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World Bank Grants USD 24mln for Two Ethiopian Universities

World-bank-grants-24mln-to-ethiopian-universitiesJanuary 16, 2017 - The World Bank has granted a 24 million US dollars support for Addis Ababa and Haremaya universities to help them establish centers of excellence.

Both universities were selected to be East and South African centers of excellence after competing with other African universities.

Hence, Addis Ababa University (AAU) will open three and Haremaya University (HU) one center of excellence.

The World Bank provided 6 million US dollars for the establishment of each center.

In a related development, AAU and the European Union (EU) signed a memorandum of understand

Ethiopia Will Cement Relationships with Neighboring Countries - PM

ethiopia-to-cement-relationsJanuary 12, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his government will strengthen its bilateral relations with neighboring countries, according to FBC.

The Premier gave today explanation for questions raised by members of the parliament (MPs).

Responding to question regarding the status of Ethiopia’s relations with its neighbors, the Premier said, “We have excellent relations with Kenya and Sudan.”

“Our relation with Djibouti is strategic and one step ahead from the relations with other countries. We have also good relations with both South Sudan and Somalia,” he added.

Hand Grenade Kills One at Recreational Center in North Gonder

Hand-grenade-gonderJanuary 11, 2017 - Hand grenade thrown yesterday night at a recreational place in north Gondar zone, Amhara Regional State, killed one person.

Some 11 people were also injured in the attack carried out by unknown individuals on Entasol hotel at a place commonly known as kebele 18 (district), Commander Assefa Ashebe, head of police department of Gondar town told FBC.

Those wounded in the attack were receiving medical care at Gondar Referral Hospital, he said.

Police have continued searching for the attackers, he said.

“The attack might be a new tactic started by anti-peace forces as the strategy they

Ethiopia Committed to Policy Based on Mutual Benefits - PM

Nation-ready-to-work-with-any-nationJanuary 11, 2017 - Ethiopia is committed to pursuing its policy based on mutual benefits with any country, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said, according to ENA. At a press conference he held on January 9, 2017, the premier stated that the principles of Ethiopia’s diplomacy are in tune with this policy.

Accordingly, Ethiopia has been working to strengthen its bilateral relationship with Egypt through all means including people-to-people diplomacy.

Yet, some institutions in Egypt have been collaborating with groups categorized as terrorists set to destabilize Ethiopia, he pointed out.

In relation to this

Conference on Peace and Development Opens in Addis Ababa

National-reconciliation-ethiopiaJanuary 11, 2017 - A national consultative forum aimed at deliberating on peace and development kicked off here in Addis Ababa yesterday, according to FBC.

Organized by the Inter Religious Council of Ethiopia, the two-day forum will help come up with solutions for common challenges of peace and development.

Speaking at the event, Kassa Teklebirhan, Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Area Development, said the government has continued conducting reform program to better respond for questions raised by the public.

The public have been taking active part in the reform program carried out so far, he said, further ca

We Need to 'Consolidate Gains' Before Lifting State of Emergency - PM

Ethiopian-Prime-MinisterJanuary 10, 2017 - Ethiopia needs to "consolidate gains" after the deadly unrest last year before it can lift a state of emergency that was imposed in October, the prime minister said on Monday, according to Reuters.

"As far as the date of lifting the state of emergency is concerned, it should be seen in the perspective that we have to consolidate the gains that we have made so far," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told a news conference, noting that the measure had helped restore "normalcy".

Rights groups have said more than 500 people were killed in violence th

Religious Leaders Ask Ethiopians to Reflect on Peace and Development

Abune-MathiasJanuary 6, 2017 - Ethiopian Christian Fathers urged their followers today to celebrate Christmas by reflecting on peace and development, according to ENA.

The Fathers of the various Christian denominations have extended their Christmas wishes to followers that celebrate the holiday tomorrow.

Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Matias said the purpose of His incarnation is to bring peace and harmony.

The faithful should thus celebrate Christmas by reconciling people, supporting the weak and consulting one another, he added.

