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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

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 th

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 brin

10 Things Americans Fear the Most in 2017

American-public-fearsOctober 16, 2017 - Christopher Bader of Chapman University, which has released its fourth annual Survey of American Fears, notes that there has been a marked shift in American public fears in 2017. "Environmental fears" are prominent in the 10 biggest fears of Americans for the first time. In fact, four of the top 10 fears are environment related.

For the third year in a row, "corruption of government officials" took the top spot. But pollution of drinking water and oceans appeared in the top 10 for the first time, as did new fear "TrumpCare," which took the runner-up spot nabbed by "terrorist attacks" i

Pittards Takes 1.3 Million USD Hit from Ethiopian Currency Devaluation

Pittards-EthiopiaOctober 13, 2017 - Pittards, the AIM-traded leather producer company, noted the Ethiopian government 15% devaluation in the currency would have "no adverse effects" on its trading performance, although there would be some adverse balance sheet adjustments arising on the consolidation of the Ethiopian assets at the year end.

The company stated that it currently estimated that those adjustments would amount to approximately 1.3 million US dollars.

"In overall terms this is a positive development for Pittards as the devaluation will make its operations in Ethiopia more competitive," its board said in its statement.

European Investment Bank Unveils Plan to Support Equity Investment in Ethiopia

European-Investment-Bank-EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has unveiled a new plan to support private equity investment across Ethiopia.  The EIB’s USD 10 million participation represents the first backing for an Ethiopia focused fund.  EIB Vice President Fayolle this week visited Ethiopia on a two day visit. During his stay in Ethiopia he met business leaders, entrepreneurs and diplomats, as well as Ethiopian government officials and representatives of the Economic Commission for Africa.

“The European Investment Bank is committed to fostering private sector investment across Africa. Our first support f

Ethiopia Commends End of U.S. Sanctions on Sudan

US-Sudan-SanctionsOctober 11, 2017 - Ethiopia welcomed lifting of U.S. economic sanctions that were imposed on Sudan for the past 20 years.  Ethiopian government praised the US government decision as the two countries are further strengthening their bilateral ties.  “Sudan is more than a neighbor; we have a great deal in common with our strategic relationship built on close people-to-people relations”, stated Ethiopian Ministry of foreign affairs.

“It has long been apparent that these have caused unnecessary and considerable problems to the Sudanese people, limiting the country’s developmental progress” said the statement that

Ethiopian Airlines Named Airline of Year 2017 for Middle East and Africa

Ethiopian-First-AfricaOctober 10, 2017 - Ethiopia’s Flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has been recognized as Middle East and Africa Airline of the Year 2017 by Airline Economics. Ethiopian outperformed major airlines in the Middle East and Africa to win this prestigious award.

Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked; “It is a tremendous honour to be recognized as Airline of the Year and to stand out from among the major Middle East and African carriers thru a vote of the readers of one of the most renowned aviation magazines, Airline Economics. Although I am very happy by the several awards and recognitions

Czech Republic Pledges to Increase Assistance to Ethiopia

Czech-Ambassador-EthiopiaOctober 8, 2017 - Czech's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Karel Hejč , expressed that Czech Republic  will further strengthen its support to Ethiopia. According to the ambassador, the embassy is working to promote the investment opportunities in Ethiopia so that Czech investors could engage in the country.

Czech Republic has been supporting Ethiopia as its development partner, particularly in water supply and education, since 2001.

Since 2010, Czech has selected Ethiopia as its sole development partner in Africa and providing three million Euros annually, he said.

Czech Republic recognizes the historic r

India, Ethiopia Pledge to Bolster Trade Ties

Indian-President-EthiopiaOctober 5, 2017 - Ethiopia and India signed agreements for cooperation in trade and communication sectors. The agreements were signed after a closed door meeting between the Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome and his Indian counterpart Shri Ram Nath Kovind in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

In a short press briefing, the Indian president said he wanted to strengthen bilateral ties with Ethiopia. “We will be working closely to develop trade, investment and people-to-people relations between the two countries,” Kovind said.

He added that India will provide a credit line to the tune of $95 million to Ethiopia for

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind Visiting Ethiopia

Indian-President-EthiopiaOctober 4, 2017 - India’s President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived in Addis Ababa for a two-day official visit to Ethiopia.

President Mulatu Teshome and other high government officials welcomed President Kovind upon his arrival at Bole International Airport.

During his stay the President will discuss bilateral and multilateral issues that enhance relations between the countries and meet the Indian community in Ethiopia, it was learned.

President Kovind is the first Indian president to visit Ethiopia in over 54 years.

India's relationship with Africa has been growing since the Indo-African S

Ethiopian Diplomat Seeks Asylum in US

Ethiopian-official-seeks-asylumOctober 4, 2017 - An Ethiopian diplomat, named Baye Tadesse, who came to UN in New York as part of the government delegation last month has sought political asylum in the United States, according to media reports.

Baye Tadesse Teferi, the state’s chief protocol officer, quit his job in the United States after serving over two years with the government, he told VOA Amharic on Tuesday.

He added that his decision was due to fears of being persecuted for political reasons.

Teferi attended the summit with the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who has since returned.

No reaction has yet c

South Korea Fires Its Ambassador in Ethiopia for Sexual Misconduct

Ambassador-Kim-Moon-Hwan-EthiopiaSeptember 30, 2017 - The South Korean foreign ministry has recalled its top envoy to Ethiopia for sexual harassment and assault on the local staff members of the Korean International Cooperation Agency, according to the Reporter.

Ambassador Kim Moon-Hwan has been under investigation for sexual harassment and assault charges leveled against him by young staff members from its development agency for close to a month now. A month ago, a South Korean delegation was sent to Ethiopia to conduct an investigation and interview all the alleged victims in Addis Ababa.

This is not the first time the embassy fac

Indian President to Visit Ethiopia

Indian-President-Visiting-EthiopiaSeptember 29, 2017 - President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will pay a State visit to Ethiopia at the invitation of the President of Ethiopia H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome from October 4-6, 2017. This would be the first visit abroad by the Indian President after assuming office.

During the visit President will hold a meeting with the President of Ethiopia H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome and review the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Other elements of his programme include interaction with the Indian Community, addressing a business event and delivering remarks at the University of Addis Ababa.

Bilateral partnership between Indi

India, Ethiopia to Cooperate in Communications, Media Sector

India-Ethiopia-CommunicationsSeptember 28, 2017 - India and Ethiopia are expected to sign agreement on “Cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media”, reports Rmbiz. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the agreement will harness the growing power of information, communication and media for information dissemination and enhancing outreach with Ethiopia for inclusive development.

It will also enhance people to people contact through exchange programmes. It would also provide an opportunity for both the nations to share best practices and new innovations in the field of information, communicat

Ethiopian Rights Lawyer Wins Alternative Noble Prize

Yetnebersh-Nigussie-wins-swedish-prizeSeptember 26, 2017 - Yetnebersh Nigussie's, a well-known Ethiopian blind lawyer, has won the alternative noble prize, reports Reuters.  Yetnebersh will share a cash award of 3 million Swedish crowns ($374,000) with other two winners, said the Swedish prize foundation.

"I started my fight, not by telling people, but showing people that I'm able to contribute. I have one disability but I have 99 abilities," said Yetnebersh, adding that she was one of just three women studying law at Addis Ababa University in 2002.

The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 to honour and s

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


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