• Ethiopia to Inaugurate Two Industrial Parks

    Industry-Parks-EthiopiaOctober 21, 2017 - The Adama and Dire Dawa industrial parks, whose construction was launched in 2016, will be inaugurated at the end of this month, reports Ethiopian News Agency. The industrial parks will specialize in textile, apparel, and agro-processing and will increase the number of parks with similar sector to five next to Hawassa, Mekele and Kombolcha, according to Ethiopian Investment commision.

    The industrial park in Hawassa, which was inaugurated last year, started operation. Companies have also shown keen interest to open shop at the recently inaugurated industrial parks in Mekele and Kombolcha.

    The government spent about USD 315 million to develop the two industrial parks, deputy commissioner in charge of Industrial Parks, Belachew Mekuria (PhD), said.

    As Adama and Dire Dawa are in c

  • UN Relocates 15,000 Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia

    Eritrean-Refugees-EthiopiaOctober 20, 2017 - The UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), has relocated over 15,000 Eritrean refugees from Tigray Region of Ethiopia. In cooperation with the Ethiopian government and the UNHCR, IOM has medically screened and transported newly arrived Eritrean refugees from the Reception Centre in Endabaguna/Shire to four refugee camps in the North of Ethiopia, reports IOM.

    “Currently IOM is relocating an average of about 100 persons per day which represents an increase in what has been the most continual refugee flow into Ethiopia in 2017,” said Khatab Khalid, the head of IOM Ethiopia’s Shire Sub-Office.

    According to official figures, there were 21,215 new Eritrean refugee arrivals to Ethiopia in 2016 while over 20,000 have arrived in 2017 to date. Most of the refugees a

  • Egypt to Implement “Two Children only” Policy

    Two-child-policy-EgyptOctober 20, 2017 - The Northern African nation, Egypt,  announced this week the implementation of a plan to control the nation’s booming population rate under a campaign called “Egypt development: Two children only.” Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin met this week with Egypt’s governors to announce the plan to control population growth in each province, while studying the demographic situation of each governorate and possible mechanisms for birth control.

    Fighting illiteracy, unemployment and poverty were discussed as ways to tackle the population boom.

    The plan as yet does not mention applying a strict child-control policy that would stop families from having more than two children, as the name of the campaign suggests.

    “Contraception is the last thing we can rely on in the populatio

  • South Sudanese Rebel Groups Clash Near Ugandan Border

    South-Sudan-RebelsOctober 19, 2017 - South Sudanese rebel groups fought each other this week in a strategic area near the Ugandan border leaving at least three dead, reports Reuters. The clashes between the south Sudanese factions broke out on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kajo Keji between two groups: one loyal to former army general Thomas Cirillo and one loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.

    Kajo Keji is a key conduit for rebels moving east and west and an entry point for supplies from Uganda.

    South Sudan’s civil war, triggered by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Machar, has plunged parts of the world’s youngest nation into famine and forced a third of the population - about four million people - to flee their homes.

    As the war burns on, battles are being fought on many fronts and armed groups have spli

  • Saudi Arabia Expresses Interest to Open New Chapter in Relation with Ethiopia

    Saudi-Arabia-Ethiopia-RelationsOctober 18, 2017 - Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Ethiopia Abdullah Faleh Alarjani says Ethiopia is one of the potential beneficiaries of his country's economic restructuring plan, Vision 2030. According to the Ethiopian Herald report, Saudi Arabia considers Ethiopia as among the primary destinations for its agricultural investments capitalizing on the geographic proximity and rich potentials.

    Saudi appreciates Ethiopia's success in registering remarkable economic growth in a short period of time. In 2016, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030 that reduces country's reliance on oil revenue thereby transforming the economy to one of the top investing countries in the world eyeing agriculture as a priority.

    The Ambassador says: "Vision 2030 avails a lot of opportunities to Sa

  • Egypt Concerned Over Delays in Ethiopian Dam Impact Study

    Ethiopia-GERDOctober 18, 2017 - During a meeting of water ministers of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Egypt voiced concern over “delays” in concluding the recommended study on the environmental impacts of Ethiopia’s multibillion dollar hydro-dam project.
    “Egypt is very concerned with the delays in the joint study recommended by the IPOE [International Panel of Experts],” Mohamed Abdulati, Egyptian minister of water and electricity, said in a speech ahead of Tripartite National Technical Committee’s (TNC) meeting.

