| Ethiopian Airlines to Open 7 New Destinations in 2017
January 18, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has planned to launch seven new destinations within five months in 2017, of which three are in Africa, a press release issued by the Airline indicated, according to ENA report.
Ethiopia will launch new service to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore (Singapore).
In addition to these stations, Ethiopian would have services from Addis Ababa to 98 different international cities located across the world.
Group CEO Ethiopian Air
| Capital Inadequacy of Commerical Bank of Ethiopia Alarms Government
January 17, 2017 - A shocking decline of the Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) at the largest state-owned bank, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) – currently at the lowest critical level of four percent – has prompted the government to deposit a security bond worth 26.5 billion birr, according to Reporter.
The security bond is intended to raise the bank's paid up capital. In a bid to apply it quickly, the government has tabled a draft proclamation on Tuesday before the House of People’s Representatives (HPR). The bill proposes an issuance of the security bond worth 26.5 billion birr. If approv
| Ethiopian Premier Accuses Allana Potash of Tax Evasion
January 16, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Monday accused Allana Potash, the Canadian company which was engaged in potash mineral exploration and development project in the Afar Regional State, of tax evasion, according to Reporter.
In a press conference held in his office on Monday morning Prime Minister Hailemariam was asked about the state of the Ethiopian mining sector and the exit of prominent mining companies such as Allana Potash and Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL).
Hailemariam said that the case of Allana was related to tax evasion. “Allana owes the Ethiopian government some two billion birr
| Chinese Energy Firm Begins Drilling in Ethiopian Somali Region
January 11, 2017 - A Chinese firm, Poly-GCL, yesterday began drilling the 6th petroleum and natural gas well at Hilal- 7 gas field in Ethiopian Somali regional state, according to FBC report.
Poly-GCL, one of the companies engaged in natural gas exploration in Ethiopia, has so far drilled five deep gas wells around Calub and Hilala areas at the Ogaden basin.
The company had officially started yesterday the drilling of the 6th gas well-called Hilal-7, in the presence of Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas and La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia.
In an interview with EBC, Motuma Mekassa said the country wi
| Haile Gebresilassie Seeks Plot of Land for Hyundai Assembly Plant
January 10, 2017 - The legendary long distance athlete and investment tycoon, Haile Gebresilassie, said that he is still waiting for the approval of the Addis Ababa City Administration cabinet to secure a plot of land he requested to build an assembly plant for the Korean vehicle brand Hyundai in the southwestern outskirts of Addis Ababa.
However, sources told The Reporter that the city cabinet had a meeting last week where it evaluated Haile’s request for land but rejected it because the requested land size is too large in view of the current shortage of investment land. However, sources further
| Ethiopia Earns USD 872 mln from Tourism in One Quarter
January 10, 2017 - Despite the mounting fears and speculation that the State of Emergency (SoE) is likely to affect the tourism sector, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Thursday that in the first quarter of the current fiscal year the nation has managed to bag some USD 872 million exclusively from foreign tourist flows.
The newly appointed Minister, Hirut Woldemariam (PhD), who appeared at the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on Thursday to respond to questions from MPs on current affairs said that the tourist flow to the country has increased in past three months defying speculation and fears of violence th
| Ethiopia May Offer Foreign Companies Stakes in Some State Firms - PM
January 10, 2017 - Ethiopia aims to offer foreign firms stakes in some state-owned companies to help modernise the businesses, the prime minister said on Monday in a shift from stressing state investment to drive growth, according to Reuters.
The move would include offering a stake in state-owned Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told a news conference, without naming other firms or giving the size of any stakes on offer.
It was not immediately clear if the initiative would mean opening up the state-run telecommunications sector or banks, which are either owned by the government or privat
| Ethiopia Will Meet Chinese Loan Commitments - Standing Committee
January 1, 2017 - Two weeks after Members of Parliament requested the Budget and Finance Affairs Standing Committee to assess the nation’s debt repayment capacity, the Standing Committee told of the Houses of People’s Representative (HPR) on Tuesday that the loan Ethiopia plans to secure from Chinese banks would not burden the country’s finances and that Ethiopia has the capacity to repay the loans, according to the Reporter.
Now three loan agreements have been approved and will finance two road construction projects in Addis Ababa and upgrade the capital's electric grid system.
One of the three project
| Private Freight Forwarders May Be Allowed in Ethiopian Shipping Business
December 30, 2016 - The Maritime Affairs Authority is going to introduce an alternative scheme for private freight forwarders and shipping agents to be part of the multimodal (land, sea, or road) transportation service, reports Capital.
The multi modal scheme has been solely operated by the state owned Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) for the past eight years.
The draft directive that will be tabled for discussion with stakeholders stated that the private freight forwarders will operate the system.
The draft directive that Capital obtained indicated that selected private movers wi
| Chinese Firm to Build Pulp and Paper Factory in Ethiopia
December 27, 2016 - A newly-established joint venture Purewood Pulp, Paper and Packaging PLC is said to have invested USD 60 million to set up a manufacturing plant on a 68,000sqm plot located inside the Eastern Industry Zone, the first Chinese built and owned industrial park in the country, according to the Reporter.
