| 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.
| 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)
| Ethiopians Call for State Funeral for Richard Pankhurst
February 17, 2017 - Ethiopians yesterday called for a state funeral to be bestowed on Richard Pankhurst, according to the Telegraph.
Officials, writers, academics and scores of ordinary Ethiopians issued sorrowful tributes to a man whose legacy was so significant and so varied many struggled to encapsulate it.
There was the academic: More than 20 books on Ethiopia, including its first ever economic history. There was the cultural, most notably with the establishment of Ethiopia’s first proper archive.
And, perhaps most significantly, there was the diplomatic, in the form of a dogged crusade for the retu
| 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,
| Leading Historian, Friend of Ethiopia Richard Pankhurst Passes Away
February 16, 2017 - Ethiopia is mourning one of its greatest historians, Dr Richard Pankhurst, who died at the age of 90, according to media reports.
The country’s Foreign Ministry in a statement referred to Pankhurst as a ‘‘doyen of historians and scholars of Ethiopia,’‘ it added that he ‘‘was one of Ethiopia’s greatest friends during his long and productive life, and his scholarship and understanding for Ethiopia will be sorely missed.’‘
He received an award of recognition from President Teshome Mulatu for the crucial role he played in the campaign for the return of a histori
| 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.
| EPRDF, Ethiopian Opposition Preparing Modality for Dialogue
February 15, 2017 - The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and 21 national political parties have agreed to jointly prepare a draft modality for their dialogue, according to FBC.
The parties held discussion today on modality of the dialogue as well as put forth directions after discussing on two agendas. As per the agreement reached earlier among the parties, today’s meeting was chaired by the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front.
Of the 22 parties which took part in today’s meeting, 20 political parties have presented their specific a
| New Corporation to Administer Condominium Projects
February 13, 2017 - A new draft is being prepared by the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, which would combine the construction and administration of 20/80 and 40/60 condos under the roof of a single corporation, according to Capital.
Currently 40/60 condos are being constructed by the Addis Ababa Savings & Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) and the Addis Ababa Housing Project Office (AAHPO) is in charge of constructing 20/80 houses.
The new corporation would be responsible for hiring managers of every site, and planning the construction of new homes.
The Addis Ababa City Administration Housing Management Agency,
| Ethiopia Appoints Eight New Ambassadors
February 13, 2017 - President Dr. Mulatu Teshome has appointed eight new ambassadors to eight countries including Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Kuwait and Uganda.
Accordingly, Redwan Hussein appointed to Ireland, Zenebu Tadesse to Italy, Tolosa Shagi to Uganda, Tsegaye Berhe to Israel, Regassa Kefalew to Ghana, Taye Atsekeselassie to Egypt, Abdulaziz Amhad to Kuwait and Girma Temesgen to Côte d'Ivoire
During occasion, President Dr. Mulatu has urged the newly appointed ambassadors to further deepen existing bilateral relationship with the respective countries.
| Ethiopian Tourism Income Hits USD 1.6B in First Half
February 10, 2017 - Ethiopia generated revenues of more than 1.6 billion US dollars from tourism in the first half of this Ethiopian budget year (2016/17), according to ENA report.
A total of 439, 359 foreign tourists visited the country in the reported period, Gezahegn Abate, Public and International Relations Director at Ministry of Culture and Tourism told ENA.
The number of visitors in this first half decreased by 39, 531 tourists, while the revenues declined by 145 million US dollars compared to same period last fiscal year due to the unrest occurred in some parts of the country, he said.
| Metered Taxis Service Starts in Addis Ababa
February 8, 2017 - Addis Ababa City Transport Authority yesterday announced that new meter taxis fare rate would take effect as of today, according to FBC.
According to the Authority, the fare of four-seat meter taxis is 10 Birr per kilometer while 13 Birr for seven-seat taxis per kilometer.
Authority Communication Officer Mitiku Gebisa, told EPA that the rate would be effective up until 10 PM local time. Beginning from 10:01 onward, the rate will increase by 50 per cent, meaning, for instance, the 10 Birr fare will increase to 15 Birr, he added.
Mitiku also said that fare calculator software, which issues
| United Nations to Plant One Million Trees in Ethiopia
February 8, 2017 - United Nations plans to plant one million trees in Ethiopia to fight deforestation around camps hosting hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who rely almost entirely on wood for fuel, a United Nations agency said on Wednesday, according to Reuters report.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the trees would be planted on 150 hectares of land in Ethiopia's western Gambella region to meet the growing refugee population's demand for energy.
