Talk of ‘African Renaissance, Fastest Growing Economies’ Misplaced - Eritrean Official
September 24, 2017 - Africa remains the most marginalized of all continents, and therefore talk of an ‘African Renaissance’ and of ‘fastest growing economies’ is misplaced and premature, Eritrea’s top foreign affairs official told the United Nations General Assembly. Eritrean minister for Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed also noted that processing of primary products, value-addition, industrialization, technology development barely exists. African economies, physical and social infrastructure, institutional and governance structures, peace and security architectures remain undeveloped.
“We should not flatter ourselves, or allow others to flatter us,” said Osman at the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.
“Africa remains a producer and small-bit exporter of primary prod
Ethiopian Jew Danielle Daseta to Represent Israel at UN
September 24, 2017 - Ethiopian Jew, Danielle Daseta, is going to represent Israel in the UN, reports Ynet news. Danielle started her career in diplomacy while she was studying for a bachelor's degree in governance and diplomacy, participating in the "Israel@heart" leadership program for Ethiopian Jews.
After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danielle spent a long time working on hasbara (public relations). She participated in hasbara-centric delegations to American and Canadian campuses and was the Jewish Agency's emissary to the University of San Diego, where she combated the boycott movement.
Upon her return, she managed Israeli students' hasbara delegations and kept in contact with African ambassadors to strengthen the Is
Egypt Concerned over Slow Pace of Technical Studies on GERD
September 23, 2017 - Egypt expressed concern over what it says is the slow pace of work on technical studies in relation to Ethiopia’s flagship dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Egyptian officals raised the concern during a meeting with Ethiopian foriegn minster Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu in New York on the sideline of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
There is an ongoing dispute over the GERD project especially its impact on water distribution of the River Nile. The issue affects both countries as well as Sudan. Shoukry said all parties needed to meet to share results from the technical studies and to firm up commitments in that regard.
Leaders of the three countries in 2015 signed a cooperation deal over the giant hydroelectric dam which will lie on
Bishoftu Town Finalizes Preparations for Irrecha Celebration
September 22, 2017 - Despite concerns over this year’s Irrecha celebration, Oromo's thanks-giving festival, the deputy mayor of Bishoftu town, where the celebration takes place, stated that preparations have been finalized to colorfully celebrate the festival. Last year more than 52 participants of the ceremony were killed in a stampede, which latter caused massive protest against the government. On its part, the government stated that the stampede was caused by anit-peace forces, several outlawed opposition groups of Ethiopia.
The deputy Mayor of the town, Dr. Alemu Gonfa, quoted by the Ethiopian News agency as s
Ethiopia Committed to Strengthen Relations with Egypt - FM
September 22, 2017 - Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), expressed the need to strengthen the long-standing ties between Ethiopia and Egypt. In his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in New York on Friday, Gebeyehu called for strengthening ties between the two African countries, according to a statement issued by the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
According to the statement, the two foreign ministers discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest and the areas of discussion revolved around strengthening cooperation and partnership to cement the ties between the two countries.
Gebeyehu also invited Egyptian companies to invest in Ethiopia, it was indicated.
The two foreign ministers a
Ethiopian Political Parties Begin Talks on Reforming Electoral Law
September 21, 2017 - 16 national political parties of Ethiopia have begun discussion on ways to reform the electoral law., according to FBC
In the discussions, 12 political parties have expressed their demand for the implementation of proportional representation electoral system.
Shiferaw Shigute and Asmelash Woldeselassie, representatives of the ruling party EPRDF, for their part tabled the amended electoral law of Ethiopia, which follows the majority system.
The system, which Ethiopia follows, is common all over the worldwide and it was proved successful, Asmelash said at the event.
Ethiopia’s past five elections were conducted in this system and helped build democracy in the country, he added.
However, in order to expand the democratic system, it is important to put in place a mechanism wh
Exiting Indian Flower Grower Demands Compensation from Ethiopia
September 21, 2017 - The giant Indian flower grower company, Karuturi Global Ltd., demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit from Ethiopia. Karuturi wrote a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the Ethiopian government of nationalizing its farming investments and said it should be given “adequate and appropriate” redress.
“We stand tired and defeated and wish to exit Ethiopia,” Karuturi said in the letter, citing a government decision to “unilaterally and illegally cancel our investment and trade license.” The company also asked Hailemariam to allow the company to re-export all its equipment.
Karuturi, based in Bengaluru, India, was one of the first foreign investors to lease land in Ethiopia after the go
Ethiopia Launches Tax Research Network
September 20, 2017 - The Ethiopian Tax Research Network (ETRN) was officially launched today by the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, reports FBC. The Network comprises the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority, Ethiopian Civil Service University, Ethiopian Development Research Institute and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) as members.
The Network is aimed at supporting the exchange of tax knowledge in Ethiopia, with stakeholders including tax practitioners and researchers from Ethiopian and international organizations.
