• Donald Trump is a “Brainless Billionaire” – Al-Shabaab

    Trump-brainlessJuly 25, 2017 - Al-Shabaab, an Al-qaeda affiliate group in Somalia, released a video mocking President Donald Trump as a "brainless billionaire". This comes after the president steeped up military efforts against the extremist group.

    The video released on Sunday includes criticism of Trump as it addresses next month's presidential election in neighboring Kenya. Al-Shabaab has claimed a growing number of deadly attacks in Kenya as the election approaches, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a new offensive against the extremists.

    Trump has approved expanded military operations against al-Shabaab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.

    The new video says US voters elected "arguably the most stupid president

  • Elephant Kills Spanish Tourist in Ethiopia

    Spanish-man-killed-by-elephantJuly 24, 2017 - A Spanish tourist, who was visiting Ethiopia’s Chebera-Churchura Nature Park, died after being trampled and gored by an elephant in Chebera-Churchura Nature Park, located in Southern part of Ethiopia.

    Ethiopian witnesses said the man did not follow the instructions and approached the elephant despite the danger. The victim reportedly climbed out of his vehicle to get a better shot but was then hit with the animal's trunk and stabbed in the body with its tusk. It is believed that the man was killed while attempting to get close-up images of the animal.

    The Spanish government confirmed his death on Sunday 23 July and the country's embassy, based in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, is now co-ordinating with authorities to have his body returned.The identity of the victim is yet to

  • Ugandan Jets Bomb Rebel Held Areas in South Sudan

    Ugandan-jets-bomb-S.SudanJuly 23, 2017 - Ugandan gunships bombed civilians populated areas in northern upper Nile, the SPLM/SPLA, South Sudan’s main armed opposition accused Uganda. “The attack was carried out at around 3:30 pm on July 20th, 2017, in Thocdeng by two Ugandan gunships and one other MI helicopter that was not identified, which accompanied and landed within two minutes near the enemy trenches. The two military gunships started bombardment on the SPLA-IO position at Thocdeng” said, Brig.General William Gatjiath Deng, SPLA-IO military spokesman.

    According to SPLA-IO military spokesman, Ugandan government bombarded their strongholds in Northern Upper Nile at around the same time when President Museveni was holding meetings with SPLM factions in Entebbe, Kampala, Uganda.

    “The SPLA-IO artilaries unit had excessivel

  • Ethiopian Airlines Aims to be Connecting Force for Afro-Sino Ties

    Ethiopian-Afro-Sino-TiesJuly 23, 2017 - As Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force between African and China, Ahmed Shide, minister of Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport, disclosed Ethiopia’s plan to have strategic cooperation with China on the aviation sector. 

    Ethiopia's aim to be an African aviation hub connecting the continent to the world's most populous country in the world is also where Ethiopia's aviation dreams intersect with China's capital and expertise.

    "Aviation is an important area of cooperation by both governments, with Ethiopia's national air carrier Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force between African and China," says Shide.

    Ethiopian Airlines already has five flight destinations to China ,they are Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

    "We p

  • Chinese Investors Created 28,000 Jobs in Ethiopia

    Jobs-created-by-Chinese-InvestorsJuly 22, 2017 - The number of jobs created by Chinese investors in Ethiopia has reached more than 28,000, according to Xinhau. According to the report, a total of 28,391 jobs were created by 279 Chinese companies in Ethiopia during the period of January 2012 to January 2017, of which 20,072 were permanent while the remaining 8,319 were temporary jobs. “Out of these jobs, over 19,000 were created in Ethiopia’s manufacturing sector as Ethiopia is leading its African peers by attracting companies from China both in numbers and financial capital, with a total number of 276 projects both under implementation and operation phase during the stated period,” Xinhua quoted Hailu Mekonnen, Ethiopian Investment Commission’s communication  director.   

    The data from the Ethiopian Investment Commission further indic

  • Toyota Targeting Ethiopian Market

    Toyota-targeting-Ethiopian-MarketJuly 22, 2017 - Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a Japanese company, globally known in automotive manufacturing, has targeted Ethiopia as its new African destination in the coming few years, according to the Reporter.
    Yoshihiko Yokoi, vice president of Toyota Corporation, who is also chairman of Japanese Association of Corporate Executives, told The Reporter that Ethiopia will be the next destination for the company he is leading and for other Japanese investors, as well.
    As a startup, Toyota has already finalized a deal to joint venture with another Japanese company and enter the Ethiopian market, the vice president told The Reporter. According to him, Toyota has already bought 40 percent stake from Hiroki Co. Ltd, another Japanese firm, which is in the pipeline to be engaged in garment business in Ethiopia.

  • Riek Machar Rejects Ceasefire Request by International Mediators

    Riek-MacharJuly 21, 2017 - Festus Mogae, the former President of Botswana and an international mediator on South Sudan, told the UN Security Council that Riek Machar declined to renounce violence or declare a unilateral ceasefire, reports The Star. The Former South Sudanese president instead demanded new peace talks outside the war-torn country, according to Mogae .

