• World Bank Praises Ethiopia for Economic Progress Despite Drought

    World_BankDecember 7, 2016 - The World Bank Group has praised Ethiopia for its respectable economic performance in spite of biting drought affecting the entire Horn of Africa region.

    “Economic growth remained at a respectable 8% in 2015/16, which is impressive especially compared to previous drought situations which often resulted in economic contraction,” said Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan.

    The global financial outfit in its 5th Ethiopia Economic Update stated that ‘‘growth momentum will still remain and since 2016 rains arrived as expected, the recent drought will not likely affect Ethiopia’s medium-term economic growth.

    ‘‘In addition, the newly completed Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway line, significantly eases trade logistics related constraints.&rsquo

  • EU, US Express Concern over Merera Gudina’s Arrest

    Merera-GudinaDecember 5, 2016 - The European Union (EU) and the United States is raising concerns to Ethiopian authorities about the arrest of prominent opposition political figure Merrara Gudina (PhD), reports Capital.

    He was arrested on Wednesday evening from his house when he returned from a trip to Brussels, where he met with EU parliamentarians.

    During a mid-day press conference on Friday December 2 the spokesperson of EU’s diplomatic service, European External Action Service (EEAS), said the arrest of the opposition leader was one of the topics raised, according to the Delegation of the EU to Ethiopia.

    The EESA spokesperson told journalists that what Ethiopia needs now is political dialogue and interaction to start addressing the legitimate grievances of the population.

    “The EU has raised concerns about the arrest of Dr

  • EPRDF May Allow Non-Party Members in Leadership Positions - PM

    PM-Hailemariam-DesalegnDecember 5, 2016 - The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) the ruling coalition may have new policy strategies and changes in the bureaucratic arena after the beginning of the new reform that the party says will take place in the coming Ethiopian New Year.

    The chairman of the EPRDF and head of the government, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn gave a press conference to the public media early in the week and confirmed reforms will take place when the House of Peoples’ Representatives resume its session.

    During his address the PM said that this will be the  second reform after the 2001 reform that followed the TPLF split.

    In the present reform the party may invite non-party members in the leadership arena according to the PM.

    He said that the party&

  • Ethiopian Economic Growth Slower this Year - BBC

    Ethiopian-GrowthEthiopia’s economic growth has slowed down to 8% in 2015/2016 fiscal year, marking its slowest growth in nearly a decade. The country had previously averaged growth of 10% over the last ten years, emerging as one of the fastest developing economies in the world.

    The planning commission says this year’s projected growth of 11% had been hit by a devastating drought that has affected the harvest in large areas of the country.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF), had earlier warned that Ethiopia’s economy would shrink to just 4.5% this year due to the drought, which is the worst in more than thirty years. But the government dismissed those figures, insisting on a higher growth figure of 8%.

    Some analysts have also predicted that economic growth could further be affected by the anti-government protests in the Oromia a

  • Ethiopian Security Detains Merera Gudina Following Testimony in Brussels

    Merera-GudinaDecember 1, 2016 - Dr. Merera Gudina, a prominent opposition leader in Ethiopia has been detained after he returned from Europe, according to BBC.

    Merera Gudina had violated Ethiopia's state of emergency by having contact with "terrorist" and "anti-peace" groups, state-linked media reported.

    Dr Merera criticised the state of emergency in an address to the European parliament on 9 November.

    The government imposed it in October to end an unprecedented wave of protests against its 25-year rule.

    Dr Merera, who is the leader of the Oromo Federalist Conference, was arrested on Wednesday at the airport in the capital, Addis Ababa, after he flew in from Brussels, reports BBC Ethiopia correspondent Emmanuel Igunza.

    Several of his relatives who were with him were also detained, local media report.

  • Joint Norwegian-Ethiopian Conference Held on Health and Higher Education

    Norway-Ethiopia-ConferenceNovember 30, 2016 - Conference on Health and Higher Education held at the Desalegn Hotel. The conference brought together 120 participants from Ethiopia, Norway and elsewhere. The main objective of the conference was to promote Ethiopian-Norwegian collaborations within health and higher education as well as creating a space for relevant actors to meet and share experiences. The conference was hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa, in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital.

    Many important institutions were present at the conference such as Oslo University Hospital, Haukeland University Hospital, Black Lion Hospital and Addis Ababa University, to mention just a few. The partnerships between Norwegian and Ethiopian institutions are working to promote and build better health facilities and broader access to health-services b

  • Chinese Firm to Provide Scholarship to Ethiopian University Students


    November 30, 2016 — A Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing firm, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG), has launched a three-year scholarship initiative to financially benefit outstanding Ethiopian university students.