    Since the $4.8 billion hydro-electric dam project near the Sudan border was launched in 2011, Egypt has been crying foul saying the dam would reduce its “traditional” share of the Nile waters. Ethiopia said it needs the dam for its development and that the da

  • Ethiopia Football Federation Orders all Soccer Clubs to Build Stadiums

    Ethiopia-Football-FederationOctober 18, 2018 - In an unprecedented move, the Ethiopian Football Federation has enacted a regulation that obliges all Ethiopian soccer clubs in the premier and super leagues to construct standardized stadiums within two years, according to ANA.

    All the soccer clubs in the country do not have their own stadiums. Tedla Dagnachew, Licensing Manager of the Federation said  that the clubs need to have their own stadiums, since having standard stadium is among the criteria set by FIFA.

    According to him, clubs that would not fulfill the standard could be relegated to the lower division.

    Despite these regulation, the clubs that ENA has talked to said they are not capable of doing this within two years.

    Terefe Anberbir, Manager of St. George Football Club replied that he do not have the informatio

  • Ethiopian Opposition Figure Dr. Merera Gudina Pleads Not Guilty

    Merera-Gudina-pleads-not-guiltyOctober 16, 2017 - Ethiopian opposition figure, Merera Gudian, appeared in court for the first time after the court's summer recess. During the session Dr. Merera Gudina has pleaded his innocence against all criminal charges brought by the federal prosecutors. The defense team told the court that Dr. Merera's plea of innocence was late by eleven months since the charges were brought against him.

    The Ethiopian Federal high court 19th criminal bench adjourned next hearing to begin to hear prosecutor's witnesses for Nov. 03/2017.It is to be remembered that on July 07, Dr. Merera's defense team had requested the court to get the full list of prosecutors' witnesses. The court then refereed the request to the council of the house of federation for constitutional interpretations.

    Today's hearing happened afte

  • Eritrean Athlete Gets Banned, Stripped of Titles

    Petro-Mamu-EritreaOctober 15, 2017 - Eritrean world distance mountain runner and champion, Petro Mamu, has been banned for nine months and stripped of his titles after testing positive for doping after two world championships he won in July in Premana, Italy, reports Africa news.

    The Eritrean athlete tested positive for a substance used as medication for Asthma. His ban started September 19 while all results and titles won from July 30, 2017 have been cancelled, the IAAF announced in September.

    The nine-month ban was reduced from two years for his admission of guilt and co-operating with the IAAF, they added.

    The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) said in a statement that the sentence is not enough as he stands to participate in next year’s championship.

    “The sentence does not act as enough of a deterrent. As the b

  • Egypt Asks the 1959 Colonial Agreement to be Springboard for Impact Assessment

    Egypt-Ethiopia-GERDOctober 21, 2017 - During the Tripartite National Committee (TNC), which includes Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, Egypt requested to use the 1959 colonial water sharing agreement signed between Egypt and Sudan, as a springboard when an impact assessment is conducted, according to the Ethiopian reporter .

    Egypt made the request at the TNC meeting that was held in Addis Ababa in the middle of this week. It was the 16th meeting that the Committee held at Ellily Hotel in Addis Ababa.

    The request was blatantly dismissed by Ethiopian authorities. The 1959 agreement between Egypt and Sudan gives the 56 billion cubic meters share of the Nile water to Egypt while 18 billion cubic meters of the river’s water is slated to Sudan. The remainder is left to ensure the smooth continuous flow of the river.

    The meet

  • Ethiopia Responsible for 3% of Newborn Deaths in the World - UN

    Child-Mortality-EthiopiaOctober 20, 2017 - According to a recent study released by the UN, Ethiopia is among the five countries — Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and India — responsible for half of all newborn deaths in the world. The report, "Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017", revealed that 5.6 million children died before reaching the age of five in 2016.

    However, this is a marked decrease compared to 2000 when nearly 9.9 million children had died before turning five. Despite the progress, neonatal deaths — defined as deaths during the first 28 days of life — accounted for 46 per cent or 7,000 deaths every day. Another 2.6 million babies were stillborn in 2016, the report said.

