- Ethiopian Force Ambushed by Al-Shabaab; Massive Response Expected
January 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian National Defence Forces were ambushed by al-Shabaab forces in Somalia this week, according to AP report. Ethiopia is preparing for a massive offensive in return.
The Ethiopian forces were on peacekeeping convoy in Somalia when the attack by al-Shabaab happened. According to reports, the ambush occurred when the Ethiopian convoy was traveling from Burhakaba to Baidoa in Somalia's southwest.
Al-Shabaab claimed several Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for the deadly hotel assault in Nairobi and deadly attacks on forces inside Somalia.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed that Al Shabaab attacked a convoy carrying Ethiopian soldiers who were on a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, according to the Reporter.
- EPRDF Exec Committee Concludes Meeting, Lauds Achievements
January 18, 2019 - The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded its meeting today, according to FBC news report.
According to a statement issued following conclusion of the meeting, the leadership committee commended the measures taken following the decisions of the 11th Organizational Congress of EPRDF to widen the political landscape.
Achievements cited were the release of prisoners, the return of exiled political parties and armed group to the country, improvement in the protection of human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press were stated as some of the gains made from the efforts made to expand the democratic space.
Also cited were the coming of more women to power, the reconciliation between religious institutions and their
- Ethiopia's Investment in Agriculture is Paying Off
January 18, 2018 (Ezega.com) - Agriculture is the backbone of Ethiopia’s economy. It accounts for about 42% of the country’s GDP and employs an estimated 80% of the population. With a 10% economic growth rate per annum, Ethiopia is emerging as a force to reckon with in terms of development in the continent.
And with an ambitious prime minister like Abiy Ahmed in office, there are no signs that Ethiopia’s determinations for further growth will fade any time soon .It is clear from the government’s development blueprint, Ethiopia intends to achieve middle-income status by 2025.
2011-2015 Agricultural Goals:
Ethiopia’s government came up with the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) to achieve certain
- Ethiopia Detains 835 Armed OLF Militants
January 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopia detained 835 armed militants of OLF who were conducting various illegal activities and disrupting peace in Oromia, accodring to the statement released by the Ethiopian national defense forces.
Operations were conducted by the Command Post established to prevent conflict at Benishangul Gumuz and western Oromia regional states, according to a report by FBC.
According to the statement, most public, private and business activities have resumed, including services stopped due to security concerns.
The command post praised the public for providing assistance, leads and tips in detaining suspects and recovering looted properties.
According to the latest report, the Command Post has so far recovered 4 Bern machine guns, 61 Kalashnikov guns, 105 old-fashioned weapons, 8 pistols,
- Bank Robberies Sweep Oromia Region
January 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Bank robberies have swept parts of the Oromia region this week, according to Deutsche Welle (DW) Amharic Service.
According to the report, severteen banks have been robbed in the last two days alone.
Six banks were robbed in Wollega, West Oromo region of Ethiopia, yesterday since 11 a.m. local time in Hawa Gelan, Erob Gebeya, Mechara, Sedi Chinka towns in the region.
He added that armed men took unspecified amount of money and abducted bank emplyees, which makes it difficult to know how much money was taken.
Oromia United Bank and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia branches were the targets of the armed robberies.
The militant wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is believed to be behind the robberies.
The gunmen also destroyed two government offices
- Ethiopia Awards GERD Electro-Mechanical Work to Chinese Firms
January 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Ethiopian government made two separate agreements worth USD 200 million to complete the hydraulic steel structures and electromechanical work that has delayed the completion of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to the Ethiopian Reporter.
The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) awarded Voith Hydro Shanghai Ltd, a chinese firm based in Germany, to supply and install six turbine generators. According to the agreement, the firm will receive USD 77.9 million. Abraham Belay (PhD), CEO of EEP, and Voith deputy, Tang Xu, signed the agreement on Thursday.
The EEP also made another agreement with Power China, another chinese firm, to construct the hydraulic steel structure component of the GERD. For USD 125.6, Power China will finalize the steel structure construction by
- Maternal Deaths Down by 70 Percent in Ethiopia
January 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopia has reduced the rate of maternal mortality by more than 70% according to a statement by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia.
The health officials cited the 1990 World Health Organization (WHO) report where the mortality rate for mothers was 1,250 in every 100,000, but now stands at 353 in every 100,000. A drop of about 70%.
In a research published in the Lancet covering the period from 1990 to 2013, it was reported the most causes of maternal deaths are complication arising from unsafe abortions (15%), obstructed labor (6%), hypertensive disorders during pregnancy (10%), postpartum bleeding (15%) and postpartum infections (8%).
Despite the decline reported in Ethiopia, 50% of the deaths are still caused by hypertension during pregnancy, obstructed labor, hemorrhage,
- Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea Open Oumhajir-Humera Border
January 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have officially opened Oumhajir-Humera border yesterday.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki were among the dignitaries, as were the deputy administrator of Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael, and the Administrator of Amhara region, Gedu Endargachew.
