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  • Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Torch to Tour Country

    GERD-TorchMarch 27, 2017 - PM Hailemariam Desalegne lit a symbolic Grand Renaissance Torch on Sunday in Addis Ababa, according to ENA. The torch was handed over to Addis Ababa City Administration where it will stay for one month and will tour across the country for the coming 11 months, according to the report.

    The renaissance torch aimed at enhancing the public mobilization for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will help to revitalize the public's support with new spirit, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

    After lighting the torch, Hailemariam said that the public's contribution for the project was 'tremendous' since the launch of construction six years ago.

    Appreciating the public for their contribution so far, Hailemariam highlighted the importance for the public to maintain the support so as to succes

  • UN Appeals for $864 Million for Drought-Hit Somalia

    UN-appeals-aid-for-SomaliaMarch 24, 2017 - The United Nations says the $864 million U.N. humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded.

    U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Wednesday that "the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate." He says nearly 257,000 people left their homes between November and February and are internally displaced, and some 4,300 Somalis crossed the border into Ethiopia.

    Haq says there are more than 13,000 cases of "acute watery diarrhea" and cholera with more than 300 deaths from those illnesses reported since the beginning of the year.

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who visited Somalia last week, will chair a U.N. Security Council meeting Thursday on the humanitarian and political situation in the Hor

  • NASA AI First to Spot Early Changes in Ethiopian Volcano

    Erta-ale-eruptionMarch 23, 2017 - Artificial intelligence can help satellites and other spacecraft observe interesting phenomena before humans even spot them. Case in point: NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft started capturing images of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano as soon as it developed a new fissure in late January, according to engadget.com. Volcanologists are keeping a close eye on Erta Ale, since it's one of the handful of volcanoes with lava lakes at the summit. They sent in requests asking NASA to use its Earth Observing-1 satellite to snap photos of the eruption, but by that time, the images were already available.

    EO-1's AI called Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment (ASE) was alerted by one of the other satellites in its network about the event. It then sent EO-1 to work, photographing Erta Ale's evolving lava lakes way

  • Addis Ababa City Introduces Ration Coupons at ECA Stores

    Retail-store-addis-ababaAddis Ababa City Administration said today that it has introduced a coupon retailing method at Ethiopian Consumers Association branch shops to ensure a fair distribution of basic goods among the city residents, according to Walta.

    Following the government salary adjustment made to public servants recently, the private shops across the city have exponentially raised the price tags of consumer goods such as edible oil, sugar and fruits.

    The Bureau’s intent to introduce a coupon transaction to make sure that subsidized consumer goods reached to the residents and to avoid ways that these goods channeled to private business, which could in turn bring back price burden on the residents.

     Addis Ababa City Administration Spokesperson, Tilahun Gbere-egzabir, told Walta Information Center that coupons distributed

  • Number of Ethiopian State Officials Running Public Enterprises Cut in Half

    Number-of-officials-cut-in-halfMarch 21, 2017 - The newly formed Ministry of Public Enterprises announced that it has changed board management of public enterprises, according to the Reporter.  In a meeting that was held on Wednesday in the presence of senior members of the executive and legislative branches of government, the ministry disclosed the number of ministers and state minsters running public enterprises as board chairpersons and members has been limited not to exceed 50 percent.

    Girma Amente (PhD), Minister of Public Enterprises told reporters that the new modus operandi (directive) has been set out based on a study the US-based McKinsey and Co. has conducted, the ministry has come to terms to limit the number of ministers and likeminded political appointees. Hence, for the 23 public e

  • Ethiopian Diaspora Continues to Support GERD

    Ethiopian-diaspora-support-GERDMarch 21, 2017 - Ethiopians Diaspora from different part of the world has warmly welcomed the launching of the construction of the dam, said Diaspora Engagement Affairs Director-General, Demeke Atnafu, according to ENA.

    He added that they considered their participation in the development programs of the nation as the source of their pride, identity and self assurance as citizens.

    According to the director, almost all Ethiopians living abroad converged around the construction of the dam by casting aside all the differences they have among themselves.

    “It was for the first time when the Ethiopians living abroad from all walks of the life, professionals, religious leaders, business man, elders,  artists, all over Ethiopians come together in order to shoulder their responsibly collectively”

  • Ethiopian Agency Tables New Directive to Regulate Higher Education Institutions

    Ethiopian-StudentsMarch 19, 2017 - Higher Education Relevance Quality Agency (HERQA) is discussing with private higher education institutions to introduce a new directive which will regulate them and possibly penalize them in case of breaches, according to the Reporter.

    The directive, which was prepared by the Agency last year, was tabled to stakeholders including owners, presidents and associations of private higher education institutions for a final discussion. The discussion was meant to receive comments regarding the directive.

    “Once we receive comments from the interested parties we will take them into consideration,” Tarekgne Geressu, communication head of the Agency told The Reporter.

    The draft directive gives the Agency the power to penalize institutions that don't follow regulations under civil and criminal law.

  • IGAD Urges for Opening of Humanitarian Corridors in South Sudan

    IGAD-MeetingMarch 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

    Somalis-trek-EthiopiaMarch 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

    Ethiopia-joins-AIIBMarch 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

    Koshe-dump-disaster-why?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. Midre-kedemt-tourism-taglineAt 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

    World-bank-to-provide-57B-Sub-SaharanMarch 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

    Ethiopia-Tanzania-Top-recipients-India-LOCMarch 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

    Ethiopian-parties-fail-reach-agreementMarch 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

    UK-Boris-visits-EthiopiaMarch 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

    Dump-death-toll-rises-sharplyMarch 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

    Emergency-command-post-lifts-restrictionsMarch 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

    Internation-Aviation-Symposium-Addis-AbabaMarch 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.

    Ethiopian commands th


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