US Government Delegation Visits Ethiopia
February 23, 2017 - U.S. delegation led by Senator James Inhofe visited Ethiopia on Wednesday. Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn expressed Ethiopia`s desire to further strengthen its relation with the new administration of the United States particularly in trade and investment, according to FBC.
Noting that Ethiopia and the U.S. have been enjoyed longstanding relation the Premier urged the need to further boost the ties.
In this regard, he urged the U.S. to enhance trade and investment cooperation with Ethiopia in general and the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) in particular.
Hailemariam also highlighted the need for strong support from the U.S. to build the country’s resilience to the impacts of climate change such as the current drought in parts of the country.
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Ethiopian Opposition Leader Merera Gudina Charged with Terrorism
February 23, 2017 - Dr Merera Gudina, the Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has finally been charged with terrorism by Ethiopian prosecutors, according to Africa News.
Merera Gudina is accused of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year. He was twice denied bail by the courts as the police continued to gather evidence for charges.
The privately run Addis Standard news portal reported that the opposition chief was charged along with two others. Jawar Mohammed a popular Oromo activist and Executive Director of the Oromia Media network and Berhanu Nega, were also charged with terrorism.
Gudina, during his last appearance in court vehemently denied any terrorism allegations and said that he had spent his life teaching against the ideals of violence and terrorism.
New President of Somalia Inaugurated
February 22, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam attended the inauguration of Somalia’s newly-elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed or 'Farmajo' as he is known, according to FBC.
Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta were among the representatives from 124 countries who attended Farmajo's inauguration held today in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Speaking at the inauguration, Prime Minister Hailemariam pledged to stand by Somalia.
“Ethiopia's government and its people will stand on your side. It's our wish to see a stable Somalia that contributes to regional stability and prosperity," the Premier told the crowd.
President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh on his part praised Somalia's outgoing pr
Professor Pankhurst Laid to Rest at Holy Trinity Addis Ababa
February 21, 2017 - Professor Richard Pankhurst, the prominent historian and researcher on Ethiopia, was laid to rest at the Saint Trinity Cathedral today, according to ENA.
President Mulatu Teshome and other senior government officials as well as grieving family members and relatives of the scholar were present at the funeral.
Professor Richard Pankhurst was born in London in 1927 and earned a BSc. in Economic History and a PhD in Political Science.
He was involved with his mother, Sylvia Pankhurst, in the campaign against the fascist occupation of Ethiopia and participated with her in demonstrations, fundraising and campaigns, and assisted her with the editing of the newspaper “New Times and Ethiopian News” for over 20 years, according to a brief biography distributed at the fun
Investment Commission Finalizing New Industrial Parks Regulation
February 20, 2017 - Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) said it is finalizing a draft Industrial Parks Regulation that will mainly enable businesspersons to get one-stop services in the various parks across the country, reports ENA.
This was disclosed at a half-day consultative workshop on the draft regulation organized by the commission today.
Investment Commissioner Fistum Arega said the regulation will bring together government organizations scattered at various locations so that they can conveniently serve investors.
It will also help to manage and develop industrial parks, establish system and monitoring, and ensure the responsibility and accountability of users of the industrial parks, he added.
The commissioner, who recalled the endorsement of the Proclamation on Industrial Parks on April 9, 2015, added
How An American Bureaucrat Became Somalia President
February 19, 2017 - The people Mohamed worked with during those years describe him as a kind and humble family man. But his ambition was evident, too, and it wasn’t just to improve the percentage of minority hires by DOT contractors. He earned a master’s degree in political science at New York State University in Buffalo. His thesis was titled: “U.S. Strategic Interest in Somalia.”
“We all got the sense that he just had a passion, and a heart for his country,” said Janine Shepherd, who worked in the cubicle next to Mohamed at the New York Department of Transportation. “He was always really bothered by the corruption there.”