    The United Nations has warned of a possible genocide as millions of South Sudanese have fled their homes, the oil-producing economy is in a tail-spin, crop harvests are devastated because of the worst drought in years and millions face famine.

    "The message I conveyed to Dr Riek Machar was to renounce violence, declare a unilateral ceasefire and participate in the national dialogue. He declined to do so," Mogae said. "He demanded a new political process by the region outside South Sud

  • Ethiopia Sets $US30 Billion Textile Export Target for 2030

    Ethiopia-Sets-Lofty-textile-targetJuly 25, 2017 - Ethiopia has set a target of $US30bn in export earnings by 2030 for the country's fledging textile and garment sector. The Ethiopian Ministry of Industry made the remarks during a workshop to promote the Ethiopian textile industry.

    Ethiopia has nearly 175 textile units, however, the country is in the throes of developing several major textile parks. Indeed, Ethiopia attracted investments of US$1.2 billion in the first six months of the current Ethiopian budget year despite being under a state of emergency. Among the investment, money poured in from ten leading Chinese companies, half which are licensed in textile and garment manufacturing industries, according to the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Investors included Jiangsu Sunshine Group, which engages in wool textiles and garmen

  • Saudi Arabia’s Amnesty Expires; 340,000 Undocumented Ethiopians Still Remain

    Saudi-amnesty-expiresJuly 25, 2017 - As Saudi Arabia’s amnesty program for undocumented workers expires today, illegal works are being arrested, reports Africa news.  The Ethiopian government helped facilitate exit visas for thousand of its nationals who were illegally residing in Saudi, most of whom went to work as laborers.

    Figures indicate that there are about 400,000 such illegal residents but so far only about 60,000 of them have taken the amnesty program to return. The process till this stage has involved the issuing of the initial 90-day amnesty – during which time authorities in Addis Ababa expressed worry over the slow rate of return.

    On June 28, 2017, the Ethiopian government requested for an extension of the amnesty of the over 400,000 nationals expected back home; the Ministry of Foreign Affai

  • Ethiopia, South Korea to Discuss North Korea’s Nuclear and Ballistic Threats

    Ethiopia-South-Korea-CooperationJuly 24, 2017 - Following memorandum of understanding that Korea signed with Ethiopia to bolster their military partnerships, the two sides are scheduled to discuss cooperation against North Korea's nuclear and ballistic threats today, a South Korean military official said. "They will also share thoughts on bilateral military exchanges and U.N. peacekeeping operations," added the official. 

    Led by Brig. Gen. Park Chul-kyun, the deputy director general for international policy will meet the Ethiopian representatives headed by Desta Abiche, who is in charge of the Ethiopian defense ministry's international cooperation, today.

    The South Korean delegation will head to Uganda afterwards.Park is scheduled to meet with David Muhoozi, the chief of the country's Defense Forces, Thursday.


  • Ethiopia Reconsidering Tax Plan Following Widening Protests

    Revenue-authorities-scrap-tax-hikeJuly 24, 2017 - Ethiopia Revenue and Custom Authority are reportedly reconsidering a proposed tax hike for small businesses, the Addis Standard news portal has reported.

    The decision comes in the wake of widening protests by affected business people. Shops were closed in the Oromia State early last week in defiance of the new tax. By Friday, the action had spread to the capital Addis Ababa, with shops in some parts closed.

    The report cited the head of the Ethiopia Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA), Kebede Chane, as saying the decision to revise the tax directive followed the complaints they had received from affected persons.

    He is also quoted by other local portals to have said that micro business owners including barbers / hair dressers, tailors, laborers, and stre

  • Half of Ethiopia’s Youth Chew Khat (Chat) – NY Times

    Half-Ethiopian-Youth-chew-KhatJuly 23, 2017 - Ethiopian authorities stated that about half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew Khat, according to New York Times report.  The Ethiopian government is worried that the habit could derail its plans to transform Ethiopia into a middle-income country in less than a decade ― a national undertaking that will require an army of young, capable workers, it says. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name.

    Khat is legal and remains so mainly because it is a big source of revenue for the government. But there are mounting concerns about its widespread use.

    As many as 1.2 million acres of land are thought to be devoted to khat, nearly three times more than two decades ago. And the amount of money khat generates per acre surpasses all other crops, including coffee, Ethiopia’s biggest export, s

  • Egypt to Inaugurate Largest Military Base in Middle East

    Mohamed-Naguib-Military-BaseJuly 22, 2017 - Egypt is to inaugurate Mohamed Naguib Military Base, the largest military base in the Middle East, located in Al-Hamam area, west of Alexandria. The inauguration ceremony will be held in the presence of the country’s president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, reports Al-ahram.

    The military base will also serve as a headquarters to some forces of the Northern Military Unit, which is expected to increase its efficiency in protecting west of Alexandria, the North Coast, the currently under construction Al-Dabaa nuclear power plant, oil fields, the new Alamein City, among other sites.