According to the sate media, Ethiopian News Agency, the border was opened to grow people-to-people relations on both sides and facilitate cross-border trade.
This opening of the Oumhajir-Humera border is the continuation of normalizing of Ethio-Eritrea relations, ENA reported.
It is unknown why this route was opened while restricting or closing borders elsewhere, particularly the Zalambesa border.
Upon arrival, the Ethiopian delegation was welcomed by Pr
- Peace Deal Strengthened Isaias Afewerki
January 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) - To many people, Isaias Afewerki’s regime was totally forgotten in recent years before Abiy Ahmed arrived for him and his economically crippled country. On the 5th of June 2018, Ethiopia announced it would abide by the year 2000 Algiers peace agreement that brought the border war with Ethiopia to a halt.
The peace deal awarded several disputed territories to Eritrea, including the hotly contested town of Badme.
For a long time, Ethiopia refused to withdraw its troops from these territories, hence making border demarcation virtually impossible. But the peace agreement marked a new beginning moving forward.
Since the signing of the peace deal, not much has changed in Eritrea, apart from the opening of the border crossing which was recently closed temporar
- 400,000 Displaced People Returned to Their Homes in Oromia
January 3, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopia has returned more than 400,000 people displaced people to their respective places in Oromia, according to Oromia Disaster Risk Management Commission.
The people were displaced due to a series of conflicts along the border between Oromia and Somali regions states.
They were returned to their former homes in Moyale, Borena, Guji, Bale, East and West Hararghe bordering woredas and kebeles.
“Resettlement of the displaced took place as the security situation stabilized and peace prevailed in the border areas of the two regional states,” he added.
In cooperation with concerned bodies, the government is working to resolve the root causes of the clashes that happened in Moyale recently.
The commisioner further said there is still u
- Britain Provided One Billion USD in Development Assistance to Ethiopia - Ambassador
January 2, 2018 - The outgoing British ambassador to Ethiopia, Susanna Moorehead, disclosed that Britain provided about one billion USD in development assistance to Ethiopia in the last three years.
She disclosed this information while bidding farewell to Ethiopian officials and others in the capital Addis Ababa.
She said her country financed various development projects in Ethiopia, including a program that benefited 4 million pregnant mothers and children under 5.
Britain has also built a project that increased access to safe drinking water for 5 million Ethiopians, according to the ambassador.
Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu bid farewell to the outgoing UK Ambassador to Ethiopia Susanna Moorehead this morning.
The Ethiopian Foreign MInister thanked Moorehead‘s endeavor to enhan
- Ethiopia Revises Civil Organizations Law
January 1, 2019 - The Ethiopian civil society organizations (CSOs) proclamation has been revised and sent to the Council of Ministers, according to the Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia.
The Federal Attorney General, Berhanu Tsegaye, said a new draft bill was presented to the House for approval and will come into effect once it is approved.
He did not disclose details of the new of law, but he said the draft law took into consideration constitutional and international conventions which focused on the right to organize, he said.
The Attorney General also disclosed that Ehiopia is amending the anti-terrorism law and it will be presented to pertinent bodies for approval soon.
Successive Ethiopian governments have been legistlating laws that curtailed one freedom after another in the name
- The Challenges of Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia
December 30, 2018 (Ezega.com) - Since 2000, Ethiopia has made significant progress in alleviating poverty. It has made great strides in different Millennium Development Goals; including disease eradication and reducing the infant mortality rate. Despite the efforts made, Ethiopia ranks high amongst the countries with the highest poverty rates, as per World Bank data.
The factors contributing to poverty in the country are rooted in its economic, political, geographic, demographic, environment and overall policy. Ethiopia is characterized by low income, weak capital and investment, and high unemployment rates.
Its agrarian-based economy has been subject to the whims of natural forces and it can’t sustain its economic growth and structural transformation. When an economy finds itself in this state, vulnerability an
- Eritrea Closes Border Crossings Partially
December 28, 2018 (Ezega.com) - Eritrea has partially closed two border crossings that opened this year after the normalization of relations with Ethiopia, according to the Associated Press.
Following the normalization of relations that started in July this year and the opening of borders in September 2018, thousands of people have crossed the border that was closed for two decades.
In addition to traders and family visitors, more 25,000 Eritreans have come to Ethiopia, seeking asylum and potential route to Europe and other places.
The exact reason for the partial broder closure is unknown.
Spokesperson Liya Kassa with Ethiopia's northern Tigray region tells The Associated Press it is not clear why Eritrea closed the crossings to Ethiopians. She says Eritreans are still cr
- Ethiopia Announces Diplomats to 19 Countries, Missions
December 27, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced diplomats for 19 countres and missions. This follows on the ministry's announcement earlier this year that it was working to make foreign representatives more professional, rather than political, people who can promote Ethiopia's interests abroad more effectively.
Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs formally appointed 19 individuals to various foreign outposts.
Notable appointees include Fitsum Arega, who was the Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He is now appointed as Ambassador to the United States of America. Further, Ambassador Teshome Toga will become the new Ambassador to China. He was the second Speaker of the House of Peoples'