Mezgebu Ahma, Fiscal Policy Directorate Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia said the network would h
Ethiopia Makes Largest-Ever Micro-Insurance Indemnity to Pastoralists
September 19, 2017 - Ethiopia has made its largest-ever micro-insurance indemnity for the loss of approximately 300,000 livestock lost due to the recurrent drought, reports the cattle site. The insurance payouts of more than Ethiopian Birr 5.233 million (US$220,000) was the largest-ever micro-insurance indemnity made in Ethiopia. Each insured Ethiopian pastoralist received an average of ETB 2,255 (US$96), which will allow the herders to purchase feeds for their surviving animals and to restock their herds.
Pastoralists in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia have been insured by an index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) scheme devised in 2008 by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and its technical partners at Cornell University and the University of California at Davis. The Ethiopian component of this project w
55,000 Ethnic Oromos Displaced – Oromia Regional Government
September 18, 2017 - More than 55,000 ethnic Oromos have been displaced from Ethiopia's Somali region after a week of clashes with Somalis in which dozens were killed, Voice of America reports. The Oromia government follows claims by Somali regional officials earlier this week that more than 50 people were killed in an attack against ethnic Somalis in Aweday town.
"More than 55,000 Oromos were displaced from the Somali region after the recent incident and are now sheltered in makeshift camps,'' Addisu Arega, Oromia region's spokesman, said in the statement. "Overall, some 416,807 Oromos have been displaced this year alone in fear of attacks by the Somali region's Special Police Force.''
Oromia officials say only 18 people were killed and that Oromos have been moving out of Somali towns and villag
Ethiopia: Hundreds Apprehended in Connection with Oromia, Somali Border Conflict
September 17, 2017 - Hundreds of people who are allegedly responsible for the death and displacement of people in the conflict between Oromia and Somali regional states have been apprehended, said Minister of Ethiopian Government Communication Affairs Office, Dr. Negeri Lencho. He also stated that the suspects have been detained in connection with the conflict as part of the effort to restore peace and bring the responsible persons to justice.
"People who took part in the conflict are apprehended. Maybe hundreds of people are already detained. In Oromia regional state, particularly in Aweday, nearly 200 persons are detained", added the Ethiopian official.
The Minister said the Defense Force and Federal Police were deployed to the area to control the situation an
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Commits Half Billion Dollars for Ethiopia
September 17, 2017 - Taking into consideration the challenges of implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlighting the prospects of the upcoming SDGs, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) revealed the commitment of USD half billion for development projects in Ethiopia. The foundation also warned the Ethiopian government that budget cuts could regress development gains.
The foundation has committed USD 500 million to assist the Ethiopia’s efforts in areas of health, nutrition, education, agriculture, livestock, financial inclusion and the like. According to BMGF’s officials, Ethiopia is one of the few countries that have achieved the targets set for MDGs has shown progresses in many of its developmental activities. Hence, to support the strides, the foundation set aside millions of dollars for the coming t
Ethiopian Airlines Announces Plan for Southern Africa Market
September 16, 2017 - An outline plan for a joint-venture airline in Zambia should be signed with the government and private-equity investors in a few weeks, leading to a final agreement by November, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam said in an interview. That will give Ethiopian a new hub in Lusaka serving southern Africa alongside Malawian Airlines, in which it has a stake.
Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise has started talks to found regional divisions in Zambia and Chad and aims to buy part of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national operator in a push to consolidate its lead as Africa’s biggest carrier, according to the Ethiopian CEO.
Parallel discussions are underway in Chad for the establishment of a new national carrier there, Tewolde said. Ethiopian also wants to take equity in st
Ethiopia, Kenya Forecasted to Outperform African Giants in FDI
September 15, 2017 - Ethiopia and Kenya might soon outshine Africa's economic giants, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt in the competition for investment, according to forecasts from Control Risks Consultancy. The report Africa Risk-Reward Index, developed by Control Risks, was released in Johannesburg.
The report noted that while Nigeria and South Africa have recovered, there are still some risks.
Ethiopia, which is one of the fastest growing countries in the continent, outperformed all African countries in the survey.
The country attracted 3.2 billion U.S. dollars of foreign direct investment in 2016. Between 2010 and 2015, economic growth averaged 10 percent and was 6.5 percent last year.
"Experienced investors, not only in Africa but around the world, know that risk and reward are close c
Ethiopia Hosting 852,721 Refugees - UNHCR
September 15, 2017 - The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Ethiopia announced that Ethiopia received 72,890 refugees in the first eight months of 2017. According to Kisut Gebreegziabher, Assistant Communications Officer at UNHCR Ethiopia, the largest group of refugees come from South Sudan at 44,000 followed by Eritreans at 17,000 and Somalis at over 6,400.
The 72,890 refugees recorded in Ethiopia in the first eight months of 2017 have pushed the number of refugees living in Ethiopia to reach 852,721 as of August 21, making the country home to the second largest refugee population in Africa, according to UNHCR.
"Refugees from South Sudan fled to Ethiopia to escape civil war, Eritrean refugees mentioned indefinite military conscription and human rights violations for their flight while Somalis mentioned a combination of conf