    The base will also be used in military exercises with the armies of other countries. The base is named after Mohamed Naguib, the primary leader of the Egyptian revolution in 1952 and the first president of the Republic of Egypt

  • Djibouti, Ethiopia Cooperate in Potash Trade

    Ethiopia-Djibouti-Potash-ExportJuly 22, 2017 - In a bid to support Ethiopia’s potash export, Djibouti announced plan to construct USD 98 million road project, reported Bloomberg. Djibouti’s government has recently inked a construction agreement with Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi & Sons Co, a Kuwaiti based firm.

    According to Aboubaker Omar Hadi, the chairman of Djibouti’s ports authority, Djibouti is going to charge Ethiopian potash exporters around 7.50 USD per metric ton handled by the new port. Ethiopia plans to export an annual 74,000 tons of the mineral by 2019, according to the nation’s five year plan it dubbed Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).

    According to Aboubaker, the Kuwaiti firm will construct 128 kilometers road that connects the port with the Ethiopia’s border. Ethiopia on the other hand intended to provide an

  • Development Bank of Ethiopia Forming Asset Management Company

    Development-Bank-EthiopiaJuly 22, 2017 - The Development Bank of Ethiopia has finally got the go-ahead from the National Bank of Ethiopia to establish a company which will mainly deal with management of assets under its ownership, according to the Reporter.

    The bank has been in consultation with the central bank as well as the Ministry of Trade to get the permission for this service.

    The new company, which is called Ethiopian Capital and Investment PLC, has been established with a capital of 10 million birr, where DBE owns 99.9 percent of the company.

    This has come following DBE’s legal and institutional limitation to administer factories and companies, which were confiscated from borrowers because of failure to pay loan borrowed from the Bank.

    As of June 30, 2016, The Bank’s total outstanding loan was 31.63 billion birr. From this,

  • Ethiopian Airlines Taking Over Nigerian Market

    Ethiopian-Winning-Nigeria-MarketJuly 21, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines is winning the hearts of Nigerian passengers, according to business daily.  Ethiopian Airline’s relatively cheaper fares, easy connectivity and, most recently, concerted efforts by the airline at becoming a one-stop-shop for tourists in Africa are the reasons for it's success in Nigeria.

    According to Business Daily’s investigations, an economy class return ticket to Dubai on Ethiopian Airlines, costs N161,408, while same goes for N260,534 on Emirates Airlines. Furthermore, an economy class return ticket to London by connecting flight on Ethiopian Airlines, costs N159,840 it goes for N502,884 on British Airways, and costs N317, 767 on Etihad Airways. Atlanta, which is also a frequent destination for Nigerians, costs N452,125 for a return flight, using Ethiopian Airlines. The

  • Tax-Hike Protests Reach Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa

    Ethiopian-Custom-RevenueJuly 21, 2017 - Tax-hike protests that started in Ethiopia’s largest regional state has now reached the Capital Addis Ababa, according to Africa News.  Some business owners in the Ethiopian capital haven’t opened their doors today, protesting against new daily income estimations.

    Speaking on the subject, officials from the Ethiopia Revenue and Customs Authority stated that there was some misunderstanding of the tax directive. ‘‘We have not imposed such taxes. The confusion is due to lack of understanding and the tendency of considering daily incomes as taxes.’‘ There has yet to be an official communication on the current situation.

    Be that as it may, some businesses in Ethiopia’s largest open-air-market Merkato have refused to open as part of a tax-hike protest that has hit sma

  • Over 130,000 Undocumented Ethiopians Living in Saudi Arabia Received Exit Visas

    Ethiopian-returnees-Saudi-ArabiaJuly 20, 2017 - Over 130,000 undocumented Ethiopians have received exit visa from Saudi Arabia up to Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed.

    So far 60,000 Ethiopians have already returned to their country in the aforementioned period.  “The government and other stakeholders have been actively engaged for the speedy return of undocumented citizens from Saudi Arabia before the 30-day extended amnesty period expires on July 24, 2017,” Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs State Minister quoted by Ethiopian Herald, as saying.

    The State Minister, who is also the Chairperson of the National Task Force for Saudi Returnees, indicated that Saudi Arabian Airlines joined effort with the Ethiopian flag carrier in the repatriation process.

  • Business Owners in Ethiopia’s Largest Regional State Strike against Revised Tax law

    Anti-Tax-Strike-OromiaJuly 20, 2017 - Following the imposition of a revised tax law by the Ethiopian government, some business owners in the country’s largest regional state Oromiya have gone on strike, reported Reuters.  Ethiopian government officials also stated that some vehicles belonging to public institutions have been attacked.

    On Wednesday, business owners and residents in the town of Ambo, a town located in western part of Ethiopia Ababa told Reuters that almost all shops, hotels and restaurants there have now been shut after open-ended strikes were called on Monday.

    "The entire city is at a standstill. Everything is closed," one resident quoted by Reuters as saying. "The roads are empty apart from the large presence of police."

    Residents in nearby Woliso and Ginchi said retail businesses there were also c

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