• Command Post Issues Details of Emergency Law in Ethiopia

    Siraj-Fegessa-Command-PostFebruary 21, 2018 - The Command Post issued details of the State of Emergency declared on Friday by the Ethiopian Councils of Ministers, according to FBC.

    In a press briefing, Secretariat of the Command Post, Minister of Defense Siraj Fegessa, announced details of prohibited actions and measures to be taken against anyone found in violation. 

    The State of Emergency forbids any action in breach of the constitution and constitutional order, or activities that erode tolerance and unity of the people as well as having link with and providing support to terrorist organizations.

    It also prohibits obstructing transport services, carrying out attacks on infrastructures and development institutions, hampering activities of law enforcement bodies, and staging unauthorized demonstrations and meetings.

  • US Embassy Strongly Disagrees with Emergency Decree

    Addis-Ababa-US-EmbassyFebruary 17, 2018 - The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia released statement saying that it disagreed with Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency to calm potential unrest in the country. Ethiopia declared state of emergency yesterday following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn the day prior.

    “We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression,” the US statement said.

    “We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incidents of violence and loss of life, but firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom, not less,” it said.

    Ethiopia faced continued unrest since 2015, most of it centered around Oromia

  • Ethiopian Government Releases Bekele Gerba

    Bekele-Gerba-releasedFebruary 14, 2018 - The Ethiopian  federal attorney general announced that it has dropped charges against seven Ethiopian opposition figures, including Bekele Gerba, a prominent Ethiopian opposition politician. The other six are Gurmessa Ayana, Addisu Bulala, Dejene Tafa, Getu Garuma, Tesfaye Liben, and Beyene Ruda, according to Fana.

    Bekele's release comes as stay-at-home protests were called by online activists all across the Oromia region, demanding the release of Bekele Gerba and others, and the protest has gone into effect as of Monday in several cities and towns in the region, which has been home to persistent anti-government protests for the last three years.

    The move is part of the decisions made by the Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to drop charges against and

  • Ethiopia Loses $840M Due to Post Harvest Losses - Jimma University

    Harvest-EthiopiaFebruary 10, 2018 - A research conducted by Jimma University revealed that Ethiopia loses over 840 million US dollar from the post harvest loss of four crops. The study shows that there is a high loss of products /yields/ in Ethiopia in quantity and in quality so that it will affect the country’s economy.

    Post harvest professor at Jimma University and leader of the study team Ali Mehamed said that the study focusing on reasons of post harvest loss and the solutions was conducted on wheat, maize, Sorghum and Haricot beans.

    The study has covered 14 woredas of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern regional states and engaged farmers, harvesters, merchants, consumers and researchers. The professor also pointed out that the impact of this loss is not only economical it will have a problem related to health caused by the low quality of food

  • Yelekal Getnet to Establish New Poltical Party

    Yelekal-Getnet-New-PartyFebruary 10, 2018 - The former president of Ethiopian Blue Party, Yelekal Getnet (Eng.), announced plans to form a new political party. The name of the newly established party will be “Ethiopian National Movement (ENM)” and will submit its registration request to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) by Monday, February 12, 2018, said Yelekal.

    “In order to stop the fragmentations in opposition political parties, we are trying to sort out our problems within the party in an amicable way; hence, we were able come to a consensus. However, the existing leadership of the party blocked all possible ways of working together,” said the former president of the blue party. He went on to say that, the former leadership, in consultation with the members of the party, have decided to establish a new political par

  • Hungary Reopens Embassy in Ethiopia

    Hungary-reopens-embassyFebruary 8, 2018 - Hungary re-opened its embassy in Ethiopia. It is to be recalled that the Hungarian embassy in Ethiopia was closed in 1992.

    During the re-opening ceremony, Hungary's Foreign Affairs and Trade State Secretary Dr. Csaba Balogh said that Ethiopia is a strategic partner to Hungary in maintaining regional security in the Horn Africa, Balogh said, adding that “Ethiopia is an ally in fighting terrorism, people smuggling and illegal arms trade.”