    The sponsorship, launched on Tuesday, is part of XCMG's global initiative to realize its motto, "XCMG, Making a Better World," in which six countries had been chosen to benefit from the sponsorship project, according to Xiao Xiao, XCMG East Africa Regional Manager.

    During a period of three years, the scholarship project will benefit 27 outstanding Addis Ababa University students. Nine students will be annually selected and share close to 2,500 U.S. dollars.

    One of the objectives of the scholarship is to support talented engineering students who could potentially benefit the east African cou

  • Two New State Ministers Appointed for Foreign Affairs

    Hirut-and-WondimuDecember 6, 2016 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) have two new state ministers, appointed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. According to the information that Capital obtained Hirut Zemene, Director General of Business Diplomacy at MoFA, became the second female state minister in MoFA’s history.

    Wondimu Asaminew is the other new state minister for MoFA. Wondimu served as Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia until his appointment to the new position. During his latest cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn assigned Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    Workneh replaced Tedros Adhanom (PhD), who came aboard after the death of Meles Zenawi in 2012. Tedros is competing to be the director of the World Health Organization. The two state ministers Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie, who is

  • Ethiopian Government May Shorten State of Emergency

    Negeri_LenchoDecember 4, 2016 - The Government of Ethiopia has been contemplating to cut down the duration of the state of emergency it has imposed throughout the country, Negeri Lencho (PhD) the new minister for Government Communication Affairs Office told journalists in his first presser.

    The state of emergency declared on October 8, 2016 essentially targeted to restore order, ensure safety of the public and stability Negeri said in the press conference he gave late on Friday at his office, which is located off Africa Avenue.

    “Two months after the enactment of the state of emergency, things are now returning back to normal,” the new minister said.

    Therefore, according to Negeri, there is no reason to maintain the state of emergency for the period of six months.

    This has also been notified to the diplomatic corps based in A

  • Opposition Leader Violated Emergency Law - Ethiopian FM

    Negeri_LenchoDecember 3, 2016 - Ethiopian opposition leader, Merera Gudina, has been incarcerated for "violating the provisions of the state of emergency” and the matter will be “handled accordingly,” a government official said Friday.

    Speaking to reporters, government spokesperson Negeri Lencho said the detention of Merara Gudina on Wednesday was solely related to the state of emergency.

    "There is a provision in the state of emergency that says connecting and conspiring with organizations labeled as terrorists is illegal," he added.

    Merera Gudina, perhaps the most outspoken critique of the Ethiopian government, is the chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC).

    His arrest came after a visit to Brussels, where he testified at the European Parliament, along with Berhanu Nega, leader of the outlawed arm

  • Mobile Internet Partially Restored in Ethiopia

    Internet-EthiopiaDecember 2, 2016 - All mobile Internet services were restored on Friday evening December 2 after being shut down for the last two months, according to Capital. Social media and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, and Instagram are still blocked. In Addis Ababa, this is the longest sustained mobile Internet service shutdown that has taken place.

    The unrest that started more than a year ago precipitated internet interruptions in Ethiopia. Since the state of emergency was announced, in particular, the Ethiopian government imposed a number of restrictions on internet usage, including access to much of social media, such as Facebook. The Ethiopian government believes social media was used as instrument of communication by opposition in diaspora, instigating and fanning internal dissent.

  • Ethiopia Backs Kenyan Candidate for AU Chairperson Position

    Amina_MohamedDecember 1, 2016 - Ethiopia has disclosed that it will back the candidature of Kenya’s foreign affairs chief in the race to elect the new chairperson of the African Union (AU).

    Kenya’s topmost diplomat Ambassador Dr. Amina C. Mohamed is one of five candidates hoping to be elected to replace outgoing chair, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Dlamini-Zuma accepted to stay on as chair after the heads of state failed to choose her successor during a summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

    She launched her campaign for the post in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Tuesday. On Wednesday she met with the Ethiopian Premier, Hailemariam Desalegn, to hand him a message from Kenyan President. She also thanked the premier for supporting her candidature for upcoming elections.

    She told reporters that in her race to AUC Chairperson she is paying due atten

  • PM Appoints Getahun Nana Development Bank President

    DBE-PresidentNovember 30, 2016 - Getahun Nana, Vice Governor of the National Bank has been appointed to lead the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) by the Prime Minister earlier this morning.

    His appointment is effective tomorrow on November 30, 2016. This appointment came in the midst of the suspension of his predecessor, Esayas Bahre, who was suspended by the Public Financial Institutions Supervision Agency, whose director is Sintayehu Woldemichael.