In 2010, not even a year after receiving his master’s, Mohamed got a chance to talk about these issues with
Ethiopia: 133 Days Since Historic Move to Deal with Crisis
February 19, 2017 - A State of Emergency was declared on Sunday, October 9, 2016 by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, although the state of emergency reportedly took effect on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The first-of-its-kind state of emergency was declared followed massive protests in various parts of the Oromia and Amhara regional states. Eventually, the House of People's Representatives endorsed the State of Emergency proclamation issued by the Council of Ministers October 8, 2016. This makes the lawmakers the first to endorse a state of emergency and are safely navigating the country through unchartered waters, writes Yonas Abiye.
To those who follow local politics, the unprecedented legislative action taken by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) in 2001 is one to remember. It was not an ordinary legislative action l
TPLF Celebrates 42nd Anniversary in Mekelle
February 18, 2017 - The 42nd anniversary of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) was celebrated today at Mekelle Martyrs’ Memorial Monument, according to FBC.
A delegation from Sudan, representatives of Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz regional states as well as invited guests from abroad and home took part at the celebration.
Chief of Tigray regional state, Abay Woldu, head of Sudanese delegation, military officers and families of the martyrs laid wreath at the Monument.
The anniversary was also marked in all towns in the regional state. (FBC)
Ethiopian Deputy PM Urges Stakeholders to Work on Youth Fund
February 17, 2017 - Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has called on pertinent bodies to ensure benefits of the youth by effectively using the youth revolving fund for intended purpose.
Stakeholders met today in Adam town to discussion on the use of the fund which the government of Ethiopia has established to reduce unemployment by financing youth-centered projects.
Demeke at the meeting urged relevant bodies to enter into practical activities by indentifying beneficiaries and offering them skill and professional training as well as addressing problems which restrict the socio-economic and benefits of the youth, such as rent seeking.
The Deputy Premier noted that youth organizations, banks, micro financial institutions and other stakeholders are expected to play the leading role to use the revolvin
French Multinational Hotel Group to Open Three Hotels in Ethiopia by 2021
February 16, 2017 - French multinational hotel group and Europe's largest operator, AccorHotels, will open three hotels in Ethiopia by 2021, becoming the latest international chain to tap into the growing business and tourism sectors in the country, according to Reuters.
Looking to counter subdued growth in Europe, AccorHotels and others have been expanding in emerging markets such as Ethiopia, where visitor numbers have been rising by more than 10 percent a year for the past decade, albeit from a very low base.
The Horn of Africa country is the continent's second most populous nation and has one of the fastest-growing economies. The new AccorHotels properties will offer more than 520 rooms in the capital, Addis Ababa, the company said in a statement released on Wednesday night.
Preparations Finalized to Celebrate Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
February 15, 2017 - Preparation has been finalized to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the commencement of the construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with different fund raising programs, Office of the National Council for for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Dam said, according to ENA.
In connection with the anniversary, 11 types of fund raising programs will be implemented, Fikirte Tamr, deputy director general of the office told ENA.
Since the launch of the project, the public has been supporting the construction of the dam through labor, knowledge and financial support.
The financial contribution from the public has surpassed over nine billion Birr, for the dam in which its construction has reached over 56 percent, she said.
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Foreign Investment in Ethiopia Declines Following Unrest
February 15, 2017 - Foreign direct investment in Ethiopia dropped by 20 percent in the first half of the country’s fiscal year after violent anti-government protests in which foreign-owned businesses were targeted, according to Bloomberg.
The country attracted $1.2 billion in the six months through the end of December, compared with $1.5 billion in the same period a year earlier, Fitsum Arega, commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission, said in a phone interview Monday from the capital, Addis Ababa. He said the government may miss its annual target of $3.5 billion, with $3.2 billion more likely to be attainable.
The government of Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in October to deal with unrest accompanying protests by ethnic Oromo and Amhara communities that began in late 2015 over the alleged dispossession of