• Ethiopia Rejects Egypt’s Preconditions to Rejoin Nile Basin Initiative

    Ethiopia-Rejects-Egypt-NBI-PreconditionsMay 21, 2017 - Ethiopia has rejected Egypt’s pre-condition to rejoin the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) some seven years after it walked out of the platform in the aftermath of the Entebbe deal, where the riparian countries agreed to abide by the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) said., according to the Reporter

    Following suggestion of the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, leaders of 11 Nile riparian countries were scheduled to hold a meeting this week to discuss ways Egypt could rejoin the initiative it walked out of in protest to the CFA agreement.

    However, the planned meeting was postponed at least for one more month upon the request of the Ethiopian government because of the so-called preconditions forwarded by Egypt, the r

  • General Electric Opens New Office in Ethiopia

    General-ElectricMay 19, 2017 - American based company, General Electric (GE), is consolidating its footprint in Africa with the official opening of GE Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa this week, according to FBC.
    Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome was the Guest of Honor and was joined by Mr. Jay Ireland, President & CEO of GE Africa; Mr. Daniel Hailu, CEO of GE in Ethiopia, as well as distinguished guests from the local Public and Private sector.

    The newly inaugurated facility has the capacity to host up to 60 staff members and represents a tangible commitment from GE towards a long-term partnership with its Ethiopian customers.

    GE continues to be a key partner for Africa with significant presence in the Sub-Saharan Africa region with over 2600 employees, revenues of about 3.9 billion US dollars (2016) and operations in 33

  • Axum Obelisk to Get Renovated with 2 Million Euros

    Axum-Oblesik-to-get-renovatedMay 16, 2017 - The 24 meter high Axum Obelisk will soon get renovated according to ENA report. An agreement was signed yesterday at Axum town between the Ethiopian government Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages, a local company called MH Engineering, and an Italian consultant Studio Croci.

    Authority Director-General, Yonas Desta, said the renovation of the obelisk is necessary because the device fitted on the obelisk to absorb shock has failed due to age, sun light and rain.

    The Government of Ethiopia has allocated 2 million Euros for the renovation of the obelisk which is expected to be completed within a year.

    The Italian consulting company, Studio Croci, is the one that reinstalled the Axum obelisk upon its return from Italy.

    Axum University a

  • China Pledges Billions in Assistance to Countries Under Belt, Road Initiative

    Chinese-PresidentMay 16, 2017 - Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged today 8.7-billion-USD assistance for developing countries and international organizations under the Belt and Road Initiative.

    At the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum where some 29 leaders were in attendance, the President outlined the most ambitious plan for the "Belt and Road Initiative".

     President Xi also pledged additional 14.5 billion USD to the Silk Road Fund set up in 2014 to finance infrastructural projects for countries along the belt and road.

     China will also establish up to 50 joint laboratories in countries along the belt to enhance cooperation on innovation, he added. 

     Furthermore, the President called for closer economic cooperation among countries across Asia, Europe and Africa.

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  • Ethiopia Officially Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Ethiopia-Joins-AIIBMay 14, 2017 - Ethiopia has officially joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), according to FBC. AIIB aims to support development of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region.
    “First of all, we are very happy that you decided to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. And also we are delighted that we ratified it. Because we meant now you are a full member of this bank as of today”, AIIB President Jin Liqun said.

    Ethiopia submitted its application to join the Asian Infrastructure Bank in 2015.

    The President also invited Ethiopia to attend the second annual meeting of the board of governors to be held next month in Jeju, South Korea.

    Ethiopia is the third African country, after South Africa and Egypt, to join the Bank.

    By enhancing connectivity and econo

  • Ethiopia, World Bank Sign 108M USD Loan Agreement

    world-bank-loans-ethiopia-USD108MMay 10, 2017 - The World Bank has extended 108.10 million USD loan to Ethiopia for the implementation of the Fourth Phase of Productive Safety Net Project (PSNP), according to ENA.

    The loan agreement was signed by Finance and Economic Cooperation State Minister Admasu Nebebe and World Bank Country Director Carolyn Turk.

    During the occasion, State Minister Admasu said the loan will be used for the implementation of PSNP program.

    It will enable to scale-up the PSNP to reach drought affected households not currently receiving any support and strengthen the response of the PSNP to core beneficiaries suffering from the drought, he added.

