US Embassy Troubled by Recent Violence in Ethiopia
December 13, 2017 - In a statement sent to Ezega.com, the US Embassy expressed concern about the recent unrest and deaths in some parts of the country and univeristies. Here is the full statement sent by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:
"We are troubled and saddened by reports of violence that has resulted in deaths and injuries in the town of Chelenko and at several universities over the past two days. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims."
"It is important that the Ethiopian government ensure the safety of all Ethiopian citizens, and hold accountable those responsible for violence."
"We encourage the people of Ethiopia to uphold their admirable and longstanding tradition of respect for their country’s ethnic diversity and its tradition of peaceful co-
Ethiopia Faces Social Media Blackout Following Continued Unrest
December 13, 2017 - Following clashes between ethnic groups in some parts of Ethiopia, Ethiopians are facing social media blackout as Facebook and Twitter are down, reports fox news.
Oromia regional spokesman Addisu Arega said the violence in Chelenqo town killed six people and was being investigated. On Facebook he called the victims "innocent civilians."The Addis Standard news site reported 15 killed, including women and children. The Associated Press was not able to independently verify the reports.
Oromia regional officials have long accused special police from the neighboring Somali region of committing atrocities against ethnic Oromos. The regions also have had bitter border disputes.
The United States embassy, which pledged to help resolve the conflict and support 660,000 displaced
Salva Kiir Declares State of Emergency in Three States
December 12, 2017 - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has declared a state of emergency in three states and ordered an immediate disarmament exercise for up to three months. The South Sudanese president also authorized his soldiers to use force if armed civilians did not lay down their weapons peacefully.
And he has political backing. Dhoruai Mabor Teny, an MP for a county in Western Lakes, had earlier encouraged the president to suspend the constitution and deploy the military.
At least 170 people have been killed in tribal clashes in one of the northern states - Western Lakes - in recent weeks.
The violence in Western Lakes has been between armed youths from two rival Dinka sub-clans which has involved the burning of houses and the destruction of property.
Previous clashes have been over scarce grazing
Ethiopia Earns 31.2 million USD from Textile, Garment Exports
December 12, 2017 - Over the last three months Ethiopia has earned 31.2 million USD from textile and garment export, disclosed the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute. The Institute also stated that the foreign currency generated from the textile sector has been steadily growing.
Institute Communication Directorate Director Bantihun Gessesse told The Ethiopian Herald that textile products have entered into Germany, Italy, China and United States through AGOA.
The burgeoning of the textile industries triggers the expansion of cotton farming by public, private sector and small scale farmers. Currently, the total cotton farm being cultivated has reached 42,000 hectares of land. The domestic cotton production could satisfy the local demand, he added.
According to the director, the institute is providing t
TPLF Executive Committee Members Assigned Tasks
December 11, 2017 - Following a series of organizational meetings and deep evaluations, the new exective committe of the TPLF has assigned its members various duties. The committe highlighted the need for renewed focus on both regional and national issues. Accordingly, the 9-member executive committe has assigned its members the following tasks.
I. The following individuals will work in Tigray region:
- Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael
- Dr. Addisalem balema
- Keriya Ibrahim
II. The following individuals will work in TPLF Head Quarters
- Alem Gebrewahid
- Getachew Reda
III. The following individuals will work in Federal Affairs
- Fetlework Gebregziabher
- Asmelash Woldesilassie
- Dr. Abraham Tekeste
- Getachew Assefa
IMF Director Visiting Ethiopia
December 11, 2017 - Ms.Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next Friday.
It will mark the first visit by the boss of the IMF in the organisation’s 72-year history.
According to Addis Fortune, Lagarde is scheduled to meet Ethiopian authorities, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, to possibly discuss the resumption of a program by the IMF.
She is also booked to speak on the impact technology can have in ensuring inclusive growth in Africa, at the UNECA, on Friday morning.
Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Bolster Ties
December 11, 2017 - Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, conferred with Egyptian Acting Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.The two officials met on the sidelines of the three-day African and World Investment Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh.
According to a statement by Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Demeke said both countries need to further expand their scope of bilateral ties.
A strong relation that exists between Ethiopia and Egypt is also necessary for Africa, said Mostafa Madbouly.
The Acting PM also underscored the need to resolve differences through dialogue regarding the utilization of Nile waters.
US to Help Resolve Oromia-Somali Border Tensions
December 10, 2017 - The United States government stated that it is looking at “comprehensive approaches” to extend humanitarian assistance as well as help resolve tensions that caused over 660,000 internally displaced people in the eastern part of Ethiopia.
In his meeting with members of the media at the US Embassy,Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto said that the US foreign secretary under Trump administration is committed to keep boosting relations with sub-Saharan countries including Ethiopia that he called a “core partner”.
