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Talk of ‘African Renaissance, Fastest Growing Economies’ Misplaced - Eritrean Official

Eritrean-FM-UNSeptember 24, 2017 - Africa remains the most marginalized of all continents, and therefore talk of an ‘African Renaissance’ and of ‘fastest growing economies’ is misplaced and premature, Eritrea’s top foreign affairs official told the United Nations General Assembly. Eritrean minister for Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed also noted that processing of primary products, value-addition, industrialization, technology development barely exists. African economies, physical and social infrastructure, institutional and governance structures, peace and security architectures remain undeveloped.

“We should not

Ethiopian Jew Danielle Daseta to Represent Israel at UN

Danielle-Daseta-Ethiopian-Jew-UNSeptember 24, 2017 - Ethiopian Jew, Danielle Daseta, is going to represent Israel in the UN, reports Ynet news. Danielle started her career in diplomacy while she was studying for a bachelor's degree in governance and diplomacy, participating in the "Israel@heart" leadership program for Ethiopian Jews.
 
After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danielle spent a long time working on hasbara (public relations). She participated in hasbara-centric delegations to American and Canadian campuses and was the Jewish Agency's emissary to the University of San Diego

Ethiopia Committed to Strengthen Relations with Egypt - FM

Ethiopian-Egypt-cooperationSeptember 22, 2017 - Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), expressed the need to strengthen the long-standing ties between Ethiopia and Egypt. In his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in New York on Friday, Gebeyehu called for strengthening ties between the two African countries, according to a statement issued by the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

According to the statement, the two foreign ministers discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest and the areas of discussion revolved around strengthening coo

Donald Trump to Send Nikki Haley to South Sudan and DRC

Nikki-Haley-Visiting-AfricaSeptember 21, 2017 - U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports VOA. The president said Haley would "discuss avenues of conflict resolution and, most importantly, prevention."

"We're closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo," Trump said in a lunch meeting Wednesday with African leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

"Millions of lives are at risk and we continue to provide humanitarian assistance, but real results in halting this catastroph

Exiting Indian Flower Grower Demands Compensation from Ethiopia

Karuturi-EthiopiaSeptember 21, 2017 - The giant Indian flower grower company, Karuturi Global Ltd., demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit from Ethiopia. Karuturi wrote a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the Ethiopian government of nationalizing its farming investments and said it should be given “adequate and appropriate” redress.

“We stand tired and defeated and wish to exit Ethiopia,” Karuturi said in the letter, citing a government decision to “unilaterally and illegally cancel our investment and trade license.” The company

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Commits Half Billion Dollars for Ethiopia

Gates-Foundation-EthiopiaSeptember 17, 2017 - Taking into consideration the challenges of implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlighting the prospects of the upcoming SDGs, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) revealed the commitment of USD half billion for development projects in Ethiopia. The foundation also warned the Ethiopian government that budget cuts could regress development gains.

The foundation has committed USD 500 million to assist the Ethiopia’s efforts in areas of health, nutrition, education, agriculture, livestock, financial inclusion and the like. According to BMGF’s officials, Ethiopia is one of the few countrie

Ethiopia, Italy Sign Loan Grant Accord

Ethiopia-Italy-ink-loan-accordSeptember 16, 2017 - Ethiopia and Italy signed a cooperation framework that would last for three years, reports Ethiopian News Agency. Through the framework, the government of Italy will extend 125 million Euros development assistance to Ethiopia. Of the total assistance the 45 million Euros is extended in the form of grant, while 80 million Euro in the form of loan.

The cooperation framework is crucial to support the efforts of the Ethiopian government to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development. Comprehensive and sustainable agricultural development, accessibility of basic services, governance and building capacity

UAE Oil Giant, Adnoc, to Enter Ethiopian Market

Adnoc-entering-EthiopiaSeptember 15, 2017 - UAE’s oil giant Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) disclosed plans to join Ethiopia’s market. According the National report, Adnoc will sell engine oil and lubricant in Ethiopia as it seeks to expand its presence in international markets.

The new supply agreements for its Voyager branded products are with Ethiopia’s Kinsi General Trading Company. "With a population of approximately 100 million people, Ethiopia offers markets that represent a highly compelling opportunity to boost sales and further diversify our business,” said Saeed Al Rashdi, Adnoc Distribution's acting chief executive.

Ethiopia Hosting 852,721 Refugees - UNHCR

Ethiopia-UNHCRSeptember 15, 2017 - The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Ethiopia announced that Ethiopia received 72,890 refugees in the first eight months of 2017. According to  Kisut Gebreegziabher, Assistant Communications Officer at UNHCR Ethiopia, the largest group of refugees come from South Sudan at 44,000 followed by Eritreans at 17,000 and Somalis at over 6,400.

The 72,890 refugees recorded in Ethiopia in the first eight months of 2017 have pushed the number of refugees living in Ethiopia to reach 852,721 as of August 21, making the country home to the second largest refugee population in Africa, according to UNHCR.

"Refugees from S

US Imposes Harsh Visa Sanctions on Eritrea

US-imposes-santions-EritreaSeptember 14, 2017 - The United States of America will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Eritrea, Cambodia, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport, according to Reuters.

The new policies, laid out in State Department cables and described in a department news briefing, are the latest example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

The cables, sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to consular officials around the world, said the four countries were “denying or un

Ethiopia Attracts $3.8 billion FDI in 2016/17

FDI-EthiopiaSeptember 10, 2017 - Ethiopia has attracted 3.8 billion U.S. dollars in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Ethiopian Fiscal Year (EFY) 2016/17, disclosed the Ethiopian investment commissions. According to the Ethiopian government, the flow of FDI in the country showed a 20 percent increase from EFY 2015/16.