Mahir Ismail, general manager of Ismail Ture Business PLC, the local partner of the joint venture with 45 percent share, told The Reporter that the new pulp factory will have an installed capacity of manufacturing 10,000 tons of toilet paper, 15,000 tons of Kraft paper and 7,500 tons of cartons per year. According to Mahir
| Legendary MegaCorp Partners with Ethiopian Defense Construction Enterprises
December 25, 2016 - A United States infrastructure development firm, Legendary MegaCorp, has partnered with the Ethiopian National Defense Construction Enterprise and Construction Materials Manufacturing Enterprise to establish a new share company that will engage in the production of modern construction materials with an initial investment of 10 million dollars, according to Reporter.
In a joint press conference held yesterday at the Sheraton Addis, executives of the three companies told local reporters that the new share company dubbed Legendary Defense Products will produce and supply modern construction technologies to the local
| Bole International Airport Expansion Project Forty Percent Complete
December 25, 2016 - The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) launched expansion project for Addis Ababa Bole International Airport passenger terminal in January 2015. The project is now 40% complete. The project includes the expansion of Terminal 1 and 2 and the construction of a new VIP Terminal. The expansion project aimed at building a new terminal with a floor area of 74,000sqm. The existing terminal has a floor area of 30,000sqm. The new terminal will have three floors—arrival, departure and ground floor. The expansion of Terminal 2 is being undertaken on the left and right side of the existing Terminal 2. On the right sid
| Ethiopian Revenue Authority May Raise VAT withholding
December 22, 2016 - The growing number of requests for tax refunds is causing the government to consider increasing the withholding percentage from Value Added Tax (VAT), reports Capital. In the first four months of the budget year over 2.6 billion birr was slated to be refunded. There have been so many refund requests that companies have been complaining about delays in receiving them.
During the latest meeting with high tax payers, Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA) officials said there have been significant increases in the amount of tax refund requests. Desta Bezabeh, Deputy Director for Inland Revenue of ERCA, said that ERCA has been a
| Mauritian Company Acquires Ethiopian Government Share in Ambo Mineral Water
December 17, 2016 - Mauritius-based company, Ambo International Holding Ltd., has acquired 33 percent of government’s share in Ambo Mineral Water SC, bottler of the popular Ambo mineral water, at a price of USD 19.7 million.
The acquisition agreement was signed on Thursday at the offices of the Ministry of Public Enterprise in the presence of top officials of the ministry and the company. The newly appointed Minister of Public Enterprises, Girma Amente (PhD) and Ambo International Holding Limited representative, Patric Planket signed the deal representing their respective sides.
| Highest Bidders Failed to Show Up in Escalating Mercato Land Prices
December 13, 2016 - Thirty seven land lease winners of the 24th round of the Addis Land Management Bureau auction failed to pay their down payment on time and as a result the Bureau will allow those who were placed second in the bidding to lease the land at the same price as the first bid, according to Capital.
According to the Addis Ababa Land Management Bureau’s regulations if the winner of the bid does not come in to sign their contract and make a down payment then the second place offer gets a chance to purchase the land but at the price offered by the first winner. If, after 10 days they do not sign a contract the land is sent back to a land bank and
| Holland Car Founder Requests PM to Intervene
December 13, 2016 - One of the two founders of car assembler Holland Car Plc, which is under liquidation, is asking the Prime Minister to intervene in the company’s corruption case, according to Capital.
Tadesse Tessema (Eng.), flew to Addis Ababa from his base in Rotterdam, Netherlands early this week, to file a claim with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. He sent a copy of his letter to other government agencies responsible for investigating corruption cases.
In a copy of the letter, which Capital obtained, he alleged that actions taken by the Liquidity Supervision Commission of Holland Car Plc, which was appointed by the court, are illegal. He
| World Bank Praises Ethiopia for Economic Progress Despite Drought
December 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
| Ethiopian Economic Growth Slower this Year - BBC
Ethiopia’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 dismis
| Inflation Hits Record Low in Ethiopia
November 15, 2016 - Last month saw a record low inflation rate of 5.6pc, since the onset of the worst drought in years and the wave of popular unrest approximately two years ago. It has been nine months since the country managed to report successive single digit inflation rates.
Inflation,measured by the consumer price index, rose to 5.6pc in October, after stepping up at 6.9pc in September. This means that a basket of goods and services that would have cost 100 Br in November 2015 cost 105.6 Br last month.
Last month, a week after the Irrecha incident, vegetables showed an increase of between nine and 110pc. The situation then reversed to the same
| Ethiopia Slashes Tourism Forecast Following Unrest
November 14, 2016 - Following months of political unrest in the country, the revenue targets of Ethiopian tourism sector for the current fiscal year was slashed to USD three billion from last year’s 3.4 billion dollars. The inflow of tourists as well was adjusted down to one million from the 1.25 million target set at beginning of the year.
Gezahegn Abate, public and international relations directorate director of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT), told The Reporter that the readjusted figures are not that far from last fiscal year's results. He recalled USD 3.4 billion was secured from 900,000 visitors during the period in qu