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Saudi Arabia’s Amnesty Expires; 340,000 Undocumented Ethiopians Still Remain

Saudi-amnesty-expiresJuly 25, 2017 - As Saudi Arabia’s amnesty program for undocumented workers expires today, illegal works are being arrested, reports Africa news.  The Ethiopian government helped facilitate exit visas for thousand of its nationals who were illegally residing in Saudi, most of whom went to work as laborers.

Figures indicate that there are about 400,000 such illegal residents but so far only about 60,000 of them have taken the amnesty program to return. The process till this stage has involved the issuing of the initial 90-day amnesty – during which time authorities in Addis Ababa expressed worry over

Ethiopia, South Korea to Discuss North Korea’s Nuclear and Ballistic Threats

Ethiopia-South-Korea-CooperationJuly 24, 2017 - Following memorandum of understanding that Korea signed with Ethiopia to bolster their military partnerships, the two sides are scheduled to discuss cooperation against North Korea's nuclear and ballistic threats today, a South Korean military official said. "They will also share thoughts on bilateral military exchanges and U.N. peacekeeping operations," added the official. 

Led by Brig. Gen. Park Chul-kyun, the deputy director general for international policy will meet the Ethiopian representatives headed by Desta Abiche, who is in charge of the Ethiopian defense ministry's international cooper

Ethiopian Airlines Aims to be Connecting Force for Afro-Sino Ties

Ethiopian-Afro-Sino-TiesJuly 23, 2017 - As Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force between African and China, Ahmed Shide, minister of Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport, disclosed Ethiopia’s plan to have strategic cooperation with China on the aviation sector. 

Ethiopia's aim to be an African aviation hub connecting the continent to the world's most populous country in the world is also where Ethiopia's aviation dreams intersect with China's capital and expertise.

"Aviation is an important area of cooperation by both governments, with Ethiopia's national air carrier Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force bet

Over 130,000 Undocumented Ethiopians Living in Saudi Arabia Received Exit Visas

Ethiopian-returnees-Saudi-ArabiaJuly 20, 2017 - Over 130,000 undocumented Ethiopians have received exit visa from Saudi Arabia up to Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed.

So far 60,000 Ethiopians have already returned to their country in the aforementioned period.  “The government and other stakeholders have been actively engaged for the speedy return of undocumented citizens from Saudi Arabia before the 30-day extended amnesty period expires on July 24, 2017,” Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs State Minister quoted by Ethiopian Herald, as saying.

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China Surpasses Turkey as Leading Investor in Ethiopia

China-leading-investor-EthiopiaJuly 19, 2017 - With 379 projects China has emerged as the new leading investment capital source to Ethiopia. Despite China remained the leading country in terms of number of investment projects for a very long period of time, until recently Turkey was the leading country in terms of investment Capital in Ethiopia.  

According to Mekonen Hailu, Ethiopian Investment Commission Communications Director, 279 of the total 379 Chinese companies were set operational in Ethiopia with projects that worth over 13.16 billion Ethiopian birr (over 572 million U.S. dollars) from 2012 to 2017 period, while the remaining 100 are un

Ethiopia Attracting Giant International Manufactures

Ethiopia-attracting-large-companiesJuly 18, 2017 - Ethiopia is fast developing into a dynamic manufacturing hub as low labor costs lure international manufacturers  to the country, reported Nikke Asian, a Japan-based media. Currently, companies targeting Ethiopia are mostly apparel makers and other light industry players. But General Electric plans to manufacture medical equipment in the country, and Samsung Electronics is working with a local partner to produce printers. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor reached an agreement with Ethiopian companies in May regarding construction of a plant to assemble commercial vehicles.