"In the 2016/17 fiscal year 381 projects have become operational and the investment projects have created 71,000 temporary and permanent jobs to Ethiopians," stated Ethiopian government officals.

Furthermore, the Ethiopian government stated that some 28 companies with a combined capital of 1.48 billion U.S. dollars have made agreement

UN Security Council Holds Meeting in Ethiopia

UNSC-AUPSC-Meeting-Addis-AbabaSeptember 9, 2017 - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) held their 11th Annual Joint Consultative meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at the AU Headquarters.

Representatives of the 15 UNSC member countries arrived in Ethiopia, on Wednesday. Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, head of Ethiopian Mission to the UN stated that the meeting deliberated on peace and security situations in Africa, particularly on conflict and crisis situations in South Sudan, Somalia, and the Lake Chad Basin.

Tekeda who is President of UNSC for the Month of September said the meeting helps to dis

Ethiopian Jews Integrating Well - Netanyahu

Ethiopian-Israelis-IntegrationSeptember 8, 2017 - The integration of Ethiopian Jews is progressing well according to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, reports the Jerusalem post. This report comes amidst criticisms against the Israeli government for not caring enough for the Ethiopian Jews. Two years after the Prime Minister’s Office launched a program to aid the integration of citizens of Ethiopian origin into society; a ministerial committee reported that winds of changes have been witnessed as they reviewed a report on the initiative in the Knesset.

The current program is part of a government response to protests that swept the country two years ago, after a video emer

Egypt, US to Resume Joint Military Drills

Egypt-US-drillsSeptember 6, 2017 - Despite recent tensions over military aid between Egypt and US, Egyptian officials announced that Egypt's military will host a biennial exercise with the US army next week for the first time since 2009.

The Bright Star exercise, scheduled every two years since 1981, will take place this year from September 10 to 20, it said. The last exercise was held in 2009, two years before a popular uprising overthrew autocrat Hosni Mubarak, unleashing years of political instability.

Then-president Barack Obama cancelled the exercise in 2013 after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and cracked down on his follower

UN Food Agencies Call for More Support to Ethiopia’s Drought-Stricken Regions

UN-Food-agencies-help-EthiopiaSeptember 5, 2017 - Speaking at the conclusion of a visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen Ethiopians’ resilience to drought.

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), made their plea after they visited projects in Ethiopia that treat dwindling herds to limit furt

Ethiopia to Chair UN Security Council Emergency Session on North Korea

Ethiopia-Chairing-UNSC-North-KoreaSeptember 3, 2017 - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC’s) emergency session aimed at discussing on an international response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) latest nuclear test, will be chaired by Ethiopia, reports FBC.

The emergency session aimed at discussing on an international response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) latest nuclear test, will be the first meeting of the Security Council under the Ethiopia's presidency.

During its presidency of the Council, Ethiopia will give priority towards strengthening the partnership between the United Nations (UN) an

Thousands of Eritrean Vets in Switzerland Face Expulsion

Eritreans-face-expulsion-SwitzerlandSeptember 1, 2017 - A Swiss federal court has ruled that Eritrean asylum-seekers who completed military service in the East African country can legally be sent home if their asylum cases are rejected. In a summary of the Aug. 17 verdict made public Thursday, the federal administrative court in St. Gallen said that because Eritrean military veterans had completed their service — as opposed to deserters — they "won't necessarily expect to be summoned again for national service or punished criminally upon return to the country."

The ruling could have sweeping implications for thousands of Eritreans who make up

US Announces 91M USD Supplemental Aid for Ethiopia

US-Announce-91M-AidAugust 31, 2017 — The United States will provide an additional $91 million in humanitarian aid for Ethiopia to cope with current drought, said Mark Green, the new administrator of the United States Agency for International Development on Thursday.

The extra funding brings U.S. aid for food and medical care in Ethiopia to $454 million this year. Another $210 million in U.S. aid has gone to development projects.

Green announced the new tranche of aid after he met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. In a statement he read to reporters, Green said he also had urged the Ethiopian leader to take “concrete ste

Ethiopia to Join World Trade Organization in 2018

Ethiopia-joining-WTO-2018August 31, 2017 - Ethiopia is scheduled to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in November next year after Ethiopia agreed to open up its economy. Ethiopia has accepted to liberalize its economy in phases according to the agreement.

Comoros’ membership is expected to be ratified during the WTO ministerial conference taking place in November this year. Kenya stands to be the biggest beneficiary if Ethiopia and Sudan are accepted to join the World Trade Organization next year.

For a long time now, Kenya, East Africa’s most advanced economy has been trying without much success to enter Ethiopia’s economy which has a gross domest

US, Egypt Officials at Odds Over Aid Cut

US-aid-Egypt-reducedAugust 28, 2017 - The Egyptian government has denied prior knowledge of the US administration’s decision to cut aid to Egypt. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abo Zaid said that Cairo was notified only hours before the decision’s announcement. The US decided earlier to cut USD95.7 million of aid provided to Egypt and withhold USD195 million. US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stated on Wednesday that the Egyptian government had prior knowledge of this step.

US State Department officials said that the decision attributes to the Egyptian government’s failure to achieve any progress in respecting human rights and democracy. B

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