- PM Shores Up Cabinet: Gedu Andargachew, Foreign Minister; Lemma Megersa, Defense Minister
April 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reshuffled his cabinet today, appointing Gedu Andargachew as Foreign Affairs Minister and Lemma Megersa as Defense Minister, perhaps signaling the tough road ahead.
Ethiopia is currently experiencing grave security situation, including a breakdown of law and order in many parts of the country, which the Prime Minister has so far failed to bring under control. On the political front, according to some, cracks have appeared in the alliance that propelled Abiy Ahmed to power, the Oromo-Amhara alliance. The current appointments are probably meant to address both.
Lemma Megersa served as Chief Administrator of the Oromia regional state from October 2016 until appointment now. He is a close ally of the Prime Minister and a key driver of the change that has swept Ethiopia in the last couple of
- AU Calls on Sudan Military to Hand Over Power in 15 Days
April 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) has called on the Sudanese military to hand over power to a transitional civilian authority within fifteen days, according to FBC report.
The African Union's Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) made the call yesterday following a meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the ongoing situation in Sudan.
The Council “demands that the Sudanese military step aside and hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority, in accordance with the will of the people and constitutional order, within a maximum period of fifteen days.”
If this is not met, Sudan will be suspended in all AU’s activities until the restoration of constitutional order, the statement added.
After 30 years rule, former Sudanese President al-Bashir
- Ivanka Trump Meets Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, President Sahlework
April 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ivanka Trump, duaghter and advisor of US President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at his office in Addis Ababa yesterday.
Ivanka Trump along with Mark Green, Administrator of Agency for International Development (USAID), visited Ethiopia and Côte d'Ivoire April 14-17. They are on a tour to promote the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, a White House-led, whole-of-Government approach to advance global women's economic empowerment with a goal of reaching 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
The initiative is aimed at advancing global women’s economic empowerment, it was learned.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Ivanka Trump discussed issues of mutual interests, according to Office of the Prime Minister.
- TPLF CC Issues a Statement, Declares Plot Against It Has Failed
April 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Central Committee of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) held a meeting this week and issued a strongly-worded statement decrying the worsening political and economic situation in Ethiopia.
The TPLF Central Committee meeting was held in the run-up to the upcoming Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) leadership meeting next week. The EPRDF leadership meetig is being held next week, starting Monday April 15, at the request of TPLF.
According the statement just released, the TPLF leadership seems to be taking increasingly stronger positions against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's leadership on several fronts.
The TPLF leadership declared that the plot that has been going on for many months to destory the TPLF has failed.
It accused undiscl
- Ivanka Trump, Mark Green to Visit to Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire
April 12, 2019 -- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Ethiopia and Côte d'Ivoire April 14-17. Administrator Green will accompany Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to promote the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, a White House-led, whole-of-Government approach to advance global women's economic empowerment with a goal of reaching 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
The White House said Wednesday that Ivanka Trump schedule includes a women's economic empowerment summit in Ivory Coast as well as site visits and meetings with political leaders, executives and female entrepreneurs in both countries.
USAID oversees the W-GDP Fund, which was established to support and scale up innovative progr
- World Bank Launches Human Capital Plan for Africa
April 12, 2019 -- The World Bank unveiled a new plan today to help African countries strengthen their human capital. The objective of the plan is to enable Africa's young people to grow up with optimal health and equipped with the right skills to compete in the digitizing global economy.
Sub-Saharan Africa scores the lowest of all the world's regions on the World Bank's Human Capital Index, a measurement of how well countries invest in the next generation of workers. The score is explained by high mortality and stunting rates in the region, as well as inadequate student learning outcomes - all of which have a direct effect on economic productivity.
In an effort to help countries turn these indicators around, the World Bank's Africa Human Capital Plan is setting ambitious targets to be achieved in the region by 2023. These include a dra
- Sudan Defence Minister Removes Omer al-Bashir from Power
April 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- President Omer al-Bashir of Sudan is out of power, removed by the Sudanese Military from his post, according to the Sudan Tribune. He is in detention in undisclosed place, according to reports.
Omer al-Bashir ruled Sudan with iron fist for 30 years. He took power in a coup in 1989, and has been in power since then. He is wanted by international bodies over Sudan’s alleged support of terrorism and perpetration of genocide in the Darfur region. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and other atrocities.
Over his watch, Sudan saw the seccession of what is now called South Sudan in 2011.
According to reports, Sudanese Defense Minister, Awad Ibn Ouf, removed President Omer al-Bashir from office and announced his arrest, according to the Sudan T
- US, Ethiopia Launch $4 Million Project to Improve Rule of Law Institutions
April 10, 2019 -- The US government is funding a project named "Feteh" to strengthen the rule of law in Ethiopia, according to a press release sent by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa.