    While India was accountable for 24 per cent of these new-born deaths, Pakistan accounted for 10 per cent, Nigeria 9 per cent, the Demo

  • Ethiopia to Purchase 400,000T of Wheat for Humanitarian Assistance

    Ethiopia-Wheat-TenderOctober 19, 2017 - Ethiopia recently announced a tender for 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat for use in humanitarian assistance programs throughout the country. Bids are due Oct. 24, with delivery expected by February 2018, reports world grain. The tendered amount will be divided into three tranches, totaling 200,000 tonnes, 125,000 tonnes and 75,000 tonnes.

    The primary source for the wheat is expected to be the Black Sea region, the USDA said, noting that the region “is generally one of the least expensive options.”

    “With the exception of food aid, nearly all wheat coming into the country in 2016 came from the Black Sea region, with Romania, Ukraine and Russia as the top three suppliers,” the USDA said.

    As of early September, Ethiopia had imported nearly 630,000 tonnes of milling wheat in 20

  • Ethiopian Opposition Proposes 50/50 Electoral System

    Ethiopia-Electoral-ReformOctober 18, 2017 - As part of the continued negotiations between the ruling party EPRDF and Opposition parties, EPRDF has proposed a mixed electoral system in which 10 percent proportional representation and 90 percent first-past-the-post would be combined. The ruling party said the mixed electoral system would help represent those parties that do not qualify for the first-past-the-post system.

    On the other hand, the 11 Ethiopian opposition parties that negotiate as one group proposed the percentage to be 50/50 and that a government be formed on getting two third of the votes instead of 50 plus one.

    They rejected the idea of the ruling party by arguing that its proposal might add a few seats but would not contribute to democratization, widening of political space and multi-party system.

    As regards the implementa

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    Dr.Debretsion-GERDOctober 18, 2017 - The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), being built on the Nile, will start generating hydroelectric power in the current fiscal year, reports Ethiopian news agency. “The remaining 38 percent of the construction will be done while the dam is generating hydroelectric power", Debretsion Gebremichael, Board Chairman of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation for the Construction of GERD, said as quoted by the Ethiopian news agency.

    The construction of the dam, which will be the largest in the continent and among the top ten in the world in terms of generating capacity, has reached 62 percent.
    “Activities that would enable to fill the dam with water and generating power will be conducted”, he said.
    According to him, professiona

  • Ethiopia Hosting 2017 Global Green Growth Week Conference

    Global-Green-EthiopiaOctober 18, 2017 - Ethiopia is hosting 2017 Global Green Growth Week Conference, reports Ethiopian News Agency. At a joint statement made by Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Minister Dr. Gemedo Dalle and Global Green Growth Institute Director-General Frank Rijsberman, it was stated that Ethiopia’s leading role in establishing green economy has served as a criterion to choose Ethiopia as a host.

    He appreciated Ethiopia’s effort to expand hydro-electric power as a means of energy source which contributes less carbon emission to the environment.

    The Director-General stated that his organization is working to bring green finance to Ethiopia.

    Rijsberman explained that Ethiopia will receive USD 45 million from Global Climate Fund and contribute USD 5 million to enhance irrigation.


  • Advisor to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Bereket Simon, Resigns

    Bereket-Simon-resignsOctober 16, 2017 - BBC Amharic service reports that Bereket Simon submitted his resignation as the PM’s advisor for Policy Studies and Research, leaving a post he held for the past four years. If true this makes it the second time a senior government official resigned in just two weeks.

    Local media reports indicate that Simon, a veteran politician has thus resigned from two top positions in just a week. Last week, he gave up his position as board chairman of the government-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.

    A member of the ruling Ethiopia Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), he has served the government in different capacities including as Minister of Communication.

    It is to be recalled that, few weeks ago, Protocol Chief of the PM, Baye Tadesse Teferi, sought asylum in the United States for fear

  • Egypt Irrigation Minister to Visit Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    Egypt-Irrigation-MinisterOctober 16, 2017 - Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati flew to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).  According to Al-Ahram news, the minster will also take part in a tripartite ministerial meeting on technical studies related to the dam.

    The visit is organized by the Ethiopian government, whereby the Egyptian minster will observe construction work and explore technical details related to the work of the tripartite technical committee with Ethiopia and Sudan.

    According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, Abdel-Ati will take part in the meeting with a view to following up on technical studies related to the possible impact of the dam on downstream countries.