Almost 300,000 people, mostly women and children, have found shelter in Ethiopia since conflict erupted in South S
| Sibehat Nega Talks About Current Politics, The Opposition
February 3, 2017 - In this video interview, Aboy Sibehat Nega talks about current politics, and opposition parties in Ethiopia. To watch the video, click here - Aboy Sibehat Nega on Current Politics, the Opposition.
| Ethiopia Working on Safe Return of Kidnapped Children
February 3, 2017 - Ethiopia is working to ensure the safe return of 19 children kidnapped recently from Gambella Regional State by the Murle tribe of South Sudan, the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said, according to ENA.
At a press briefing he gave this afternoon, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said this occured in the middle of the effort Ethiopia has been exerting to ensure the return of its remaining 60 children of the 151 children kidnapped last year by the same group.
According to Dr. Negeri, the government has been training 1,500 militias to patrol the border frequentl
| Ethiopian Council of Ministers Approves Salary Raise for Civil Servants
February 3, 2017 - The Council of Ministers, in its 22nd regular session held today, discussed and passed decision to raise salaries of Ethiopian civil servants effective January 9, according to FBC.
The Council of Ministers of Ethiopia also approved the draft bills prepared to increase allowance for pensioners, to establish Federal Housing Corporation and loans that Ethiopia had agreed with various international organization, a statement obtained from its office noted.
According to the statement, the Council decided the draft bill tabled by the Ministry of Civil Service and Human
| State Emergency Succeded in Quashing Unrest - Ethiopian Minister
February 2, 2017 - In an interview with the Financial Times, Negeri Lencho, the communications minister, said the state of emergency imposed in October had succeeded in quashing a wave of nationwide anti-government protests that left hundreds of people dead. He insisted that Addis Ababa would not “give opportunity to any party to block the fast-growing economy and the attempt or efforts of the Ethiopian government to change the lives of the people”.
But in an apparent acknowledgment of the failings of the government’s state-driven development model, he admitted that anger over high unemployment was a
| Ethiopian Exports Fall Short of Expectations
January 30, 2017 - The Ministry of Industry (MoI) reported to parliament that exports of manufactured products only performed half as well as expected over the last six months of the 2016/17 budget year, according to Capital. The nation earned USD 198.5 million in export revenues which is 56.5 percent of Ethiopia’s goal of USD 349 million. Non major export products rose 3.9 percent.
Manufacturing has been expected to be a staple of Ethiopia’s resurgence. Textile and leather products along with agro processed products like meat and dairy are major areas, along with import substitutio
| Corruption and Waste Plagues AA Condo Development - Report
January 30, 2017 - Ethiopian invested billions of birr in construction materials for the 20/80 condos over the last 10 years. However, lack of proper auditing has led to corruption and waste, according to Capital.
Steel bars, cement and bathroom products like toilets have been purchased from many suppliers but no clear auditing has been conducted to indicate which materials were used where, or how many of them were wasted or moved to other places.
According to a source in the Addis Ababa Housing Project Office (AAHPO) the office has been planning an audit but no tangible work has occurred as of yet.
| More Than 5 Million Ethiopian in Need of Urgent Aid - Report
January 28, 2017 - Ethiopian authorities say 5.6 million people are in need of urgent aid, according to AP report. Reporters witnessed carcasses of goats and sheep litter the ground near the airstrip in this remote eastern Somale region of Ethiopia.
U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien visited a local camp for displaced persons on Saturday, saying that "these people are really struggling to survive." He cautioned, however, against "dramatizing by saying this may degenerate into famine."
Last year's drought, exacerbated by the El Nino climate phenomenon that affected seasonal rains, left 10
| Ethiopian, Cuba Agreed to Strengthen Ties
January 27, 2017 - The governments of Ethiopia and Cuba have agreed to further boost long-standing bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the visiting Vice President of Cuba Salvador Mesa have discussed on bilateral issues.
The two sides have conferred on enhancing the age-long bilateral ties between the two countries, Ethiopian Ambassador to Cuba Dewano Kedir told ENA.
The discussion has particularly focused on cooperating in the area of science and technology.
Experience sharing and assistance from the Cuban side for the development of strong science and technology lab in Ethiopia were discuss