Among a host of issues he discussed on the occasion, he indicated that the US has been working globally with its allies to cooperate and address the issue of refugees. As part of its global commitments, the US government is now looking at the i
10,000 Ethiopian Citizens Repatriated from Saudi Arabia
December 8, 2017 - 10,000 undocumented Ethiopian citizens residing in Saudi Arabia were repatriated from November 15 - December 5, 2017, according to announcement from the Ethiopian government. The Ethiopian government also stated that it is undertaking rehabilitation work for its citizens who returned from the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia back in March had given a 90-day amnesty of undocumented migrants to voluntarily leave, but had extended the amnesty several times since then. More than 70,000 undocumented Ethiopian migrants took advantage of the Saudi amnesty which ended in June to return home.
However, it's estimated several hundred thousand undocumented Ethiopian migrants still live in Saudi Arabia.
With a population currently at around 30 million and a squeeze in international oil price, Saudi Arabia is on a drive to in
Ethiopia Has No Intention to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem – Ethiopian Government
December 8, 2017 - Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson, Meles Alem, stated that Ethiopia has no intention to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reports Middle East monitor.
Speaking at a press conference, the ministry’s spokesperson, Meles Alem, stressed that US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem applies to “the United States alone”.
“We, as part of the African Union, endorse the two-state solution,” Alem added.
On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to move the US embassy to the city.
World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a “unilateral step warnin
We Cannot Stop Ethiopian Dam - Egyptian Water Minister
December 7, 2017 - Egypt has “many alternatives” to deal with the stalled technical negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with Ethiopia and Sudan, Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati quoted by arabs news as saying. The minister said that Egypt had tried to make the construction of the dam a point of cooperation, not a source of disagreement. In the light of these attempts, Egypt had signed the Declaration of Principles, but the other side had not reached a solution.
“Egypt’s water security is an integral part of its national security,” Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit said at the forum. “Egypt is following the talks with great concern, because Ethiopia does not have enough inclination for cooperation and coordinat
Ethiopia Used Israeli Company Spyware to Monitor Dissidents - Report
December 6, 2017 - Ethiopia has been using the services of Israeli software security company called Elbit Systems to eavesdrop on EThiopian opposition figures living in the United States, Canada, Germany and other places, according to reports from Citizen Lab, US News & World Report, Wired.com, and several other media organizations.
According to the reports, in 2016 and 2017, individuals in Canada, United States, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, and other countries began to receive suspicious emails. The emails contained links, which when clicked, were meant to download monitoring software onto target computers. One such email was received by Jawar Mohammed, an Oromo activist living in the US. He forwarded the email to Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, an organization that tries to protect political act
Ministry of Mines Issues Gold and Silver Mining License to Ethio-Canadian Company
December 6, 2017 - Ethiopian Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas disclosed that it has issued a large-scale gold and silver mining license for the Ethio-Canada company, Harvest Plc.
The Ethiopian Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Motuma Mekassa, and Wubshet Kassaye, manager of Harvest Plc, signed the agreement which will run for a period of six years and subjected for renewal for up to ten years.
The company was licensed to carry out mining activities in western Tigray zone, norther part of Ethiopia, on 2.7682 square kilometers of land at a cost of over 65.29 million US dollars, according to the ministry.
The company is expected to produce 2,080kg of gold and 8,968kg of silver over the coming four years, besides creating employment opportunities for 120 Ethiopians.
Addis Ababa Administration Launches Cleaning Campaign
December 6, 2017 - Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa City Administration has launched a cleaning campaign to be conducted on every last Saturday of Ethiopian month, reports Ethiopian news agency. The universal integrated cleaning campaign aimed to create clean and beautiful city was announced at a public mobilization forum held today.
In his opening speech to the forum, Mayor Driba Kuma said the main objective of the universal integrated cleaning campaign is realizing active public and private sectors involvement in creating clean, beautiful and comfortable Addis Ababa.He stated that the city administration has been implementing various programs to enhance the goal of creating clean and beautiful Addis Ababa and the role of the public and private sector is also increasing.
Addis Ababa City Manager, Haile Fiseha said on his p
Egypt, Saudi Discuss Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
December 5, 2017 - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed developments on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with his Saudi counterpart, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, ahram reports.
According to the report, the two top diplomats met on the sidelines of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue held in Rome. Shoukry and Al-Jubeir discussed the latest developments in the region.
Shoukry also discussed Egyptian efforts in achieving Palestinian reconciliation and how to enable the national accord government to do its job in the Gaza Strip, as well as reviving the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
For his part, Al-Jubeir presented his condolences to Egypt for Al-Rawda Mosque terrorist attack where not less 310 were killed last week in North Sinai.
Source: Ahram Online