    He noted this additional financing is another testimony to the bank’s continued support to government programs that aim to improve the livelihoods of affected Ethi

  • South Sudanese Arrests Ethiopian Rebels in Juba

    South-Sudan-Arrests-Ethiopian-RebelsMay 10, 2017 - South Sudanese intelligence officials have reportedly arrested six Ethiopian rebels belonging to the Unity Patriot Front in the capital, Juba, according to FBC.

    The leader of the Ethiopian Unity Patriot Front (EUPF), General Thowath Pal Chay, has accused his rebel movement’s spokesperson, Colonel Pal Ojulu of allegedly being behind the group members’ detention in South Sudan.

    Ojulu, however, dismissed allegations made by the rebel group leader.

    “I was not aware of arrest of his groups which he formed in Juba without the knowledge of South Sudan government and reports of arrests by South Sudan National Security Service,” he told Sudan Tribune Monday.

    The EUPF spokesperson instead accused the EUPF chairman of having abandoned his forces and rus

  • Tedros Adhanom Becomes First African to Lead World Health Organization

    TedrosMay 25, 2017 - Ethiopia’s former foreign minister has been elected to serve as the next director-general of the World Health Organization — the first African picked to lead the global health agency.

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 52, will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan on July 1.

    It took three rounds of secret-ballot voting for Tedros Adhanom to claim the top job on Tuesday. But from the start of balloting it was clear momentum was going his way.

    He topped every vote, starting in January when the WHO’s executive board whittled a long list of six candidates down to the final three.

    On Tuesday, he was the top vote-getter in a three-way faceoff, knocking Dr. Sania Nishtar, 54, of Pakistan, out of competition. He defeated Dr. David Nabarro, 67, of Britain in the final ballot, earning 133 votes to Nabarro’s 50. There were t

  • Deepening Ties with Egypt Not Targeting Ethiopian Dam - Eritrea

    Eritrea-Egypt-deepening-relationsMay 22, 2017 - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki denied his country’s deepening relations with Egypt signify plans to disrupt Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam, according to Bloomberg.

    “The claim by the Ethiopian regime that the relation between Eritrea and Egypt is targeting the millennium dam is unfounded,” the Ministry of Information said on its website, citing a May 21 interview with Isaias in the capital, Asmara.

    Egypt’s government has maintained the position that Ethiopia’s construction of the hydropower dam on the main tributary of the Nile River contravenes colonial-era treaties that grant it the right to the bulk of the river’s water. Ethiopian officials reject the accords as obsolete and unjust. The plant, bein

  • Ethiopian PM Concerned Over Reluctance of Citizens to Return from Saudi Arabia

    PM-concerned-with-Saudi-RepatriationMay 21, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has expressed concern that Ethiopian nationals residing illegally in Saudi Arabia are not returning home as expected, according to FBC.
    Even if the 90 days deadline Saudi Arabia has given to all foreign nationals residing illegally in the country is drawing closer, very few Ethiopians have returned home as compared to the expected number.

    The amnesty period for illegal foreign nationals to leave the kingdom without paying fines or facing legal measures started on March 29, 2017.

    Noting that the deadline is drawing closer, the Prime Minister urged citizens residing illegally in Saudi Arabia to return home before the expiry of the period to avoid inconveniences.

    The Premier expressed fear that a situation worse than the previous crackdown by the

  • Ethiopian Emperor in Exile: The Untold Story

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    May 20, 2017 ( - On May 5, 1941, Ethiopian Emperor Hailesellasie made a grand entry to the capital, Addis Ababa, pleased that after five years in exile, he was finally back to his country and the people who worshipped him. The day is now celebrated every year as the Patriot’s Victory Day. His return symbolizes the failure of Italy’s attempt to colonize Ethiopia. However, there has been a lot of controversy over the years on the emperor’s decision to exile when things got tough. There have also been different stories on how the king and his family coped up with life as refugee in England. The new book titled Imperial Exile, by British author Keith Bowers, investigates in some depth into the life of Hailesellasie and his family in Bath, England.