“Christ was born to abolish discord and hatred and replace lasting p

Drought Affected People in Ethiopia Drops by 44 Percent

drought-affected-dropsJanuary  03, 2017 - The number of people affected by the drought and who seek humanitarian aid has dropped to 5.6 million from the previous 10.2 million last year, showing a 44 percent decline, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed, according to ENA.

The Commissioner, Mitiku Kassa said a recent drought assessment conducted on 54 zones in nine regional states, indicate the reduction in the number of affected people.

The marked reduction in the number of affected people is attributed to the proper and timely rains that many areas of the country get during the main rainy season.

The proper and timely rains h

Ethiopian Court Sentences 20 People for Trying to Establish Islamic State

Ethiopian-court-sentences-20-muslims-shariaJanuary 3, 2017 - The Federal High Court 19th Criminal Bench has sentenced 20 people for up to five years and six months in prison for trying to establish Islamic state.

The Bench passed guilty verdicts on December 26, 2016 on the 20 people, including first, second and third defendants, Kedir Mohammed, Nezif Temam and Fuad Abdilkadir, respectively.

According to the charge sheets, the accused participated in criminal activities, agreed to conduct criminal strike as well as tried to establish Islamic state.

They also attempted to free jailed members of the 'Dimtsachin Yisema' (let our voices be heard) m

TPLF Takes Measures Against 640 Members in Leadership Positions

TPLF-disciplines-membersJanuary 2, 2017 –Following the in-depth reform program it carried out, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has taken measures against more than 640 individuals in leaderships positions who committed misconduct.

Amanuel Amare, rural political affairs head at TPLF office, told ENA that the measures were taken against them for committing malpractice, failure to discharge their responsibilities and weaknesses.

Of these, the office laid charges against 13 leaderships who have been involved in grave rent-seeking practices.  Some 22 individuals in leadership positions were also fired from the Front’s membership.

Ethiopian Federal Police Arrests 130 People on Corruption Charges

Ethiopian-federal-police-arrests-130January 2, 2017 – About 130 people have been arrested on suspicion of corruption, said the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, according to Fana Broadcasting Corp.

They were arrested on suspicion of alleged corrupt practice in public procurement, housing and land development, banking and share companies -related activities as well as tax fraud, among others.

Commander Desta Asmelash, Executive Advisor to the Federal Police Commissioner, told journalists today that the Commission received 260 reports of corruption cases from the public.

Those detained so far are among the 206 suspects.

Accord

Merera Denies Charges, Ethiopian Court Extends Detention by 28 Days

Merera-denies-chargesJanuary 1, 2017 - Veteran opposition politician, Dr. Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), appeared before the Federal First Instance Court at Arada on Thursday and denied any terrorism ties and the allegations made in connection with his November 30 arrest after his return from Brussels, Belgium.

Merera told the court that he has spent his life opposed to violence and terrorism, and to teaching a better way. Investigators argued that Merera’s detention violated a provision of the country’s state of emergency measures.

That provision prohibits contact with terrorist organizations, which the investigator

Crackdown Threatens Ethiopia’s Economic Boom - Report

Unrest-Threatens-Ethiopian-EconomyDecember 30, 2016 - The construction cranes towering above the building sites on Ras Abebe Aragay Street in central Addis Ababa are tangible evidence of Ethiopia’s lofty ambitions to transform its capital into a modern hub.

In two years’ time this should become a boulevard of gleaming skyscrapers, home to leading banks and others attracted by Ethiopia’s state-led development model. And with sub-Saharan Africa’s only electric light rail network outside South Africa passing nearby, Addis Ababa will be able to project a much more developed image than any of its regional rivals.

Foreign investors, notab

Ethiopia's State of Calm Uncertain - Washington Post

Ethiopian-proptestsDecember 24, 2016 - Earlier this month, hundreds of high school students in the small Ethio­pian town of Meti gathered for a demonstration. They were supposed to be celebrating the country’s Nations and Nationalities day, which commemorates the much-vaunted equality of Ethiopia’s 80 ethnic groups. Instead, they defied a two-month-old state of emergency to voice their anger over stalled political reforms and endemic corruption, reports Washington Post.