    The State Secretary lauded Ethiopia’s effort in hosting more than 1 million refugees by providing shelter, protection, job and training opportunities.

    Recognizing the economic and social development of Ethiopia over the past decades, he said “our efforts are centered on technology, and knowledge transfer as well as innovation, mostly thr

  • Ethiopian Airlines to Start Direct Flight to Chicago

    Chicago-direct-flight-EthiopianFebruary 5, 2018 - Ethiopia’s flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, announced that it will start its direct flight from Addis Ababa to Chicago effective as of June 02, 2018. Regarding the launch of the service, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, remarked: “Chicago will be our 4th destination in the U.S. and our 7th in the Americas. It is the third biggest city in the U.S. and one of the most important global aviation hubs. We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa.”

    The Ethiopian will connect to Chicago and beyond through Addis Ababa hub in the late evenings; likewise, East bound travelers from the USA will also connect to all over Africa in the morning through Addis. Chicago is the main hub o

  • Ethiopia Launches Job Creation Project for Refugees, Returnees

    Jobs-refugees-EthiopiaFebruary 3, 2018 - A job creation project, which aims at supporting Ethiopian returnees and Eritrean refugees, was launched by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa and Ethiopian Government.

    The two-year project with over 61 million birr budget benefits 1,500 potential returnees and 200 Eritrean refugees. The project areas in Addis Ababa are Arada, Addis Ketema, Kirkos, and Yeka sub-cities, while the value chain areas are leather construction and metal, it was indicated.

    Speaking at the launching ceremony, Addis Ababa Bureau of Finance and Economic Development Deputy Head Girma Gidi said the project is expected to support the ongoing development process of alleviating the challenges with the lives of potential migrants and returnees in Addis Ababa, especially migration prone sub-cities.

    The overall goal of SINCE is

  • Ethiopia Drafts Regulation for Drone Use

    Drone-Regulation-EthiopiaFebruary 2, 2018 - Ethiopia is drafting a drone regulation that enables it to license drones and control its operation. “There are has been an increased drone activity in the country. Drones are posing threats to aviation safety and security in the world. Drones can easily be operated anywhere and can be used for various purposes. In other parts of the world there have been reports of drone collisions with commercial aircraft,” said Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) director, Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw (Col.)

    Ethiopia like many other countries has not yet introduced a drone regulation. However, individuals and businesses are importing and operating drones without the knowledge and consent of the authority.

    The Ethiopian official also said that there is the need to formulate a drone regulation that governs the imports a

  • Ethiopia: OPDO Elects Dr. Abiy Ahmed Chairman of the Organization

    Abiy-Ahmed-Chair-OPDOFebruary 22, 2018 - The Central Committee of the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) elected Dr Abiy Ahmed as  Chairman of the Organization, according to the FBC. This position was held by Lema Megerssa, who will now be deputy Chairman of the Organization, according to information obtained from office of the Central Committee of the Organization.

    It is reported that the Central Committee of the OPDO unanimously voted the appointments of Dr. Abiy and Lema, the office indicated.

    The latest move by OPDO will likely mean that Dr. Abiy Ahmed is the likely nominee of the organization to be the next Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Currently the EPRDF is in consulations to find replacement for outgoing PM Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned last week. By all indications, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) and

  • Ethiopian Foreign Minister Briefs Diplomats on State of Emergency

    FM-briefs-diplomatsFebruary 20, 2018 - Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, briefed diplomatic community in Addis Ababa on the State of Emergency declared last Friday, according to FBC.

    According to the foreign minister, the country is returning to peace and stability following the declaration of the State of Emergency

    Instabilities were observed in some parts of the country at a time when the government of Ethiopia has been doing its level best to widen the political space, he told the diplomats.

    The instabilities were resulted in losses of life and damages in properties, Dr Workneh added.

    Since it was impossible to control these problems of peace and instability by the regular law enforcement, the Council of Ministers declared the decree on February 16, 2018, he said.

    The decree has a significant

  • Ethiopian Council of Ministers Declares State of Emergency

    Ethiopia-declares-state-emergencyFebruary 16, 2018 - For the second time in as many years, the Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately. No end date has been given for the state of emergency just declared.