    The Addis Ababa meeting has been much-anticipated, especially after Egypt voiced concer

  • I Resigned Because My People and Party Were Disrespected - Abadula Gemeda

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    He is one of the highest-ranking government officials to resign since the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition took power in 1991. A former army chief of staff, Abadula is also a founder of the Oromo People's Democratic Organisation (OPDO), which represents the Oromos within the EPRDF.

    To many, this is a troubling development to the prevailing political order in Ethiopia, incidcat

  • Ethiopian Singer Abby Lakew Donates All Proceeds from Album to Charity

    Abby-Lakew-Donates-EthiopiaOctober 14, 2017 - Ethiopian singer Abby Lakew announced that she will be donating all proceeds from her latest album to charity. Local Ethiopian charity ‘Mekedonia Home for the Elderly and Mentally Disabled’ is to be the recipient of the gesture from the star.

    One hundred thousand copies of the Ethiopian singer albums are to be released in the coming weeks, with more to be followed. Her latest work, her second full-length album is a follow up to the hit – “Man’ale” a bilingual album of Amharic and English songs from 2007 which cost USD 40,000 to make. It was produced at a studio in New York made famous by the likes of Boys II Men and Tony Braxton in their heydays.

    Abby most recently released single songs, “Yene Habesha” and “Befikir Eskista”.

    The a

  • Ethiopia to Ban Foreign Adoptions, According to New Bill

    Ethiopia-AdoptionsOctober 14, 2017 - A new draft bill has been written to amend the existing revised family code proposed the elimination of specific articles granting foreigners the right to adopt Ethiopian children, according to the Reporter. According to a document issued by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Office, the latest draft bill has been designed based on the new National Child Protection Policy, endorsed by Ethiopian Council of Ministers.

    The policy was designed with the objective that orphans, vulnerable children, as well as unaccompanied children should grow with discipline only in their homeland honoring their culture and tradition among their community. It also says they should benefit from locally available care and support, and enjoy access to rehabilitation services. Therefore, they should either be adopted locally, or supported b

  • USAID Launching 181 Million USD to Prevent Maternal, Child Deaths in Ethiopia

    USAID-$181M-EthiopiaOctober 14, 2017 - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching four activities to address preventable maternal and child deaths in Ethiopia. The four activities with a total value of approximately $181 million (USD) will support the Ministry of Health’s overall efforts to end maternal and child deaths.

    The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is also providing support for these activities, according communique sent by US Embassyto

    H.E. Professor Yifru Berhan, Minister of Health, Ms Leslie Reed, USAID’s Mission Director and Ms. Ji-eun Seongare, KOICA’s Deputy Country Representative and Health Program Lead are scheduled to speak at the event organized by the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa for Monday, October 16, 2017 at Sheraton Hotel.

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    NBI-Chair-EthiopiaOctober 13, 2017 - Ethiopia will chair both the Nile Council of Ministers and the Nile Technical Advisory Committee of the Initiative for the next one year, taking over from Uganda.

    Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Dr. Eng. Sileshi Bekele, has become the new chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers replacing Uganda’s Sam Cheptoris.

    The changes in leadership are in keeping with the NBI tradition of annually rotating the position among member states.

    The changes came during the meeting of the 25th Nile Council of Ministers of Water Affairs (Nile-COM) held in Entebbe, Uganda on Thursday. The Minister represented by his deputy, Kebede Gerba, at the meeting.

    The Nile-COM is the highest decision-making organ on all political and development matters relating to the NBI.

    The me

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    Kenyan officials also noted that talks between farmers and other players should be initiated to chart the way forward since the flower sector was crucial to Kenya’s economy. Addressing the press during the 21st human resource management workshop in Naivasha, Mr Kinyanjui said labour was the main point of concern for farmers.

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    Although he d

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    Protests-Oromo-EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017 - Anti-government protests broke out again this week in Ethiopia’s Oromia region. Hudreds of people marched through the streets of the town of Woliso.

    Ethiopian government official said protests in region left six people dead on Wednesday in anti-government demonstrations, according to AP report.

    Oromia regional official Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were also injured in the clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings.

    It is unclear who the protesters clashed with because reports by Amharic service of German broadcaster, DW, indicated that the protesters, Oromia state government and security officials, young people and city dwellers all took part in the protests.

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