| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/15/16)
Surrounded by untidy stacks of paper and abandoned half-empty coffee cups, photographer Aida Muluneh chain smokes cigarettes in her Addis Ababa office and rails against the negative portrayals of Africa by foreigners. The 42-year-old came returned to Ethiopia nine years ago after living in Yemen and Canada and set herself the task of changing perceptions of the continent, replacing the outsiders' dominant eye with an African one. The Addis Foto Fest, which she founded and which opens its fourth edition Thursday, is one way of doing this, she said. Muluneh left Ethiopia aged five, but developed a powerful nostalgia for home while living abroad. Her first photography job was with the Washington Post in the United States by which time...
(Agence Ecofin 12/15/16)
The Gibe III hydropower dam in Ethiopia will be commissioned this Saturday, Dec. 17. The 1870 MW infrastructure which has 10 turbines, generating 187 MW each, was developed by Italian Salini Impregilo. Construction took nine years and produced a 243m-long dam with a reservoir of 15 billion cubic meters. It cost €1.5 billion of which the Ethiopian government provided 40% while remaining 60% came from Exim Bank China. Azeb Asnake, executive director of Ethiopian Electric Power said the plant would not be at full throttle once online due to the water level in its reservoirs. Truly, the dam currently generates 900 MW, but this output should increase gradually. With Gibe III coming online, Ethiopia’s total production capacity now stands at...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(Agence Ecofin 12/05/16)
Ethiopia signed on December 2, 2016, a financial agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop small-scale irrigation systems. Initialing the agreement were Kanayo Nwanze, IFAD’s president, and Mulugeta Alemseged, Ethiopia’s ambassador to Italy and the United Nations. Valued at more than $144 million, the agreement includes a $102 million loan and a grant of $12.5 million from the institution. It should profit 108,750 Ethiopian rural poor households located in the regions of Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region. The facility falls in line with the Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Programme (PASIDP), initiated by the Ethiopian government valued at $145 million. It is co-financed by the government ($18.7 million) and the beneficiaries themselves ($12 million).
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Ethiopia has restored mobile Internet services after the service was blocked over two months. The blockage was connected with anti-government protests that broke out largely in the Amhara and Oromia regions. Local portals reported that mobile service was restored on Friday evening (December 2) after being shut down since October 04. Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency with some of the rules being a restriction on access to particular social media platforms. Anti government protests in the country are believed to have been largely instigated via social media. Social media and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, and Instagram have still been blocked. Main internet lines were also said to be very slow during the period...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/02/16)
Ethiopian troops killed 15 armed rebels crossing from Ethiopia's arch-rival Eritrea over the weekend, and captured more than 70, an official said on Thursday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Tewolde Mulugeta said the insurgents were members of Ginbot 7, which Ethiopia says is backed by Eritrea. He said 115 insurgents had entered Ethiopia's Tigray region on Saturday and then been attacked by soldiers and local militiamen: "Of the 115, our troops killed 15 rebels and captured 73." Eritrean government officials were not immediately available for comment; they routinely dismiss allegations by Ethiopia, which they in turn accuse of seeking to destabilize the region. The two nations often accuse one another of supporting insurgencies in the other country -- a legacy of years...
(Addis Standard 12/02/16)
Security forces implementing Ethiopia's six-month State of Emergency have last night detained prominent opposition party leader Dr. Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), upon his arrival at Bole International Airport. Details of what transpired at the airport are sketchy, but sources told Addis Standard that Dr. Merera was first taken by security forces who have identified themselves as members of the command post overseeing the State of emergency at around 7:30 PM soon after his arrival at the airport. He was then taken to his residence along with several members of his family who came to pick him from the airport. "Merera's residence was locked from all direction by heavily armed men," a family member who wishes...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(AFP (eng) 12/01/16)
An Ethiopian opposition leader has been arrested following his return from Europe where he had spoken about a state of emergency imposed last month to quell anti-government protests, his coalition said Thursday. Merera Gudina, the 60-year-old chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) was arrested at his home in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday and is being held in an unknown location with three others, said Beyenne Petros, president of the Medrek opposition alliance of which the OFC is a member. "This is the first time they are targeting the highest level of leadership.
(International Business Times 12/01/16)
Ethiopia has often accused Eritrea of trying to destabilise the country, something Asmara denies. Ethiopian security forces claim to have killed dozens of "Eritrean mercenaries" as they foiled a planned terror attack allegedly backed by neighbouring Eritrea. The Ethiopian Ministry of Defense said members of the Ginbot 7 opposition movement – which Ethiopia classified as a terrorist organisation – tried to deploy dozens of its armed fighters into Ethiopia. It is believed a total of 113 alleged terrorists managed to infiltrate from Eritrea via the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia. However, Ethiopian forces killed 15 of them, while 73 were captured, officials told the Sudan Tribune. Weapons and military equipment were also seized. The ministry added the "terrorist plot by...
(APA 12/01/16)
The Gada system, the indigenous democratic sociopolitical system of the Ethiopia’s Oromo people, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Its inscription was announced on Wednesday at the 11th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which has been underway in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, since last Monday. The Gada system is a political, economic and social system with a long history with which the people of Oromo in Ethiopia have been governing themselves in a democratic way. The comprehensive system reflects the ways of living of the people and it has ensured the values and principles such as equality of mankind. The system incorporates the values and principles towards which the whole...
(AL Jazeera 12/01/16)
Merera Gudina was arrested after he appeared at the EU parliament to testify on current political crisis in Ethiopia. A prominent Ethiopian opposition leader from the country's restive Oromo region has been arrested after he came back from a meeting with members of the European Parliament in Brussels. Merera Gudina, who is the chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, was arrested in his house in the capital Addis Ababa, according to media reports. "Merera arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday morning from a trip to Brussels, where he met members of the European Parliament," Gebru Gebremariam, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, told the Reuters news agency. "Police arrested him in his house the same day in the...
(The Ethiopian Herald 11/30/16)
New features incorporated into the 2nd National Human Rights Action Plan would result in increased success in meeting the objectives than the first round. This was stated when the House of People's Representatives deliberated on the second Human Rights Action Plan (2016-2020) yesterday. Presenting the action plan to the parliament, National Human Rights Action Plan Office Chairperson Yibeqal Gizaw said Ethiopia is one of the 42 countries in the world that has a human rights action plan , a comprehensive and structured mechanism, aims at promoting and making sure that the human and democratic rights enshrined in the Constitution are fully respected.
(Addis Fortune 11/30/16)
Canada’s Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion, made his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa earlier this month. He visited Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia. Minister Dion reflects with FORTUNE reporter, Samuel Getachew, on his visit to each country, why the one-year-old Justin Trudeau government will continue to be engaged on the continent, on human rights, trade and aid, and what he thinks are the biggest challenges in Africa. Q:You made your first visit to Africa as Foreign Minister. What were some of the highlights? In Abuja, I co-chaired the 5th Canada-Nigeria Binational Conference, with Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama. During the conference, we discussed regional and global issues facing Africa, including security and counterterrorism, development and governance, immigration, and trade and investment. While in...

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