    The measure was decided by the Council of Ministers, according to state broadcasting EBC. The announcement follows just a day after the current Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submitted his resignation, including as head of the EPRDF and his own regional party, SEDPM. He led Ethiopia since 2012.

    The EPRDF is currently holding extensive discussions to choose a successor.

    Rumour has been circulating on social media circuits about impending state of emergency for a few days. Quoting an unnamed source "close to the government", the Addis Standard r

  • Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn Resigns

    Ethiopian-PM-resignsFebruary 15, 2018 - In a surprise announcement, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned from his position, including chairman of the EPRDF, Ethiopia's ruling party. While announcing his resignation, he said he hoped to end years of unrest and political upheaval and that his resignation was "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn led Ethiopia since 2012.

    According to latest information we recevied, the resignation was based on agreement by the four constituent members of the EPRDF, namely EPDM, OPDO, TPLF and SEDPM. According to these sources, the top leadership of the EPRDF came to the conclusion that the outgoing prime minister has not been as effec

  • KFC to Enter Ethiopian Market

    KFC-entering-EthiopiaFebruary 10, 2018 - Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), one of the largest restaurant chains in the US, to launch the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in Ethiopia within a year. KFC’s franchise restaurants in Addis Ababa will be run by Ethiopia’s most recognized coffee shop brand Kalid’s coffee.  
    “We are in the final stages of negotiation to bring the brand here in Ethiopia. We have settled on most of the details and we are closer to having to sign the final document within weeks. We are excited,” said Elias Ketema Kalid’s representative.

    The company behind KFC, the Kentucky based Yum!, owner of one of the largest restaurant chains in the US, next to McDonalds, has been studying the Ethiopian market for a number of years as its next frontier to sustain its growth. This comes as

  • Ethiopian Government Pardons More Prisoners

    Prisoners-released-EthiopiaFebruary 8, 2018 - As part of its pledge to create national consensus and widen political space, the Ethiopian government has pardoned 746 prisoners today, including Andualem Arage and journalist Eskinder Nega.

    Andualem Arage, Deputy Chairman of the opposition Unity, Democracy and Justice (UDJ) and Eskinder Nega, owner of several critical newspapers were jailed on September 2011 on terrorism related charges.

    The Ethiopian government has since January released thousands of prisoners arrested in connection with unrest that rocked Ethiopia in 2016.

    The unrest in 2016 led to the deaths of hundreds and was dubbed by analysts as the gravest challenge the ruling coalition Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front faced in 25 years.

    The unrest involving parts of the three most populous regions

  • Following US Arms Embargo South Sudan Recalls Ambassador

    South-Sudan-recalls-envoyFebruary 5, 2018 - Following U.S government move to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, the eastern African nation today announced that it has recalled its ambassador to US. South Sudanese government also said that the Ambassador is called for consultations, especially in response to Washington's arms restrictions to South Sudan.

    The South Sudan Foreign Affairs ministry also confirmed the matter, saying the nation was looking for ways to address the situation without hurting Washington-Juba relations.

    South Sudan and the US have been embroiled in a diplomatic row this year after Washington pressured the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Juba over its failure to end the war.

    The US on Friday announced the ban of arms sale to South Sudan, saying the continuing violence, which has created a hum

  • High Level Forum on South Sudan Commences in Ethiopia

    Forum-South-SudanFebruary 3, 2018 - The second round of the High Level Revitalization Forum on South Sudan commenced in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first round of the High Level Revitalization Forum held for four days in December 2017 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa was successful.

    This latest round of peace negotiation will deliberate on various key agendas, which include among others; government structure and administration, permanent ceasefire, peace during transition period.

    Moreover, representatives from religious institutions and the private sector will attend the meeting, according to Office of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

    Source: FBC

  • Nearly One Million Ethiopians Displaced in Oromia–Somali Conflict - UN

    Ethiopia-Oromia-Somali-conflictFebruary 2, 2018 - The United Nations (UN) announced that close to one million people have been displaced due to the conflict along the borders of the Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states. The data from the latest round of the International Office of Migration Displacement Tracking Matrix1 conducted in November, 2017 indicates that around one million persons have been displaced.

