Wednesday 28 June 2017
(Zimbabwe Independent 03/31/17)
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest cargo and passenger carrier, is dreaming big. After generating revenue of US$2,43 billion in the 2016 financial year, which saw a 70% jump in net profit and an 18% increase in passenger numbers to 7,6 million, the airline says it is buying an additional 55 aircraft, expanding its fleet to 142 planes. Zimbabwe Independent's assistant editor Brezhnev Malaba (BM) interviewed the Ethiopian Airlines managing director (international services), Esayas Woldemariam (EW), in Victoria Falls at the launch of a direct flight from Addis Ababa. He also spoke about the revival of Air Zimbabwe. Esayas Woldemariam chats to Transport minister Joram Gumbo in Victoria Falls at the launch of direct flights from Addis Ababa. Pics: Winstone Antonio. BM:...
(APA 03/31/17)
Ethiopia is planning to repatriate its citizens staying illegally in Saudi Arabia within three months, a senior official said on Thursday. The announcement came after the Saudi government warned that it will deport undocumented immigrants from the kingdom in an exercise that could take 90 days. “Using amnesty given to all illegal immigrants by the Saudi government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has been preparing for the safe repatriation of citizens”, the Information Minister, Dr Negeri Lencho told journalists in Addis Ababa. In 2013, Ethiopia repatriated over 100,000 of its citizens from the kingdom following a violent crackdown on migrant workers after a seven-month amnesty period for undocumented immigrants had expired. This had sparked running battles between Ethiopian immigrants...
(AFP (eng) 03/30/17)
Ethiopia's parliament on Thursday approved a four month extension of a state of emergency that was first imposed in October to quell nearly a year of anti-government protests. "The House unanimously voted to extend the state of emergency," said a report carried by state media. Defence minister Siraj Fegessa said the "extension is needed so as to take the prevailing relatively good peace and security situations to the point of no return," it said. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a six-month state of emergency in October after months of protests in different parts of the country that were met with a strong security response that killed hundreds, according to human rights groups. The protesters also targeted foreign farms and businesses,...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday held talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn which culminated in the signing of three agreements to enhance bilateral ties. The three agreements in media and communication, water development and trade were signed after talks held at State House. The two leaders witnessed the signing of the agreements by officials from the two governments, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. The Zambian leader told his guest that the two countries shared common values based on liberty, peace and prosperity and that Zambia was keen to enhance trade with Ethiopia for the benefit of the two peoples.
(The Associated Press 03/30/17)
Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday extended the country's six-month state of emergency for an additional four months. The widely expected move came amid reports of continued violence and anti-government activities in some remote, restive areas. The state of emergency, called after months of sometimes deadly protests demanding wider political freedoms, has hurt one of Africa's fastest-growing economies. "We still have some anti-peace elements that are active and want to capitalize on disputes that arise among regional states in the country," Ethiopia's defense minister, Siraj Fegessa, told lawmakers. "In addition, some leaders of the violent acts that we witnessed before are still at large." More than 25,000 people suspected of taking part in protests were detained under the state of emergency. Several...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(Addis Fortune 03/29/17)
Negotiating the contract took almost a year. China Civil Engineering Corporation (CCEC) has begun construction on the expansion project of the Dire Dawa dry port, at a cost of 1.5 billion Br. The construction project is a supplementary agreement to the Ethio-Djibouti Railway Project. The start of construction comes two months after the approval of the contract signed between the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE) and the Chinese company. The Enterprise will build the project on 35ha of land received from the Dire Dawa City Administration. The project will involve the construction of a terminal, a warehouse, a three storey
(The Associated Press 03/29/17)
An Ethiopian court has sentenced 16 people to prison after finding them guilty of trying to create a separate state in the tense Oromia region. All 16 are members of the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front. They received sentences of four to 13 years. The Ethiopian Federal High Court said in its ruling Tuesday the members tried to carry out terrorist acts across the country and supported other group members in remote parts of Oromia. The region has been a hotspot for anti-government protests that began in November 2015. The protests later spread across the country and demanded wider political freedoms and the release of political prisoners. The protests led to the killings of hundreds of people and the declaration of...
