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Joint Venture Agreement Signed to Establish Ethio-Djibouti Railway Company

railway-joint-ventureJanuary 12, 2017 - Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed a joint venture agreement to establish a company that will manage the newly built Ethio-Djibouti railway, according to FBC.

The agreement was signed yesterday in Djibouti by Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, Ahmed Shide and Djibouti’s Minister of Transport and Finance.

The accord signed yesterday is part of the agreement signed recently between the two countries for the establishment of a joint company.  

Present at the signing ceremony were also Dr Girma Amente, Ethiopia’s Minister of Public Enterprise as well as heads of Ethiopian and Djibouti rai

Egypt Calls Meeting with Ethiopia, Sudan

Egypt-requests-meeting-with-ethiopia-sudanJanuary 5, 2017 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry called on Tuesday for a tripartite meeting with Ethiopia and Sudan in a phone conversation with his Ethiopia counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu, according to Daily News Egypt.

Shoukry congratulated the newly appointed Gebeyehu, before discussing bilateral interests between the two countries. Shoukry asserted the need to hold talks about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in order to discuss technical studies on the implications of the dam.

In March 2015, the three countries signed a declaration of principles whereby they agreed on the co

Ethiopia, Egypt and the Troubling History Over Nile Rivers

troubled-water-ethiopia-egyptJanuary 5, 2017 - Egypt and Ethiopia have been at odds for much of their modern history, perhaps nowhere more so than in their attempts to secure water of the Nile River basin. This particular struggle has been on full display in recent negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is situated on the Blue Nile. The history of competition over the critical waterway provides the context for regional dynamics that will endure long into the future.

Troubled Waters

Treaties lie at the center of controversy between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Nile River, primarily because most of these agreements neve

Delegation from Egyptian Parliament to Visit Ethiopia Soon: Speaker

Egypt-ParliamentJanuary 4, 2017 - Egypt's parliament speaker has said that Egypt and Ethiopia will soon be exchanging visits by parliamentary delegations, the head of the Egyptian parliament's African Affairs Committee Mostafa El-Gendy told state-owned MENA news agency on Wednesday, according to report by Ahram.

El-Gendy said that parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al headed a committee meeting on Wednesday where MPs discussed relations with other African countries, including Ethiopia.

El-Gendy did not provide specifics about the nature of the planned visits by the parliamentary delegations.

According to El-Gendy, Abdel-Al assured that Egypti

Egyptian FM Official Calls on Ethiopia to Stop Accusing Egypt

Egyptian-official-denies-Ethiopian-ClaimDecember 30, 2016 - An Egyptian Foreign Ministry official called on Addis Ababa to stop what Cairo believes to be the provocation of crises between the two countries against the backdrop of Ethiopian accusations in October that Cairo supports the anti-government Oromo ethnic group, according to the Middle East Monitor.

The two countries have been at loggerheads since Ethiopia started to construct the Grand Ethipian Renaissance Ethiopian Dam, which Egypt fears could reduce its share of Nile water.

“Addis Ababa knows well that Egypt has nothing to do with internal events in Ethiopia, but its attempts to involve Egypt&rsqu

Dialogue with Egypt Only Way to Resolve Conflict - Ethiopia

Dialogue-egypt-ethiopia-only-way-to resolve-conflictDecember 26, 2016 - Ethiopia’s foreign minister said on Sunday that dialogue is the only way to resolve any problem that may arise with Egypt over the Renaissance Dam on the River Nile, Anadolu news agency has reported.

“We believe in exchanging interests and benefits between the Nile Basin countries and we do not intend to harm any of those countries,” Dr Werkineh Gebeyehu told reporters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. “Ethiopia has fertile soil and the Gulf countries — especially Qatar and the UAE — have the money and want to invest their money.”

He reminded journ

Ethiopia Still Waiting for Response from Egypt - Ethiopian FM

Ethiopian-FM-GERD-EgyptDecember 26, 2016 – Ethiopian government announced that it is cooperating with the Egyptian government, yet it still awaits a response to the official request calling it to stop the work of certain opposing groups, reports Asharq Al-awsat.

Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said that there are Egyptian institutions harboring, supporting, and funding terrorist groups in Ethiopia.

He explained that they repeatedly addressed the Egyptian authorities regarding those institutions, and called on them to take suitable procedures against them and investigate them.

The minister said that both the Ethiopian and Egyptian go

Ethiopian PM Accuses Egyptian Institutions of Supporting Opposition Groups - Egyptian Paper

GERDDecember 24, 2016 - Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn said that there are Egyptian institutions harbouring, supporting, and funding terrorist groups in Ethiopia, during his interview on Al- Muqabla show aired on Al-Jazeera on Thursday, according to Daily News Egypt.

The prime mInister's comments came in response to a question regarding his country’s claims that Egypt and Eritrea are supporting opposition groups in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian PM explained that they repeatedly addressed the Egyptian authorities regarding those institutions, and called on them to take suitable procedures against them and investigate them,

Legal Issues Delay Impact Study of Ethiopia's GERD

GERDDecember 23, 2016 - The three downstream Abay (Nile) river countries were expected to finalize a deal with two consultancy firms early in August. However, the deal has not yet concluded, reports Capital.

