| Ethiopia to Purchase 400,000T of Wheat for Humanitarian Assistance
October 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
| Ethiopian Opposition Proposes 50/50 Electoral System
October 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
| Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to Start Power Generation
October 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
| Advisor to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Bereket Simon, Resigns
October 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 diff
| Ethiopian Opposition Figure Dr. Merera Gudina Pleads Not Guilty
October 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 th
| I Resigned Because My People and Party Were Disrespected - Abadula Gemeda
October 15, 2017 - Abadula Gemeda, the speaker of Ethiopia's lower house of parliament, who resigned last week, said he quit because of "disrespect" of his ethnic group. Abadula Gemeda, a member of the Oromos, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, announced last Sunday that he was stepping down after seven years as speaker of Ethiopia’s House of People's Representatives.
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 Demo
| Ethiopia to Ban Foreign Adoptions, According to New Bill
October 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
| US Senators James Inhofe, Michael Enzi Visit Ethiopia
October 14, 2017 - U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Michael Enzi visited Ethiopia on October 12 and 13 to discuss U.S.-Ethiopian relations, according to communique sent by US Embassy to Ezega.com. The Senators met with Prime Minister Hailemariam.
During the meeting the Senators highlighted the value the United States places on its bilateral relations with Ethiopia and the strong ties between our people. They reiterated the United States’ commitment to working in partnership with Ethiopia to take on challenges such as regional security and economic development.
Senators Inhofe and Enzi expressed a sincer
| USAID Launching 181 Million USD to Prevent Maternal, Child Deaths in Ethiopia
October 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 Ezega.com.
H.E. Professor Yifru Berhan, Minister of Health, Ms Leslie Reed, USAID’s Mission Director and Ms. Ji-eun Seongare, KOICA’s Deput
| US Embassy Issues Security Alert for Ethiopia
October 12, 2017 - The United States embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security alert for its citizens in Ethiopia citing violent protests and road closures south of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.
“The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violent protests and road closures in and around Shashamane, approximately 250 km south of Addis Ababa.
“There are reports of casualties. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Shashamane at this time,” the embassy’s statement read.
Six people have been killed according to Oromo government official. They quoted an official of the Or
| Ethiopia: Six People Dead in New Anti-Government Protests in Oromia
October 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, D
| Road Accident Kill Eight in North Shoa, Ethiopia
October 12, 2017 - A road accident in North Shoa zone, Ethiopia's central Oromia regional state, killed eight people, reports Xinhua. Ethiopian officials stated that the accident happened at around 7 p.m. Wednesday when two passenger buses collided.
Seven other people who were injured in the accident have been taken to health clinics and hospitals. Ferede said police is investigating the cause of the car crash.
Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownerships in the world, deadly traffic accidents in Ethiopia are fairly common with bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road
| Ethiopia to Raise 1.5 Billion Birr for GERD
October 12, 2017 - The Ethiopian government announced plans to raise 1.5 billion Birr in the current Ethiopian fiscal year for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), reports Ethiopian News agency. .
The Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Dam announced the plan on Tuesday at a consultation forum being held in Addis Ababa.
The Office planed to realize the target by further strengthening wider public participation, implementing various fundraising mechanisms including lotteries, music concerts, arts and photo exhibitions, among others.
| Ethiopian National Bank Devalues Currency by 15 Percent
October 10, 2017 - Ethiopian central bank devalued the Ethiopian Birr by 15 percent on Tuesday, the first in seven years to boost lagging exports, according to reports.
The birr was quoted by the National Bank of Ethiopia at a weighted average of 23.4177 against the dollar on Monday, compared to what will be 26.9215.
"The devaluation was made to prop up exports, which have stagnated the last five years owing to the birr's strong value against major currencies," Yohannes Ayalew, the bank's vice governor, told a news conference in the capital Addis Ababa.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World
| Ethiopian Parliament Speaker Requested to Vacate State-Owned Housing
October 9, 2017 - In unprecedented move, the Speaker of Ethiopian Parliament tendered his resignation last week. The news came to light on Saturday with the disclosure by the online publication Addis Standard, and followed by the Reporter. Abadula will become the first speaker of Parliament to formally resign from office during the 22-year history of the legislative house under EPRDF.
It is also reported that authorities at the Ethiopian Housing Corporation told Abadula Gemeda, speaker of Parliament, to vacate a state-owned house located near Olympia where he has lived in for many years. Formerly known as the Housing Agency, Abadula
| Acute Watery Diarrhea Infects 127 in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
October 9, 2017 - 127 people were diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia's second largest city, 446 kms east of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, according to Xinhua. According to Muluken Argaw, Dire Dawa city Health Bureau chief, the infected people are being treated in the city's main hospital and several have already been discharged after finishing their treatment.
Lack of proper waste disposal means, unsanitary toilet uses and failure to properly cook vegetable foods are mentioned as reasons behind the diarrhea outbreak in Ethiopias second city.
Several major cities in Ethiopia including A
| Ethiopian Federal Government Warns Somali Regional State
October 9, 2017 - The Ethiopian federal government issued a warning to the Ethiopian Somali regional state communication bureau to stop publishing and distributing inciting messages immediately, reports Addis Standard. According to the Ethiopian government statement, at such a time when the Oromia and Somali regional states were experiencing a fragile security situation, the messages appearing on the Facebook pages of the Somali regional state communication bureau as well as the Facebook page of the head of the bureau, Idris Ismael Abdi, were against the recent warning by the Ethiopian federal government for all parties to
| Somali-Oromia Conflict Persists, Ethiopian PM Disappointed
October 8, 2017 - As Prime Minister Hailemaraim Dessalegn is trying to sort out the confrontation between the Somali and Oromia Regional States, the Somali Region Communications Bureau over the week issued a statement accusing the Oromia Regional State of proceeding forcibly with land expansion in view of finding access to neighboring sea ports such as those in Somaliland and Somalia for alleged subversive reason against the federation.
The statement was made the same week high-level officials of the two regions were said to be holding discussions under the auspices of the federal government headed by the Prime Minister.
| Ethiopia Postpones 4th Population Census
October 7, 2017 - The Fourth National Housing and Population Census, originally scheduled to be conducted on November 19, 2017, has now been postponed. The announcement came as the purchased digital tablet computers are almost on their way to Ethiopia. The first batch of the supply of the digital computer tablets and power banks has already reached Ethiopia. From the total supply, 93,000 tablets and 180,000 power banks have been delivered by suppliers.
Yigezu Daba, general director of the Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service, the agency that conducted the procurement of the equipment on behalf of the Central Statistics Agenc
| Ethiopian House Speaker Resigns
October 7, 2017 - Abadulla Gemeda, Ethiopia’s Speaker of the House of the Peoples' Representatives, resigned from his post, reports the Ethiopian weekly reporter. Abadulla’s letter of resignation was submitted to the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front Executive Committee, stating personal reasons as the cause of the resignation.
So far no one has come with full explanation for the resignation. However, some sources speculate federal handling of the border conflict with Somali region and last year protests as reasons for the resignation.
Sources close to the matter confirmed that his resignation was su