"Feteh" mean justice in Amharic. The project is meant to strengthen the Attorney General Office and also support the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia to strengthen commercial benches, revise various framework laws. It is a two-year project funded with $4 million by the US government.
Below is the full text of the press release received by Ezega.com.
Today, the United States announced the launch of its new two-year, $4 million Feteh project to support the strengthening of independent rule of law institutions in Ethiopia. Feteh (meaning “justice” in Amharic) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (U
- More Than Half Ethiopian Children Excluded from Pre-primary Education - UNICEF
April 9, 2019 -- More than half of children remain excluded from pre-primary education in Ethiopia, despite impressive gains made in increasing enrollment, according to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The first-ever global report dedicated to early childhood education highlights a lack of investment in pre-primary education by the majority of governments worldwide, says UNICEF.
In Ethiopia, although major advances have been made by increasing gross enrollment from less than two per cent in 2000 to more than 45 per cent in 2017, more than half of children of pre-primary age across the country remain excluded. This has contributed to the 175 million children missing out on pre-primary education globally, UNICEF says.
Below is the full statement released by UNICEF.
UNICEF has today released a global report on early childhood education that
- Military Wing of OLF Breaks with OLF Leadership
April 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The military wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has officially separated from the OLF leadership, according to statement from the group and as reported by the Ethiopian Reporter.
The OLF military wing, aslo known as Waraana Bilisummaa Oromoo (WBO), said it will no longer follow the the OLF leadership in Addis Ababa.
In a statement, the group said, “even if we had previously agreed to a ceasefire and settle our difference with the government, the government has continued to arrest our members and wage war on us.” The group added, “since the agreement in Asmara, Eritrea, we have been expressing our commitments for the implementation of the agreement. However, the government was not showing similar gestures.”
The OLF militias have been at the center of many controv
- 113 Million Going Hungry as World Faces Acute Food Insecurity - FAO
April 3, 2019 -- The United Nations (UN) agency Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that as many as 113 million people are going hungry, which the agency termed "acute food insecurity, which is far too high.’ FAO further said climate and natural disasters pushed another 29 million people into acute food insecurity in 2018.
According to the report, nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger come from just eight countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Below is the full statement sent by FAO of the UN.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and EU “Global Report on Food Crises 2019”, shows that the number going chronically-hungry has remained well over 100 million over the
- Abiymania One Year Later
April 2, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- This week marks one year since Dr Abiy Ahmed was elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Many news outlets are covering the occasion with a mix of praise and grave concern.
No Ethiopian leader in recent history has generated so much hope and enthusiasm as Abiy Ahmed.
Following his inaugural speech, the country was awash with what some called "Abiymania."
Such was the positive reception, that some even called him the 'miracle leader' sent from god.
And, early on, he did not disappoint.
Soon after he took power, he unleashed a series of measures in successive order that no leader could have done from within the EPRDF (Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front).
He released all political prisoners, some on
- Completing Grand Renaissance Dam Key Priority - PM Abiy Ahmed
March 30, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed emphasized that finalizing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a key priority of his government.
The Prime Minister made this remark following a meeting with GERD Project Manager, Kifle Horo, who briefed him about the current status of the dam, according to ENA report.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and other officials.
The GERD manager disclosed that the GERD is 66% complete at this point. The progess of the various projects within the GERD was also discosed: GERD civil work is 83% complete, electromechanical work 25%, and steel work 13%.
It is to be recalled that the state-owned METEC was responsible for the electromechanical part according to the original plan, for which the company wa heavily criticiz
- This Tragedy Will Not Define Us - CEO Tewolde Gebremariam
March 25,2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Airlines released a statement today saying that the tragic crash that happened more than two weeks ago won't define us. "This tragedy won’t define us," the statement says. "We pledge to work with Boeing and our colleagues in all the airlines to make air travel even safer."
The airline disclosed that the investigation into what exactly happened is still in progress. "The investigation of the accident is well underway, and we will learn the truth. At this time, I do not want to speculate as to the cause. Many questions on the B-737 MAX airplane remain without answers, and I pledge full and transparent cooperation to discover what went wrong," said Ethiopian CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.
As far as training of Ethiopian Airlines pilots, the CEO reiterated that
- Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Donates 100 Million Birr to Displaced Ethiopians
March 23, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) donated 100 million birr to Ethiopians displaced by communal violence in various parts of the country, according to Fana news report.
Ethiopia saw unpreceneted number of displacement of people from various regions due to ethnic conflicts in various parts of the country.
In 2018 Ethiopia became home to one of the highest number of internally displaced people in the world. The situation did not improve in 2019 as hundreds of thousands were forced to leave their natural habitat to places of safety. The displacement of the Gedeos in the southern Ethiopia is a recent example.
The bank allocated certain amount for each of the ethnic groups or localities displaced: 35.6 million birr for Somalis, 33.1 million birr for Oromia, 18 million birr for southern