    When the emperor decided to leave

  • INSA Reports Ethiopia Hit by 256 Cyber Attacks in Six Months

    Ethiopia-HIt-by-Cyber-AttacksMay 19, 2017 - Ethiopia was hit by 256 grand cyber attacks in the first six months this fiscal year (2016/17), according to the Information Network Security Agency (INSA) of Ethiopia, reports FBC.
    Telecommunication, financial institutions and infrastructures were among the targets of the attacks, Mohammed Edris, communication head of INSA told Fana Broadcasting Corporate yesterday.

    He said Ethiopia was one of the 11 African nations targeted by last Friday’s Wanna Cry ransomware cyber attack that hit 155 countries worldwide.

    According to Mohammed, INSA was able to prevent the cyber attacks without causing serious damages.

    Taking into consideration that the threats will continue in the future, the agency is working in collaboration with institutions that are at risk of cyber attacks, he said.

  • Chinese President Calls for Stronger Relations with Ethiopia

    Ethiopia-China-to-Strength-RelationsMay 16, 2017 - Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has said his country and Ethiopia needed to elevate bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, according to Africa News.

    According to him, Ethiopia was crucial to China’s cooperation with the continent at large hence the need to upgrade ties to reflect the “strategic aspect and the high level of political mutual trust of the bilateral relations”.

    Xi was speaking during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who was in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for May 14 and 15.

    The Chinese leader also urged the two countries to promote cooperation in such areas as connectivity, production capacity, trade and economy, people-to-people exchanges,

  • Media Urged to Help in Safe Return of Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia

    Safe-return-EThiopians-Saudi-ArabiaMay 14, 2017 - Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Aklilu Hailemikael underscored the significant role media can play on the ongoing effort to ensure the safe repatriation of undocumented Ethiopian citizens to their home country, according to FBC.
    He added the hardships and inconveniences during the 2013 repatriation following a violent crackdown on migrant workers after a seven-month amnesty period had expired should not be reoccurred.

    To this end, added the State Minister, a national taskforce has also been established to effectively coordinate their safe return.

    He added, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also established a committee which is aggressively working in close coordination with Ethiopian Missions in Saudi Arabia.

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    They took several steps toward cementing their relationship; committing to implementing previously signed agreements, creating a high level joint cooperation committee and working to encourage the free movement of goods and services between Somalia and Ethiopia.

    They also made plans to start direct flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu and public transportation between the two countries.

    PM Hailemariam also expressed appreciation for the commitment made by Somalia’s government and leaders of federal member states to tackle security problems, including boosting Somalia’s secur

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    At 39, Macron will be France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Macron, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 66% to Le Pen’s 34%, according to latest counts.
    Addressing thousands of supporters in the grand courtyard of the Louvre, the vast Paris palace-turned-museum, Macron said he would defend France and Europe. He said Europe and

  • Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation Criticized for Failing Its Responsibilities

    EBC-CriticizedMay 7, 2017 - Members of Ethiopian Parliament criticized the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corportation for failing to live up to its responsibilities as a public media, according to the Reporter. The members of parliament said the corporation is influenced by public officials and does not always serve the interests of the Ethiopian people.

    The corporation was also criticized for tedius programming and increasing reliance on advertisements, according to the report.

    The corporation General Manager, Seyoum Mekonnen, acknowledged some of the problems the corporation is facing, and even cited examples of interference from some public officials. As an example, he disclosed recent calls from officials of the Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), an organization affiliated with the Ethiopian Ministry of Defense, 

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    UN-HR-denied-full-accessMay 7, 2017 - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who paid an official visit to Ethiopia this week, expressed his concern over the misuse of legislations in Ethiopia to suppress human rights and basic freedoms, according to the Reporter. Among other things, he noted that his team was not commissioned to assess the human rights situation in Oromia and Amhara regional states.

    During his official visit, the commissioner, Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein, discussed issues related to human rights in the country with government officials, opposition leaders and civic society representatives.

    On Thursday afternoon, during a press briefing he gave at the UNECA, Al Hussein said that his team was unable to access and investigate concerns related to human rights in Oromia and Amhara regions where there were wides

  • AU Calls on South Sudan Warring Parties to Stop Violence

    AU-calls-SS-stop-violenceMay 2, 2017 - Concerned over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, the African Union Commission has called on the warring parties to desist from escalating violence, according to ENA.

    The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed "deep" concern over the increasing military clashes in youngest east African nation especially in the restive Upper Nile region.

    The Chairperson urged the Transitional Government of National Unity and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in the country to immediately stop fighting.

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