camp which was built about 20 years ago hosting thousands of refugees from South Sudan. Other refugee camps are in Mao-Komo special woreda, Tongo, Tsore among others. Ethiopia welcomes the largest number of refugees in Africa. South Sudanese started fleeing their country after President...

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