    Getahun has been at his most recent post for the last seven years. (Fortune)

  • The 13 Fastest-Growing Economies in the World

    EthiopiaNovember 28, 2016 - China's crazy growth has been one of the biggest stories over the past several decades. But the Chinese economy certainly isn't the only one posting huge growth rates.

    A list of 13 countries was compiled with the highest projected compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 through 2017 based on the forecasts from the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects. A list of the top fastest growing economies is presented below, based on 2014-2017 projections.

    Ethiopia ranks first, followed by Turkmenistan and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    13. China

    2015 GDP: +7.10%

    2016 GDP: +7.00%

    2017 GDP: +6.90%

    2014-2017 GDP CAGR: +7.10%

    Economy: China is a manufacturing powerhouse and exporter, and many believe that its economy will surpass that of the US within t

  • Fidel Castro Left Mark on Horn of Africa

    CastroNovember 26, 2016 - One place besides Miami where few tears will be shed over the death of Fidel Castro is Somalia, where his military involvement left a mark.

    In the mid-1970s, Castro and former Soviet leaders were celebrating what looked like the emergence of another socialist leadership following the rise of the Derg regime in Ethiopia. Somalia had already been declared a socialist state and had hosted a large presence of Soviet and Cuban military advisers and trainers.

    In early 1977, Castro brought together the leaders of Somalia, Ethiopia and southern Yemen to create greater socialist federal states in the region. General Mohamed Nur Galal was the former deputy defense minister of Somalia and the focal point of Somalia's military contacts with Cuba at that time. He was present at the meeting in Aden in March 1977.

    "He [Castro] was repr

  • Fidel Castro Dead at 90

    Fidel-CastroNovember 25, 2016 - Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said, according to the BBC.

    "The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday)," President Raul Castro said.

    Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost 50 years before Raul took over in 2008.

    His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. But he was also accused of suppressing opposition.

    Ashen and grave, President Castro told the nation in an unexpected late night broadcast on state television that Fidel Castro had died and would be cremated on Saturday.

    There would now be several days of national mourning on the island.

    Raul Castro ended the announcement by shouting the revolutionary sloga

  • Vintage Air Pilots Detained in Ethiopia Released

    MauriceNovember 24, 2016 - Nearly 60 people taking part in a vintage air rally from Europe to South Africa were released on Thursday after being detained by authorities in Ethiopia, organisers of the journey said.

    Pilots of a dozen biplanes and their teams were allowed to leave the airport in Gambella, two days after arriving at the outpost in western Ethiopia, close to the border with South Sudan.

    "They have been released. We hope to leave Ethiopia.

    "They have a hotel because they cannot fly when it's dark. So they have to wait, so they should leave at first light tomorrow," a spokesman for organisers Vintage Air Rally told AFP.

    The reason for their detention at the airport was unclear and the organisers were not expected to give more detail before the planes were air-bound and out of the country.

    The teams include

  • Amhara Regional State Forms New cabinet

    New-Amhara-CabinetNovember 24, 2016 - The Amhara Regional State Council has approved the appointments of new cabinet members.

    They are appointed based on their experiences, educational background, leadership capability and commitment to serve the public at large, President of the Regional State, Gedu Andargachew, said.

    The Council approved the appointments with majority vote and one abstention.

    List of cabinet members who retained their previous positions

    1. Binalf Andualem- Deputy Chief Administrator

    2. Tesfaye Getachew –Head of Trade and Market Development Bureau

    3. Dr Teshome Wale- Head of Agriculture Bureau

    4. Genet Gebere Egziabher – Head of Urban Development, Housing and Construction Bureau

    5. Jantirar Abay- Head of Road and Transport Bureau

    6. Firdie Ch

  • Kenya, Ethiopia to Tighten Border Security

    Kenya-Ethiopia-border-securityNovember 24, 2016 - More than 60 Kenyan and Ethiopian delegates on Wednesday held a meeting aimed at maintaining peace, security and stability at the border of the two countries.

    Speaking to journalists at Reef Hotel in Mombasa when he opened the 31st Kenya-Ethiopia joint boarder administrators meeting, Interior Cabinet Secretary Mr Nkaissery said the summit was meant to touch on security matters at the border.

    “The two countries have been faced with problems to do with Al-Shabaab attacks, illegal immigration and water conflict at the border and that is what we want to discuss and see what best we can implement to ensure we maintain security,” said Mr Nkaissery.

    He said there has been a challenge in implementation of decisions in some of agreements signed between the two countries on securit

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