The protest was quickly dispersed and arrests were made, locals said, and calm returned to the village. But the incident is a sign of the simmering resentment that threatens to shatte

Addis Ababa Finalizes Plans to Transfer 40/60 Condominiums

40-60-housing-ready-for-transferDecember 23, 2016 - Addis Ababa Saving Houses Development Enterprise said that preparations are finalized to transfer 1,292 houses under 40/60 housing scheme.

Communication work process head with the enterprise, Yohannes Abayeneh told WIC that preparations are finalized to transfer about 1, 292 houses recently from the total  of 39, 229 houses under construction during the last three and half year.    

According to Yohannes, houses of 40/60 housing scheme are under construction in 13 construction sites. The construction of 1,292 houses found in  senga tera and crown sites were comp

Ethiopia Releases 10,000 Detained Under State of Emergency

ethiopia-releases-1000December 22, 2016 - Ethiopia says it is releasing nearly 10,000 people detained under its ongoing state of emergency but plans to charge almost 2,500 others accused of destabilising the country.

Authorities have held about 12,500 individuals since declaring the state of emergency on October 9 after months of anti-government protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.

Human rights groups, which accused the government of using excessive force in the protests, said hundreds were killed in the demonstrations in some of the country's worst violence since the ruling party came to power in 1991.

Under emergency rule, detainees

Ethiopia to Release Over 9 Thousand Unrest Suspects

Siraj-FegessaDecember 19, 2016 - About 9,800 detained suspects who have been participating in turbulence in some parts of the country will be released next Wednesday, according Walta.  

Secretariat of the Command Post and Defense Minister, Siraj Fegesa, told journalists today that the command post will release 9,800 of  the 11,607 arrested suspects due to their participation in the chaos.

The detainees got enough training and will actively participate in bringing lasting peace in the country.

According to the minister, 12,500 additional suspects are detained with strong public participation in identifying violence instigators responsible

US Seeks to Increase Dialogue with Ethiopia on Governance, Human Rights

US-committed-to-dialogueDecember 19, 2016 - The United States (U.S.) has reiterated its position to increase dialogue with Ethiopia on issues of good governance and human rights.

A top official of the US Department of State, Tom Malinowski met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu during a recent working visit to the Horn of Africa country affected by a series of anti-government protests which started over a year ago.

The meeting was under the 7th Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Bilateral Working Group which took place in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The discussion at this Working Group addressed a broad range of issue

Amhara State Preparing Mobilization Forum to Boost Youth Employment

Et-AmharaDecember 16, 2016 - The Amhara regional state has planned to prepare a mobilization forum for the engagement of more youth in various areas of employment. The forum is scheduled to be part of the strategy to create more than 800 thousand jobs in the region this year.

Chief administrator of the region is to chair the forum to take place in the weekend.

The forum is expected to help the region trace the drawbacks, success and failures witnessed in terms of creating employment in the region so far. Successful entrepreneurs are expected to share their experiences to others.

Belay Zeleke, Deputy Head of Technical and Vocational Enterprises Development Bure

Ethiopia Inaugrates Omo River Hydro Power Plant

Omo-River-DamDecember 16, 2016 - Ethiopia inaugurated on Friday a 1.5-billion-euro ($1.57 billion) hydropower plant along the Omo River in the country's south that will nearly double total electricity output to 4,238 megawatts (MW), according to Reuters.

With a capacity of 1,870 MW, Gilgel Gibe 3 - built by Italian construction firm Salini Impregilo SpA - is expected to boost the Horn of Africa country's nascent manufacturing sector as well as electricity exports to neighbouring nations.

Work on the plant began in 2006 but its completion was delayed partly due to funding constraints. In the end, China's Export-Import Bank stepped in to fund 60 p

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