IGAD Urges for Opening of Humanitarian Corridors in South Sudan
March 28, 2017 - Concerned with the worsening of humanitarian situation in South Sudan, IGAD urged for immediate measures for smooth provision of humanitarian assistance, according to ENA.
In a communiqué issued following its 30th Extra-Ordinary Summit held on Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya, IGAD decided that all humanitarian corridors should be immediately opened without any condition to allow safe access to affected people across the country.
In this regard, the summit called the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for a confirmation within a week.
The leaders condemned the proliferation of armed groups in South Sudan and called on all armed groups to renounce armed struggle as a means of solving the problems in South Sudan.
They also called upon all factions to immediately stop the fighting. In response to this call
Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to Ethiopia
March 24, 2017 – Menaced by Al Shabab militants and a worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are abandoning the land to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia, according UNHCR report. Hungry and exhausted, Aisha Yussuf Abdi, 40, and her seven young children finally reached Ethiopia at the end of a desperate three-day trek over the border from Somalia.
“We walked and slept on the road,” she says, her eyes flitting nervously as she recalls the journey. “I had to leave my husband and parents behind for my children to have a fighting chance to survive.”
Aisha is amongst some 4,300 Somali refugees who have fled Al Shabab violence and a worsening drought for Ethiopia this year – a growing number of them reaching safety pinched and gaunt through lack of food.
“People are arriving h
Ethiopia Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Group
March 23, 2017 - The Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved membership of Ethiopia and other 12 applicants to join the Bank, according to ENA.
The announcement would bring the total membership of the bank to 70, the website of AIIB indicated.
“The interest in joining AIIB from around the world affirms the rapid progress we have made to establish the bank as an international institution," the website quoted Jin Liqun, President of AIIB as saying.
“I am very proud that AIIB now has members from almost every continent and we anticipate further applications being considered by our Board of Governors later this year,” he added.
The 13 prospective members will officially join AIIB once they complete the required domestic processes and deposit the firs
As Toll Rises from Ethiopian Garbage Dump Collapse, Survivors Ask Why - NYT
March 23, 2017 - According to the latest government estimate, at least 113 people, were killed when part of the Repi landfill in the southwest of Ethiopia’s capital collapsed, according to the New York Times. In the days since, grieving survivors have been tormented by a pressing question: Could this tragedy have been prevented?
“We don’t know how such a thing could happen,” a weeping Ms. Hanna said. “Hopefully, someone can tell us and find a solution for the future. I hope this can be a lesson for the government, and that they remember us.”
The disaster is at odds with the image Ethiopia wants to project as a rapidly developing country. Poverty rates have decreased by more than 30 percent since 2000, according to the World Bank, and government officials have claimed economic growth in the
Ethiopian Tourism Discloses New Amharic Tagline: Midre Kedemt
March 22, 2017 - Ethiopian Tourism Transformation Council began it 4th regular meeting today. At the event, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, chair of the Council, introduced the Amharic version of the new tourism brand ‘Ethiopia, Land of Origins’ as ‘Midre Kedemt.’
Despite the huge tourism potential, Ethiopia’s is not benefiting more from the sector, said the Premier.
Works have been carried out to remove major impediments of the tourism industry by establishing Tourism Transformation Council, he added.
The Premier further said all stakeholders, including federal and regional states, are expected to play their parts for the success of the sector which is vital to improve the image and economy of the country. (FBC)
World Bank Announces Record 57 Billion USD to Finance Sub-Saharan Africa
March 21, 2017 - World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim yesterday announced a record 57 billion USD to finance Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years, according to ENA.
The bulk of the financing 45 billion USD will come from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for poorest countries.
The financing for Sub-Saharan Africa also will include an estimated 8 billion USD in private sector investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the Bank Group, and 4 billion USD in financing from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, its non-concessional public sector arm.