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Thousands of Ethiopians Remain Stranded in Saudi Arabia

Ethiopians-stranded-in-SaudiJuly 15, 2017 - Thousands of Ethiopians remained stranded in Saudi, due to an inability to get a seat on overbooked flights.  As of the beginning of July, 111,000 Ethiopians had agreed to leave Saudi Arabia and 45,000 had successfully returned to Ethiopia, according to Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Estimates show that there are about 400,000 Ethiopians living illegally in Saudi Arabia. Most are employed as maids or other domestic workers; they have few legal rights and endure widespread abuse.Most of those who were stranded last week have returned to Addis, but many more are trying to get out as soon as

Ethiopia Named Fastest-Growing Economy in the World in 2017

Ethiopia-fastest-growing-economyJuly 13, 2017 - The World Bank named Ethiopia as the fastest-growing economy of the world in 2017. In its 2017 edition of the Global Economic Prospects, the World Bank stated that Ethiopia offers security, low-tariff access to markets in nearby rich countries, and cheap labor, which helped the country to lure big international investors.

Although unstable currencies and falling revenue from commodities continue to be a challenge to African countries, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Ethiopia’s economy grew 8.7% last year and its GDP is forecast to grow by 8.3% in 2017.

The East African

China Setting Up First Military Base in Djibouti

China-Military-Base-DjiboutiJuly 12, 2017 - China started setting up its first overseas military base in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, as China's rapidly modernizing military extends its global reach. Ships carrying personnel for China's first have set sail to begin setting up the facility. Though Beijing officially describes it as a logistics facility, state news agency Xinhua said late on Tuesday the ships had departed from Zhanjiang in southern China "to set up a support base in Djibouti".

Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fuelled worry in India that it would become another of China's "s

Donald Trump Picks New Ambassador to Ethiopia

US-ambassador-Michael-RaynorJuly 12, 2017 - US President Donald J. Trump has picked a new Ambassador to Ethiopia, America’s strong anti-terrorism ally in the restive region of East Africa. The new Ambassador, Michael A. Raynor, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has served as an American diplomat since 1988. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources of the Department of State.

Raynor has had many foreign placements, including service as general services officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, and consular officer at the Embassy in Luxem

UK to Provide £90M for Ethiopia’s Family Planning Program

UK-supports-family-planning-EthiopiaJuly 12, 2017 - As part of its global leadership on family planning, the UK government announced £90 million support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years. This was announced at the London Family Planning Summit on 11 July 2017.

Ethiopia has made significant progress in increasing modern family planning uptake, nearly one-in-three women in Ethiopia are now using modern family planning methods, compared to less than one-in-thirty 25 years ago. Despite this progress, Ethiopia’s population has doubled in the last 25 years, from around 50 million in 1991 to 102 million in 2016. If the current fertili

Ethiopian Migrants in Israel Protest Evacuation from Absorbtion Center

Ethiopian-Migrants-protest-IsraelJuly 11, 2017 - Ethiopian migrants in Israel protested in the Capital Tel aviv against evacuation from absorption center in the Jerusalem suburb.  Three years ago, it was revealed that the Jewish Agency Employees’ Pension Fund had transferred the land to its pension fund in place of money that it owed.

The scheduled evacuation, set to take place is less than two months, is the result of a decision by the owner of the land, the Jewish Agency Employees’ Pension Fund, to sell it to private individuals. The concerned parties reached an agreement at court that gave the tenants three years to evacuate.

38 Members of EU Parliament Voice Concern on Political Situation in Ethiopia

EU-members-critical-EthiopiaJuly 11, 2017 - Thirty-eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voiced concern about the political situation in Ethiopia, according to Africa News.

In a letter titled, ‘EU response to the human rights situation in Ethiopia,’ and addressed to the European Union (E.U.) High representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, the MEPs called for action to be taken relative to 2016 protest crackdown in three states of the country.

They also asked for action on ‘‘the continuing systematic sexual violence against ethnic minority women across the country, as well as the case of a British citize

Ethiopia, UAE to Cooperate in Media Sector

Dubai-Media-CityJuly 9, 2017 - Ethiopian Minister of Communications Negeri Lencho commended the progress the UAE has made in the media field, and expressed his government’s desires to work with the UAE in this sector.   