Officials at Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity told Capital that the countries and the two French companies will sign the document that allows the firms to undertake a study on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The French companies that a tripartite national committee (TNC) of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt selected are BRL Ingenierie and Artelia, the second one replaced the Dutch firm Deltares when that company resigned ab

AU Chair Expresses Concern About Upcoming Summit in Ethiopia


December 16, 2016 - The African Union has expressed concern about Ethiopia’s current State of Emergency against the upcoming Heads of State Summit in the capital Addis Ababa in January 2017, according to Africa News.

The concerns were raised by the Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who met with the newly appointed Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs at the AU Headquarters on Tuesday.

The minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu allayed the fears of the AU chairperson by assuring that “the situation had now calmed down substantially and nothing untoward was anticipated to occur that could disrupt the Summit proceedings”.


Funding Issues Reason for Ethiopian Troop Withdrawal from Somalia

Ethiopia_SomaliaDecember 15, 2016 - Since October, Ethiopia has been withdrawing troops from Somalia. The redeployment highlights problems with the international community’s funding of military operations in Africa, reports France 24.

The Ethiopian troops had been assisting the internationally funded African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The draw-down could imperil Somalia’s chances of becoming a viable nation state.

Many assumed this redeployment was aimed at bolstering Ethiopia’s security forces in order to tackle the country’s ongoing six-month state of emergency. But the reasons are more complicated, revealing problems

Economic Integration Between Ethiopia and Djibouti Practical - Dr. Ismail Wais

Dr.-Ismail-WaisDecember 14, 2016 - The Economic Advisor of the Djiboutian President, Ismail Omar Gulleh, argues that economic integration between Ethiopia and Djibouti is no more a theoretical concept.

Economic Advisor of Djiboutian President, Dr. Ismail Wais, told Walta Information Center that the economic integration of Ethiopia and Djibouti is not a theoretical concept like in many part of the African continent. Rather it is a practical concept currently bearing its own fruit, he argued.

According to Dr. Wais, though continental economic integration is a far way phenomenon that will happen. However, it is a present reality between the two countries.  <

Ethiopia, Djibouti to Manage Chinese Railway Jointly

Ethio-DjiboutiDecember 13, 2016 - Ethiopia and Djibouti have entered an agreement which will see them establish a joint company which will manage the newly built Ethio-Djibouti railway, according to Africa News.

The 750-km railway line linking Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa and Red Sea state of Djibouti was formally inaugurated in October this year. The Chinese built project was aimed at creating new manufacturing industries, improving transport and further opening up landlocked Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, Ahmed Shide and his Djiboutian counterpart, Mohammed Abdulkadir Musa, signed the agreement after a negotiation that took more

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 mes

Ethiopia Commited to Facilitating Peaceful Elections in Somalia - FM

Ethiopia-to-help-SomaliaNovember 26, 2016 - The visiting Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has received assurance from Ethiopia about the country's commitment to ensure peace and tranquility during elections in Somalia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu today held talks with the visiting Somalia Prime Minister at his office covering issues of securing the upcoming election in Somalia.

According to Tewolde Mulgeta, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who attended the discussion, Dr. Workineh assured Prime Minister Sharmarke of Ethiopia's readiness to offer capacity building supports in addition to ensuring peace duri

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

S. Sudan Rebel Leader Denied Entry to Ethiopia, Returns to South Africa


November 21, 2016 –The leader of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar has been prevented from entering Ethiopia and was forced to return to South Africa, SPLM-IO officials told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

A senior rebel officials said Machar was stopped by the Ethiopian authorities upon his arrival from South Africa at Bole International Airport in Ethiopia and forced later to board another flight back to Johannesburg.

The rebel official, who preferred anonymity, said the rebel leader was heading to the SPLM-IO headquarters in Pagak near the Ethiopian border.

Machar was detained at the airport in A

King of Morocco Visits Ethiopia

King of MoroccoNovember 19, 2016 - Moroccan leader, King Mohamed VI, arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday for his first official visit to Ethiopia. This is the first time a Moroccan leader visited Addis Ababa since 1984, following Morocco’s withdrawal from the Organization of African Unity.

Over 40 business delegation from Rabat converged in Addis Ababa where they have held business and investment cooperation meetings with their Ethiopian counterparts. Among other things, it was disclosed that the Ethiopian government offered the Moroccan business delegation a plot of land to build an industrial park in Ethiopia.

During a discussion held at Sheraton A

Morocco’s OCP Announces $3.8 Billion Partnership Deal With Ethiopia

Morocco King visits EthiopiaNovember 19, 2016 — Morocco’s state-owned company OCP and the Ethiopian Ministry of Public Enterprise announced today the signing of a $2.4 billion dollar partnership aimed at building a large scale fertilizer plant in Ethiopia in the hopes of increasing fertilizer usage across the continent, reports Morocco World News.

The partnership entails the development of a world-class $2.4 billion fertilizer platform in Ethiopia, according to a statement released on November 19 by the OCP, the Moroccan world leader in the phosphate industry.

Most Corrupt Countries in Africa as Ranked by Transparency International

Corruption IndexNovember 18, 2016 - Africa is blessed with natural resources and abundance of young labor. Unfortunately Africans live in poverty and misery largely due to corrupt governments ruling many countries in the continent.

Transparency International publishes corruption perceptions index (CPI) annually. If CPI is 100 the country is free of corruption. A score of 0 indicates highly corrupt country.

The seven most corrupt countries in the world are Somalia (tied with North Korea), Afghanistand, Sudan, South Sudan, Angola and Libya. The least corrupt countries in the world are Denmark, Finland, Sweden and New Ze


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