“This represents an unprecedented opportunity to change the development trajectory of the countries in the region,” Pres
Ethiopia, Tanzania Top Recipients of Indian Line of Credit
March 19, 2017 - Following the pledge made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the third India-Africa Forum to extend a total of 10 billion dollars in the form of concessional credit to African countries, the Export Import (EX-IM) Bank of India and Indian government has placed Ethiopia among the top recipients for a Line of Credits (LoCs) to the tune of 1.004 billion dollars, according to the Reporter. The top recipient was Tanzania with LoC of 1.115 billion dollars. The line of credit is suppored to be disbursed in the coming five years since the summit.
Speaking at the 12 CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India and Africa Project Partnership held in New Delhi on March 9 and 10, 2017, officials of the bank revealed that the two east African countries are currently by far the largest recip
Ethiopian Political Parties Fail to Reach Agreement - Report
March 19, 2017 - Ethiopia's 22 national political parties concluded their meeting today without reaching agreement on whether to involve third-party intermediaries or not in the upcoming dialogue, according to FBC.
During the meeting, all opposition political parties suggested the dialogue to be mediated by neutral bodies.
The ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), for its part opposed the idea and said “a third-party negotiator is unnecessary.”
After discussing on the issue for six hours, all parties agreed to meet again on March 29, 2017 to pass decision on it.
During the meeting, other parties also opposed Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum’s (MEDREK) proposal to negotiate with EPRDF unilaterally as a chie
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Visits Ethiopia
March 17, 2017 - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his country is interested in promoting development and investment ventures with Ethiopia, according to ENA.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has conferred with the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in his office.
The foreign minister said on the occasion that UK wants to work together with Ethiopia by supporting its activities in development and investment.
“We are talking about two great countries, Ethiopia and the U.K, and our bilateral relations on development and investments. Ethiopia is a great country with bright future and has a greater capacity in her gifted and talented youth population,” Boris noted.
The Foreign Secretary lauded Ethiopia’s development efforts and said he would make all the necessary efforts in person and in his c
Ethiopia: Death Toll from Garbage Dump Collapse Rises Sharply to 113
March 15, 2017 - The death toll from the garbage dump landslide last Saturday on the outskirt of Addis Ababa rose sharply to 113, according to latest report from FBC.
Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Ababa city, visited families of the victim today.
In a press conference he gave this evening, Diriba said the tragic accident claimed 113 lives so far.
The cause of the accident will be investigated by professionals from Addis Ababa University and America’s University of Texas.
Rescue workers have continued search for survivors. The country has begun three days of national mourning today. (FBC)
Ethiopia's Emergency Command Post Lifts Some Restrictions
March 15, 2017 - Ethiopia's Command Post for the State of Emergency announced that it has lifted some of the restrictions imposed more than five months ago, according to ENA.
The curfew that was imposed on movements around major infrastructural facilities from 6:00 P.M to 6:00 A.M for security reasons is among the lifted restrictions.
Siraj Fagessa, Minister of Defense and Head of the Secretariat of the Command Post told reporters that the situation for which the restrictions were imposed could now be treated on a regular law enforcement processes.
Furthermore, the arrest of suspects and conducting searches without search warrants has also been lifted.
Siraj added that the article to restrict and control messages on radio, TV, literature, pictures, photographs, theater and film productions have
Ethiopian to Host International Aviation Symposium
March 14, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines will host the 4th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aviation Training and Training Plus Symposium April 11-13, 2017 in Addis Ababa, according to Walta.
CEO of Ethiopian, Tewolde Geberemariam, in his briefings to journalists, said that the symposium is the first in Africa of its kind and will be marked under the theme “Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity”.
The new cargo terminal will also be inaugurated during the symposium days he said; adding that this Cargo terminal is the largest and most modern in Africa, with annual cargo capacity of 650 thousand tons, in the coming couple of months that transforms Addis Ababa as one of the best Cargo Hubs in the air cargo industry.
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