    On the other hand, 637,000, almost 60 percent of the total displaced people are sheltered in camps. From this, the 68,000 are Ethiopian Somalis which are displaced between 2015 to end 0f 2017, according to the report.

    At least 93,000 conflict-displaced school-aged children in Oromia and Ethiopian Somali Regions were forced to interrupt their education due to the displacement.More than 1,500 children in Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regions

  • Egyptian President Announces Agreement with Ethiopia and Sudan

    Al-Sisi-Ethiopia-DamFebruary 1, 2018 - Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that the three countries seem to finally have reached a framework to solve disputes over the grand Ethiopian dam. In a press conference held by Sisi he declared, “be very reassured… we [the three countries] have met and no one will be harmed.”

    The decision comes based on the agreement the three countries called the Declaration of Principles, which was signed in Khartoum in 2015. The countries also agreed on the no-harm principle when it comes to the three countries’ interests.

    Sisi continued to stress the importance of cooperation, saying, “the three countries are cooperating as one to protect our interest.” Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced in a press conference that during the tripartite meeting Egypt and Ethiopia

  • UN Commends Ethiopia’s Peace Keeping Contribution

    Jean-Pierre-Lacroix-UNJanuary 30, 2018 - The United Nations (UN) commended Ethiopia for its commitment to ensuring global peace through its peacekeeping contribution. According to the UN, Ethiopia is one of the top troop contributing countries to the UN with more than 8,300 peacekeepers on the ground.

    “One of the grounds in which Ethiopian peacekeepers registered success is the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), where Ethiopian peacekeepers have won the trust of both sides of the warring parties,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean Pierre Lacroix.

    Lacroix, who praised Ethiopia's contribution for the global peace, also called on the Ethiopian government to augment its contribution to the Blue Helmet forces.

    Briefing Lacroix on regional peace and security issues, Ethiopian foreign Min

  • African Leaders Meet in Ethiopia for AU Summit

    Africa-Union-Meeting-Addis-AbabaJanuary 28, 2018 - Focusing on structural reform of the AU, the continental free trade area (CFTA), and agricultural transformation scorecard, African leaders are deliberating in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

    The leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues and pass major decisions during the two days.The state of peace and security in the continent, migration, climate change, among others will be discussed by the leaders. 

    The leaders will launch the AU theme of 2018 “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

    Source:- Ethiopian News Agency

  • Ethiopia Cancels 400,000T Wheat Purchase Contract

    Ethiopia-cancels-wheat-importJanuary 28, 2018 - The Ethiopian government has canceled a 2.6 billion-birr wheat purchase contract. The contract was awarded to Pakistan-based Shakeel & Company for the supply of 400,000 metric tons of wheat.

    The Ethiopian government cancellation came following the company’s failure to provide a performance guarantee and proceed to supply the wheat. According to the initial agreement, Shakeel is supposed to start supplying the bulk by December 2017 and finish by January 2018.

    Following contract cancellation, the company will be barred from taking part in any future bidding activity in Ethiopia and it will also forfeit its USD 15,000 bid bond, according to Ethiopian government.

    Sources close to Shakeel, on the other hand, said that they were not formally informed of contract cancellatio

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    The Ethiopian government has long been accused by rights groups of using security concerns as an excuse to stifle dissent and media freedoms. However, the Ethiopian government denies all the charges.

    Last week the United Nations urged Ethiopian officials to review the status of a “large number of people” still behind bars.

    U.N. human rights spokesman Liz Throssell said the Ethiopian government should review anti-terror legislation and laws “to ensure that they are neither interpreted nor implemented too broadly, thereby resulting in people being arbitrarily or wrongfully detained”.

    Laws placing “und

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    The declaration on the establishment of a Single African Air Transport Market was adopted by the AU Assembly in January 2015.SAATM is a flagship project of the Agenda 2063, an initiative to create a single unified air transport market and the liberalization of civil aviation in Africa, and as an impetus to the Continent’s economic integration agenda.

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