(The Ethiopian Herald 03/29/17)
Ethiopia and Japan agreed to expand areas of cooperation as State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aklilu Hailemikael received a delegation led by Japanese Ambassador Shinchi Saida Tuesday. The two countries also reiterated on the need for widening cooperation at the bilateral and continental level, in areas including investment, trade, finance, and technology transfer and policy dialogue. Dr.Aklilu stated Ethiopia and Japan have long standing relations which further needs expansion and widening. Currently, the major areas of partnership between the two countries include in the KAIZEN Philosophy, Industrial parks development, Foreign Direct Investment, Education and Trade sectors among others. And there is a need to elevate the cooperation in investment and industrial financing sector. Japanese Ambassador Shinchi Saida for his...
(Addis Fortune 03/29/17)
Three local and a foreign company are expected to finish the project in ten months. The Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation (ECWC) has signed agreements worth nine billion Br with four companies for the construction of irrigation farms inside the Omo Kuraz sugar factories. Omo, Kuraz, located in Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples Region, is 900Km away from the capital city. The Southern Water Works Construction Enterprise (SWWCE), the Water Infrastructure Construction Sector and the Transport Infrastructure Construction Sector, and Jeinexi Water and Hydro Power Construction were the companies awarded the project. The Water and Infrastructure sector are under the auspices of the Construction Works Corporation. Out of the total investment, four billion Birr was used to construct the first phase...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Thousands of Ethiopians with family members in Israel have again had attempts to join them delayed, this time by a paperwork logjam, Israeli officials said on Sunday. Threatened by a revolt on the issue within the ruling Likud party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government pledged in April that 1,300 Ethiopians would be admitted within 12 months out of a possible 9,000 set to arrive over five years. But so far only 64 have entered the country, prompting MP Elie Elalouf to say last week that Israel had "abandoned the Jewish community of Ethiopia despite the promises". A spokesman for the Jewish Agency, a quasi-governmental institution that encourages diaspora communities to move to Israel, told AFP on Sunday that his organisation...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive regional approach. "It is hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host Somali refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(Agence Ecofin 03/22/17)
(Agence Ecofin) - Le patron du premier groupe privé algérien Cevital, Issad Rebrab, a annoncé le 21 mars que son entreprise est à la recherche de banques pour accompagner son projet d’implantation d’usines de trituration d’oléagineux et de raffinage du sucre en Ethiopie, pour un investissement de 360 millions de dollars. « Au total, nous aurons besoin de 360 millions de dollars juste en Éthiopie, sans compter la plateforme logistique au port de Djibouti. », a-t-il déclaré lors d’un forum tenu à Genève, indiquant que l’export se fera grâce à la ligne ferroviaire entre Addis- Abeba et Djibouti, inaugurée récemment. M. Rebrab, qui s’exprimait aux côtés du ministre éthiopien des Affaires étrangères, Workneh Gebeyehu, et du président de l'Autorité djiboutienne...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly bludgeoned to death before being skinned in backyards and clandestine slaughterhouses. Around Mogosani village, in South Africa's North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens. Soon after, skinned carcasses with hooves chopped off are...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/17)
One minute, Zemed Derib stood negotiating with her precocious siblings who had locked themselves inside their uncle's home as a prank. The next, the playful scene gave way to horror as the hillside of the rubbish dump above them collapsed. With terrified screams of neighbours filling the air, Zemed abandoned her doomed sisters and took to her heels, outrunning the torrent of fetid dirt that swallowed homes and killed at least 113 people in Africa's second most-populous country, Ethiopia. "I ran away, but finally, when I turn my face, nothing was there. Everything changed into black," Zemed said as she sat clutching a portrait of her mother Yeshi Beyene, one of the victims of the disaster at Koshe, the country's...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
Ethiopian regional officials are demanding that foreign cement producers including Dangote Cement Plc hand control of some parts of their businesses to groups of unemployed youths. The Nigerian company, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and others such as Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi’s Derba MIDROC Cement Plc, should allow the youth to run their pumice mines, according to a draft contract drawn up by Oromia state’s East Shewa Zone administration this month. Pumice is an additive used in cement manufacturing and its extraction is overseen by local bureaucrats, rather than Ethiopia’s central government. “The youth have to get the advantage from the resource, and side-by-side the companies must get advantage from this resource,” Yohan Tesso, head of East Shewa’s...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
The European Union said it’s giving an extra 165 million euros ($178 million) to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia. From the total, 100 million euros will be allocated to help responses to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to neighboring countries, the EU said Monday in an emailed statement. Humanitarian assistance for droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will be targeted with 65 million euros. The new funds will “scale up and strengthen” the more than 400 million euros that the EU allocated last year to address the crises and the impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon on the region, the EU said...

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