Over the past 15 years, Dubai has come into its own as one of the Middle East’s key centers for print, broadcast and digital media. The emirate’s media-focused free zone, Dubai Media City, has attracted a range of global media brands, including news organizations like Reuters, The Economist and CNN; publishing firms, such as McGraw Hill and Forbes; media production companies, including Sony.

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Ethiopia Supports Kuwaiti Effort in Gulf Crisis

Ethiopia-supports-KuwaitJuly 8, 2017 - Ethiopia expressed concern about possible negative implications from the deteriorating Gulf crisis. Despite Ethiopia's declaration to remain neutral in the crisis, the country’s Prime minster Hailmariam Deslaenge expressed that the ongoing gulf crisis could negatively affect Ethiopia. 

In his televised speech on Ethiopian Broadcast Corporation, Hailmariam stated that the country backs Kuwait’s negotiation efforts in the impasse. Ethiopia has previously said it will not take sides on the issue. A similar position was taken by neighbouring Somalia as well.

The Horn region is a peninsula of northe

Saudi Arabia Presses Somalia to Cut Ties with Qatar

Saudi-presses-Somalia-cut-ties-QataJuly 6, 2017 - Saudi Arabia asked the Somali Fedral Government to cut all ties with Qatar. In a sideline meeting of AU’s summit held in Addis Ababa, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir presented the question to Somalia’s Prime Minister Hasan Ali Khayre. However, Somali Federal government insisted to stand neutral in the matter, Garowe disclosed.

Following the recent gulf crisis, the Somalia Federal government led by Somali President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed Farmajo urged the Arab countries to end the deadlock through dialogue and offered help to facilitate reconciliation between the countries. <

Britain Charges Ethiopian Man for Terrorism

tadesse-charged-terrorJuly 5, 2017 - Tadesse Kersmo, 51, went to  Britain as a refugee from Ethiopia, where he said he was persecuted because of his political views. Today, Tadesse is being charged with attending a terrorist training camp, according to Daily Mail.

He was arrested at Heathrow Airport in January and will appear in court later today charged with attending a place used for terrorist training.

Scotland Yard said last night that Kersmo also faces eight counts of possession of articles containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Although the charges are

Ethiopia Hosts First China Trade Week

First-China-Trade-WeekJuly 5, 2017 - The first China Trade week, where more than 38 Chinese exhibitors take part, opened in Addis Ababa yesterday, according to Xinhua.  The China Trade Week in Ethiopia is supported by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

The 38 Chinese companies are comprised of various sectors: including lighting and energy, home electronics, construction materials and machinery, clothing and textiles, health and beauty.

According to Michelle Meyrick with MIE Events, the event organizer, the first China Trade Week in the East African country has attracted 38 Chinese exh

New Ethiopian WHO Director General Takes Office

Tedros-adhanom-starts-dutyJuly 2, 2017 - Tedros  Adhanom, the newly elected director general of the World Health Organization, has taken over from Margaret Chan of China, who led the WHO for over 10 years.   The 52-year-old - specialist in malaria, Tedros, served as health minister and later as foreign minister for Ethiopia.

Tedros joined the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in 1986, after graduating from the University of Asmara. An internationally recognized malaria researcher, as Minister of Health, Tedros received praise for a number of innovative and system-wide health reforms that substantially improved access to health services and key outcomes. Amongs

Ethiopia’s Farmers, Pastoralists Livelihood Threatened by Recurring Droughts - WFP

WFPJuly 1, 2017 -  Pastoral regions of Ethiopia are affected by severe droughts every three to five years, which results in the loss of large numbers of livestock due to starvation, lack of drinking water and associated diseases, according to the world food program (WFP).

The UN agency on Thursday announced that preparatory works have finalized to launch a new initiative to create drought resilience in drought-prone areas of Ethiopia.

The UN agency has recently called for an urgent injection of international funding to curve looming drought in Ethiopia, which affects 7.8 million Ethiopians in need of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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